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Waterfront Romantic Chuckanut Bay Cottage with Beach

(39 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Come and enjoy a romantic vacation in our wonderfully appointed cottage.

Beachfront Cottage on Chuckanut Bay

The newly renovated Chuckanut Bay Cottage is just steps from the beach and a close trip down scenic Chuckanut Drive to historic Fairhaven in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. Perfect for a couple needing a romantic getaway, or the outdoor enthusiast who wants water for their kayaking or SUPing out the front door or miles of trails for biking and hiking out the backdoor.

This beachfront cottage is situated on a bluff 40ft above the pristine waters of the Salish Sea with gorgeous views of Chuckanut Bay, Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. The sunset view is spectacular all year long!

The 600 square foot cottage is well appointed. The main floor is one large room with a fully equipped kitchen on one side looking through the sitting area and out a picture window facing Chuckanut Bay. There is a large comfortable sofa, flat screen,Apple TV and wifi throughout the cottage. The full bath features a tub and shower. The cottage has naturally finished reclaimed-original wood floors throughout. In the corner of the room is a gas-wood stove making this a very cozy cottage any time of the year.

Upstairs you will find one large room that partially overlooks the main floor. There is a luxurious king size bed facing the bay and islands, wonderful sleeper sofa and ample shelving and hanging space. Both floors are private. Although open to below.

From the cottage it is a short walk down a stairway to the beach. At beach level there is a wonderful private sitting area where you can swim or enjoy the calm bay by kayak or rowboat.

It is a quick bike ride on Chuckanut Drive where one can get on the interurban trail and ride just 4 miles north to Fairhaven, a historic seaside village with great shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Fairhaven is also the gateway to the San Juan Islands, Victoria and Alaska by ferry and hosts the Amtrack train station if one wants a quick trip to Vancouver BC or Seattle. Imagine all of that without getting into your car! Go south and find the public boat launch, beaches and access to phenomenal mt. biking and hiking of Larabee St. Pk., just minutes from the cottage. Further down Chuckanut Drive are oysterbeds, gorgeous farmland and further yet is Seattle, which is 90 minutes by car. To the northeast Mt. Baker and the foothills of the Cascades offer world class snowboarding and skiing as well as endless miles of backcountry exploring.

Like all the houses on Chuckanut Bay, it is close to the main railway line that links Seattle and Vancouver BC. When the cottage was renovated the owner/builders who live next door, went to great lengths to quiet the cottage as much as possible. If you wish to further diminish the train sounds, earplugs are provided.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    The Cottage is geared towards adults, children are welcome but need to be supervised with water dangers and interior finishes. Hot wood stove and stair openings...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • The loft bedroom is furnished with a latex king bed with linens and pillows to support a luxurious sleep. The sleeper sofa is a queen bed. Contact us to arrange sleeping for more than 2....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, outdoor shower


  • Main floor full bath with tub shower and a linen cabinet with bath necessities. Hair dryer in vanity. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Salt water swimming on warm day or wetsuits year round.


  • DVD Player:

    A player and a few dvd's...moreless

  • Games
  • Stereo:

    Blue Tooth speaker system...moreless

  • Television:

    flat screen TV with HDMI cable connection and DVD player. Connected to Apple TV for your signing on convenience....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    The property has a full waterfront view. From the cottage it is slightly obscured by evergreen trees but is still a wonderful and enjoyable view to watch the wildlife, sunsets and all the activity. ...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Our wonderful Pacific Northwest beach is below our low bank waterfront home and cottage. Enjoy the sand between your toes, swim in the summer months, paddle or just relax. Come by boat!...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Bellingham's downtown has many services and restaurants of varying degrees of taste and affordability. Fairhaven is nearest town with much history and seaport feel....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Located at the base of Chuckanut mnt with an excellent view from bedroom window and many more to the west in the Islands...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    The view is Bellingham Bay with a direct view of Chuckanut Island. On the horizon are Chuckanut Island, Lummi Island and Hales pass. The Alaska Ferry goes by on Fridays....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    With a grassy lawn area and chairs. We have many water craft options. The path to the water is ~44 steps below the cottage. We recommend you bring your own pfd....moreless

  • Village:

    Fairhaven village is very close with an Excellent Italian Restaurant, Mambo Italiano...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The tide flats below the property change greatly with the moon and tide, anywhere from a small strip to many football fields. Excellent exploring at low tide....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Kitchen with raised counter, seats 4 with living room coffee table room for 2. Stools are very adjustable. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    electric with 3 comfort zones...moreless

  • Internet:

    WIFI Internet Connection in cottage for your convenience and entertainment options. Apple TV to sign on to your favorite accounts....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens provided ...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking for one car and more upon request. We prefer only car though....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Luxurious bath towels and towels allowed to go to beach....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Propane gas stove...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig 1 cup coffee maker with k cups French Press available...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Ample supply with anything needed available upon request...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    new bosch dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full Galley kitchen with Dishwasher. Kitchen is stocked with necessary amenities to bake and cook. Crab cooking is available at beach....moreless

  • Microwave:

    new microwave range hood...moreless

  • Oven:

    new gas oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    A basic breakfast and some snack items...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New Side by side stainless with water and ice dispenser....moreless

  • Stove:

    4 burner new...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Row boat, Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Boards available with signed agreement...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Entry to cottage has a quaint table and chairs...moreless

  • Golf:

    Lake Padden, Avalon and others in vicinty of Cottage....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Sit on top Ocean Kayaks available with signed agreement...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Nice area on beach to relax...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Infrared propane grill on deck. Available Upon Request Crab Cooker on beach...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Mt Baker ski Area is 60 miles from cottage with rental gear on highway to mountain....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis club and public courts in Fairhaven...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Rowing shell and SUP's on beach. Available with signed agreement....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot tub available with an outdoor shower during non quiet hours...moreless



from 39 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Non Peak
Jan 8 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,199 $4,796

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $60 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 11%


$60.00 Cleaning Fee

11% Sales and Lodging Tax

$250.00 Reservation and Security Deposit

Upon confirmation of scheduled stay, guest will receive an email confirmation of dates, billing invoice and rental agreement to sign and return with payment. Booking reservation is complete when payment and signed agreement are received.

Weekends 2 night minimum stay, weekdays 1 night is acceptable.

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Last updated: 05/22/2017
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bellingham International
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Fairhaven and Chuckanut's
30 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Anacortes Terminal to SanJuan Islands & BC
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lake Padden / Avalon
4 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak Station Fairhaven
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-5 north and southbound
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Fairhaven District & Chuckanut Seafood Restaurants
60 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt Baker Ski Area
10 Metres
Nearest Beach
Our property has a wonderful beach.

Car: Recommended

The cottage is located just off of the renowned Chuckanut Drive, a Washington State designated Scenic Byway. 'It hugs the base of Chuckanut Mountain weaving its way through evergreen forests along the rocky shoreline of Chuckanut Bay. From the oyster beds and tidal flats of the Samish lowlands, to the historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham, this byway is known for its exquisite sunsets, secluded pocket beaches, migratory birds and communities reminiscent of early Northwest settlement'(WaStDOT).

Just above the cottage is Chuckanut Mountain and Larrabee State Park which has endless miles of hiking and mountain biking trails including the new Rock Trail which hosts stunning geologic formations such as 100-foot high sandstone cliffs, caves and enormous mossy boulders. You may find that just sitting, while staying at the Chuckanut Bay Cottage may be your favorite passtime as the Bay and the nature experience there is sensational.

The number of activities one can enjoy from there are endless between the water, islands, woodland trails, mountains and nearby international cities, there is more than a lifetime of activities for everyone!

Come visit by boat!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: I am a semi-retired custom home designer/builder and now work as a construction consultant. I started working at a very young age and eventually owned and ran a large local residential construction company. I designed and built many local homes. Presently I am concentrating my efforts on our VRBO as well as clients that need my expertise. My wife has also worked her way up through the Medical Profession and currently works for a NW Native Tribe.

Why the Owner Chose Bellingham, WA, USA:
After living in the Northwest for many years in several locations we have settled in one of the very best. Many locals know it as the 'Bahamas of Bellingham'. You can see what they mean by checking out the garden. The waterfront opportunities our property provides has been limitless, more than we could explore in our lifetime! One of our favorite things to do is just sit and watch what the change in tide brings; the magnificent sunsets, weather over the water, the birds and boats.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Whatcom county is a wonderful place to recreate but it is also is a great community. It has great environmental consciousness and diversity. WWU contributes a great deal to the community. It is a mountain bike destination with one of the greatest jewels of the region right out front, the San Juan Islands. Sunsets at our property are truly some of the best. A short paddle from the beach is Chuckanut Island, a Nature Conservancy island, with nesting seabirds and fine white shell beaches at low tide. Along the way to the Island you will likely spot an Eagle, Blue Heron, Otter or a Seal that share this wonderful bay with us. The island environment is protected so only day visitors are allowed. In addition to Chuckanut Mt., nearby Galbraith mountain has great trails for mt. biking and hiking. Hang gliders land on the Bow valley just off Chuckanut drive. Fairhaven is a stone's throw from the property and offers many great options for eating out. Restaurants along Chuckanut Drive offer seafood and other gourmet meals for a special dining experience and offer great romance too. Those that wish to cook their own food, the kitchen is fully appointed and if anything extra is needed we may have it at our house. We love the Taylor Shellfish Farm which is a few minutes from the house and there is a Wednesday Farmer's market in Fairhaven for fresh produce and local arts and crafts. Haggen's grocery, a NWFRESH store, is in nearby Fairhaven as well and offers many organic choices.

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/22/2017

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  • Summer Solstice Sunset

    Summer Solstice Sunset

  • Full kitchen Seating for 4
On locally Harvested  Madrone Eating Counter

    Full kitchen Seating for 4 On locally Harvested Madrone Eating Counter

  • Tide Flat Beach View to South

    Tide Flat Beach View to South

  • kitchen to Living Room
Reclaimed Fir Cabinets and Trim

    kitchen to Living Room Reclaimed Fir Cabinets and Trim

  • Loft Bedroom Window

    Loft Bedroom Window

  • Back of cottage from private rd

    Back of cottage from private rd

  • Schooner Zodiac Passing By

    Schooner Zodiac Passing By

  • View to North from Living Room Window

    View to North from Living Room Window

  • Side View of cottage from beach path

    Side View of cottage from beach path

  • Supping on Salish Sea

    Supping on Salish Sea

  • Chuckanut Island from a Chuckanut Mountain Trail

    Chuckanut Island from a Chuckanut Mountain Trail

  • June/Sept Sunset

    June/Sept Sunset

  • king Comfy Bedroom with Plenty of Closet Space

    king Comfy Bedroom with Plenty of Closet Space

  • The beach at low tide great for clam digging and our backyard lawn for lounging

    The beach at low tide great for clam digging and our backyard lawn for lounging

  • Living Room window view of Chuckanut Bay, perfect for catching the sunset

    Living Room window view of Chuckanut Bay, perfect for catching the sunset

  • Back Steps to Path and a quick ( 20ft ) to our private beach

    Back Steps to Path and a quick ( 20ft ) to our private beach

  • Bathroom View of Chuckanut Island

    Bathroom View of Chuckanut Island

  • Living Room Gas Fireplace Custom Madrone Table

    Living Room Gas Fireplace Custom Madrone Table

  • Entry, Bath and Open Stair to loft

    Entry, Bath and Open Stair to loft

  • Diving and Snorkeling Right Out Front  Summer Surface Water Temps Can be Warm.

    Diving and Snorkeling Right Out Front Summer Surface Water Temps Can be Warm.

  • Another Wonderful Sunset

    Another Wonderful Sunset

  • Property Passion Flower in the Gardens

    Property Passion Flower in the Gardens

  • Eagles in the Fog

    Eagles in the Fog

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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