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Waterfront Romantic Chuckanut Bay Cottage with Beach

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Beachfront Cottage on Chuckanut Bay

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.

More Details

John Perry
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About John Perry

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.

John Perry purchased this cottage in 2010

Why John Perry chose Bellingham

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Bellingham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • Studio, Sleeps 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.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
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
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Salt water swimming on warm day or wetsuits year round.


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Waterfront Romantic Chuckanut Bay Cottage with Beach
average rating of 4.860465 based on 43 reviews
Carnation, Wa

Great cozy beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible views and nice accommodations!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Seattl, Wa USA


  • 5 of 5

My wife & I escaped Seattle after the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with family & friends to this lovely little cottage.

The views are awesome, the kitchen is well set up, shower awesome and there is even a small gas fireplace in the living room. The bed is an oasis for sleep.

Fairhaven and Bellingham are minutes away if you need ot get out (Lots of Breweries)

This is our new favorite winter get away.


  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cabin on the bay

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed celebrating our anniversary here. We explored the local beaches, enjoyed decadent food recommended by the owner, and found all sorts of curious sea creatures along the beach. The cabin is beautifully designed and provided just the warmth and coziness we were looking for on a chilly fall weekend. This cabin is perfectly situated on Chuckanut drive and the scenery is incomparable.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Bellingham, WA

Perfect slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We we're looking for a staycation that required nothing but relaxation. This home fit that bill for us perfectly. The home is well appointed with easy access to the water. Close to town, hiking, and sightseeing for those looking to explore. The area is beautiful...not to be missed.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Friday Harbor, Washington


  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! The cottage is in the treetops with a great view overlooking Chuckanut Bay. It was cozy with a gas "wood stove". It is well designed and everything seems very well thought out. There were even Mexican blankets for us to take down to the waterfront to keep us warm when we watched the sunset. The kitchen was well equipped. The upstairs bedroom had a vaulted ceiling, a very comfortable king size bed with good soft pillows ( and I'm very picky about pillows), a nice view from the bed and a skylight to keep it bright. You might want to know that the train tracks are close by and quite a few trains went by which we thought was romantic and comforting but you might feel differently. The owners had considerately left earplugs for us to use but we didn't bother. It was a lovely retreat for us and I am eager to return. John told us of the Big Rocks trail close by and we went for a beautiful hike there. The property is just a few miles south of Fairhaven along Chuckanut Drive, conveniently located close to all that Bellingham has to offer.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely, clean cottage facing a fabulous view with a beach to explore.

  • 4 of 5

A natural outdoor spot. Unfortunately to get to the beach one needs to walk right by the owners home...otherwise the decent to explore the beach is very inviting. The area is quiet and very relaxing. We stayed a few days in mid April 2017 with very cooperating weather. P.S. Close to Canada!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Bellingham International
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Fairhaven and Chuckanut's
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Anacortes Terminal to SanJuan Islands & BC
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Lake Padden / Avalon
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak Station Fairhaven
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-5 north and southbound
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Fairhaven District & Chuckanut Seafood Restaurants
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt Baker Ski Area
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 11.0%

$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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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