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Lake Whatcom's Best Cottage, Great For A Couple Or A Family Of Ten

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Adorable Two Bedroom Home With Huge Yard On Lake Whatcom

The Sunshine House is located on Lake Whatcom's more private South Bay. Originally built 100 years ago as an office for a local coal mining company this 2 bedroom home has just been completely restored to a cozy, comfortable lakeside retreat with tons of character. We have created a space perfect for the most romantic getaways or a simple fun family escape.

Each of the 2 bedrooms sleeps four. One room has a queen and a bunk bed and the other has a full and a bunk bed. In addition the living room sofa has a queen sized pull out bed.

Private dock to accommodate your boat and boat launch less then a minute down the road.

The bay is a no-wake zone which makes it great for swimming and paddle sports. A short idle out of the bay lends to great wake boarding, tubing and all other water sports.

The Sunshine House is only a 25 minute (beautiful!) drive to Bellingham which has great antique stores, amazing restaurants, whale watching tours, and at least 9 local breweries (they keep opening up!).

There is beautiful hiking all around us. Stimpson Family Trail (only 10 mins away) and The Pacific Crest Trail (20 mins) are just two great examples.

Mountain biking is one of Bellingham locals favorite activities and it is apparent when you ride up Galbraith Mountain, only 10 to 15 mins away!

Mt. Baker, which holds the world record for the most snow in one year, is only 38 miles away.

We have tons of fun parks including, Lake Padden, Whatcom Falls Park and Boulevard Park.


More Details

Chad and Amanda Huntley
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Chad and Amanda Huntley

Chad and Amanda. We enjoy everything outdoors so please feel free to ask about what Bellingham has to offer, we love to promote our fun town. Ask about fun tours from mountain biking and skiing to brewery and winery tours.

Chad and Amanda Huntley purchased this cabin in 2015

Why Chad and Amanda Huntley chose Northwest & Islands

Because it is the absolute best location on Lake Whatcom!

What makes this cabin unique

Breathtaking views, fishing from the dock. Easy access to Bellingham, the San Juans, Mount Baker and more!


Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Bellingham International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
El Agave Mexican Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Ferry
17 Miles
Alaska Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Sudden Valley Golf Course
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Amtrak - Bellingham Station
Nearest Motorway
5.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3.7 Miles
Tino's Pizza & Pasta
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Mt. Baker
Car: recommended

This sunny cottage is nestled on the quiet, romantic setting of South Bay, lake Whatcom, with 230' of waterfront, and it's own private dock. A paradise you'll never want to leave... but if you do, you'll find yourself at the base of the best mountain biking/hiking trails around, 20 mins from Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands and an easy hour drive to Mt. Baker ski area.


Sedro-Woolley Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep Sofa in Living Room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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(26 traveler reviews)

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Lake Whatcom's Best Cottage, Great For A Couple Or A Family Of Ten
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL time at The Sunshine House! It is cozy and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed the canoe and kayaks. We so appreciated that we had cell reception, wi-fi, and a dvd player which plays Netflix (for relaxing evenings after a day on the lake). We have never vacationed so close to home (just 45 minutes away), but it was a great place for us to have our adult children and grandchildren join us for a day at the lake. We are all looking forward to returning next summer for 11 days.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast on the lake at this cozy cabin with our young kids. Swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding (we brought our own). The giant lawn was great for kids to chase each other to their heart's delight. There is a steep drop-off past the retaining wall so parents will have to be a bit cautious, but our kids did pretty well with keeping their distance. The house is cozy but feels very open and is fully stocked with everything you need.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Another fantastic stay at the Sunshine House!

Great layout for families - we had 6 teens staying at one point and never felt we were on top of each other. Great kitchen for cooking for a crowd with most staples stocked. Huge yard - we put up a volleyball net and had room to spare. Kids loved using the kayaks and canoes.

Amanda and Chad are very responsive to any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to more vacations at the Sunshine House !😊?

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Lake Whatcom's Best Cottage

  • 5 of 5

I really cant say enough positive things about this cottage. From the look and feel of the place to location and weather, it was everything you would want for a summer lake rental. We swam and fished from the dock. The complimentary use of kayaks and canoes was a total bonus. Grilling in the evening and making smores around the campfire was magical. Kids had a huge yard to run around on and were going nonstop from sun-up to sun-down. Cabin was very cute and very clean and had everything you would need in the kitchen to make great meals. I also have to mention quality of bath towels was very nice. We will definitely be back next summer!

Thanks Chad and Amanda

The Andersons

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful wonderful wonderful

Great place to relax great place to enjoy the sun and the fun

Everything was perfect

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oasis by the Lake!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous place to stay at Lake Whatcom! We had such a lovely experience at the Cottage! The house is perfectly maintained... clean, charming, great natural light and provides all you need for a perfect get-away! My daughter graduated from WWU and it provided a nice retreat from all the action in town. We had a great BBQ (on their new BBQ) and enjoyed the serenity of the lake as we sat around the fire pit. We enjoyed the canoe and kayaks and saw more than a couple rainbows! The charm of the cottage has been maintained and the owners did a great job of keeping with the style with their upgrades! We definitely want to come back! Thank you Amanda and Chad!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $40
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 10.5%

We allow pets on a case by case basis. We would prefer not to have them. However just ask, we know it is hard to leave them behind sometimes. If he/she is very well behaved, clean and does not need to get on furniture etc. we will definitely consider them. We will charge a pet fee of $40 for the extra cleaning and general extra wear.
If approved, there is a pooper scooper at the house, please make sure to clean up after your dog and please make sure to keep them off furniture and beds.
If you bring a dog without asking first the damage deposit will be kept.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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