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Private Beach Home at Water's Edge--Enjoy!

People10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (sleepts 8 (sleepg bags for guests 9&10)

This waterfront home at the water's edge on Hale Passage with 180 degree views, looks at majestic Mt. Baker and at night the beautiful lights of Bellingham Bay.

Views are spectacular. Watching the sun rise is a 'to be remembered' experience as are the full moons rising. As you walk into this home on the beach with hand-split cedar shakes, you see water everywhere. Bedrooms are furnished with American and English

antique furnishings. There is ceramic tile throughout the main floor and radiant heat. A Jøtul stove provides a special warmth on cool nights.

This private home on the beach is tucked against a hillside with easy access to boating, swimming, and beach combing. It is walking distance from the ferry landing--about 1 mile by beach and 1-1/2 miles by road. A regular sight are the seagulls, herons, kingfishers, eagles, seals, sea otter, and deer. At low tide, you have access to an inviting sandy tide flat with clams and crab, tide pools and beach-rock inhabitants. It is a haven to relax; a great place for families and friends.

A short 10-minute ferry ride takes you to rural Lummi Island--a small wooded Island. Lummi has a population of about 900 which probably doubles or triples in the summer months. Day trips can be made to Vancouver BC, Seattle or Mt Baker. You are 20 minutes from shopping in Bellingham, Lynden, and the Canadian border.

There are ten miles of roads for bikers--mostly following the beaches of the Island. For the beach comber there are many treasures--agates, shells, beach glass. It is a great place to relax and read as well--and to just enjoy the views.

Saturdays feature a Saturday market from June through August. You can purchase fresh produce, pastries, and local artists show their wares. There are two restaurants (the Willows is known internationally) and a coffee shop on the Island as well as a general grocery store. Two churches on the Island hold services Sunday mornings--Island Chapel meets at the Lummi Island Grange Hall across the street from the post office and about a block north of the ferry dock.

Keywords: view, beach house, Lummi Island, San Juan Islands, waterfront, cozy, retreat, Whatcom County, Bellingham, vacation home, Puget Sound, relaxing, waterfront, vacation rental

More Details

Owner
Louise and Mel Kolstad
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Louise and Mel Kolstad

My husband and I retired to our property on Lummi Island. We lived in Sunrise for two years and then moved to a new home built on the Island. We love the Island and its rural quality.

Louise and Mel Kolstad purchased this house in 1969

Why Louise and Mel Kolstad chose Lummi Island

My grandmother purchased the property in 1945 and then she and my grandfather built Sunrise. The cedar shakes are hand split from cedar they found on the beach. It has been a family retreat for many years and I am the third generation to own the property.

Our children and now our grandson plays on the beach at Sunrise. It is safely away from the road (about 250 feet).

Mel and I bought the property from my parents and aunts and uncles in about 1969. We spent every summer and many weekends at Sunrise throughout the years. Our kids love it and our grandson now plays on the beach when he comes.

We started renting Sunrise in 2007 as a vacation rental after we built a new home on the Island. We will never sell this wonderful retreat, but can share it with others as well as family.

This is a special family place and we have been pleased to share it.

What makes this house unique

Sunrise is at the water's edge, away from the road. I love beach combing and walk the beach north to the ferry dock and south to Sunrise Cove whenever possible. Agates, shells, and sea glass our my special finds.

On minus tides there are crab and clams on the tide flat. Walking with my grandson on the tide flat is a treat as I watch him jump on the horse clam holes and pick up starfish.

The views are spectacular with Mt. Baker in front--sunsets are beautiful as they reflect on Mt. Baker. At night the lights of Bellingham twinkle--beautiful! During the day boats constantly go by heading out on their adventures.

We have always been boaters and have enjoyed the ease of getting out on the water. Some of our guests have brought canoes and kayaks. Some have brought smaller outboard boats and rubber rafts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

By Scott Dorr and Family (Happy Valley, OR)

What can I say? The setting is magnificent with seascapes, natural beauty, and abundant wildlife. Sunrise Cottage has everything you need for a vacation home, but most impressive are the windows that provide unsurpassed vistas to the North, East and South around the clock. If you like to relax or read, comb the beaches, explore Lummi Island, Watch for eagles and herons, walk the flats at minus low tides, search for crabs, roast marsh mellows, or just interact with family and friends, then this vacation spot is where you need to be! You and your kids will love it!! The owners, Mel and Louise, are very friendly and accommodating. It is evident they care about you and desire that you have a memorable vacation experience. Be sure to bring a camera.
Jul 2009
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lummi Island in Whatcom County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No dogs upstairs. Pets not allowed on furniture.
  • Smoking is allowed outdoors, please clean up after yourself.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5 bathrooms. There is a Jack & Jill bathroom between the two bedrooms upstairs.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (3) There is a queen bed in each of the bedrooms., Bunk Beds (1) in the loft There is a charge of $25/nt for guests 9 and 10. Guests would bring sleeping bags. We have beds for 8 guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Soaking tub/bathtub for 2 adjacent to the master bedroom suite.

Reviews

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Private Beach Home at Water's Edge--Enjoy!
average rating of 4.915493 based on 74 reviews
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Wonderful stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Such beauty from every window! There were eight of us, five adults and three kids, and one midsize labmix dog. We all had a great time. Louise and Mell were wonderful too. They even were able to line up a freshly caught Silver Salmon for us to purchase. It was delicious grilled on the deck. Our family had a great time exploring Lummi Island. Hiking trails, and beaches revealed rope swings, tree houses, sealife and berry picking. It was a family trip to remember!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your timing was just right to get that salmon freshly caught, that day, on the reef net gear. The trails are great and it sounds like you took advantage of them. It is a beautiful place; thank you for your review.
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lummi island

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home and very peaceful the only complaint I would have was the driveway is extremely steep and difficult to turn around in if you have more than one car.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful with the most amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here in mid July and absolutely loved it. The views of Mt Baker were incredible and the house itself was well laid out and had everything we needed in the kitchen. My daughter loved playing on the beach and catching baby crabs and it was easy to launch our kayaks. Thanks for sharing your home!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This is a beautiful place to stay. The home is very clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Lummi Island. We walked the beach and took a couple of hikes. The views are amazing!

The house is beautifully maintained. The beds were very comfortable. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic rental with views and isolated beach

  • 5 of 5

We were nicely surprised by Louise & Mel's rental home. It was spacious and very clean. The layout of the rooms was perfect for the 9 of us. Our four grandsons (7-11) slept in the loft and adults in the bedrooms. The boys spent the majority of their time on the beach and never turned on the TV. We biked and hiked in the forest. Louise and Mel were the most gracious hosts.

We were lucky to hit the negative tides and went exploring along the beach. We will likely return. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Escape!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sunrise a couple years ago for a long weekend and needed to make a return visit. This time we had to drive 7 hours to get there, but it was so worth it! We had minus tides each day around noon making a great tidepool adventure for our daughter. We saw eagles, crabs, starfish, and all kinds of other critters. Everything was so peaceful and quiet - a great change of pace for our busy family. My only regret is not staying longer, but I guess we needed to return to reality sometime - you can't live in a dream forever. One note to future travelers - the water is VERY soft. For us it was worthwhile buying a few gallons of water from the store for drinking, as we aren't the biggest fans of soft water. I do hope to return again sometime soon! Thanks Louise and Mel!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Bellingham Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Willows Inn
Nearest Ferry
1.25 Miles
Whatcom Chief
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Bellingham
Nearest Motorway
9.5 Miles
I-5
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Beach Store Cafe
Nearest Ski
38.6 Miles
Mt. Baker
Nearest Beach
Sunrise
Nearest Point of Interest
ferry dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Post office
Nearest Point of Interest
The Islander
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Store Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Exit for Lummi Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Haxton Way
Nearest Point of Interest
tennis courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Leo's Live Seafood
Nearest Point of Interest
Library
Nearest Point of Interest
The Willows
Nearest Point of Interest
Fresh Flowers by Bruja Botanicals
Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.01
Pet Fee £19.31

Pets: $35/night per dog. Pets are welcome on the main floor, but not allowed upstairs. Dogs should be current on vaccines and bathed before arrival. We require a signed contract with Pet Addendum.

Extra guests: $35/night per guest exceeding total of 8 (i.e., $35/nt each for guests 9 and 10.) We do not have beds for any guests over 8; they would need to bring sleeping bags.

Holidays: an extra charge for some holidays

Cancellations: Refund, less $100, if property can be rented for the period of your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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