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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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bellingham in Whatcom County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with 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 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/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 ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 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 theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse 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 centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • 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 4.8627453 based on 51 reviews
The Gorge

Relaxing waterfront getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a place to relax, enjoy nature and have a week to ourselves while the kids were at camp, and this Chuckanut Cottage was perfect. The location is amazing! Every night we experienced a beautiful sunset, while every morning we woke up to a Bald Eagle talking (windows were open to listen to the Bay at night). The cottage is beautiful, comfortable and very well equipped. The owners live next door, but the cottage space is very private. John is wonderful and always available for any questions you might have. He was very accommodating with our needs for a late check in, which we really appreciated, especially considering our airplane was late arriving to Bellingham. Bellingham is a fun place to visit and I am sure we will find our way back to this Bay Cottage again. Thanks John for everything!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stanwood, WA.

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

Very nicely laid out. Excellent kitchen for cooking with high end appliances. Perfect for 2 people.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sumner, Washington

Charming perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful spot along Chuckanut Drive with stunning views! Spent 3 nights here for my husband's birthday. Everything you need is provided! Full kitchen, cozy living space, large loft with great mattress and pillows! Plenty of privacy, but very kind owners who made sure we knew they were available if we needed anything.

Close to Fairhaven, easy drive into Bellingham. Space was clean. WiFi worked great. Highly recommend this charming beach spot!

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable cabin fully equipped with everything you would need.

  • 4 of 5

My husband, 2 year old daughter, and I had a great weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We didn’t end up using the hot tub or taking advantage of all of the amenities, but we had a very nice stay anyway. With warmer weather the beach would be a lovely place to hang out. There was a bit of noise from the trains that pass by but they weren’t too much of a nuisance. The host, John, was very nice and accommodating. Would recommend for a relaxing weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a quick staycation and decided to book this cozy cottage for the weekend. What a perfect place to relax and unplug, but still have all the amenities one could need. Full kitchen, super comfy bed, gas fireplace, everything very clean and the space is very well laid out. The views are great, probably better than the pictures represent. The location is awesome as well. We cruised down Chuckanut Drive to Taylor Shellfish farm - an oyster lover’s dream, and also into Bellingham to visit the various breweries. The cottage would be a great home base for so many outdoor activities, and we definitely plan to return in the summer to take advantage of everything this beautiful place has to offer. The owners were attentive but not intrusive and were kind enough to let us check in early. Book it! You will not be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Standout view and comfort

  • 5 of 5

Here are three ideas for how to enjoy your stay.

1) spend time on Chuckanut. Play shuffleboard at the Old Edison, pick up fresh bread at the Bread Farm, eat oysters at Taylor Farms, eat at Manor House or Edison Fine Dining. Then head on home to your cozy cabin with gas fireplace and views of the beautiful bay. Red headed woodpecker just outside the window. Sweet dreams in the comfortable king size bed.

2) Go into Fairhaven for shopping at Chuckanut Bay Gallery and all the other great stores in Fairhaven. Eat Italian or ? Great brewpubs to meet your individual tastes. HEad home to your cozy cabin.

3) stay home and enjoy the view, a walk on the beach during low tide. Full kitchen I for an easy, delicious, meal from Taylor farms mussels + bread?

We loved our time in the cabin and in the area. Don,'t hesitate to choose this as a vacation or getaway option. John is your perfect host.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £45.33
Additional Guest Fee £18.89 per person per night

$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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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