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Contemporary Lake Cottage - Rowboat.$125

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Our Squalicum Lake cottage, provides the ideal setting for a romantic 'getaway for two' or perfect accommodations and lodging while touring Western Washington. We're a quick 90 miles from Seattle, 54 miles from Vancouver B.C. and just outside the city limits of Bellingham. The cottage is nestled among cedar and fir trees on tranquil acreage overlooking the lake and has a fully equipped kitchen/living area, bedroom, bathroom, a private porch and an abundance of skylights for stargazing.

Our cottage is for two adults only and the property won an AIA (State Architectural Award) for contemporary design. We also have unsolicited reviews for Squalicum Lake Cottage on major travel sites too. Pls note we have a three night minimum, no children, no pets. (October to May, two night minimum.) No smoking permitted in cottage.

The living room, with a vaulted beamed ceiling looks out onto Squalicum Lake and Squalicum Mountain. Large windows provide a view for watching the fish jump on the lake or enjoying the birds at the feeders. The cottage is situated in the middle of colorful perennial gardens and during the spring and fall you can see large flocks of migratory birds land on the lake.

The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave, stove, oven, toaster, coffee maker and refrigerator. Dishes, utensils and pans are provided as well.

A white iron and brass queen sized foam (tempurpedic type) bed...cozy bedroom to snuggle or take that long sought after nap. The guests at Squalicum Lake Cottage come to slow the pace of their daily lives.

All guests are greeted with fresh flowers in the cottage and we share the bounty from our garden when in season.

Eagles and a wide variety of other birds are a common sight as well as deer wandering through the meadow. Should you visit in the summer you might spot a heron or kingfisher looking for a bite to eat in the 26,000-gallon pond right outside your door. Dozens of frogs chorus at evening time, along with soft owl duets often heard after dark.

Squalicum Lake is not for swimming. There is no 'beach.' It is a migratory lake for fowl and a no motor flyfishing lake.

Three night minimum at $125 plus taxes/nite. (October to May, two night minimum.)Weekly rate of $800 plus tax.

Our guests initial comments are always that the website photos never do the property justice. How does one capture an entire mountain behind a lake?

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

John & Liane Worlund
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About John & Liane Worlund

We are retired but stay very busy working on the property.

Why John & Liane Worlund chose Bellingham

We built our property because we couldn't find another place with this view and solitude.

What makes this cottage unique

A beautiful landscape with many types of birds. In the summer when our garden is in full swing, you might see 150 lilies and 9 ft tall sunflowers growing amidst vegies and a variety of other flowers and vegetables. We share our produce and fruit grown on our property with our guests when in season. Guests are often greeted with fresh flowers on the table.

We provide a large binder of local activities, maps, restaurant menus for our guests to peruse.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly a magical place. Here is a list of birds seen around the cabin and lake. Black capped chickadee, chestnut chickadee, nuthatch, towhee, pine siskin, woodpecker, stellar jay, song sparrow, juncos, ravens, great blue heron, turkey vulture, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, northern harrier, osprey, kestrel, canadian geese, mallard and a great horned owl.
Sep 2017
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Bellingham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub/shower combination.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1) Tempurpedic type foam mattress. The sofa is not a pull out sleeper.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
Pastoral setting w/ lovely gardens.


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Contemporary Lake Cottage - Rowboat.$125
average rating of 4.909091 based on 71 reviews

Perfect weekend getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect spot to enjoy a quiet weekend away from the hustle of city life. It's a secluded spot to enjoy the sunset in the horizon across the lake and a morning coffee on the front deck. We would highly recommend it to any couple looking to spend a weekend in your partner's arms.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad to read how much you enjoyed your stay here. We know we live in a special place and are happy to share it with others who appreciate the beauty of nature. This past week with four inches of snow was mesmerizing. Please bookmark as for your next getaway. Happy autumn!
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Warm and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Thank you both for another wonderful time in this most tranquil and gorgeous setting - - complete with 3 favorites this time: fall color, chickadees, and plenty of PNW rain. My daughter and I agree it was just what we needed at just the right time... Many thanks for offering such an ideal place for us to meet up and spend a few fun and treasured days together. Just perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing to visit us again. I always think it is so special when a mother and daughter spend quality time together. Wishing you the greatest of holidays. ...and kudos to your daughter for planning Thanksgiving dinner in our cottage!
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  • 5 of 5

Great cozy cottage! Very beautiful garden with very happy and well fed birds all around!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Hope you can return to enjoy the wildlife even more!
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Lovely đź’•

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay. The attention to detail was so refreshing. The fresh flowers & veggies from the garden was just so perfect. The huge windows looking out onto a spectacular view was so peaceful and magical. The owners, John & Liane are awesome!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves at our Cottage! Enjoyed chatting with you about your daily getaway ventures. Hope you bookmark us for a return trip. Happy autumn!
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Carlsbad, CA

Peaceful Retreat.

  • 5 of 5

This home is lovely. Everything feels new and clean and it is the perfect size for a couple. The kitchen was well appointed and the furnishings were very comfortable. The location is wonderful- close enough to town to have easy access to activities, restaurants, and conveniences, but just far enough to offer solitude.

Liane and John were great hosts. They were available to answer questions and offer suggestions and they even shared tomatoes and apples from their garden with us.

The bird watching was a highlight for us. Nothing could be better than sitting on the front porch, sipping a glass of wine, watching all the various birds come to enjoy the feeders in the yard, and hearing the geese announce their arrival as they descended to the lake for a rest.

The trail at Lake Whatcom is not to be missed and is a short drive from the cottage. It is well maintained and offers beautiful views. We enjoyed picking berries to snack on as we walked.

We loved our stay here and hope to have the opportunity to come for a longer visit next time!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A little late...just saw your review as it didn't auto post. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you come for another visit. Best to you in 2018!
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Excellent visit. Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible place! Nature and solitude at its best yet close to things to do. We had an amazing stay and loved every minute.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you two enjoyed yourselves as you explored new territory for two weeks. Maybe our paths will cross again!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bellingham International Airport
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Mt Baker Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
On Rice
Nearest Ski
53 Miles
Mt Baker
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Bloedel Donovan
Car: necessary

Our Property is on a No Motor Flyfishing Only Lake. Guests Can Use Our Row Boat to Enjoy a Walden Pond Experience. Pls note we have a three night minimum in June, July & August (then 2 night minimum remainder of the year) and our property is for the use of two adults renting the cottage. We will accept a two night reservation October to May.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $30 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.8%

10% discount when booking two weeks or more. $50 cancellation fee for any cancellation. Cancellations made within two weeks of booking date will be responsible for full payment of booking unless we can rebook.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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