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Contemporary Lakefront Cottage - No Cleaning Fee.Rowboat.$125

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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

Our cottage, built in 1997, 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 two night minimum, no children, no pets. 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.

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.

Two night minimum at $125 plus taxes/nite. 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?

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

John & Liane Worlund
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About John & Liane Worlund

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

Why John & Liane Worlund chose Northwest Washington

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.

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a lovely stay at your wonderful getaway. It's so peaceful here, and also so central to many fun things to do. We will certainly return for another round of relaxation in this special place. Thank you for everything.
Jul 2016
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Contemporary Lakefront Cottage - No Cleaning Fee.Rowboat.$125
average rating of 4.903226 based on 57 reviews

Shangri LA in the Lake Whatcom area!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 2 wonderful and peaceful nights in this lovely cottage. It was really prefect for us, not too close to the city but not far either. It was the perfect spot to explore about and have a lovely place to come back and relax it. It was so nice that it made it hard for us to leave. We loved that nature all around us too. We particular appreciated the owners beautiful art that graced the walls of the cottage. All in all it was a delight!!

It definitely won't be the last time that we stay. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

Squalicum Lake Cottage is in a peaceful country setting yet very conveniently located. It is 15-20 minutes from Bellingham and about an hour from Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest (which has some of the best hiking and most beautiful scenery we have ever seen). The cottage is well appointed and clean. We didn't spend a lot time at the cottage since we were busy seeing the sights, but we quite enjoyed the large picture window and multiple bird feeders. The cottage feels very private even though the owners are right next door, and they are very helpful if you need directions, recommendations, etc.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and got some hiking done! So many options in our area for things to do. Hope to see you again...enjoy the rest of the summer.
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Exactly what we were looking for - a romantic getaway near Bellingham

  • 4 of 5

We were so pleased with our stay at Squalicum Lake Cottage. It was exactly what we were expecting - good pictures. The kitchen had everything we needed, and the bed was very comfortable. It's a pretty small space, but the large windows with a view of the lake make it feel more spacious. The owners provided so much great information on things to do locally, which was super helpful - no need to research in advance. Even though the owner's house is close by, it really felt like we had the place to ourselves. We took the rowboat out on the lake a few times, and even plucked up the courage to swim once. The water was clean, but it's really quite marshy, with tea-coloured water - it doesn't inspire you to swim. There's plenty of swimming nearby though, and it was quite nice rowing on the lake at sunset. Our one piece of feedback is that the cottage could be much improved with the addition of a front deck. The existing cement porch is small and not very inviting. It would be nice to have an area to lounge outside when the weather is nice.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay here and took advantage of our rowboat as well as the binder of select information for the area that we have put together. Enjoy the remaining summer days... it feels like Fall is right around the corner!
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  • 5 of 5

What a great place! We came to WA for a little rest and to visit son's family. I couldn't be happier with the cottage! The birds where so much fun to watch! perfect 4 days, the only thing I couldn't find was a fly swatter! Flowers were a fun addition.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had such a nice family visit. Hope the photos turned out that your son took. Am guessing the flowers/field were a nice background. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Squalicum Lake Cabin this last week while visiting our daughter in Bellingham', WA. It was just the getaway we needed. We enjoyed the connection to the landscape: garden, lake, hills and sky, and the thoughtful accommodations. While we ventured out to explore some of the natural attractions of the area, we were just as delighted to have slow mornings and evenings to watch the birds, and the shifting light on the surroundings. Our hosts were helpful without being imposing, and while close to the main home, the cabin feels completely private. We would certainly stay here again, and would recommend this as a haven for anyone seeking comfort and joy in the region!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your visit here at Squalicum Lake. We enjoyed meeting you and hopefully will cross paths again next time you visit your daughter! Have a great summer.
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Lovely cottage,beautiful surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

Just overall a really nice place. Will definitely stay there when I return to Bellingham.

Owners were very nice and gave us a tour of the property.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves. Hope to see you again and hear all about your upcoming travel adventures!
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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 two night minimum and our property is for the use of two adults renting the cottage. It is not for extended family members and friends.


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Bellingham Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.8%

We do not charge a cleaning fee nor an advance security deposit. 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.
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Bellingham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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