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Modern Spacious Quiet Private Retreat Centrally located. The White Orchid.

Puget, Bellingham, WA, USA
  • House977 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Relax And Enjoy Your Own Floor In Our Completely Remodeled Mid Century Home

The Space

Enjoy the entire lower level of our home while feeling very much on your own with a private entrance. The space is 977 sq. feet and includes a very spacious bedroom with ample closet space, queen bed, high quality mattress, down comforter and down pillows. (We have down alternative bedding if you prefer.) Separate bathroom and large living room or lounging area with remote control fireplace for lovely ambience and cozy warmth when you need it. There is an HD flat screen TV and DVD player with cable including HBO, and we offer free wifi. There is a mini kitchen with an apartment sized refrigerator with freezer, a cafe table and two chairs for dining or working and a mini kitchen on one end. The rooms are meticulously cleaned after each guest. The bathroom has a walk in tiled shower in soothing grays and white. Hairdryer provided. Plenty of fluffy white towels and linens.

Continental breakfast provided, usually muffins or banana bread or something like that.... as well as stocking the freezer with breakfast items that you can make yourself in the toaster oven, in case I am not here. Cream, milk and jam is provided. Everything is locally sourced and organic whenever possible.

The mini kitchen has a toaster oven, Kuerig coffee and tea machine, electric double burner cooktop, filtered water, and is equipped with all dishes, utensils, and barware. All areas are kept super clean. There is no kitchen sink, we will pick up clean and restock the dishes while you are out for the day.

Laundry facilities are available for guests staying longer than 7 days. Iron and ironing board available upon request. We have a new queen airbed available as well as a new twin airbed for extra guests. There is a 10.00 extra charge per person per day, this covers setting up the extra bed(s), food, extra linens, etc. If your stay is more than two nights the extra night charges after two nights are not applicable.

For kids: Toys, books and puzzles, Pak n Play sleeper and toddler mattress and bedding upon request. If you want the Pak n Play set up in advance please let us know. If you are coming with small children do let us know.

The private entrance is in back of the home. There is a driveway on the north side of the house, follow the line of shrubs to parking in the back. There is a guest parking sign in front of the gate.

We will check you in or you can use the coded lock box if we are away. We will give you the code once reservation is paid.

The neighborhood is very quiet and safe. We are located on a dead end private lane which is walking and child friendly. We are very centrally located, close to downtown, historic Fairhaven and Western Washington University, the Aquatic Center, shopping and restaurants.

Since our space is large, you can feel free to have others come in for a visit. No parties please.

Interaction with Guests

We realize that people that people often get away to avoid chatter, (and sometimes other people!) After check in any further interaction will be upon your personal preference. There is a lock box with key, we will provide the code before your arrival. There is most often someone here or nearby during the day. Please call or text me if you need anything at all.

The Neighborhood

The neighborhood is super safe and quiet. We are on a private lane that dead ends, which makes for safe walking and playing for children. We are very centrally located, close to downtown, Western Washington University and historical Fairhaven. Lake Padden and Lake Whatcom are nearby, as is Bellingham Bay. There are multiple parks and walking trials nearby as well. Chuckanut mountain is just a few minutes away and has wonderful hiking, or just take a leisurely drive to see the beauty of nature and the water. Restaurants and shopping are just minutes away.

Getting around

The bus stop is approximately 2 blocks away. Taxi services available with a phone call. There are times I can pick up or drop off at the airport for an 8.00 fee, just ask.

Other Things to Note

Check in is at 3:00. Check out at 12:00. Later checkout can be arranged if no guests are scheduled for that day.


Shar Van Winkle

Member Since 2015
Premier Partner
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Shar Van Winkle

Hi there, Welcome to Bellingham. My husband and I have lived in Whatcom County all of our lives and in Bellingham for about 15 years. We like to golf, travel, read, spend time with family and friends, see movies, and spend time out in the San Juan Islands. We have three daughters and two beautiful grand daughters. We hope you enjoy the area. We will make sure your stay here is comfortable.

Why Shar Van Winkle chose Puget

We live in Bellingham because of the peaceful non hurried lifestyle, clean air, and the beautiful surroundings of water, mountains and trees. We also love the proximity to Vancouver B.C, the gorgeous Skagit Valley and Seattle. This property is very centrally located to the area with easy access to 1-5.

What makes this House unique

One of the special things about the space is the decor, attention to detail, cleanliness, and the cozy natural gas fireplace. The central location is a bonus as well. We are always nearby to respond to any of your requests.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Queen air bed available for set up in fireplace room
      • Large bedroom with queen bed. Beautifully furnished with high quality Sealy Posturpedic mattress, new linens, down comforter and pillows. Down alternative available upon request. There is a twin air bed as well as the queen air bed for additional guests. it has worked out quite well so fat, to have them both set up in the fireplace room. There is a full length in the bedroom which is nice for those dressing to attend special events.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, walk in tile shower, clean!
      • Completely new bathroom with new towels, walk in tile shower, very clean with good lighting. A makeup mirror is provided.


        • Away From It All
        • Budget
        • Family
        • Tourist Attractions


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Air Conditioning
                  Not needed, space stays nice and cool if you want it to be. Fireplace provides more than adequate heat.
                • Fireplace
                  Yes! cozy natural gas fireplace with remote control.
                • Garage
                  The garage is ours, but if you needed to store bikes or sporting equipment that could be arranged. It's a super safe neighborhood.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Each room has it's own heat source. Electric heat in bedroom and bath, controlled by you. Fireplace in family room space.
                • Internet
                  Free wifi, cable TV with HBO.
                • Clothes Dryer
                  For guests staying more than one week.
                • Linens Provided
                  New linens provided.
                • Living Room
                  Its a large space, total of 677 square feet. You won't feel crowded. Furnishings are newer and lovely, please respect that.
                • Parking
                  Private entrance is in the back. IMPORTANT: Please park in front of left garage door, as far over to the fence as is comfortable.
                • Towels Provided
                  New towels and wash cloths provided.
                • Washing Machine
                  Washer and dryer available for those staying longer than 1 week.
                • Free Wifi


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Kuerig with pods provided. Selection of teas provided.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Everything you might need. If something is missing, just ask!
                    • Dishwasher
                      NO dishwasher. Dishes will be picked up and cleaned for you on a daily basis.
                    • Kitchen
                      The kitchen is a 'mini' kitchen, with an apartment sized fridge, microwave oven. There is a two burner electric cook top and rice cooker, a toaster oven Kuerig coffee machine, all dishes and glassware
                    • Microwave
                      Yes we provide a microwave oven.
                    • Oven
                      toaster oven, microwave oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      Continental breakfast provided for first 5 days, after that you are on your own. Breakfast items might include bread, muffins, waffles, quiche breakfast cookies, granola, cereal, milk, cream and jam.
                    • Refrigerator
                      Apartment sized fridge with freezer.
                    • Stove
                      two burner electric cooktop
                    • Toaster
                      New toaster oven, does toast and a lot more. Does, waffles, quiche, small baked goods.


                        • Child's Highchair
                        • Dining
                          Extra chair(s) can be provided for seating up to four at the table if needed. We do have a high chair upon request.
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 2 people


                            • Books
                              A few books available, more kids books than other.
                            • DVD Player
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              Cable with HBO.
                            • Television
                              Flat screen
                            • Toys
                              Toy box with a few toys, quite a few books, games and puzzles available.


                                • Bicycles
                                  One men's bike.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Patio area with table and chairs in front of house.
                                • Golf
                                  Many public courses in the region. My husband is an expert on them. Also a private golf and country club.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Small yard space with grass.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  We have a patio space in front that we use. We are happy to share that space and the barbeque.
                                • Tennis
                                  There are public courts nearby.


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • limited accessibility
                                      There are three steps to navigate in and out of the space.


                                        • library
                                        • autumn foliage
                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • coin laundry
                                        • forests
                                        • bay/sound
                                        • live theater
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants
                                        • water parks
                                        • waterfalls

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • paddle boating
                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • gambling casinos
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • outlet shopping
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • photography
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • Babysitter
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • mountaineering
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • jet skiing
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • rafting
                                                    • roller blading
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • skiing
                                                    • sound/bay fishing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing
                                                    • water tubing

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      77 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Very comfortable, great attention to detail, friendly

                                                      Ginny H.

                                                      We stayed here during a very cold weekend in Bellingham. We were comfy and cozy. We really appreciated all the nice touches including breakfast items, good coffee and tea, with easy to use Keurig, convenient food prep options. There is not a full stove, so don't plan an extravagant feast, but there is a one-burner cooktop, crockpot, toaster oven, and microwave. There are plenty of breakfast choices including hot and cold cereal, peanut butter, fruit, yogurt. There's also half-and-half and a non-dairy option for your coffee and tea. The host does the dishes. :) Shar made sure the gas fire was on when we arrived and when we returned on cold evenings. The bed is very comfy and we also made use of the third-person blow up bed in the living room which was comfortable as well. Everything is in great shape and spotless. Also there's lots of handy info available for visitors. It's a convenient location too. :)

                                                      Thanks, Shar, for a great stay!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thank you for your lovely review! I enjoyed meeting you all and hope to see you again in Bellingham.

                                                      Convenient location! Very accommodating host!

                                                      Mark W.Freeland, WA

                                                      My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this cozy little spot. The property is very clean and inviting, and the host was friendly and accommodating. The location is close to The core of Bellingham, and the neighborhood is very quiet. Every morning we started off with homemade bakery goods and fresh fruit, that our host provided. Very tasty and thoughtful! We would highly recommend staying here!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      I enjoyed meeting you both, and hope you enjoyed Bellingham enough to return for another visit soon! Thanks so much for your kind review, I am happy that you enjoyed our accommodations!

                                                      A most comfortable and enjoyable stay.

                                                      Eugene M E.Sedona, AZ

                                                      My husband and I absolutely loved this beautifully decorated Bellingham apartment. The well stocked eating area had every conceivable appliance and amenity for cozy cooking. Every day we were surprised with a special pastry treat from our gracious host. Situated In a quiet and leafy residential neighborhood off of

                                                      Lakeway Drive, this VRBO is convenient to major shopping districts and downtown Bellingham.

                                                      We look forward to a return stay in this friendly home away from home.


                                                      Kimiko A.

                                                      What a charming spot! This quiet little apt is just perfect.

                                                      Our host Shar is delightful and she’s left no stone unturned. All the thoughtful details made the White Orchid a place we are sure to return to.

                                                      The bed was really cozy with with big fluffy pillows, down comforter and featherbed.

                                                      The kitchen was equipped with everything you need to make breakfast and she even leaves fresh baked goods each day.

                                                      They fireplace is an added bonus.

                                                      It is close to everything, within a minutes drive.

                                                      I would recommend this spot to anyone with plans to stay in the Bellingham area and wants to experience some lovely PNW hospitality.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thank so much Kimiko, for your kind review! I really appreciate your taking time to write. I enjoyed having you both, and hope to see you again!

                                                      Cozy home, perfect for a weekend getaway

                                                      Riyaz S.

                                                      Shar's home was cozy and the perfect size for my girlfriend and I on our weekend trip to Bellingham. Shar had the fire going prior to our arrival and even had delicious cookies waiting for us. The house was located in a quiet area, but just a 5 minute drive from everything we wanted to do in Bellingham. Would definitely stay there again if/when we make our way back up there. Thanks Shar!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thank you for staying! Would love to have you back anytime!

                                                      A Lovely Stay


                                                      Char's place was perfect for us for our long weekend in Bellingham. Comfortable beds, luxurious sheets, a lovely gas fireplace, delicious home baking for breakfast--we just felt pampered and cared for. A nice area for a walk, very central, but nice and quiet. Char responded quickly to any questions, and check-in and check-out were simple. We definitely hope to be back.


                                                      Puget, Bellingham, WA, USA

                                                      Our location is very central, near downtown the waterfront Fairhaven, Lakes Padden and Whatcom, Galbraith Mountain and Chuckanut Drive. We are just over a mile from Western Washington University. There are many activities within a very short distance. Swimming, skiing, tons of hiking, gorgeous drives and scenery, whale watching tours, the list goes on and on!


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