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Chuckanut Forest Studio

Bedrooms Studio
Space 572 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Custom designed studio nestled in a forest, near both sea and mountain

Gorgeous modern studio in a forested setting, this is a unique space with thoughtful design. Seashore and mountain trails are right outside the door, & the Studio is a ten minute drive from Bellingham. Our special place has offered rejuvenation and re-connection for many; inspired numerous marriage proposals; hosted honeymooners, travelers & artists; motivated adventurers to hike, bike, paddle and explore; and also provided "Il Dolce Far Niente" - The Sweetness of Doing Nothing.

The Seaside Forest Studio began as an artist's studio, every aspect custom designed. From the loft bed surrounded by windows, to the fully equipped kitchen, slate-tiled shower and red brick floors, everything was added with careful thought. This is a unique space!

The Studio is 512 square feet with an added 60 feet in the sleeping area above. There is a queen-sized bed in a hanging loft, best for those comfortable climbing a ladder up and down, to sleep surrounded by windows and trees on all sides. There is also a Euro-lounger/sofa in the main room that folds into a comfortable full size bed, with a memory foam topper. The main room has a window seat, as well as a custom reading nook with games for all ages stored below. Peter's handmade beautiful, live-edge cedar table seats four (five, if you'd like). The kitchen is fully equipped with sink, stove, oven, refrigerator, and cooking implements. The bath has a full shower, beautifully tiled. The studio has both electric heat and a wood stove. There are two entryways, with a curved wood deck at the front entrance (and a large granite boulder to sit on as well). Parking is just outside the back door.

We care about beauty, connection, real things, and the Studio reflects that; much of its features were made by us or locally sourced. You'll eat at Peter's table, hang your coat on a fir tree we found in our woods, use Aimee's homemade soap in the shower, see our art on the walls, sleep in a loft built by a dear friend, and enjoy a fire with wood from our property.

A short walk down the driveway or steep beach trail offers views of both Chuckanut and Pleasant Bays (we live on a point, so there is water on both sides). Just up a winding brick path, you'll find the hot tub (older design, very simple) behind our house, on a deck under tall fir trees with peekaboo views of the water. Our property is a haven for wildlife: the studio is surrounded by a forest that's home to many kinds of birds, including raptors, owls, and songbirds. Raccoons and deer wander through, and we're close to the seashore where seals swim, herons squawk, and crabs scuttle under eelgrass forests.

The Studio shares the woods with our home, so we're available for questions and concerns. Our home is situated on a knoll overlooking the water, while the studio is in a forest below. The two structures are separated by a driveway and woods, out of sight of each other. We do share a common driveway, our cars blocked from the Studio's view by a neatly stacked woodpile. We do drive and/or walk past the Studio when coming & going.

The Seaside Forest Studio is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and those who want unique accommodation in a beautiful natural setting.

Other considerations:

• NOISE - Our property is bordered by a forest to the west; woods, road and Chuckanut Bay to the north; Pleasant Bay to the south; and the Burlington Northern railway very nearby to the east, just beyond and below the Studio and driveway. Trains pass by frequently and the freight engines' rumble can be noisy (though they thankfully seldom blow their whistles here). There is occasional work on the tracks below the studio, about 4-5 days/year at entirely unpredictable times. Some guests love the trains, others find the earplugs we provide helpful at night with the intermittent passing trains, or get accustomed to it as background noise (quite infrequently, a guest finds the passing night trains intolerably loud - it's really a subjective experience). We live in a neighborhood, so sounds of children playing and neighbors talking mingle with owls hooting, coyotes yipping in the distance, a nearby neighbor's rooster, and geese honking overhead.

• PETS - Please let us know if you're planning to bring a pet. We do charge a pet fee. Though we do accept well-behaved dogs, we prefer smaller, non-shedding breeds, as dog hair can be invasive.

• ACCESS - The ladder and hatch to the loft is for reasonably agile people - others might want to consider sleeping on the sofa bed below.

• TECHNOLOGY - Cell service is spotty at the Studio; though we have wifi, texting and phone reception is unpredictable.

• NIGHT LIGHT - Our property is dark at night, with some outdoor lighting, but not a lot. We love the darkness – better to see the stars and moonlight – and hope our guests will enjoy this respite from city lights as well.

• BEACHES - Though there is a small private beach below the Studio, it is for local community use only. Other beautiful beaches are a short walk or drive away. We've got lots of suggestions!

• MINIMUM STAY - We ask for a two night minimum stay on weekends, but are happy to accommodate one night stays during the week in the off-season.

• HOT TUB - Though the hot tub is located behind our home, Studio guests have access to it 24/7. It's just a short walk up a brick path. Note that it's an older model tub with no jets, just hot water to soak in under the cedars and firs.

• CARBON - We provide a plug-in for electric cars and offer a discount to anyone who arrives via bike, kayak, or on foot.

• PLEASANT BAY LOOKOUT - There is one other rental on our property. Please be mindful of others should there be additional guests on site.

• ABOUT YOU - We prefer to book with guests that tell us a bit about themselves prior to booking. Thank you for understanding!

• VRBO reviews of others' Studio stay are found in the review section: check out lots more comments from the Studio guest book and reviews from other vacation rental sites in the Owner Info section.

More Details

Aimee and Peter Frazier
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

About Aimee and Peter Frazier

We feel so fortunate to live on this special property, purchased by Peter's forward-thinking parents in 1964. Peter is the communication and development director for a regional nonprofit. Aimee is founder and lead teacher for an environmental education and service-learning program. We value giving back to our community and sharing the gifts we’ve received, both in our work and personal lives. Our vacation rentals are an expression of that ethic. We feel grateful to be able to share the gifts of this property: the peace and privacy of the forest, proximity to the sea on both sides, Chuckanut Mountain's trails and vistas, our hot tub under the trees, and all that Fairhaven and Bellingham have to offer.

Aimee and Peter Frazier purchased this studio in 1964

Why Aimee and Peter Frazier chose Bellingham

This special place is an extension of who we are. Our family history is intertwined with these trees, the cove below our house, the trails along Chuckanut Mountain. Peter played and daydreamed here as a boy, worked on the property beside his dad as a young man, and, together with Aimee, took over the care of the property as an adult. We have raised our own children here, and our family history continues with a strong sense of place.

What makes this studio unique

We have deep roots here, and want to share the gifts of this property: the peace and privacy of the forest, proximity to the sea on both sides, Chuckanut Mountain's trails and vistas, our hot tub under the trees, and all that Fairhaven and Bellingham have to offer. A bonus of living here is the beautiful design of all three buildings on the property, a design sense begun by Peter's parents, and continued forward as we've added structures and spaces.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My wife and I found this place after searching for the perfect respite from busy tour life… and it could not of been a more incredible stay. From the treehouse style sleeping, to the fire, to the hot tub, to the Fragrance Lake hike and everything in between… Wow. Thank you, Aimee and Peter, for sharing the gifts you’ve been given with the rest of us – that’s why you are so deserving.

- Comment left in Studio guest book
Mar 2018
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation studio rental in Bellingham, Washington

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 572 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom consists of sink, toilet, spacious slate-tiled shower. We provide soap and linens, and shampoo and conditioner should you forget yours.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • There is not a bedroom per se, but a hanging loft above the main room, accessed via a ladder. The queen size bed takes up most of the loft, and is surrounded by windows that look out at cedar, fir, madrona trees.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The Seaside Forest Studio is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, and those who want unique accommodation in a beautiful natural setting. Note there is no pavement on our property – the gravel driveway is wooded, so you'll have the forest all around you, and under your feet as well!


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Chuckanut Forest Studio
average rating of 4.9791665 based on 293 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful place. My wife and I had a great time just relaxing. Very close to state parks and the beach. Plenty of privacy. Would highly recommend and we would love to book again!

  • Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you are lucky enough to have a chance to stay here, DO IT!! I cannot say enough good things about this property and Aimee and Peter. I stayed here with my daughters so one of them could look at Western Washington University. It was a girls getaway and college trip. We stayed 3 nights. When we got there, Aimee and Peter already had the fire going. They were both lovely, helpful and accommodating-they even let us traipse through their home to do a photo shoot on their deck! You do have lots of privacy as well. My daughters loved sleeping up in the loft and the sofa bed was completely comfy. Every night, we were soaking in the hot tub, which was so peaceful and relaxing. We walked up the road and went on an incredible hike to a lake-lots of trails are nearby. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: 9-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

Aimee and Peter's little "treehouse" was such an amazing getaway - my partner and I both run businesses in the city and to be able to be in such a quiet but welcoming environment was so wonderful. The loft rests upstairs and you lay in bed and watch the trees sway and listen to the train passing by. There are beautiful hikes nearby (we picked an easy one and saw a waterfall), plus the towns are so close, we had a great time browsing Village Books and ate at a couple nice restaurants nearby - the space was also a great kitchen and dining room to cook in and we made fires both nights we were there. Aimee and Peter were so kind but we also had some privacy which we enjoyed (plus a nice greeting by their pup!). The place had all comfortable amenities you could want - we also greatly enjoyed the hot tub under the stars. :) A great weekend!! Thank you~

  • Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The house was a delight! We spent a peaceful weekend in reflection. The kitchen was perfect with everything one might need. We loved building the fire and the headlamp came in handy when climbing down the loft ladder in the night!

Thank you to hosts Aimee and Peter for attending to our every need! We plan to come back!

  • Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a beautiful stay at the Chuckanut Forest Studio. Aimee was a wonderful host and helped us plan hikes in the area. The studio is cozy and private, we loved the wood burning stove! The kitchen is well stocked with quality cooking supplies. We will absolutely be back!

  • Submitted: 5-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Studio Haven

  • 5 of 5

Enjoy the out of doors? Hiking, biking, walks in the woods? Fantastic location for Chuckanut Mt trail system. Or perhaps you want local fare? Nearby Taylor Oyster Farm is an easy bike ride South along scenic Chuckanut Bay Drive. Go slightly further & explore local cheese farms & the famous Breadfarm! Worth catching. North, explore what Bellingham has to offer: Historic Fairhaven, farmers markets, music festivals, fabulous seaside walks, local breweries & if you are day tripping, head out Hwy 542 for Mt Baker/Shuksan & the Northern Cascades. Ideal tiny studio has all you need for relaxing & enjoying all Bellingham area has to offer. Must like trains!!

  • Submitted: 7-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Bellingham Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Fairhaven district of Bellingham
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Anacortes Ferry to San Juan Islands & Victoria
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Lake Padden Golf Course
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 5 (exit 250)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Fairhaven district of Bellingham
Nearest Ski
59 Miles
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
One mile south
Car: recommended

The Chuckanut area and Bellingham region are an outdoor recreation and nature lovers' paradise. We're the Northwest epicenter for sea, mountain, lake, and river activities, as well as island hopping and visiting local farms of every variety (vineyards, vegetables, fruit, meat, dairy). If you'd prefer a more urban vacation, Bellingham has great markets, diverse shopping opportunities, varied restaurants and nightlife, great local breweries, and one of the most beautiful university campuses in Washington state. We're situated equidistant to Vancouver BC and Seattle, so big city attractions are just a 90 minute drive away!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation studio rental in Bellingham, Washington

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
May 24 2018 - May 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
May 29 2018 - Sep 23 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2018
Sep 24 2018 - Nov 20 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2018
Nov 21 2018 - Dec 31 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$25.95 + Tax
Cleaning Fee C$77.84 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$324.32

A 2.5% processing fee is charged for all credit card transactions.

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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