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Exquisite, masterpiece of a home on a spectacular park.

Guest: Sasha (United States)
Date of Stay: 01/06/12 Review Submitted: 01/27/12


My family and I stayed at Whatcom Falls Retreat for a long weekend in January, and we have never been more satisfied with a vacation rental. This home is above and beyond what I expected, and the hospitality from the owner was tremendous. When we couldn’t figure out how to turn on the television, we called Erik and he picked up within seconds. When I still couldn’t figure out how to make it work, he came over just to show us. The home itself is a masterpiece full of heart. Each crevice of this home was clearly designed with great intention and thought. The kitchen is gorgeous and well stocked. The sun room is inviting and envelopes you into the lovely gardens. The steam room was my absolute favorite bathroom, and I spent every morning waking up by sitting in the steam before my morning coffee. The master bedroom is fantastic with its bright, jungle green walls and delightful views of the garden and park. My husband absolutely loved the hidden big screen tv, which comes down from above the fireplace via switch. We were thrilled with this home, appreciated the peace and quiet, and will most definitely be returning January 2013 for another family retreat!

 

Guest: Parkes (Raleigh, NC / Bellingham, WA)
Date of Stay: 06/15/12 Review Submitted: 06/23/12

We found that the listing description was accurate concerning location. The photos reflected the true appearance and amenities. The property was very clean and well maintained. The owner was especially helpful. He responded immediately to our questions and fixed the minor problem we reported in a short period of time. We would recommend this property to anyone looking for an ideal place for a family gathering, a special celebration or for a pleasant place to enjoy a relaxed time indoors, in the beautiful yard or hiking the trails of the adjoining park.

great for the wedding.

Guest: mother of the bride (Oregon)
Date of Stay: 01/22/12 Review Submitted: 01/30/12

everyone loved the house. most spent their time in the sun room even though we did not have lots of sun the week we stayed. The hot tub was also a big hit. Thanks again for sharing your home with us.

An Absolutely Perfect Stay!

Guest: Beth (Portland )
Date of Stay: 11/20/11 Review Submitted: 12/17/11

We celebrated an early Thanksgiving at the Whatcom Falls Retreat with our extended family of 15, and could not have been any more thrilled with our stay! My husband and I were a little skeptical that we would like this as much as the high end hotels we are used to staying in when in town visiting family, but the minute we walked in the front door of this property we were hooked, and knew that both of Bellingham’s two boutique hotels now paled in comparison. As we passed from one room to the next we found ourselves more and more excited about what we would now like to think of as our new home away from home. The house is exquisitely decorated with a mix of contemporary, global, antique, and vintage furnishings and accents, as well as high-end appliances and amenities. The kitchen had everything we could possibly need to prepare and serve our large Thanksgiving feast. The bedrooms, bathrooms, even the laundry room, were all thoughtfully appointed and beautifully decorated. The kids loved walking to the playground just down the way, and the adults enjoyed relaxing and catching up in any of the many gathering areas. During the day, when the entire extended family would be over, the house never felt crowded. At night, when our own children would go home with their cousins and it was just the two of us, the house still felt cozy and comfortable. I had worried that we would feel lonely being the only two staying in such a large home, but was happily surprised to find that wasn’t the case. The house is just so well designed, and so incredibly comfortable, that it feels as natural to have two stay as it would the whole extended family. The owners are extremely conscientious and went out of their way to make sure every detail of our stay was perfect. Truth be told, I tried to think of something that they could improve upon, just to make this review seem a bit more balanced, and I came up with nothing. Well, unless you want to count that we weren’t able to stay a few extra days (or weeks — yes, it was that great!).

What an AMAZING home!

Guest: Theodore (Bellingham WA)
Date of Stay: 05/10/10 Review Submitted: 12/13/11

I had the pleasure of staying at Eric and Laura’s beautiful home luckily due to a last minute cancellation. The house, the interior and exterior decorating, all the detail and extra touches are IMPECCABLE! from the granite kitchen, to the custom sunroom, to the flat screen TV that descends out of the ceiling… premium linens, down comforters and pillows… oh and the hot tub! I slept better than I have ever slept for a very long time. The location is very convenient, close to everything you need. the house has a very calming and quiet effect, and just by being there you feel good! I HIGHLY recommend booking ahead of time as this house is in high demand. there is SO much space, even extra couch and floor space for kids and sleeping bags, a huge backyard, and Whatcom Falls park SO close! I I have stayed in hotels, B&B’s and homes all over the world from Shanghai to London to Puerta Vallarta, and this one ranks as one of the highest. I rarerly will give a 5 star review, but there is no reason for me not to here!

Terrific “Grooms House” for wedding weekend.

Guest: Lynda (Kelso, WA)
Date of Stay: 11/10/11 Review Submitted: 11/15/11

My son was married recently and we rented this home for our out of town family and close friends. The house worked well for this, as the rooms were large, and there was plenty of space for the varied weekend activities. Unfortunately we were too busy to enjoy tha adjacent park, but it was a lovely backdrop to our festivities. All of our guests were impressed by the home’s layout and decor.

Wonderful Home on the park

Guest: Bruce (California)
Date of Stay: 09/22/11 Review Submitted: 09/29/11

We rented this wonderful home for our grandson’s wedding. There were eleven of us most of the time. The house is spacious and has so many beautiful areas. The park out the back door is amazing. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a beautiful, restful time in a park setting. We would stay here again, anytime!! Just Great!!!

Amazing Rental

Guest: Matt G.
Date of Stay: 08/18/11 Review Submitted: 08/23/11

We stayed at this property for a wedding 8/18-8/21. We had 11 guests staying with us and there was plenty of room for all of us to sleep comfortably. The house was extremely clean and very accomodating. We had a small issue with the nozzle in the shower when we first checked in, but Erik came in fixed immediately even though it wasn’t even a major issue. Erik was extremely friendly and was available if we needed anything at all, which we didn’t. You will not be disappointed at all staying here and you should not look at any other properties, this is where you should stay. The grill worked just fine and would recommend using it to help cut down on food cost. The backyard is amazing and you can hear the waterfalls from the trail. We enjoyed running on the trail in the morning and even saw a few deer. Everything is within 10 minutes of the house too. We are extremely happy we decided to stay at this house and if we go back to Bellingham, we will be staying in this house again. Thanks Erik!

Wonderful Home

Guest: Kristy (Eugene)
Date of Stay: 03/13/11 Review Submitted: 05/27/11

Our work group has stayed in this home several times now and the home is really all one can ask for. The bedrooms are very comfortable, well spaced out, the ammenities are A1 (granite kitchen, stainless steel appliances, washer / dryer, flat screen tv) and Eric, the owner is courteous and responsive to any needs we had. The home was very clean and well maintained.

Awesome house! Great quality!

Guest: David (Whatcom County)
Date of Stay: 01/01/11 Review Submitted: 01/10/11

I live locally and have had the pleasure of attending several events at Whatcom Falls Retreat from small intimate social gathering to a catered wedding. The house and surroundings are both beautiful and functionally pleasing and manage pulling off both being luxurious and functional at the same time. The kitchen is awesome with marble counter tops, a professional grade stove, large sink etc. right down to little niceties like the instant hot water tap for tea. The modern hot tub seats several people (6? 8?) with a variety of seating positions and jets. The marble steam room / shower seats about four and has multiple shower heads in addition to the steam for a variety of options. The sun room overlooks the private back yard and the hot tub and is a wonderful place to sit and visit. In good weather you can bask in the abundance of sun that comes through the glass walls and roof. In bad weather the rain falling on the glass roof is soothing. The hardwood floors in areas like the living room and dining room and the fireplace provide a feeling of luxury as you visit with friends. The physical location is in a fairly private, low traffic residential area yet is close to a wide variety of parks, trails, recreational options, shopping and other tourist locations. Erik is kind, calm and a wonderful human being to deal with. If you are looking for a quality place for you or your loved ones to stay while in Bellingham you won’t be disappointed.

Absolutely fabulous house

Guest: Sid (Pennsylvania)
Date of Stay: 10/15/10 Review Submitted: 10/24/10

We recently stayed at this house for our family reunion. Without a doubt, this was the best vacation rental place I have stayed at so far. The house was large – 4 bedrooms to fit 8 adults, very tastefully decorated – each part of the house had its own character, nice, cozy, and convenient with an awesome sun room that has glass walls and a glass ceiling. Most amazingly, the house came equipped with every little detail one can think of and need in a typical family getaway. For example, the kitchen had both formal and casual dinnerware to feed at least 25 people if not more, and came with every pot / utensil / kitchen gadget we needed and that too in duplicates. The sauna in the downstairs bedroom and the master bedroom with its private balcony were awesome as well! To top it off Erik was an excellent host and helped us have an absolutely memorable family reunion!

Fantastic Home!

Guest: Becca (Macomb, Mi )
Date of Stay: 10/01/10 Review Submitted: 10/11/10

My family and I had a chance to rent this lovely home for a family wedding we recently attended in the Bellingham area. I can not express in words what a lovely home this is and how beautiful the location is. Erik was wonderful to deal with and treated us with the highest level of service from our initial inquiry. My family and I had a chance to walk the trails direclty behind the home to Whatcom Falls and we took some pictures that we will frame for our home. The home is located near some wonderful restaurants and we enjoyed walking downton Bellingham and Fairhaven. I would highly recommend this home for your next stay and I look forward to our return trip in the future!

Best. Vacation House. EVER.

Guest: k2 (Bellingham, WA)
Date of Stay: 09/07/10 Review Submitted: 09/23/10

My family and friends and I spent an amazing week at the Whatcom Falls Retreat and could not have asked for anything better! Truthfully, I live in Bellingham and scoped this property out months before staying here, as I was looking for the perfect place to have a reception for my small and intimate wedding. The back yard was EXACTLY what my husband and I were looking for- private, picturesque and surrounded by the sweeping beauty of Whatcom Falls Park. We were married in the park across the street, and enjoyed a perfectly memorable party afterwards at the house. The homeowner was amazing to work with throughout the process of renting and executing such a feat, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have stumbled across such a gem in the middle of our own city. Everyone who stayed at the house surrounding the wedding is anxious to return soon- we made wonderful memories and felt at home in this beautiful retreat. You can’t go wrong renting this place!

Fabulous home, amazing waterfalls at your fingertips!

Guest: Jennifer C. (Bakersfield, CA)
Date of Stay: 07/31/10 Review Submitted: 08/05/10

Your home was exceedingly comfortable for the five of us–something for everyone! Our habit was to knock around town or find a lake (Lake Samish is excellent to kayak on for the kids, weekends only), eat lunch downtown (recommend Boundary Bay Brewing for the best chili I’ve ever had), then head back to the house for leisurely walks through the park. Our teenagers LOVED swimming in the creek. Kids of all ages can swim there, too, not just the older ones. Then we’d head back to the house for a sit in the hot tub. We really loved the sound system in the hot tub and throughout the house. There were so many ways to relax it was hard to choose! The kids loved to kick back and watch movies on the big screen, but we preferred to enjoy the backyard and look for deer, squirrels and birds. Also spotted an owl and a beaver on the trails. I would recommend this house for anyone wanting a comfortable place to get away from it all! There is even a Starbucks within walking distance, if getting away from it all doesn’t include leaving Starbucks behind (like me!).

 

Beautiful Home

Guest: bwcoin (Richland, WA)
Date of Stay: 05/27/10 Review Submitted: 05/31/10

We searched and found this perfect Home for our rehearsal dinner of 20 guests. All our guest wanted to tour this beautiful home and enjoy the quality work that went into its construction, all first class. Thanks Eric for a wonderful experience.

What an AMAZING home!

Guest: Theodore (Bellingham WA)
Date of Stay: 05/10/10 Review Submitted: 12/13/11

I had the pleasure of staying at Eric and Laura’s beautiful home luckily due to a last minute cancellation. The house, the interior and exterior decorating, all the detail and extra touches are IMPECCABLE! from the granite kitchen, to the custom sunroom, to the flat screen TV that descends out of the ceiling… premium linens, down comforters and pillows… oh and the hot tub! I slept better than I have ever slept for a very long time. The location is very convenient, close to everything you need. the house has a very calming and quiet effect, and just by being there you feel good! I HIGHLY recommend booking ahead of time as this house is in high demand. there is SO much space, even extra couch and floor space for kids and sleeping bags, a huge backyard, and Whatcom Falls park SO close! I I have stayed in hotels, B&B’s and homes all over the world from Shanghai to London to Puerta Vallarta, and this one ranks as one of the highest. I rarerly will give a 5 star review, but there is no reason for me not to here!

The perfect gathering place

Guest: nanaofmany (Bellingham)
Date of Stay: 05/08/10 Review Submitted: 05/10/10

Our family again gathered in this beautiful home. The women came together to have fun and relax. This home provides the perfect space to just be together. It has big rooms that are light and airy and it is clean, clean clean. The sun room is delightful during the day or at night. The bedrooms are large and uncluttered and the beds are wonderful. The kitchen is large enough for four or five to work together and is well stocked. The house is located right next to a beautiful park and those walks are delightful and the Falls are mesmerizing. I would recommend this home and its owner Erik Moore to anyone. It is a perfectly designed vacation rental and Moore is a gracious and knowedgable host.

The perfect gathering place.

Guest: nanaofmany (Bellingham)
Date of Stay: 05/08/10 Review Submitted: 05/10/10

Once again we gathered at this wonderful gathering place. Sisters, mothers, aunts, cousins; three generations. What a delight. There was so much room, so many little nooks and crannies to visit, to hold that darling baby, to capture pictures, to create memories. This house holds so many happy times for our family. We continue to gather here and will continue to do so. The kitchen is a great working kitchen for a lot of people to work at one time. The table holds many and the sun room lets everyone feel part of the kitchen experience. The walks and hikes are refreshing and the falls were beautiful. The beds are so comfortable and the rooms are light and airy. This is the perfect gathering place. This home always exceeds our expectations. The property is so clean and the owner is gracious and generous with his time and his answers to our questions. I continue to recommend this vacation home to friends and family.

Chip & Colleen, March 15 through March 23, 2010 from Littleton, CO

Guest: cmbossof3 (Littleton, CO)
Date of Stay: 03/15/10 Review Submitted: 03/27/10

We gathered in Bellingham for our sons college graduation from Western Washington University. My entire family joined us. We had people from NYC ,CO, NM, NJ, MI, & AZ. None had ever been to Bellingham before. The house easily accommodated all of us. The house is absolutely beautiful.We enjoyed all features of this wonderful home. The location is great. We walked the trails of Whatcom Falls Park everyday. We enjoyed the hot tub, in house steam room and the BBQ. We had dinners at the house and a catered lunch. We had the best graduation and family reunion so much was credited to having this house. It made for a great gathering place. There are many rooms to sit in and spread out in. I have to say one of the best aspect about this rental was working with the owner Erik. It is a little scary renting a house long distance and knowing you have others to accommodate. Erik always answered any question I had and he answered immediately. We took tons of pictures and we have great memories of our week in Bellingham. Our only negative is that it is all over. Thanks to Erik for a great stay.

Beautiful!

Guest: Chip and Colleen
Date of Stay: 03/10/10 Review Submitted: 05/08/10

We gathered in Bellingham for our sons college graduation from Western Washington University. My entire family joined us. We had people from NYC ,CO, NM, NJ, MI, & AZ. None had ever been to Bellingham before. The house easily accommodated all of us. The house is absolutely beautiful.We enjoyed all features of this wonderful home. The location is great. We walked the trails of Whatcom Falls Park everyday. We enjoyed the hot tub, in house steam room and the BBQ. We had dinners at the house and a catered lunch. We had the best graduation and family reunion so much was credited to having this house. It made for a great gathering place. There are many rooms to sit in and spread out in. I have to say one of the best aspect about this rental was working with the owner Erik. It is a little scary renting a house long distance and knowing you have others to accommodate. Erik always answered any question I had and he answered immediately. We took tons of pictures and we have great memories of our week in Bellingham. Our only negative is that it is all over. Thanks to Erik for a great stay. Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, sightseeing, families with young children.

Guest: nanaofmany (Bellingham)
Date of Stay: 03/06/10 Review Submitted: 03/05/10

About 80 people watched our son and new daughter-in-law’s wedding celebration held in the flower filled backyard of this beautiful home. We first had a blast square dancing on the lawn, then enjoyed the ceremony and then a reception that lasted far into the beautiful summer evening. Out of town family members stayed here during the wedding week. It was such fun to have the bride’s and the groom’s families have a place that was big enough to accommodate all of us meeting together for fun and wedding activities. Both my son and his wife had ample time to visit with each other’s families during this week long celebration. The grandchildren had a wonderful time playing in the park just down the street when they weren’t playing chase in the back yard, while the adults watched them from the large deck. The sun room allowed the older generation to feel a part of the activities w/o being outside in the sun. The park behind the house is beautiful and has wide paths that easily accommodated the groups that went back and forth to the beautiful falls. The house itself is beautiful. The attention to detail is quite remarkable. Moore and his father built the house and it is a work of skill. Being clean was an important consideration and this met all expectations. Moore was available at most any time for any questions we had and for suggestions of things to do and places to go. We didn’t need to eat out as a group, the dining room table was huge and the kitchen a dream. Those that wanted could eat outside on the deck. The house is close to shopping and anything we needed was minutes away. This is a house built for families and celebrations. It was a delightful time, one full of memories we will all cherish. · By Nana of Many from Bellingham WA on 3/6/10 for a stay on 8/1/2009

Guest: CDR & Mrs. Bill Dodge (Oak Harbor, WA)
Date of Stay: 01/15/10 Review Submitted: 01/15/10

We stayed at this home with members of our Team Navy bike team. We had two days of beautiful bike riding, all the way to the Canadian border. The house is amazing. We loved walking in the park and soaking in the hot tub. Erik made everything so easy for us. This is truly a spectacular home and we look forward to another fantastic biking weekend in 2010.

Guest: Jeremy Smith
Date of Stay: 11/03/09 Review Submitted: 11/02/09

I’m not sure how we could have verbally expressed what a good time we had. My family members have nice homes, but they really dug your floor plan and colors. We never got into hot tub, but the rest of the house, especially the kitchen, was well used. My sister cooked liked mad. Honestly Eric, getting a house just completely changed the whole weekend. Having that house in particular brought it to a new level. everyone said they felt very much at home. It is a prefect gathering place, with great proximity to the park. I envy your position there. The pictures on VRBO do not do the place justice. We all feel that that weekend was one of the best we’ve had in a long time, and your house was a big part of that equation. Thank you so much for doing business with me on such short notice and excepting my offer. My graduation celebration would not have been the same without you.

 

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