Sehome Garden Inn- Japanese Garden Suite


Entire guest suite hosted by Walter & Joseph

4 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1.5 baths
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Sehome Garden Inn is a modern Bed + Breakfast set on a 1-acre garden nestled into the edge of Sehome Hill Arboretum, minutes from downtown. The Inn offers two stylish and scenic rooms with garden views, a grand mid-century modern home, expansive outdoor living and lush, engaging grounds.
The Japanese Garden Suite sleeps up to 4, featuring a private entrance, private living room with sofa bed, dining area and luxurious bathroom. The suite has a rock garden, fish pond and Japanese art collection.

The space
The Garden
Sehome Garden was established in 1989 when the Nyblade family purchased the 1-acre undeveloped lot, originally planting over 300 varieties of trees and shrubs. The garden is developed into several areas which, along with the borrowed landscape of the surrounding Arboretum, creates a rich, complex landscape that feels much larger than its modest size. Areas include the Japanese garden, annual garden, flower garden, orchards, greenhouses, native forest and many special plant collections, all centered around a large pond and pathway in the style of a classic Japanese stroll or promenade garden.

The Homes
The Inn is located in The Nyblade House, a modern home built in 1980 with soaring roof lines, an attached greenhouse and fish pond, and sprawling deck. The home was preserved from demolition when it was moved to the property in 1989 from its original location in the South Hill neighborhood, just outside of Fairhaven. The Nyblade House has since undergone several dramatic renovations to reach its current state.
The property is also home to The Sparr House, built in 1894 and listed on the Local Historic Register. This late Victorian beauty, with a pagoda style roof reminiscent of Japanese temples, sits across the pond from the Inn and is where the founder of the garden still resides. This home was also moved to the property from elsewhere in the Sehome Hill Historic District to preserve it from demolition or a move out of the neighborhood.

Pet Friendly
We aim to be truly dog friendly. We welcome our guests to bring their pets along on their visit and be at home. We have two very friendly chocolate labs, Porter and Odetta, and one rather outgoing cat, Winston, who all love other 4-legged visitors. The property is a fully fenced acre that is great fun to explore and play in. We provide treats and doggie bags upon your arrival. There is no additional fee for your canine companions, just be mindful, accompany them on any outdoor forays and clean up!

Commitment to Sustainability
The Inn maintains a commitment to sustainability in every aspect of our business: from our breakfasts to our daily operations, from our homes and construction projects to our landscaping and gardening styles and practices.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed
Living room
1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer
Dedicated workspace


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4.95 out of 5 stars from 115 reviews


Where you’ll be

Bellingham, Washington, United States

We are located on a quiet, dead-end street at the base of Sehome Hill Arboretum. We are in the Sehome Hill Historic District, right outside of downtown Bellingham, walking distance to WWU via trails, and minutes from the Bay and Fairhaven.

Hosted by Walter & Joseph

  1. Joined in September 2019
  • 189 Reviews
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Walter and Joseph run a small, modern bed and breakfast set on a lush and complex 1-acre botanic garden.

During your stay

We keep regular business hours of 8-6, from breakfast through check-in. You will be greeted upon your arrival and can choose to partake in breakfast with other guests. In the evening, we are available on a limited basis. We are a traditional bed and breakfast in the sense that your Innkeepers, and the dogs, will be around a good bit of the time. We maintain the garden full time, when not tending to the business of the Inn, so you will likely see us about.
We keep regular business hours of 8-6, from breakfast through check-in. You will be greeted upon your arrival and can choose to partake in breakfast with other guests. In the eveni…

Walter & Joseph is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Language: English
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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