We stayed four nights with Berta and enjoyed her wonderful home, her delicious breakfasts and warm hospitality. She is a natural host, gracious and welcoming. The Barn House itself is beautiful - there are only two suites (one on ground floor level and one upstairs) so you have lots of privacy. Guests are welcome to make themselves at home in the Great Room - it's like a club lounge, complete with bar! There is a guest fridge so you can chill your own wine or beer. There is a coffee maker and Berta makes sure there is fresh milk in the fridge. The view of the bay is amazing.
Our room was the Victorian Garden suite, located off the Great Room, with a little ante room for added privacy. We had lovely views of the Olympic mountains, surrounding fields and the garden. It was spacious and spotlessly clean. Berta has thought of everything to make sure you are comfortable. Berta has created a lovely atmosphere are you just feel right at home and so relaxed. It was a privilege to share her home as her guests.
You are welcome to bring back take-out if you wish - we did that one night and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. The property also enjoys a private stretch of beach on Dungeness Bay; there are steps down to a small deck where you can watch the sun set or rise. Marine Drive is a lovely morning or evening walk - you will spot bald eagles! Berta's garden is beautiful - if the weather is fine, you will enjoy breakfast outside. We enjoyed watching the two chicks in the little hummingbird nest in the tree outside our window. Breakfast is plentiful and sociable - we love meeting new people this way and comparing stories and travel experiences.
Sequim itself is a lovely wee town - about a 15 min drive from the B&B. The outdoor market is great, as was the Alderwood Bistro, Rainshadow Coffee and the Sunshine Cafe. Make a point of visiting a lavender farm too - there are lots to choose from! The John Wayne Marina was a nice place to park up and enjoy the view as was the Marlyn Nelson Park and beach. The Dungeness Wildlife Refuge and the Railroad Park are also definitely worth a visit too.
As the Barn House enters its next evolution under new owners Claire and Sue, I wish them, and Berta, all the very best. Keep making the lavender shortbread, Claire!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Dungeness Barn House Bed & Breakfast is located on Dungeness Bay over-looking the Strait, Dungeness Spit & Lighthouse. The spacious beautifully appointed suites have private baths. Enjoy walks on the private beach and beautiful sunsets from the beach deck. Watch eagles soaring overhead and ships going through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The beautiful gardens surrounding the home are planned for year round enjoyment. Winter is special time to sit in front of the great room fireplace and watch the white capped waves marching down the Strait. ... more less