We are Clare and Su, owners of The Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast, and how, you ask, did we land here? Well here’s our story:
We had been looking for about 20 years for the perfect spot. We’d looked at everything from the Hood Canal Bridge area to the west end as far as Forks Washington and everything in between. We saw some beautiful locations and some may even have worked, but we knew they just weren’t the right one for some reason.
We’d even looked at the Barn House during the early days of our search, although it wasn’t a Bed and Breakfast just yet.
Berta, the previous owner, was looking to sell as she had just lost her husband. We were crazy for the place then, but we were scared we couldn’t afford it and even if we could, we needed to sell two
properties. We walked away disappointed but always felt like it would be the perfect place. We found out later that Berta decided not to sell and took it off the market.
After several years had past, we’d heard from a mutual friend that Berta was looking to sell again. So we contacted her and met to discuss options. She had converted the Barn House into a Bed and Breakfast about 5 years prior and just couldn’t do it all by herself any longer. Having lost another wonderful partner she felt it was time to move on.
Even before a For Sale sign could be installed, Berta had some folks coming out from Seattle to look at the place and they even made her an offer. But she called us a couple of days later and told us that she would wait for us to sell our properties, as she felt strongly that we were meant to be here. We knew the time was right, as things just don’t happen like this in real life.
So, we quit our jobs and immediately put both our properties on the market and hoped that it wouldn’t take long to sell. But the market was slow and even though we sold one property fairly quickly the other took almost 2 years. Berta never wavered, she hung in there with us knowing we were serious. Clare worked with her during this time to help out and so she could learn the ropes of running the B&B.
When our second property sold, we had 9 days to get moved in and as Clare likes to say, be “showtime ready.” Thankfully we have the most amazing friends, who all pitched in, painting, cleaning, landscaping and trying to get organized before our first guest arrived. How we made it, we don’t know, but we did.
We feel very honored to be the next stewards of this property and be able to share it with those who choose to come visit.
—Clare and Su