The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast: New West Seattle Blog sponsor

Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast. Here’s what its proprietors want you to know about this beautiful century-old West Seattle home, now open as guest lodging:

(The Gatewood‘s main room, with proprietors Margaret and Mary)
In 1910, British-born Francis Harper built The Gatewood for his wife Pontine and six children. The home holds more than 100 years of stories and history of the families who have lived here and after whom our guestrooms are named: the Harpers, Clarks, Frosts, and Odekirks.

Although only a short drive to downtown or the airport, the home is tucked away in a peaceful greenbelt with beautiful grounds and picturesque views. It is also a very walkable distance to Lincoln Park. To Margaret, Lincoln Park is an integral part of the experience of The Gatewood.

The Hayes family purchased the house in 1987 to raise their children and provide a place for her large, extended family to gather and bond. With the intent to restore the property with consideration of its era, they feel very fortunate to be the latest keepers of this wonderful place in West Seattle. The Hayes’s, as well as lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, created many fond memories at this extraordinary place. At Thanksgiving it became a tradition for everyone to take a leisurely walk together down to Lincoln Park and back to walk off the large meal … and avoid the dishes.

Margaret Hayes (current owner) and her daughter Mary are also in contact with the four previous owners’ families in order to capture their stories and extend the welcome back to their family home. The response has been remarkable. Some have even stayed at the house since its conversion to a B&B and expressed their deep appreciation for the loving care taken in the restoration.

In the desire to share this gem of a house, Margaret converted the residence into a Bed & Breakfast. We are confident that the environment will provide a restful, calming experience for everyone who visits. West Seattle is a unique place – the residents here genuinely care about their neighbors, local businesses, and the community as a whole. We feel we can be that home-away-from-home for those who are visiting West Seattle and extend that community and connection to them. Whether it’s the interaction with the hosts, the grounds, or the home itself, we provide guests an intimate experience. We are proud to be here in West Seattle and value greatly the support provided by the community.

We do provide recommendations to West Seattle restaurants and services for our guests. We also have partnered with several local Seattle artists to display their works throughout the house.

The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast is at 7446 Gatewood Road SW; you can see photos and book a reservation online at Or, call 206-938-3482.

We thank The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

15 Replies to "The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast: New West Seattle Blog sponsor"

  • Katie October 16, 2013 (4:13 pm)

    Wow! It looks beautiful.

  • Brendan Jackson October 16, 2013 (5:23 pm)

    It does look gorgeous. the one qualm I have is the child rule. I understand people want to get away and definitely don’t want a screaming baby that’s for sure. But under 8?!? Listen I live in West Seattle and would love to take my kid there just to get away – no phone, computer, etc… – but have a three yr. old and don’t see why all these places don’t accept young children. Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. But they want business, right? Probably shouldn’t exclude kids then…just my take….

  • Mtnpeak October 16, 2013 (6:44 pm)

    I was sorry to see the child policy as well. It certainly looks like a gorgeous place and I was all set to recommend it to my parents for their visits to West Seattle until I saw that rule. Not that they would bring kids with them, it just seemed anti-family and a bit unfriendly.

  • BadaBing October 16, 2013 (6:56 pm)

    I am really excited to find out about this option. As far as the no kids under 8 years old policy, I am a teacher but I am quite comfortable with this policy. “Everyones” kids are perfect, I know…but I am perplexed why, as a paying customer, I have to fight off or simnply “ignore” unruly children when I am a guest at a west seattle establishment. I am pro-kid but I understand that someone, somewhere, has kids who do not behave while out and about. I have compassion for the harried parents, but I also think that it isn’t right that other people have to have their evenings, their trips to the grocery store, their steaks, and other payed for experiences punctuated by kicked seatbacks, whines, or crying screams.

    Again, I cannot wait to try this new place out as a West Seattle option for respite…I love kids, but I love the idea of my excursion not being someone else’s kid-centric.

  • KP October 16, 2013 (7:36 pm)

    Woohoo! So excited about this! I know my family will definitely be staying here.

  • Kgdlg October 16, 2013 (7:56 pm)

    I have a kid and have no issues with the no kid policy. In fact, maybe my partner and I will go here on our next no kiddo night away!

  • ACG October 16, 2013 (10:36 pm)

    How many B&B’s are there in West Seattle?

  • Janet H October 17, 2013 (6:27 am)

    We had a most relaxing and enjoyable weekend at the Gatewood B&B. Margaret and Mary are the most gracious hostesses and I would recommend the Gatewood B&B to anyone.

  • Kayleigh October 17, 2013 (9:21 am)

    Seriously, what a beautiful B&B! And best wishes to Margaret and Mary.
    You’d think the people complaining about teardowns and development “ruining” the quaint character of West Seattle would be heaping praise all over this story. But maybe it’s just more fun to complain, eh?

  • K October 17, 2013 (10:08 am)

    I was just there on Tuesday evening whilst they were decorating for Halloween – such a fabulous space. I had a coworker stay there this past weekend and he gushed about the place – absolutely loved it.

  • Kelly October 17, 2013 (11:31 am)

    LOVE this. Can’t wait to use this for an in-town getaway, or a place to put up family!

  • MrTeach October 17, 2013 (6:48 pm)

    Weird Q, in this day and age, but would a gay couple feel welcomed here?

  • sam-c October 18, 2013 (9:43 am)

    I have a question too. If the grandparents stay at this B&B, are the grandkids allowed to come visit/ pick them up for a walk/ check out nana and papa’s room cause kids love seeing new places/ or something? ie, are kids allowed on the property as long as they are behaved and don’t touch anything ?

  • The Gatewood October 18, 2013 (12:59 pm)

    Hello All,
    My apologies for being a bit tardy in response to some of the comments. Hopefully I can clear a few things up.
    We love children – I am a parent of 2 little ones under 3 yrs old myself. As for our child policy for bookings, this was purely a decision based on the comfort of others. We wanted to ensure a restful refuge for all our guests. If a family were to book the entire house we would not be adverse to there being children in their party.

    Sam C – We would definitely welcome children belonging to the party of a guest for a visit/tour. Thank you for your interest.

    Mr. Teach – We strive to create a welcoming environment for everyone. Although I cannot speak directly for any of our previous guests, comments left by them assure me that they felt well taken care of here and enjoyed their stay very much.

    We would be more than happy to answer any questions over the phone or arrange a meeting/tour if it would help a potential guest feel comfortable booking with us.

    (On behalf of the Gatewood Bed and Breakfast)

  • sam-c October 21, 2013 (9:40 am)

    Great- thanks for the response! will definitely recommend to visiting relatives.

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