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“A piece of the island that is spectacular”
Stunning custom designed home & private gardens on the ocean in Departure Bay
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Stunning custom designed home & private gardens on the ocean in Departure Bay
Oceanfront with views on both levels
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41 reviews
Stunning custom designed home & private gardens on the ocean in Departure Bay
Oceanfront with views on both levels
Front door to main house and access to the ocean front patio
Enjoy your morning coffee from the upper deck with a gorgeous view
Your sunrise as the house faces east
Your beach directly in front of the house
Your view from the kitchen into living room, dining room and the ocean
The convivial gourmet kitchen and bar seating for 4 people
The open kitchen has views of the ocean. The dining room has seating for 8 to 10 people.
A large gas fireplace warms the living room. Gorgeous views from every angle.
This is Octavia the octopus, our house mascot. This picture was taken by our guest Michelle.
The dining area can easily seat between 8-10 people
The main floor master bedroom has a king bed, large walk-in closet, huge private ensuite bathroom
The main floor master has views of the ocean while lying in bed
Main floor master ensuite bathroom with soaker tub and shower
Upper level family room & office - amazing views!
Upper level family room with a big gas fireplace and ocean views
Upper level master bedroom with queen and access to private deck
Upper level master bedroom with queen bed and private ensuite bathroom
Upper level master bedroom privatge ensuite bathroom with large walk-in shower
Upper level bedroom with two double beds and gorgeous ocean views
Upper level bedroom with two double beds, its own TV and lots of closet space
Upper level main bathroom - share by two bedrooms
Upper bedroom with queen bed and access to a private deck
Your protected private back deck for sunny afternoons
Large capacity Magtag washer & dryer
The house faces east so the sun rise is spectacular
Winter on the ocean is just a beautiful as the summer
A walk along Departure Bay in the winter - this was taken in February 2014
One of our resident otters after a successful fishing trip
Another gorgeous sun rise on Departure Bay
An incoming BC Ferry and a larger cargo tanker awaiting a mooring spot in Vancouver
There is great fishing to be had in the area. We can direct you to a good local fishing guides
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Holiday Rental House -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Terri W
Fort McMurray, Canada
1 review
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“A piece of the island that is spectacular”
Reviewed 13 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015
1
person found this review helpful

This beautifully laid out house, suited all our needs. From comfortable rooms for the grandchildren to nap to BBQing & walks on the beach. Having MS, the main floor worked out perfectly, right out to the patio area to enjoy the soothing ocean view. There is so much to watch from the patios - wildlife, boats & planes.
This will make the memories from this very important life event even more memorable.

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Liked best: The comfort & scenery
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
14 May 2015
Hello Terri, Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to host your family group at our house. That our home played a role in bringing your family together for such a special gathering was indeed a pleasure. We hope to have you back with us again. All the best. Su G.
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JoCurtis6...
Rotorua, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Film Crew from New Zealand - House with the "Wow Factor"”
Reviewed 15 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I organised the house for our crew of four men who were filming on Vancouver Island. I found dealing with Su (home owner) very personable, yet professional. She continued to keep in contact via email or phone quickly & efficiently every step of the way.
Being that the men had traveled 1/2 way across the world they certainly did appreciate the beautiful view from the house, the luxury & comfort of the house, & the personal touch of having little pastries for when they arrived. (Nice surprise for the men. Thank you Su)
After long days of working / filming, they said it was blissful to arrive back at the house & relax.
It was big enough that it allowed each of them space to retreat to at the end of the day.
They enjoyed this house so much so that they phoned me back in New Zealand to thank me for booking the house.

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Liked best: Quality chattels, scenic views, modern home
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
16 Apr 2015
Jo, It was our pleasure to host your film crew. I smiled from ear to ear when you called me from New Zealand to fill me in on the "wow" comments from the men when they arrived at the house. We are also happy to hear that their long days of filming proved fruitful and that they captured all of the footage they had hope to. NZ is a long way, but we'd love to have you back with us one day. All the best. Su G.
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Andrew M
Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
““ROMANCE on the BAY””
Reviewed 16 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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person found this review helpful

A Romantic Valentine’s escape from Victoria, BC to Departure Bay Nanaimo. This was a surprise getaway!
That is how I planned and executed it with the help of our host Su.
With the help of Su, I arranged beautiful flowers and a bottle of Champagne for my partner waiting for us at the house. There was spa music coming from all the monitors, both fireplaces were softly burning, and the soaker tub primed with bubbles. (Su had thought of everything!)
We went for great walks on the beach, two local parks, a short distance from our weekend retreat. We watched eagles in the bay, and otters frolicking in front of the house during breakfast.
I can only say that I scored BIG points this year.
We even went kayaking from the house with the kayaks that are available.
If you want to do it right next Valentine's Day, you better plan this place early.
This well maintained and meticulous house was a dream come true!

Thanks for everything … ;-))

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Willyum
B.C.
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“WOW ... a SWELL home away!”
Reviewed 15 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015
1
person found this review helpful

This was a brilliant home, so comfortable, clean, no details left undone, shampoo, soap, great linens, very good beds, tv's abound, video library, AND a view to die for, ferries coming and going, sailboats, wildlife, birds, stocked kitchen (we requested extras) fire places, BBQ etc etc groceries close by.
The photographs are actually good, but the property is better in person.
We will be back, we've actually booked!!

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Liked best: The peace, the view, the well equiped kitchen, the cleanliness
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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deanne176...
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
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“Absolutely stunning!”
Reviewed 22 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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Stunning, spectacular, gorgeous... I don't think there is an adjective that really describes this place. We knew when we looked at the photos on the web site that the house was beautiful. What we didn't know was just HOW beautiful it is, or how comfortable. As great as the photos are, they don't do this place justice. We felt it as soon as we walked in the door. The view is breathtaking. I don't remember the last time I watched the sun rise, but I watched it every single morning while we were there, either from the upper balcony or while lying in bed.

The layout of the house is perfect for groups. Lots of space for gathering (which we did a lot of), but plenty of places to be alone, too, if that's what you need. Every time someone asked, "I wonder if there's a (fill in the blank) in the kitchen," someone else would reply "Yes!" The only thing we didn't find in the kitchen was a Keurig coffee machine. :-)

I can honestly say that this was the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on. Thank you, Su, for offering such a beautiful vacation home, and thank you for ordering in the beautiful weather! I've already recommended you and your vacation home to others, and we are also planning another trip next year.

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Liked best: Everything.
Liked least: Nothing.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jean D
1 review
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“Fabulous House for Our July 2014 Family Reunion!”
Reviewed 10 September 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We were a mix of ages from grandparents to young children - we all loved this house and its location.

The cooks among us took great delight in the well stocked and organized kitchen, which was big enough for several people to work in together.

The water babies had fun in the ocean, whether using the kayak (it comes with the house rental), swimming, or just and splashing around.

The movie buffs had a great time watching a video on the big screen one afternoon. And the bookworms found many quiet spots to retreat and enjoy the chance to read without interruption.

Most importantly, the members of our family who had yet to meet one another came together in this comfortable house, happy to be sharing the space. In addition to the usual amenities, we found a number of surprising touches, like cozy throws and plastic dishes and cups for young children.

The owner is really the icing on the cake. She is unfailingly cheerful, and available to answer questions and provide information by phone, email or text message.

Would I come back? By all means!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Shirley D
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Family Retreat - Prepared to be Spoiled!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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people found this review helpful

We opened the front door, and while the adults walked through the house going "oooh!" the kids hightailed it out to the beach and squealed their own "oooh's" as they collected multicolored shells. Su has created the ultimate guesthouse, with top quality kitchen, linens and decor. Lots of spaces for our family of 9 to gather or read alone. Gourmet kitchen, bicycles and kayaks to use. Everything was labeled with instructions so there was no concern on our part. Su stopped by briefly a few times to see we had all we needed, and when she noticed we didn't have enough beach chairs, they arrived the next day. She was also very helpful even before we arrived, sending us updates on what's happening in the area. We loved the lapping of the water and the gorgeous sunrise/set over Departure Bay and hope to return.

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Liked best: The quality and attention to detail
Liked least: Had to drive for shopping
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
20 Aug 2014
Dear Shirley & Richard, Thank you for the wonderful review. I loved having the opportunity to meet your family group. It delights me when families arrive at our beach house and instantly feel at home. You certainly did avail yourselves of the myriad adventures our region has to offer and I am happy we got to be your home-away-from home on this trip. All the best, Su G.
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