About this listing
Comfortable queen bed, nice people to host you, and a terrific location just above the scenic village of Cowichan Bay. Enjoy a nice morning walk to the artisan bakery below us, or a trip to the gym, or just linger and listen to the birdsong. Welcome!
Come and stay with us in our home overlooking Cowichan Bay, just south of Duncan, about 45 minutes north of Victoria and 50 minutes south of Nanaimo, just 10 minutes off the main highway. We are just above a small village on the waterfront with many interesting things to explore. Our home features terrific views over the bay, facing Mount Tzouhalem on the other side. The delightful village of Cowichan Bay is just below us but out of sight.
The room is very private, overlooking the side garden, with a comfortable queen bed, desk and closet. The room is cozy, but happily suits two people. If you need more space we sometimes can arrange that by separate inquiry. There is cable internet plus wireless into the room. You will have your own bathroom, just down the hall with soap, towels & basic shampoo provided. There is parking out front.
Our guests are welcome to share the kitchen, dining room, and comfortable living room where there is a piano, harp, cable TV and of course, a wonderful view. Sit outside on either the top or ground level deck to enjoy your morning coffee which Tom is happy to make, or an evening glass of wine.
We will provide a simple breakfast, or guests can go down to the cafes in the bay for something more substantial.
If you are visiting a child in one of the private schools in the area, we are 10-15 minutes from Brentwood college, Shawnigan Lake school and St. Margaret's in Duncan.
Activities: Stroll through the little village of Cowichan Bay and visit the restaurants and shops, rent a kayak or go whale watching. Visit our Estuary Nature Centre, or the boat-building wharf down below us. While you are here you can enjoy hiking on Mt. Tzouhalem, Cobble Hill mountain, or the lovely provincial park at Bright Angel, just across the highway. Shawnigan Lake is just 15 minutes away by car for a dip in clear lake water. The ocean beach is just a short walk away on the street below us where you can find live crabs, and a bird viewing platform. We have two bicycles to share. We are just steps from the hotel down the street where you can go for a swim, jacuzzi bath and a full workout in the gym for just $5 a visit.
Restaurants: If you enjoy the finer things of life, we are just above great food at the Masthead restaurant and Oceanfront hotel. For more casual dining, on the waterfront there are the Rock Cod Cafe, the Bay Pub and a few other little coffee shops right on the ocean front. Our little village at Cowichan Bay also boasts the best artisan bread, cheese and ice cream, bar none. You can also find whale watching, art galleries, gift shops and kayak lessons and rentals. There is a little shuttle boat to take you over to Genoa Bay to visit the marina and restaurant there if you want a boating experience.
We are happy hosts, willing to share information, maps, local knowledge and smiles. We welcome international visitors in our home as we are travelers ourselves. You'll come as a stranger and leave as a friend.
Guests have their own bathroom, down the hall from the bedroom, and are welcome to share the kitchen for light cooking, and use the living room.
We will share bicycles and helmets.
We don't smoke, so would appreciate guests to smoke outside only if necessary.
Guests have their own key so they can come and go.
Interaction with Guests
We'll see guests in the morning and evening, as much or as little as you wish.
Cowichan Bay is semi-rural, meaning that it's a village not a city. If you go a kilometer (half a mile) in any direction, you can be at the beach, overlooking farmland, or climbing up a mountain trail. The village below us is really cute and has a lot of interesting things to explore. There is a small boat museum and our own community Nature Centre which highlights the biology of the estuary.
Public transport isn't great, most guests have a vehicle of their own. There is an hourly bus service to Duncan town just a short walk down the street. We having a parking spot for guests. Getting from the Victoria or Nanaimo airports by public transport would be difficult, but we will pick you up from the Duncan bus depot if needed.
Other Things to Note
Washer/dryer available for $5 a load, or outside clothes line.
This is a non-smoking and no pets house.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 1 night.