We are a rural property although it takes only minutes to drive or cycle to the small town of Comox, to the airport or the ferry to the Sunshine Coast - ideally located! The house is moments from the beach as well as the NE corner with its bird sanctuary, bike and walking trails. Attend the C.V. Music Fest (#1 in Canada), which is an easy drive from our home, and visit Seiffert's Farm Market for fresh vegetable; farm itself borders our property. Head up to the skiing and hiking trails of Mt. Washington or visit nearby Crown Isle Golf Course.
The house itself has a library that you are welcome to use, and a large professional kitchen, that includes all appliances from a gas range to a soda maker, for creating feasts to be enjoyed on your choice of decks; the house is fitted with garage doors which when open eliminate the distinction between indoors and out; as one of our guests noted, "we kept those garage doors open all day long, letting the wonderful air move through". This appealing open space has a large living area, a master bedroom and bath as well as a loft - open to the space below - with a double bed for a second couple or a teen; a second bathroom w shower serves these guests. Do note that the loft is open and while separate from the space below is not completely private.
We are computer users so wifi is available as is storage space for sports equipment such as golf clubs, bikes, boards and kayaks; parking is plentiful. Enjoy three acres of naturally treed area - to be shared with the deer and rabbits - and fenced, cultivated garden space which surrounds you in privacy; someone may show up to work in the garden for a bit or mow the lawn; enjoy the eagles, herons and hummingbirds which visit. We love where we live and delight in leaving lots of information for guests.
Guests have access to all areas of the house although we do have a kayak/sports equipment room, which is generally not available to guests. There is plenty of room in the indoor shop for bikes, kayaks, skis or any equipment that guests might bring; it has a large garage door and access from the mudroom; it can easily be locked.
Interaction with guests
We leave a detailed, complete manual so that guests can function independently; it includes phone numbers should any problems arise. We ask that it be read as it includes important information regarding heating, recycling, water and household practices. We often travel when guests are here; however, we do like to meet our guests when they arrive, and in the spring, especially, when gardening is in full swing, I may ask you if it is appropriate for me to come and work for an hour or two; I love to chat on these occasions as we are on airbnb to connect with people and help them to enjoy the area in which we live.
Other things to note
While we leave a great list of ideas for places to visit as well as a list of our favorites, it is the oasis of our forest and garden that our guests, such as Diane last August, have appreciated: "The week we spent in Comox was the most relaxing of the summer and your home was an oasis of serenity and beauty. The outdoor space and garden is exquisite and our favourite reading spot was in a chair beside the bedroom--so comfy and out of the full sun.
We a have a manual for our house ( Our House For Dummies [no offence intended!]) which includes all instructions for the mechanics and management of our house; for instance, the house does use a well ( reaches into an aquifer) both wood heat and heated floors, and a recycling system. We are passionate about this as a non-smoking space. We ask a few favours - turning on the water for the deck plants and goldfish pond should a hot spell strike ( we wish!) Thanks for taking a minute to read it or make reference when questions arise.
We are a couple who love to travel and explore; we have a lovely home which we would like to share with others if they come to this delightful area. We are active skiers, kayakers and cyclists who care greatly that we stay healthy, and we try in every way possible to care for the planet on which we live. We travel with our bikes to locations with decent roads (well not always) Our home reflects our passion for the outdoors, our keen attempts to be chefs extraordinaire, our love of reading and movies, our belief in simplicity whenever possible, and finally our willingness to share and exchange with others. I am recently retired, so i get to garden and work out a lot while my partner heads off on his bike to work in town; somehow everything big and small gets done! We hope that the people will enjoy the place we have created.