1,500 sq. ft. beachfront house on 5 acres...large deck...hot tub...gas barbeque....kayak...beach access....
The Wilcox Lodge is a serene retreat nestled on 5 wooded acres on the shore of Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island, considered by many to be the best of the Evergreen Islands. These islands are located on the famed "inside passage" used by ships going to and from Alaska and are sheltered from winter Pacific storms by Vancouver Island, one of the largest and most interesting islands in the Northern Hemisphere. Cortes Island is served by regular scheduled ferry service from Campbell River. Campbell River on the east side of Vancouver Island has scheduled airline service from Vancouver (host city to the 2010 Winter Olympics), and charter service direct to Gorge Harbour is available from Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver and Campbell River.
Cortes Island is in the "rain shadow" of Vancouver Island and has far less precipitation than Victoria or Vancouver. Weather is usually warm and sunny with cool evenings May thru October.
The 1,500 sq. ft. Lodge is situated just above the beach with a panoramic view of the harbour and a view thru the harbour entrance of Vancouver Island mountains in the distance. Wildlife abounds. You may see bald eagles and many varieties of birds, deer down by the beach or out the kitchen window, sea lions, seals or an otter playfully swimming by, mink, and perhaps dolphins or a whale on the ferry ride over.
The Lodge is rustic but has all modern conveniences, a fully equipped kitchen (no dishwasher), comfortable and spacious living/dining area that opens onto a spacious 750 sq. ft. L-shaped deck overlooking the beach and harbour. 2 chaise lounges make for lazy sunbathing/reading afternoons on the deck and the cafe & dining tables are a perfect spot for outdoor dining. Anyone for oysters on the barbeque??? The Lodge sleeps 6: 2 in the bedroom (California King sleigh bed with McCroskey mattress & boxspring), 4 in the loft (double bed and trundle bed with 2 twin mattresses). The Lodge is an "A" frame with an open floor plan, the loft is accessed thru the bedroom and both the loft and bedroom are partially open to the main living area (so no bedroom privacy). The bathroom has a low flow toilet, shower and a clothes washer (dry your clothes outside on the clothes line, they will smell so fresh and good); there is also an outhouse. You can putter around in the small overgrown flower/vegetable garden adjacent to the Lodge and there is ample parking for several cars. There is a land line phone for local calls and limited long distance, flat screen TV w/DVD player (no cable), CD player and record player w/record collection just for old times sake. We also have a collection of books, some by local authors, and some board games. Feel free to add a shell or two to our display case coffee table in the upper loft or a beach combing find to our entry way beach combers wall. Main thing is to unwind, have fun, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings...
Please note that this is a rustic beach house, partially hand built, not a modern city house transported to the water side. Also we are constantly in the process of upgrading and improving the property which is challenging on an island two ferry rides away from building and other materials. Our next major project is to replace the worn and stained carpet with tile flooring...this will be much more suitable to the wear and tear that comes from the forest, beach and pets...but we won't do this until Spring 2014.
The Lodge is not as remote as it sounds, neighbors are within walking distance as is the Gorge Marina with gourmet restaurant, small grocery, gasoline, and a new beautiful outdoor swimming pool & hot tub overlooking the harbour/marina and open to the public. One neighboring cottage can be seen from our deck. The Lodge is 2 1/2 miles from downtown Whaletown with government dock, post office, church and mini-library. Internet access is available at nearby Trude's cafe.
The Lodge is not child-proofed and may not be suitable for young children (or you may have to watch them closely). Also, the short pathway down to the beach from the deck is a bit uneven and not handicap accessible.
When you tire of hanging out around the Lodge, numerous outdoor recreational opportunities abound: fishing and clamming, boating, sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, swimming at the Marina pool or Hague Lake, Hollyhock retreat center courses, other beaches to explore...There are several good restaurants on the island, and good quality organic foods for preparing your own meals can be purchased at the local Coop and from several local farms.
Call now to reserve for Fall 2013!
10% discount iƒ you also book a 1 week+ stay at our other vacation rental: The Wilcox Cabin at Government Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon (website hidden) listing #287912.
Relax, have fun, play safe, respect the property, our neighbors and the planet, no smoking, don't burn the house down (careful with the fireplace!), maximum 6 guests, pets require prior approval. Guest making reservation must be age 25+ and must be willing to furnish copy of Drivers License or other picture ID prior to check in. House Manual provides detailed instructions about house amenities and rules...copy will be furnished when you make your reservation...feel free to request a copy in advance of making your reservation.
$125 cleaning fee... $125 fee if hot tub requires draining and cleaning due to not following hot tub guidelines.
Sue's place at Cortes Island was a true gem! My family had an amazing time looking through all the knick knacks around the house, lounging around the deck with the truly majestic view, and of course taking a dip in the hot tub as the sun set across this quiet island. The house has every amenity one would need away from home and is super cozy. It definitely has a lived in vibe, but in our opinion it added more to the experience as you could tell there was a lot of love put into the place and tons of history to go with it. We loved reading the books about the local areas provided and all the other puzzles/games on the shelves.
We definitely recommend taking a dip in Hague Lake and checking out all the amazing local produce/(email hidden)-Op Bakery and weekly markets! Cortes is certainly a shlep to get to, but once you're there you'll realize there's not many places left on earth like it and it is a true diamond in the rough. Sue's place 100% added to the experience and we all felt it was a great price for such a quirky and fun experience. If we are ever on this side of the world again you can bet we would book here in a second! Thanks so much!!!
Baby boomer, aging hippie mom juggling pat-time financial consulting career with raising 2 kids, helping out my seriously senior Mom, and managing family properties. My parents left this fabulous summer beachfront home to me and my sister Gina. I first came here when my eldest son was 5 years old and had great fun boating, beach combing, swimming, collecting clams and oysters off the beach (and eating them), fishing (my son started fishing for "coddies" in the harbour and later caught his first salmon here). I remember the year my dear old dad won the local "salmon derby" for biggest catch of the day, another fishing expedition when he hooked a bird that was fishing too (ever try to get a live bird off your fish hook?), also the time my son boiled his baby shark to try and extract the shark's teeth only to find they had boiled away into nothing, many potluck dinners and parties with the locals, dinners at Hollyhock and visiting their beautiful organic garden, hikes, picking apples out of abandoned orchards and blackberries for delicious pie making (and eating, you're catching on to a key theme here I hope!). Have come back to Cortes many summers, the natural beauty here is stunning, gorgeous beach, water and mountain views from every part of the island, I could go on and on.... The ferry rides are fun, last time we saw a pod of dolphins right in front of us... I've also traveled by sea plane which is a great adventure itself...I live in Northern California with Sparkie the killer toy poodle (pictured here), my husband Ivan and two sons.