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Gorgeous, large home with spacious waterfront and private dock. What sets this house apart from other homes on the lake is its three separate living spaces, in the summer, so you can enjoy time with family and friends then retreat to your own space for privacy. The main house is 2,100 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, then there is a fully self-contained 800 sq. ft. suite (great for the in-laws) and a 400 sq. ft. summer bunkie. All three spaces have a queen size bed. This celebrated, open concept home is perfect for a family or two who enjoy going on holiday together. Lots of space for the kids to run around on this one acre property.
In the off-season you can rent either the main house or the suite (both if available.) Please note the summer bunkie is not available in the fall and winter. If you are only two people the suite is an economical choice, and is available for rental on its own between September and June. (In July and August it comes with the main house and bunkie so guests can enjoy the entire property.) Another huge plus is the house is situated on the sunny side of Shawnigan Lake - bask in the sun all day long right until sunset. Enjoy swimming, go canoeing with the owner's canoe or bring your own boat or paddle board.
It's not only a great place to enjoy water activities in the summer but is a great get-away in spring, fall or winter. It's only 45 minutes from downtown Victoria so especially convenient for residents living there who want a weekend retreat.
In fall or winter snuggle up to the lovely carved, wood surround fireplace, or go for a walk in the woods that back onto the large, wooded property.
The home's huge backyard is your starting point to access Shawnigan Lake's many hiking trails and a great spot itself to enjoy nature year-round. Deer can often be spotted here.
Find out for yourself why Shawnigan Lake House has earned rave reviews in the media. The Victoria Times Colonist described the house as a 'glorious getaway that brims with character - a dream cottage come true' in a front page article in the paper's 'House Beautiful' section.
The house has also attracted international attention in the international design blog called Apartment Therapy under the headline 'Kim's Inviting Lake House.'
(Links to both stories can be found by visiting the owner's blog on her website. A link to that website is below.)
Boulevard Magazine also gave a nod to the house in an article on Shawnigan Lake stating 'guests (can) enjoy the broad verandah, looking over the private dock in Strathcona Bay. The article noted just a short walk from the house, visitors will discover the cairn that marks the spot where Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, hammered in the last railway spike in 1886.
Also, not to be missed is the world's largest wooden trestle bridge - the recently restored Kinsol Trestle Bridge - just a 15 minute drive from the house.
History abounds here both in the community and the house itself. Shawnigan Lake House was once the home of the parents of Shawnigan Lake's most famous resident - well-known Canadian artist E.J. Hughes, according to the curator of the Shawnigan Lake Museum. (He lived next door for nearly 30 years.)
If you appreciate the architecture and soul of older homes then Shawnigan Lake House won't disappoint you. It is one of the last remaining homes on the lake that has maintained its character from a simpler bygone era, yet the home's renovations ensure visitors enjoy today's modern comforts.
Some of the home's character features include hardwood floors, exquisite wood-burning fireplace, oak doors and lead glass windows. It has an open concept living/dining area, which provides the perfect setting for enjoying the company of friends and families.
The house sleeps 6 to 8 people off-season when the main house is available and up to 10 in the summer with the suite and bunkie. The main house has 2,100 sq. ft. of space and 3 bedrooms. The garden suite is approximately 800 sq. ft., has one bedroom a full kitchen and laundry. It is contemporary in style with a gorgeous lake view.
All of the living spaces have been stylishly decorated to make you feel at home.
This house is a huge cost savings when you compare its rates to similar sized vacation rentals on Shawnigan Lake. Without a doubt this home offers the best value, especially considering the home's size, decor, and location.
Both the main house and the suite have a flat screen TV, cable and high speed internet. There's also a foose ball table and plenty of games and DVDS available.
Why not organize a get-away with friends or invite your extended family to join you for dinner? The dining table can comfortably sit 10 guests in a spacious room ideal for entertaining adjacent to an English country kitchen, with its maple top kitchen island and charming antique china cabinet. You will be sure to appreciate the well-equipped home that allows you to lay a proper dining table with lots of china, flatware, glasses and table linens.
Finally, there's no better place to sit then the home's charming wicker chairs and watch Shawnigan Lake's acclaimed sunsets from the home's 40-foot long porch -yet another great spot for entertaining!
Shawnigan Lake House can be your home away from home as you enjoy the lake, local area and all the Cowichan Valley has to offer.
Keywords: lakefront home, with dock, on private one acre forested property close to town
Main house has 1 queen size bed and garden suite has 1 queen size bed. Guest cottage also provides a third queen size bed for a total of 3 queen size beds in summer. Two other bedrooms in main house (one with single bed and the other with a set of bunk beds.) 1 sofa sleeper in living room converts to a double bed. (Please note in the off-season garden suite and guest cottage is not available so there is 1 queen bed, 3 single beds and sofa sleeper available)...moreless
Dock with use of the owner's canoe and life vests. Lovely 40 foot deck looks out to the lake, The home is situated on a private, one acre treed property ideal for lawn games like volleyball, croquet or badminton. Character features throughout newly renovated home, like claw foot tub, wainscoting in main bathroom with lovely vanity in an antique dresser to name just a few. Besides the main 2,100 sq. ft. lake house, in summer, there's a fully equipped 800 sq. ft. one bedroom suite - great for visiting friends or the in-laws. And new for summer 2013 even more space is being made available for guests with the completion of a lovely 400 sq. ft. guest cottage/games room. This home is the ideal setting for an extended family or two families wishing to holiday together and yet have their own private space to retreat....moreless
Low Season(June-3nightmin) Sep 2 - May 31, 2015 2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$50 per night, per additional guest
High Season Jun 28 - Sep 1, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Sunday
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage DepositC$600
Sorry, this is a strict no pets residence. Smoking allowed outdoors only.
The low-season rate of 4 guests includes children. (The system does not factor in the fee rate for children. The quote may need to be adjusted.)
The summer rate covers the cost for a maximum number of 10 guests. In the off-season the maximum number of guests is 6 or 8 if suite available. MONTHLY rates off-season available.
To confirm a booking half of the rental fee is required at the time of booking and the remainder is due 30 days prior to your stay. The refundable damage deposit is also due at the time of booking. Payment options include cheque, cash, E-transfer, Pay Pal (service charge applies) or money order.
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About the owner: Growing up in cottage country in southern Ontario I always dreamed of one day having a recreational property myself. When I first saw this charming, character lakefront home in popular Shawnigan Lake I was smitten. Although I have only owned it a short time it has already been the perfect family gathering spot where I have enjoyed time with family and friends, playing board games or sitting down together for a meal. As one of my daughters told me this is her favorite place to be and I have to agree. I hope you can create your own memories here too.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The home is situated on Shawnigan Lake, one of the most popular recreational areas on Vancouver Island, with its easy access to beaches, hiking, golfing and close proximity to Victoria (45 minutes away) and Duncan (half-hour). Just a half hour walk from the home is the site where the last spike in the Esquimalt Nanaimo Rail line was driven by Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. It's also close to the historic Kinsol Trestle which stands as one of the world's largest wooden railway trestles. This is truly a historic setting for such a graceful home that harkens back to a simpler era.