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Large Lake Front Home with Dock-Great for Family Gatherings

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Sunny character lakefront home. The best spot to vacation with family year-round

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Last updated: 09/14/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Shawnigan Lake house description

Gorgeous, large home with spacious waterfront and 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.

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 the summer rental is weekly only).

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 possibly the suite - please inquire) and up to 10 in the summer when the suite is definitely available as well as the 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

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

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              • Convertible bed(s)

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              • 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

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dishwasher
              • Stove
              • Microwave
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Pantry Items
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Seating for 10 people

              Amenities

              • Clothes Dryer:

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              • Iron & Board
              • Hair Dryer
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Fireplace
              • Parking
              • Air Conditioning
              • Heating
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room seats 8
              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Wood Fireplace

              Other Amenities

                  • 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

                  Entertainment

                  • Game Room
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library
                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • VCR
                  • CD Player

                  Communications

                  • Internet
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Telephone

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Porch / Veranda:

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                  • Lawn / Garden:

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                  • Kayak / Canoe
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lanai / Gazebo

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Budget

                  Location & View

                      • Lakefront

                      Activities

                      • Churches
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Hiking
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Water Tubing
                      • Swimming
                      • Sailing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Medical Services
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Marina
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Restaurants
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Walking
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Boating
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Kayaking
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
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                      Low Season
                      Sep 2 - Jun 14, 2015
                      2 night min stay
                      C$200

                      Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$50 per night, per additional guest


                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit C$600
                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      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. Possibly 8 if suite 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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                      Year Purchased: 2009

                      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.


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                      • Sunny character lakefront home. The best spot to vacation with family year-round

                        Sunny character lakefront home. The best spot to vacation with family year-round

                      • Spacious open concept living dining area - lots of room for family and friends

                        Spacious open concept living dining area - lots of room for family and friends

                      • Unique country kitchen with butcher block  island and antique hutch/dishwasher

                        Unique country kitchen with butcher block island and antique hutch/dishwasher

                      • Great lake view from master bedroom which includes day bed seen here.

                        Great lake view from master bedroom which includes day bed seen here.

                      • Bunk beds ideal for children or teenagers

                        Bunk beds ideal for children or teenagers

                      • Garden suite's lake view. Suite comes with the main house in July and August.

                        Garden suite's lake view. Suite comes with the main house in July and August.

                      • Garden suite's hotel-like bedroom with frosted glass doors

                        Garden suite's hotel-like bedroom with frosted glass doors

                      • New Dock from  property - canoe available to guests or bring your own boat!

                        New Dock from property - canoe available to guests or bring your own boat!

                      • Enjoy the use of owner's canoe

                        Enjoy the use of owner's canoe

                      • Shawnigan Lake House is on a one acre lot and backs onto woods. Deer often visit

                        Shawnigan Lake House is on a one acre lot and backs onto woods. Deer often visit

                      • New 400 sq. ft. cottage just steps from main house with comfortable queen bed

                        New 400 sq. ft. cottage just steps from main house with comfortable queen bed

                      • Comfy queen size bed in 400 sq. ft. cottage -loads of space for extended family

                        Comfy queen size bed in 400 sq. ft. cottage -loads of space for extended family

                      • Lake view from 40 foot veranda -perfect for watching sunsets or a game of cards

                        Lake view from 40 foot veranda -perfect for watching sunsets or a game of cards

                      • Beautiful carved wood surround fireplace with marble inset. Perfect reading nook

                        Beautiful carved wood surround fireplace with marble inset. Perfect reading nook

                      • Large master bedroom has comfy queen-size bed and day bed in room and half bath

                        Large master bedroom has comfy queen-size bed and day bed in room and half bath

                      • Cottage style chic - one of the five bedrooms in summer

                        Cottage style chic - one of the five bedrooms in summer

                      • Large bathroom in main house with antique vanity, clawfoot tub and shower

                        Large bathroom in main house with antique vanity, clawfoot tub and shower

                      • Garden suite's open space living area. Ideal for visiting friends or family.

                        Garden suite's open space living area. Ideal for visiting friends or family.

                      • Garden suite's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and washer and dryer

                        Garden suite's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and washer and dryer

                      • Sunny character lakefront home. West-facing home enjoys gorgeous sunsets

                        Sunny character lakefront home. West-facing home enjoys gorgeous sunsets

                      • Dock is a favourite place to hang out whether young or old. Warm swimming waters

                        Dock is a favourite place to hang out whether young or old. Warm swimming waters

                      • Enjoy barbecues on the back deck in summer. Quiet setting on one acre property

                        Enjoy barbecues on the back deck in summer. Quiet setting on one acre property

                      • New for summer 2013 - converted garage to extra bedroom/games room. Lake view

                        New for summer 2013 - converted garage to extra bedroom/games room. Lake view

                      • Large back yard (1 acre property). Cottage on left just steps from main house.

                        Large back yard (1 acre property). Cottage on left just steps from main house.

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                      Date last modified - Sunday, September 07, 2014

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