Large Lake Front Home with Dock-Great for Family Gatherings
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Shawnigan Lake house description
Gorgeous, large lakefront home + additional NEW living space for summer 2013. This celebrated, open concept home is perfect for a family or two who enjoy going on holiday together but appreciate having their own privacy in separate living quarters.
Situated on the sunny side of Shawnigan Lake, 45 minutes from downtown Victoria, this spacious, year-round vacation rental provides the perfect holiday spot in summer or get-away in spring, fall or winter.
The house is located on a beautiful, one acre lot with plenty of waterfront to picnic, play a game of lawn darts, hang out at the gazebo or relax on the private dock. With so much lawn at the waterfront, you have room to play in spring and summer and not just be limited to the dock!
In fall or winter snuggle up to the lovely carved, wood surround fireplace and enjoy a quiet retreat 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 an August 11, 2012 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 a May, 2012 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 people off-season and up to 10 in the summer. In summer besides the 2,100 sq. ft. main house with its 3 bedrooms there's also an 800 sq. ft. fully self-contained, contemporary one bedroom suite, which sleeps an additional two people. It's ideal for the in-laws or visiting friends. Also, new for summer 2013 the lake house boasts a charming, additional 400 sq. ft. guest cottage room that sleeps a further two guests just steps away from the main house.
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.
A huge bonus is knowing that since the house faces west it will be in sun all day long - an important consideration in summer.
Both the main house and the suite have a flat screen TV, cable and high speed internet. There's also a newly created games room with a foose ball table and plenty of games and DVDS available.
Guests are also welcome to use the owner's canoe and life vests or bring your own boat to take full advantage of this sunny, lakefront property.
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!
Keywords: lakefront home, with dock, on private one acre forested property close to town
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- 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
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Pantry Items
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Living Room seats 8
- Iron & Board
- Wood Fireplace
- Air Conditioning
- 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
- CD Player
- Game Room
- Video Library
- Wireless Internet
- Porch / Veranda:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Kayak / Canoe
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Water Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Mountain Biking
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Paddle Boating
ReviewsWrite a review
"Beyond Our Expectations"Guest comment entered by owner
"Beyond Our Expectations"
Thank you for your beautiful cottage for the past 2 weeks. It was beyond our expectations! We had a great time. The place is beautiful.
- Guest Jen
- Date of stay 07/21/13
- Review Submitted 09/13/13
Great place for a large family gathering. We enjoyed early mornings and end of day time on the veranda and being able to have all of us at the very large table for meals. While swimming from the dock was not the best we were able to have great times with kayaks, canoe and paddle boards in the protected and free from speed boats bay.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/04/13
- Review Submitted 09/08/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers.
Owner response: Glad to hear the house works well for extended families. That has been a goal of mine. To that end, in order to increase space for families we've added a cottage/bunkie on the property, besides having a separate suite, making 3 distinct and separate sleeping/living spaces in summer. This means extended families can retreat to their own place yet come together in the large, open concept living/dining room, or enjoy each other's company on the 40-foot-long verandah or at the waterfront. The water immediately adjacent to the dock is shallow so it's not possible to dive but you can swim out to the deeper water in the bay. And you are right, the advantage of being in a protected bay is fewer speed boats and jet skis are flying past the dock which means you can float, swim, or paddle easily out on the water undisturbed.
Unbelieveable Piece of ParadiseGuest comment entered by owner
Unbelieveable Piece of Paradise
An unbelieveable piece of paradise - a beautiful home and spot on a lovely lake. Had an amazing week with the family - hope to be back. Thank you. (guest book comment entered here with permission from guests)
- Guest Jim, Sue, Lindsay and Alex, Edmonton, Alberta
- Date of stay 08/26/12
- Review Submitted 08/31/12
Exactly what we needed
Exactly what we needed
our stay at Lakehouse was lovely. It certainly helped that it was the first great weather on the west coast all summer but that was not all of it; sitting on the front porch watching the sunset at night was a delight and the house was as advertised. One thing we appreciated was that it felt like a home from furnishings to the kitchen.
- Guest Teenagers in tow (North Van)
- Date of stay 07/08/12
- Review Submitted 07/20/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
This property is located in a beautiful setting with a wonderful front veranda overlooking the private dock and lake. Lots of space on the main floor, master bedroom and veranda. Very well equipped home with everything you could imagine and more. The two extra bedrooms in the basement are very small and suitable for children. Some of our family rented the attached self contained Garden Suite and loved it. Highly recommend this vacation property!
- Guest Bonnie & Bryan (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
- Date of stay 06/30/12
- Review Submitted 07/17/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Couldn't ask for anything more!Guest comment entered by owner
Couldn't ask for anything more!
Comfy, cozy, relaxing....we couldn't have asked for anything more! (written in guest book and submitted by owner with permission from guests)
- Guest Sue and David, from Millarville, Alberta
- Date of stay 06/04/12
- Review Submitted 06/18/12
Great Character, charming Lake House
Great Character, charming Lake House
Great place to stay, lots of interesting antiques and perfectly set up to utilize the lake. Sleeping arrangements are some what strange, but owner does a good job explaining prior to booking.
- Guest hill8000 (Canada)
- Date of stay 05/25/12
- Review Submitted 05/28/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. The house has one large master bedroom with a daybed, which is helpful if you are a couple with a young child, and two smaller bedrooms. One of those bedrooms has a bunk bed and the other has a single bed. For even more room a sofa in the main living room pulls out to a double bed. And in the the summer months, after June 15th, there is also a fully equipped 800 square foot, contemporary suite that has a queen size bed. The suite has its own kitchen, bathroom and a washer and dryer, which is perfect for visiting friends or family who want their own space and a quiet place to retreat.
House is a gem...made us feel at homeGuest comment entered by owner
House is a gem...made us feel at home
Thanks, we had a wonderful time at the house. We did make it to the Trestle Bridge and marveled at it's grandeur. Your house is a gem and made us feel so at home.
- Guest Brian, Vivian and family, Calgary, Alberta
- Date of stay 07/24/11
- Review Submitted 08/03/11
The perfect place to vacationGuest comment entered by owner
The perfect place to vacation
What a great cottage! Couldn't have been a more perfect place to vacation! Karen, Dave and I had a great rest, looked at several of your decorating books and read quite a bit while here and even played cards, BBQ's and Karen commandeered a small boat around the lake for our entertainment! We'll remember this vacation always. Thank you
- Guest Dave, Sandi and Karen, Gilroy, California
- Date of stay 07/17/11
- Review Submitted 08/03/11
Guest comment entered by owner
We are here in your beautiful endearing Lake home. OMG we just love it here…I couldn't have imagined the beauty even by your very good pictures. There is so much character..The master bedroom is to die for!!...We had a wonderful family dinner last night all sitting around the fabulous dining room table. So glad I happened upon your home on the website
- Guest Bev and family, Cranbrook, British Columbia
- Date of stay 03/20/11
- Review Submitted 03/21/11
Summer Season $2,700 week (7 night minimum) June 15th to Labour Day-taxes included Summer rental price includes 2,100 sq. ft. main house + 800 sq. ft. garden suite and 400 sq. ft. guest cottage/bunkie. Summer rates apply to all holidays Off-season-$200 a night for 4 persons for main house only (2 night minimum) An additional $25 per adult/per night and $10 per child/per night Maximum 6 guests off season and 10 in summer. Sorry no pets. Payment options: Cheque, Cash, E-transfer, Pay Pal (service charge) & money order 50 per cent fee + refundable damage deposit required at time of booking.
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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.
- Primary: (604) 876-5058 (British Columbia, Canada)
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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
Unique country kitchen with butcher block island and antique hutch/dishwasher
Great lake view from master bedroom which includes day bed seen here.
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 hotel-like bedroom with frosted glass doors
New Dock from property - canoe available to guests or bring your own boat!
Enjoy the use of owner's canoe
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
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
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
Cottage style chic - one of the five bedrooms in summer
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 kitchen with stainless steel appliances and washer and dryer
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
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
Large back yard (1 acre property). Cottage on left just steps from main house.
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