Waterfront Cottage in Sooke on Vancouver Island.
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
This is an intimate cottage on the sea. From here, you can fish for salmon and halibut, kayak among seals, mountain bike as far as you like, surf the Pacific, or hunker down and write that novel.
We have a 1.2 acre south facing property on Sooke Basin, a protected bay off the Pacific. It's salt water, but you'd swear it was a lake. Calm as a mill pond most mornings, you'll wake to the sounds of ducks, geese, swans, and the odd snorting seal. There's often a morning mist, and sometimes you will feel compelled to take your coffee and go sit down by the water and just stare as the sun rises and the world comes to life.
The cottage is set on an oceanfront corner of our property, with the main house where we live set farther back, and on the other side of a 'wave' fence (You'll understand when you see it.) We want to make it perfectly clear that this is a shared property. Don't worry - it's still quite private, but you'll have a view of our front lawn out your side window. We'll be here most of the summer, although we're away for a couple of weeks here and there.
The cottage is best for a couple or at most a family of four. The bedroom has a queen bed, and there is a queen sofa bed in the living room. The main room consists of a kitchen, dining area and living area. It's compact, but well done. (If you want a sprawling mansion, look elsewhere.) There is a private hot tub on the cottage deck on the ocean side. We have a large (220 feet) dock, where we keep our main boat and some inflatable Zodiac-type boats. We can set the shrimp traps off the dock, and catch a variety of things for the kids. Prawns are a little more work, but we can talk about that if you're keen. The kayaks and standup paddle boards are kept under the deck or down by the water - help yourself to them. Who knows? If we're around, we may take you salmon fishing! (Keep some burgers on standby, though. Sigh.) Also lots of charters available nearby, because, frankly, we're not that good at fishing.
Our main property has organic vegetable gardens, an orchard, a greenhouse, a variety of chickens and one goofy duck. The Galloping Goose Trail goes by the end of our street, and is perfect for walking the dog, a morning run, or a good bike ride. The town of Sooke has some absolutely spectacular restaurants, and the nearby beaches are breathtaking.
Weather is usually nice in the summer, and this place gets stupidly beautiful, but this is the west coast of BC. It will probably be nice for your stay in July or August, but there is always the (small) chance that it could rain every day. Really unlikely, but be warned. June is probably riskier than September, weather-wise. For October thru May, bring a raincoat. Or maybe a snorkel. But it's still beautiful here in the late fall and winter. The ocean never freezes, the kayaks are there, the Galloping Goose beckons, and it can be wonderful. It can also be dark and rainy - a good time to sit in the hot tub, sip a (plastic) glass of wine, and read (or write) that great novel.
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- 400 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Even have a play centre in the main yard. Slide, swings, elevated walkway, playhouse, climbing wall, zipline. They'll eat berries in the garden, gather eggs, and chase chickens. This is kid heaven....moreless
Not the best, but doable. No stairs, but the deck has a six inch step up from the gravel path. A small ramp could easily be installed. Going down to the dock would be challenging, but not impossible. Coming up the hill would be work. There are better places for those with handicaps, but if you're in good shape and determined, this could work. We'll send pictures if you're determined....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Tub and shower
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 4 people
- Clothes Dryer
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There will be lots of room in the driveway, unless you drive a train. Bringing a boat? Our dock has about six feet of depth at low tide. You'll be on the windward side, so bring some extra bumpers. It can be lumpy, but never dangerous in the Basin....moreless
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2 night min stay
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- Taxes Not included
No surprises, taxes, hidden fees, etc. We just ask that you take care of our place, and treat it as your own. Unless you're a complete slob, in which case treat it as a place belonging to someone you really, really like and want to impress.
We ask for a 50% deposit to hold your reservation, then the balance due upon arrival. Paypal or electronic fund transfer work best. Will also take bank drafts and money orders. No personal cheques please.
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You'll be literally 8 feet from a bank that looks down into the water. Sooke is great - small town, good restaurants, and good grocery stores and pharmacy. There is a local medical clinic, but it can be hard to get into, so you'd have to go 20 minutes for a walk in clinic, and 25 minutes for a hospital. The weather is usually nice in the summer. It could go 45 days without rain (60 last year), it could rain every day you're here. But summer weather is usually pretty reliable and pleasant. Don't expect heat, however. A typical nice day here in July would be 25 C (75 F). Expect to wear a sweater or hoodie in the evening. Nice thing - very few mosquitoes. The cool ocean breezes have good and bad aspects - few bugs, but never hot.
There is a lot to do - fishing, crabbing, shrimping, beach combing, surfing, paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking, diving, whale watching, biking, boating, tubing. Check out some of the great restaurants, explore Victoria, go up Island. We're still discovering things - it's like we're on vacation!
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Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: We're Darlene and Bruce, and Ben and Josh. Both of us are in health care, while our twin 13 year olds seem to be in junior terrorism. We also have an entourage of animals, including Obi the ball-obsessed dog, who loves you; Sadie, our Newfoundland who lives to bug Obi; Seymour the cat, who doesn't care about you or us; Juanita the macaw, who wants to bite you; a variety of egg-laying chickens; and Schlep the duck, who is quite sweet. As far as we know we aren't weird or unpleasant. We don't smoke, we don't drink except the odd glass of wine, and we're pretty boring, actually. But we're not bored. Ever. Also, we'd like to get a kangaroo. And a miniature cow. Stay tuned.
Why the Owner Chose Sooke:
We didn't buy a vacation property - this is where we live. The main house is a 1930s renovated farmhouse that came with this great little cottage by the sea. And we mean by the sea. We wouldn't be allowed to build it where it is by current regulations. The deck is almost at the edge of the bank. Any closer and it would be a boat, not a cottage. You'd need gills. We also have a really nice loft above the garage that we haven't even told you about. We don't rent it routinely unless there is an emergency overflow situation, like your parents/children/friends are visiting you for a night or two. Sooke is a quiet little town that has yet to be discovered. It has some of the most outrageously beautiful scenery you'll ever see. It is bursting with wildlife, recreation, fishing, boating, hiking, surfing - it's crazy that people haven't figured it out yet. The town is unspoiled, the area is clean, and far enough from the city that you feel away, but close enough that everything you want is within half an hour. And for some reason, Sooke has these incredible restaurants : we mean high-end, fancy places with really good food. Also some not as fancy, but still really good. We've been here five years, and we're still discovering things!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Where do we start? You're on the ocean, but without the cold wind and rough water. It's like a lake, but full of life. Kayak, paddle board, go for a boat ride. Hike, bike, run the Goose. Hit the beaches up the coast. Eat some of the finest meals you will ever eat at places in the middle of nowhere. Fish for salmon, or try to catch a halibut that weighs more than you do. Unless you're really big. Bigger than a halibut? Go watch some whales - they'll make you feel small. If you want nature in your face, this is the right place. If you want shopping and theatre, well, that's actually not that far away in Victoria, so you should probably stay there, and leave this place for someone who wants to soak in the tub, and contemplate the fresh salmon they just cooked on the BBQ before going to bed and zzz...
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Side view, with a bit of the fence.
Another view of the main room. Shows the kitchen. Also wide angle lens.
Bedroom again, with neat window into the bathroom. No idea why that's good.
The dock on a misty morning: you could be standing here.
Sammy the seal snarfing some salmon.
Look closely: a mother and 3 cubs in one of our front trees.
The garden path: orchard at the back, greenhouse on the left.
Mystic Beach. Waterfall and rope swing. Magical.
Our dock, between fall storms. Not Photoshopped.
View above the dock. Lots to do.
The main room. Wide angle lens makes it look bigger than it is.
Bedroom: the window looks out on the ocean, with a bit of front yard.
The bathroom w/tub & shower. No toilet though. Ha! - just kidding - lower right.
The covered side deck. Good place to BBQ a fresh salmon.
The float next door. Bit of a rough crowd. Gets loud. And smelly.
The chickens: fresh eggs every morning.
The deck and fire pit down by the water. Many a marshmallow...
Dawn from the front yard. Take a good look. You will never get up this early.
Day's catch. Coho and pink salmon.
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Sunday, November 08, 2015
- Property typeCottage
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