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Zen Gardens Beach Cottage - Sand, Sunsets & Serenity on the Seashore

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Garden Gate & Bamboo Grove Gourmet Kitchen with a View Oceanside Dining Queen Sized Master Bed + Double Futon Sofa Bed in Living Room Spectacular Southwest Sunset Views Great Sand Beach below Zen Cottage Oriental Oceanside Garden Miles of Sand Beach Walks Southwest Ocean View from Zen Beach Cottage Designer Landscaping Zen Beach Cottage as Viewed from Eastside Garden Oceanside Oriental Garden Zen Cottage Exterior Oceanside

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Last updated: 04/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Smelt Bay guest house description

A romantic 1-bedroom oceanfront cottage perched above the finest sandy beach on the island. Zen Gardens is a one-of-a-kind holiday home, beautiful designer interior surrounded by harmonious landscaping. Enjoy stunning ocean views from every room, and peer over 2-acres of oriental gardens to catch a glimpse of birdlife attracted to your own private sanctuary, abundant with rare plants, peace, and tranquility. Stroll down the secluded path to 400 ft of secluded beach & explore miles of sand walks along Smelt Bay.

Queen-sized bed with french doors to the waterfront garden make it an ideal retreat for a single person, or a romantic getaway for a couple, and big enough for a small family with 1 or 2 young children sharing the double futon sofa bed in the living room. This is a fabulous holiday cottage for honeymoons and a magical place to celebrate special anniversaries and birthdays. Or simply let nature wrap its arms around you -- rest, rejuvenate, and reclaim your spirit.

GUEST BOOK COMMENTS:
This is an amazing place ... wow such gardens... so unique... you have me stumped as to what plants... and inspired for shade gardens. I have come to Cortes for many years now... and this is the most amazing experience yet... so much more relaxing ... just to have a set-up quiet, private, clean oceanfront nest to retreat to. Much gratitude to you from Gillian
*****
Swimming with otters, talking to eagles, and walking with deer. What more can you ask for? Thanks ~ Andy, Shirley & Raithlin from Vancouver BC
*****'
Wonderful, beautiful, and relaxing - a true retreat. Thanks for accommodating us at this special place! ~ Janine & Henry

Property Type

  • 800 sq. ft.
  • Cottage
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Guest House

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Limited Accessibility:

            Nice flat garden property with cottage all on 1-level, ideal for mobility impaired. ...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Safe child friendly shallow sand beach....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            25 years of age or older....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Convertible bed(s)

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          • Queen size Beds (1) In private bedroom with french doors to garden. Plus (1) Double futon sofa bed in oceanfront living room....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1

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          • Shower, sink, toilet recently renovated with high quality fixtures.

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Oven
          • Kitchen
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster

          Amenities

          • Fireplace:

            New Electric Fireplace in Living-Dining Room....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Parking Off Street
          • Hair Dryer
          • Parking
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Living Room seats 4
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Linens Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Coffee maker, 4 ring stove, fridge/freezer, grill, toaster, oven, coffee grinder, garden, parking, activities guide, shampoo, toilet paper, local maps, soaps, towels provided, laundry soap, suitable for elderly or infirm. Abundant Amenities Include: 1 Bedroom Queen Bed with French Door to Private Garden, 1 Futon Double Sofa Bed in Oceanview Living Room, 1 Bathroom with Fine Quality Fixtures, Washer & Dryer, Newly Renovated with Stylish Oriental Touches, Elegantly Appointed with Modern Furnishings, Gourmet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Open Living & Dining Rooms with Floor to Ceiling Ocean Views, Wireless Internet, DVD & Large Flat-Screen TV, Oceanfront Decks with BBQ Grill & Lots of Deck Furniture, Southwest Facing Yard for Sunbathing & Great Sunsets, Comfortably Accomodates 1-4 Persons....moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Television
              • Stereo

              Communications

              • Mobile Phone
              • Wireless Internet
              • Telephone

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                Southwest facing for sunbathing & sunsets....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Professionally Designed Oriental Garden....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Wood Deck

              Theme

              • Romantic
              • Away From It All
              • Adventure

              Location & View

              • Ocean View:

                Miles of open ocean views with island & mountains in the distance....moreless

              • Oceanfront:

                400 feet of oceanfront with private path to miles of beach walks....moreless

              • Beachfront:

                Shallow sandy beach great for children....moreless

              • Beach View:

                Beautiful beach and sunset views....moreless

              Car

                  • Recommended

                  Activities

                  • Sailing
                  • Medical Services
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Cycling
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Boating
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fishing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Hiking
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Playground
                  • Forests
                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Library
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Rain Forests
                  • Photography
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shelling
                  • Walking
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Eco Tourism

                  Other Activities

                      • Cortes Island (pronounced Cortez) with its many lakes, protected harbors and sandy beaches is located at the northern end of Georgia Strait. It is part of the Gulf Island and Discovery Island chain tucked between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Cortes Island is known for its world famous oysters, clean protected waters, large park lands, and sits at the gateway to Desolation Sound, a famous boating, diving and sailing paradise....moreless
                       

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                      • One Hand Clapping in Thundering Silence

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                        One Hand Clapping in Thundering Silence

                        • Guest John & Tanya, Port Hardy, BC
                        • Date of stay 09/02/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        Lovely spot, beautiful, peaceful space. One hand is clapping in thundering silence. We had good adventures, great food at Hollyhock & Squirrel Cove. Paddled our canoe to Shark Spit from the Gorge. Portaged into Carrington Lagoon paddled around to Coulter Bay, and hiked back to get the vehicle. Hiked & paddled into Swim Rock on Hague Lake. Walks on the beach in Smelt Bay. Ripe blackberries adorning every breakfast. Walks and runs on Siskin Trails. Our 8-month-old son found the gardens and sunlight entrancing. We loved the beaches, swims, and trails; we all found joy and renewal. Thank you!

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                      • Absolutely Stunning View

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                        Absolutely Stunning View

                        • Guest Donna & Herb, Victoria, BC
                        • Date of stay 10/06/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        We had a lovely week at your beautiful little cottage. The garden and your view are absolutely stunning. We very much enjoyed sitting out in the late afternoon deck chairs watching the herons, eagles, nuthatches and all the other birds. Thank you.

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                      • Zen Time Warp

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                        Zen Time Warp

                        • Guest Steve & Kitt, Surrey, BC
                        • Date of stay 08/20/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        Zen Gardens Beach Cottage augments this pristine island. The windows at Zen warp time with nature and the ocean – truly blissful. Your thoughtfulness has made our 25th anniversary a wonderful memory to last forever.

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                      • Caught a 29 Pound Salmon

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                        Caught a 29 Pound Salmon

                        • Guest Malia & Derek, Bainbridge Island, USA
                        • Date of stay 07/14/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        We had an unbelievable time here! Thank you so very much for your hospitality in every way. Romney took us fishing yesterday – I caught a 29 pound salmon, Derek an 18 pounder! Going home with a cooler full. We kayaked everywhere – Gorge Harbour was especially beautiful. Time here on the beach was precious. Please enjoy my Zen offering on the windowsill in the kitchen. We hope to return again soon – so hard to leave – it truly felt like home. Peace & thanks.

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                      • Gardens Special & Inspiring

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                        Gardens Special & Inspiring

                        • Guest Mau & Ron, Campbell River, BC
                        • Date of stay 05/14/11
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        We did not come from far away. We can actually see our home across the water in Campbell River, yet this is like a different world. The gardens are special and inspiring! Thank you for creating a place like Zen Gardens Beach Cottage.

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                      • Bird Watching Highlights

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                        Bird Watching Highlights

                        • Guest Wendy & Chris, Regina, Saskatchewan
                        • Date of stay 08/20/11
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        Thank you very much for opening your home to us. Zen Beach Cottage has wonderful energy. We love the little things like the heart rocks and stones on the windowsill and the little bird nests. The Zen Garden is wonderful and you’ve inspired us to rip up more of our front yard lawn at home. Our bird watching highlights at the cottage included: golden crowned kinglets, white-crowned sparrows, red-breasted nuthatches, brown creepers, red-breasted sapsuckers, spotted towhees, cedar waxwings, and black-throated gray warblers. Water birds included eagles, blue herons, and red-breasted mergansers. I’m already looking forward to next year’s visit to Cortes.

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                      • Total Bliss

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                        Total Bliss

                        • Guest Claire & Joy, Vancouver, BC
                        • Date of stay 08/06/11
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        We were here for a month & went native – ended up naked & Cortesian! Highlights were kayaking out to Gorge Harbour & seeing deer paddling in the ocean, chicken poop bingo at Cortes Days celebration, Cyndie’s bread, yoga at Hollyhock. Total bliss – we’ll be back!!

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                      • Wildlife At Every Turn

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                        Wildlife At Every Turn

                        • Guest Ron & Debra from Sequim, Washington, USA
                        • Date of stay 07/02/11
                        • Review Submitted 11/12/12
                        We had a wonderful vacation here at Zen Beach Cottage! The views are spectacular and the accommodations were perfect for us. Cortes is a fabulous kayaking spot and we experienced exciting paddles out of Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay, and Manson’s Landing. There is so much wildlife to see at every turn! Thanks so much for all the little details you put into the cottage for our enjoyment and needs.

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                      • Paradise

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                        Paradise

                        • Guest Ernie & Audrey, Edmonton Alberta
                        • Date of stay 06/21/10
                        • Review Submitted 01/27/11
                        A little piece of paradise – what a getaway! Gardens are lovely, and we loved our beach walks – exploring the island, even a little bit of kayaking. Thanks for everything. ~ Ernie & Audrey, Edmonton Alberta

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                      • Glorious Sights & Sounds

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                        Glorious Sights & Sounds

                        • Guest Bonnie & Curtis from Calgary Alberta
                        • Date of stay 08/07/10
                        • Review Submitted 01/27/11
                        Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We loved exploring the beaches, taking in all the glorious sights & sounds. ~ Bonnie & Curtis from Calgary Alberta

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      GREEN SEASON
                      Jan 1 - May 31, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      C$1,000
                      EARLY SUMMER
                      Jun 1 - Jun 28, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      C$1,200
                      PEAK SUMMER
                      Jun 29 - Aug 30
                      7 night min stay

                      C$1,400
                      LATE SUMMER
                      Aug 31 - Sep 27, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      C$1,200
                      AUTUMN thru XMAS
                      Sep 28 - Dec 31, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      C$1,000
                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      C$1,000

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit C$500
                      • Tax Rate 5%

                      Notes:

                      Rates are based upon 2 persons, for additional persons add $100 per week per person to a maximum occupancy of 4 persons.

                      Inquire about Special Discounted Monthly Rates for Longer Term Rentals & Sabbaticals from October thru May.

                      A 50% deposit confirms your reservation, the 50% balance is due 60 days before your arrival. Refundable damage deposit is due on your arrival date & refunded within 10 days of your departure. Preferred payment method is by check, please inquire about alternative payment options.


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                      Last updated: 04/09/2014
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                      Location

                      • Nearest Airport: Campbell River at 25 Miles
                      • Nearest Ferry: Whaletown at 10 Miles
                      • Nearest Restaurant: Hollyhock at 1 Miles
                       

                      Owner info

                      The Unique Benefits at this Guest House:
                      Miles of sand beach walks accessible from a private path in Zen Gardens. Fabulous sunny southwest facing deck for sunbathing & waterfront sunset vistas.


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                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • Garden Gate & Bamboo Grove

                        Garden Gate & Bamboo Grove

                      • Oceanside Dining

                        Oceanside Dining

                      • Spectacular Southwest Sunset Views

                        Spectacular Southwest Sunset Views

                      • Oriental Oceanside Garden

                        Oriental Oceanside Garden

                      • Southwest Ocean View from Zen Beach Cottage

                        Southwest Ocean View from Zen Beach Cottage

                      • Zen Beach Cottage as Viewed from Eastside Garden

                        Zen Beach Cottage as Viewed from Eastside Garden

                      • Zen Cottage Exterior Oceanside

                        Zen Cottage Exterior Oceanside

                      • Gourmet Kitchen with a View

                        Gourmet Kitchen with a View

                      • Queen Sized Master Bed + Double Futon Sofa Bed in Living Room

                        Queen Sized Master Bed + Double Futon Sofa Bed in Living Room

                      • Great Sand Beach below Zen Cottage

                        Great Sand Beach below Zen Cottage

                      • Miles of Sand Beach Walks

                        Miles of Sand Beach Walks

                      • Designer Landscaping

                        Designer Landscaping

                      • Oceanside Oriental Garden

                        Oceanside Oriental Garden

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                      Date last modified - Thursday, February 27, 2014

                      C$1,000 - C$1,400 per week (CAD)
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                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

                      View calendar: Updated 04/09/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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