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Family Friendly Home Near Lakes, Ocean, and Great Local Hikes.

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View of the cottage coming down the driveway. The drive is paved


Last updated: 11/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Garden Bay house description

This 4 bedroom craftsman home is located within short walking distance to Hotel Lake and a five minute drive to 2 fabulous hikes at Pender Hill and Daniel Point. The cottage sits on .6 of an acre and is surrounded by tall firs and cedars. The large wrap around deck is perfect for morning coffee, breakfast, bbq'ing, soaking in the sun or watching stars in the evening. There are three bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. There are two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a soaker-tub. In the winter, the wood stove provides a warm, cozy atmosphere. The beautiful white sand beach of Katherine Lake is a five minute drive. There is a 9 hole golf course spectacularly situated by the ocean and only 15 minutes away. There are gorgeous walks (runs) with full ocean views along the road to Daniel Point. Madeira Park is 20 minutes away and has two grocery stores (IGA), coffee shops and a liquor store. Our cottage is central to a variety of restaurants and entertainment locales. The Pender Harbour Jazz Festival (September 14-16) is a highly attended and enjoyable event. Ruby Lake Nature Resort is 25 minutes away and provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and a night out at a phenomenal Italian restaurant serving organic food. Garden Bay Pub has live music nightly and a stunning deck on the bay. Laverne's Grill, in the heart of Garden Bay, is a must for fish and chips. John Henry's Marina has a liquor store and a small but varied selection of groceries. In the summer, Rosendale Farm sells fresh local produce along the roadside or you can stop by their farm on the way to our Cottage. The Pender Harbour Aquatic/Fitness Center has a pool, hottub and fitness facility. It is only 10 minutes away.


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

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

          • Bedroom 1 - downstairs : 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2 - upstairs master : 1 queen


          • Bedroom 3 - upstairs kids/multiple guest room: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon


          • Bedroom 4 - upstairs tv/entertainment room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Day bed and extra twin foam mattress. Accommodate 2 people...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (2) Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), sofa bed (2), twin foam mattress (1)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1 - upstairs: toilet, combination tub/shower


          • Bathroom 2 - downstairs: toilet, shower


          Other Amenities

              • Canoe with life vests and paddles and several boogie boards available for use....moreless


              • Books:

                Large selection of children and adult books ...moreless

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Television
              • VCR
              • Video Library:

                lots of kids movies (toy story, shrek etc) Some good old adult movies (all rather tame!) Dances with Wolves, Die Hard, etc...moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Marina
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Skiing


                  • Dining:

                    Large feast table that can accommodate 8-10 people as well as a window bar that seats 3. ...moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 8 people


                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room:

                    Open concept living room, dining area and large kitchen. ...moreless

                  • Parking Off Street:

                    space for one or two cars at the road....moreless

                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine:

                    Stackable unit upstairs. ...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Stove


                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen:

                    Additional items: popcorn popper, coffee grinder, blender, small espresso machine, small crock pot ...moreless

                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Kayak / Canoe
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Payment Type

                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa


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                  from 14 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
                  • Taxes Not included


                  The second payment that is due 30 days prior to arrival will be 50% of the total amount. The remainder less $150(cleaning fee) is due 15 days prior to arrival. Please leave $150(cleaning fee) on the dining room table in the house prior to departure.

                  An additional $100 damage deposit required for guests who have pets.

                  No damage deposit required for returning guests.

                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting manager when booking.

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                  Last updated: 11/30/2014
                  Check availability
                  23 Available
                  21 Unavailable
                  22 Today
                  23 Selected dates


                  50 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Vancouver international airport
                  1.5 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Garden Bay pub
                  73 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Langdale Ferry Terminal
                  8 Kilometres
                  Nearest Golf
                  Pender Golf Club
                  5 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Hwy 101
                  3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Katherine Lake

                  Car: Recommended

                  Our home is near 4 lakes and several hiking trails. We have a canoe and boogie boards for use. There is a wrap around deck to enjoy the sunshine at all hours of the day. The home is nestled within giant fir trees and provides a calm, serene environment. The cabin is ideal for families or relaxing group get-a-ways.


                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 2002

                  About: My brother (a builder on the coast) built our cottage in 2002. We have used the cottage every summer and almost every Christmas since then. We currently live in Oregon and have been able to continue to use the cottage each year. My wife and I both run and Pender allows us a variety of routes with phenomenal views. We spend a great deal of time at the lake with the kids. Katherine Lake has two floating docks, perfect for jumping and diving. Hotel Lake is a short walk up the road and we often just jump in while on a run or hike. Our kids never tire of the deer in the backyard, blackberries along the road, or long summer days at the water.

                  Why Garden Bay:
                  Back in 2000 we realized quickly that buying a home in Vancouver was out of the question. With my brother being a builder it made sense for us to find a place we could afford and yet enjoy to the fullest. We have never regretted the decision. The cottage has become a symbol for our family - a place where we hike, swim, run, canoe, talk, and read together. The location and views allow for both contemplation and healthy exercise.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  I am a writer. The cottage has been a place for me to write at least three novels and one picture book. The quiet, the uninterrupted slower pace allowed for a great deal of writing productivity. Equally, the cottage is full of benefits to our whole family. Our son and daughters practice with a bow and arrow along the side of the cottage. All three kids collect rocks and sticks and invent games together. My wife is a marathoner and uses the Pender hills for daily training. The large kitchen and open concept of the living room has made the perfect setting for entertaining guests. A family friend did most of the carpentry including hand built kitchen cabinets, the island in the kitchen, the stairs and handrails and the outside decks as well. There is also a hand made dining room table made from lumber that came from an 80 year old building in Vancouver! We love our Pender cottage.

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                  Speaks: english



                  • View of the cottage coming down the driveway. The drive is paved

                    View of the cottage coming down the driveway. The drive is paved

                  • Downstairs bedroom with double bed.

                    Downstairs bedroom with double bed.

                  • upstairs, kid-friendly bedroom. Double bed, single bed, and pull out couch.

                    upstairs, kid-friendly bedroom. Double bed, single bed, and pull out couch.

                  • upstairs bathroom with personal shower and deep tub.

                    upstairs bathroom with personal shower and deep tub.

                  • upstairs TV room with day bed.

                    upstairs TV room with day bed.

                  • outside south-facing deck.

                    outside south-facing deck.

                  • At the peak of Mount Daniel.

                    At the peak of Mount Daniel.

                  • Katherine Lake - popular family-friendly lake with a sandy beach. 2 km away.

                    Katherine Lake - popular family-friendly lake with a sandy beach. 2 km away.

                  • Dining area and downstairs bathroom.

                    Dining area and downstairs bathroom.

                  • Upstairs master bedroom.

                    Upstairs master bedroom.

                  • Laundry area.

                    Laundry area.

                  • kitchen area

                    kitchen area

                  • living room area

                    living room area

                  • wood shed

                    wood shed

                  • Hotel lake - just 500 meters from the house.

                    Hotel lake - just 500 meters from the house.

                  VRBO #421450

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                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                  $180 - $200 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

                  View calendar: Updated 11/30/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                  Member since: 2012
                  Speaks: english
                  • Calendar last updated: 11/30/2014
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