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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway

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Sunset on Stoltz Bluff - truly spectacular!

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
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  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The most private and breathtaking spot in the Cowichan Valley! This vacation getaway is the only building on a 40 acre property surrounded by beautiful Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest. Feel like you have truly gotten 'away from it all', but stay within a 15 min drive of Duncan and Lake Cowichan.

We offer a completely unique and eco-friendly rental as a welcome alternative to the usual options. Learn that the ultimate in 'eco-friendly' can also be beautiful, contemporary, and comfortable. This custom home was built with local, natural, and sustainable materials and is completely 'off-grid'. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stay in a 'cob' home. Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, and straw - it's what the exterior walls are made of, and they hold up the roof without a single stick of wood! Of course, our home is highly engineered and code-approved - one of the very few of it's kind in North America! Whether you're looking for something eco-friendly, unique, private, or just beautiful with breathtaking views this home is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.

Accommodations include two bedrooms with queen size beds, as well as a pull-out double/queen sofa bed. The beds have eco-foam mattresses, down duvets, and bamboo and organic cotton sheets. The bathroom includes a shower and separate water-closet. The contemporary kitchen has 13 ft ceilings and the most energy-efficient appliances on the market. The living room features a beautiful curved cob bench and rammed-earth open burning fireplace for warmth and atmosphere. All the home's finishes are made with natural materials, so those with sensitivities can breathe easy, and everyone can feel good about staying in a healthy place without harmful toxins.

For your outdoor enjoyment, there is a deck and patio table just outside the dining room's double doors, which can be opened up for one large indoor/outdoor eating area. There is also a bbq and fire pits, for when the season allows. Our property connects with Cowichan Valley Provincial Park and it's many hiking trails for endless exploration from the top of the Bluff to the River bottom.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt and pepper, spice rack, ice, aluminum foil, paper towel...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

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September Special!
Aug 30 - Sep 30, 2015
2 night min stay
C$199
C$1,194

Discounts: 7 nights or more: C$171 Nightly


Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
C$169 C$199
Fri, Sat
C$1,044

Discounts: 7 nights or more: C$129 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded


Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning/Changeover C$75 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit C$500
  • Pet Fee C$15 + tax
  • Tax Rate 5%

Notes:

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Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

61 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Victoria International
16 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Craig Street Brew Pub, Duncan
67 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Swartz Bay Ferry, Victoria (Sidney)
18 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club
16 Kilometres
Nearest Train
VIA Rail, Duncan
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 18, Duncan/Lake Cowichan
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Bistro 161, Duncan
198 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mount Washington Ski Resort, Courtenay
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Cowichan River Provincial Park

Car: Necessary

The Cowichan Valley is the 'bread basket' of Vancouver Island! It offers a bounty of farms, markets, and wineries to visit, along with delicious local, organic offerings at many restaurants. Cowichan Bay has the distinction of being officially designated as North America’s first Cittaslow Community.

Along with it's food and wine offerings, the Cowichan Valley is home to the type of spectacular views and outdoor activities the west coast is known for. Hike around Stoltz Bluff and enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire valley. A paradise for bird watchers, hikers, and all those who enjoy wildlife and outdoor activities (including just relaxing at the river, lake, or ocean!).

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We are both originally from the prairies, and moved to the west coast in 2004. We have busy lives and jobs in Victoria, but have spent all of our free time over the last 2 years building and finishing this eco-home!

Why the Owner Chose Duncan:
Over our last 8 years living on Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley has always been our favourite place to get away to; whether for a day of food and wine tours, or hiking and exploration, or just some relaxation in a beautiful setting. It encompasses everything that we love so much about the west coast and we have never tired of things to do and see in the area. When we decided to build the most eco-friendly vacation home possible, we searched around the entire lower half of Vancouver Island to find the perfect spot. It had to be a spot with a lot of space and privacy and beautiful views to showcase the best of the valley, not a nearby sub-division or the possibility of one in the future. It was important for us to be able to offer guests an experience where they truly feel they have escaped everyday life. These things were not easy to find on an island like this which is such a popular place to live and visit (and rightly so!). When we found Stoltz Bluff, we knew it was just the right spot from the very beginning. We hope you visit and experience some of the same magic we have felt there.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This home is absolutely one of a kind. The two of us designed and built it ourselves, along with it's off-grid systems. The story of this home is a long and adventurous one! It has had it's trials and joys, and we are very happy to have made it through to the end. We have done an immense amount of learning and research over the last two years and are now excited to share that knowledge and our story with others. We hope to hear from you and will be happy to tell you more and answer your questions. Our website and blog tell the story of our building experience, so please visit it for even more information (may be 'under construction').


Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:

 

Photos

  • Sunset on Stoltz Bluff - truly spectacular!

    Sunset on Stoltz Bluff - truly spectacular!

  • Wintertime in the Cowichan Valley

    Wintertime in the Cowichan Valley

  • Even in wintertime, the house looks warm and inviting and the solar lights shine

    Even in wintertime, the house looks warm and inviting and the solar lights shine

  • The curvy, hand sculpted aspects of cob walls and bench

    The curvy, hand sculpted aspects of cob walls and bench

  • Another view of the kitchen, with artwork from local nature scenes

    Another view of the kitchen, with artwork from local nature scenes

  • The curvy front entrance with oversized 4x8 locally-made door

    The curvy front entrance with oversized 4x8 locally-made door

  • The second bedroom complete with queen size bed and down comforter

    The second bedroom complete with queen size bed and down comforter

  • The bathroom vanity top and bench, formed from cob and plastered with lime

    The bathroom vanity top and bench, formed from cob and plastered with lime

  • The view of Mt. Prevost from Stoltz Bluff in fall

    The view of Mt. Prevost from Stoltz Bluff in fall

  • A spectacular sunset view from Stoltz Bluff, towards Bald Mtn and Lake Cowichan

    A spectacular sunset view from Stoltz Bluff, towards Bald Mtn and Lake Cowichan

  • Sunrise view of the ocean and Salt Spring Island from Stoltz Bluff

    Sunrise view of the ocean and Salt Spring Island from Stoltz Bluff

  • Winter on Stoltz Bluff with a view of Bald Mountain/Lake Cowichan

    Winter on Stoltz Bluff with a view of Bald Mountain/Lake Cowichan

  • Nighttime photo of this cozy, private, off-grid home

    Nighttime photo of this cozy, private, off-grid home

  • The living room, with wood burning Rumford fireplace

    The living room, with wood burning Rumford fireplace

  • The contemporary and well-equipped kitchen, with salvaged old growth posts/beams

    The contemporary and well-equipped kitchen, with salvaged old growth posts/beams

  • The dining area with glass double doors which open onto the patio

    The dining area with glass double doors which open onto the patio

  • The master bedroom with organic cotton sheets, ensuite bath and beautiful views

    The master bedroom with organic cotton sheets, ensuite bath and beautiful views

  • The bathroom with natural lime plaster vanity top, bench and shower

    The bathroom with natural lime plaster vanity top, bench and shower

  • The 'Truth Window' - an insight into what our walls are made of!

    The 'Truth Window' - an insight into what our walls are made of!

  • Beautiful views of Cowichan Valley from Stoltz Bluff

    Beautiful views of Cowichan Valley from Stoltz Bluff

  • Another beautiful sunset view from Stoltz Bluff

    Another beautiful sunset view from Stoltz Bluff

  • Sunrise from the east bedroom

    Sunrise from the east bedroom

  • Winter wonderland on Stoltz Bluff (photo taken during construction)

    Winter wonderland on Stoltz Bluff (photo taken during construction)

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