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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway

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Sunset on Stoltz Bluff - truly spectacular!

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Last updated: 08/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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Duncan house 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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Events Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

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

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Kitchen
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

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

          Entertainment

          • Stereo
          • Games
          • Books

          Outdoor Features

          • Lawn / Garden
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Deck / Patio

          Theme

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

          Location & View

          • Mountain View
          • Ocean View

          Activities

          • Arboretum
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • ATM/Bank
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services
          • Cycling
          • Walking
          • Fishing
          • Hiking
          • Hunting
          • Jet Skiing
          • Kayaking
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Paragliding
          • Rafting
          • Swimming
          • Golf
          • Water Skiing
          • Sight Seeing
          • Shelling
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Library
          • Live Theater
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Recreation Center
          • Shopping
          • Restaurants
          • Festivals
          • Antiquing
          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Boating
          • Eco Tourism
          • Gambling Casinos
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Winery Tours
          • Water Tubing
           

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          Special offer: Back to School Special!

          It's still hot out, but we're offering our low season rate of $199/night for the rest of high season. This means a savings of $50/night (20% off) - take advantage now!!

          Offer for: Aug 30, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014 View calendar

          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          High Season
          Aug 1 - Sep 30, 2014
          2 night min stay
          C$249
          C$1,494

          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

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


          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

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

          Notes:

          Contact us for further details on our cancellation policy.


          Cancellation policy:

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


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          Location

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

          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)

          VRBO #433754

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          Date last modified - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

          C$169 - C$249 per night (CAD)
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          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
          Sleeps 6

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