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South-Facing Oceanfront in Intimate Forest Setting

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The king bedroom and ensuite with view reflected in the mirror wall

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Last updated: 07/25/2014
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Ladysmith cottage description

When 'Oyster Harbour' was settled by Europeans in the late 1800s, it had long sustained a significant First Peoples population--the 'Stz'uminus,' or 'Chemainus' First Nation--who gathered clams and oysters from the soft bed of the bay and fished its sheltered waters. Although the shoreline of 'Oyster Harbour,' now called 'Ladysmith,' has developed into the charming town it is today, the view from our picturesque waterfront cottage, nestled amongst mature Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees, retains the sheltered isolation and tranquility of an earlier time. Sunnyside cottage, on its own secluded, south-facing half acre, is 2500 square feet of bright and open West Coast life. Mere minutes away from Ladysmith, yet neighbouring Stz'uminus Forest Reserve Land on the East and the Woodley Range Ecological Reserve its environs are teeming with Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Hummingbirds and other wildlife. A nature lover's paradise, the cottage features hardwood floors and wood-trim and craftmanship throughout. Two spacious bedrooms on the upper floor and a large den/3rd bedroom on the main floor boast spectacular views of secluded forest and the sheltered tidal waters bounded by Woods Island to the South, making it an idyllic adult retreat and at once a perfect place to engage young children with natural life. Seated on the 14 X 40 foot front deck--attuned to the ubiquitous whistle of eagles--visitors will be entranced as the tide recedes and thousands of baby crabs, oysters, clams and 'Midshipmen' (a kind of fish so-named for the 'buttons' on its belly that resemble the buttons on the uniforms of sailors and that thrive in the intertidal shallows and hide under the bigger rocks) scurry for cover as eagles, gulls, ravens, and herons cruise the shoreline for snacks.
Inside the house, linens on the beds are 320 thread count organic sheets, while the bathrooms are ensuite in the king bedroom and European style vanity and WC in the queen bedroom, with an additional four piece bathroom with Jacuzzi tub on the main floor. Also on the main floor, an expansive open living/dining area with a woodstove adjoins a modern kitchen with bay-window eating nook, a full laundry and the 600 square foot deck. Slate entryway, lower level walk-out games room with French doors down to the water, detached storage shed and carport for guests watercraft, bicycles, etc. Paddle boat provided for the use of guests.
Attractions in the area are myriad and all within easy range of this home. See Attractions listing.
Come, play, relax, and explore from out waterfront cottage in the Wild Woods of Vancouver Island in Super, Natural British Columbia!

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Events Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            This bedroom doubles as a mainfloor den...moreless

          • Bedding is 300 thread count organic cotton sheets. Pillows, Duvet covers and duvets are provided, as are hand-towels, washcloths and bath-towels. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 2: toilet

            adjoins bedroom 2 with queen size bed...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: combination tub/shower, toilet

            ensuite to bedroom 1 with kingsize bed, extra long tub...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: combination tub/shower, jetted tub, toilet

            On the main floor between kitchen and 3rd bedroom/den...moreless

          • As noted in bedrooms, washcloths, handtowels and bathtowels are provided. Beach towels for guests are stored in the cabinet in the laundry area....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Full kitchen including dishwasher and all basic utensils....moreless

          • Stove:

            Halogen type cooktop with 4 burners, etc....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Basic spices, salt and pepper and sugar....moreless

          • Dining:

            Child's highchair could be provided....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Garage:

            Carport to protect cars from sap/pitch from tree branches overhead...moreless

          • Heating:

            Radiant floor in slate entryway. Electric baseboard throughout...moreless

          • Parking:

            Plenty of parking. RV parking too....moreless

          • Wood Stove
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Entertainment

          • Game Room:

            Air hockey and Brio wooden train set...moreless

          • Television
          • DVD Player
          • Video Library

          Communications

          • Internet
          • Telephone

          Outdoor Features

          • Deck / Patio

          Theme

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

          Location & View

          • Rural:

            Located on the North Shore of what the European's first called 'Oyster Harbour' in the late 1800s, your approach brings you through 'Cedar,' an area of small farms dotting idyllic country roads....moreless

          • Oceanfront:

            Our cottage is steps away from the Ocean and at the same time is in an intimate forested setting framed by uninhabited Woods Island directly opposite....moreless

          Activities

          • Library
          • Fitness Center
          • Pier Fishing
          • Roller Blading
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Water Skiing
          • Jet Skiing
          • Wind-Surfing
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Equestrian Events
          • Snorkeling
          • Medical Services
          • Fly Fishing
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Sound/Bay Fishing
          • Golf
          • Kayaking
          • Sailing
          • Swimming
          • Snorkeling/Diving
          • Cycling
          • Mountain Biking
          • Hiking
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Massage Therapist
          • ATM/Bank
          • Playground
          • Recreation Center
          • Water Parks
          • Winery Tours
          • Restaurants
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Live Theater
          • Marina
          • Museums
          • Beachcombing
          • Groceries
          • Bird Watching
          • Paddle Boating
          • Scenic Drives
          • Walking
          • Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Boating
          • Shelling
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Antiquing
          • Horseback Riding
          • Eco Tourism
          • Rock Climbing
           

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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          August Long Weekend
          Aug 1 - Aug 3, 2014
          3 night min stay

          C$1,200
          flat fee
          Labour Day Long Weekend
          Aug 29 - Aug 31, 2014
          3 night min stay

          C$1,200
          flat fee
          My Standard Rate
          3 night min stay
          C$250 C$275
          Thu, Fri, Sat
          C$1,500 C$3,500
          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Management Fee C$175 + tax
          • Pet Fee C$100 + tax
          • Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,500
          • Tax Rate 5%

          Notes:

          Rates are subject to change until reservation is booked.

          Signed rental agreement required previous to occupancy.


          Cancellation policy:

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


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          Last updated: 07/25/2014
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          Location

          • The Crow & Gate Pub

            "Vancouver Island's best British Pub. Rural setting, Authentic decor, lots of taps. Doesn't..."

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          • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

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          11 Kilometres
          Nearest Airport
          Nanaimo International at Cassidy
          16 Kilometres
          Nearest Ferry
          Duke Point Ferry to Tsawwassen
          10 Kilometres
          Nearest Train
          Island Daytripper at Ladysmith Station
          5 Kilometres
          Nearest Motorway
          Trans-Canada Highway
          3 Kilometres
          Nearest Beach
          Elliott's Beach Park, Shell Beach Road
          10 Kilometres
          Nearest Barpub
          Ladysmith
          130 Kilometres
          Nearest Ski
          Mt. Washington
          10 Kilometres
          Nearest Golf
          Ladysmith Golf Club/Cottonwood Golf Club
          0.4 Kilometres
          Nearest Restaurant
          The Bistro at Page Point Inn

          The town of Ladysmith is a rare gem. Much of its architectural heritage remains intact, dating back to the turn of the 20th century when many of its buildings were moved here and new homes constructed to house coalminers for Dunsmuir's Colliery at Wellington. Visitors can walk the old railway grade at Morden Colliery Park and Trail, or delve deeper into the town's early history at the Ladysmith Museum, though a simple stroll through the hillside town overlooking Oyster Bay will help visitors understand why Harrowsmith Country Life nominated Ladysmith as one of the ten prettiest towns in all of Canada. Brightly painted heritage homes and buildings built on sloping streets house antique shops, and boutiques as well as the 'Old Town Bakery,' voted 'Vancouver Island's Best Buns' for their assortment of Cinnamon Buns, pastries and pies. A great stop for coffee and artisan bread, don't miss another local hot-spot which fires up later in the day: Robert Street Pizza Co. Either location will provide picnic material for a visit to Transfer Beach Park, which boasts an enormous playground, a waterpark, a sand volleyball court, an east facing beachfront and an amphitheatre which hosts concerts throughout the summer and events like the 'Brits on the Beach' car show on July 14th. In addition to the public amenities (which include a concession and bathroom) the beach-park also features an Eco Adventure Centre which houses 'Sealegs Kayaking Adventures,' who rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards as well as provide lessons and tours, www.sealegskayaking.com. Other water related activities are available at the Ladysmith marina, including Harbour tours, a maritime museum featuring heritage boats, and an oceanside restaurant. Tours run twice a week provided by the Ladysmith Maritime Society, and they host a Maritime festival in early June.

          Other opportunities for Active Living include several hiking trails which range from marine trails to steep wooded loops suitable for hiking or trail-running, one of which hosts the Gutbuster Run on July 7th. Three golf courses are all within 20 minutes drive (one in Cedar, one in Ladysmith, and another in Chemainus). Chemainus is known for its murals, but also hosts a live theatre festival featuring daytime children's theatre and adult live theatre. This year's production of 'Singing in the Rain' is being well received, and boasts choreography faithful to Gene Kelly's original chreography from the 1952 movie. Can't wait to see how they do the 'Make 'em laugh' sketch! Fancy a flight? Float planes fly out of Oyster Bay most days, and the Nanaimo Airport at Cassidy is only 12 kilometres away. Downtown Nanaimo and ferries to Gabriola Island, or aquabuses over to Newcastle Island are 22 kilometres distant. Nanaimo has its own theatre, lots of bigger stores, malls, and cinemas, as well as Ferry Service to Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) and to Tsawwassen (South Metro Vancouver) via the Duke Point Ferry Terminal only 15 kilometres from the cottage.

          Parksville and the best beach on East Vancouver Island at Rathtrevor are a one half-hour drive from the cottage, while it will take an hour and a half to get to Victoria by car. Duncan is only half an hour South, and worth visiting for the working steam train rides at the Forest Discovery Centre on the Trans-Canada Hwy, as well as the learning opportunities and flying demonstrations at the Northwest Raptor Centre just off the Highway at the North end of Duncan.

          Closer to the cottage, if pottery and crafts are your thing, build your own artisan tour of the Cedar and Yellowpoint Area visiting studios, galleries and farms in the neighbourhood, www.cyartisans.com. JoVic pottery and raku is across the road, 200m distant, and a further 200 metres walk away fine dining awaits at the Bistro at Page Point Inn and Marina. The Cedar farmer's market happens every Sunday from Mother's Day to Thanksgiving in the fields adjacent to the 'Crow and Gate Pub,' 2313 Yellowpoint Rd., Vancouver Island's signature rural English country pub which misses the mark only in as much as unlike proper British country pubs, children are not permitted on the premises due to Provincial Liquor Laws.

          McNab's Corn Maze is a fantastic autumn activity for children of all ages, www.mcnabscornmaze.com, and tours of Yellowpoint Cranberries, where they produce crops of 200,000 plus pounds yearly, are available beginning in September, www.yellowpointcranberries.com

          More details at www.ladysmithchronicle.com

          There are plenty of ways to fill your days within easy reach. Bring your bikes and tour the backroads and farms. Relax on the deck to the whistle of bald eagles, walk in the woods, or try out the paddle boat as you explore the marina at Page Point Inn, or visit the log-booms on the South-side of uninhabited Woods Island. Explore the foreshore as the tide recedes and crabs, clams, oysters and fish dodge hungry eagles, herons and gulls. Come, stay, and play!

           

          Manager info

          Year Purchased: 2004

          About: We live in the Central Cowichan Valley, just outside of a Duncan, BC. Together with our five children and Kate's mom, Leslie, we own and operate a small, organic, mixed farm. We also manage and share ownership in the 'Matraea Centre,a Family Health and Wellness Centre in Downtown Duncan which makes a home for the Cowichan Midwifery Group, Kate's midwifery practice, and our natural mama and baby boutique, 'Matraea Mercantile,'' , among other allied health and wellness businesses.

          Why Ladysmith:
          This property was purchased specifically for its situation and orientation. It is first and foremost a rare and sought after South-facing waterfront location. Its proximity and accessibility from both Duncan and Nanaimo, as well as its accessibility from both sides of Vancouver via the Nanaimo Ferry Terminals at Departure Bay and at Duke Point provide access to both North and South Vancouver making mainland excursions via BC Ferries to Squamish, Whistler, the Sunshine Coast, and beyond as convenient as to get to Tsawwassen, White Rock, Bellingham or Seattle. In this way Vancouver can be approached or avoided from either direction according to the intent of the trip.

          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
          The splendour of its natural setting coupled with its tranquility make this place so special. Visiting the cottage is like travelling to a different place in time. If you give in completely to the setting, from within the house, looking out through the different windows, you variously feel as though you could be in a rainforest tree-house, on a jungle safari, or at a lakeside cottage. Or once outside, when the drum beat of a Dragon-boat approaches, or a couple of kayakers paddle noiselessly past , or a neighbour heads out in his fishing boat disturbing seven eagles from their whistling perches, you know you can only be inhabiting a little piece of the paradise left on earth.


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          Speaks: english, french, spanish

           

          Photos

          • The king bedroom and ensuite with view reflected in the mirror wall

            The king bedroom and ensuite with view reflected in the mirror wall

          • The queen room, with European style vanity in the bedroom and reflected view

            The queen room, with European style vanity in the bedroom and reflected view

          • The den made up as sitting room.  An A/V cabinet with TV/DVD/VCR is to the right

            The den made up as sitting room. An A/V cabinet with TV/DVD/VCR is to the right

          • Open living/dining room with woodstove and custom masonry hearth/heater

            Open living/dining room with woodstove and custom masonry hearth/heater

          • The dining room viewed from the kitchen

            The dining room viewed from the kitchen

          • Eagle perching on Eagle tree

            Eagle perching on Eagle tree

          • The woodshed and deck from the path, games-room window visible at left

            The woodshed and deck from the path, games-room window visible at left

          • Trolling towards the gap at slack-tide.  Hours of leisurely fun!

            Trolling towards the gap at slack-tide. Hours of leisurely fun!

          • Sunnyside Cottage from the Water

            Sunnyside Cottage from the Water

          • Approaching Sunnyside by water from the Southeast

            Approaching Sunnyside by water from the Southeast

          • The detached carport and storage shed from the top of the drive, Shell Beach Rd.

            The detached carport and storage shed from the top of the drive, Shell Beach Rd.

          • The custom king-size bed reflected in the North mirror wall

            The custom king-size bed reflected in the North mirror wall

          • The mainfloor den/bedroom with sofa-bed made up for sleeping

            The mainfloor den/bedroom with sofa-bed made up for sleeping

          • The bright and open modern kitchen with custom cabinets and eating nook

            The bright and open modern kitchen with custom cabinets and eating nook

          • The dining area of the living dining room with deck visible through bay window

            The dining area of the living dining room with deck visible through bay window

          • The 600 square foot deck with Eagle trees beyond

            The 600 square foot deck with Eagle trees beyond

          • View from deck down path to paddle-boat mooring

            View from deck down path to paddle-boat mooring

          • keeping tabs on the paddle boaters from the king bedroom

            keeping tabs on the paddle boaters from the king bedroom

          • The view on the water looking east.  Woods Island at right, Forest Land at left

            The view on the water looking east. Woods Island at right, Forest Land at left

          • The view from the water looking west towards the gap at Page Point Inn/Marina

            The view from the water looking west towards the gap at Page Point Inn/Marina

          • A dragon-boat and fishing trawler from the king bedroom window

            A dragon-boat and fishing trawler from the king bedroom window

          • Oyster shells pile up at the Oyster Farm on the Ladysmith side of Oyster Bay

            Oyster shells pile up at the Oyster Farm on the Ladysmith side of Oyster Bay

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          3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
          Sleeps 6

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