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The quiet ocean-side community of Qualicum beach is the perfect spot to vacation and this property is a beautiful option for you to consider. In addition to the sweeping ocean and distant mountain views from the beach house, you also overlook some gulf islands: hornby, denman, lasqueti and texada. There are many different local activities to ensure there will be something to appeal to everyone. It also offers a tranquil retreat for artists and writers or anyone on sabbatical looking for some time away from it all.
The beach house sits a few meters from high tide so you can listen to the calming rhythm of the waves throughout your stay.
The beach house is well-suited for mixed generation families or for two or three families to stay together. As you immediately enter the front door, there are stairs going directly down to two of the main bedrooms. One is the ocean-facing master bedroom with two windows facing the ocean and a door out to the backyard/beach & hot tub. This room has a comfortable queen size bed, 6 drawer dresser, closet and full 4 piece en-suite with a window. There is a washer and dryer available in the closet of the en-suite.
The other is what we call the children's room as there are 2 sets of bunk beds and a walk in closet with a selection of toys & books. There is a 5 drawer dresser in this room and one window (non-ocean facing and no view at all in fact). Please note families are responsible for keeping the Toy Closet organized.
There is a separate bedroom, that we call the guest room that also faces the ocean, with a comfortable king size bed. *Important to note: it is outside access only making it somewhat private from the rest of the house. There are two windows in this room, one facing the ocean and the other facing the 'front' yard. There is a tallboy dresser in this room with 5 drawers. To get into the house from the guest room, you can either enter through the patio door, upstairs or into the master bedroom door.
From the front door, when you walk into the house, the full washroom is off to the left of the living room. The living room has a couch and loveseat and rocking chair around a natural gas fireplace.
The fully equipped kitchen is also off of the living room, complete with full size gas stove/oven (and dishwasher) allowing you to dine in comfortably. Please ask if you have specific inquiries about how the kitchen is stocked. The Dining area is towards the ocean viewing side of the house. There are chairs for 6 but the piano bench can be used as seating to fit 8 at the table. There is plate service for ten.
In the office, which is off the dining area, there is a queen-sized murphy bed. The office has two corner window and is the 2nd best view room in the house.
In the ocean-viewing room, there is lovely leather sofa that tends to be the most popular seating in the house but it is also a pull out sofa-bed for those who want to wake up and have the best view of the house looking out over the sea. There are also window sits in this room making it a great spot for hanging out.
For night-life, there are a couple local pubs & restaurants a 5-10 minute walk down the road/beach, either direction, alleviating the need to drive & complete with live music on certain days. It is great to go with another couple to trade off date nights while the other couple babysits!
Children can spend hours beachcombing and exploring the flora and fauna of the pebbly beach, watch sea life and birds and take a short walk to the expansive sandbars while the tide is low. In the town of Qualicum Beach, there is a great swimming pool (ravensong aquatic center) as well as playing fields and playgrounds.
There is one fibre glass kayak available for use by experienced ocean paddlers. This must be carried down to the beach, and up, by 2 people to avoid damage. There is a lifejacket and skirt available.
The recommended maximum number of adults for the beach house is six but it can accommodate ten people including children.
Local activities: It is less than an hour drive to mt washington making day ski trips possible. The skiers can be back before dinner and warming in the hot tub overlooking the ocean! Parksville (10 minutes away) has the best sandy beaches on the island for kids, with no waves and shallow and warm water. There is also an acre of playground at the main beach in Parksville, kids can easily spend hours at this park. The terrific local provincial park, horne lake caves provides some nearby exploring. Coombs is another local attraction with the goats on the roof, a terrific market and shops with the parrot refuge centre beside. Several nearby yoga studios offer a great combination of fitness & wellness to your vacation schedule. The beach house is central to several quality golf courses in the region. Take a ferry to one of the nearby gulf island to explore the island life.
The Master Bedroom is on the main floor overlooking the beach with hot tub access out the door and a full en-suite. It is beside the Children's Room which has 2 sets of bunk beds. The Guest Room is outside access only looking out over the water as well. The upstairs office has a queen size murphy bed and is a small room; but with a great view. ...moreless
Upstairs Main Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower
There are loads of kids books in the toy closet from board books to pre-teen novels. There is a selection of novels in the dining room hutch - feel free to read during your stay or to make a trade!...moreless
Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$15 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage DepositC$300
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About the owner: We are a family of four with 2 active and busy school-age kids. We live in Victoria, BC, where we both grew up ourselves. We like to get up to Qualicum when we can but find it is difficult between all of our activities. We have worked hard to prepare this property to be a comfortable and fun retreat for guests.
Why the Owner Chose Qualicum Beach: This property was owned by a family friend and his family since the area was developed in 1951. Dave would visit this property with his family growing up so when he heard it was for sale we jumped on trying to purchase it. As a component of that, we knew we would need to rent it out to manage owning the property but as it is such a special location we were confident that we could successfully rent it out.
The Unique Benefits at this House: This property has been set up to be an ideal vacation home that suits more than one family unit. 2 or 3 families together or extended families including in-laws or other friends. We love this property as there are no roads to cross to be on the beach for the kids. We know that they can just walk across the yard and climb down to the beach.