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Oceanfront-One Acre-Spectacular Views, Free Internet - Hot tub-Close to Victoria

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 large bedrooms --each with ocean views of our waterfront property and gardens

Architect-designed 3500 sq. ft. home on one acre of Vancouver Island waterfront. Ceramic radiant-heat floors. Clean, quiet, heat. Quality appliances in the very complete kitchen. New beautiful Samsung Virtual Flame Induction range with dual oven. New stainless fridge.

Eighteen-foot ceilings in living room. Artist's loft. Modern classic west-coast design. Three very spacious beautiful bedrooms - each with ocean views and comfy beds. Living room and master bedroom with fireplace. Luxurious bathrooms with walk-in shower and soak tub. Toilets in separate rooms from bathrooms. Relax in the hot tub at night with the stars above and the ocean in front of you. Enjoy our collection of original art, books and beautiful gardens. Sixty-five foot deck and walls of glass give views of eagles, orca whales and sailboats. New plasma flat screen, Free Netflix. Free high-speed wireless internet connection for your laptop and ipod dock for your music.

Art and Gardens:: ---Carolyn is a professional artist and you will enjoy her paintings in the studio loft and throughout the house. The gardens and grounds that surround the house will add to your outdoor pleasure and of course there is always the gentle lapping of waves on the beach.

We have several returning guests who enjoy 'Seagate' as their special vacation get-away and a great pleasure for us is making new friends through email and sometimes in person. Because of the care from past guests, we no longer ask for a damage deposit and we do not charge for cleaning. We regard our guests as 'family'. The entire house and grounds are yours to enjoy in privacy.

The Ocean: --We are located on a bay that is protected by Saltspring Island. Often there are canoe and sailboat races in the bay and during the summer we keep our own sailboat in front of the house. It is not unusual to see eagles, herons, and other birds. On several occasions, we have had orca whales in the bay and this spring, three humpback whales.

At night we often enjoy a glass of wine in the hot tub overlooking the ocean. We are in a very safe, private, quiet location with no through traffic and yet close to Victoria and local shops. At night you will most likely only hear the soft sound of waves or the call of a loon.

Vineyards: --We are located in the prime wine producing area of Vancouver Island with many vineyards just a short drive away and one of the best is just a lovely 15-minute walk from the house. If you enjoy wine, try a tasting tour of the wineries. Information will be in the house. The quaint fishing village of Cowichan Bay is only a 10-minute drive away with what our guests describe as some of the best bread and ice cream available-- and of course, seafood. Great to stroll on the docks to inspect the boats!

More Details

Denis & Carolyn McDonald
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Denis & Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn and Denis are recently retired teachers who have lived and worked in Canada, England, Australia and Jamaica. Carolyn is a professional artist who has regular showings. Denis enjoys workworking and tries not to destroy the flowers in the garden with his weedwacker.

Denis & Carolyn McDonald purchased this house in 2000

Why Denis & Carolyn McDonald chose Cowichan Bay

We saw this home style in Australia and brought the plans back to Canada and then were very fortunate to find a property that had everything we wanted: wonderful views, quiet, yet close to shops, great neighbours, and waterfront. Every day we feel fortunate to live here--and love to share the house when we are on our frequent travels.

What makes this house unique

We were able to add design details to the house like heated ceramic floors, sixty-five foot deck facing the ocean, granite countertops, and an artist's loft. If you like art, you will enjoy the many pieces throughout the house. We also have a good collection of books and music.


Cowichan Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Having the toilets in separate rooms (with sinks) means that the 'bath-rooms' are more available to wash-up, bathe, or shower. There are a total of five wash basins, one walk-in shower, one soaker tub, and one tub-shower combo in the house.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Fireplace
    Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 double
  • Master bedroom has en suite and fireplace. All bedrooms are very large with beautiful views to the ocean and access to the gardens and patios. Our home is ideal for two or three couples sharing. Each bedroom is comfortable, bright, and unusually roomy.
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 9 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
2 queens, 1 double. Toilet rooms separate from bathrooms. Hot tub with deck and ocean views. Modern Architecture. Sixty-five foot deck, extensive gardens. Oceanfront. Master bedroom and living room with fireplace. Beautiful winter or summer. Quiet residential area of nice homes on large properties.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Deer Park, TX

Heavenly Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family's stay at this house was a dream come true. We enjoyed the large rooms, the fantastic decks, the hot tub, the view and the visits from the bald eagle. The house and property far exceeded our expectations. The online pictures and descriptions do not do the house justice. We particularly enjoyed the welcome bottle of wine. The instructions left by the home owners were well written and easy to understand. I would recommend this property to anyone, and would be more than happy to return for another visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
  • Stayed: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. We like to think of our guests as "family" and have enjoyed meeting several visitors and making new friends. It is always a pleasure to share our home and to read the comments in our guestbook. Happy travels! --Denis and Carolyn.
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Stevenson, Washington

There was only one problem with our stay... it was far too short!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, I felt it was a privilege to be in such a marvelous home. Thank you to Denis and Carolyn for sharing this spectacular place for the time you're off globetrotting! :-)

We live in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, with spectacular views from our own back yard. However, Cowichan Bay and environs left us in awe as we looked out the windows or sat on the deck. Actually, there are many areas at Seagate from which to enjoy the views -- the McDonald's must have amazing gatherings of family and friends there. Several dozen seating places are spread throughout the gorgeous property. Plus, the stairs going down to the shore was a special highlight, one of many!

The house itself has all the amenities one could ask for, but the really special part for me was the art... all the pieces collected by the hosts, but primarily the beautiful paintings done by Carolyn herself. I really can't say enough about how we loved the overall decor and furnishings for the entire week we stayed at Seagate Villa.

Because we spent pretty much every day traveling hither and yon (south to Victoria, north to Nanaimo) to the usual tourist attractions, we wound up spending only one day simply lounging around and relaxing. Had we known, we would definitely have booked Seagate for two weeks! Thank you again, Denis and Carolyn, for opening up your most lovely home like this. We really, really enjoyed it! :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise found on Vancouver Island

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the fabulous ocean views and heavenly setting. Our daughter loved the hammock. My husband loved the beach and the birds, we all loved the immaculate garden and Al fresco dining. Convenient for several vineyards (Cherry Point, Unsworth, Zanatta) where one can wine and dine very well indeed. Also farm shops notably Kilrenny are great. We would go back there at the first opportunity.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house! Wonderful view! 65 chairs!

  • 5 of 5

It was fabulous !

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Lovely, comfortable view home with amazing art to enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

Denis and Carolyn have generously and graciously offered their home to the rest of us to enjoy. It is well equipped and ready to accommodate. The views of the water are wonderful. The moon setting over the water creates a vision we'll worth photographing. Cow Bay is a quaint small fishing village that is so fun to explore. The Masthead restaurant is a fine dining venue that we have enjoyed several times over the past several years. We tried the Cow Cafe for the first time this trip. It's a casual spot offering a varied menu. We ate there for lunch twice and we're pleased both times. Seagate offers a home away from home and is a great place to relax, as well as being well located to explore and enjoy the beautiful countryside and environment. The Thrifty grocery store nearby offers all the usual but good sushi and a great bakery and cheese selection as well. My husband tried his hand at fishing on the river at Duncan. Didn't catch any fish but enjoyed having the opportunity to try:) Enjoy your time here and thank you Denis and Carolyn!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to know that our guests enjoyed our home and the area. Thanks for your kind review and also thanks for the care you showed "Seagate" while staying here. We would certainly love to have you return in the future. Happy travels! Denis and Carolyn.
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Vanderhoof, BC

Homey, roomy and amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Hello Denis and Carolyn,

I just wanted to send a short note and let you know once again how

delighted we were with your home. It worked out perfectly for my

mother using a walker and wheelchair as we gave her the master suite.

She stayed there on her own a couple of days to rest up after one of

our intermittant excursions up island or to Victoria, and she enjoyed

the peace and quiet and of course your amazing view. My brother and

his wife from Scotland we extremely impressed and thought it was much

better than even the website photos portrayed. We could sit and watch

the ocean for hours, with the many boats coming and going and all the

delightful birds, so busy at this time of year. We also enjoyed the

hot tub as we had one in our previous house for 13 yrs. and have

missed it since our move to town 7 yrs ago. It was wonderful watching

the night sky and even saw several pretty intense shooting stars. We

also went out walking a lot and had a lovely lunch at the Cherry Point

Winery while out walking on our last day. I know that you have no

control over the weather, but it was great the whole time we were


I hope we left the house in good shape and did the recycling and

garbage properly. We don't have the same intensity of recycling up

here in Vanderhoof and it seems every area is a little different. We

had an early ferry reservation from Schwartz Bay on the 18th in order

to get my Scottish relatives to YVR, so we were in a bit of a rush to

get out of the house.

Once again we are very sorry about the broken small Mexican piece (I

believe a whistle) and thank-you for being so understanding. We really

enjoyed all of your artwork, both the ones you've collected in your

travels and those you have done yourself. We did purchase some cards

and jewellery and left the money in the loft.

We usually try to stay in a rental home when we travel as we like to

feel more a part of a community rather than a "tourist" and your place

will go down as one of our favorites.


Glen & Jesse

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review and thanks also for the care that you gave "Seagate" --our home on Vancouver Island. We have amazing guests. We would love to have you return for another visit in the future. Denis and Carolyn (owners)
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Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Arbutus Golf and Country Club
Car: necessary

Forty-five minute drive to Victoria, the provincial capital, ten minutes to supermarkets and shops and only 15 minutes to the ferry for the famous Buchart Gardens. Wine country! --six wineries within 20 minutes. A two minute drive to Cherry Point Vineyards. Ten minutes to a beautiful ocean view public golf course.

Five minute drive to Cowichan Bay, a quaint fishing village with restaurants, ocean sports, boat rentals, whale watching and shops.

Other Activities: kayaking, walk to famous vineyard, nearby golf.

Golf: beautiful golf course with ocean views only 10 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

No cleaning charge, no damage deposit, and we pay the taxes. Rates are your total cost.
$1393 to $1750/week-- check rate and calendar listing for availability.
Total rate: $1393 to $1750 U.S. /week up to four guests, $50 extra per week per extra guest. Max. guests: 6
Year-round rentals. Beautiful summer and winter (hot tub is special in winter!) This is the warmest part of Canada in the winter. Contact for two or more week discount..

$500 U.S. initial deposit to hold dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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