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

Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada
  • House3500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

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!


Denis & Carolyn McDonald

Member Since 2009
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english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Feb 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 Valley D

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.


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Oceanfront
          one acre of private oceanfront property. Incredible views. See eagles, seals, and sometimes whales.
        • Waterfront


            • Linens Provided
            • Ceiling Fans
            • Fireplace
            • Hair Dryer
            • Heating
            • Internet
            • Iron & Board
            • Clothes Dryer
            • Local Activities Guide
            • Parking Off Street
            • Telephone
            • Towels Provided
            • Washing Machine
            • Wireless Internet
            • fax


                • Freezer
                • Blender
                • Coffee Maker
                • Cooking Utensils
                • Dishwasher
                • Coffee Grinder
                • Microwave
                • Oven
                • Pantry Items
                • Refrigerator
                • Toaster


                    • 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


                            • 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

                                                • mountain biking
                                                • cycling
                                                • fishing
                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                • golf
                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                • hiking
                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                • 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.

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      13 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

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

                                                      Bernadette P.Stevenson, Washington

                                                      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! :-)

                                                      Paradise found on Vancouver Island

                                                      Virginia Y.

                                                      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.

                                                      Beautiful house! Wonderful view! 65 chairs!

                                                      Linda M.

                                                      It was fabulous !

                                                      Lovely, comfortable view home with amazing art to enjoy!

                                                      CheriUnited States

                                                      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!

                                                      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.

                                                      Homey, roomy and amazing views!

                                                      JESSE H.Vanderhoof, BC

                                                      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

                                                      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)

                                                      A Dream House

                                                      sharon b.

                                                      As soon as we stepped through the beautiful entrance and saw the jaw-dropping view we knew we would have a wonderful week and we certainly did.

                                                      The house is perfect throughout, beautifully decorated (loved Carolyn's paintings!) and incredibly well maintained with everything you could possibly want for a fantastic stay.

                                                      The gardens are gorgeous and fun to explore with all its nooks and crannies and having your own beach is lovely. The hot tub each night was very special! We slept incredibly well and had the most relaxing week.

                                                      When we did manage to drag ourselves away from the house, we found the area of Cowichan Bay itself is lovely & fell in love with it, especially with the fantastic weather and fall colours that we were lucky to have. Mill Bay is great for shopping and has a lovely little marina and there's a great cafe in Maple Bay right on the front. Goldstream Provincial Park is also worth a visit esp. when in the fall when you can see the salmon run, up close as we did. Victoria itself isn't far away and is a great city.

                                                      All in all a fantastic week in a wonderful house. We would return in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to rent in this area. And I would definitely recommend staying in this area!

                                                      Thank you so much, Denis & Carolyn, for sharing your wonderful house with us. You were so helpful and friendly and there for any questions we might have had. Thank you for making our final moments travelling in the Pacific Northwest wonderful ones. We'll treasure the memories.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      We greatly appreciate your comments and the details about the area. We are very happy that you enjoyed our home and also visiting beautiful Vancouver Island. Thanks for leaving the house in perfect condition.


                                                      Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada

                                                      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

                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                      Additional Guest Fee

                                                      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.

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