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Beach front studio on Maple Bay, steps away to your own private beach patio

Bedrooms 1
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Private beach front 950 sq. ft. tastefully decorated studio suite, literally 22 steps to your own personal patio on the ocean in beautiful Maple Bay, British Columbia. This fully equipped south facing private suite comes with a luxury queen sized sleigh bed with ocean views, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, stove as well with ocean views from the bay window of the kitchen. A 40" Sony flat screen TV with cable and PVR, full bathroom, with shower, sink and toilet, and plenty of bath and beach towels. New apartment sized washer and dryer. New free standing cast iron propane fireplace for those cozy nights. Your own private entrance with deck and Napolean barbeque. French doors opening off the dining area onto your private lawn overlooking the ocean; enjoy your meals to the sound of the water lapping onto the shore below. Kayaks available for your use to explore the abundant wildlife and beauty of Maple Bay, witness seals, otters, herons, eagles, and whales (occasionally we're lucky enough to have Orcas in the Bay). The unit also has a heat pump for quiet heating and cooling. Maple Mountain is right out the back door with several well marked hiking trails, exposing magnificent vistas of Salt Spring island, Maple and Cowichan Bays, Quamichan lake, and in the distance Victoria and the Olympic Mountain range. Within walking distance is an excellent Scotish Pub overlooking the Bay, boasting local craft beers, great food, and live music. Close by are both Maple Bay marina with restaurant and coffee shop, and Poet's Cove marina. Paddle board, and kayak rentals are just in the Bay. Maple Bay beach is truly one of the nicest in the south island area. Very quaint and quiet neighborhood with a unique charm. Also in walking distance are tennis courts, pickle ball courts, and yoga. Seaside Casita Maple Bay also offers onsite Massage Therapy to complement your vacation experience.

The Cowichan Valley's name means warmland. The valley is proud to have the longest growing season of anywhere else in Canada. The abundance of fantastic local foods, wines, craft beers and artisans make this a must stop place to enjoy your vacation. The valley is home to several wineries, a full day can be spent traveling the area experiencing wine tastings. Each Saturday year round, the Duncan outdoor market draws people from all over the island and abroad. Salt Spring Saturday market is also just a short ferry ride away. Westholme Tea Farm is the only place in Canada growing its own local teas, with a teahouse and site tours. Merrydale Cidery grows and produces its own ciders and is an excellent place for lunch and a picnic on the grounds. Genoa Bay farm a mere 5km away has Wednesday night pizza night, with an outdoor pizza oven and an experience not to be missed. Glenora farms is yet another of the valley's organic farm to table restaurants. Envision seeing pallets of home grown tomatoes, while nearby an outdoor cauldron boils with fresh homemade tomato soups and pasta sauce. Several of the surrounding areas provide hiking, biking and walking trails. Two fresh water lakes, Shawnigan and Cowichan are the perfect places for fresh water activities. The Koksilah and Cowichan rivers flow through the valley,; in the fall the salmon run brings in the bald eagles in proliferation. Both of these rivers in the summers are wonderful places to swim, cool off and enjoy. Whale watching tours, fishing charters are all nearby in Cowichan Bay. Shopping, antiquing, golfing, bird watching, museums, art studios, dining and warm friendly people are just a few of the other attractions that the Cowichan Valley and Maple Bay have to offer.

More Details

Kathryn Belsher & John Nichols
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018

About Kathryn Belsher & John Nichols

John grew up in Toronto and spent his youth racing Sailboats, he relocated to Vancouver where he's been for many years since, I grew up in Calgary and spent my youth downhill skiing and riding horses, remaining a prairie girl my entire life until now. We met in Nelson, BC during the winter of 2014 where both of our sons were playing Junior hockey. John has one son who is 21, I have 3 sons who are 25, 21 and 20. When the boys are together our grocery bills quadruple! I moved to the island for work in the summer of 2016; John's job changed later that year, at which time he also became an Island resident. We were incredibly fortunate enough to find our dream home on the water in Maple Bay in early spring 2017, moving in a few months later. John currently works from home, his business is commercial industrial heating, ventilation, and air quality control equipment for BC's many mills. I have a background teaching yoga, as well as accounting. I gave up accounting work to follow a passion and dream in health and wellness, going back to school and studying Registered Massage Therapy. I'm now proud to say I'm an RMT through Alberta's College of Massage Therapy, and continue to study to write board exams for BC to be registered here also. I work from home practicing my massage, work in Duncan also doing massage and teaching yoga. We love our island life, and pinch ourselves every day that we are fortunate enough to live in this magical place. We truly cherish the friends, neighbours and colleagues we've met who are all so friendly, open and eager to welcome us. We hope you find the same enchanting experience when you come to visit us at Seaside Casita Maple Bay.

Kathryn Belsher & John Nichols purchased this house in 2017


Maple Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full bathroom with shower, sink and toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen sized sleigh bed, new Serta pillowtop mattress with 4 comfy down pillows in varying degrees of thickness for your comfort
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Very cozy and comfortable ocean front suite, with all the comforts and privacy of home. Owner is a Registered Massage Therapist and can provide massage services at reasonable rates. Hiking and biking trails are right out the back door, kayaks and a private ocean front patio are yours to enjoy. Restaurant, pub and additional beach also in walking distance. Paddle board rentals nearby. Shopping in Duncan with many unique small shops. Duncan Saturday market with local products in abundance. Wineries close by with award winning wines available for tastings. Cowichan Bay with additional shopping, restaurants and pubs nearby. The Cowichan Valley is home to as much or as little adventure and exploration as your heart desires.


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Beach front studio on Maple Bay, steps away to your own private beach patio
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Seaside Casita, Maple Bay - The Advertised View

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at the Seaside Casita in Maple Bay was as advertised & met our expectation. First, the community of Maple Bay is lovely and made more special by our hosts Kathryn & John. It was a pleasure to stay in their studio and be entertained each morning by a family of sea otters. As well, it was delightful to prepare meals in a kitchen that looks out onto the views included in the pictures. Kathryn & John also provided dighnys & kayaks of which we took full advantage. Overall, Seaside Casita is ideally located for wine tours, hikes, and whale watching expeditions. Kathryn, John & the two labradors were great hosts and we hope to return.


  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words Dave and Deb, we look forward to your return in the future... have a good winter, the west coast is always here if you need a get away from the snow... K&J
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Living with nature!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this ABNB in August as a special treat! The location was incredible - waking up early in the morning and looking over Maple Bay - watching a "raft" of sea otters playing on the rocks and again in the water, a raccoon family peering down as we sat outside by the sea, enjoying the late night air. Truly a vacation in nature!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ferry
3 Metres
Crofton 10 min, Nanaimo 45 min, Victoria 60 min
Nearest Beach
3 Metres
10 ft.
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $39.82
Pet Fee $19.91
Damage Deposit $79.63

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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