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Kingfisher Cove - Private Romantic Oceanfront Cottage Next to Nat'l Marine Park

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview


Details
Property
cabin
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
5 nights

Description

Pender Island Cabin Rental Photos and Description

1 bdrm (whole lower level), 1 sleeping loft, & 1 bathroom

Relax and get reinvigorated at this enchanting oceanfront eco-cottage with dock and moorage. Excellent crabbing, kayaking, hiking, whale watching (Orcas) and birdwatching. Restaurants, wine store, bakery, etc. nearby. Surrounded by everything a nature lover and adventurer could hope for, the surroundings are resplendent with a vast and lush beauty. Your privacy is assured as the cabin is the only home on this 3.5 acre property which you will have to yourself. But don't imagine it. Come can enjoy it!

Kayaking in the Gulf Islands : KINGFISHER COVE IS IDEALLY LOCATED FOR KAYAKING AND WHALEWATCHING AS WELL AS BIRDWATCHING, SAILING, BOATING AND MORE. During mid March the hummingbirds arrive from Mexico and entertain their worshiping audience with their skydiving talents as they soar in less than seconds to the top of the giant Douglas fir trees and dive even faster down to sea level, another 50 feet below the deck off the main level of the cottage. Faster than you can blink, they are back at the feeder with their beak inserted, drinking the treats we have left for them. Who wants to watch TV when this show is available? Rent a kayak nearby or bring one with you, leave it on the dock and paddle whenever you wish to many locations including out into Boundary Pass, only 20 minutes paddling from the dock, to the location where the Orca are most frequently sighted. Or, take a guided tour with someone who knows the local waters. Canoes are also available for rent nearby or bring one with you from Vancouver, Victoria, or from Sidney.

SKYWATCHING FROM KINGFISHER COVE: The night skies from the decks are amazing -- meteorites showers, brilliant constellations, and very little light contamination. Astronomers have sought us out, specifically for the quality of our night sky.

Crabbing off the Dock! : Catch fresh crab off the dock. Oysters also available nearby or go fishing in the waters just outside the harbour for salmon, etc.

The fish boats also sell fresh fish at Hope Bay on North Pender Island.

There is an excellent farmer's market on Saturdays, so you can add the best of island produce to your menu planning for meals on the deck over the sea.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Owner
Mariette
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2016
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Why Mariette chose The Islands

We looked carefully for 8 years before selecting this Gulf Island property... and we made the right choice, purchasing it in 1994. We liked the sunny exposure of the property and the guarantee that it would always be very private given that it is the last property on the road and it is almost surrounded by parkland. We wanted to preserve the view of the property from the water and not do things like string electrical wires, so we originally had only solar power and wind, and eventually connected to the grid, burying the cables and wires, a major job as it meant a 350 foot driveway had to be spanned. As Pender Island has no landfill, we chose, and continue to prefer, to keep things simple, private and quiet. It is intended to be an escape from electronics and a quiet place to 'be' and/or to reconnect with family or friends. There is no TV and we don't want one. There is a radio, and anyone can connect their laptop to the internet can, by tethering onto their cell phone but we do not have wifi. There are lots of places on Pender with free wifi for those who feel compelled.

What makes this cabin unique

This is a place to relax, rejuvenate and share intimate time with others. The hammocks, the tub, the wildlife, the decks and the dock, the marine park next door, at the amazing night sky, all make for a real retreat, away from the crowds and chaos of city life.

Pender Island is also a very neighbourly community. With extremely rare exception, everyone will be welcoming and helpful, and there are many things to do. The hikes are superb, especially to the marine park next door or to the top of Mount Norman where there are majestic views of the other Gulf Islands, the 'big' island (Vancouver Island), the San Juan Islands in the U.S.A. and the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. Whale watching is great from Gowland Point and Brooks Point at the south end of Pender Island. North and South Pender Island are joined by a small bridge, and under the bridge is a First Nations Midden that is very interesting.

The farmer's market operates from early summer to late fall and is a great place to explore the local handicrafts and to purchase fresh vegetables and other goodies. The Nu-to-Yu (a thrift store that has managed to fund things like scholarships for local school children and the volunteer coast guard, etc.) is a great source for recycled gems of all kinds, and it is a very entertaining place to visit as well. The local library is entirely operated by volunteers and has computers and internet access.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Kingfisher Cove - Private Romantic Oceanfront Cottage Next to Nat'l Marine Park
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews
5

Fun getaway with the family - deers,crabs,prawns

  • 5 of 5

We luckily managed to get a last minute offseason booking for kingfisher cove. We took the ferry over from Vancouver and located the property very easily. I took my trailered 12 tin boat along with me for the journey. The owner was at the cabin to greet us and gave us a quick orientation, before he left. The cabin was stocked with everything - bedding, cooking utensils, towels etc.. All you need is cloths and a camera. You can get food at the grocery store which had everything except wagon wheels. There was some firewood chopped for the wood shove and we had fun chopping more. (surprised with the huge size of the axe the owners had left for us). The weather turned out to be perfect for this time of year (sunny in November). Because of the cabin was located right at the end of the road we had complete privacy with the trail leading to Mount Norman right at the property line. We launched the boat at the Spit around 1 minute away and then docked it at the private dock in front of the cabin. Since the cove itself was so nice and secluded we did not spend much time out in the boat. The area under the dock was infested with monster rock crabs and all sorts of marine life. (there was a crab trap left on the dock by the owner) We also dropped a prawn trap in the water and it filled up with shiners and medium sized prawns which was a first because I never seen prawns in 8 feet of water. The cabin was clean when we arrived (I scanned the bathroom with a UV light and it was spotless). We visited some of the places on Pender island but had the most fun just hanging around the cabin and dock. Stayed there one week and never saw any other people (other than some passing boats). Got back to Vancouver and already want to go back to kingfisher cove. Had a great week.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests were as lovely as they sound in their review.... they left everything in great order when they departed, and we really do hope they will book with us again.... and we are absolutely thrilled to know that they scored when they dropped a prawn trap.... we have NEVER tried, assuming one needed 40 feet of water to fish for prawns! Of course, we agree entirely that Kingfisher Cove is very private and we absolutely love to go their ourselves as often as possible in the winter, fall, spring and summer, but in fact, the off season is our favourite time....there is nothing like watching the sea at the same time as you sit in front of a cozy fire. We are also delighted to hear that our housekeeper has met our high standard for cleanliness..... 'spotless, even after UV inspection' according to these guests!! I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks so much Partha and family.... and please do book again! I must add, that for some reason, there are fewer starfish around and maybe that has contributed to the haul of Rock Crab and perhaps even to the presence of the prawns in more shallow water. Now, we just need to learn more about the proper and careful harvesting of the mussels that grow on the dock. And, we already enjoy harvesting a few oysters at certain times of the year.... paradise, indeed!!! We take good care of our property because we really believe it is ours only for a relatively short period of time... we are stewards and all too soon the next generation takes over where we left off. It is so important that we protect nature as much as possible! It is a place where one can enjoy their share of the bounty and hopefully leave behind only footprints.
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5

Absolutely Magical Place!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely breathtaking views, beautiful wildlife and a wonderful home to spend sometime! Deer, seals, mink and otter are some of the many visitors we had during our stay! We have never had our boys feel so comfortable on vacation, and not once did they miss having a tv because they were too busy playing and exploring. Crabbing and fishing off the dock nightly was a past time for my husband and I. Hiking, swimming and exploring filled our days. I truly cannot wait to come back- I adore this place and am so grateful to have found it!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Charlotte for your lovely review. You and your family were superb guests, and left everything in great order. We are just as happy that you found us, and we do hope that you will come again. We agree wholeheartedly that it is a magical place and we very fortunate to be, and to have been, the stewards of this treasured piece of the planet for the past few decades. There is something very wild and free about it. The guests arriving after you said the deer (a few of them) were lying on the driveway when they arrived and did not get rattled in the slightest, but instead looked at them as if to announce that they live there too! I am sure you also enjoyed their company nearly every day, along with all the wildlife and amazing birds that frequent the area. Kingfisher Cove awaits your return. Thanks for all.
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5

Kingfisher Cove a bit a paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had a beatiful experience at Kingfisher Cove. The Cabin is well equiped and has most everything you need. Kingfisher Cove is situated in a most beautiful spot with an abundace of nature to explore. The owners were very helpful and pleasant to deal with. Pender has a lot to offer and discover. We thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you two!! We hope you will return, and soon the ferries will improve their service, with two new boats promised on the Tsawwassen to Pender route, which should make it easier from all of us to get there faster.
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5

A unique and beautiful gem!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 days at Kingfisher Cove! The location, layout, and amenities were exactly as described and the property is uniquely magical.

Our very helpful hosts greeted us upon our arrival, showed us around, and answered all our questions about the local scene. Our greatest pleasures included sitting on the deck and observing the beauty of the river and the changing beauty of the light, paddling our little boat about the cove and beyond, and chilling out in the very comfy house itself. Very restful and enjoyable time.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. You were five star guests for sure and you are welcome to come back any time. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time and also got some needed rest and relaxation. Mariette and Neville
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5

Wonderful retreat right on the water

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to rent the cabin for seven weeks and found it to be an incredibly peaceful, calming and beautiful place. The deck overlooking Bedwell Harbour made for many wonderful hours of watching seals, otter, deer, bald eagles and, to be sure, the kingfisher. Just listening to the quiet sound of the Arbutus tree leaves rustling in the breeze and little waves lapping at the dock was a truly enjoyable experience.

The cabin is well equipped and lovingly furnished and made for a cosy home away from home. Mariette and Neville were caring hosts who would be back with helpful advice when we happened to have questions.

We explored the whole island and went hiking a lot and also got to know quite a few of Pender's wonderful people. We could not have chosen a better place for our island experience, and would recommend Kingfisher Cove to anyone who loves nature and can enjoy a peaceful environment.

Wir haben unsere sieben Wochen in Kingfisher Cove sehr genossen - es war jeden Tag neu eine Freude, auf die Veranda hinauszugehen und die Besucher der Bucht und des Grundstücks (Seehunde, Otter, Seeadler, Hirsche ..) zu beobachten. Die Cabin hat eine warme, gemütliche Atmosphäre, ist lichtdurchflutet und für alltägliche Bedürfnisse gut ausgestattet.

Eine kleine Entdeckung war das Cafe Slow Coast Coffee am Medicine Beach (sozusagen gleich nebenan) mit leckeren Kuchen und Lunch und netten Leuten. Zum Mount Norman mit seinem fantastischen Blick über die Inselwelt kann man direkt vom Haus aus gelangen, und auch der Beaumont Trail entlang der Bucht ist herrlich. Wunderbar zum Entspannen!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you so much Anne and Thomas for your wonderful words. You were 5 star guests! We are so happy to know that you plan to return in a few years and thrilled to hear how many good friends you made on Pender. The hikes are fabulous for sure and so many of them can be started nearby. Peace is most treasured feeling of all. At Kingfisher Cove most people experience the rare opportunity to feel very safe, very at ease, unaffected by the chaos of the world 'out there' across the pond or 'in the big smoke'. Nature and for me, particularly the closeness to the sea are somehow very comforting and very inspiring at the same time. You took great care of our treasured Kingfisher Cove. We know you understand how precious it is to us and clearly, to so many others. Glad to have you join the growing group of returning guests. You will always be welcome!
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5

A Perrfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

For us, this was a return visit to Kingfisher Cove, after several years. The place is looking great, as always. The beautiful Wisteria has really matured. Neville has added a very detailed hardwood floor to the lower level. We love being able to walk out the door and choose which trail we should next explore, particularly in the marine park, although for more exercise and an evening more amazing view than the one from the cabin, the hike up Mt. Norman is really worth the 45 minutes it takes. At the top you will find a lookout with a telescope but even without the scope you can see huge distances, across towards Saltspring and Victoria and towards the San Juan Islands in the U.S.A. If you watch closely on the way up or down, there is also a trail off the trail and if you follow it you will be also be rewarded with views towards.

The cabin was as cozy, clean and comfortable as always and our bed was especially comfortable. The down comforter was just right not to heavy and not too light. Soft, very new white silky cotton sheets and pillow cases greeted us and the bed was perfectly made up with extra fluffy pillows. We actually had two beds to choose from and tried out both, one in the carpeted sleeping loft and the other in the lower level bedroom. As it was quite warm outside, for naps during the day we preferred the cooler lower level bedroom, while at night the sleeping loft was special as it allowed for watching the night sky through the skylight, and in the morning you could see all the way down to the water. The evenings were cool enough for a fire and Mariette and Neville had left us with lots of wood and the fire had been laid for us, we just needed to light it and then keep it going. They are always such good hosts! Fire restrictions had just ended and so we were thrilled to be able to have a fire.

In the morning there was a doe and two fawns on the driveway. We also saw a whole family of otters on the dock and we saw Kingfishers, many seabirds and eagles and the always entertaining hummingbirds. From the dock, one day, we also saw a mink on the cliffside. We enjoyed hanging out on the decks down by the dock and by the time happy hour arrives, we were ready to lie in the hammocks and enjoy the Gulf Islands blue sky, or after dark, the amazing night. Even better is to have a bath in the giant antique iron tub on the lower level deck... pure decadence!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely dissertation! A few words are missing...the view from the "trail off the trail" you referred to, is towards Vancouver, Burnaby & the Sunshine Coast. It is such a special spot, there are so many views. Our favourite is from the top of Mt. Norman but if you go to the end of South Pender the views of Mt. Baker are also stunning. And, indeed the night sky is spectacular. We feel so fortunate. It is nice to be able to share our little piece of paradise with others who appreciate its wonders. The phosphoresce is also great on a dark night. Glad you liked the new sheets we got this summer! The gas cookstove & hoodfan are also new as are the gel foam mattresses ...1 person commented that the lower level bed felt 'moist' so we contacted the manufacturer. They did say that the rare person reports that the gel foam feels moist but of course it is not. To resolve, we added new extra heavy mattress protectors. I gather you didn't notice anyway. We purchased the huge chocolate brown bamboo towels at the same time. I just love them! The decks down by the water were also new last year & hence since your last visit. Same with the new (reclaimed) teak deck at the cabin & the deck at the entrance. The teak is like walking on felt. I love teak & it was nice to be able to buy it without feeling guilty, as this wood looks new from the mill, but is actually reclaimed by a California company that is rescuing a lot of teak that might otherwise find its way to the landfill. We also got a teak cruiseship recliner, not brand new but we can only handle so much brand new stuff at once! The next project (slow going, as it is hard to find the help needed) is to replace the boards on the ramp & then the dock. Meanwhile, the existing one is fine & it is a great place to lounge & watch for otter, seals, mink, sea birds, etc. & catch crab for dinner. The mink is a rare sighting but popular when seen. He is lucky to be furry & more handsome than the little pack rats that also live in the forest, though they are also rare as is the beautiful opalescent alligator lizard. Our vertical screen doors keep both of those little brats out of the cabin, so thanks for suggesting them, so many years ago. Better yet, they keep the hummingbirds from flying in & getting trapped in the skylight. Then, a major rescue effort is needed, so we tell everyone to use the screens to avoid that drama. For us, the silence that prevails most of the time is treasured.
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Map

Nearest Airport
32 Kilometres
Vancouver International
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Browning Harbour
Nearest Ferry
13 Kilometres
BC Ferries -- Southern Gulf Islands Route
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Pender Island Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Vancouver
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Highway 99 and I-5
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Driftwood - several restaurants
Nearest Ski
85 Kilometres
Mt Washington
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Beaumont Marine Park
Car: recommended

Oceanfront property in Canada's beautiful Southern Gulf Islands between Vancouver & Victoria, also easily accessed from Seattle. The Gulf Islands are located in the Strait of Georgia, just northwest of Washington's mainland & the San Juan Islands, including Orcas, Stuart, & San Juan Islands. Also very nearby are Sidney and Vancouver Island, the Saanich Peninsula & the other Gulf Islands - Galiano Island, Mayne Island & Saltspring Island. Pender Island is famed for its sailing, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching, hiking, swimming, boating, farmer's markets and other rural activities such as horse riding, artist's studios & more. We are ideally located only 10 kilometers from the ferry terminal at Otter Bay. Only 4 kilometers to shops, fitness centers, gift stores, restaurants, bakeries, wine & beer stores & other shopping. Mt. Norman Park entrance is very nearby & our property & the marine park share a boundary.

Other Activities: Whale watching, Birdwatching, Frisbee Golf, Kayaking, Boating, Sky watching, Exploring Artists Studios, Farmer's Market, or just hang out on the property and sky watch. The night sky is amazing with great views of the stars, meteorite showers, etc. Our place was hand selected by astronomers as a superb place when Haly Bop was doing its thing! They returned again as they loved it so much! Our property is frequented by eagles, kingfishers, loons, cormorants, and many other sea and land birds. Time in the hammock is well spent if you like to watch for wildlife and birds. However, Pender Island does not have any bear, nor any skunks or squirrels. We do have lots of deer, mink, seal, otter and more. This property is forested and quite large, and as it borders the National Park Reserve, everything you would expect to find in terms of wildlife and birds, in the park, is also possible on our property.

Golf: North Pender Island, immediately across a little bridge that joins North and South Pender, has an excellent golf course.

Ski: Mount Washington on Vancouver Island or Whistler on the mainland are both a day trip away, so stay at Kingfisher Cove between visits to both ski hills! A winter stay on Pender is wonderful. Build a fire, cozy up with a book, or have a hot bath in the antique soaker tub on the lower deck (outside), or a hot shower in the main bathroom.

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Rates & Availability

Pender Island Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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5 night minimum stay
$216
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $285

Rates are in Canadian dollars and are based on a 4 person occupancy. For parties of (maximum) 6 persons, a surcharge of $40 per person per night applies for the 5th and 6th persons.
Minimum stay 5 nights. Payment may be made in $USD if preferred but ask and we will provide details.

FOR PEAK SEASON BOOKINGS: A deposit of $975 is required at the time the booking is confirmed and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to the first night of stay. Payment is by email transfer or cheque for Canada to Canada transfers; or by cashier's check or electronic trans for Americans. Ask for owner for additional options for payments for the USA, Europe or elsewhere & for low season options.

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Amenities

Pender Island Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1320 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • There is only one bathroom, a very special bathroom with a very large shower looking out over the sea. The lower deck also has the giant, antique, enameled iron tub, an antique, doubled ended, clawfoot tub, perfect for two people. This is very popular with honeymooners and those on romantic getaway.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • The sleeping loft has a tremendous view of the ocean and a very comfortable queen size bed. It is carpeted with wool carpet and it is necessary to climb a ladder to the loft. The main level has a fold down futon sofa bed, again queen size with a very comfortable foam and futon (combination) mattress. The main bedroom is the whole lower level which again has a very comfortable queen bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Longer term rentals welcome from mid-October through February and possibly March. Great hammocks in several locations. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent nearby. Cyberrentals options do not allow for distinguishing between the elderly and the infirm. Our place is most certainly suitable for the average elderly person.

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