Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)
Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje
- english, swedish, danish, norwegian
About Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje
Welcome to Bold Bay on Quadra Island! We first discovered Quadra Island over 30 years ago, and have spent our holidays and as part-time residents ever since. Our by now (mostly) grown children, join us when they can (my daughter is with me on photo attached). We split our pleasure time on Quadra Island with our working life in Vancouver. We look forward to meeting you!
Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje chose Strathcona
The Bold Bay property is unique as it stretches from the Lake to the Ocean. It offers West Coast Island living at its best.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Bold Bay property is steeped in history, with local first nations use of the bays and lake, and later by homesteaders. You can see signs of old trails, docks and foundations; and even find an arrowhead if you are lucky.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Amazing & Relaxing Location
Perfect for family over flow from main house!
Perfect Vacation Location
Great location and everything you need for a relaxing stay.
Relaxation, fun, beauty and comfort all rolled into one amazing place!
My family spent a week at The Hummingbird Cottage and we enjoyed every minute of it! Driving up to the cottage, we were immediately impressed by the incredible lake views, the lush green forest and the hidden cottage located right at the water's edge. It was a great first impression that continued on to be a lasting one with each day we spent there. The cottage, itself, was immaculate, and with our stop at a grocery store in Campbell River, we had everything we needed for our week. A comfortable bed in the bedroom and a large sleeping loft easily accommodated our family of 3 and the kitchen/living/dining area was the perfect size for us. Our teenaged son quickly discovered the selection of watercraft at the dock and we all spent an wonderfully hot and sunny week with him kayaking up the lakes, paddleboarding, swimming in the warm clear lake, taking short jaunts in the electric powered boat, jumping from the rock "cliffs" on the nearby island (which we could easily swim to or take the kayaks and tie them off) and midnight star gazing from the dock. We also spent time in the small grassy field behind the cottage playing badminton (although we seem to have hit upon a "high time" for wasps as we did have to abandon our games on several occasions due to their numbers). As a runner, I did find that I could run the gravel road back to the pavement (about 4.5 k one way) with only a few vehicles driving by creating dust (it was a beautiful forested run which was good as long as I wore bug spray)! There were several deer to be spotted on a regular basis - including one that came up on our deck at 3 am to munch on the roses planted in the planters (which did, we must admit, give us a few tense moments until we realized what it was!). We also enjoyed a short hike to Bold Bay and a drive to Sandy Beach for some ocean beachcombing. Taking a drive around the island offered the opportunity to take in the beauty of the area, sit oceanside for lunch at the Heriot Bay Inn and grab a few extra groceries (as well as more books from a quaint little bookstore as we had plenty of time to relax and read) from the stores in Heriot Bay and Quathiaski Cove. It is very true that there is no cell service at the cottage (which we enjoyed but it took getting used to) but you can find "Cellular Reception" signs in the area should you want to check in on the "outside world"! We loved this place and highly recommend it! Thanks, Reidar and Marjery!
Loved our stay at Hummingbird
We loved our stay at Hummingbird cottage. The little cottage itself is beautiful, with a gorgeous kitchen & bathroom, and two nice bedrooms (for those with young kids, note that the loft is up a very steep ladder).
The location on Village Bay Lake is spectacular - jump straight off the dock and swim around the island, or walk to Bold Bay if you want a swim. Bring groceries as it's a bit of a trip into town, but we really appreciated having basics like olive oil and flour on hand.
On my daily runs, I was surprised if I saw more than two cars in three quarters of an hour.
Reider and his son Leif were welcoming and responsive to any questions we had. Leif set up a badminton net and croquet for us, as if we didn't have enough to do already! Our dog was in heaven with room to run & a lake to swim in.
Absolute bliss (we'll be back to Hummingbird Cottage).
I went to bold bay with my family during the summer and had an absolute blast. While I stayed we went kayaking, canoeing, and swimming everyday!! On one of the days, the owners took my brother and I out tubeing and waterskiing, what an adventure. Prawning just off Bold Point shows off true west coast lifestyle, an was such a unique experience. The endless activities around the property kept us constantly occupied, whether we were out on the water, hiking around through the beautiful trails, or simply playing soccer or badminton with the family. This area is perfect for families large or small, and will be enjoyable to adults and kids alike. There is truly something for everyone. The local artist studios made a great daytime adventure for a little cultural experience, and the bread from the saturday farmers market was divine!! I will definitely be coming back to Quadra Island as often as possible :) I recommend this vacation property to everyone I know because not only is it relaxing, but it also feels like home,
Great Little Cabin
We stayed here in June of 2010. It's a beautiful cabin, very sunny and bright, with a lovely view over the lake, and has a well-appointed kitchen, and comfortable bed. It was a delight to be able to take our two dogs to such a gorgeous place - they had a blast. We really appreciated the wood stove (firewood provided) on cool evenings. The cabin is at one end of a chain of lakes, which are great for exploring by kayak or canoe. The dock is a great place to hang out with a book, as is the wrap-around deck. The part of the property that fronts the ocean (accessible by car) has tons of oysters - yummeh! The owner is very pleasant and helpful. Quadra has a ton of hiking within a short drive.
As noted in the listing, there is no internet or cell service. Which was kind of nice :)
A few minor negatives: The cabin floors and counters were not perfectly clean when we arrived, with crumbs and pet hair in evidence. A quick vacuum solved that problem, but it was a little off-putting. We were not able to use the canoe for the first few days of our stay, as it was leaking, but it was very promptly fixed by the owner when he arrived halfway through our visit. As one reviewer below noted, the neighbouring house is fairly close, but no closer than other cabins in "cottage country" - it would only be an issue if one were expecting to find oneself at an isolated cottage.
I would certainly stay here again, and would recommend it to others - we had a truly lovely, relaxing holiday.
The guests rented the cottage in early season, and on very short notice; which did not give us the chance to touch up the cottage and watercrafts. We mentioned this to the guests, including the canoe that needed fixing; and that we would do so as soon as we would be able to. We arrived a few days later, as we live and work in Vancouver (except during the summer), and looked after the concerns raised. In hindsight, it would perhaps have been better not to have accepted the booking.
Badminton, Croquet, Bocci Ball, Soccer, Frisbee ALL PROVIDED