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Bayside Beach House, an Exquisite Ocean Front Retreat!

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Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Experience the unforgettable charm of the Bayside Beach House, a unique 1,500 sq. ft. year-round waterfront vacation home in historic Union Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

3 luxurious bedrooms (1 king and 2 queen), 2 full bathrooms (shower, and deep 6' soaker tub with hand shower), fully equipped kitchen, new appliances, butcher block with stools, large harvest table and chandelier, family room with wood burning fireplace, living room with 37" LCD TV, DVD and surround sound, sun room with wicker furniture and bistro dining, laundry room with front load HE washer and dryer.

You'll love your private cabana featuring a 6 person hot tub, outdoor shower, change room, and chandelier...very romantic!

Detached heated bunky (former potting shed) with fold down double bed, perfect for summertime sleeping. Walkie talkies to communicate with the main house.

Large brick patio with gas BBQ for outdoor dining, extensive seating, and dart board area. Lawn area with lounge seating and deck off family room with Adirondack lounge chairs, both overlooking your beach. Charcoal BBQ on the beach, driftwood seating, beach bonfire pits and so much more.

The perfect location for your winter getaway. Mount Washington Alpine Resort is just 1/2 hour away - after a day on the slopes, return to the Bayside Beach House to relax in your private hot tub and watch the sun set on the Coastal Mountains over Baynes Sound.

Other local attractions, include the renowned Kingfisher Spa just 5 minutes down the road, and the spectacular Crown Isle Golf Course, just 20 minutes away. Unique shops, restaurants, galleries and museums close by in Cumberland, Courtenay, and Comox.

The Bayside Beach House is also the perfect place to celebrate. With a large harvest table and a kitchen stocked with cooks in mind, preparing a gourmet feast for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve is a pleasure.

And we're just minutes from the Comox International Airport, and an hour from the Nanaimo ferry.

Once you've stayed at the Bayside Beach House, you'll want to book year after year.

Keywords: vacation home, oceanfront, beach house, private, waterfront, villa, beach, retreat, holiday,

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About The Owner

We first fell in love with our beach house on Baynes Sound in 2006 and, over the course of two years, transformed it into the elegant oceanfront vacation home of our dreams.

We met in Montreal in 2003. Robin was from West Vancouver, a marketing director for Clinique skin care and cosmetics with a background in art and interior design. She designed home interiors and two restaurants on the mainland. Pierre, originally trained as a professional carpenter, was a fixture in Montreal’s film industry for his expertise in special effects. We were married in Vancouver in 2004 and moved to Union Bay shortly after.

Robin had travelled extensively during her 20 years with Clinique, and the time she spent staying in top hotels has informed her design expertise. Pierre’s skill and eye for detail was honed over many years of building things that needed to be just so. Together, we have a penchant for creating spaces that are both beautiful and functional.

Most of the materials used in the beach house’s renovation were refurbished and reused, such as the gorgeous floor boards, salvaged from the walls of an old barn on the Island and refinished to a honeyed gleam by Pierre. Patio bricks are recycled from a house in Courtenay torn down by Habitat for Humanity. The result is not only environmentally conscious, but gives the beach house an elegant old world charm, while offering all the modern conveniences.

We invite you to come and enjoy our beach house paradise. We know that you will love it as much as we - and all of our guests - do.

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why The Owner chose Comox Valley

We chose the charming hamlet of historic Union Bay for our Bayside Beach House because it is so convenient to urban amenities in nearby Courtenay/Comox, and we were drawn to the artisan community in the Comox Valley, which was designated one of seven Cultural Capitals of Canada in 2007.

What makes this house unique

We pride ourselves on having thought of everything a vacationer could possibly want, from the most comfortable linens, beds and couches, to a flat screen TV and full sound system, to a fully equipped kitchen and large harvest dining table. These are the things we enjoy when we stay at our property, just the two of us or with friends and family.

We also love outdoor space you can use to the fullest no matter what the weather’s like, which is why we put in the expansive brick patio with its barbeque, built a cabana complete with hot tub, outdoor shower, and chandelier, and created two beach bonfire pits and put a brick barbeque down on the beach as well. There’s also a little herb garden for cooks to use. No wonder our guests find the Bayside Beach House as irresistible as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Robin:

I just wanted to re-iterate how wonderful your cottage is. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. You and Pierre have created a relaxing, well-outfitted haven of fun. I wanted to let you know about the little touches that I especially appreciated:

1) Towels: I appreciated not only the white towels and the fact that they were luxurious and plentiful, but also the blue hot tub towels. I always bring my own beach towels, because many places don't come so well-supplied as yours.

2) Linens: I really appreciated the pillows and bed linens. You had wonderful down pillows and non-feather option (my aunt is allergic to feathers). Beautiful Quilts: the quilts reminded me of the south of France. Gorgeous.

3) Kitchen utensils: the garlic press! This is one of the few houses that actually provides a garlic press. (Kevin and I have rented several cottages on Salt Spring and Sunshine Coast) Dishes: plentiful and pretty for the numerous meals we ate here. Knives: a nice selection. Cheese Graters: lots of places don't bother with this and I used these quite a bit. Beautiful bowls and platters: again plentiful and gorgeous. We eat a lot of cheese and crackers, hummus and veggies, fruit etc so we used these a lot. Teapot: it was busy. Wine glasses: lovely and many. Glasses: again, plentiful as we had quite a few people and we never really ran out. All of the appliances worked well. A great selection of pots and pans. Generally speaking, this was one of the best outfitted kitchens that I've stayed at, if not the best. We do a lot of home meals so this aspect of your thoughtful hospitality was especially appreciated.

4) Laundry facilities: new and great.

5) Barbecue: also great.

General Cottage Qualities: You both did such a great job of creating several inviting social spaces, both inside and outside, and we used them all at different times.

My daughter's francophone boyfriend (Montreal) appreciated the fleurs de lis. :)

Well, I could go on and on but I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciated all these special touches as did my family.

Please feel free to post these comments.
Aug 2013
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Bayside Beach House, an Exquisite Ocean Front Retreat!
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Kevin R.

  • 5 of 5

We would like to thank Robin and Pierre for the use of their wonderful house. We had a terrific stay. It was such a pleasure to take our morning coffee on the oceanfront deck while the eagles soured overhead.

The kitchen was well stocked with all the dishes we needed. No need for restaurants. The house itself was beautifully decorated, creating a relaxing ambiance.

It was the perfect place to celebrate my sisters 60th birthday with people flying in from Alberta as well as those on the Island😀

We will be back:).

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Seattle, Washington

Wonderful weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot thank you enough for these amazing accommodations! My new fiancé booked this incredible house for a little birthday/Valentine’s Day getaway and when we arrived, there were fresh red roses, champagne, and chocolate! I’ve never been more surprised in my life!

We had the most amazing weekend here on this beautiful island that included skiing at Mt. Washington, relaxing our sore muscles in the hot tub, cooking two delicious home meals and waking up to wildlife outside the back door.

This house will forever be be where I turned 28, where my fiancé tried lobster for the first time, and where we got engaged! We can’t think of a better place to have these memories! Thanks for everything!

Andrew and Kell

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Paradise Found: sun drenched days, starlit nights

  • 5 of 5

As we sit at the airport waiting to fly home to our ordinary lives, I'd just like to thank Robin and Pierre so much for allowing us the opportunity of sharing their wonderful home. They've considered every possible touch for their guests' comfort and we enjoyed every moment. It was more than we had hoped for.

Our single son loved the privacy of the bunkhouse and our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter had lots of room to themselves upstairs. We had loads of space and the kitchen was well equipped for all of our needs.

We all were thrilled with visits from the heron, eagles and seals (or are they sea lions?) and we took the opportunity of exploring Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Cathedral Grove, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Comox and Courtenay. But our favourite spot of all was right there at the Beachhouse.

The extra touches of the birthday banner for my husband and the highchair and playpen provided for the baby were so much appreciated.

I highly recommend the Bayside Beachhouse and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Dallas, Texas

Tranquility and Enchantment

  • 5 of 5

Instant Zen! I didn’t think it was possible, but you have achieved it here. We have travelled all over the world and have never found a place where we were so at peace and content. Every thoughtful touch was much appreciated ~ the towels, the music, the robes, the binoculars, the cozy comforters, and the tranquil charm of the house top to bottom. As a fellow collector, I appreciated how there was just enough to be interesting, but not too much.

We spent our days hiking and kayaking and then soaking in the hot tub under the stars, falling asleep to the sound of the waves. Coffee on the deck as the sun rose, watching seals and birds all around.

It just doesn’t get any better than this!

We will carry the magic with us in our hearts and look forward to returning next year (which, by the way, breaks our never go to the same place 2 x rule, but this is different).

Thank you for sharing this magical place with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Magnificent Beach House!!!

  • 5 of 5

This Beach House is absolutely delightful in every which way you could imagine!! The interior design, colors, accessories all lend to the unique charm of the house. Robin and Pierre have done an amazing job!!! You really do feel so completely relaxed here. We were able to cook lovely meals and for the four days we were here, we didn't feel the need to go out to eat. Everything you need is there plus some! Our son barbecued some oysters on the outdoor brick grill and they were amazing! We especially loved that they had a trunk full of games, puzzles and children's toys which our 14 month old grand daughter enjoyed!! They have thought of absolutely all details. The scenery is also spectacular. I was fortunate to be awake to watch the gorgeous sunrise!! We were able to watch the eagle, crane and hear the wonderful sounds of the seals. The weather also cooperated as it was beautiful for the whole time we were there! My husband and son rented a kayak and enjoyed the peacefulness on the ocean!! Our only regret was having to leave, but we will definitely be back!! I definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get away to relax. It is an oasis, a little piece of heaven!! Thank you Robin and Pierre for sharing your vision and talents as you have created a haven for all to enjoy! (PS - Loved the hot-tub with the chandelier hanging over glamorous!!)

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wonderful Easter getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time with our two sons at the beach house over Easter. The mornings were peaceful, the view amazing. The kitchen had everything we needed to make our own meals and the property had lots of great places for the Easter bunny to hide his treasures. Hot tub twice a day put us all in a relaxed mood and being able to have a fire on the beach made it even that much better. We hope to stay again and bring some friends. Thank you for sharing your wonderful beach house with us.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Union Bay Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Highwayman Pub
Nearest Point of Interest

Mount Washington Alpine Resort is only 1/2 hour away, the renowned Kingfisher Spa is 5 minutes down the road, and the spectacular Crown Isle Golf Course is just 20 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Union Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 1 2016 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $383
Tax Rate 5.0%

HIGH SEASON: 1-6 Guests:$425 per night. 7 Guests:$475 per night. 8 Guests:$525 per night. Weekly discount: $125.
LOW SEASON: 1-2 Guests:$225 per nt. 3 Guests:$275 per nt. 4 Guests:$325 per nt. 5 Guests:$375 per nt.
6 Guests: $425. Weekly discount: $125
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR'S: $400 per nt. 6 Guests maximum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Union Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Overlooking the ocean. Lie in bed and enjoy the view. 20' LCD TV and DVD, bar fridge, glassware, chandelier and separate vanity area., Queen size Beds (2) French doors overlooking the ocean. Lie in bed and enjoy the view. Built in armoire. Second queen bedroom upstairs with private entrance and deck., Baby Cribs (1) Pop-up Grayco playpen., Murphy Beds (1) Double bed in detached heated bunky (converted potting shed). Very cute! Perfect for summertime sleeping. Complete with walkie talkies to the main house.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
3 luxurious bedrooms (1 king and 2 queen), 2 full bathrooms (shower and deep 6' soaker tub with hand shower). Fully equipped kitchen with butcher block seating and large harvest table with chandelier. Large laundry room with HE front load washer and dryer, wood burning fireplace, outdoor cabana features 6 person hot tub, outdoor shower, change room, and chandelier. Detached heated bunkie (converted potting shed) with double bed is perfect for summertime sleeping. Large brick patio with outdoor dining area and gas BBQ. Charcoal BBQ on the beach, driftwood seating, bonfire pits and so much more.

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