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Sweet on Vancouver Island

Bowser, BC, Canada
  • House1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

lower level of home, 2 + Bedrooms, 1 full Bath, (Sleeps 4), full kitchen.

Holiday Suite Rental at the Elissa Anthony Studio/Gallery

1500 sq ft. of tastefully decorated living space in beautiful Bowser, Central Vancouver Island BC. A large two bedroom, plus den suite with well appointed kitchen, full bath, A private patio with gas BBQ, private entrance and driveway. Featuring electric stove, microwave and in-suite laundry facilities. The suite is on the lower level of our home. It's a 5 minute walk to the secluded Buccaneer Beach where eagles nest and teach their young to fly. There are several swimming beaches in the area as well as the famous Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville and the sandy beaches of Qualicum Beach. Our home is in a rural setting just 20 minutes from Qualicum Beach and Qualicum Airport. Arrangements can be made for you to be picked up. Comox airport is only ½ hour Oceanside scenic drive away. Or come by RV ~ there is room for one~ oh and bring your boat, the Deep Bay Marina is 5 minutes by car away.

Relax in the evening with a glass of wine in front of the wonderfully realistic electric fireplace. Read the many books supplied or watch a 37' flat screen colour TV. Or watch a movie from our VCR library. The suite contains several original oil paintings produced by the Artist-owner. Other available works of Art and located in Elissa's studio just a few steps outside the suite. For more information about her Art please check out her web site (google Elissa Anthony).

This is the perfect retreat for Snow Birds escaping from more extreme climes thru out Canada. Also lovely moderate weather in the summertime.

We offer monthly rates at very reasonable prices.

Enjoy the ambiance of an artist's retreat.

Art lessons can be provided in the “Elissa Anthony studio” which is on the same half acre property.

Just pick a date and the owner/artist will arrange a 2 or 4 hour lesson for you or your group. If you are staying for more than one week ~ how about her 4 ~ 2 hour session package?

Why not take a pottery or stained glass lesson? These too can be arranged.

Guests will receive a complimentary bottle of wine and a small gift basket with gourmet coffee, teas etc. Those arriving for an Art retreat will receive a complimentary basket of Art related supplies as well as a bottle of fine wine prepared by the owner.

Keywords: Suite, artistic, snowbirds, vacation, beach sand sun


Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry

Member Since 2009
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Feb 15, 2018
About Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry

Elissa Anthony was born in Ontario and grew up in North Vancouver. She studied Art at George Brown College. Elissa then worked in a variety of art related jobs including printing, display and scenic art. Ever the restless spirit she traveled to Europe and spent 4 yrs studying fine art part time while traveling throughout Europe visiting major galleries and museums redefining her understanding of Art. In 1997 Elissa moved to Vancouver Island and the move proved inspirational. She developed her own style and sense of colour shortly thereafter. She paints in the expressionist style, her style is optimistic and relaxing to the viewer, and her colours are crisp, clean and vibrant.. Elissa captures emotion and soul on canvas. Her paintings grace homes in Europe , North America and Japan. You can find her work at Englishman River Gallery in Parksville, Nanaimo Art Gallery on Commercial street in Nanaimo, Art West on the highway to Port Alberni, the Mark Penny Gallery in Ucluelet, The Sandbar Cafe and Gallery in Qualicum Bay, and at her newly renovated home studio “The Elissa Anthony Studio Gallery” in Bowser. She also teaches various forms and techniques of art to adults and children at her studio. She loves to share with others the joys she has found in the art world. Find her work on her web (google Elissa Anthony).

Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry purchased this House in 2002

Why Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry chose Bowser

I chose this property because it had an out building attached to the garage which I converted into a studio/ gallery. I then went about developing the downstairs into a lovely retreat suite. Come and stay, relax, enjoy. I love the closeness of the ocean and in the spring I can hear the Seals and Eagles making the most of the herring run. I paint full time and teach here at my studio/gallery. My husband loves playing his guitar, riding his bike and looking after our beautiful gardens in his newly retired lifestyle.

What makes this House unique

Its a 5 minute walk to the Village of Bowser where you can visit the regional library or the Art Gallery at The Salish Sea Market or enjoy a cup of coffee and lunch at the Bean Counter. It is a 3 minute walk to the beach from here. Park your boat or RV here. Then drive 5 minutes to Deep Bay Marina and launch your boat. Many walking/hiking trails abound. Kayak/canoe/paddle board rentals at nearby Horne Lake campground. The world famous Horne Lake Caves provincial park is just a short drive away.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Full bath. Tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
            One block away from the Beach.
          • Rural
            Many near-by hiking trails and world famous Horne Lake Caves Provincial park is just 20 k away.
          • Village
            Quaint little village of Bowser just a short walk away. You will find an art shop, cafe, bank, Wednesday Market where local produce is sold, A grocery store, library, liquor store and music store.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                      • Heating
                        Heat pump, electric wall heating in bedrooms and den. Electric fireplace in living room.
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking
                        Your own private driveway.
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            full kitchen with dishes and cutlery supplied. Pots, pans and frying pan included. Full sized four burner electric stove with oven. Full sized fridge/freezer. Microwave. No dishwasher.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    basic cable and apple tv for access to Netflix.
                                  • Stereo
                                    Micro-Stereo with disk player and am/fm radio.
                                  • Television
                                    37 inch flat screen colour television with remote control and basic cable included.
                                  • Video Library
                                    extensive VCR library of movies. VCR player included


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        courses nearby.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        the suite is located on the lower level of a house, with owners occupying the upper level. The house is situated on one-half acres of land.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis courts are located within a five minute walk.


                                          • limited accessibility


                                              • marina
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • churches
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • water parks
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • cross country skiing
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • ski lift privileges
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • snowboarding
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • art lessons in acrylic and oils available upon request.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: Noon

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                5 Reviews

                                                                Very Good4.2/5

                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Review of sweet Sweet on Vancouver Island

                                                                Sonya V.Victoria

                                                                The suite was great - very spacious, comfortable, and had everything I needed during my month long stay - and Elissa's art on the walls, of course, is stunning. Elissa and James were friendly, supportive, and very helpful, including kindly feeding my cats when I was stranded in Vancouver due to poor weather. The location is also absolutely beautiful - just a short walk to the ocean and an enchanting beach. Lovely neighbours as well - I felt very welcome. Great grocery store, pet food store, and gas station (with really full service, including checking your oil, tire pressure etc.) etc. nearby in Bowser.


                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you so much Sonya - we both wish you all the happiness for your future endeavours. Best of luck........Elissa and James

                                                                Short stay @ `Sweet on Vancouver Island`

                                                                Judy & Gord A.

                                                                We had booked this rental for 44 nights but because we are both allergic to cats, we had to leave after only 3 nights. We, obviously, would never have rented if we had known about the cats.The ad does say `pets considered`. I guess that should have been a clue.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Unfortunately ~ yes you did miss the cat thing and pet friendly comment.

                                                                However, you did forget to mention that we returned a healthy portion of your rental fee and were without tenants for 40 days.

                                                                We were under no obligation to return any of your money

                                                                elissa anthony

                                                                Beautiful secluded hideaway

                                                                Lana H.Grand Cayman, BWI

                                                                This gorgeous suite is Paradise. It not only comes fully equipped with everything you might need it is also decorated with Elissa's beautiful original and stunning paintings. Nestled in a charming neighborhood...It is also just a short walk to the beach. She is a lovely host who will ensure that your stay is pleasant. I look forward to staying next year.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                thank you so much Lana ~ great reviews are always welcome ~ please come and see us next year. We have 2 bedrooms, a den AND a pull couch in the livingroom. Enough room for u and the extended family!................


                                                                Lorie I.

                                                                We stayed for 2 months while our house was being built. Our hosts were so friendly and welcoming and accommodating. The suite was really comfortable and spacious, and it had everything we needed. Beautiful setting, too. It was easy to feel right at home. We'd definitely recommend this suite.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you so much Lori and Roger ~ we enjoyed your company and I am so glad one of my paintings will now grace the mantle of your new fireplace.

                                                                First trip to Bowser


                                                                Loved it ~ and learning to paint was soo amazing. Will be back in 2011 for sure with more paints and canvases in hand............Norm


                                                                Bowser, BC, Canada

                                                                Art lessons with professional oil painter Elissa Anthony, owner of the Elissa Anthony Studio/Gallery and suite available on request ~


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                *** Additional fees for pets, please ask for rates if applicable. *** Additional fees for more than two guests, please ask for rates if applicable. ***cleaning fees are non-refundable. PRICES ARE BASED ON 2 PERSON OCCUPANCY *** prices are based on 2 person occupancy.

                                                                5 Reviews
                                                                Very Good 4.2/5
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                                                                Property # 262011