|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Our recently renovated home gets rave reviews. Guests enjoy the space, light, Douglas fir floors and windows, interesting art, comfortable furniture and modern amenities. French windows open from the living room to a large, two stage deck partially shaded by wistaria and clematis, where you can sit with a coffee or a glass of wine to enjoy the ever-changing colours of the ocean. Or the whole party can eat out there, table and chairs provided, with the Italian spiral staircase providing a short cut down to the lower deck, the hot tub and the enclosed garden.
The state-of the-art ventilation system provides fresh air and comfort to the whole house year-round. There are two comfy Queen size beds, one up, one down, with two single beds also upstairs which can be placed together, if desired. The other single (bunk) beds are particularly popular with children. Wheelchair access to the house is through the side door, with wooden ramps continuing around the house leading to the lower floor, garden and hot tub. There are also aides for the toilet and the bath tub. (For six years we have welcomed disabled people and their helpers for their annual holiday). Many others come regularly, from frisbee golf tournament players to nature-loving bureaucrats winding down. We had four generations in one family gathering. Dogs are welcome.
We love to come to Pender Island ourselves every year, to check on our summer-resident killer whales (3 new babies this year, we hear), and to restore our souls and bodies. After an ocean kayak or a steep hike, or getting mildly lost on curvy roads and trails, there is nothing like the hot tub last thing at night....and when the house lights are dimmed, the stars are brighter than anywhere else on earth!
Keywords: Large house, garden, hot tub, ocean view, wheelchair accessible, dogs, year-round
We, John and Pam Waddington, have lived in the same house in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, for 41 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren who live in the area. Pam trained as a social worker, John is an engineer, still consulting part-time. It was a big project to buy and re-design Arbutus House, and we love to get back to it and beautiful, welcoming Pender Island regularly. We treasure our Visitors Book and its comments, and urge all our guests to contribute their own thoughts and comments. Some guest dialogue exists on our intriguing art work!
Pam Waddington purchased this house in 2001
We bought Arbutus House in 2001 and completely re-built it in the West Coast Arts and Crafts style, as a retirement project. Many friends and relatives contributed ideas and features - the hot tub unanimous! But we are not quite ready yet to make the big move out West. Meanwhile, it is very satisfying to have other people enjoy the fruits of our labours, and we are very grateful for the good care and appreciation our house and belongings receive. We have a unique combination of all modern conveniences on our island (mains water, sewer and electric power), privacy at home amidst towering trees, and unspoilt nature with woodland trails, many public beaches and those fabulous Arbutus trees to admire.
A mother deer leading its baby up the driveway to our porch - hoping for an apple? Bald eagles soaring overhead; so many wonderful walks with fabulous views; wild flowers in the lower garden, colourful flowers, bulbs, trees and shrubs; yummy blackberries in late summer. We sleep particularly well here, with so much time spent outdoors. Two tennis courts and Frisbee Golf in walking distance. We also enjoy the variety of Island restaurants, and try out the latest (new in 2010 are Birdie's Bistro, open to all at the golf course, offering all-day breakfast and great variety, highly recommended; and yummy Fish and Chips at Driftwood, the pub, or take-out).
My whole family, my mother, husband, child and myself, really loved Pender Island, and appreciated very much what Arbutus House provided, especially the hot tub!
We echo all of the other positive reviews on the site. The house is perfect for several families, with lots of different areas for gathering - the kids could watch TV/play games downstairs, while the adults socialized upstairs. (We had four adults and three kids, and never felt crowded.) The kitchen is very well set up. Everything was clean and well-organized but not fussy. It felt like staying at a friend's house (albeit a friend who owns a spectacular home on an amazing island.) The location also deserves a mention - we were able to walk to the disc golf course and several different viewpoints/beaches with ease. It was a short drive to the farmer's market / grocery store. Finally, Pam (the owner) was a terrific host, even though she is located in Ontario. She made sure that we had all our questions answered, and was always friendly and accommodating. Overall, a wonderful experience.
Arbutus House is an absolute gem! Very clean, well maintained, spacious, great kitchen, beautiful garden and incredible views. Pam was a real pleasure, incredibly helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend Arbutus House. We can't wait to stay again and again.
This house is very large, with great views. It was immaculately clean, and all the bedrooms were very comfortable. It has all the kitchen amenities you need (and it had a good quality, new bbq). This allowed my group to make great meals each night. The hot tub was fantastic and well maintained – a great place to relax after a day of hikes/sightseeing/disc golf. You feel at home here from the moment you arrive.
I concur with all the great reviews.
Pam was also fantastic. She was very friendly and responsive to my emails. I would recommend this beautiful home to anyone who would like to visit Pender Island.
This home away surpassed any expectations we had for our first visit to Pender Island.
Such a relaxing space to enjoy a getaway with our new baby. Immaculately clean, incredible views, spacious and fully equipped.
I can only imagine how lovely the yard is in the dry weather.
The owner was very responsive to any emails sent and we were happy that our dog was welcomed to join us.
We will definitely be back!
From the first communications with Pam, we knew her place was going to provide our group with a fantastic, warm, spacious home to celebrate a relaxing Bday/easter long weekend on Pender and it certainly did not disappoint! First of all its HUGE and the pictures don't do it justice. With a spacious kitchen (and a second one downstairs), huge windows that make the entire house bright, comfy beds, a variety of board games and sporting equipment, a table large enough for us to sit as a group (both inside and out) which made for some great home-cooked meals, a gorgeous deck with a fabulous view, a hot tub and a large backyard that provided a fun venue for some epic bocce games.... What more could you ask for. The house has all the amenities and more and is close to Magic Lake, tennis courts, disc golf and great walking trails, including Oak Bluffs with stunning views! On behalf of our entire group, thank you for letting us stay in your home and we all look forward to coming back again soon. Asante sana!
We had a wonderful stay on our first visit to Pender Island with my wife's mom and dad, the two of us and our 4 kids aged 3-8. While we did lots of island, trail, beach exploring, we also had lots to do just around the house. The hot tub was a highlight, seeing all the stars and satellites. Kids enjoyed the very usable backyard, playing with balls, badminton, and Frisbees - the secret garden paths were great fun for them to explore, as was looking for frogs in the dark! The layout of the house was ideal as well, with lots of room on two levels. It's a great mix of useable space, privacy for all, Great Ocean views and a fun backyard. We'd like to move right in - seriously!
Disc golf (also called Frisbee golf) is enjoyed by all from 7 to 70+, be they first-timers at the woodland Course in walking distance of our house, or Americans visiting for an International-level tournament (yes, really!) If you can throw a frisbee, you will ENJOY an hour in woodland.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Extra adult (4+)||$75|
For more than 4 adults, we charge $100.00 per week extra per person, and $50.00 per person per weekend outside High Season.
We respectfully ask you to sort glass, tin, plastics and paper for re-cycling, and to take your garbage with you when you leave, since there is no garbage pick-up on the island.
There are no extra charges for cleaning or for the hot tub.
Half the fee is required to make a reservation, and the whole amount by 30 days before. (Flexible payment schedule also offered). Electronic Transfer preferred.
Written agreement submitted for signature.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.