This is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of City life.
The property is very private, but offers all the amenities of home. The Cottage is well appointed sleeping 6 comfortably. Just steps away to the beautiful beach and trees of Filongley Provincial Park. And as yet being so pristine and quiet, the cottage has all the amenities of living a completely connected life...if you wish, affording you the best of both worlds.
The place showcases natural Coastal BC at its finest and most pristine. The cottage is a stone's throw to the beach, where you can walk and explore for miles. Or pull up a piece of driftwood and gaze out to sea where there are seals, otters, and sea-lions and even occasional Orcas. As the tide goes out, there is a wonderful intertidal display of sea-life; There are sand dollars and sea anenomes and shellfish galore! (Remember your water shoes!) Or take a dip at high tide after the waters have been warmed by the sun heated sand and pebble beach.
The Cottage itself is wonderfully quaint and comfortable. It was hand-built over several years by a lovely German couple who intended on living there permanently. The woman was a fine carpenter and recognized for her artistic design. There is attention to detail everywhere. There are high ceilings in the living room and dining room/kitchen areas giving it an airy and spacious feel. It is shingled in red cedar and has a very West Coast appeal. There are large skylights and a multitude of windows ensuring ample natural daylight and fresh airflow throughout. It is cheerful and bright all year round. The natural wood finishing is done with driftwood, and old farmhouse reclaimed wood. It is furnished with antiques and folk pieces, ensuring a wonderfully Island feel. For musicians and budding ones, there is a upright piano to satisfy your creativity. The extensive wrap-round deck, allows for further outdoor enjoyment. You can have your meals on the porch, read your book, or have a round or two of cards and board games, which the cottage is stocked aplenty for.
For those who enjoy the wonders of the Pacific Rainforest, the cottage sits on the edge of a 70 acre park, with some ancient trees that are hundreds of years old. Adjacent walking trails take you from the cottage alongside the stream or up to the old Beadnell homestead meadow. There is always a place to find shade and to revel in the life that flourishes therein.
For Nature Lovers, you will be amazed at the nature-watching opportunities that abound on Denman Island. There are hummingbirds, sand-pipers, eagles and many other waterfoul and bird species to see. You often hear the hooting of an owl, the call of a loon, the chirping of baby birds, as well as the call of peacocks from the Cottage. The deer can be seen foraging for food, often at twilight, and the Eagles circle overhead. There are parts of Denman Island that are important to be conserved as they are home to distinct Butterfly populations. You often see blue, and yellow and other butterflies flitting in the garden.
For those who like to swim, fish, canoe or kayak in freshwater lakes, Denman is one of the luckiest of all the gulf Islands as it has two glorious lakes; Graham and Chickadee. As they are drinking water lakes, please protect the environment and kindly leave your soaps and body lotions at home.
For astronomers and star-gazers, there are often meteor showers in the summer months. So you can wish upon plenty of falling stars! If you go down to the beach, perhaps with beverages and flashlights in hand, you can see the moon rise over Hornby. Without the city lights, the stars, satellites, and Milky Way really ‘pop’ and are outstanding, even to the naked eye. You can even see them through the skylights of the cottage.
And then there are the Denman Community offerings. On Saturday mornings during the summer and on long-weekends there is a Farmers and Artists Outdoor Market at the old school on Denman Road. You can pick up local organic produce and plants, some jewelry or crafts, get your palm or tea leaves read, purchase some local preserves, or partake in some fresh cinnamon buns or other baked and home-cooked goodies, both sweet and savory.
Every Saturday on the same grounds, the Denman Island ‘Free’ Store for recycled household goods is open for those who like to search for treasures of all descriptions. Donations of unwanted clothing and household items, or spare change is very much appreciated. If you forget your book at home, you’ll likely find one there.
The Island is home to a multitude of artists, including world renowned potters, painters and authors who have events and classes regularly throughout the year. See Denman Island Tourism for more information.
Downtown Denman is quiet most weekdays, but can be quite the hub on weekends and in the summer months. It boasts an old General Store with grocery staples, candy and ice-cream, some pharmacy items and a liquor store. There is also a small local museum, a hardware store, an art gallery, a wonderful book and pottery store, a library, a bistro with an amazing selection of teas from around the world, not to mention delicious baked goods, a coffee shop in the back of the hardware store, an outdoor barbeque grill restaurant, an art and craft store offering local artisan fare.
The Fall and, especially, the Christmas Faires are not to be missed and host a multitude of Artisans from all over South-Western BC. You can find out more on Denman Island Tourism Sites.
All in all, the place is a wonderful retreat, and a peaceful escape, to find rest and relaxation, and to partake in the wonders of nature and healthy living. And yet, allowing you the comforts and amenities of home, with the ability to remain fully connected via Internet and Wi Fi, should you wish to be . . .
Keywords: Beach, Ocean, Private, Cottage, Old Growth Forest, Lake, Pet friendly, Healing