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Escape to Nature, Driftwood Cottage by Sea & Forest (with Internet & Wifi)

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-11)

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 and more if needed. 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 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 completely shingled in red cedar and has a very West Coast appeal. There are large skylights and a multitude of windows ensuring ample natural daylight 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 keyboard and old guitar 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, and the chirping of baby birds 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 (currently expanding) with grocery staples, candy and ice-cream, some pharmacy items and a liquor store. There is also a small local museum, a hardware store, two galleries, a wonderful book and pottery store, a library, a DVD and eclectic jewelry/clothing store, a fantastic bread and pizza bakery, an artisan store, and two restaurants with delicious menus.

The Fall and, especially, the Christmas Fairs 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 high-speed internet and Wi Fi, should you wish to be . . .

Keywords: Beach, Ocean, Private, Cottage, Old Growth Forest, Lake, Pet friendly, Healing
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Children Welcome:

    tons to do on the beach, swimmers will love Graham Lake public dock, trails are easy...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs do well in this fenced gated property, cats do well as well as there is an outdoor enclosure with cat door just off the bathroom area...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Master bedroom has a Queen size bed. Loft has a single & a double mattress. Living room has a double sofa bed and a small child futon in the form of a chair. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom has two rooms: one with a clawfoot tub, pedistal sink and sprayer, and the other with the toilet. There is also an outdoor shower with moveable showerhead ideal for washing beach sand off of feet or paws....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Blender, Grinder and Coffee Maker, Secondary fridge, Canoe, Open Kayak, funky outdoor shower, outdoor patio and furniture, firepit, private fenced & gated yard, double hammock, secondary toilet (Sunmar Composting) at back of property, steps to park and trail access,...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    There are plenty of boad games to use. ...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    ROKU Player has complimentary access to NetFlix, Crackle and more. When you plug headphones into the headphone jack of the ROKU remote control the TV is muted allowing for others to read etc....moreless

  • Stereo:

    2.1 surround sound that supports DVD, VCR, CD, MP3 players and USB flash drives. Bring your IPOD or other device and connect direct to the provided auxillary cable....moreless

  • Television:

    While there is no cable on Denman Island, the TV does connect to a VCR, Computers, a ROKU, DVD player, etc....moreless

  • Toys:

    Croquet and other outdoor games available. ...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    We have a video library, but there is also a DVD rental store on the Island with all the current releases...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Right alongside an expansive oceanside park with old-growth forest with a multitude of trails for wandering and exploring the natural wonderland and pristine shoreline of Denman Isle....moreless

  • Water View:

    From the corner of the property can see a view of the ocean and beach access point...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    There is room for one vehicle in a large covered parking area...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Propane Stove in living room....moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Baseboard heating throughout...moreless

  • Internet:

    We have high speed internet, wired and Wifi, for your convenience-- Giving an added incentive and opportunity to work or play from afield and to perhaps extend your vacation time away....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    For a maximum 6 people....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Couch, chair and two rocking chairs make for comfortable living...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    The Cottage WiFi helps in reducing cell phone data use....moreless

  • Parking:

    In yard overflow parking...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Inside the gate there is an open area for parking...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Inside the gate there is an open entry point allowing for larger vehicles as needed...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:



  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    (2) There is a fridge in the cottage and an old timer in the pumphouse as back up and for extras....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    There is an older toaster oven as well...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    A great place for morning coffee or an evening drink overlooking the garden...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have an older canoe, a larger double open kayak and two smaller open kayaks for use along with paddles & pfds. We have a two wheeled boat dollie to help with the boats as needed....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane Barbeque available ...moreless



from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nightly Rate
Aug 15 - Aug 15, 2017
5 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $109.77
  • Taxes Not included


Our Standard Rates apply to the summer months and major holidays including Christmas, Easter and Spring Break

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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Eagle Spotting, bird and wildlife watching, Day tripping to Hornby and Vancouver Islands. Whale-watching.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: Busy family of 4, I work at TELUS, my wife has her own Counselling Business. Two children complete us, ages 22 & 18, girl & boy.

Why the Owner Chose Denman Island, BC, Canada:
We've explored many if not all of the Gulf Islands in search of the perfect place and we found it here on Denman Isle. We believe you will absolutely love it too!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Enjoy morning coffee either on the wood deck or stroll down to the beach for a view and the smell of the fresh salt air.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Dreamy Queen Bed in Master Bedroom

    Dreamy Queen Bed in Master Bedroom

  • 10 minute drive to a pristine swimming lake

    10 minute drive to a pristine swimming lake

  • A 3 minute leisurely stroll to Ocean

    A 3 minute leisurely stroll to Ocean

  • Dining area with seating for six

    Dining area with seating for six

  • Boyle Point Park a highlight of Denman

    Boyle Point Park a highlight of Denman

  • Country Kitchen

    Country Kitchen

  • Filongley wildflowers

    Filongley wildflowers

  • Grassy stone path adjoins cottage and pumphouse

    Grassy stone path adjoins cottage and pumphouse

  • Beadnell Homestead Meadow

    Beadnell Homestead Meadow

  • Follow Beadnell Stream to Ocean

    Follow Beadnell Stream to Ocean

  • Double mattress in Loft

    Double mattress in Loft

  • Man of the Woods Birdbath

    Man of the Woods Birdbath

  • Entertainment unit...remember the Wifi too

    Entertainment unit...remember the Wifi too

  • Relax on the outer deck

    Relax on the outer deck

  • Clawfoot tub, pedestal sink and chandelier lend a spa like air

    Clawfoot tub, pedestal sink and chandelier lend a spa like air

  • Driftwood table and benches

    Driftwood table and benches

  • All the comforts of home

    All the comforts of home

  • Separate Pumphouse with w/d, 2nd fridge, garden furniture and extra storage

    Separate Pumphouse with w/d, 2nd fridge, garden furniture and extra storage

  • Grassy run infront of Cottage

    Grassy run infront of Cottage

  • Sandy Island

    Sandy Island

  • Garden Archway of Driftwood Cottage

    Garden Archway of Driftwood Cottage

  • Single mattress in Loft

    Single mattress in Loft

  • Comfy sitting area in Living Room

    Comfy sitting area in Living Room

  • Cozy Corner of Living Room

    Cozy Corner of Living Room

VRBO #362583

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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