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'Scotch on the Rocks'

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 2,350 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

comfortable 2 bed/2 bath home on 250' of waterfront

Large entertainment area (kitchen/dining/bar/2+ sitting areas) with 65' unique e-glass down middle of 15' lofted ceiling allowing beautiful light into main floor. Very hygienic/easy to keep clean with tile floors throughout- no carpets. Walk out on 2 levels. 1 bedroom up and one down each with own bathroom. Ideal for 2 couples. Large hi-efficiency granite rock fireplace and granite wall extending 65' down one side of home. Great views across lake and superb sun-downs. Good water sports access with dock and buoy and 2 kayaks. All new appliances i.e. convection oven/microwave, d/w, ceramic cook-top with gas bbq & 6 person dining (outside). This property books from saturday to saturday.


Owner
tom humphrey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

About tom humphrey

Leila & Tom have lived internationally for many years including Cameroon, England, California and Thailand. This is our vacation property.

tom humphrey purchased this cabin in 1999

Why tom humphrey chose Vernon

Very relaxing & comfortable home with all-new appliances. Eagles, osprey, hummers, ducks, deer, and quail are regular visitors to this property depending on season. Beautiful sun-downs with exceptional views. There is no other property in the region that compares...natural beauty but with proximity to all of the amenities.

What makes this cabin unique

It is apparent that this house was designed by an architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright- many unique built-in features, a 65' wall of granite, with e-glass lofted 15' ceiling and wonderful natural light down middle of home. A wall of windows on lake-view side. A 36' dock with kayak rack (+2 kayaks) and mooring buoy is suitable for all kinds of boating activities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This property has 2 houses on it. They are set obliquely to each other and have separate entries which D&K always use; their lower level walkway is not in a position to look into the main house. All of the extensive windows have mini-blinds which are easy to manipulate. Our long-term friends in the A-frame take care of the property year-round and are unobtrusive and helpful next door neighbors with good knowledge of the region regarding golf, hiking, wineries, etc. which most have found to be valuable. The lot has ~250ft of frontage with 1 acre of property and thus the houses have much more separation than many of the lakefront properties in the area which in many cases are 60'-80' frontage with 10' building set-backs from adjoining properties. There are no other structures nearby; the principle A-frame deck is on the opposite side of the main house and not visible from the main house. There is a pergola between the 2 houses that has adjacent flower gardens which are tended. The house is architecturally designed with ~60' of e-glass down the peak of the roof which extends a couple of feet into the upper bedroom. The house has beautiful and extensive views of the lake at it's greatest width. Nightly sundowns occur straight out from the deck. Sunrise happens every morning and is also glorious. The downstairs bedroom is much cooler but not dank and musty but can be darkened if desired. It also has multiple windows out to the lake. There are a few roly-poly's on occasion on the tile floors as we do not believe in using insecticides on the property; however they do not venture elsewhere and can easily be removed if offensive. Cobwebs do occur rather quickly on external walls even with regular maintenance. There are no carpets in the house so it is a very hygienic environment which is professionally cleaned each week. This is a very natural and beautiful setting which feels rather remote even though it is within a few kms of d/t Vernon. Osprey, eagles, deer, and california quail are frequent visitors, and even a rare coyote or bear have visited the property. The kokanee spawn right on our beach every fall. Most of our guests have truly enjoyed the setting at Scotch.
Jul 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Kelowna International
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Vernon Marina
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Predator Ridge (18) or Rise (12km ?)
Nearest Restaurant
11 Kilometres
many within 10-15 kms
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Silver Star

~3 kms north of Ellison Provincial Park and adjacent mountain biking park with a large variety of hiking & biking trails. Can hike to Crystal Springs or Predator GC in 1.5-2 hrs. Silver Star skiing ~ 30-40 minute drive. It is very pleasant to kayak down to Ellison and hike around/have lunch at a lakeside picnic table. Some good wine-tasting in the area including Gray Monk and 50th Parallel.

Amenities

Vernon Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , small 2 person sauna attached to this bathroom
  • 1 private bathroom for each bedroom; walk-in shower in lower level/bath in the upper level. Lower level bathroom has a small 2-person sauna on one end.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • 1 queen bed in each of 2 bedrooms which are located on their own floor level; views & walk-out from d/s bedroom
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Very quiet and relaxing with nature at doorstep- loons, eagles, osprey, trout, deer, quail etc. Great sunsets across one of the widest areas of the lake. A propane fired fire-pit has been added to the deck. There is an active pickleball group in Vernon who play most days- friendly & very fun.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
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'Scotch on the Rocks'
average rating of 4.285714 based on 9 reviews
5

One of a kind !!!

  • 5 of 5

A couple of years ago we (us and friends of ours from Scotland) rented a week each at cottages on Christina Lake and a wonderful upscale cottage on Kootenay Lake across from the Balfour Ferry. Scotch on the Rocks eclipsed them both. . . easily! This place was made for two couples to escape the realities of everyday life. I don't know where to start. The house was upscale and quite comfortable. The outdoor living area/s were soulful. The caretakers next door were unobtrusive yet amazing. They recommended the best winery to visit, brought some unbelievable tomatoes from their garden for us and were helpful without intruding on our "space". The "voyage " to the lake and dock was an exciting adventure with the steps fabricated from local rocks and boulders. The lake was warm and clear. We and our friends from overseas will come to visit again and heartily recommend Scotch on the Rocks for a time of lifetime good memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delightful Guests, It was a pleasure to correspond with you prior to your arrival and then to have you at our vacation home. You are delightful guests and good communicators. You are very welcome at our home any time.
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Less than expected for the $

  • 2 of 5

We booked Scotch on the Rocks based on the beautiful pics and description of the property. On arrival, we were immediately surprised to see an A-frame cottage which appears to be on the same property, and we were wondering if it was part of the property we had rented. However, it turns out the neighboring home, in which caretakers Karen and Dennis live, is within 30 feet of Scotch, with an adjoining walkway to patios. The proximity of the homes made privacy a big issue, though by no fault whatsoever of Karen and Dennis, who as described by others, are unobtrusive but helpful. We never once saw them using their front patio. However, the side patio with a garden belongs to them, and when they were tending it, we could see them through the large glass door that opens to the patio and has no blind or curtain to provide some privacy. There were no blinds on any of the large windows, which provide a beautiful view, but made us very aware of what we were wearing/not wearing at all times! Furthermore, we could hear them talking in their home, leading us to the natural conclusion that we could probably be heard as well. The location of this home provides an amazing view and solitude since it's close to the end of a dead end road, and would have been perfect if not for the above issues. The skylight overhead extended right into the upstairs bedroom, which also has a large overhead window with no blind, so if you're not an early riser, you will become one, as the morning light streams in at sunrise. Because of this, we moved downstairs after the first night, which as mentioned by another reviewer, was musty and dank. It's a walkout bedroom, but when I opened the door, it was full of cobwebs and bugs, who apparently appreciate the cool concrete patio it opens onto.

The house definitely has state of the art appliances and was built to afford the best view of the lake. We most enjoyed our time on the patio, which was well equipped with numerous stacking chairs, a dining table, one lounger, a modern propane fire pit, and there were folding adirondack chairs in the closet.

There were some other issues within the home that would be easily remedied, and I have chosen to email the owner privately with these concerns as I am quite certain they will remedy if made aware. However, we believed it was important that renters are aware that the neighbors appear to be on the same property, which may be fine for some but was not what we expected based on the photos.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Awesome view!!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Scotch on the Rocks June 2016 for a week. We had a blast! The pictures do not do it justice. Beautiful place, amazing view of the Okanagan!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a fun-loving group who really did have a lot of fun. It was a pleasure to have them.
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5

Wonderful get away for a couple in their 30's

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful Vacay ... Great place for relaxing and entertaining ... Steps to the lake not good when raining, but when dry ... Perfectly fine;) We had relatives visit on 2 different occasions and were able to host with no problem ... We are very thankful for this place being dog friendly ... Both of our well behaved dogs had a lot of fun! The pictures of the inside do not do the place justice ... If u see them ... Just remember it's way better! I read the other reviews and any negative comments are really not justified in my opinion. We will be back! Also, the caretakers are very nice people;)

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice but Expensive

  • 4 of 5

The property location and amenities are top notch. The property caretakers next door are very helpful; striking a balance between friendly and staying out of the guests' way.

The cottage is roomy but only 2 bedrooms, including one in the basement walk-out which is a bit musty.

Rates charged for this place, however, are very high (similar to top-end resorts).

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This property was not rented during the period indicated. However the listing is accurately posted as 2 bed/2 bath with a very large and open/high ceiling entertainment area. It has ~ 2350 ft2 and is in very good condition with >200' water frontage. All appliances, beds, etc have been recently up-dated. The house has received commendation in architecture magazines in its past and most would consider it high-end. It is definitely unique.
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5

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, what you see is what you get! This part of Okanagan Lake is fairly quiet, but still close (15 min. drive) to Vernon and shops. Tom the owner was very responsive and helpful, no problems whatsoever with payment, etc. Also, Dennis and Karen the neighbours who live next door were delightful -- very hospitable and helpful, while also respecting our privacy. We rented a boat for a couple days, and enjoyed lots of time swimming off the dock or sitting on the patio watching the lake. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

This property rents weekly from saturday to saturday. 50% of rent due @ booking plus final 50% of rent due not later than check in; Interac E-check or checks ok. Snobird rental min is 3 months with one month deposit + first month rent initial payment. Dennis & Karen live next door and manage the property. It is expected that renter will share drive snow removal etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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