A truly unique home on Vancouver Island where you are steps from the beach and a 5-minute walk to the restaurants, high-end grocery store, liquor store, shops, world famous street murals, renowned live theatre, galleries and several town parks. We aren't aware of many houses on Vancouver Island that are so centrally located on the waterfront. You'll be relaxed from the moment you step into the house with the sweeping ocean views and sound of the ocean.
The maximum occupancy is 6 adults and 4 children, as there are 3 bedrooms, with fold-out couches and a pack and play.
Great for families and family reunions: Each bedroom has its own bathroom and there are 4 different sitting areas inside the house and 2 outside, allowing plenty of space, yet plenty of room to all get together in any of the rooms. We have a pack and play crib, many children's books and family games. The direct access to the beach and heated outdoor shower to rinse off make the stay more enjoyable. We have a new washer and dryer to keep up with the laundry load. Also, you can't beat this: there is a children's park and playground right next door and is viewable and callable from the house.
Great for business travelers: The home is well situated for business travelers to the Nanaimo / Duncan area. We provide bathroom supplies, iron, ironing board, coffee and tea, printer, several working desks, and high-speed Internet access.
We have found that most of the people staying here are for family or friend reunions. The house is large and spacious enough to give everyone enough privacy, yet allows everyone to hang out in the same rooms.
We recently purchased this house and spent the past several months renovating the interior. The house has a large and bright open floor plan with kitchen, bar area and living room all in the conversational space. The house was specifically designed to take advantage of the incredible ocean views with large windows. Even on rainy days, it's amazing how bright the house is due to all of the windows.
The house was designed by the original owner to be a large floorplan with low density - hence 3 bedrooms for 3,300 sq ft house. The ideal maximum configuration for comfort is 3 couples and 4 children. We wouldn't recommend, or necessarily approve, 4 couples or more.
There are 3 outside decks, with private access to the beach from the deck. There are 3 cozy living room areas to relax indoors - two on the main level and 1 upstairs. For more detailed information, please check out our website by searching for "Chemainus Beach House" on your favorite search engine.
The house has a separate and dedicated in-law unit in basement where Jenny's Costa Rican mother often lives. She has lived in the Cowichan Valley for the past 30 years and can answer any questions you may have.
Nature abounds in the water in front of the house. There are seals and otters, as well as orcas that swim father out in the sound. There are thousands of sand dollars to see when the tide goes down. And if you make it out to the little island out front, there are several species of crabs and clams that live there. The ocean is very swimmable in the summer because of the shallow coast line that warms up the water when the tide goes out.
The beach house is an "end unit" where it adjoins a small town park, playground and beach. So, the views from the house are unobstructed for about 240 degrees. The living space faces the ocean with total privacy from the neighbors. The beach is only 38 steps down to the lower beach deck, and then about 5 steps on a removable ladder to the sand. In the summertime, the water is warm and calm. There is a tiny island you can either swim or walk to, depending on the tide.
Guests have access to the entire main floor and upper floor of the 3-story house. When the weather is rainy, you can have access to the house through the lower level garage. The bottom unit is usually occupied by my mother, who can answer questions and make sure your stay is great.
Stunning ocean views from all rooms
3 large bedrooms consisting of 1 king bed, 2 queen bed, 2 fulll/double beds and 2 fold-out queen beds
3 outdoor sitting and dining decks, 1 with fireplace overlooking the ocean
Modern chef's kitchen with comfortable seating at a dining table, barrel chairs, counter top and bar stools (a total of 12 chairs in kitchen conversation area). The kitchen should have everything you need to make dinner for 10 people, as we do for Thanksgiving.
4, 6, and 8 person seating arrangements in dining room
Direct access to the beach - 38 steps to the beach and lower beach deck
5-minute walk to the downtown with galleries, shops, theatre, high-end grocery store (49th Parallel), cafes, liquor store and restaurants, including the Sawmill Tap House restaurant and famous brewery (Riot Brewery) which makes some of the Island's best craft beer.
Don't miss the fantastic Duncan Farmer's Market every Saturday morning, all year round, rain or shine. They have the freshest local fruits and vegetables, baking, jams & jellies, honey, crafts, clothing, pet treats, and more. Live music every Saturday from April to Oct.
Only 1 hour to Salt Spring Island (with ferries - it is actually very close by private boat), an hour and 20 minutes to downtown Victoria and and 30 minutes to Nanaimo. And there are a number of large shopping stores which are only 15 to 20 minutes away, including Canadian Tire, Walmart, HomeDepot, Superstore, Best Buy, etc...
Cozy gas fireplace in the living room at the flick of a switch
Smart lock keyless entry - we email you the 4-digit code for use during your stay
Washer and dryer on the main level
2 HD smart TVs (with Netflix) and a Osnos sound system
High-speed internet with mobile device printer
4 kayaks available with life vests for use (please sign waiver before using)
Parking for 5 cars on site with plenty of street parking
Outdoor shower and full size Cuisinart grill with side burner.
Modern security. We have 2 outdoor Nest cams to protect you and the property. They face the street and the ocean access and DO NOT video anything inside of the house, out of respect for your privacy. We would be happy to turn them off upon request.
Several sofa beds for extra guests: 1 queen sofa bed in an upstairs bedroom and another in the upstairs entertainment room.
High thread count cotton sheets for the beds (replaced frequently) and foam comfort pads on all beds.
Bath towels and shower amenities in all bathrooms
Beach towels, beach toys and beach chairs available.
A family member on site in the lower independent unit for advice and assistance.
Close to Salt Spring Island, Nanaimo, Duncan, numerous wineries, 18-hole golf club. whale watching, antique stores, and swimming, pools, and a couple of hours away from Mt. Washington Alpine Ski Resort for skiing and snowboarding
Even more detail!
THE MAIN FLOOR
- The kitchen is centered around a huge stone island countertop that accommodates seating for 4. There is also a 4 seat dining table and 2 cozy leather barrel chairs that swivel to the overlook the ocean or participate in kitchen activity. There are 2 ovens, microwave over, mini-oven, 2-slice toaster, dishwasher and all of the utensils, glasses and dish ware you would need.
- There is a 2 seat counter bar that faces the kitchen and the ocean.
- The Living Room has a large "L" shaped couch that faces the ocean and gas fireplace. There are also 3 original First Nations carvings in this room.
The Dining Room:
- The dining room has a dining table that seats 4 and can expand to 8.
The Sun Room:
- The Sun Room is a cozy mid-century modern south-facing room to relax, read, play games and watch TV with cable and Apple TV on an electric fireplace TV stand. Open the door to the ocean and relax to the gentle sound of the ocean and seagulls.
The Master Bedroom:
- The master bedroom features a king sized bed with doors that open up to the ocean and the walkway to the lounge entertaining deck. It has a sitting area overlooking the ocean and a large walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a shower with endless hot water, a Jacuzzi bath and electric fireplace.
THE UPPER FLOOR
The Family Room:
- The Family Room is a bright and airy room situated between the two large bedrooms and features an entertainment section, electronic fireplace comfortable couch and relaxing sitting area. There are also plenty of family games to play. The TV has cable and Apple TV. It is a great place to relax in peace or have a place to keep the kids entertained.
THE OUTSIDE DECKS
The Lounge Deck: The lounge deck is just off of the master bedroom and kitchen, and coming this Spring, it will feature a conversation couch set with a fireplace to enjoy the incredible views of the ocean and gulf islands.
The Dining Deck: The dining deck is located off of the kitchen and features a 5 piece round table that has a 180-degree view of the ocean and the gulf islands. It also has a large gas grill.
The Ocean Deck: Only 38 steps to the beach deck, where you can sit just above the surf and watch the beachgoers play in the water and walk their dogs. Or you can climb down to the beach from the deck.
Interaction with guests
We want you to enjoy the house and we respect your privacy. My mother, Maria Elena, may be in the lower unit and should be available if you have any questions or need anything. Jenny will also be available via