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the Artful Suite - boutique accommodation with handmade furnishings & art.

Stephenson Point, Nanaimo C, BC, Canada
  • Apartment740 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

This Is A 740 Sq.ft., private one bedroom, self contained, level entry suite

We offer a private, comfortable, self contained one bedroom apartment for guests that appreciate fine surroundings. The Artful Suite is tastefully furnished with contemporary handcrafted furniture (designed & made on site), complemented by amazing Artwork of various mediums displayed & for sale, from fine local Vancouver Island Artists.

This ground level suite has parking just a few steps from the entrance door where there is a secluded partially covered patio area with surrounding flower gardens.

Take a 5 min stroll to Pipers Lagoon oceanside park to enjoy an enjoy the beach,take a hike & enjoy the views across the Salish Sea, to the snow capped mountains. You won't be disappointed!

So, if you're wanting a truly 'Out of the Ordinary' experience in accommodation this Artful Suite has it all for you. Ideally located in popular north Nanaimo, approx. 10 min drive from the Departure Bay Ferry terminal, this location is conveniently nestled amongst some of the best oceanside and landlocked parks in the area. With the wide variety of outdoor activities available at your doorstep, we can offer recommendations for arranging for kayaking, diving, hiking or bike hires. Our desirable location, mins from Pipers Lagoon Park offers easy access to any part of Nanaimo or as a home base to explore the wonders of Vancouver Island.

While staying here, take the time to visit the working Studio at the back of the property to see what furniture or artwork is being made or designed, browse in the gift gallery. A warm welcome awaits all that stop in.


Norma or Robert Waddell

Member Since 2013
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
About Norma or Robert Waddell

We have been living in Nanaimo since 2007 and love all the Island has to offer. We especially enjoy the wonderful moderate climate, and the wide variety of healthy outdoor activities available at our doorstep. Both of us were born and raised in Saskatchewan but have lived in BC for the past four decades in the North, the Okanagan and Sunshine Coast. Having travelled extensively in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, we’ve always enjoyed the value and flexibility of staying in self contained suites. Our enjoyable travelling experiences set us on this path to offer this distinct, one of a kind accommodation. Norma is a retired Operating room Registered Nurse. Robert has been a fine furniture designer & maker for nearly 40 years. His working studio & gallery is on the property so he is always available for visits from our guests. He was instrumental in organizing the popular Hammond Bay Open Studio Tour, featuring fabulous local artists working in various mediums. A number of these talented artists exhibit in the Artful Suite, which lends to the richness of the decor. So our intent was not only to offer a unique, comfortable surroundings for travellers but also a venue for local artists to showcase their work.

Norma or Robert Waddell purchased this Apartment in 2007

Why Norma or Robert Waddell chose Stephenson Point

Norma has family that have resided in Nanaimo for years. We had been coming to Vancouver Island to visit for many years, and loved what the island had to offer. After a 3 week to New Zealand in 2007 we were drawn to Vancouver Island, as it reminded us of the beautiful nature of New Zealand. We have never looked back and have enjoyed every moment here.

What makes this Apartment unique

This is a mature property 1/3 acre in size, offering a lot of privacy to the home and suite that occupy it. We enjoy the location near Pipers Lagoon , which is nestled amongst some of the very best seaside and land locked parks this area has to offer. We truly enjoy regular casual strolls to Piper Lagoon Park to enjoy the smell of salt air, the pounding of the waves and screeches of the eagles over head.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • A one bedroom unit. A generous sized bedroom with the Queen sized bed is adorned with a magnificent Headboard from West Coast Maple custom made & designed by Robert.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • A comfortable sized bathroom with a combination large tub/shower unit. Single sink and a semi private w/c.


        • Away From It All
        • Romantic
        • Sports & Activities


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Electric thermostat controlled zone heating.
                • Internet
                  High speed wireless.
                • Fireplace
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                  A well appointed living room, beautifully decorated with artwork and handmade furniture.
                • Parking
                  Private parking area for guests, near the door of the suite All ground level
                • Towels Provided
                  Bath & Beach towels supplied. Along with Beach chairs. Picnic Back Pack Rain Gear -Umbrellas
                • Washing Machine
                  Extra storage in laundry area.


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Drip filter coffee maker Bodum French Press Coffee Bean Grinder
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                      New Built in Whirlpool Dishwasher just installed-very quiet and convenient.
                    • Kitchen
                      A very comfortable sized combination kitchen and dinette area. With all the amenities expected in a self contained suite.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      Some basic kitchen items, such as olive oil, tea, coffee, sugar, cream, salt & pepper.
                    • Refrigerator
                      with upper freezer.
                    • Stove
                      Standard four burner electric stove with oven.
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          Contained within the kitchen area, to view area see the photos.
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 2 people


                            • Books
                              Some travel books for exploring the area.
                            • Satellite / Cable
                            • Television


                                • Deck / Patio
                                  A private patio at the entrance door with out door furniture and flower gardens.
                                • Lanai / Gazebo
                                  a cedar Pergola over part of the patio.


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • not suitable for children


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • marina
                                        • playground
                                        • recreation center
                                        • restaurants
                                        • water parks

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • shelling
                                            • beachcombing
                                            • boating
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • paddle boating
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • bird watching
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • sailing
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • pier fishing
                                                    • roller blading
                                                    • golf
                                                    • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                    • snorkeling
                                                    • snorkeling/diving
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • wind-surfing

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                      18 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      The Real Deal

                                                      Garry M.

                                                      The moment you pull in the driveway you know it's a great spot. Everything looks well kept & organized, inviting & you literally pull up within 10 feet of your private entrance. It has a secluded feel, warm gardens, patio's and trees make it truly feel like your space. Norma greeted us with a friendly smile, showed us what we needed to know and made us feel like we could count on her for anything we could possible need. Oh yes, the fresh muffins were delicious. The suite was super clean, a nice living room with F/P & television. Lots of info on local activities. Down the hall to a nice little kitchen, with all you need, perfect for 2. The bedroom was comfy, lots of closet space, robes & slippers. (nice) The bathroom very clean, modern & just fine. The suite is very well decorated with a variety of art, paintings, woodwork, pottery & more, super nice. A big bonus is the location, a 5 minute walk to "Pipers Lagoon Park" & the ocean. We enjoyed it very much & would not hesitate to return.

                                                      Thanks, Norma & Robert

                                                      Garry & Arleen

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Arleen & Garry

                                                      Thank you so much for your kind review of the Artful Suite.

                                                      We get such pleasure in hearing from guests like you that appreciate what we provide for your comfort and enjoyment.

                                                      We look forward to seeing you again!

                                                      Norma & Robert

                                                      Great Nanaimo based vacation

                                                      JOANA R.

                                                      Nice house on a quiet spot, far from the city noise but close enough to almost everything if you have a car. Our host was realy friendly, helpfull with lots of information and willingness to help us have a nice vacation. The suite was verry clean and well equiped, and the muffins Norma left for us on the kitchen table were fantastic. All six of them !

                                                      Owner's Response:


                                                      Thank you so much for your kind review.

                                                      We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here.

                                                      It was great to meet you both and hear of all the great spots you went to while you were here. Robert also enjoyed showing Dorin the Woodworking shop and hearing of his father's experiences working with wood! Love meeting such interesting people such as yourselves!



                                                      An Amazing Home in Nanaimo

                                                      Rae M.

                                                      The house was really quite amazing. It is on a quiet street and very near to the beach. Norma was there for our check in and she went through everything with us. There are a lot of things that other homes don't have but Norma had everything cover. She even baked us some Sunshine Muffins (they were great)!

                                                      The home has wifi and Telus t.v. - there isn't air conditioning but we were there when it was quite warm and because the suite is below the main home - you didn't need it at all. There is a ceiling fan in the living room and there is a portable fan in the bedroom. That was really all we needed to stay cool.

                                                      We will definitely request the home when we go back to Nanaimo!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Dear Rae

                                                      Thank you so much for your kind review. It was lovely to meet you and I'm so glad you were comfortable in our Suite. We have recently updated some of the Artwork and furniture on display, so it's unique surroundings each time you come!

                                                      We would be thrilled to have you back!

                                                      Norma & Robert

                                                      Artfully furnished.

                                                      colleen s.

                                                      Lower level suite with convenient parking. Main drag for access.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thank you for your kind comments.

                                                      It was a pleasure to meet you and have you stay!

                                                      Norma & Robert

                                                      Great spot

                                                      Andra D.Nanaimo, BC

                                                      Nice place run by nice people...who could ask for anything more

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and having you stay!

                                                      Norma & Robert

                                                      A magical week at the Artful Suite

                                                      Shauna B.West Vancouver

                                                      Norma and Bob Waddell's 'Artful Suite' is just that. It is a wonderful and spacious accommodation, with every comfort and convenience you could imagine or wish for. There was absolutely nothing wanting, including a well-stocked kitchen looking out over a garden (with complimentary cream, coffee and muesli), a cozy bedroom and its double bed, and a delightful living area with gorgeous West Coast art adorning the walls (my favorite was a pair of hummingbirds in flight) and beautifully worked wooden furniture. A treat for the eye as well as a lovely respite from the workaday world.

                                                      A former resident of Nanaimo and an avid birder, I chose the suite due to it proximity to Pipers Lagoon, which is a short stroll away. And this did not disappoint. With bracing mid-winter winds off the sea, it brought joy to my heart, as I saw such a variety of things that will soon be gone once spring sets in. A variety of sea ducks - harlequins, buffleheads, red-breasted mergansers and the occasional grebe or loon. There are also oystercatchers, sandpipers, and a resident eagle or two. A very large sea lion was roving around the shores on any day I chose to come there. After a leisurely amble along the spit (enclosing the lagoon and opening to the sea on its southern side), a hill of rocks forms a barrier to a small island. If you have the ambition (and shoes) to clamber over the basalt, you'll reach an island which harbours rare Garry Oak habitat. It is a treasure to which I return, time and time again, and made especially wonderful by topping off each hike with a warm cup of tea in the Waddell's inviting suite.

                                                      And, of course, all of this is a mere 10 to 15 minutes away from any Nanaimo destination - the downtown, nearby shopping malls, other nature spots and in the summer, any number of beaches and lakesides. I am so grateful to Norma and Bobb for all their thought and care which made for a truly a memorable stay that I hope to reprise.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Dear Shauna,

                                                      Thank you so much for such a wonderfully written review of your experience here. We were so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your surroundings both in and out of the Artful Suite!

                                                      We would love to see you again on your next trip to Nanaimo!

                                                      Norma & Bob


                                                      Stephenson Point, Nanaimo C, BC, Canada

                                                      This warm and inviting vacation rental is located in the popular north Nanaimo area. It's with in a 5 min. walk to one of the most beautiful ocean front parks Nanaimo has to offer Pipers Lagoon. With its scenic views across the Salish Sea to the snow capped mountains of the North Shore, Piper Lagoon is a favourite spot for out door activities. Recommendations are available should you want to arrange for kayaking, diving, or bike hires. Also with in a km is Neck Point park which is reputed to be one of the best underwater diving locations and some great birding (eagles and owls). With in a .5 km is Linley Valley park a very large and popular urban park, that offers very scenic views. Take a 13 minute (9 Km) drive to a beautiful harbour walk, and you'll quickly see why Nanamio is known as the Harbour city. Only a 10 minute drive from Departure Bay Ferries, this location is well situated for exploring Nanaimo and the wonders of Vancouver Island.

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                                                      CANCELLATION: Email or phone with seven (7) days notice for full refund (minus a $25.00 admin fee) is required. Other wise your deposit will be non refundable.

                                                      18 Reviews
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