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Heritage Ambiance With All Modern Conveniences

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Bedroom With Queen Bed & Queen Sized Sofa Bed In Sitting Room For Extra Guests.

The charm of a heritage home with air conditioning, dishwasher and washer/dryer. The bedroom is spacious with a loveseat in the separate seating area. Large sitting room, comfortably furnished also accommodates the dining area. Roomy well appointed kitchen. The bathroom overlooks a very private garden.

The suite has its own private patio with BBQ, gazebo and seating area, along with access to the rest of the garden for relaxing or for a bocce game on the lawn.

Access to secure bike storage, with work bench and compressor.

More Details

Gay Wise
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2017

About Gay Wise

I am an avid cyclist who doesn't have enough time to ride, but I'm working on that. I live and work on site, so I'm available when you need me. I'm also very active in the community being on the Board of the local Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and a small Charitable Foundation.

Gay Wise purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Gay Wise chose Vancouver Island

I loved this house from the moment I first saw it 25 years ago. At that time it was the home of The Village Bed & Breakfast. The house and garden are right in the Village but amazingly private. Every day I think how fortunate I am to become part of the history of this house, to have the opportunity and pleasure of maintaining and restoring it.

What makes this apartment unique

Right in the middle of the action in Shawnigan Lake, but very private. A stone's throw from the public beach on the Lake. Bus stop within a block. Private parking for one car.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Heather, Nathan and Sasha,

I so enjoyed your stay. It was always a pleasure to stop and chat with you. I liked you even before I found the bottle of wine in my bike shed:)

Gay Wise

PS my 200km Hospice bike ride was grueling, but I finished and had a pretty good time doing it.
Jul 2016
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Shawnigan Lake Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • Heated tile floor, contains washer and dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Spacious bedroom has skylight and seating area with love seat and chairs. Black out blinds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Heritage Ambiance With All Modern Conveniences
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews

Comfortable and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, very comfortable and generous space, had every thing that we needed. Bedroom and living area big enough to not be on tripping on each other, though need to watch sloped ceilings as you enter/exit the bedroom for those on the taller side. Loved the heated floor in the bathroom. We'll be looking to return next time we're in the area.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Leanne, I'm glad it worked so well for you. It was a pleasure to host you and I look forward to your return. Regards, Grace Wise
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Beautiful, charming, and perfect for our holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a relaxing, happy retreat, close to so many wonderful places to explore. It was a perfect "basecamp" for our adventures! At the end of each day, we could also just relax and unwind in the rather charming apartment or beautiful garden. The kitchen had everything we needed to make meals, but there was also great coffeeshop next door. We were able to bring our beagle with us, which was much appreciated!! Many thanks to Gay for the wonderful hospitality!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review. It was a pleasure to have you here. I could really see how much you enjoyed your time in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, great to share with you. And - you know I'm a dog lover - loved you all.
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Very cute property with a lovely homeowner

  • 4 of 5

Loved the property! It had everything we needed. Very close to the lake with lots of walking trails and places to explore with our dog. Gay was very nice and accommodating. Our only complaint was the traffic noise, but that comes with the convenient location of the property. I would recommend this property and would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect, IMMACULATE, cute suite in the heart of the Village.

  • 5 of 5

I love this vacation rental!

It is in a great location, next to the coffee house and bakery (serves breakfast and lunch food), 1 minuet to the Chippery for dinner and 3 mins. to the Lake.

If cooking is in your plans the suite has cooking appliances including a BBQ and a normal sized fridge. I however have lots of family and was lucky to go to BBQ's at their homes. The bed was comfortable and the suite has a bath tub which I love. The suite was immaculate! I enjoyed the living room and dinning room, there are lots of books to explore. Oh, and it has A/C !!! Which I used almost every afternoon. ( Summer)

The best part of staying here was meeting Gay, she is fabulous! An amazing and accomplished woman with a great sense of humor!

I give it 5 stars!

Thank you Gay!

Dig Tittle

San Clemente, California

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend this property

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of 4 plus a dog and were all very comfortable at here. I love the washer/dryer, dishwasher and BBQ! Everything was clean and spacious and private. A short walk to the public beach. Bakery and shops near by - we will be back. I have recommended this property to many of my friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warm and welcoming home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The suite is private, warm and has everything you could think of needing. It was a perfect quiet family respite and very welcoming and appropriate for an active toddler. Thank you Gay for creating such a lovely space! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Devon, Thanks so much for your kind words. I enjoyed your stay, it was lovely to meet you both and your little guy, Vaughn. And thanks for leaving everything in such good order, that is much appreciated. Gay
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Victoria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Black Swan
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Schwartz Bay, Victoria & Departure Bay in Nanaimo
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Arbutus Ridge Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Trans Canada Highway #1
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Ski
140 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Shawnigan Lake
Car: recommended

Shawnigan Lake is located in the Cowichan Valley, home to several wineries and small farmers. It is a cornucopia of fresh local food and excellent wine. Great network of quiet country roads for cycling, some routes more challenging than others.

The Cowichan Valley enjoys a mild climate, it is one of the warmest areas in Canada with little or no snow in the winter.


Rates & Availability

Shawnigan Lake Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $54.89 + Tax
Pet Fee $7.32 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $146.36
Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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