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Tunnel Hill - Oceanfront Estate - Central Qualicum - Private Beach - Kayaks

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Last updated: 01/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Tunnel Hill Cottage, Qualicum Beach, is a 4 bedrooom home on oceanfront estate

Tunnel Hill is special. A private, 3 1/2 acre oceanfront estate; tucked away in one of Qualicum Beach's most sought-after locations. And one of only nine beachfront properties in the Qualicum area with the coveted "Estate Residential" designation.

Located almost next door to much-loved Milner Gardens and Eaglecrest Golf Club and just minutes from the charming town centre of Qualicum Beach, the Memorial Golf Club and the Qualicum Beach oceanfront promenade. At Tunnel Hill you are so close to everything-----yet you will feel as if you are at your very own, private beach retreat.

Tunnel Hill is the perfect spot for a family vacation---------there is so much to see and do in the area; a special celebration, great outdoors' adventure or simply a relaxing getaway to enjoy some idyllic "Cottage Time".

The Tunnel Hill estate was aptly named by a former owner, retired Canadian army officer Colonel John Rockingham, and references the unique tunnel that he had constructed on the property; allowing "the Colonel" to drive his beloved army jeep through the hillside and down to the beach.
Today the tunnel is a modern marvel, with pathway and lighting, and is a delight to all.
It provides easy access to the level, private beach below.

The Tunnel Hill oceanfront estate is conveniently located just a short distance from two of the main entrances to Qualicum Beach. Keep right; on scenic Island Highway West (#19A Oceanside route) and exit down the private 1/4 mile, forest-lined drive which opens into a bright, sunny enclave with Tunnel Hill Cottage directly in view.

Tunnel Hill Cottage is a spacious 2 storey, 4 bedroom home. It was the original residence, on this two home estate property, and sits at the edge of the hillside with expansive ocean views.
Fully renovated but retaining much of its rustic charm; original old-growth Douglas fir floors, large stone fireplace and wood burning stove.
Tunnel Hill Cottage even has two hand-carved, Western red cedar totem poles that were specially commissioned by a former owner and which welcome you to the bright, ocean view dining room.
Your family and friends will immediately feel at home here.

Tunnel Hill Cottage is a newly furnished home; with large living room, separate dining room, fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms. Four, generous size bedrooms easily accommodate six to eight guests.
The living room, dining room and principal bedroom all have lovely ocean views.
On the north side of the home there is an ocean view deck and on the south side a stone patio with a barbecue and outdoor table & chairs.
In the dining room a large, round table is perfect for those friends and family gatherings.

On the Tunnel Hill property, you will enjoy park-like grounds, with plenty of room for a game of bocce ball, croquet or soccer; 1/2 basketball court, secluded garden retreat and ample, convenient parking.
The 3 1/2 acre Tunnel Hill estate includes woods, grassed areas (young deer are often seen feeding), a hillside garden and the tunnel access to level, walk-on-beach.

The beach is "picture perfect"-----with 180 degree views to the east and west and across the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) to the Coast Mountains. The shoreline is pebbled but with level, easy access for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding.
And at low tide you can walk for miles on the beautiful, sand beach or explore the ocean tide pools. There is always something new to discover.

Or you can set off in one of the 2 kayaks available for guest use. Adventure awaits.

In the early evening, the sunsets are spectacular.

And later, you will want to gather around the large, beachfront fire pit with its cedar log benches-----perfect for an evening campfire and marshmallow roast.
Tunnel Hill is "What memories are made of_________".

Newly opened in August of 2014, and available year round, Tunnel Hill Cottage is an ideal blend of relaxed beach home and idyllic, natural setting.
Your perfect vacation destination-----beach, woods, kayaking, golf-----the great outdoors.
All on your doorstep. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/13/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    Wide open beachfront with sandbars and ocean tidal pools for safe, beach play for children. Beautiful sand beach for walking, swimming and exploring. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1 - Main floor: 1 king

    With ensuite and ocean view...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 - Main floor: 1 queen

    With garden view...moreless

  • Bedroom 3 - Upper floor: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4 - Upper floor: 2 twin/ single


  • All with luxurious linens and bedcoverings.

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Principal bedroom with ensuite and shower. Four piece bathroom on main floor with tub/shower combination. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Ideal for your next vacation or getaway. Tunnel Hill is so close to everything-----yet you will feel as if you are at your very own, private beach retreat. The perfect place to Relax, Recharge, Reconnect....moreless


  • Games:

    Large grassy areas for lawn games----bocce ball, croquet, soccer---or shoot hoops at our 1/2 basketball court. And the Parksville beach adventure playground & water park is only 10 mins. away. ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront:

    Ocean beach, accessed by a unique tunnel and gravel pathway down to walk-on-beach....moreless

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Separate dining room with ocean view and deck. Large south facing patio with BBQ, outdoor table and chairs. Abundant green space for impromptu picnics under the trees....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Natural gas insert added to original stone fireplace. With comfortable leather chairs for relaxing by the fire....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard heating. Natural gas fireplace in living room....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxurious, organic cotton bedding and linens....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Newly furnished ocean view living room. TV, HDMI, DVD, WIFI, books, games....moreless

  • Parking:

    Lots of convenient parking available on the grounds....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Guests to provide their own large, beach towels for lazy days on the sand....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    A special feature in the ocean view dining room. A cone-shaped wood burner is also available, upon request. Ideal or those crisp fall and winter evenings on the outdoor patio....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Just minutes to the Eaglecrest and Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Clubs. There are six "19-hole" courses and two "9-hole" courses (plus two "mini-golf" locations) in the Qualicum Beach/Parksville area....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks available for guest use. Level beach for launching and paddle boarding. Pls bring personal equipment and your life jackets. Liability waiver must be signed. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Natural forests flank the 1/4 mile drive into the estate and park-like grounds surround Tunnel Hill Cottage on three sides. Young deer are often seen feeding on the property....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane BBQ on south facing stone patio. In addition, a propane fire bowl, for evening campfires, on the grassed area beside the pond. And a large fire pit at the beachfront. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    At Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Distance: 94 kilometers -------approx 1 hr. 19 mins....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,608 $3,675

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

FALL Shoulder Season
Oct 2 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,608 $3,675
Jun 1 - Oct 1, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $459.42
  • Cleaning Fee $0.00
  • Tax Rate 5%


Please see complete "Terms and Conditions" and "Guest Rental Contract" for Tunnel Hill Oceanfront Estate Vacation Rental on our website at:

Please note: All rates are Exclusive of Holiday periods. Pls e-mail for Holiday rates:

Please note: All rates are subject to change, without notice, until reservation is confirmed with deposit and completed Guest Rental Contract.

Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 01/13/2017
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2.7 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Qualicum Beach Airport-----approx. 4 min
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Qualicum Beach Inn
43.8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Departure Bay, Nanaimo-----approx. 42 min
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Eaglecrest and Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Clubs
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Island Highway West (#19A Oceanside route)
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Qualicum Beach Inn
94 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mount Washington-----approx. 1 h 19 min

Car: Recommended


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2013

About: Born and raised on Vancouver Island and having lived almost all of my adult life in Qualicum Beach, I love the natural beauty of this area. And when the Tunnel Hill property became available, I could not resist. This is one of the most beautiful, oceanfront properties on all of Vancouver Island. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Calendar last updated: 01/13/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, January 15, 2017

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