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Visit Nanaimo's Beautiful Old City Quarter

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 nights


Nanaimo Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

This beautiful brand-new cottage is set in a bountiful garden, offering modern comfort with easy walking access to the Old City Quarter and downtown Nanaimo.

The charming 700 sq. ft 2-bedroom cottage opens onto a lovely quarry stone patio. Fully-equipped and tastefully decorated, this cottage will offer you comfort, privacy and easy access to Nanaimo and central Vancouver Island.

Located just 1 km from Nanaimo's harbour and picturesque waterfront, the short walk takes you through the historical Old City Quarter and Nanaimo's vibrant downtown core. Shopping and restaurants are all easily accessed by foot, bicycle or car.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Isobel Pearsall
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Isobel Pearsall

Isobel and Mitch will provide you with everything you desire, and suggest some excellent adventures for you. We love this area and know that you will too, especially if you come during the summer months when the city bustles with activity.

We live in the 1920's house beside the cottage, and will offer you ideas that are sure to engage the young and old alike.

Isobel Pearsall purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Isobel Pearsall chose Vancouver Island

For the price of a decent hotel room, you will get your own modern and fully-equipped cottage with room for you and your guests. It's set in the lush gardens where you can pick fruit, garden ingredients, flowers and berries. It's our intention to provide a spectacular visit, and we know you'll leave with a smile on your face!

What makes this cottage unique

The stone patio area is set up for quiet evenings or entertaining your friends.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Visit Nanaimo's Beautiful Old City Quarter
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Cheery and private, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! We came for a family gathering and it was perfect. Plenty of space, fully stocked kitchen which was great when it was my turn to bring dinner. Plush cotton linens and towels (and I am fussy!) clean well lighted with natural lighting and artful décor. The location great in a garden setting and I loved being near the old downtown with a bit of edge within walking distance. Others in our party thought we scored the best place. We would stay again for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful city cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy when we first stepped onto the property, it was everything we hoped for and more! The cottage was close to all the attractions but it never seemed like we were in a city, it was a perfect little oasis. It definitely felt like a home away from home, I would absolutely recommend the cottage for an amazing vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely to meet you all and I am very glad you had a great trip here with your family! Hope to see you again, best wishes!
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Never expected this!

  • 5 of 5

We read all of the reviews and thought we would get a nice place to stay. We were wrong. It was way better, beautiful in fact. From the outside private garden and sitting area to the adorable perfect cottage . I will never look at a boring standard hotel room again without remembering this lovely place. It is fully stocked with everything you would possibly need and beautifully decorated. I am a clean freak and found nothing to cringe at, ever! Read the other reviews, they speak volumes.

Thank you Mitch and Isobel for a wonderful home away from home. Calvin and Donna

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Calvin and Donna! We are so glad you had a great stay and hope to see you again in the future, you are always welcome!! best wishes Isobel
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Great property that had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with the place as soon as we walked in. The cottage is a great little get away right in the city not too far from the waterfront. It is decorated beautifully and the beds are very comfortable. Isobel had stocked the kitchen with a few breakfast items to get us started which was so great after travelling across the country that day. Isobel and Mitch are very friendly and we would definitely recommend their place to anyone that was travelling to Nanaimo. Would love to go back sometime.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Pam for your kind review! It was very fun to meet you all, and so glad that you had a great trip. We hope we will see you again! best wishes, Isobel and Mitch
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  • 5 of 5

Isobel and Mitch's charming Cottage is the best! We have stayed in many VRBOs and this one ranks high!

It is incredibly clean, sunny, airy, spacious and has all the comforts of home! The BBQ area, deck, and patio are extra bonus living spaces and are frequented by the most gentle cats and occasionally, Ralph the sweet poodle! Everything you could possibly need is provided and Isobel is always only an email away. She is an attentive, delightful, and concerned VRBO owner.

The central location of the cottage is great and allows easy access to everything in Nanaimo!

We are looking forward to a return to Old City Cottage.

Thank you Isobel and Mitch!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve and Lois, It was lovely to have you stay here in the cottage, and so fun to (almost) share a birthday! We really appreciate your kind comments, and look forward very much to seeing you again! And the other cats are waiting for their turn to shine behind the camera! All the best to you both! Isobel and Mitch
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Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at Isobel's cottage and found it exceeded our expectations regarding comfort. The cottage was clean and the floor plan made great use of the space. The cottage was extremely well stocked and equipped - ceramic as well as plastic dishes, several sizes of pots and pans, lots of cutlery and an excellent assortment of sharp knives. ( I hate dull knives.) I was thrilled to find several spices including chili powder in addition to the regular salt and pepper. I loved the decor of the cottage - light and airy with interesting art, stained glass and whimsical touches (e.g. mirror with silver sparkle frame). Appreciated the comfortable seating where I could stretch out and read or watch TV. The rocking chair on the deck provided the perfect location for morning coffee on a sunny day. Though the walk back from the waterfront is uphill, we did not find it to be overly challenging. Probably the best place we have ever stayed in this price range.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Pamela, thank you so much for your kind review and glad the kitchen worked well for you! VRBO just set up this mutual review system- and I missed the chance to review you - but I wanted to thank you both for leaving the place absolutely spotless, very kind of you! I truly hope you will be able to come visit again, you will always be very welcome, best wishes, Isobel
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nanaimo Airport (YCD)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Occidental Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Departure Bay (BC Ferry to Vancouver)
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Beban Park Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
Fibber Magees Station
Nearest Ski
133 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Area
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Maffeo Sutton Park
Car: recommended

Nanaimo is a perfect place to launch your Vancouver Island tour from because we are centrally located on Vancouver Island with easy access from Vancouver. You can easily make a day trip to Victoria, Gabriola Island, Mount Washington Ski Area, or Tofino and spectacular Long Beach National Park. It's all within a single day return driving distance from Nanaimo!

There are many beautiful beaches and wonderful trails throughout the area in what can only be described as a true Canadian gem.


Rates & Availability

Nanaimo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30
Refundable damage deposit $151

Rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Check-in is after 3:00 PM
Check-out is at 11:00 AM
Thank you for absolutely no parties, no more than 8 people on property, quiet time by 11pm (please go inside OR very quiet voices.. thank you!)

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Nanaimo Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen
    Guest room - 2 twin/ single
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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