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Discover the Magic of the Gem O' the Isle farm cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage


About the property

Check out our Facebook page "Gem 'O the Isle cottage rental"

Come and discover the Cowichan Valley and hear about the best local hidden Gems and feel at home like a local resident.

This self-contained cottage dates back to 1896. It was fully restored in 2002 but much of it is kept original but all the modern luxuries are present. On the upper level are the living room and kitchen and the lower level has two bedrooms and the bathroom with tub. The larger bedroom has a queen bed, the smaller one a bunk bed. The property is a true gem, the 14 secluded heritage acres have a bit of everything. There is the horse-field surrounded by the old growth forest and the old orchard, where the bees are happily humming along. You can go for a stroll in the forest or along the flower beds, with the view of the mountains in the back. Or if you just want to sit and relax then there's the sit-area with a rustic river rock fireplace, which is also a perfect place for a night under the stars. All of this is close to the river, ocean, parks, trails, wineries and many interesting things to see and do. Check us out on F B and join us "Gem 'O the Isle cottage rental" you can the post pictures of your stay and become part of the Gem family.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018


Duncan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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(19 traveler reviews)

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Discover the Magic of the Gem O' the Isle farm cottage
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 19 reviews

Charming country cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, cozy little place. Just wish we could have stayed longer, but we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Cabo's, Mexico

Wonderful family, peaceful surroundings, well behaved animals, just loved the experience

  • 5 of 5

What a surprise, the place is prettier then the pictures and the family is just wonderful, very smart friendly and well experienced world travelers. We had such a nice time sitting on the lawn in the afternoons just watching the adorable pets everywhere (dogs, cats, chickens,, roosters, horses) all well behaved and doing their own thing plus we attended two plays (Midsummer nights dream and Macbeth) performed by the local artists and actors (very well done).

I would recommend this as a super place to just get away from the city and enjoy pure country living, organic farms all around and a full kitchen in the accomadations. Thank you for a wonderful time. We were able to drive all around the island and use this as our basecamp.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was as expected and exactly what we were looking for.

  • 4 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at this location.

The listing description was accurate and there were no surprises.

The property was clean and well maintained.

Unfortunately, there was no direction provided as to where to dispose of the garbage.

We didn't request customer service nor was any offered.

We would recommend this property to friends and relatives if this was the type of venue for which they were looking.

We enjoyed the venues at Cowichan Bay, and Duncan Garage Cafe.

We were disappointed with the Dog House Restaurant unfortunately the quality food was very poor.

We were also disappointed with the Lavender Farm where we were not greeted and left to our own devices to find

the labyrinth. The lady at the counter was busy on her computer and ignored us.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical fairy tale lifestyle farm cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Magic of the Gem O' the Isle farm cottage is exactly a magical place on Vancouver island for those wishing to escape to a different lifestyle that is genuinely beautiful and rustic in its true essence.

Ben and Patty where very friendly host and treated my family and two friends like their own. I loved the fact that we could be free to roam and discover the magic hidden within the farm and throughout the forest and hiking trails so close to their property.

This is a special retreat for those individuals knowing that it's not catered to picky people with extreme high expectations of a five star resort or equivalent to a Ritz Carlton resort. Instead Ben and Patty have transplanted their lives with their children here and built and created their dreams with an authentic farm lifestyle that requires every day of work.

You will find real farm animals like chickens and cats and two very friendly dogs roaming around the farm. Behind the stables you will discover beautiful horses that seem to be attracted to their guest.

This cottage located only minutes from convenient stores, wineries, hiking trails, and so much more. Be sure to check out the Kinsol Trestle historical bridge about 25 min. from the farm. It's quite a spectacular tourist attraction.

It was a perfect getaway for our eight year old son and tween daughter. They enjoyed playing on the tree swings and chasing the chickens while exploring through the fairy tail forest trails all within minutes from the cottage.

Two nights was not enough for our family. But it was an experience we will always remember. We would definitely spend at least a week here at the farm cottage on our next vacation.

Thank you Ben and Patty for making us feel right at home.

Robert and Renee

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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it truly is a Gem

  • 5 of 5

Such a neat and beautiful place to stay, our host Patty and Ben including their children where inviting and always ready to talk with or without a coffee, and answer questions. Minutes to town, walking trails and river.

We loved our time there and strongly recommend this Gem in Cowichan Station

The Vanderhoevens

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cosy cabin,clean, well equiped

  • 5 of 5

Ben and Patty are very good hosts.

They are good in making you feel at home.

I had to drag my kids away from therapie.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nanaimo Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Cowichan bay
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nanaimo or Sidney
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Cowichan bay
Nearest Ski
200 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Lake beach and Ocean inlet


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $35.12
Pet Fee $11.71
Refundable damage deposit $78.05


Cleaning fee ($45) is based on basic cleaning vacuuming , beds , bathroom, towels, kitchen basic cleaning etc.

If the kitchen or other places in the cottage have not been left as received Owner will report and use up to 100 dollars from damage deposit for additional cleaning. Owner will inspect the cottage and expects the guest to put everything used back where it belongs , No dishes should be left in the kitchen and in and around the cottage.
If the BBQ and fire place area has been used, This also needs to be left as before use.
All garbage and recyclables need to be collected and placed in container in garbage shed.

Washroom works on a septic system and NO solids are allowed to be flushed ONLY number one and number 2 services.

Thank you

When you need other information , please ask Owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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