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Beautiful Family Waterfront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property

Luxurious Contemporary 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath

We are now accepting 2 week rentals for Summer 2018!

Our Cottage is located at the south end of Mara Lake in the sunny Okanagan Valley. This premier Mara Sands cottage is one of only 4 located directly on the lakefront of the gated community. Just 15 minutes south of Sicamous, 45 minutes north of Vernon and 1 hour 15 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport for your travel convenience. Our cottage is directly next to the Mara Lake Provincial Park (with boat launch), has a private dock with assigned boat slip, diving board and slide, sand volleyball court, waterfront grass area and sandy beach with roped off swim area. One of 4 waterfront cottages, ours is fully remodelled inside with air conditioning, granite composite countertops, bar fridge, indoor wood burning fireplace, bamboo floors, 3 bedrooms (including 1 with 2 double beds) offers roomy sleeping for 8. Outside enjoy your private hot tub on our upper deck, large private lower deck with a deep sectional and armchair surrounding a propane fire pit, electric awning over a double chaise lounger, and spectacular views up and down the lake while you dine in the evening.

Golfing, watersports, wine touring, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing are right outside your door or within a short drive.

Mara Lake is connected to Shuswap Lake giving you access to over 1500 kilometres of shoreline to explore. A boaters paradise! Boat to provincial parks, waterfalls, see the Salmon run in September, and explore the floating store and restaurant.

*Unfortunately we are no longer having renters under the age of 4 at our cottage, sorry.

More Details

Gillian Baay
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Gillian Baay

We currently live in Calgary and have been vacationing with our family at Mara Lake for 17 years. This was our favourite place to create great family memories, relax enjoy the peace and quiet, and visit with friends. As our kids have grown up, we find we don't get there as much but know one day our kids will bring their kids to Mara for the same experiences they had!

Gillian Baay purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Gillian Baay chose Columbia-Shuswap C

We originally purchased a cottage up the road, but knew to have one right down at the water was always our dream. You can sit at the beach with your baby monitor, watch the Osprey pick fish out of the lake, kayak up the adjoining river and try all kinds of watersports on the ever calm lake water.

What makes this cottage unique

All the deluxe comforts of home yet far enough removed from the craziness of everyday. Our cottage allows you to relax with ultimate privacy on our deck or explore the surrounding area by land or by water. Don't forget to visit the organic farm just 15 minutes away for a fabulous selection of produce.


Columbia-Shuswap C Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main floor with extra deep tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , upstairs with oversized walk-in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , closed loft area with 2 sleeping areas and private bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Amazing lake vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 and my parents stayed at this properly at the end of June and beginning of July, and we have an amazing experience! We have stayed in several properties in the area, and this was our favorite. It was very spacious, and easily fit all 7 of us. It was great overlooking the lake at all times, especially on the spacious patio for each meal. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed, and it always fun to sit in the hot tub on the upper deck. We really like the location on the lake, and enjoyed going on the lake for water activities. The owners a very easy to deal with, and always answer any questions we had.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

You definitely cannot beat the waterfront location of this cottage. The cottage itself is definitely 'cozy', however majority of your time will be spent outside on the deck which is very spacious. Would suggest rental is best suited to adult groups of families with older children. One of the owners stopped by during our stay as is allowed by rental agreement (he had emailed us the night before that he needed to complete hot tub maintenance, however we did not check our e-mails). Owners responded quickly to e-mails to any issues/questions that arose while we were there.

A few notes unrelated to the rental itself, but to travelers not familiar with the area:

- Water from taps does have a smell to it as it comes from a well (especially the hot water). Cottage has a filtered cold water tap at the kitchen sink.

- In late Spring (June), lake waters tend to be high which can result in smaller beaches (or in our case, no beach at all and extremely saturated grass area unfortunately).

- Would suggest ample bug spray (and the strong stuff) as you will want to spend evenings out on the deck but the bugs are definitely in abundance and persistent!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a week with my family and it was perfect! Great location and the house had everything we needed. The house was actually more spacious than the pictures have you believe, and the outside space was perfect. Can't beat a glass of wine around the fire overlooking the lake! Communication with the owner was easy and we had no problems at all with our stay. Already planning next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canadian Staycation better than a foreign destination

  • 5 of 5

This was out 2nd time at this property and this year we spent 2 weeks. The cottage is very well equipped with all amenities of home and everything is in great shape and beautifully decorated. We really enjoy staying here and feel relaxed from the moment we arrive and will once again book next summer. The owners are great to deal with, the neighbours friendly and the whole property is well cared for. There is paradise in Canada!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect girls weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Gillian's cottage was even better than we could have imagined! It was a girls weekend get away, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The cottage is so modern, clean and full-stocked. We used the kitchen and BBQ to cook all of our meals, they have everything you could need. Every morning we would sit out on the comfortable patio furniture and drink our coffee. One evening it was a bit rainy so we used the hot tub which is conveniently located on the top deck under a roof, sheltered from the rain. One of the best parts is being directly on the beautiful lake. The scenery is breathtaking and we were able to take advantage of the lake without leaving the property.

It was my first time using VRBO, and therefore had many questions for Gillian. She was very kind and patient with me, and quickly responded to all questions.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone, and will defiantly be booking this place again next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and tranquil

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. Peaceful and beautiful. It has all the amenities we required... a perfect fit for us. The parking, the gated community, the boat slip, the cottage and the owners communication! All amazing. Will definitely return again.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
106 Kilometres
Kelowna International Airport
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Canoe Golf Club/Salmon Arm Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Ski
85 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
out your front door
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $803.02

If reservation is made within 30 days of booking, full payment is required at that time.

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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