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Peace, Luxury And Charm Right On The Cove

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

3 Bedroom Timber Frame on a Quiet Cove; Nestled by Mountain, Forest and Beach

Herons Return is a traditional timber frame cottage, with two queen bedrooms, and one with 2 twin beds. We have a fourth bedroom with a bunkbed for children. Perfect for up to 3 couples, or a family. A fully equipped gourmet kitchen, large living room with 180 degree views of the mountains, forest and cove, a large covered deck and a sundeck with a four person hot tub overlooking the cove are exclusively yours during your stay.

Sechelt inlet is a calm inland sea with starfish, seals, crabs and shellfish right in the cove. Our timber frame home is on the ocean front in the peaceful community of Tuwanek on the Sunshine Coast of BC. Nestled on the shores of Lamb Bay at the foot of Mount Richardson it offers a retreat from the world; a great place for a romantic escape, or to rejuvenate with family or friends.

There are four bedrooms, each with a unique configuration. You can choose the three that best suit your family or group needs. The master bedroom looks out to the cove, beach and across the inlet. It has a queen size bed, skylights to watch the stars, and a private deck for two. The other queen room has views of the cove, beach and mountain. The third room, with two twin beds, looks up to the mountain on one side and out to the forest on the other. The fourth bedroom has a bunk bed with easy stairs to the top bunk, and looks into the forest through windows and a skylight.

All of the rooms come with high quality linens, puffy duvets, and a choice of pillows.

There are two bathrooms. The main floor bathroom includes a shower. Upstairs is a spa bath with shower and soaker tub for two. The WC upstairs is separate from the 'spa bath' so as not to disturb long soaks in the tub.

On the main floor the gourmet kitchen is custom built of alder wood by a local craftsman. It is fully equipped to cook your catch from the cove or craft a romantic meal from produce gathered at the local farmers markets. There are roasting and baking pans, serving dishes and place setting for eight. The kitchen island and eating bar let the family and friends gather while the 'chefs of the day' do their thing. The dining table expands out to comfortably seat six but also folds down for a romantic dinner for two.

The open living area is surrounded by windows to capture light and views of the cove, beach and mountain. It is heated by a wood burning stove (wood is supplied) as well as an energy efficient heat pump. A media/massage room with flat screen TV, Apple TV is also on the main floor. WiFi connection, Optik TV and Netflix are complimentary.

Outside are four decks. The covered deck is a great space for all seasons. The sitting area under the covered deck is like an outdoor living room, a cozy space for friends to gather watch the wildlife in the cove, and take in amazing sunsets. In winter we love to cozy up with a blanket and mug of tea to watch weather come down the mountain, and cormorants and herons fishing in the cove. In summer is it a shaded place to marvel at the humming birds battling over the bird feeder and eagles soaring overhead. In fall we can see into the clear water to watch seals and schools of salmon visit the cove. We can barbecue in all seasons under the sheltered deck (Propane supplied).

The outdoor dining table has seating for six and is well placed to take in the sunsets. The herb pots grow year round and for you to add to your meals.

Down a few stone steps is a sun deck with a warm outdoor shower and a hot tub looking out to the islets. Bath robes and extra large hot tub towels are supplied.

From this deck private stairs lead down to the beach. Beach chairs and umbrella are available. Kayak rentals are right next door at Pedals and Paddles. There is also car access to the beach just down the main road.

In the front is a sitting area for two placed to capture the morning light on the mountain and cove. This year we are building a healing garden in the front.

Upstairs off the master bedroom is a romantic balcony built for two.

The cottage is a traditional timber frame with fir posts and knee braces, 14 ft ceilings upstairs and fir flooring. The posts and braces are entirely structural. The stairs are made from one tree. Iron work on the stairs was designed by a local artist and welder.

Soak up majestic ocean views and sunsets serenaded by frogs in Lamb Creek. Watch salmon and seals in the cove and eagles and herons overhead. Walk down your private stairs to one of the best swimming and kayaking beaches o the coast. Pamper yourself with a soak in the hot tub nestled in the hillside overlooking the inlet and its islands. In the evening gaze at the stars, mesmerized by the sound of the waves tickling the shore.

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Sandy Evans and Bill Gordon
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Sandy Evans and Bill Gordon

We are a family of five living in Alberta. Bill and Sandy fell in love with Tuwanek when out for their 10th wedding anniversary. The mild winters, calm inland sea and abundance of wildlife drew us in. Both of us work in mental health and really know the value of time to relax, connect and rejuvenate. The tranquility of this area and the down to earth community is just right for us. We promptly started looking for a waterfront property to build our dream. We camped on the land for a few years before we knew exactly where to place the cottage.

Our three children have grown up spending holidays learning to swim and kayak in the cove, exploring the amazing rain forest, and learning to fish and catch crabs. Their memories are of seal rescues, paddling through schools of salmon, the day an orca came in the inlet, visiting 'the starfish family' there every year on the same rocks, watching a bear fishing in the cove, and dark sky nights marvelling at the abundance of stars. Now as a family with busy teenagers, we come out to Herons Return to spend time together, play games, cook, eat, hike, swim, kayak, ski in winter, and just slow down to watch the natural world around us.

Sandy Evans and Bill Gordon purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Sandy Evans and Bill Gordon chose Sechelt

The Sunshine Coast is a hidden gem on the West Coast of BC. The winter is a wonderful mild break from prairie cold and snow. In the winter you can ski in the morning up in the mountains and kayak or golf later in the afternoon. Spring comes full on at the end of January! The community is full of arts, culture, and music. There are always festivals, fairs and events to take in.

We find there is something for everyone here - crafts, art and music, lots of opportunities to explore nature from active adventures to gentle strolls, there is an abundance of peace, quiet and stars.

As a couple we love the time to rejuvenate, the romantic dinners in town and at home. As a family, we love the spaces in the cottage for each of us to have time for ourselves and to have time together.

What makes this cottage unique

Herons Return is right next to 40 acres of forest with water front on one of the best kayaking and swimming beaches in the area. The water on the cove is often like glass. The property is near the end of the road with protected marine and mountain parks just moments away. It is a great place to unwind.

Our neighbours - some resident all year round, others like ourselves make this our holiday place, all fully appreciate the surroundings and work to create a kind, friendly place to live. From the moment we bought the property we have been asked when we are moving out full time. Sadly for us, commitments in Alberta will keep us here for a few more years. Happy for our guests, we strongly feel that this place is just too good not to share!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Peace, Luxury And Charm Right On The Cove
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
Victoria, British Columbia

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five spent one week at this beautiful home over Christmas and enjoyed every minute. Communication with the property owner was fantastic and she answered all of our questions very quickly. We arrived after a two ferry (8 hour) trip with tired kids to this stunning home, but it was well worth every "are we there yet?!" whine from the kids. Upon arrival we were greeted at the door by the wonderful property manager Bonice. We entered the home and to our surprise Bonice had a homemade pot of apple cider waiting for us. It smelled and tasted delicious! She quickly answered a few questions and gave us a free pass to the Botanical Gardens and a family pass to the Rec centre. We knew right away we had picked the right home to spend our first Christmas away from home. There was a beautiful Christmas tree all set up for us and even a wrapped gift under the tree for our family (a gingerbread house) to make with the kids. The inside of the home is very cozy and comfortable. We found everything we needed in the kitchen to make a big Christmas dinner. We found the beds to be extremely comfortable and the house was spotless inside and out. The master bedroom has a small private deck overlooking the cove, skylights and comfortable bedding. We loved waking up to the view of the water. We enjoyed the private hot tub overlooking the beautiful cove and we just loved how peaceful and relaxing it was. We watched many movies in the media room and loved that there was a sectional big enough to fit all of us comfortably. We found several tv shows and movies recorded on the TV as well as cable TV, Apple TV and netflix. This home is definitely one of our favourites. We would recommend this vacation home to anyone and we hope to stay again. Thank you so much Bonice for making us feel so welcome. This truly was a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank YOU Pam! Wonderful to meet you and your lovely family and really looking forward to seeing you at Herons Return again soon. All the best to you and yours in 2017!
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Excellent experience.

  • 5 of 5

A very beautiful, well maintained home. All of us (6) enjoyed the hot tub and view. The kitchen was so well equipped there was nothing lacking . We plan to make a return visit sometime soon. We highly recommend this home.

Roy & Susan Cranston

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Roy and Susan. We hope you had a very relaxing and peaceful New Years. Wishing you all the best for 2017.
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Awesome place to spend your time off!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I rented the place for 2 nights. The location is close enough to Vancouver, the house is spotless with a gorgeous view of the beach. Kitchen is fully equipped for preparing meals and the outside patio was great to be cozy enjoying your morning coffee. We loved the hot tub and thought we should had stayed there way longer than 2 nights. Our guest, Bonice, was extremely helpful and warming, giving us all the details we need for the house and tips for places to go around the area.

The only thing I would mention that could improve was the queen bed in the small bedroom, as it's making quite loud squeaking noises every time you turn at night, which could wake up easily a light sleeper. Otherwise everything was amazing, we loved the place very much!

We will definitely come back and I highly recommend it for our friends and family!

Thank you for sharing your home with us Sandy and Bill!


  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal family house in a beautiful safe cove. Simply perfect and the best equipped holiday let ever

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do the place justice. Overlooks a stunning cove with private steps to the beach. The beach is very children friendly and there are kayaks to rent a few metres away. This is the best equipped holiday home I've stayed in as well as the cleanest. The area is great for exploring. All mod cons including sat tv and Internet in the cosy media room and a large open plan kitchen. The wrap around deck was massive and the 4 person hot tub the icing on the cake. Don't look at anything else if this place is free and I your price range.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 4 of 5

This beautiful architecturally designed home provided us with a relaxing venue for celebrating our special birthdays. Loved the hot tub, the well-stocked gourmet kitchen and the variety of decks. The 70 plus steps to the beach provided us with a good workout! Being a timber house there is virtually no sound proofing between rooms and thoughout the house. This is not a party house as it is located on a tiny cove with other houses very close by and voices carry. The on-stite property Mgr was very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is great. Good size. Good location.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. There was lots of room for our family. The property is clean and well looked after. We look forward to coming back! Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Light House Pub
Nearest Ferry
36 Kilometres
Langdale (Gibsons)
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Sechelt Golf and Country Club
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Sunshine Coast Highway (101)
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Blue Heron Inn
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Dakota Ridge X Country
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Lamb Cove
Car: necessary

The Sunshine Coast is a fantastic natural area full of walking trails through coastal rain forest, up sunny mountain peaks, and along pristine coastline. Lamb Cove is at the start of pristine marine park. A seal rookery and wilderness campsites are close to our cove.

Hidden Grove forest trails are just down the road.

The Chaudier dive site has world class diving only a few minutes away.

Porpoise Bay provincial park hosts astronomy nights, easter egg hunts, great shore fishing and a sandy swimming beach. In fall they have great spots to watch the salmon run. We love the walking trails at Hidden Grove, Secret Cove, Smuggler Cove to name a few. There is a great easy hike into Skookumchuk Rapids up by Egmont (60 mins drive) said to have some of the most abundant marine life in the world - not to mention crazy kayakers surfing 7 foot standing waves. Arts and Music festivals abound. Some of our favourites are: Sleepy Hollow with its vintage car show and shine, the Writer's Festival, Painted boat festival in Madeirra Park, Sea Cavalcade in Gibsons, Chamber music and Jazz festivals throughout the summer, and local and national musicians frequenting local venues. Arts and Craft fairs in the summer and before Christmas. Artisans can be found up and down the entire coast.

Favourite picnic spots are Roberts Creek, Coopers Green near Half Moon Bay, and quiet beaches just a short kayak up the inlet from our own beach. Kayaks and Stand up Paddleboards can be rented from Pedals and Paddles - literally next door to our cottage. (You can wade over at low tide). They also offer SUP Yoga and guided kayak tours.

For special dinners out we head to the Blue Heron Restaurant, Daphnes, or the Gum Boot. Further away is the Painted Boat - a very special treat.

We also love the coffee shops and bakeries here - check out the Daily Roast, the Strait (in Wilson Creek), and the Bakery in Sechelt.

Davis Bay is great for fishing off the pier, wandering along the beach at low tide, the polar bear swim New Years Day, and Sand castle competition in the summer. (The pier shops there also have great ice cream and fish tacos!)

In winter we cross country ski at Dakota Ridge. Often when it is rainy on the beach, the snowy trails on the ridge are in beautiful sunshine. The snow is similar to that in the Whistler area. Check out Alpha Tours for transport up the ridge and for rentals. For the more adventurous and experienced, Tetrahedron Park is a great place to explore, but best to go with a guide as this is more severe backcountry terrain.

BC Sail tours will take you up the inlet for a great sailing experience.

There are a number of fishing charters in Sechelt and along the coastal highway.

In Sechelt itself is Totem Park, the Museum and Ravens Cry theatre. The local Coast Sailish Native Indian band has a rich heritage and culture here that is well worth checking out. Tlaysay Tours offers great insight into this.

We also save time for a trip into Gibsons. This is the nearest town to the ferry from Vancouver. It is also where the Beachcombers TV show was filmed. Molly's Reach is still serving great food and show memorabilia.

Check out the Sunshine Coast Olive Company And ShadowBlix farms - local herbs and produce.

On Saturdays throughout the year the main street in Sechelt shuts down to traffic and the local farmers bring in their wares. Tip - don't eat breakfast before you go to the market - you will be well tempted with all of the fantastic baked goods, local preserves, and fresh produce. Healing balms, and crafts from local artisans and writers are also found at the market.

The recreation centre in Sechelt has a fun lazy river, water slide, pool with climbing wall, saunas, and fitness gym.

The botanical gardens are a delight any time of year. Herons Return guests have a special family pass. Ask our manager.

Day trips up to Garden Bay, Madierra Park, Ruby Lake and Egmont are all well worth exploring - Be sure to take the roads into these communities. It is amazing what is just off the highway.


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Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Feb 10 2017 - May 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 11 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 Winter Rate
Oct 17 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $375
Tax Rate 5.0%

We have a 30 day cancellation policy. Cancellations made after 30 days are nonrefundable unless we are able to secure a replacement booking. In this case we will refund your payment less the deposit fee.

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Tuwanek Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , WC is separate from the tub and shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen , Has a private balcony for two overlooking the cove
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Overlooking the cove and mountain
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Overlooking the mountain and forest
    Bedroom 3 option - 1 bunk bed , Easy stairs to the top bunk. Looks into the forest.
  • Guests are able to choose the bedrooms that best fit their family/group needs (up to a max of 6 guests).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Our host/manager lives in the walkout portion of the cottage. This is completely separate from the area for our guests. You will have exclusive use of the main and second floors of the cottage, including private entrances at the front and back of the property. Your host will welcome you when you check in and show you around the cottage. She has a wealth of knowledge about activities in the area as well as the natural environment around Herons Return. Feel free to chat with her when she is out working on the garden.

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