3 Steps to The Beach/Oceanfront/ 2 br balcony view/ / Tranquil Getaway Retreats
About Taaja Kayler
As a former stewardess; model of over 30 years and runway confidence coach teaching women: the walk, the look, and how to own the room, Taaja on a whim, found herself in a "for sale" stunning beach house on Departure Bay. She set sail from West Vancouver, BC, bought the house and is now the vacation rental owner and operator of Randle House By The Sea. An unexpected dream come true! Her absolute love of cooking now offers her guests to taste some inspired breakfast alternatives and some updated oldies but goldies like her! Having traveled much of the world, Taaja is passionate about the myriad of exciting things to experience see, and do and the natural wonders right at home on beautiful Vancouver Island. Expanding our Vision of Randle House!!! Make Room For Blue : Spend one or multi-day retreats in 5-star getaway, bedrooms with ocean balcony views. Randle House by The Sea is perfect for Spiritual Facilitators and participants.
Taaja Kayler purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Taaja Kayler chose Departure Bay
My husband loves fishing. As a young family we often made trips to the Island, fishing, camping, touring and just getting away from the city. We would take the kids to our favourite place, Coombs. Huge ice cream cones, country grocery shopping, little stores of all kinds. Coombs fame came from having goats on the roof. The fabulous white dishes i serve my B&B guests from come from there. Fairly new, Cuckoos is without question the best Italian restaurant in western Canada. The famed outdoor terrace looks over a grassy field that plunges below to a little cabin and a few goats eating the greenery. Near Nanaimo is some great mushroom foraging. Mahle House will surely have a wild mushroom entree. A renowned restaurant, a short distance in the country is The Crow and Gate, an original English Pub with huge roaring real fire places loved by all our guests. We are so pleased we made so many, many little trips here with our children I never believed that I, a city girl would actually move to the Island, but I have never looked back. There is so much to do here and having moved from West Vancouver, I find I can go anywhere and be in the country, go on my bicycle to a local farm tucked in the city where I can pick up a dozen eggs or a fresh home grown chicken. The farmers markets are plentiful, all organic food. Other than Victoria, Naniamo is the cultural central of Vancouver Island.
What makes this Apartment unique
It was not hard to fall in love with this beautiful home. From the moment I stepped through the ivy arched entrance into a charming landscaped inner courtyard, themed in blossoms of pink, white and fuchsia, I was struck with its beauty. A Japanese maple spills over a cozy worn sitting bench. A bird bath and feeders with chickadees twittering about. This is an English Tudor style home with leaded glass windows, but built only 15 years ago. It sits facing the Salish Sea. Because Departure Bay is the most temperate area in all of Canada, I could see why this was a winter haven for the First Nations/Indigenous peoples and why they would spend their winters here on Departure Bay before moving on in the spring. Stories abound, and it is my desire to read, hear stories from some of the locals, and find out more about this area and its original inhabitants. Moving along the side of the house towards the ocean, I passed by an outdoor shower. Being a long distance swimmer, that was a wonderful surprise. I again was struck by the beauty of my new surroundings as I approached the front.....the breathtaking view of the Pacific ocean stretched out in front of me. Off in the short distance is Jessie Island and further beyond that Snake Island and beyond, the mountains of Garibaldi and Whistler. New Castle Island is across the bay and cradled in the dock was a BC ferry. I love them, they come and go ever so softly. We call them floating cupcakes, they gleam in the sun. On any given day you can get a completely different photograph of the ocean, sky and scenery. Every color of the rainbow and many different tones and feelings. Just far enough away and close enough to walk is Kin Park public beach. From our beach, you can swim to the barrel and back, a good exercise. There are 6 Adirondack chairs with foot stools, umbrellas, eating areas and a grassy area to take a nap or watch "National Geographic" unfold alive with nature. Truly, "Life at the Beach"
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful views, great property!
2 Day Tofino break
Clean and roomy apartment with everything we needed. Kitchen well equipped, bedding and bath towels great. Close to amenities and beaches and walking distance to Tofino. Apartment could just do with a few home touches eg lamps in the living room and rug on floor. Otherwise, great place!
Amazing Ocean View Suite!!!!!!
We had a Wonderful stay in this beautiful 2 bedroom suite with private entrance. Location and View of Departure Bay Is Amazing. We enjoyed walks on the beach and evenings sitting on the balcony. The Suite has everything you would need and more. Beds are very comfortable with luxury linings and everything was very clean and well maintained.
Also the hosts are very friendly and make you feel Welcome. Would highly recommend and would love to stay again.
Randle House by The Sea - Feb 1/19 - Mar31/19
My wife and I had a delightful two month stay in this lovely two bedroom self contained suite this winter ! The sunrises from the suite over Departure Bay were often breathtaking, and we were always just steps away from long enjoyable walks along the beach which boarders this property. Rare that one can be in such a beautiful oceanfront home and yet so conveniently centrally located.
The owners could not have been more friendly and supportive, anticipating our every need ! Thank you for this truly enjoyable stay.
Peter & Anthea
Thank you for the very lovely review. Thank you for highlighting the walks as well. Guests enjoy hearing about those outdoor possibilities As hosts we felt honoured to have you. A delightful couple. You left the suite spotless and ready for the next guests. We so enjoyed your two month stay, getting to know you, and hope to see back at Randle House in the future.
Excellent location. Kind and considerate owners.
Excellent location. Very well cared for property. Owners are very considerate of their guests. The view and walks on the beach are very enjoyable. The loft had everything we needed for a relaxing fall family vacation.
Thank you for the kind review.
We enjoyed having you as our winter guests.
Hope to see you again.
Beautiful property! The sweet is so cozy and the view is amazing!
The location is very central making it easy to see Victoria and Comox. The Host are super friendly and made us feel very welcome. Will be visiting again for sure!
Neck Point Park, Pipers Lagoon and the Nanaimo Harbour Seawall leading to fishernmen's docks, floating restaurants, and the small ferries to Newcastle Island and the Dinghy Dock Pub. Take a 20 minute ferry ride to Gabriola Island and walk through nature's spectacular Malaspina Galleries.
July is going to be a fun month in Nanaimo: Silly Boat Regatta
01 - Canada Day
08-10 - Nanaimo Marine Festival and World Championship Bathtub Race - July 23rd 11am sharp.
23-24 - Bathtub Days Street Fair
August - Vancouver Island Exhibition Summertime Blues!
01 British Columbia Day
10-20 Nanaimo Fringe Festival