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Ultimate Privacy on the Lake! Boat/ Kayak Launch and Hot Tub!

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K'was Lake House rests on a sun drenched cliff 30 metres above Hague Lake.


Last updated: 01/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Castle
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Cortesian Hippy Dream Dwelling above Hague Lake

*** Our listing is seasonal and is available at select times during the winter season. Please inquire if you would like to stay during the winter. Summer 2017 bookings are now beginning to roll in, so we recommend booking early for specific, non-flexible dates.

UPDATE: In addition, this year we are installing a cedar hot tub that will be available for guest use. It is being installed adjacent to the main deck. Down by the waterfront we are installing a 6 x10ft dock that will allow for more easeful water access.

Part hippy palace, part work of art, part throwback to summer camp (with a dash of Cortes-quirk) the house embodies the refined yet rustic experience of Cortes island.

At a glance:
K'was lake house:
Architectural gem: 1800 sq ft, 4 bedrooms
2 tile showers, 1 clawfoot tub
Chef's kitchen with high quality appliances, wolf range, large assortment of high quality cookware
Large cedar decks with gorgeous view
Bedrooms: queen in master, double and child single in 2nd, lofted single bed in child's treehouse room in 3rd, single bed in 4th. Additional queen on first level adjacent to kitchen, optional queen foam futon on outdoor sleeping tent.

The longer story- k'was lake house:
Built over many years by artist and woodworker pierre detrey, the house is a unique window into the island’s eclectic style. The incredible architectural details provide a unique example of northwest coast craftsman style as it was emerging in the late 1970s. The attention to detail and artistry in every corner of the house is amazing to the observant and inspiring to the artistic. The house possesses a soul that dances with both its inhabitants and the surrounding landscape.
Kwas' lake house is about combining the benefits of simplicity with the comforts and conveniences you don't want to leave behind. The house is 1800 sq. Ft. And can sleep up to 8 people in 4 private bedrooms and optional tent with mattress on the floating deck. It features a very well stocked chef's kitchen with stainless appliances and a wolf propane range. And, just in case that rare rainy day should come in summer, fear not! We have a library of books, games, and art supplies, as well as some old school/ new school media options- (think vhs, mix-tapes, wi-fi, and a piano).

PLEASE NOTE: Our space is not necessarily ideal for families with very young children (under 4 yrs.) or those traveling with alter-abled people or the elderly. The beach access is a bit rocky and the trails around the house are very steep. The house is currently not wheelchair accessible or ADA Friendly.
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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, We are conversational Spanish speakers
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/28/2017

Property Type

  • Castle
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is fine outdoors in designated areas, please be aware of fire hazard....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    1st floor is wheelchair accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books
  • Games


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Festivals

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront:

    Small sand beach boat access on beautiful Hague Lake. Beach access adjacent to the orchard....moreless

  • Village:

    Near the village of Manson's Landing...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Max 8 people, set up for 4-6. Additional leaves....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    In paved driveway....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Unlimited North America calling....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We do not provide beach towels, but do provide all other linens....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Brand new, large capacity...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood fired boiler radiant heat is available in the off season to longer terms renters. Summertime, when necessary, water boiler is heated via electricity....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press and Drip Machine. Complementary bag of local coffee on arrival....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough to feed 8....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Blomberg stainless...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full assortment of high quality cookware, eclectic dishware, stunning lake view....moreless

  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, oil, some condiments....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Fisher Paykel - stainless fridge with bottom freezer, 13 cu ft....moreless

  • Stove:

    Porpane Wolf Range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Boat:

    4 person inflatable boat and launch available for use....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Organic vegetable garden....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Life jackets and other water gear available, please inquire....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    This year we have installed a hot tub adjacent to the upper deck near the house on the cliff above the lake. ...moreless

  • Sauna:

    Sauna is available via pre arranging with owners to schedule date and time....moreless



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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning fee $190.78 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $381.55
  • Tax Rate 10%


No hidden charges, weekly rate plus cleaning fee.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 01/28/2017
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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: We are a family of six - Dad (Caleb), Mom (Jeramie), and kids AGES 10,5,3,and 1 who are the caretakers of our family's retreat property on Cortes Island. We are east coast natives who have planted west coast roots. We live on beautiful Orcas Island, WA. We are available to help you craft the perfect getaway- be it a romantic escape, a family wilderness adventure, a writing sabbatical, a digital detox, or simply a time for total relaxation. We welcome you to reach out to us to help make your visit as special as possible.

Why the Owner Chose Mansons Landing, BC, Canada:
It is simply magic. The home is a living, breathing work of art. It is situated in an incredibly private spot on one of the most beautiful lakes in Coastal British columbia known for its warm and clear waters. The property encompasses the cliffside, a high bluff with meditation circle, coastal forest, and boat launch on the lakefront. For us, this property is an intergenerational treasure. We feel blessed to be able to caretake this land and to protect its unique structures, style, and ecosystems and to share our love of this place with our visitors.

The Unique Benefits at this Castle:
K'was lake house is exceptionally located to access all that Cortes Island has to offer while still enjoying maximum privacy. The island offers a wide range of wonderful adventures for the whole family. Our family loves the beaches, forests, and festivals that abound. The property is within walking distance to a variety of wonderful public beaches and forests. Manson's lagoon is one of our children's favorite places for an afternoon adventure of creature finding and warm water swimming. The manson's landing provincial park (adjacent to the lagoon) provides and awesome spot for long walks and watching the sunset. The seaplane also lands here on a regular basis during the summer. K'was park is directly adjacent to the property The small town of manson's is also within walking and biking distance (about 15 minutes by foot). Here you will find a general store with basic amenities, manson's community hall- host to the farmer's market and weekly community events, and the cortes natural food co-op. A short drive from the house you will find these other island favorites: Hank's beach Gorge harbour marina Whaletown commons Hollyhock retreat center Nestled at the entrance to enchanting desolation sound, cortes lies at the edge of the vast coastal wilderness. With diverse recreation options as well as tranquility and peace, there’s plenty to discover.

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Speaks: english, We are conversational Spanish speakers
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/28/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • K'was Lake House rests on a sun drenched cliff 30 metres above Hague Lake.

    K'was Lake House rests on a sun drenched cliff 30 metres above Hague Lake.

  • Welcome, the front door.

    Welcome, the front door.

  • Kitchen with new appliances, note woodwork.

    Kitchen with new appliances, note woodwork.

  • Open floor plan. Yellow cedar stairs lead to bedrooms upstairs.

    Open floor plan. Yellow cedar stairs lead to bedrooms upstairs.

  • Master bedroom, with toddler "nook bed

    Master bedroom, with toddler "nook bed

  • Clawfoot tub with skylight

    Clawfoot tub with skylight

  • Expansive deck. Outdoor seating and barbecue provided.

    Expansive deck. Outdoor seating and barbecue provided.

  • From the lake

    From the lake

  • View from the kitchen sink.

    View from the kitchen sink.

  • From the dining table.

    From the dining table.

  • Views abound from the many windows.

    Views abound from the many windows.

  • Stone chimney throne.

    Stone chimney throne.

  • Sunset on the upper deck.

    Sunset on the upper deck.

  • Hobbit House, exterior view.

    Hobbit House, exterior view.

  • Mossy bluffs surrounding the house.

    Mossy bluffs surrounding the house.

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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