VIBRANT EDGE OF NATURE ! Dolphin Beach Cottage is a spacious (1900 + square feet) three bedroom, two-bathroom waterfront cottage in the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO Biosphere Region of Vancouver Island. Unbelievably close to the sea and only steps down to the beach is a special place for a family vacation. It is nautical-themed and anchored in ancient volcanic rock with stunning views across Georgia Strait to the mountains on the mainland. Outdoor bar and firepit area overlook the rustic beach and ocean scenery. Located between Schooner Cove Marina and the Fairwinds Golf/Country Club, this is the perfect base from which to enjoy your Vancouver Island vacation. Take day trips to Victoria, a 2 hour drive or Long Beach/Tofino - 2.5 hours away or explore the many trails and biodiverse regions of the Mount Arrowsmith area. Although only 15-30 minutes from major shopping, theatres, and ferries in Nanaimo, the cottage is quiet and feels very remote as the beach is accessible by only a few houses on the bay. All the comforts of home are provided: fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, gas fireplace, TV with surround sound, Cable/DVD player/stereo, high-speed wireless internet, telephone, plus BBQ and patio furniture. Relax on the large deck and watch the wildlife, which includes plentiful deer, sea lions, herons, seals, otters, eagles, and occasionally, orcas, whales and dolphins. The living room overlooks the ocean with an entire wall of windows - the fireplace, TV and stereo are all conveniently located here. The dining room, with seating for 6, also looks out onto the incredible view. The master bedroom boasts views from floor to ceiling windows along one wall, a queen bed and an en-suite bathroom with a soaker tub and in-floor heating. The other sleeping areas are also on the lower level, both with queen beds. The second queen bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto a small deck that is just steps from the beach. The cozy third sleeping area has a pretty view onto the newly landscaped yard. There is an additional single bed in the loft overlooking the living room. This area can also serve as an office as there is a desk and Wi-Fi for your laptop. Schooner Cove Marina is only a 5 minute walk from the cottage. You can arrange to use our kayaks (one double and two singles) or book a tour to explore the area by boat. The small mall in Nanoose, a 5 minute drive away, has a fully stocked supermarket, gas station and post office. * Walking distance to Schooner Cove Marina and tennis courts. * Less than 1 km to the award-winning Fairwinds Golf and Country Club. * 10 minutes to the world class spa at Tigh-na-mara. * 15 minutes to Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville. * Fresh, locally-caught seafood is available a short drive away at French Creek Marina. * A few examples for short day excursions are: Cathedral Grove, Goats on the Roof at Coombs, Englishman River Falls, Qualicum Beach, Little Qualicum Falls, murals and live theatre in Chemainus. Keywords: Cottage, Oceanfront, View, Beach.
- Cottage1900 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
Watch the sea life from the beachfront deck overlooking the ocean!
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 17, 2018
About Gillian Smith
Born in Ontario, I never had much opportunity to explore the ocean. My partner, Wayne grew up in the Okanagan of British Columbia's interior. We moved to the coast, and made this magical place our home. We raised our two boys in beautiful Lions Bay, where we have lived for the past 20 years.
Gillian Smith purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Gillian Smith chose Regional District of Nanaimo
We hiked around Nanoose Bay one day while visiting Vancouver island, and we fell in love with the area. Abundant wildlife, fresh air, seaside, and natural setting inspired us to look for real estate. We saw the 'for sale' sign outside our home and immediately pulled-over. While stepping down to the beautiful sandy and rocky beach, I knew this was the place! We are collecting many wonderful family memories of the beach, spotting bald eagles, dolphins, orcas, deer in the yard, and sea lions on their feedings and swims.
What makes this Cottage unique
The deck overlooking the ocean was spectacular. Watching the tides come in and out, listening to the sound of waves while sleeping at night, spotting the shooting stars, is such a great experience. We love to be so close to the beautiful golf course and the wonderful natural setting. A most peaceful paradise cottage found!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This rental property has it all. The house is comfortable, spacious and is well maintained and well stocked to ensure this comfort. It is easy to keep clean.
What makes this property is the location. Every morning you are greeted with a spectacular view. You walk out to the patio with your coffee and start counting wild life. Seals, sea otters, eagles!
I would highly recommend this house!
Thank you Jean !
I hope to see you back again one day.
Simply gorgeous! Stunning location, beautiful home
Cottage beautifully located on a gentle bay overlooking the absolute waterfront beach with views to the mainland.
Pristine clean and private with a balcony to die for. Main bedroom best feature with absolute waterfront views, sleep to gentle lapping waves. Activities include kayaking, fire pit on waterfront, quiet table setting for reflection overlooking bay, wide life in abundance (deer, mink, orcas, seals). Recommended? - absolutely. We want to go back as soon as possible! Close by restaurants, shops, extensive walks along beaches and in provincial parks, and a marina to enjoy. Suzi and Don
A fabulous stay in a wonderful cottage!
What a fabulous place, thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. The cottage had everything you needed, plus more. It was in a fabulous location with lots to see right on your doorstep. We explored throughout the day and enjoyed our evenings on the decking watching the world go by. We drove to Victoria to visit the Butchart Gardens which took approx 2 hours by car. We saw lots of wildlife from the decking, seals, turkey vultures, humming birds, kingfisher, deer, raccoon, herons and even a glimpse of a whale. The communication from the owners was great right from the start which we very much appreciated. We would thoroughly recommend the cottage and would love to stay there again in the future.
Dolphin Beach Cottage!
DOLPHIN BEACH COTTAGE
We loved this house from the moment we walked through the door; then we walked out onto the deck – and, wow! What an amazing view – a view we couldn’t get enough of over the next two weeks. It was not just the vast panorama or “our” little cove that we loved; it was also the astonishing amount of wildlife we saw – whole families of deer, seals, mink, dolphin / orca (they were too far out to be certain), numerous birds including our resident heron!
Being in Nanoose Bay meant we had an excellent base from which to explore Vancouver Island – far and near.
First off was a trip down south – to Victoria and beyond. We enjoyed Victoria – particularly Inner Harbour and Beacon Hill Park. From Victoria we drove around the coast on the wonderful Scenic Drive, eventually ending up in Saanich from where we drove up Old West Saanich Road to visit a number of the wineries / distilleries to be found along that route. From there we continued on to Burchart Gardens, arriving at 3pm – a ideal time to get there! The gardens were a joy to visit, but that was only the beginning: we were treated to an excellent concert from about 6pm until the fireworks started at 9pm. (We deliberately timed our visit to Burchart Gardens for a Saturday so that we got to see the renowned fireworks display). And then it rained – the only rain we had in the entire two weeks we were on Vancouver Island. But Burchart Gardens were ready for that, providing lots of clear plastic umbrellas. It only added to the fun!
We had short trips – to Nanaimo, Parksville, Coombs, Qualicum Bay. And Rathtrevor Beach – which at low tide was an amazing experience.
Then we had longer trips – to Duncan / Cowichan Valley and Alberni Valley. Duncan, with all its totems, was well worth a visit though Cowichan Valley – in particular Cowichan Bay – was a bit of a disappointment. Alberni Valley was, on the other hand, a place I am glad we decided to visit. In Port Alberni itself we enjoyed Harbour Quay and Victoria Quay – though we didn’t see any bears! We visited Stamp Falls – didn’t seen any salmon! – and then spent the rest of the afternoon at Sproat Lake. This was an unexpected delight: a lakeside walk past wonderful beaches and lots of picnic tables – and the petroglyphs.
And Cathedral Grove on the way to Port Alberni was an incredible experience!
We also took a day trip to Whistler: the ferries were so easy to use and the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’ up to Whistler was very good.
a house with a view
We loved this house from the moment we walked through the front door; then we walked out onto the deck – and, wow! what an amazing view – a view we couldn’t get enough of over the next two weeks. It was not just the vast panorama or “our” little cove that we loved; it was also the astonishing amount of wildlife we saw – whole families of deer, seals, mink, dolphin, numerous birds including a resident heron!
We could sit in the sun all day on the wonderful deck and then, in the late afternoon, we could sit in the beautiful garden at the side.
There are so many things to love about this house – it is so well laid-out and so comfortable, with great views from the lounge, the dining room and the main bedroom.
The Cottage is so conveniently situated in Nanoose Bay; it meant we had an excellent base from which to explore Vancouver Island – far and near.
We had short trips – to Nanaimo, Parksville, Coombs, Qualicum Bay. And Rathtrevor Beach, which at low tide is an amazing experience.
Then we had longer trips – to Duncan / Cowichan Valley and Alberni Valley. Duncan, with all its totems, was well worth a visit. Alberni Valley was a place I am glad we decided to visit. Cathedral Grove on the way to Port Alberni was an incredible experience. We spent an afternoon at Sproat Lake – an unexpected delight: a lakeside walk past wonderful beaches.
We went to Victoria from where we drove around the coast on the wonderful Scenic Drive and on to Butchart Gardens. The gardens were a joy to visit. We were treated to an excellent concert from about 6pm until the fireworks started at 9pm – when it started to rain. But Butchart Gardens were ready for that, providing lots of clear plastic umbrellas. It only added to the fun!
We took a day trip to Whistler: the ferries were so easy to use and the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’ up to Whistler is a great road.
Of course, we also went shopping. We preferred Parksville to Nanaimo. For food shopping we found Thrifty in Parksville was good as was Save-on-Food in Nanaimo; but best of all – by a long way – was Eat Fresh in Parksville: we went there most days …
The excellently-equipped kitchen at Dolphin Beach Cottage allowed us to cook for ourselves most evenings – and we could sit out on the deck enjoying the amazing view and wonderful sunsets while eating!
So, a big ‘thank you’ Gillian and Wayne for allowing us to share their beautiful cottage, making it possible for us to enjoy all that we experienced while there.
Thank you kindly for the generous words! I'm delighted to hear you had a lovely trip and a comfortable stay at the cottage.
All the best!
Gillian and Wayne
Amazing oceanfront property
Our family and friends had an amazing time at Dolphin house. Everything was perfect the house is extremely well appointed and the location is stunning. The kayaks were a huge hit as we actually managed to catch a number of fish including a beautiful coho that we had for dinner.
I couldn't recommend staying at this home enough. Gillian even had a bottle of wine awaiting our arrival. This place is truely magical . Thank you
Sincerely: Mark Gilmore
Thank you for the kind remarks - I'm so pleased to hear you had a nice stay!