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BEACHFRONT! DOLPHIN BEACH COTTAGE BY THE OCEAN - 1900+ SQ. FT. 3BD, 2 BT

Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
  • Cottage1900 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights

Watch the sea life from the beachfront deck overlooking the ocean!

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.

Owner

Gillian Smith

Member Since 2015
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 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!

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 twin/ single
      • One queen bed with ocean view, ensuite. One queen bed with sliding door to steps to beach. One queen bed in sleeping area (small room). One single bed in loft (perfect for children).

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, Tub with ocean view
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Beach View
            On the beachfront.
          • Beachfront
            Steps down to sandy and rocky beach.
          • Mountain View
            View of the coastal mountains.
          • Near The Ocean
            Waterfront with steps down to a semiprivate beach.
          • Ocean View
            Oceanfront cottage
          • Oceanfront
            Oceanfront cottage.
          • Resort
            Right in the midst of the Schooners Marina and Fairwinds Golf course.
          • Village
            Nanoose village has a full grocery store, and a few shops. Five minutes to small-town Parksville and 15 minutes drive to Nanaimo (Costco, etc).
          • Water View
            Oceanfront cottage on small cove with beach.
          • Waterfront
            Oceanfront cottage on small cove with beach.

            Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Fireplace
                        Gas fireplace
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        Free parking on site
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine

                        Kitchen

                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Spices included.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster

                            Dining

                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library

                                    Outside

                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        Fairwinds Golf
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis court within walking distance.

                                        Suitability

                                          • limited accessibility

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Fairwinds fitness center

                                                Attractions

                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • marina
                                                  • museums
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • water parks

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • photography
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • whale watching
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • golf privileges optional
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • parasailing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • wind-surfing

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                24 Reviews

                                                                Exceptional5/5

                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A fabulous stay in a wonderful cottage!

                                                                Emma H.

                                                                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!

                                                                gillian s.

                                                                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.

                                                                Simply gorgeous! Stunning location, beautiful home

                                                                Suzi H.

                                                                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 house with a view

                                                                Tony C.Surrey

                                                                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.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                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

                                                                mark g.

                                                                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

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Dear Mark,

                                                                Thank you for the kind remarks - I'm so pleased to hear you had a nice stay!

                                                                Warm regards,

                                                                Gillian

                                                                STUNNING!

                                                                gillian s.

                                                                Awesome beachfront cottage with everything you could ever need!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you kindly - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay!

                                                                Location

                                                                Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada

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                                                                Tax Rate
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                                                                Additional cleaning fees may apply. Please contact owner.

                                                                $316avg/night
                                                                24 Reviews
                                                                Exceptional 5/5
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