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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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.

Gillian Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

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 Vancouver Island

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a wonderful time at your cottage. It has everything anyone would need. We have so enjoyed the sea, the seals, sea lions and just yesterday an otter showed up in the bay. The Eagles and sea birds are delightful, and we have walked for miles at all the local trails, climbed Notch hill and even had a months membership at the Fairwinds gym.

All in all it has been a fabulous time, and sadly we leave early tomorrow.

If we don't return at some point in the future I am sure some of our friends will as we always share our experiences with them.

Thanks again.

Kind regards ,

Jan 2016
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Nanoose Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Tub with ocean view
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • 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).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.95 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jean ! I hope to see you back again one day. Kind regards, Gillian
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Amazing oceanfront property

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome beachfront cottage with everything you could ever need!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you kindly - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Best family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at vacation homes around the world, and I have to say that Dolphin Beach Cottage was the best of them all! It exceeded our expectations with its beautiful location and view, in its style, comfort, and cleanliness, and in the little comforts that were left for our convenience and enjoyment.

It is in a great location to explore the natural beauty of Vancouver Island and we were able to visit many provincial parks and special sites within an easy drive. It was always a treat to come home to such a beautiful view and look out for the cute little seal bobbing in the tide, or watch the resident eagles, herons and deer make their way around the property. We were thankful for the binoculars left around the cottage for better viewing of the wildlife, sea and mountains.

We are a family of four, and there was a space for all of us to have our own alone time, whether looking at the beach from the outside bar, sitting on the deck, or seated on the rocks by the fire pit. The beds were all comfortable, the kitchen stocked with essentials, the bathrooms were very well appointed. We had forgotten toothpaste, and were delighted to see a fresh travel tube available, along with a selection of soaps/shampoo. The laundry machines were modern and worked brilliantly! We tend to pack light and wash clothes in the week, so we were thrilled that the machines were in such excellent working order. Everthing in this cottage worked perfectly.

We didn't want to leave after our week-long stay, and all of us agreed that we would love to make this a regular family gathering place. This was our first visit to Vancouver Island, and we were stunned by the beauty of the mountains, lakes and majestic forests.

Thank you for the use of your special place, and for all of your thoughfulness in providing visitors with everything they could possibly need or want.


Christy, David, Andrew and Brian Bergheim

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing view, great cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here twice and plan on going back. The ocean view and wildlife are amazing and we love the rustic feel of the cottage but it still having all amenities.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture Perfect Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay, this is it! Great home, clean, spacious, well equipped and with outstanding views of the ocean. Abundant wild life, sea lions, seals and otters on view every day. Resident eagles in the trees across the bay, and miles of trails and beaches to walk.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Audrey, We hope to see you back again next year! Gillian
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Nearest Airport
39.9 Kilometres
Nanaimo Airport (YCD)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
22.3 Kilometres
Departure Bay
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Fairwinds Golf
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
110 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
Dolphin Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Nanoose Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Summer Rates
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $141.14
Damage Deposit $392.06

Additional cleaning fees may apply. Please contact owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.