Japanese-inspired Cottage With Garden Views. Comfortable Queen Bed
About Garnet Coburn
Garnet designed and built the cottage and the (slightly) bigger main house himself. Now retired, he was a carpenter for forty years. Zoe is responsible for the gardens. As Garnet was building the main house, she was planting trees. She is an author and a retired university professor. Kira, our Golden Doodle, is responsible for general goofiness around the place.
Garnet Coburn purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Garnet Coburn chose North Pender Island
We bought this as an undeveloped lot with a vision in mind. This property is south-facing, so we get lots of sun. It's level, though it's level in three different plateaus. Most of the lots on Pender are very steep. We wanted to have one-storey, low to the ground Japanese-feeling buildings. We loved the amount of light this place gets, and the privacy. It was also important to have a place that allowed for a garden. The level areas allowed this. It's been an enormous pleasure to over the years, bring our vision of this place closer to fruition.
What makes this Cottage unique
It's parkland directly below us. It meant a lot to us that we could head off with the dog for an hour-long walk without taking a vehicle anywhere. We also fell in love with our sunny clearing on the edge of a cliff and with the sight of the fir trees etched against the sky. The buildings are oriented south to take maximum advantage to the light. Guests tell us they enjoy how peaceful it is and how relaxed they feel hanging out on the loveseat on the porch overlooking the gardens. The Weber gas bbq is much-used by guests. You'll find North Star cottage very central for exploring the island. Travellers with dogs will be glad to know that our place is fenced and your dog is quite safe in the yard. House Rules No smoking in the cottage. Please make sure to park in the parking spot and leave the driveway clear. One of your hosts is a first responder with the marine search and rescue unit and may need to respond to a callout. Please check with us if you have a pet. It must be able to get along with other dogs, not menace people, and be quiet. For people who bring dogs, especially rescue dogs, be aware that unless you can guarantee your dog will remain silent, we will require you to take your animal with you on outings. We absolutely cannot have a howling dog in the cottage.
Children not allowed
Pets allowed - Quiet, friendly dogs. Up to date flea treatment. Quiet, friendly dogs. Up to date flea treatment.
No smoking - Smoking outside onlySmoking outside only
Max guests: 2
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great place to stay
Nice quite little cottage close to town, disc golf and a lot of trails. Would recommend 👍
This cottage is adorable and cozy with a Japanese style as standing next to the cottage is a beautiful cherry blossom tree. We enjoyed the porch to sit in the sunshine and view the little woodpecker up in the tree. It was very quiet and had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. There are gorgeous hiking trails in the area and restaurants and beaches close by. We even brought our little pug Winston who loves it and the owner dog Kira.
Zoe is a lovely lady who owns the home in front and her husband built the cottage.
We can’t wait to go back.
Thank you so much.
Pender Island Cottage
Cozy quality rental
Like any small studio rental (for some of us renters) peace of mind can come down to the efficiency of the refrigerator and whether all windows have blinds.
Pender Island Setting
Nice and neat, well landscaped, very nice property
Pender Island in the southern Gulf Islands is located between Vancouver and Victoria. It's a 40 minute ferry trip from Victoria and two hours from Vancouver.
The island is hilly and treed with open rolling fields. Residents tend to be very ecologically conscious, with a high number of artists, writers, and craftspeople.
Many walking trails are accessible right from North Star Cottage. There are also great hikes and beaches to explore. Pender Island has the most public access to the ocean of any of the Gulf Islands. Trails are well marked. It’s possible to rent kayaks at several locations. Gowland Beach on South Pender is a must-visit.
A trip to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday is always worthwhile; there are many fine artisans and delicious fresh-made treats available. There are good restaurants on the island. On Fridays and Saturdays, a trip to Nu to You, the local community thrift store is excellent fun; you never know what treasure you might walk away with!