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Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 280 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Japanese-inspired Cottage With Garden Views. Comfortable Queen Bed

Welcome to North Star Cottage! Imagine yourself in a cozy storybook cottage with fir floors, shiplap ceilings and lots of custom wood touches. There’s a wonderfully comfortable bed, a well-supplied kitchen, and a wicker loveseat on a covered porch where you can look out into the unique country garden. Or, if you prefer, go and sit your own private garden: there’s sun beside the roses or shade under a big cedar. You’ll be comfortable here. Discover walking trails right from the property, which backs onto a park. It’s easy to get to everywhere on the island from your central location.

The one room cottage and surrounding gardens have been created by a professional carpenter and a passionate gardener. It is sunny, quiet and private. Guests call it, ""a sanctuary."

You'll find the kitchen fully equipped with complimentary touches like an assortment of teas and good olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

The linens on the queen bed are luxurious. There’s comfortable seating, a reading light, a stereo, and a library. For those coming for a writing retreat, there’s a typing chair and a custom made desk.

When you want to go for a walk, you don’t even have to take a car! There are a number of trails accessible right from the property. The main house is a hundred feet from the cottage and the owners live on site. They are available to answer questions.

Outside of the cottage, on the porch, is a Weber gas barbeque. On the other side is a comfy wicker loveseat. There’s a private outdoor seating area with glass-topped table and chairs.

The property is fenced so it is safe for a quiet, friendly dog.

It takes two minutes to drive to the ocean at Medicine Beach, to the swimming area at Magic Lake, or the Slow Coast Cafe above Medicine Beach. It's five minutes drive to the Driftwood Center to buy groceries, fifteen minutes to the ferry, the library, the Nu-to-You thrift store, or Philly's Diner at Hope Bay.

We are eco-friendly, with a small footprint on a large lot. The property has a pond and a wetland. Plantings have been designed by a landscape architect. Many are bird and butterfly friendly, and fragrant. We use micro-irrigation and water-saving fixtures.

More Details

Owner
Garnet Coburn
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

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 a writer, a retired university professor, and a proud crew member of the Pender Island Search and Rescue boat, Station 20.

Kira, our Golden Doodle, is responsible for general goofiness around the place.

Garnet Coburn purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Garnet Coburn chose 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.

Amenities

Pender Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 280 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Studio with queen size bed
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
Notes:
Pender Island has a sub-Mediterranean climate. It features open farmland, rolling forested hills, several lakes and small mountains, as well as many coves and beaches. The cottage is two minutes drive from refreshing swimming at Magic Lake

Reviews

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Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
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5

Very cozy place

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great stay at the cottage with our dog. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice location, excellent value, friendly owners (and dog too)

  • 5 of 5

Pretty much as the title says!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Adam, when you feel the need to decompress we will be here. Cheers garnet
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5

Best little Cottage Stay- EVER!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved staying at North Star! It's a beautiful compact cottage set in a beautiful garden with everything you need as a base to see Pender Island! The bed was very comfy, and the kitchenette had all the basics, and then some*! :) Garnet & Zoe were so very welcoming. We'll be sure to be returning in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A sweet little cabin on a lovely property on beautiful Pender Island.

  • 4 of 5

We loved the little cottage. Garnet and Zoey were discreet but pleasant hosts, and Keira the dog was very friendly. As a bonus, the cabin had many interesting and varied types of books. There is no freezer - just a small fridge, but otherwise it had everything we needed. Pender is peaceful and beautiful. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely spot, wonderful space and very helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Zoe and Garnet for such a nice week. We very much enjoyed the cabin and found it met all our needs. It was wonderful being able to bring our Great Dane with us and have her romp about with Keira. We also very much appreciated the advice from you both on hiking trails, beaches, lookouts and the Sea Star winery. Thanks again and we hope to return!

Cari and Jim

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Cari and Jim: your cheque is in the mail. Cheers Garnet
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5

Peaceful Perfection

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our stay at the cottage!! It was secluded but still close to shops and restaurants, so we really loved the peaceful relaxation. It was exactly what we needed!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Victoria
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Port Browning Pub
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Otter Bay
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Disc Golf Course
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Victoria
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Pat Bay Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Slow Coast Cafe
Nearest Ski
200 Miles
Vancouver Island
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Medicine Beach
Car: recommended

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!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $27.42

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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