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“6 THUMBS UP! (2 from each of us)”
Stunning custom designed home & private gardens on the ocean in Departure Bay
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Stunning custom designed home & private gardens on the ocean in Departure Bay
Oceanfront with views on both levels
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Stunning custom designed home & private gardens on the ocean in Departure Bay
Oceanfront with views on both levels
Front door to main house and access to the ocean front patio
Enjoy your morning coffee from the upper deck with a gorgeous view
Your sunrise as the house faces east
Your beach directly in front of the house
Your view from the kitchen into living room, dining room and the ocean
The convivial gourmet kitchen and bar seating for 4 people
The open kitchen has views of the ocean. The dining room has seating for 8 to 10 people.
A large gas fireplace warms the living room. Gorgeous views from every angle.
This is Octavia the octopus, our house mascot. This picture was taken by our guest Michelle.
The dining area can easily seat between 8-10 people
The main floor master bedroom has a king bed, large walk-in closet, huge private ensuite bathroom
The main floor master has views of the ocean while lying in bed
Main floor master ensuite bathroom with soaker tub and shower
Upper level family room & office - amazing views!
Upper level family room with a big gas fireplace and ocean views
Upper level master bedroom with queen and access to private deck
Upper level master bedroom with queen bed and private ensuite bathroom
Upper level master bedroom privatge ensuite bathroom with large walk-in shower
Upper level bedroom with two double beds and gorgeous ocean views
Upper level bedroom with two double beds, its own TV and lots of closet space
Upper level main bathroom - share by two bedrooms
Upper bedroom with queen bed and access to a private deck
Your protected private back deck for sunny afternoons
Large capacity Magtag washer & dryer
The house faces east so the sun rise is spectacular
Winter on the ocean is just a beautiful as the summer
A walk along Departure Bay in the winter - this was taken in February 2014
One of our resident otters after a successful fishing trip
Another gorgeous sun rise on Departure Bay
An incoming BC Ferry and a larger cargo tanker awaiting a mooring spot in Vancouver
There is great fishing to be had in the area. We can direct you to a good local fishing guides
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Holiday Rental House -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Robyn H
Lethbridge, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“6 THUMBS UP! (2 from each of us)”
Reviewed October 2, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

For years us three cousins have wanted to do a gals holiday and boy did we find the best place to have it.

This house exudes elegance and tranquility. We spent many hours just sitting (inside and out) watching the ferries, fishermen, birds and seals. (That’s a big treat for prairie women.) A few steps down from the patio and you’re in the water.

As for the inside you will want for nothing. Once again first class. Su has a team that has it spotless for your arrival. You can tell that she has made sure to think of everything you might need for a pleasant stay. (For us it was the wine glasses.....apologizes to the liquor store in the nearby Country Club Mall for the drop in sales since we left.)

It was absolutely a top notch holiday for all of us and we couldn’t have had a better time. Thank you.

PS I didn’t need to add pictures as the ones on Su’s website pretty much covers it all and are accurate.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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msjjbean
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Excellent location, great experience with the host, highly recommended!”
Reviewed July 5, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

The whole experience is a 5++ star review. Everything was exactly as shown in the online photos - beautiful, clean, tidy and equipped including the bikes and kayaks. Given the quality of the house and location, this is definitely a hidden gem for people of all ages and there is ample space for its 8-guest capacity for sure.

We rented this wonderful house for our vacation and wedding and couldn't have asked for more. It is an above-5 star review simply because Su, the host, has helped beyond a regular host-guest interaction. She provided excellent referrals to various vendors around town. Su responded timely, thoughtfully and professionally, and was also helpful in re-directing a package that was delivered after we had checked out.

Thanks for the wonderful vacation Su!

- Edward & Jean

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Liked best: Its location and how equipped the house is.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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colinmH31...
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Simply Stunning”
Reviewed June 23, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

I thought this rental looked really good from the description and photos on vrbo but the reality was much better, even spectacular. The house had everything you would expect and much more. It's location is to die for and convenient for ferry terminal. The 8 adults in our group and were able to enjoy the house in fabulous comfort, indeed I even got a hug from one of our group for making such a fabulous choice. Wow! Would most certainly recommend this one!!! Nice welcome pack too! Su was delightful to deal with making arrangements, nothing was too much trouble with lots of little tips for discerning travellers

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Liked best: Views and space
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
26 Jun 2015
Colin, Thank you so much for this kind review. It was our pleasure to host your group from Scotland. We are happy you chose our home in Nanaimo as your final destination on the last leg of your grand tour of Alberta and BC. All the best, Su G.
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shannon69...
Surrey, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the very best....”
Reviewed June 6, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Myself, and my oldest and dearest friends get together every year for a week and we've been renting houses on the West Coast for the last 12 years. This house ranks right up there with the very best of them. The mornings spent on the patio enjoying the view were the perfect way to start the day. The house is stocked with everything you could possibly want and is impeccably clean. We were treated to delicious pastries on our first day and it was just one of many touches that made it feel like home. The bedrooms were very comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked and has everything you could need to cook a beautiful meal. It is centrally located and made for quick trips to just about anything we could think to do...walks....shopping....restaurants...etc. Su is fantastic to deal with and we definitely plan on another stay next year.

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Liked best: The magnificent setting.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
7 Jun 2015
Shannon, thank you so very much for this wonderful review. You ladies were a delight to have as our guests and we would welcome you back in a heart beat. Hope to see you next year. All the best, Su & team
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Terri W
Fort McMurray, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A piece of the island that is spectacular”
Reviewed May 13, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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This beautifully laid out house, suited all our needs. From comfortable rooms for the grandchildren to nap to BBQing & walks on the beach. Having MS, the main floor worked out perfectly, right out to the patio area to enjoy the soothing ocean view. There is so much to watch from the patios - wildlife, boats & planes.
This will make the memories from this very important life event even more memorable.

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Liked best: The comfort & scenery
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
14 May 2015
Hello Terri, Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to host your family group at our house. That our home played a role in bringing your family together for such a special gathering was indeed a pleasure. We hope to have you back with us again. All the best. Su G.
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JoCurtis6...
Rotorua, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Film Crew from New Zealand - House with the "Wow Factor"”
Reviewed April 15, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I organised the house for our crew of four men who were filming on Vancouver Island. I found dealing with Su (home owner) very personable, yet professional. She continued to keep in contact via email or phone quickly & efficiently every step of the way.
Being that the men had traveled 1/2 way across the world they certainly did appreciate the beautiful view from the house, the luxury & comfort of the house, & the personal touch of having little pastries for when they arrived. (Nice surprise for the men. Thank you Su)
After long days of working / filming, they said it was blissful to arrive back at the house & relax.
It was big enough that it allowed each of them space to retreat to at the end of the day.
They enjoyed this house so much so that they phoned me back in New Zealand to thank me for booking the house.

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Liked best: Quality chattels, scenic views, modern home
Travelling group: Other
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Management Response
16 Apr 2015
Jo, It was our pleasure to host your film crew. I smiled from ear to ear when you called me from New Zealand to fill me in on the "wow" comments from the men when they arrived at the house. We are also happy to hear that their long days of filming proved fruitful and that they captured all of the footage they had hope to. NZ is a long way, but we'd love to have you back with us one day. All the best. Su G.
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Andrew M
Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
““ROMANCE on the BAY””
Reviewed February 16, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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A Romantic Valentine’s escape from Victoria, BC to Departure Bay Nanaimo. This was a surprise getaway!
That is how I planned and executed it with the help of our host Su.
With the help of Su, I arranged beautiful flowers and a bottle of Champagne for my partner waiting for us at the house. There was spa music coming from all the monitors, both fireplaces were softly burning, and the soaker tub primed with bubbles. (Su had thought of everything!)
We went for great walks on the beach, two local parks, a short distance from our weekend retreat. We watched eagles in the bay, and otters frolicking in front of the house during breakfast.
I can only say that I scored BIG points this year.
We even went kayaking from the house with the kayaks that are available.
If you want to do it right next Valentine's Day, you better plan this place early.
This well maintained and meticulous house was a dream come true!

Thanks for everything … ;-))

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Your age range 35-49
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