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“Same time...every year...”
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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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Beaner42
Victoria, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Same time...every year...”
Reviewed 7 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015

Our family lives in 3 different locations on Vancouver Island and we normally gather at one location during the holidays. This year we planned a pre-Christmas getaway in addition to our regular get together. We selected Departure Bay Beach House for its outragreous beachfront location, easy access to shopping, and fabulous amenities.

Upon arrival we were greeted with a beautiful wreath on the door and lovely boxes of chocolates. This set the perfect tone for starting the unwinding process with glases of wine, a cosy fire and watching the everchanging seascape.

When I say this house is well-equipped I am not kidding. The kitchen is so well stocked that even if you don't have a inkling of how to cook, you'll be thinking of recipes to concoct during your stay. Tons of glassware, utensils, cookware, serving dishes, and towels.

The four large bedrooms are so comfortable. Excellent mattresses, great bedding and well appointed. Bathrooms are stocked with all the towels youwill need. There are 2 bedrooms with ensuites and 2 bedrooms rooms share a large upstairs bathroom. There is also a powder room on the main, so for our group of seven this house was perfect.

We whiled away the mornings watching the storm, drinking coffee and playing games. And then we repeated the process during the afternoons, only this time with cocktails!

Our whole family appreciated this opportunity to vacation right on the island, and just before heading into the holiday frenzy. What a lovely way to reconnect, share memories, take lots of goofy photos, decorate a tree, eat more that was advisable, and generally bask in the warmth of each other love and attention.

The only downside...we felt the weekend was too short. So, next year we will book ourselves in for 3 or 4 nights.

This was a marvelous way to celebrate each other and enjoy the stunning West Coast weather without a lot of travel. Can't wait to do it again!!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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154943Ano...
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
“Thanksgiving on the ocean!”
Reviewed 12 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Our family hails from all over – Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, Vancouver, Lethbridge, Denver and Phoenix. This year our coin toss had us meeting in Nanaimo for Canadian Thanksgiving. Lucky us to find this great spot on the ocean with many wondrous sea critters to observe, great beach walks and soothing wave action for 4 nights of GREAT sleep. The house is spacious, well-appointed, sensational kitchen (even sharp knives!), good amenities, fabulous location and big enough to accommodate our group of 10 for a big family turkey dinner. We lacked for nothing. In fact we had an overabundance of everything. We added to our collective family memories with our stay at the Beach House. Many thumbs up from our clan.

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Liked best: Spaciousness and views
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Carole P
Los Gatos, California
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Look no further! Couldn't ask for more!”
Reviewed 13 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Looking for a fantastic rental on the water? Look no further. This is a new custom built home with a breathtaking view at a great price.

We are six women who have traveled together each year for decades. We wanted plenty of space, a fantastic view, loads of bedrooms/bathrooms (with at least one bedroom on the first floor), a well-equipped kitchen, and all the conveniences. We found the perfect home! And then some ...

The house is sunny, impeccably clean, the beds delightfully comfortable and the furnishings perfect for what we needed. Everything we could have wanted - even kayaks (though we never had time to use them).

Su, the owner, provided 5-star support, including everything from suggestions about ferries, sea plane rides and sites to see, to concierge service on our first night - a dinner for 6 (salmon of course!) awaiting us in the refrigerator, ready to cook. Within minutes of our arrival we were on the back porch sipping wine, watching the sunset, not a care in the world!

This home, and Su's gracious service, surpassed even our expectations - and we have very high standards. Thanks, Su, for a memorable vacation! - the "gal pals"

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Liked best: The view and owner Su!
Liked least: Loved it all!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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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 2 October 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 6 July 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
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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