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“Simply Superb”
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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39 reviews
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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David M
1 review
“Simply Superb”
Reviewed 31 August 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We had the most wonderful week at this home. Su was nothing short of phenomenally helpful in getting us settled in and even in helping us with a car rental problem we encountered on the drive up (moon roof stuck open - not ideal on Van Isle!)

We were a party of 7 that included a 3 yr old toddler, 11yr old, parents and grandparent. Everyone enjoyed their stay here and it really is a place suitable for all. It's hard to point out the best parts as everything is immaculate, well cared for and well organized. All bedrooms are extremely well furnished with their own unique characteristics. The kitchen and downstairs open plan is a wonderful central hive of activity and the upstairs (2nd lounge) is perfect with its elevated aspect over Departure Bay.

If you care about cleanliness then this is the place for you. The house has a brand new feel to it. We even tried to find the odd scuff or scrape here or there on the skirting board trim but couldn't! It really is immaculate. The house opens out onto a good sized patio that leads down a few short steps to the shingle beach. The sunrises and evening sunsets we had from here were lifetime memories that we will never forget. There is a small neighborhood park a few minutes walk away along which was great for some quick playtime with the kids. There are also a couple of grocery stores within a couple minutes drive to get all the essentials. Due to the location on this side of Nanaimo it is also a nice quick drive to get up to Piper's lagoon and Neck Point for an evening walk

A big selling point for several in our group was the ability to pay a little extra and use the 3 kayaks available at the property. This was something we took advantage of every day and Su has done a great job of keeping a well-stocked selection of PFD's paddles and gear to suit all types.

Any good vacation home can be judged by how likely you are to return and it's a given that we will be back to stay again. Su has very competitive rates given the quality of the accommodation and it's waterfront location and we couldn't recommend it highly enough. We have already suggested it to friends and other family members as the place to stay in Nanaimo. Can't wait to come again soon!

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Liked best: Views, cleanliness, kayaks,
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Large groups
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Management Response
1 Sep 2016
Hello David, WOW. What an absolutely incredible review! You touched on so many key points about the house and your stay. Your insights and observations are wonderful, not to mention helpful for those considering a vacation rental in the Nanaimo area. My dream-team cleaning ladies will be delighted with your review as every time someone mentions how clean they keep the house they get a cash bonus. I very much appreciate you taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. We would heartedly welcome you back to our home and hope that happens sooner than later. All the very best, Su G.
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lindaben1...
Wrexham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderful waterfront home”
Reviewed 6 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed at this wonderful home for 12 nights, When we arrived Su was there to meet us and show us around the house, It was just spectacular from the inside to the outside , we well and truly had everything and more in this home from beach towels to every kitchen appliance in the cupboards and drawers that you could possibly want, the beds and furniture were exquisite, it was such a large house and Su had gone to great lengths on buying the most wonderful items to furnish this home for people to enjoy and relax when they come for a holiday, even down to binoculars and shopping bags in the huge closet.
We loved the bikes and the kayaks at the house too, it was so lovely to just sit and look at the view for hours, We had lovely BBQS and watched the float planes and ferries come and go this home was simply wonderful so don't hesitate about it , JUST BOOK IT I just want to end by saying that Su had gone above and beyond with this home and she was so very responsive to our question and need too, and made recommendations on a few things for us which was great too.
Bennett family
Wales UK

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Liked best: Asolutely everything
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
7 Aug 2016
Dear Linda, This is a truly lovely review. Thank you so very much. It was lots of fun talking to you via email over the year prior to your arrival. I enjoyed meeting Ian and your girls. I am delighted our house proved to be a sanctuary for your family while visiting Vancouver Island from Wales. I got a smile from ear to ear reading what you said especially given Ian became a master BBQ’er during your stay. We would welcome you back with open arms should you ever come back to BC which I think is a very real possibility. All the best, Su G.
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MaataL
Kansas
1 review
“Perfect beachfront home!”
Reviewed 13 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This is our second experience staying in one of Su's beautiful beachfront homes in Departure Bay. Not only is she a fabulous host and goes above and beyond to assist with every detail, she has stocked her homes perfectly to accommodate our every need. She is the best I have ever experienced. Her homes are comfortable, spacious, clean, organized, and have all the amenities to make your vacation feel perfect! We highly recommend her homes without hesitation! This particular home has very roomy bedrooms, bathrooms, and living room space. It also features fabulous decks in the front and the back. You walk right out the door to go kayaking and view the ferries coming and going. Su doesn't skimp at all on quality. Everything is high quality from the floors, to the windows, to the kitchen appliances and tools. She stocks the home as if you were living there permanently!

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Liked best: Location and comfort of the home
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
14 Jun 2016
Hello Ma'ata & Sean, It is always a sincere pleasure to have you as our guests. You fill up our two homes with laughter and love. We always appreciate your positive comments to your friends and family while you are in residence. As well, on both occasions that you have stayed with us you have left our homes in exquisite shape. You are 5 stars guests and we would welcome you back in a heart beat. Hope to see you soon. All the best, SuG
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Eugene A
2 reviews
“Absolutely awesome house”
Reviewed 3 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

I have a lot of experience in managing short term rentals and I also stayed at such places with my family many times. This house is by far the best I have ever been to.

First of all the house is located literally next to the water. Our kids played outside all the time.
I don't think you can think of a better location. Just have a drink, take a seat on the couch and just watch the water and relax.....

Second, this house is insanely (in a good way) over equipped. There are plenty of dishes, towels, cutlery, two coffee machines, laundry, TV's (yes, with all channels enabled).

The house is new and it feels new. I am also involved in real estate development, so I noticed that this house was built to the highest standard. This is very bright house with a lot of windows, letting you see the water from all over the house.

Sometimes you stay at places that you can feel that the place is only for the rental purposes. Such houses lack the "touch" and the owners don't invest in them much.
Not this house!!! This house has highest quality furniture, carpets, windows, appliances ... what not?
The beds are so good - you just sleep like a baby.

Now, a special point about the cleanliness in the house: I have absolutely no idea how the owner keeps the house SO clean. When we checked in, the house was in immaculate condition.

We will definitely come back and I already recommended this place to my friends.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
4 May 2016
Dear Eugene & family, It was an absolutely pleasure to have you as our guests. I am in awe of the things you noted and have commented on about your stay. Thank you most kindly for your wonderful review. You have made my day to know what an impression our home made on you. And as you are “in the business” it meant even more. We would welcome you back most heartedly. Thank you in advance for your kind referrals. All the best, Su Grimmer
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Otterlake...
Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
“Excellent home with a perfect view”
Reviewed 27 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016

The house is just as described, it is just like being at home. The kitchen has everything you might need to cook for a family of eight. The ocean view was so wonderful there was always something to see. The telescope upstairs was a wonderful touch one of the husbands was the harbour master by the time we left. We stayed 3 wonderful days and nights. Su was wonderful to work with and went beyond the call of duty in helping us to find a B&B for extra family. We would recommend Departure Bay beach house to anyone. It was a wonderful holiday in a wonderful location.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
28 Mar 2016
Dear Sandra, Thank you so much for this most gracious review. I totally enjoyed helping you plan and set-up your family reunion. You filled our house with lots of love & laughter. We hope to have you back with us for your next reunion whenever that may take place. All the best, Su G.
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