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Spectacular casual Walk-On Waterfront with easy kayak and canoe access

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3-Bedroom, 2-Bath Vacation Retreat With Full Amenities, Spectacular Views

This property is nestled in near the end of a no-thru road in a very quiet residential neighborhood. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and tune in to the natural beauty all around you.

Paddle 30 minutes to the uninhabited island across the water and discover a beachcomber's paradise. Walk or bike the nearby trails. Drop in to a yoga class at the spa less than 5 minutes away, then relax in their pool, sauna and hot tub. Stay for dinner, or come back and cook in the well-appointed kitchen. Then relax by the firepit on the beach.

From paddling, golf, skiing, spas, wildlife viewing, to fine dining, galleries and museums, there really is something for everyone year-round.

Master bedroom with king-size bed, memory foam topper and fleece sheets. Two Queen bedrooms with memory foam mattress toppers and fleece sheets. Electric fireplace upstairs and in main floor bedroom adds a coziness without the hassle of firewood.

Double air mattress, and some great spots to tent summer. Thermoses, two coffeemakers, coolers, ice packs and picnic supplies.

Fully-equipped kitchen with all new appliances. Extra touches include condiments, herbs and spices, salt & pepper, and items like balsamic and red wine vinegars. Herb planter. Stunning sunrises and constant wildlife right outside the windows - from Eagles and Orcas to Sea Lions, porpoises, Great Blue Herons, otters, seals, deer, raccoons, chipmunks. Binoculars included.

Extensive library of local natural, historical and recreation information, local authors and a diverse selection of books for the avid reader. DVD library, games, art supplies, camera tripod, beach towels and beach blankets, firepit, weenie sticks. Oh yes, also a guitar, tuner, pick and capo for those who like to play around the campfire.

There is another vacation rental next door if you have a larger group:

vrbo # 684698

More Details

Donna Derrien
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

About Donna Derrien

After growing up at this beach house, I now live 10 minutes north. We love to spend time here year-round, and especially have fun with the swim float in summer. Renting the house to select vacationers allows us to continue to enjoy our own getaways here.

I have taken several years to paint, replace appliances and fixtures, and fill the house with everything you need for a cozy getaway. You will find comfortable furniture (I have a sturdy coffee table in the living room chosen specifically to allow you to put your feet up), very comfortable beds, ketchup and mustard in the frig, a well-stocked spice rack, several kinds of vinegar, an unbreakable garlic press, cheese grater, salad spinner, knife sharpener, Thermos (2), roasting pan, assorted teas, and even a share cupboard with birthday candles, extra cutlery, etc.

Donna Derrien purchased this house in 1974

Why Donna Derrien chose Courtenay

Unlimited opportunities for wildlife watching, kayaking, walking, cycling and running trails, relaxation and quiet reading. Easy access to excellent dining, two spas, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, several golf courses, local galleries and museums.

What makes this house unique

Guests in summer 2013 called the living room window 'our 10-foot-wide TV' as there was constant wildlife activity.

Old pilings in the intertidal zone are a magnet for all kinds of birds, especially cormorants drying their wings in winter, and a growing colony of purple martins in summer.

Two eagles, Helen and Harry, sit in their favorite perches on the property while watching over their domain.

There is a public boat launch about 3 minutes south. Launch your kayaks, SUPs or canoes right from the front lawn. it's just a 30-minute paddle to the ?Sandy Island Marine Park. 45 minutes to the Seal Islets or Henry Bay.

The (seasonal) swim float is a great summer destination! The surface is rubber playroom flooring, and the ladder allows you to climb aboard easily.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the use of your beautiful beach house and the extra bikes you brought for us! I enjoyed myself immensely and always love the opportunity to hang out with my terrific sisters.
Jun 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Courtenay in Comox-Strathcona A

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , on 2nd floor
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On ground floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Memory foam topper
    Bedroom 3 - ground floor - 1 Large Double Bed , electric fireplace, private sitting area, memory foam topper
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Memory foam topper
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private beach with firepit, weenie sticks, constant wildlife activity right outside the window. Great as a quiet retreat or as a base to explore the local area, both land and sea. Fine dining, world-class mountain biking, golf, spa, yoga, paddling and skiing are all nearby. Perfect for a group with varied interests. Spectacular sunrises and frequent wildlife photography opportunities. Camera tripod. Picnic essentials: soft-sided cooler, ice packs, thermoses (2), beach blankets, 2 hammocks tucked in wooded area of property.


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Spectacular casual Walk-On Waterfront with easy kayak and canoe access
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 67 reviews

Comfortable, family-friendly, and perfectly situated

  • 5 of 5

Just spent five days at this wonderful property for spring break. Paddling steps from the back door. Wildlife viewing from the huge picture window. New trails and beaches to explore every day. It was a wonderful getaway--and great for our family with plenty of space for the kids and grandparents alike. The property is comfortable and homey and definitely not fussy. Loved the fire pit out back. Our boys enjoyed having the downstairs and the "man fridge" to themselves.

And Donna was extremely responsive and friendly when we had a minor issue come up. One thing to note is that that the military performs rescue exercises out on the water - which is really cool to watch but also helpful to know (we called 911 when we saw an orange flare go up and were very relieved to find out there was no actual marine emergency underway).

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home Amazing views

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful home to rent. You will find it hard to find somewhere with such amazing views. Very comfortable and has everything you will need. Each time I looked around the house I found something new to look at. Very homely. A great base. Also extremely comfy beds!!! Will definitely be renting again

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect, relaxing home base!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at a lot of places on Vancouver Island and Donna's is our new favourite! Short drive to the ski slopes and central to everything the amazing Comox Valley has to offer. The house is comfortable and homey -- it has everything you need with no worries. Perfect relaxation! Our kids loved the games, ping pong table and being able to walk right onto the beach. The giant windows in the living room facing the sea meant there was never a dull moment...we especially enjoyed watching the sea lions swim past. Donna's communication was excellent. Can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb view and great accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

This very well equipped house for a small family has magnificent views of the straight and coastal mountains -- lots of marine wildlife! -- and is close to Strathcona Park. Truly enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Nice relaxing 😎 place by the ocean, love ❤️ everything, we definitely recommend this place , only 30-40 minutes to the top of Mountains

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing home with beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 nights just before New Years and went up to the ski hill. The place was excellent for the five of us. Well stocked kitchen, lots of space, lots of games and table tennis table! Donna was very communicative and the whole experience was very easy and comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kingfisher Spa Restaurant
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Nearest Beach
Private Waterfront
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Courtenay, Vancouver Island

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2018 high
15 May 2018 - 15 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £279.52
Tax Rate 5.0%

Most people choose to clean up and 'leave it as they found it,' or you can let us clean after you leave for a $150 fee.
CANCELLATION POLICY: 60 or more days before arrival, 100% refund of your deposit. Up to 30 days before arrival, 50% refund of your deposit. If less than 30 days before arrival, if I am able to rebook I may be able to return part of your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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