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Dave & Lorraine McAteer

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english

Escape to Nature, Driftwood Cottage by Sea & Forest (with Internet & WiFi)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of the Denman Island vacation cottage rental

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-11)

This is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of City life.

The property is very private, but offers all the amenities of home. The Cottage is well appointed sleeping 6 comfortably and more if needed. Just steps away to the beautiful beach and trees of Filongley Provincial Park. And as yet being so pristine and quiet, the cottage has all the amenities of living a completely connected life...if you wish, affording you the best of both worlds.

The place showcases natural Coastal BC at its finest and most pristine. The cottage is a stone's throw to the beach, where you can walk and explore for miles. Or pull up a piece of driftwood and gaze out to sea where there are seals and sea-lions and even occasional Orcas. As the tide goes out, there is a wonderful intertidal display of sea-life; There are sand dollars and sea anenomes and shellfish galore! (Remember your water shoes!) Or take a dip at high tide after the waters have been warmed by the sun heated sand and pebble beach.

The Cottage itself is wonderfully quaint and comfortable. It was hand-built over several years by a lovely German couple who intended on living there permanently. The woman was a fine carpenter and recognized for her artistic design. There is attention to detail everywhere. There are high ceilings in the living room and dining room/kitchen areas giving it an airy and spacious feel. It is completely shingled in red cedar and has a very West Coast appeal. There are large skylights and a multitude of windows ensuring ample natural daylight throughout. It is cheerful and bright all year round. The natural wood finishing is done with driftwood, and old farmhouse reclaimed wood. It is furnished with antiques and folk pieces, ensuring a wonderfully Island feel. For musicians and budding ones, there is a keyboard and old guitar to satisfy your creativity. The extensive wrap-round deck, allows for further outdoor enjoyment. You can have your meals on the porch, read your book, or have a round or two of cards and board games, which the cottage is stocked aplenty for.

For those who enjoy the wonders of the Pacific Rainforest, the cottage sits on the edge of a 70 acre park, with some ancient trees that are hundreds of years old. Adjacent walking trails take you from the cottage alongside the stream or up to the old Beadnell homestead meadow. There is always a place to find shade and to revel in the life that flourishes therein.

For Nature Lovers, you will be amazed at the nature-watching opportunities that abound on Denman Island. There are hummingbirds, sand-pipers, eagles and many other waterfoul and bird species to see. You often hear the hooting of an owl, the call of a loon, and the chirping of baby birds from the Cottage. The deer can be seen foraging for food, often at twilight, and the Eagles circle overhead. There are parts of Denman Island that are important to be conserved as they are home to distinct Butterfly populations. You often see blue, and yellow and other butterflies flitting in the garden.

For those who like to swim, fish, canoe or kayak in freshwater lakes, Denman is one of the luckiest of all the gulf Islands as it has two glorious lakes; Graham and Chickadee. As they are drinking water lakes, please protect the environment and kindly leave your soaps and body lotions at home.

For astronomers and star-gazers, there are often meteor showers in the summer months. So you can wish upon plenty of falling stars! If you go down to the beach, perhaps with beverages and flashlights in hand, you can see the moon rise over Hornby. Without the city lights, the stars, satellites, and Milky Way really ‘pop’ and are outstanding, even to the naked eye. You can even see them through the skylights of the cottage.

And then there are the Denman Community offerings. On Saturday mornings during the summer and on long-weekends there is a Farmers and Artists Outdoor Market at the old school on Denman Road. You can pick up local organic produce and plants, some jewelry or crafts, get your palm or tea leaves read, purchase some local preserves, or partake in some fresh cinnamon buns or other baked and home-cooked goodies, both sweet and savory.

Every Saturday on the same grounds, the Denman Island ‘Free’ Store for recycled household goods is open for those who like to search for treasures of all descriptions. Donations of unwanted clothing and household items, or spare change is very much appreciated. If you forget your book at home, you’ll likely find one there.

The Island is home to a multitude of artists, including world renowned potters, painters and authors who have events and classes regularly throughout the year. See Denman Island Tourism for more information.

Downtown Denman is quiet most weekdays, but can be quite the hub on weekends and in the summer months. It boasts an old General Store (currently expanding) with grocery staples, candy and ice-cream, some pharmacy items and a liquor store. There is also a small local museum, a hardware store, two galleries, a wonderful book and pottery store, a library, a DVD and eclectic jewelry/clothing store, a fantastic bread and pizza bakery, an artisan store, and two restaurants with delicious menus.

The Fall and, especially, the Christmas Fairs are not to be missed and host a multitude of Artisans from all over South-Western BC. You can find out more on Denman Island Tourism Sites.

All in all, the place is a wonderful retreat, and a peaceful escape, to find rest and relaxation, and to partake in the wonders of nature and healthy living. And yet, allowing you the comforts and amenities of home, with the ability to remain fully connected via high-speed internet and Wi Fi, should you wish to be . . .

Keywords: Beach, Ocean, Private, Cottage, Old Growth Forest, Lake, Pet friendly, Healing

More Details
  • long term renters welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Dave & Lorraine McAteer (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english


Eagle Spotting, bird and wildlife watching, Day tripping to Hornby and Vancouver Islands. Whale-watching.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Denman Island, British Columbia

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Shoulder Season
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 31 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$10 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$150

Our Standard Rates apply to the summer months and major holidays including Christmas, Easter and Spring Break

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Denman Island, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • cell phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom has two rooms: one with a clawfoot tub, pedistal sink and sprayer, and the other with the toilet. There is also an outdoor shower with moveable showerhead ideal for washing beach sand off of feet or paws.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master bedroom has a Queen size bed. Loft has a single & a double mattress. Living room has a double sofa bed and a small child futon in the form of a chair.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Blender, Grinder and Coffee Maker, Secondary fridge, Canoe, Open Kayak, funky outdoor shower, outdoor patio and furniture, firepit, private fenced & gated yard, double hammock, secondary toilet (Sunmar Composting) at back of property, steps to park and trail access,