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

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

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. 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, otters, 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 shingled in red cedar and has a very West Coast appeal. There are large skylights and a multitude of windows ensuring ample natural daylight and fresh airflow 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 upright piano 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, the chirping of baby birds, as well as the call of peacocks 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 with grocery staples, candy and ice-cream, some pharmacy items and a liquor store. There is also a small local museum, a hardware store, an art gallery, a wonderful book and pottery store, a library, a bistro with an amazing selection of teas from around the world, not to mention delicious baked goods, a coffee shop in the back of the hardware store, an outdoor barbeque grill restaurant, an art and craft store offering local artisan fare.

The Fall and, especially, the Christmas Faires 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 Internet and Wi Fi, should you wish to be . . .

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

More Details

Dave & Lorraine McAteer
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Dave & Lorraine McAteer

Busy family of 4, I work at TELUS, my wife has her own Counselling Business. Two children complete us, ages 23 & 19, girl & boy.

Dave & Lorraine McAteer purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Dave & Lorraine McAteer chose Denman Island

We've explored many if not all of the Gulf Islands in search of the perfect place and we found it here on Denman Isle. We believe you will absolutely love it too!

What makes this cottage unique

Enjoy morning coffee either on the wood deck or stroll down to the beach for a view and the smell of the fresh salt air.

Beautiful old growth trees and natural wildlife abound.

Steps to ocean and beachcombing.

Community of artisans.

Two pristine Lakes, delightful to swim in.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Each moment of the year has its own beauty . . . a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have spent a quiet week in this wonderfully bright cabin surrounded by fir trees and a lovely garden with dragonflies, birdsong, and the salt air of the nearby sea. The accommodation offers all that you could need or hope for; it is modern, clean, cozy and well-appointed. Serene is the first word that comes to mind as I try to think about how to describe this place and our time on Denman Island. There is a provincial park across the street for lovely walks and the beach is just a two minute stroll from the front door. In the early morning you can watch clams shooting water in the air by the hundreds and listen to the gentle lapping of the water upon the shore as you sit on large pieces of driftwood in the sand. We have seen seals, eagles, deer, and all sorts of birds; it is a place of great beauty and deep quiet. Many thanks to our hosts for sharing such a lovely spot with guests. We would love to return some day…

Jill M and Richard L
Aug 2011
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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
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • To avoid extra cleaning fee's please leave the place as you find it.
  • Please no food or drinks in the loft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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
  • 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 a Speakman showerhead ideal for washing beach sand off in a premium shower experience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom has a Queen size memory foam 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 ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Blender, Grinder and Coffee Maker, Secondary fridge, Canoe, Plastic Open Kayaks, outdoor shower, outdoor patio and furniture, private fenced & gated yard, double hammock, steps to park and trail access, the water is the best in the area and fully potable but for drinking we suggest filtering it with the provided Brita. We have additional information sheets on the entertainment unit as well.


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Escape to Nature, Driftwood Cottage by Sea & Forest (with Internet & WiFi)
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 12 reviews

Lovely cottage at perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We came as 2 families with 4 adults and 4 children. Dave has set up a tent trailer for us and the kids slept in tent trailer happily. The cottage is very close to the Fillongley beach. We got some nice clams and oysters at the beach and the kids had lots of with the yakaks from the cottage. We really enjoyed the stay.

  • Submitted: 2-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely place to spend time with family

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, my daughter and our grandson spent a wonderful week at the cottage. We walked the trails in the park across the street, went beach combing and also went swimming every evening. My grandson had a blast. There are some lovely craft shops on the island , a bookstore and a small grocery store. The cottage is wonderful and decorated very nicely. I would definitely recommend it if you would like a week away and spend some great time without the distractions of the city. This is a pet friendly cottage so make a note if you have allergies.

  • Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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ok for a weekend with young kids

  • 2 of 5

Says it all

  • Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Albert, Hope you are well. What a surprise to hear that you were bored during your month-long stay, so much so that you decided to give us a 2 star rating with little input to go on to make any possible improvements. The only complaint we received from you directly during your visit was in regards to the TV system which we worked to solve together, even replacing the new Sony Player with the older Roku you were more comfortable with. After that change, your wife said you were happy and all seemed well again. And yet, this review was still sent. We can understand that BC is very different from Arizona and that you needed the heat on in the summer, so it was chilly for you. Although a rare request, that was cool (no pun intended) with us! Phoenix is certainty nothing like Denman, even during the peak of summer heat, is it? We are sorry you were disappointed enough to give your vacation a low rating, seemingly based on your dissatisfaction with the amount of adult level entertainment, i.e. Television within the cottage walls. Next time you might try taking advantage of the natural beauty which abounds in the outdoors as well, which you might have seen as having far greater entertainment value. Happy Travels, Lorraine and David
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Charming Cottage in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Driftwood Cottage was an ideal choice for us from the East Coast to enjoy the West Coast and Denman Island. My wife and I had a fabulous time during our 2-weeks at Driftwood Cottage. It was a perfect location near the beach and park making it so easy to enjoy the ocean, park, hiking, clam digging and hanging out with our grand-children. The cottage had all the amenities necessary to make your stay a memorable time on the island - great spot!

Our thanks & appreciation to the owners and for making this happen.

  • Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful review! It is heartwarming to know how much you and your family enjoyed the 2 week stay at our cottage, the natural surroundings make it very special we agree. We are happy to be able to share this slice of heaven with others and please know that you are welcome back anytime. Thanks again and happy travels, Dave & Lorraine.
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The property was lovely. It was quite secluded and private even though there were neighbours near by

  • 4 of 5

I went to Driftwood Cottage with my daughter, her husband and their 2 very energetic boys aged 3 1/2 and 7 1/2 years.

The boys loved the cottage inside and out. It is a beautiful cottage while still being child friendly! We adults were able to relax and not worry about destruction of prized antiques!

We enjoyed all the indoor and outdoor games provided. The family went out in the kayaks and loved it.

We strolled many beaches and points of interest and spent one day on Hornby.

It was great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an island getaway!!

Thank you Dave and Lorraine you are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: 7-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Place

  • 5 of 5

My family loved staying in this cottage. It was cosy and we felt at home on the first day.

  • Submitted: 7-Apr-2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
41 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
6 Kilometres
Denman Island Ferr
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Denman Bistro
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Filongley Beach

Kayak rentals, 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

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Shoulder Season
Mar 16 2018 - Jun 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 17 2018 - Sep 15 2018
7 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Sep 16 2018 - Oct 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 1 2018 - Dec 19 2018
7 night minimum stay
Christmas Season
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 5 2019
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
Pet Fee C$35 + Tax
Cleaning/Laundry Fee C$75 + Tax

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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