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Oceanlevel family retreat on the central east coast of Vancouver Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3+bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8, ocean level with fantastic ocean views

2000 square feet, fully furnished house located just 100 steps from the beach front. It sleeps 8 with 3 full bedrooms, each with a queen bed and an alcove with two additional twin beds. The cabin has a full kitchen, stocked with all cooking, eating and beverage supplies. There are 2 full baths, laundry facilities, and large 725 sq foot outdoor partially covered deck with a full sized BBQ and patio furniture. The upstairs and downstairs levels are connected by an outside covered stairway. All dishes, towels and bedding are provided. There are a large variety of board and card games and a pool table in downstairs area. FREE WiFi & TV so you can bring your tablets or devices! We have a large bin full of children's beach toys as well as a bocci set, horseshoe set and the ladder-ball game. There is also a large sand play area down by the beach and two shared fire pits for hotdogs & smores!

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Fred Hawkshaw
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018

About Fred Hawkshaw

This is our family cottage that we have owned for more than 10 years now. It is in a wonderful area with beautiful views, steps from the beach with fabulous neighbors.

Fred Hawkshaw purchased this house in 2006

Why Fred Hawkshaw chose Bowser

We bought this house so that we could all enjoy it together. The four grandchildren enjoy playing in the sand and looking for crabs & starfish. Sitting out on the deck and beach together as a family is where memories are made!

The location of our cabin won us over as it is near the center of Vancouver Island's east coast so it allows us to enjoy all that the island has to offer. We are 45 minutes to the chair lifts at Mount Washington, there is great fresh and salt water fishing, lots of wildlife, kayaking, hiking, caving, whale watching, birding & diving to name a few. Not to mention the numerous golf courses, mini golf, bumper boats, Spas, aquariums and plenty of local wineries, galleries, studios and farmers markets!

So much to do and yet our cabin is a great spot to go for a relaxing walk on the beach, gather around the fire pits or hang out with friends on the deck!

What makes this house unique

We love watching the eagles from our deck, the cruise ships passing by and sitting at the fire pits.

Library, art gallery, grocery store, liquor store & coffee shop are all close by.

This house sleeps 8 comfortably.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Bowser, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , stocked with towels, cloths, soaps, body wash
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , stocked with towels, cloths, soaps, body wash
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , large closet, large dresser and two end tables
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , closet and two end tables
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , en-suite bathroom, closet, elec. fireplace, dresser& laundry
  • 3 Queen beds, 2 Single Beds, 1 Playpen. There is a pullout couch as well that we don't count as a bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
There are two, Seacroft member, community Picnic tables & *fire-pits located in the large sand area down by the ocean. *be aware of fire restrictions that may be in place during the peak of summer.


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Oceanlevel family retreat on the central east coast of Vancouver Island
average rating of 4.4375 based on 16 reviews
Oliver, B.C. Canada

Beautiful Oceanside home. Peaceful tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have enjoyed our stay more! So central to all of our outings. We could never grow tired of the ocean view or the sounds of the waves upon the shore. Beds were cozy and comfortable and cabin had all the comforts of home.

  • Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location - very family orientated

  • 4 of 5

We rented the entire house and it is large and comfortably furnished in a family-friendly manner. The upstairs has an amazing deck with views of the ocean. Nearby cabins had lots of families and friendly neighbours - if you are looking for private and secluded this is not your best bet. We had some concerns about cleaning which the owners promptly rectified, overall owner and property manager were very responsive and helpful.

  • Submitted: 1-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing place

  • 4 of 5

Nice cabin, with ocean view. We have seen a group of whales.

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thank you so much for the great review. If there is anything that could of made your experience more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to let us know. We look forward to hosting you in the future.
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Ultimate Relaxation

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was huge. Essentially a house! Lots of room, which allowed for the moms to relax and the kids to play. What kids? Am I right? It kind of felt like we were the first people to stay in a while, a little dusty, deck and stairs could have used a good sweep, and a little more clarification as to what was provided, and what wasn’t, would have been handy ahead of time. Fred was away, but still responded from Mexico (lucky!) and Chad filled in the gaps. The binder info is what I am referring to as to expectations. All in all it was magical. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, the smell of the fire, and waking to the sound of the gulls and seals. It was cozy, tastefully decorated with a nautical theme, we had a blast from the past with “Guess Who?” board game, and it offered REALLY nice fluffy towels, and brand new dish cloths and towels, which you don’t realize you appreciate until you have them! We want to stay again, with more family. It was larger than we needed, for sure. But man, there was only one other Cabin booked the whole three nights, and it was quiet, and offered the rest and rejuvenation these tired and worn hearts and bodies were so desperate for. Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven! Also, for next time, can we use the kayak? Please please please? Cheers!

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thank you so much for your kind review! We love our little oasis too. Thank you for the feedback, we always want to improve the stay for all that visit us. We look forward to hosting you in the future! The Holtum & Hawkshaw family
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most peaceful place on Earth!!!

  • 5 of 5

Second time renting this property. House and location are great. Owner was always available via phone or email to address any questions. Cannot wait until our return. Scott and Johanna , Massachusetts

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a family reunion at this property and it was perfect. Well equipped, clean, lots of games for the children. We hope to go back next year! Bowser is a hidden gem, and is so beautiful.

  • Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Fanny Bay Inn
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mt. Arrowsmith
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mt. Washington
Nearest Beach
75 Metres
In front of house
Car: necessary

From our large deck one can enjoy the ocean view & watch eagles nest in the surronding trees.

Bring your boat as the Deep Bay marina is only 10 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Bowser, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 15 2018 - Sep 15 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$125
Pet Fee C$50
Damage Deposit C$200

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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