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the Artful Suite - boutique accommodation with handmade furnishings & art.

Bedrooms 1
Space 740 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This Is A 740 Sq.ft., private one bedroom, self contained, level entry suite

We offer a private, comfortable, self contained one bedroom apartment for guests that appreciate fine surroundings. The Artful Suite is tastefully furnished with contemporary handcrafted furniture (designed & made on site), complemented by amazing Artwork of various mediums displayed & for sale, from fine local Vancouver Island Artists.

This ground level suite has parking just a few steps from the entrance door where there is a secluded partially covered patio area with surrounding flower gardens.

Take a 5 min stroll to Pipers Lagoon oceanside park to enjoy an enjoy the beach,take a hike & enjoy the views across the Salish Sea, to the snow capped mountains. You won't be disappointed!

So, if you're wanting a truly 'Out of the Ordinary' experience in accommodation this Artful Suite has it all for you. Ideally located in popular north Nanaimo, approx. 10 min drive from the Departure Bay Ferry terminal, this location is conveniently nestled amongst some of the best oceanside and landlocked parks in the area. With the wide variety of outdoor activities available at your doorstep, we can offer recommendations for arranging for kayaking, diving, hiking or bike hires. Our desirable location, mins from Pipers Lagoon Park offers easy access to any part of Nanaimo or as a home base to explore the wonders of Vancouver Island.

While staying here, take the time to visit the working Studio at the back of the property to see what furniture or artwork is being made or designed, browse in the gift gallery. A warm welcome awaits all that stop in.

More Details

Norma or Robert Waddell
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Norma or Robert Waddell

We have been living in Nanaimo since 2007 and love all the Island has to offer. We especially enjoy the wonderful moderate climate, and the wide variety of healthy outdoor activities available at our doorstep.

Both of us were born and raised in Saskatchewan but have lived in BC for the past four decades in the North, the Okanagan and Sunshine Coast.

Having travelled extensively in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, we’ve always enjoyed the value and flexibility of staying in self contained suites. Our enjoyable travelling experiences set us on this path to offer this distinct, one of a kind accommodation.

Norma is a retired Operating room Registered Nurse. Robert has been a fine furniture designer & maker for nearly 40 years. His working studio & gallery is on the property so he is always available for visits from our guests. He was instrumental in organizing the popular Hammond Bay Open Studio Tour, featuring fabulous local artists working in various mediums. A number of these talented artists exhibit in the Artful Suite, which lends to the richness of the decor.

So our intent was not only to offer a unique, comfortable surroundings for travellers but also a venue for local artists to showcase their work.

Norma or Robert Waddell purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Norma or Robert Waddell chose Stephenson Point

Norma has family that have resided in Nanaimo for years. We had been coming to Vancouver Island to visit for many years, and loved what the island had to offer. After a 3 week to New Zealand in 2007 we were drawn to Vancouver Island, as it reminded us of the beautiful nature of New Zealand. We have never looked back and have enjoyed every moment here.

What makes this apartment unique

This is a mature property 1/3 acre in size, offering a lot of privacy to the home and suite that occupy it. We enjoy the location near Pipers Lagoon , which is nestled amongst some of the very best seaside and land locked parks this area has to offer. We truly enjoy regular casual strolls to Piper Lagoon Park to enjoy the smell of salt air, the pounding of the waves and screeches of the eagles over head.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Stephenson Point, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 740 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • A comfortable sized bathroom with a combination large tub/shower unit. Single sink and a semi private w/c.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • A one bedroom unit. A generous sized bedroom with the Queen sized bed is adorned with a magnificent Headboard from West Coast Maple custom made & designed by Robert.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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the Artful Suite - boutique accommodation with handmade furnishings & art.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

An Amazing Home in Nanaimo

  • 5 of 5

The house was really quite amazing. It is on a quiet street and very near to the beach. Norma was there for our check in and she went through everything with us. There are a lot of things that other homes don't have but Norma had everything cover. She even baked us some Sunshine Muffins (they were great)!

The home has wifi and Telus t.v. - there isn't air conditioning but we were there when it was quite warm and because the suite is below the main home - you didn't need it at all. There is a ceiling fan in the living room and there is a portable fan in the bedroom. That was really all we needed to stay cool.

We will definitely request the home when we go back to Nanaimo!

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rae Thank you so much for your kind review. It was lovely to meet you and I'm so glad you were comfortable in our Suite. We have recently updated some of the Artwork and furniture on display, so it's unique surroundings each time you come! We would be thrilled to have you back! Norma & Robert
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The Real Deal

  • 4 of 5

The moment you pull in the driveway you know it's a great spot. Everything looks well kept & organized, inviting & you literally pull up within 10 feet of your private entrance. It has a secluded feel, warm gardens, patio's and trees make it truly feel like your space. Norma greeted us with a friendly smile, showed us what we needed to know and made us feel like we could count on her for anything we could possible need. Oh yes, the fresh muffins were delicious. The suite was super clean, a nice living room with F/P & television. Lots of info on local activities. Down the hall to a nice little kitchen, with all you need, perfect for 2. The bedroom was comfy, lots of closet space, robes & slippers. (nice) The bathroom very clean, modern & just fine. The suite is very well decorated with a variety of art, paintings, woodwork, pottery & more, super nice. A big bonus is the location, a 5 minute walk to "Pipers Lagoon Park" & the ocean. We enjoyed it very much & would not hesitate to return.

Thanks, Norma & Robert

Garry & Arleen

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Arleen & Garry Thank you so much for your kind review of the Artful Suite. We get such pleasure in hearing from guests like you that appreciate what we provide for your comfort and enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you again! Norma & Robert
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Great Nanaimo based vacation

  • 5 of 5

Nice house on a quiet spot, far from the city noise but close enough to almost everything if you have a car. Our host was realy friendly, helpfull with lots of information and willingness to help us have a nice vacation. The suite was verry clean and well equiped, and the muffins Norma left for us on the kitchen table were fantastic. All six of them !

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joana, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here. It was great to meet you both and hear of all the great spots you went to while you were here. Robert also enjoyed showing Dorin the Woodworking shop and hearing of his father's experiences working with wood! Love meeting such interesting people such as yourselves! Cheers, Norma
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Artfully furnished.

  • 4 of 5

Lower level suite with convenient parking. Main drag for access.

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to meet you and have you stay! Norma & Robert
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Nanaimo, BC

Great spot

  • 5 of 5

Nice place run by nice people...who could ask for anything more

  • Submitted: 3-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and having you stay! Norma & Robert
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West Vancouver

A magical week at the Artful Suite

  • 5 of 5

Norma and Bob Waddell's 'Artful Suite' is just that. It is a wonderful and spacious accommodation, with every comfort and convenience you could imagine or wish for. There was absolutely nothing wanting, including a well-stocked kitchen looking out over a garden (with complimentary cream, coffee and muesli), a cozy bedroom and its double bed, and a delightful living area with gorgeous West Coast art adorning the walls (my favorite was a pair of hummingbirds in flight) and beautifully worked wooden furniture. A treat for the eye as well as a lovely respite from the workaday world.

A former resident of Nanaimo and an avid birder, I chose the suite due to it proximity to Pipers Lagoon, which is a short stroll away. And this did not disappoint. With bracing mid-winter winds off the sea, it brought joy to my heart, as I saw such a variety of things that will soon be gone once spring sets in. A variety of sea ducks - harlequins, buffleheads, red-breasted mergansers and the occasional grebe or loon. There are also oystercatchers, sandpipers, and a resident eagle or two. A very large sea lion was roving around the shores on any day I chose to come there. After a leisurely amble along the spit (enclosing the lagoon and opening to the sea on its southern side), a hill of rocks forms a barrier to a small island. If you have the ambition (and shoes) to clamber over the basalt, you'll reach an island which harbours rare Garry Oak habitat. It is a treasure to which I return, time and time again, and made especially wonderful by topping off each hike with a warm cup of tea in the Waddell's inviting suite.

And, of course, all of this is a mere 10 to 15 minutes away from any Nanaimo destination - the downtown, nearby shopping malls, other nature spots and in the summer, any number of beaches and lakesides. I am so grateful to Norma and Bobb for all their thought and care which made for a truly a memorable stay that I hope to reprise.

  • Submitted: 29-Dec-2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shauna, Thank you so much for such a wonderfully written review of your experience here. We were so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your surroundings both in and out of the Artful Suite! We would love to see you again on your next trip to Nanaimo! Norma & Bob
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Nanaimo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Pipers Pub & restaurant
Nearest Ferry
6.6 Kilometres
Departure Bay
Nearest Golf
5.6 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf & Country Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
4.7 Kilometres
Brooks Landing Mall Restaurants
Nearest Ski
129 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
0.25 Kilometres
Piper Lagoon Park
Car: necessary

This warm and inviting vacation rental is located in the popular north Nanaimo area. It's with in a 5 min. walk to one of the most beautiful ocean front parks Nanaimo has to offer Pipers Lagoon. With its scenic views across the Salish Sea to the snow capped mountains of the North Shore, Piper Lagoon is a favourite spot for out door activities. Recommendations are available should you want to arrange for kayaking, diving, or bike hires. Also with in a km is Neck Point park which is reputed to be one of the best underwater diving locations and some great birding (eagles and owls). With in a .5 km is Linley Valley park a very large and popular urban park, that offers very scenic views. Take a 13 minute (9 Km) drive to a beautiful harbour walk, and you'll quickly see why Nanamio is known as the Harbour city.

Only a 10 minute drive from Departure Bay Ferries, this location is well situated for exploring Nanaimo and the wonders of Vancouver Island.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Stephenson Point, British Columbia

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

House keeping fee C$30
Refundable Damage Deposit C$200

CANCELLATION: Email or phone with seven (7) days notice for full refund (minus a $25.00 admin fee) is required. Other wise your deposit will be non refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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