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New 2018: $2400 includes cleaning and taxes for 6 guests in lakefront retreat!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

4br, 2 bath, huge lake-view deck, chef's kitchen, lakefront.

We are transitioning into a slightly different style of renting this summer. We are moving to a flat rate fee of $2400 to cover cleaning and taxes for up to 6 guests. Additional guest up to 8 are $200 extra per week. no other charges of fees. The home will continue to be outfitted with high quality wares and supplies that we appreciate ourselves, but the atmosphere will be slightly more casual this summer, hence our slight rate reduction.

Part hippy palace, part work of art, part throwback to summer camp (with a dash of Cortes-quirk) the house embodies the refined yet rustic experience of Cortes island.

At a glance:

K'was lake house:

Architectural gem: 1800 sq ft, 4 bedrooms

2 tile showers, 1 clawfoot tub

Chef's kitchen with high quality appliances, wolf range, large assortment of high quality cookware

Large cedar decks with gorgeous view


Bedrooms: queen in master, double and child single in 2nd, lofted single bed in child's treehouse room in 3rd, single bed in 4th. Additional queen on first level adjacent to kitchen, optional queen foam futon on outdoor sleeping tent by request.

The longer story- k'was lake house:

Built over many years by artist and woodworker pierre detrey, the house is a unique window into the island’s eclectic style. The incredible architectural details provide a unique example of northwest coast craftsman style as it was emerging in the late 1970s. The attention to detail and artistry in every corner of the house is amazing to the observant and inspiring to the artistic. The house possesses a soul that dances with both its inhabitants and the surrounding landscape.

Kwas' lake house is about combining the benefits of simplicity with the comforts and conveniences you don't want to leave behind. The house is 1800 sq. Ft. And can sleep up to 8 people in 4 private bedrooms and optional tent with mattress on the floating deck. It features a very well stocked chef's kitchen with stainless appliances and a wolf propane range. And, just in case that rare rainy day should come in summer, fear not! We have a library of books, games, and art supplies, as well as some old school/ new school media options- (think vhs, mix-tapes, wi-fi, and a piano).

PLEASE NOTE: Our space is not necessarily ideal for families with very young children (under 4 yrs.) or those traveling with alter-abled people or the elderly. The beach access is a bit rocky and the trails around the house are very steep. The house is currently not wheelchair accessible or ADA Friendly.

More Details

Jeramie and Caleb Summers
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, We are conversational Spanish speakers
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
August 30, 2017

About Jeramie and Caleb Summers

We are a family of six - Dad (Caleb), Mom (Jeramie), and kids AGES 12,7,5,3- who are the caretakers of our family's retreat property on Cortes Island. We are east coast natives who have planted west coast roots. We are available to help you craft the perfect getaway- be it a romantic escape, a family wilderness adventure, a writing sabbatical, a digital detox, or simply a time for total relaxation. We welcome you to reach out to us to help make your visit as special as possible.

Jeramie and Caleb Summers purchased this castle in 2013

Why Jeramie and Caleb Summers chose Mansons Landing

It is simply magic. The home is a living, breathing work of art. It is situated in an incredibly private spot on one of the most beautiful lakes in Coastal British columbia known for its warm and clear waters. The property encompasses the cliffside, a high bluff with meditation circle, coastal forest, and boat launch on the lakefront. For us, this property is an intergenerational treasure. We feel blessed to be able to caretake this land and to protect its unique structures, style, and ecosystems and to share our love of this place with our visitors.

What makes this castle unique

K'was lake house is exceptionally located to access all that Cortes Island has to offer while still enjoying maximum privacy. The island offers a wide range of wonderful adventures for the whole family. Our family loves the beaches, forests, and festivals that abound.

The property is within walking distance to a variety of wonderful public beaches and forests.

Manson's lagoon is one of our children's favorite places for an afternoon adventure of creature finding and warm water swimming. The manson's landing provincial park (adjacent to the lagoon) provides and awesome spot for long walks and watching the sunset. The seaplane also lands here on a regular basis during the summer.

K'was park is directly adjacent to the property

The small town of manson's is also within walking and biking distance (about 15 minutes by foot). Here you will find a general store with basic amenities, manson's community hall- host to the farmer's market and weekly community events, and the cortes natural food co-op.

A short drive from the house you will find these other island favorites:

Hank's beach

Gorge harbour marina

Whaletown commons

Hollyhock retreat center

Nestled at the entrance to enchanting desolation sound, cortes lies at the edge of the vast coastal wilderness. With diverse recreation options as well as tranquility and peace, there’s plenty to discover.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonder-filled place you have! Vic and I so enjoyed our stay- it really is the most unique place we have ever been... and so restful. Thank you for such a great time.
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation castle rental in Mansons Landing

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , on main floor, off of kitchen, no closing door.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , lofted treehouse bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling


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New 2018: $2400 includes cleaning and taxes for 6 guests in lakefront retreat!
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Best Holiday Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

One of the most beautiful, comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable places we've been. Our children wish we could live there, we all wanted to stay the rest of the summer! Owners very friendly, approachable and accommodating. Best swimming lake ever. Looking forward to next summer :)

  • Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular island vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the house on the lake for a holiday in August 2015. The home is incredible and unique perched on a bluff over the lake.

The hosts are gracious and warm without being intrusive in our space. We felt welcomed and were well taken care of. The house was cozy and felt spacious for our party. The kitchen was very well equipped and there was a lovely bbq on the patio. We enjoyed spending warm mornings and late afternoons reading on the expansive patio.

The lake is warm and perfect for swimming. There are several small shops and bakery within walking distance or a very short drive from the house. There are a number of great hikes nearby and we enjoyed exploring the island. We used a canoe and small paddle boat provided and explored the lake.

The only complaint we had was the cell phone receiptioni was non-existant in the house, although there seemed to be sporadic receiption from some areas on the patio. Obviously this is not the hosts fault, as there is limited reception on the entire island. The phone was available freely for use in the house which was very helpful.

We had everything we needed for an amazing peaceful holiday and we plan to come again next summer! Definitely a highlite for us!

  • Submitted: 13-Oct-2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waltham MA USA

the most beautiful place I've ever been

  • 5 of 5

My stay included time in both the house and the studio on the lake. Both are great. The house looks like it could have been in The Lord of the Rings... built in such harmony with the setting. The kitchen is very up to date and the house in general is comfortable and welcoming. The view over the lake is amazing, changing with the light. The studio is right on the water, and the starlight on the lake is magical. Kayaking around Turtle Island was especially fun for me.

My stay left me rested and renewed. The trees tower everywhere, there is abundant wildlife to see, and there are many places to enjoy water surrounded by white capped mountains in the distance. We picked blackberries and collected stones. You can explore the lagoon nearby at low tide.

If it's available, the seaplane is a wonderful way to get to and from Seattle. It lands five minutes from the property. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: 10-Apr-2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Cortes is home to hollyhock retreat center


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation castle rental in Mansons Landing

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My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$500

New this year- $2400 CAD includes cleaning and taxes for 6 people! No extras. Extra guests $200/ week up to 8 maximum guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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