Have you ever seen that TV home renovation show where everyone screams at the completion of the reno's "Move that bus!!" and the family then gasps, gapes and goes bananas over the miracle they're about to take part in? That's what it's like walking into Lisa's house.
You can't quite believe YOU get to be THERE! You drive up, and it's a 'nice' neighbourhood, very Canadian, suburban. Ample parking, easy to find, and you park the car. Front garden well maintained. Then, you open the door: It's THAT moment when the breathtaking view can not be under estimated. An elegant dining room, a reading room for days of rest and relaxation, but you'll see those in a moment, just walk into the main room - there's room enough for a battalion! But it's the view.....you get up early on your vacation to soak it in and you eat breakfast and lounge on the terrace - wine and cheese. Lisa and Blake have a home on the corner lot - there are no neighbours peeking in - privacy!
The house is furnished with everything you can imagine, and then some - the bar sink, the master bath, the gas bbq, and a basement for a gaggle of teens to hang out and claim as their own - games, games and games - electronic and old fashioned (the kind that require no electricity)
We were 9 - two families blended for a perfect 7 days together - can you live with another family that long and not start to twitch a little at each other's idiosyncrasies? We have known each other for over 20 years, and we're seriously sad and disappointed to leave - each other's company and the house that helped facilitate bringing us from continents apart to our shared vacation - having the space, luxury and ambience - the house.
The from the inlaid bamboo roof detailing to a very handy and welcome easy-to-use washing machine (decorative to functional).
The area, Nanaimo offered so many activities for all of us of different age groups and temperaments - Rathtrevor Beach is a MUST, and if you happen to hit the right time of year, so is the Bathtub Race Parade. One thing you CAN NOT miss - a trip to Pacific Rim Natural Reserve/Kwisitis Visitor's Centre. Want to challenge yourself and your teens? Swing from the trees in the nearby zipline parks (a bit pricey) or simply investigate the local boutique wineries.
We would not hesitate to recommend this property, it's managers or experience the summer again at their home.
Thanks Lisa - for facilitating memories that will last a lifetime!