|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Our recently renovated home gets rave reviews. Guests enjoy the space, light, Douglas fir floors and windows, interesting art, comfortable furniture and modern amenities. French windows open from the living room to a large, two stage deck partially shaded by wistaria and clematis, where you can sit with a coffee or a glass of wine to enjoy the ever-changing colours of the ocean. Or the whole party can eat out there, table and chairs provided, with the Italian spiral staircase providing a short cut down to the lower deck, the hot tub and the enclosed garden.
The state-of the-art ventilation system provides fresh air and comfort to the whole house year-round. There are two comfy Queen size beds, one up, one down, with two single beds also upstairs which can be placed together, if desired. The other single (bunk) beds are particularly popular with children. Wheelchair access to the house is through the side door, with wooden ramps continuing around the house leading to the lower floor, garden and hot tub. There are also aides for the toilet and the bath tub. (For six years we have welcomed disabled people and their helpers for their annual holiday). Many others come regularly, from frisbee golf tournament players to nature-loving bureaucrats winding down. We had four generations in one family gathering. Dogs are welcome.
We love to come to Pender Island ourselves every year, to check on our summer-resident killer whales (3 new babies this year, we hear), and to restore our souls and bodies. After an ocean kayak or a steep hike, or getting mildly lost on curvy roads and trails, there is nothing like the hot tub last thing at night....and when the house lights are dimmed, the stars are brighter than anywhere else on earth!
Keywords: Large house, garden, hot tub, ocean view, wheelchair accessible, dogs, year-round
We, John and Pam Waddington, have lived in the same house in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, for 37 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren who live in the area. Pam trained as a social worker, John is an engineer, still consulting part-time. It was a big project to buy and re-design Arbutus House, and we love to get back to it and beautiful, welcoming Pender Island regularly. We treasure our Visitors Book and its comments, and urge all our guests to contribute their own thoughts and comments. Some guest dialogue exists on our intriguing art work!
Pam Waddington purchased this house in 2001
We bought Arbutus House in 2001 and completely re-built it in the West Coast Arts and Crafts style, as a retirement project. Many friends and relatives contributed ideas and features - the hot tub unanimous! But we are not quite ready yet to make the big move out West. Meanwhile, it is very satisfying to have other people enjoy the fruits of our labours, and we are very grateful for the good care and appreciation our house and belongings receive. We have a unique combination of all modern conveniences on our island (mains water, sewer and electric power), privacy at home amidst towering trees, and unspoilt nature with woodland trails, many public beaches and those fabulous Arbutus trees to admire.
A mother deer leading its baby up the driveway to our porch - hoping for an apple? Bald eagles soaring overhead; so many wonderful walks with fabulous views; wild flowers in the lower garden, colourful flowers, bulbs, trees and shrubs; yummy blackberries in late summer. We sleep particularly well here, with so much time spent outdoors. Two tennis courts and Frisbee Golf in walking distance. We also enjoy the variety of Island restaurants, and try out the latest (new in 2010 are Birdie's Bistro, open to all at the golf course, offering all-day breakfast and great variety, highly recommended; and yummy Fish and Chips at Driftwood or take-out).
My whole family, my mother, husband, child and myself, really loved Pender Island, and appreciated very much what Arbutus House provided, especially the hot tub!
From the first communications with Pam, we knew her place was going to provide our group with a fantastic, warm, spacious home to celebrate a relaxing Bday/easter long weekend on Pender and it certainly did not disappoint! First of all its HUGE and the pictures don't do it justice. With a spacious kitchen (and a second one downstairs), huge windows that make the entire house bright, comfy beds, a variety of board games and sporting equipment, a table large enough for us to sit as a group (both inside and out) which made for some great home-cooked meals, a gorgeous deck with a fabulous view, a hot tub and a large backyard that provided a fun venue for some epic bocce games.... What more could you ask for. The house has all the amenities and more and is close to Magic Lake, tennis courts, disc golf and great walking trails, including Oak Bluffs with stunning views! On behalf of our entire group, thank you for letting us stay in your home and we all look forward to coming back again soon. Asante sana!
We had a wonderful stay on our first visit to Pender Island with my wife's mom and dad, the two of us and our 4 kids aged 3-8. While we did lots of island, trail, beach exploring, we also had lots to do just around the house. The hot tub was a highlight, seeing all the stars and satellites. Kids enjoyed the very usable backyard, playing with balls, badminton, and Frisbees - the secret garden paths were great fun for them to explore, as was looking for frogs in the dark! The layout of the house was ideal as well, with lots of room on two levels. It's a great mix of useable space, privacy for all, Great Ocean views and a fun backyard. We'd like to move right in - seriously!
Large 4 bedroom yet very cozy! Plenty of room for two families. There is plenty of room -you can all be together or find your own spot to relax. Their are two covered decks to enjoy the ocean view or you can relax in the hot tub. There is a great frisbee golf course nearby and a fabulous pub at the marina. This was our second trip but definitely won't be our last!
This property was perfect for our family, which included my parents, who are in their 80s. It is spacious,has a great kitchen, lovely view, and was clean and well maintained. Pender Island is charming. We enjoyed our stay!
The pictures of this house do not do it justice! A very comfortable space for a large group with room for all to be together and space to relax on your own also. Large comfortable bedrooms and beds. Very large, clean with great views and beautiful gardens. We would stay there again and again!
Had such a great time here, a beautiful house in a beautiful place, really relaxing. Thanks to the owners! Great selection of puzzles and board games too.
Disc golf (also called Frisbee golf) is enjoyed by all from 7 to 70+, be they first-timers at the woodland Course in walking distance of our house, or Americans visiting for an International-level tournament (yes, really!) If you can throw a frisbee, you will ENJOY an hour in woodland.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$30 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||C$75.00 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||C$400.00|
For more than 4 adults, we charge $100.00 per week extra per person, and $50.00 per person per weekend outside High Season.
We respectfully ask you to sort glass, tin, plastics and paper for re-cycling, and to take your garbage with you when you leave the house, since there is no garbage disposal on the island.
There are no extra charges for cleaning or for the hot tub.
Half the fee is required to make a reservation, and the whole amount by 30 days before. (Flexible payment schedule also offered). Electronic Transfer preferred.
Written agreement submitted for signature.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (CAD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.