WALK-ON WATERFRONT ON HISTORIC DEPARTURE BAY BEACH

Su Grimmer

Speaks french, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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WALK-ON WATERFRONT ON HISTORIC DEPARTURE BAY BEACH

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Oceanfront 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom (Sleeps 6) Home. We Are Dog Friendly!

A Unique, Beachfront Vacation Rental

Looking for an oceanfront vacation rental home? Look no further. This exquisite 'walk-on' beachfront home, located in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, is a holiday dream home. A modern, stylish two-storey private residence, on famous Departure Bay, can be your vacation rental dream come true. Open the door to our website and see for yourself.

Seaview Beach House, Nanaimo, BC

Our extensively upgraded renovated private waterfront residence sits on a long swath of 'walk-on' oceanfront beach in Departure Bay, in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.

Nestled at the end of a laneway and fronting onto the beach, this 2,100 square foot home has sweeping views of Departure Bay and the far off Coastal Mountain Range. Watch ferries and seaplanes come and go, eagles soar overhead and seals and otters playing off the front deck. The house faces east, so you will wake to magnificent sunrises that flood the house with light through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

See also our sister property two doors over. Visit VRBO # 455340

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

Su Grimmer

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2013
Speaks french, english

This private home has been in our family since 2007. It has undergone extensive upgrades over the years with the last big renovation in 2012/2013. It is West Coast living at its best.

Su Grimmer purchased this house in 2007

Walk-on waterfront. Views of ocean, sea, sky, and the Coastal Mountain range on the mainland. Dog-friendly house made for family gathering, romantic get-away, couples holidays and gal pal weekends.

Waterfront. Ocean. Sea. Sky. Beach. Eagles. Seals. Resident otters. Amazing sunrises. Large cedar deck. The house is all about friends, family and entertaining.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3517335
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
5

Awesome House, Location and Hospitality

  • 5 of 5
We have rented homes for many years and this is by far the nicest and best equipped house we have ever rented. The location is amazing and the house comes with kayaks and bikes to explore the area. Our children (ages 15, 13 and 11) used the kayaks everyday to explore the islands in front of the house. They paddled out to the islands with no difficulties and were able to see the seals sunbathing and explore 'starfish alley'. The seals would even follow them home afterwards!

The house is extremely well equipped with everything you will need. The products provided are of great quality and not the cheap variety that many rentals provide. Su is an amazing hostess. She communicated with us before, during and after our stay to make sure all of our needs were met. She definitely knows how to make you feel at home.

If you are looking for an amazing house in the Nanaimo area, look no further than this one!
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hello Claude, Thank you so much for this fantastic review. It was our pleasure to host your family group at Seaview Beach House this summer for your extended family reunion in Cedar. It was also fun to have Lisa and her family in our other house two doors over. Thank you as well for leaving Seaview in such pristine shape! It was very much appreciated. Please come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, Su G.
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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3517335
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
West Vancouver
5

We should have stayed longer

  • 5 of 5
We rented Seaview for five nights and wished it had been longer. We were four adults, one child and two large dogs. The layout is perfect and the amenities are definitely some of the best we have ever experienced. The location is excellent, with all the major retail therapy outlets very close by.
We were particularly impressed with the condition of the property and all the little touches which made it such a wonderful experience. The kitchen was extremely well equipped. One of my first clues to a great place is one where the kitchen has knives that actually are sharp. Small detail but indicative of the care and thought which has gone into the preparation of the unit.
Great balcony for watching the comings and goings of Departure Bay traffic including the ferries, seaplanes and private pleasure craft. We made full use of the barbeque and enjoyed eating most of our meals on the deck. The rates are very competitive for the location and size of the property but in our opinion certainly one of the best for value for money we have experienced. We have no hesitation in recommending this property. One of the bonuses for our visiting English guests was the small herd of deer that appeared on the beach one morning. We just loved the whole experience!
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Hello Michael & Nicole, It was a pleasure to host you, your family from England and of course the dogs at Seaview Beach House this summer. Nicole, I loved hearing your story about your grand-niece and her first kayak adventure in Departure Bay. We are so fortunate to live in this spectacular part of the world, made even better when we get to share it with family. All the best. Hope to have you back with us again. Cheers, Su G.
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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3517335
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
Calgary
5

Great family spot

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Seaview over the Easter weekend for a family vacation. The house is fantastic -- well laid out for renters, and very well equipped. Our party included two chefs and they were very happy with both the layout of and equipment in the kitchen. Th
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Nicole,

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are delighted you and your family enjoyed your time with us over Easter. It makes me smile to hear that the kitchen was up to snuff for your two chefs. I love to cook and I figure many of our guests do as well, so we try to ensure the kitchen is ready to take on a gourmet challenge. Thank you too for leaving the house in such great shape. It is always appreciated by our cleaning teams.

We hope to have you back with us again soon.

All the best, Su G.
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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3517335
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
Cochrane, Alberta
5

A Truly Unique Westcoast Experience

  • 5 of 5
We rented Seaview for 3 months (Januray through March 2014) to escape the cold weather of winter and from the moment we walked in the front door we felt totally at home. The house and surrounding yard are simply lovely and beautifully maintained and with Seaview's awesome location we had everything we needed to be completely comfortable. But we quickly discovered that the best things about living at Seaview all really start with Su, the property manager. Her fantastic "red binder" is full of recommendations about where to shop, restuarants to visit and points of interest and parks to explore. Her attention to detail is truly amazing and it was all these details that made our our stay so very enjoyable and allowed us to easily entertain our family and friends at our home away from home.

Seaview sits right down on the shores of Departure Bay and in addition to this very central location which allows for wonderfully quick and easy access to everything in and around Nanaimo, every day you can enjoy the spectacular views from either inside the house or sitting outside on the beautiful and expansive deck. The Bay is the focal point for all who live in Nanaimo and suffice it to say that there is always something going on in the Bay to watch and enjoy - from the ferries and sailboats to the soaring eagles and little river otters and of course the constant and soothing sound of the ocean waves breaking against the shoreline as the tides move in and out. Nothing quite matches having a morning coffee on the deck while enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the Bay.

Seaview quickly became and remains a very special place for us and for our family. In fact before leaving in early April we made arrangements to return again in 2015 which we think says a whole lot about what Seaview means to us. It was our sincere pleasure to have stayed at Seaview and we know it will be yours as well.
  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear David, Judy and Jacob the wonder dog, Thank you most heartedly for your very kind words. It was a pleasure to have you as our guests over the winter season. You certainly did get to experience all Nanaimo & Departure Bay has to offer, including dolphins & orcas right in the bay. And then of course we had that freak snow storm which, as you found out, we are not used to getting, nor for that matter, digging out from. I look forward to 2015 and having you back in residence. All the best, Su G.
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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3517335
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
Boston, MA
5

Perfect Family Holiday!

  • 5 of 5
This house was perfect for our family to come for the holidays. Su and her team were so very accommodating for us with the check-in activities and we even had a Christmas tree set-up upon our arrival. This was much appreciated especially after such a long trip to get there. The house was immaculate and perfect for the five of us. It was in a great location for the kids to be able to play outside and end their day riding their scooters to get a slurpee at 7-eleven. The location was perfect. We have stayed in two other homes in the Nanaimo area and this was by far the nicest and the one we expect to come back to on our next visit. It is close to all necessary shopping, movie theatres and Su even helped us find a nice nature trail in the area to do some outdoor walking. Anyone thinking of renting this home should do so as you will not be disappointed. Thank you Su (and team) for a memorable holiday getaway!
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Jennifer & family,

Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us over the Christmas season.

As well, we appreciated the great care you took with the house, and the pristine state within which it was left upon your departure.

I have two more hikes I would like to suggest for your next trip.

We hope to have you with us again soon.

All the best, Su Grimmer
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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3517335
Nanaimo Vancouver Island
Burnaby B.C. Canada
5

Gulf Island magic only a kilometer or two from city amenities.

  • 5 of 5
The owner has had fun renovating Seaview Beach House and designing and building Departure Bay House a few doors along the beach. The condition of Seaview was superlative; spotless, well appointed and provisioned, with even a complimentary bottle of wine. We were asked for our dog's size so suitable dog beds and dishes could be provided.

Additional to the well placed reviewers' accolades on the web site, the pleasure for us was discovering the owner's great design ideas. She has a fine eye for colour schemes, furniture, clever light switches that double click to turn on efficient bathroom fans, beautifully designed ceiling fans and well put together radiators from Great Britain. If I ever design another house I'll consult this talented woman.

We visited her neighbouring VRBO house. Like Seaview House the views from all windows are exquisite. The new house is a masterpiece but is dog free; an alternative for allergy susceptible guests.

The beach is off limits to dogs from May 1st to September 30th but for seven months dogs can swim. There is a seawall promenade for half the length of the beach and a large off leash dog park one block from the water about one km northwest. Invermere dog beach is a few km north west. The ferry terminal is down the bay and ferries coming and going are exciting rather than intrusive. The water is crystal clear; the beach unlittered.

We think old town Nanaimo is an undiscovered gem; a superb art gallery, great restaurants, Mon Petit Chou Cafe, McLean's Specialty Foods, and close to Seaview the divine Nesvog's Meat and Sausages and Sea Drift Fish Store...and Thrifty's. So many places to explore including Newcastle Island with it's seaside trails and historic sites.

Of the more than a dozen VRBO homes we've enjoyed over the past decade this is the one we will return to despite the lure of new destinations. We really didn't need to bring anything but our clothes and personal items. Kudos to the owner/manager and her very capable assistant for giving us such a wonderful vacation.
  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Jim. Linda & Choco, I am speechless. Thank you from my whole team - both those on the recent renovations at Seaview and those on the new build at Departure Bay Beach House, plus my talented dream-clean-team who work with me day-to-day. I will pass along this review to them. They work very hard to keep our two homes in tip-top shape and they will appreciate your feedback. We do hope to have you back with us in the near future. All the very best, Su Grimmer
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Sea Air sea plane terminal
Nearest Ferry
1.2 Kilometres
BC Ferries, Departure Bay terminal
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway # 19A
Nearest Beach
Departure Bay Beach, in front of the house
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Original Joe's Bar & Grill
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Area
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Shangahi Garden - chinese food + dim sum
Car: recommended

An Ideal Mid-Island Location

Departure Bay is a mere 1.5 kilometers from shopping and dining with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the house. Nanaimo is a thriving community of parks, beaches, charming eclectic shops, waterfront walks, marinas and myriad dining choices from fine to casual, plus all the modern convenience needed for an enjoyable stay. These include grocery stores, gas stations, libraries, theatres, restaurants and delis, specialty food shops, spas, doctors and dentists, massage therapists and beauty salons.

The city of Nanaimo sits mid-Island and is a central arrival and departure point for BC Ferries to the BC Mainland. There is also an airport , or you can come and go via seaplane (Harbour Air, Seair Seaplanes or Westcoast Air) into Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. The seaplane trip is only 20 minutes!

The TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1) runs directly through the heart of Nanaimo. From here you can venture north to Mount Washington, Courtenay and Comox, west to Tofino or south to the Cowichan Valley and Victoria. Please see below for links to information about the area:

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Availability & Rates

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Nanaimo House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season Time Period
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
C$350
C$1,801
C$6,300
 
 
Low Season Time Period
Oct 1 2014 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
C$225
C$1,100
C$3,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
C$225
C$1,101
C$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$50 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes Cleaning fees are in addition to the nightly or weekly rate. A further GST tax (goods & service tax) is charged on the total amount. GST is charged at 5.0% on the total amount in Canadian dollars.
We accept Visa and MasterCard. For security reasons we prefer to call you directly to acquire your credit card details. Deposit is 50% of the total rental amount. The remaining 50% is processed against your card 4 days before check-in. There is also a damage deposit amount held against your card. It is released 48 hours post your departure after our cleaning team has been into the house to clean .
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Amenities

Amenities

Nanaimo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , tub
  • There are 3 full bathrooms in the house. One on the main level there is a walk-in shower. Upstairs, there is the master bathroom with a soaker tub and separate walk-in shower. The other bathroom has a walk-in shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • There are 3 bedrooms in the house. One bedroom is on the main floor with twin beds that may be made up at one king bed. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a queen bed, as does the guest bedroom across the hall.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
Notes:
We have high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi at the house.
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