This 4 bedroom craftsman home is located within short walking distance to Hotel Lake and a five minute drive to 2 fabulous hikes at Pender Hill and Daniel Point. The cottage sits on .6 of an acre and is surrounded by tall firs and cedars. The large wrap around deck is perfect for morning coffee, breakfast, bbq'ing, soaking in the sun or watching stars in the evening. There are three bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. There are two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a soaker-tub. In the winter, the wood stove provides a warm, cozy atmosphere. The beautiful white sand beach of Katherine Lake is a five minute drive. There is a 9 hole golf course spectacularly situated by the ocean and only 15 minutes away. There are gorgeous walks (runs) with full ocean views along the road to Daniel Point. Madeira Park is 20 minutes away and has two grocery stores (IGA), coffee shops and a liquor store. Our cottage is central to a variety of restaurants and entertainment locales. The Pender Harbour Jazz Festival (September 14-16) is a highly attended and enjoyable event. Ruby Lake Nature Resort is 25 minutes away and provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and a night out at a phenomenal Italian restaurant serving organic food. Garden Bay Pub has live music nightly and a stunning deck on the bay. Laverne's Grill, in the heart of Garden Bay, is a must for fish and chips. John Henry's Marina has a liquor store and a small but varied selection of groceries. In the summer, Rosendale Farm sells fresh local produce along the roadside or you can stop by their farm on the way to our Cottage. The Pender Harbour Aquatic/Fitness Center has a pool, hottub and fitness facility. It is only 10 minutes away.
My brother (a builder on the coast) built our cottage in 2002. We have used the cottage every summer and almost every Christmas since then. We currently live in Oregon and have been able to continue to use the cottage each year. My wife and I both run and Pender allows us a variety of routes with phenomenal views. We spend a great deal of time at the lake with the kids. Katherine Lake has two floating docks, perfect for jumping and diving. Hotel Lake is a short walk up the road and we often just jump in while on a run or hike. Our kids never tire of the deer in the backyard, blackberries along the road, or long summer days at the water.
Back in 2000 we realized quickly that buying a home in Vancouver was out of the question. With my brother being a builder it made sense for us to find a place we could afford and yet enjoy to the fullest. We have never regretted the decision. The cottage has become a symbol for our family - a place where we hike, swim, run, canoe, talk, and read together. The location and views allow for both contemplation and healthy exercise.
I am a writer. The cottage has been a place for me to write at least three novels and one picture book. The quiet, the uninterrupted slower pace allowed for a great deal of writing productivity. Equally, the cottage is full of benefits to our whole family. Our son and daughters practice with a bow and arrow along the side of the cottage. All three kids collect rocks and sticks and invent games together. My wife is a marathoner and uses the Pender hills for daily training. The large kitchen and open concept of the living room has made the perfect setting for entertaining guests. A family friend did most of the carpentry including hand built kitchen cabinets, the island in the kitchen, the stairs and handrails and the outside decks as well. There is also a hand made dining room table made from lumber that came from an 80 year old building in Vancouver! We love our Pender cottage.
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