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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway

Tonya or Leon

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Tonya or Leon

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015
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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Duncan House Rental Photos and Description

2+ bed, 1 bath with 360 degree Mountain/Ocean Views

The most private and breathtaking spot in the Cowichan Valley! This vacation getaway is the only building on a 40 acre property surrounded by beautiful Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest. Feel like you have truly gotten 'away from it all', but stay within a 15 min drive of Duncan and Lake Cowichan.

We offer a completely unique and eco-friendly rental as a welcome alternative to the usual options. Learn that the ultimate in 'eco-friendly' can also be beautiful, contemporary, and comfortable. This custom home was built with local, natural, and sustainable materials and is completely 'off-grid'. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stay in a 'cob' home. Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, and straw - it's what the exterior walls are made of, and they hold up the roof without a single stick of wood! Of course, our home is highly engineered and code-approved - one of the very few of it's kind in North America! Whether you're looking for something eco-friendly, unique, private, or just beautiful with breathtaking views this home is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.

Accommodations include two bedrooms with queen size beds, as well as a pull-out double/queen sofa bed. The beds have eco-foam mattresses, down duvets, and bamboo and organic cotton sheets. The bathroom includes a shower and separate water-closet. The contemporary kitchen has 13 ft ceilings and the most energy-efficient appliances on the market. The living room features a beautiful curved cob bench and rammed-earth open burning fireplace for warmth and atmosphere. All the home's finishes are made with natural materials, so those with sensitivities can breathe easy, and everyone can feel good about staying in a healthy place without harmful toxins.

For your outdoor enjoyment, there is a deck and patio table just outside the dining room's double doors, which can be opened up for one large indoor/outdoor eating area. There is also a bbq and fire pits, for when the season allows. Our property connects with Cowichan Valley Provincial Park and it's many hiking trails for endless exploration from the top of the Bluff to the River bottom.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Tonya or Leon (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About Tonya or Leon

We are both originally from the prairies, and moved to the west coast in 2004. We have busy lives and jobs in Victoria, but have spent all of our free time over the last 2 years building and finishing this eco-home!

Tonya or Leon purchased this house in 2010

Why Tonya or Leon chose Duncan

Over our last 8 years living on Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley has always been our favourite place to get away to; whether for a day of food and wine tours, or hiking and exploration, or just some relaxation in a beautiful setting. It encompasses everything that we love so much about the west coast and we have never tired of things to do and see in the area.

When we decided to build the most eco-friendly vacation home possible, we searched around the entire lower half of Vancouver Island to find the perfect spot. It had to be a spot with a lot of space and privacy and beautiful views to showcase the best of the valley, not a nearby sub-division or the possibility of one in the future. It was important for us to be able to offer guests an experience where they truly feel they have escaped everyday life. These things were not easy to find on an island like this which is such a popular place to live and visit (and rightly so!). When we found Stoltz Bluff, we knew it was just the right spot from the very beginning. We hope you visit and experience some of the same magic we have felt there.

What makes this house unique

This home is absolutely one of a kind. The two of us designed and built it ourselves, along with it's off-grid systems. The story of this home is a long and adventurous one! It has had it's trials and joys, and we are very happy to have made it through to the end. We have done an immense amount of learning and research over the last two years and are now excited to share that knowledge and our story with others. We hope to hear from you and will be happy to tell you more and answer your questions. Our website and blog tell the story of our building experience, so please visit it for even more information (may be 'under construction').

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Book with confidence
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.7
based on 10 traveler reviews

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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews
5

Best vacation we've been on.

  • 5 of 5

The week we spent here was fantastic. Best vacation we've ever been on. The house was secluded, but with relatively quick access to the nearby towns, and with plenty of hiking trails, nature walks, and other things to do. This was the first vacation I've ever been on that I wasn't ready to come home at the end of it. The house was perfect for us and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Canada
4

Stolz Bluff

  • 4 of 5

The Eco house was wonderful and tastefully decorated but simple

We loved the connection with nature

The smoke alarm was extremely sensitive and alarmed with minimal steam from the kitchen

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for letting us know about the smoke alarm. It's the first we've heard about it being a problem, but we've adjusted it now, so hopefully that corrects the issue. We appreciated your personal message and were glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Stoltz Bluff Eco-Retreat. Hope to have you and your family back again one day!
Canada
5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We had a most wonderful time at Stoltz Bluff. The house was beautiful, clean, warm and well furnished, amazing views out over the hills and trees, and very close to a number of lovely hikes by the river. Great kitchen for cooking.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Calgary, Alberta
5

Family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our young family stayed at Stoltz Bluff for 5 days in early August, and we can't say enough about our stay. The place is beautiful, clean, and well maintained. It looks exactly as pictured -- no surprises. The views are spectacular, and all the comforts were provided in this very private location. We found it both remarkable and eyeopening that the entire place is off-grid! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Victoria, BC
5

Everything We Wanted

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend this getaway. It was accurately depicted in the photos, very clean, private and yet within minutes of all the activities we participated in. We had a great stay, enjoyed the hummingbirds too and a great night sky.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Beautiful Property!

  • 5 of 5

We had a larger group rent Stoltz Bluff Eco Retreat and we had a fantastic time. The property is exactly what we were looking for as it provides one with a true sense of being outdoors and all by themselves. The property enjoys some fantastic views and is strategically located just a couple minutes from the Cowichan River Provincial Park. We enjoyed an endless campfire outside with just ourselves and the stars!

The house provides a comfortable and well decorated home for up to 6 people (2 bedrooms each with a queen size bed- plus a very comfortable pull out couch for another 2 people). The kitchen is well equipped and open concept so the place provides plenty of room for even a large group to enjoy. We also had arranged with the owners to have several others camp outside in tents, as there are some great views to wake up to in the morning!

We really enjoyed our stay and I expect several of our group members will return soon!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
61 Kilometres
Victoria International
Nearest Barpub
16 Kilometres
Craig Street Brew Pub, Duncan
Nearest Ferry
67 Kilometres
Swartz Bay Ferry, Victoria (Sidney)
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
VIA Rail, Duncan
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Hwy 18, Duncan/Lake Cowichan
Nearest Restaurant
16 Kilometres
Bistro 161, Duncan
Nearest Ski
198 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Resort, Courtenay
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Cowichan River Provincial Park
Car: necessary

The Cowichan Valley is the 'bread basket' of Vancouver Island! It offers a bounty of farms, markets, and wineries to visit, along with delicious local, organic offerings at many restaurants. Cowichan Bay has the distinction of being officially designated as North America’s first Cittaslow Community.

Along with it's food and wine offerings, the Cowichan Valley is home to the type of spectacular views and outdoor activities the west coast is known for. Hike around Stoltz Bluff and enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire valley. A paradise for bird watchers, hikers, and all those who enjoy wildlife and outdoor activities (including just relaxing at the river, lake, or ocean!).

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Rates & Availability

From C$169 Per night

Duncan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
June
Jun 1 2015 - Jul 2 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$199
C$1,044
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
Jul 3 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$249
C$1,494
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$169
From
C$199
Fri,Sat
C$1,044
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Changeover C$75.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit C$500.00
Pet Fee C$15.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes Contact us for further details on our cancellation policy.

Cancellation Policy

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

Duncan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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