A PRIVATE ECO-FRIENDLY GETAWAY

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Tonya or Leon

Speaks english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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A PRIVATE ECO-FRIENDLY GETAWAY

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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:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Tonya or Leon

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Speaks english

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

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.

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').

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

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Property Reviews

A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews
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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p433754vbi
Duncan Vancouver Island
Qualicum Beach
4

Eco-Retreat Treat

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
The listing description regarding the location was accurate and the listing photos accurately reflected the rental's appearance and amenities. The property was clean and well maintained. The owner, Tonya, was helpful in answering our questions, concerns and requests. The house is nicely decorated and the kitchen is well stocked with dishes, glassware, pots and pans and utensils. The chest fridge was new and different for us. Great gas stove and BBQ. The well water tasted mighty fine! Living off the grid felt normal except for the lighting which seemed dull even with five light bulbs glowing. (Found reading or playing games in that light difficult.) Perhaps a different type of bulb would improve the brightness. The view was outstanding. The retreat offers an eco-retreat treat, peace and quiet and time for reflection or great conversation. The Cowichan River nearby offers tubing rentals and lots of fun. The area offers lots of hiking paths for all different levels. Check in at the Lake Cowichan Visitors Office for more information. We highly recommend dinner at The Masthead in Cowichan Bay (about 40 minutes away including time to descend the 1 km driveway and gate unlocking, opening and closing, relocking). Many restaurants in the area are closed Sunday and (holiday) Mondays even in high tourist season. Overall, a relaxing, enjoyable experience!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p433754vbi
Duncan Vancouver Island
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
4

Off Grid Get-Away

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
If you're looking for a (very) private get-away on a hill top where you can view the rising and setting suns, and a million stars at night, then Stoltz Bluff is a must do. The house combines state of the art eco-friendly technology and design with traditional cobb building techniques in a stylistic design which lends to the off-grid luxury. It was a great place to leave the busy world behind and spend quality time winding down. If you're adventurous Stoltz Bluff is conveniently located with rivers, lakes and hiking nearby. It is also close to both Duncan and Lake Cowichan for shopping and supplies, if needed. A great way to go off grid!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p433754vbi
Duncan Vancouver Island
victoria, bc
5

What a setting!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
Just back from a couple of days at the Stoltz Bluff Eco-Retreat. Sitting atop of 40 acres, high above the Cowichan Valley, this spot is magical. 360 degree view! The cob house has high end finishing, a great kitchen and living area. The beds are good. Felt like an education in off the grid living as I had always imagined off the grid to equal "funky hippy" (not that there's anything wrong with funky hippy.......) whereas this was upscale 'cool'. Who knew?! The Cowichan river is about five minutes away by car and in the summer great swimming. I did bike down to it (once, it's all downhill-great....but coming back............less great!). Pretty outstanding in all regards. I'd go again in a heart beat.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
business
A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p433754vbi
Duncan Vancouver Island
Victoria
5

Christmas at Stotz Bluff

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
Stoltz Bluff EcoRetreat was the perfect Christmas get-away. Situated up the side of a mountain without a soul around to obscure the experience, the views were breathtaking, the house was warm and cozy and inviting. We share a particular interest in alternative building materials and techniques and were especially intrigued to see and experience how Leon and Tanya had managed to blend eco building with comfort. Mother Nature obliged by providing us with a fresh dumping of snow to top off a gorgeous two day get-away, adding extra fun for our English Bulldog, Winston. A pet friendly, healthy home, complete with everything we needed to make our Christmas extra special, right down to the turkey roaster pan. We can't wait to go back again and will tell all of our friends about the magic of Stoltz Bluff.
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Map

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

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Duncan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
High Season
Jun 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
C$ 249
C$ 1,494
2 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$ 20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
C$ 169
C$ 199
Fri,Sat
C$ 1,044
2 nights
 
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
Pet Fee C$15.00
50% deposit to reserve dates, remaining 50% due 2 weeks before check in.
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes Contact us for further details on our cancellation policy.
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Amenities

Duncan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
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:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • 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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