|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
Dreaming of an oceanfront vacation?
Fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing and sea birds calling. Stroll the beach looking for shells and sea treasures. Watch our resident otters play at water's edge. Spend endless hours watching eagles soar, seals fishing, the ferries coming and going, sea planes overhead and myriad shorebirds looking for dinner. Wander, read, stroll, storm watch, sleep in a deck chair, relax over dinner, BBQ a fresh salmon; this is British Columbia oceanfront at its best!
This modern well-equipped home has everything you will need for a relaxing, memorable vacation.
This custom built home is owned by our family. It was custom designed and built by one of Nanaimo's most well-respected builders. It sits on the site of one of the original Departure Bay summer cottages built circa 1900. The original wood-frame summer cottage was not salvageable, and so, in 2012, a custom designed house was built on the site. Lots of history. Brand new luxury home.
Su Grimmer purchased this house in 2012
The house site and the whole of the Departure Bay Beach area is one of the most historic in the region. Walk on waterfront is hard to find anywhere in the world, and Departure Bay Beach House is just that...the beach, and the ocean, just outside the ocean side doors of the house.
Waterfront. Oceanfront. Mountain views. Custom build. Modern fully equipped home. Lots of space for family, friends and entertaining. Listen to the crash of waves, stroll the beach, breathe the clean ocean air, de-stress, relax, rejuvenate, re-connect. That's what our family does. For us it is all about big family dinners, good fresh food, lots of laughter, idle hours of reading, listening, talking or just kicking back, sipping a cool drink, taking it all in. Hours slip by and time seems to stand still. Sleep well. Swim. Meditate. Connect. We always leave too soon. We think you will feel the same way.
I organised the house for our crew of four men who were filming on Vancouver Island. I found dealing with Su (home owner) very personable, yet professional. She continued to keep in contact via email or phone quickly & efficiently every step of the way.
Being that the men had traveled 1/2 way across the world they certainly did appreciate the beautiful view from the house, the luxury & comfort of the house, & the personal touch of having little pastries for when they arrived. (Nice surprise for the men)
After long days of working / filming, they said it was blissful to arrive back at the house & relax.
It was big enough that it allowed each of them space to retreat to at the end of the day.
They enjoyed this house so much so that they phoned me back in New Zealand to thank me for booking the house.
A Romantic Valentine’s escape from Victoria, BC to Departure Bay Nanaimo. This was a surprise getaway! That is how I planned and executed it with the help of our host Su. She had arranged beautiful flowers, a bottle of Champagne (not prosecco) waiting for us. There was spa music coming from all the monitors, both fireplaces were softly burning, the soaker tub primed filled with bubbles. (Su had thought of everything!)
We went for great walks on the beach, two local parks, a short distance from our weekend retreat. We watched eagles in the bay, and otters frolicking in front of the house during breakfast.
I can only say that I scored BIG points this year. We even went kayaking from the house with the kayaks that are available.
If you want to do it right next Valentine's Day, you better plan this place early.
This well maintained and meticulous house was a dream come true!
Thanks for everything … ;-))
This is our third time staying at this house. It is not that we live far away, we only come over from the Lower Mainland of BC, but once we board the ferry to come to the island, our work life and the stress of the city living seems to slip away. We have started to think of this house as our own personal retreat. We walk in the door, the house is always welcoming, the hospitality warm and inviting, we unpack, pour a glass of wine and settle in. We are only ever here for 2-3-4 days at a time. Whenever we can spare time from our "real" life in the city, this is the place we run to. In those few days we seem to be able to rejunvate, recharge and reconnect. I guess in writing this review I might be letting our big secret out of the bag for others to discover, but so be it. This place is worth sharing.
Five star all the way.
From the moment we wound our way down the hill to the beach front address, the manicured gardens, the immaculately decorated interiors, its spotlessly clean rooms. The million dollar views, a kitchen that a true chef would dazzle. Our time here was peaceful, serene, with nary a concern for a thing. Groceries available a stones throw away. WIFI, DVD library, television in all rooms, lovely linens.... net year we will return for a longer winter visit, to be sure.
Stunning, spectacular, gorgeous... I don't think there is an adjective that really describes this place. We knew when we looked at the photos on the web site that the house was beautiful. What we didn't know was just HOW beautiful it is, or how comfortable. As great as the photos are, they don't do this place justice. We felt it as soon as we walked in the door. The view is breathtaking. I don't remember the last time I watched the sun rise, but I watched it every single morning while we were there, either from the upper balcony or while lying in bed.
The layout of the house is perfect for groups. Lots of space for gathering (which we did a lot of), but plenty of places to be alone, too, if that's what you need. Every time someone asked, "I wonder if there's a (fill in the blank) in the kitchen," someone else would reply "Yes!" The only thing we didn't find in the kitchen was a Keurig coffee machine. :-)
I can honestly say that this was the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on. Thank you, Su, for offering such a beautiful vacation home, and thank you for ordering in the beautiful weather! I've already recommended you and your vacation home to others, and we are also planning another trip next year.
The Departure Bay Beach House was perfect for our family. There was a lot of space, which was nice since there were six of us. It is such a beautiful house, so new and clean! It was also amazing being right on the beach - we were in or on the water every single day. The view is stunning, especially from the patio, which is where we spent most of our time. We would recommend this house for anyone who wants an amazing Vancouver Island experience.
A Stunning Custom Built Beachfront Vacation Rental
Looking for a luxury oceanfront vacation rental home? Departure Bay Beach House, located on famous Departure Bay, is an elegant custom built 'walk-on' beachfront home, located in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Custom built in 2012 by one of Nanaimo's premiere builders, our modern, stylish two-storey private residence, can be your vacation rental dream come true.
An Ideal Waterfront Location
Departure Bay is short distance 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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Low Season 2014 2015
Oct 1 2014 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2015
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee - variable||C$250 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||C$700|
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. We prefer to call you to collect your credit card details for reasons of security. Our deposit is 50 % of your total rental at the time of booking. The remaining rental fee is charged 4 days before check-in.
* 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.