EAGLENEST SANCTUARY - RIVERSIDE VACATION & WORKSHOP RETREAT

Ezio Cusi

Speaks french, german, spanish, english
Sleeps20
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Ezio Cusi

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EAGLENEST SANCTUARY - RIVERSIDE VACATION & WORKSHOP RETREAT

Shawnigan Lake Estate Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 17 - Discounts for last minute reservations.

Ideal for workshops, meditation retreats, large family vacations and events, Eaglenest Sanctuary is embedded in the Vancouver Island rainforest.

The Sanctuary is a very secluded 3500 sq. ft. recently renovated (2013) house surrounded by 15 acres of gardens and rainforest alongside the Koksilah river.

It has five bedrooms (6, 3, 3, 3 and 2 people occupancy) three showers, three toilets, one bathtub and one sauna.

One living room (seats 17), one large multipurpose room (yoga, meetings, resting, media) and one small 'conversation pit' (seats 8) sun room for breakaway meetings.

One fully stacked and operational kitchen with dishwasher, double sink, large refrigerator, electric range and multiple appliances.

Outdoors:private access to 800 meters of riverfront with two swimming holes, three gardens, sweat lodge, medicine wheel, four ponds, one cold tub, two decks, one outdoor stage and three miles of paths through the rainforest, including a patch of old growth timber.

You can take advantage of last minute reservation discounts. There is a 10% discount for reservations made from 14 to 7 days before the date and 20% discount for reservations of 6 days or less.

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

Ezio Cusi

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

As the property owner and operator of Eaglenest Sanctuary, I am originally from Mexico, but have lived in many countries, including France, the US and Canada. I live next door to Eaglenest at Eagleyew, a newly constructed natural building home.

He studied Engineering in Mexico and has an MBA from Stanford University.

Ezio Cusi purchased this estate in 2002

In 2001, while living in France with my family, we decided to move to North America. We sold our house and went to the US, bought an RV and travelled for a year in US, Mexico, Central America and finally Canada, looking for a place to live. When we arrived in the Cowichan Valley, we realized that we had found home.

When researching the necessary steps to immigrate to Canada, I came in contact with a poem by Goethe in which he states that to make your dreams reality, you have to take the first step and the universe will conspire to make them happen.

So we decided to buy a house and after exhaustive search, we came upon Eaglenest. We fell in love with the house and especially the grounds.

Amongst other things, I am a cabinet maker and I have made many changes to the house in the last 10 years.

In 2010 I started the construction of Eagleyew in a sub division of the original Eaglenest property. After 2 1/2 years, I moved to Eagleyew and started renovation of Eaglenest as a vacation and workshop rental.

The location of Eaglenest Sanctuary is, arguably, one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Bordered by the Koksilah river, the property is embeded in the Shawnigan Lake rainforest. Uniquely secluded, it is surrounded by rainforest with the closest neighbors more than 400 yards away.

The soothing view of the river from the living room, kitchen, dining and master bedroom room is superb and unique.

The house is renovated in a clean, simple Zen-like ambiance that invites you to relax and renew yourself.

The best feature of Eaglenest are the grounds. The house is surrounded by gardens. To the east is an enclosed medicinal herb garden, protected from visiting deer.

To the north is the Medicine Wheel garden with Koksilah river access, on the way to the old growth rainforest patch and a stage for artistic performances.

To the south is the flower garden, with lots of grass area for games, with its shrine to Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess. In addition, this path leads to the main swimming hole, 200 yards away and the sweat lodge area.

To the west is the closest path to the beautiful Koksilah river.

Beyond that, 3 kms of paths wind though the rainforest, leading to the four ponds, an old logging road, and the world famous Kinsol tressle, the largest railroad tressle in the Commonwealth and one of the most popular tourist attraction in the Cowichan Valley.

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type estate
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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Shawnigan Lake Vancouver Island
Vancouver
5

WILDERNESS RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
Stunning property, literally right by a stream with great walks and a very spacious and comfortable house. Perfect for a large group or family wilderness retreat.
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Eaglenest Sanctuary - Riverside Vacation & Workshop Retreat
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Shawnigan Lake Vancouver Island
5

18 PERSON RETREAT PERFECT AT EAGLENEST!

  • 5 of 5
My partner and I recently facilitated a self-inquiry retreat at Eaglenest and everyone loved the location. Beautifully quiet with the accompanying rhythm of the river's flow, the setting was truly relaxing and wonderfully conducive to the deep level of self-inquiry work into which we were all dropping over the 3 nights of our stay. Ezio, the owner and a major contributor to the artistic beauty of Eaglenest, responded to all of our needs whenever they arose. Nothing to worry about. We highly recommend Eaglenest for work and family retreats. We have already booked our next retreat! Edward & Kira
  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Eaglenest Sanctuary - Riverside Vacation & Workshop Retreat
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Shawnigan Lake Vancouver Island
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GIRLS' GETAWAY

Girls' getaway
  • 5 of 5
A group of 15-or-so of us found this gem of a getaway for a pre-wedding girls' retreat and it was absolutely perfect!!! This location has everything that any girl would want. It is an absolutely beautiful house and, then after you throw in a sauna, hiking and amazing view overlooking the river, you basically have everything that anyone would want (and I didn't even mention the open "dance floor" downstairs!). Thanks Ezio!!! It was the first perfect weekend before an absolutely perfect wedding. I got engaged right after my sister-in-law got married so we will be calling you again soon :)
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I am glad guests are recognizing the many benefits of Eaglenest Sanctuary. Even with bad weather, the Sanctuary is a great place to read, play games, introspect, meditate, do yoga and other indoor activities.
ahnks for your kind comments...
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Eaglenest Sanctuary - Riverside Vacation & Workshop Retreat
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p475461vb
Shawnigan Lake Vancouver Island
Shawnigan Lake
5

ENCHANTED FOREST WEDDING

  • 5 of 5
My Husband and I recently rented the sanctuary as the venue for our wedding. The property lends itself perfectly to hosting such gatherings and the landscape and surrounding forest provided the perfect atmosphere for our event.

The house itself is set up incredibly well for a group of 10-12 people with ample space and beautiful and unique handcrafted wood furnishings. The sound of the river outside your window is the most relaxing way to fall asleep and the forest views further the feeling of being connected to nature. There are great spaces inside for large gatherings, a huge living room, kitchen and dining room in addition to a large yoga studio. The furnishings were new and linens were beautiful, the hand crafted tile mosaics were stunning, overall it was a lovely space to spend time.

The grounds are really what drew me to this place, the property is situated on the perfect piece of forested land hugged by the river on two sides. There are three different and equally breathtakeing outdoor areas that can work as a backdrop for any special occasion. The river itself is also amazing with some magical spots and swimming holes just steps from the backdoor. You can also walk right up to the trestle from the property in about 10 minutes.

Ezio, our host, was just as fantastic as the property. He made sure it was in pristine condition and that we had everything we needed. He gave us privacy to enjoy the grounds and our stay but let us know he was close by should we need anything. His passion for this land and the details he has crafted inside and out show throughout the property.

I look forward to returning again and would recommend this property to everyone!
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Eaglenest Sanctuary - Riverside Vacation & Workshop Retreat
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Shawnigan Lake Vancouver Island
Near Seattle
5

ONE OF THE GREAT RETREATS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST!

  • 5 of 5
Recently my wife and I, along with another couple, had the good fortune to visit Vancouver Island. Originally, we had heard of the historic Kinsol Trestle - the highest such wooden railway structure still in existence in the British Commonwealth - and so we set off from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and made our way north to the beautiful Cowichan Valley. This was less than an hour's drive north over some of the most scenic country we had yet seen, and the ancient trestle, recently restored as part of the Tran-Canada Trail, was incredible. But while there we met the proprietor of the adjacent EagleNest Sanctuary who invited us, quite by chance, to walk one of the gorgeous trails that meandered along the pristine Koksilah River towards what we now know as one of the best kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest. Serendipity had struck once again. We immediately fell in love with the gorgeous surroundings, the eclectic grounds and buildings, and the generous spirit of our soon-to-be host! What can I say but that we immediately changed our travel plans and booked into one of the most serene and relaxing accomodations it has been our good fortune stay at. Victoria is certainly a splendid city we enjoy, but if the quiet splendour of nature is more your cup of tea, make Eagle Nest Sanctuary your destination - you will not regret it! In fact, my partner who works in the field of holistic health hopes to return soon with one of the meditation groups she practices with. Our host was very accomodating and open to assisting with such arrangements for larger gatherings. His own house called Eagleyew, located at another end of this fabulous property was recently constructed and apparently has set a new benchmark in alternative, environmentally-sensitive design. In all, there is much to see, but it is the privacy and quiet solitude we liked best. Thank you Sir for your kind hospitality and a most wonderful stay - we shall return! Cheers.
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Since this couple stayed at Eaglenest Sanctuary, the property is having a total renovation, to upgrade the facilities, both inside and outdoors.
Eaglenest Sanctuary will be available by the middle of July, ready to receive guests and workshop participants.
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Map

Butchart Gardens
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Victoria, Vancouver Island
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Swarts Bay, Vancouver Island
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Duncan, BC
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Highway 1, Canada
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
West Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Blue Swan Pub
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Mount Washington
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Arbutus Ridge Golf
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
West Arm Grill
Car: necessary

The property is located in the middle of the spectacular Pacific Northwest rain forest. It is surrounded by 15 acres of riverfront, old growth and second growth trees.

A five minute walk though the rainforest gets you to recently restored historic Kinsol Tressle, the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth.

Shawnigan lake, with its picturesque lakefront, yoga studio, restaurants, coffee shops and stores is only 10 minutes away.

Beautiful Victoria is only 45 min. away.

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Availability & Rates

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Shawnigan Lake Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
C$ 350
From
C$ 450
Fri,Sat
C$ 2,700
C$ 9,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$ 20 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2015
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$ 450
From
C$ 450
Fri,Sat
C$ 2,700
C$ 9,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$ 20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$ 300
From
C$ 400
Fri,Sat
C$ 2,500
C$ 9,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$ 20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

50% on reservation
Reminder on arrival
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Amenities

Shawnigan Lake Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Monument View ...
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Wood Stove
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , indoor sauna
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Two of the tolilets are in a separate room. Total of 4 bathroom sinks.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Two closets
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 3 bunk bed
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • golf
  • tennis
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • rock climbing
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