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.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Ezio Cusi
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
Why Ezio Cusi chose Shawnigan Lake
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.
What makes this estate unique
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.