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Oceanfront-One Acre-Spectacular Views, Free Internet - Hot tub-Close to Victoria

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 large bedrooms --each with ocean views of our waterfront property and gardens

Architect-designed 3500 sq. ft. home on one acre of Vancouver Island waterfront. Ceramic radiant-heat floors. Clean, quiet, heat. Quality appliances. Eighteen foot ceilings in living room. Artist's loft. Modern classic west-coast design. Three very spacious beautiful bedrooms - each with ocean views and new beds. Living room and master bedroom with fireplace. Luxurious bathrooms with walk-in shower and soak tub. Toilets in separate rooms from bathrooms. Relax in the hot tub at night with the stars above and the ocean in front of you. Enjoy our collection of original art, books and beautiful gardens. Sixty-five foot deck and walls of glass give views of eagles, orca whales and sailboats. New plasma flat screen, Netflix and Blu-Ray player. Free high-speed wireless internet connection for your laptop and ipod dock for your music.

Art and Gardens:: ---Carolyn is a professional artist and you will enjoy her paintings in the studio loft and throughout the house. The gardens and grounds that surround the house will add to your outdoor pleasure and of course there is always the gentle lapping of waves on the beach.

We have several returning guests who enjoy 'Seagate' as their special vacation get-away and a great pleasure for us is making new friends through email and sometimes in person. Because of the care from past guests, we no longer ask for a damage deposit. We regard our guests as 'family'. The entire house and grounds are yours to enjoy in privacy.

The Ocean: --We are located on a bay that is protected by Saltspring Island. Often there are canoe and sailboat races in the bay and during the summer we keep our own sailboat in front of the the house. It is not unusual to see eagles, herons, and other birds. On several occasions, we have had orca whales in the bay and this spring, three humpback whales.

At night we often enjoy a glass of wine in the hot tub overlooking the ocean. We are in a very safe, private, quiet location with no through traffic and yet close to Victoria and local shops. At night you will most likely only hear the soft sound of waves or the call of a loon.

Vineyards: --We are located in the prime wine producing area of Vancouver Island with many vineyards just a short drive away and one of the best is just a lovely 15 minute walk from the house. If you enjoy wine, try a tasting tour of the wineries. Information will be in the house. The quaint fishing village of Cowichan Bay is only a 10 minute drive away with what our guests describe as some of the best bread and ice cream available-- and of course, seafood. Great to stroll on the docks to inspect the boats!

More Details

Denis & Carolyn McDonald
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2017

About Denis & Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn and Denis are recently retired teachers who have lived and worked in Canada, England, Australia and Jamaica. Carolyn is a professional artist who has regular showings. Denis enjoys workworking and tries not to destroy the flowers in the garden with his weedwacker.

Denis & Carolyn McDonald purchased this house in 2000

Why Denis & Carolyn McDonald chose British Columbia

We saw this home style in Australia and brought the plans back to Canada and then were very fortunate to find a property that had everything we wanted: wonderful views, quiet, yet close to shops, great neighbours, and waterfront. Every day we feel fortunate to live here--and love to share the house when we are on our frequent travels.

What makes this house unique

We were able to add design details to the house like heated ceramic floors, sixty-five foot deck facing the ocean, granite countertops, and an artist's loft. If you like art, you will enjoy the many pieces throughout the house. We also have a good collection of books and music.


Cowichan Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Having the toilets in separate rooms (with sinks) means that the 'bath-rooms' are more available to wash-up, bathe, or shower. There are a total of five wash basins, one walk-in shower, one soaker tub, and one tub-shower combo in the house.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Fireplace
    Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 double
  • Master bedroom has en suite and fireplace. All bedrooms are very large with beautiful views to the ocean and access to the gardens and patios. Our home is ideal for two or three couples sharing. Each bedroom is comfortable, bright, and unusually roomy.
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 9 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
2 queens, 1 double. Toilet rooms separate from bathrooms. Hot tub with deck and ocean views. Modern Architecture. Sixty-five foot deck, extensive gardens. Oceanfront. Master bedroom and living room with fireplace. Beautiful winter or summer. Quiet residential area of nice homes on large properties.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront-One Acre-Spectacular Views, Free Internet - Hot tub-Close to Victoria
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Deer Park, TX

Heavenly Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family's stay at this house was a dream come true. We enjoyed the large rooms, the fantastic decks, the hot tub, the view and the visits from the bald eagle. The house and property far exceeded our expectations. The online pictures and descriptions do not do the house justice. We particularly enjoyed the welcome bottle of wine. The instructions left by the home owners were well written and easy to understand. I would recommend this property to anyone, and would be more than happy to return for another visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. We like to think of our guests as "family" and have enjoyed meeting several visitors and making new friends. It is always a pleasure to share our home and to read the comments in our guestbook. Happy travels! --Denis and Carolyn.
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United States

Lovely, comfortable view home with amazing art to enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

Denis and Carolyn have generously and graciously offered their home to the rest of us to enjoy. It is well equipped and ready to accommodate. The views of the water are wonderful. The moon setting over the water creates a vision we'll worth photographing. Cow Bay is a quaint small fishing village that is so fun to explore. The Masthead restaurant is a fine dining venue that we have enjoyed several times over the past several years. We tried the Cow Cafe for the first time this trip. It's a casual spot offering a varied menu. We ate there for lunch twice and we're pleased both times. Seagate offers a home away from home and is a great place to relax, as well as being well located to explore and enjoy the beautiful countryside and environment. The Thrifty grocery store nearby offers all the usual but good sushi and a great bakery and cheese selection as well. My husband tried his hand at fishing on the river at Duncan. Didn't catch any fish but enjoyed having the opportunity to try:) Enjoy your time here and thank you Denis and Carolyn!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to know that our guests enjoyed our home and the area. Thanks for your kind review and also thanks for the care you showed "Seagate" while staying here. We would certainly love to have you return in the future. Happy travels! Denis and Carolyn.
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Vanderhoof, BC

Homey, roomy and amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Hello Denis and Carolyn,

I just wanted to send a short note and let you know once again how

delighted we were with your home. It worked out perfectly for my

mother using a walker and wheelchair as we gave her the master suite.

She stayed there on her own a couple of days to rest up after one of

our intermittant excursions up island or to Victoria, and she enjoyed

the peace and quiet and of course your amazing view. My brother and

his wife from Scotland we extremely impressed and thought it was much

better than even the website photos portrayed. We could sit and watch

the ocean for hours, with the many boats coming and going and all the

delightful birds, so busy at this time of year. We also enjoyed the

hot tub as we had one in our previous house for 13 yrs. and have

missed it since our move to town 7 yrs ago. It was wonderful watching

the night sky and even saw several pretty intense shooting stars. We

also went out walking a lot and had a lovely lunch at the Cherry Point

Winery while out walking on our last day. I know that you have no

control over the weather, but it was great the whole time we were


I hope we left the house in good shape and did the recycling and

garbage properly. We don't have the same intensity of recycling up

here in Vanderhoof and it seems every area is a little different. We

had an early ferry reservation from Schwartz Bay on the 18th in order

to get my Scottish relatives to YVR, so we were in a bit of a rush to

get out of the house.

Once again we are very sorry about the broken small Mexican piece (I

believe a whistle) and thank-you for being so understanding. We really

enjoyed all of your artwork, both the ones you've collected in your

travels and those you have done yourself. We did purchase some cards

and jewellery and left the money in the loft.

We usually try to stay in a rental home when we travel as we like to

feel more a part of a community rather than a "tourist" and your place

will go down as one of our favorites.


Glen & Jesse

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review and thanks also for the care that you gave "Seagate" --our home on Vancouver Island. We have amazing guests. We would love to have you return for another visit in the future. Denis and Carolyn (owners)
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A Dream House

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we stepped through the beautiful entrance and saw the jaw-dropping view we knew we would have a wonderful week and we certainly did.

The house is perfect throughout, beautifully decorated (loved Carolyn's paintings!) and incredibly well maintained with everything you could possibly want for a fantastic stay.

The gardens are gorgeous and fun to explore with all its nooks and crannies and having your own beach is lovely. The hot tub each night was very special! We slept incredibly well and had the most relaxing week.

When we did manage to drag ourselves away from the house, we found the area of Cowichan Bay itself is lovely & fell in love with it, especially with the fantastic weather and fall colours that we were lucky to have. Mill Bay is great for shopping and has a lovely little marina and there's a great cafe in Maple Bay right on the front. Goldstream Provincial Park is also worth a visit esp. when in the fall when you can see the salmon run, up close as we did. Victoria itself isn't far away and is a great city.

All in all a fantastic week in a wonderful house. We would return in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to rent in this area. And I would definitely recommend staying in this area!

Thank you so much, Denis & Carolyn, for sharing your wonderful house with us. You were so helpful and friendly and there for any questions we might have had. Thank you for making our final moments travelling in the Pacific Northwest wonderful ones. We'll treasure the memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We greatly appreciate your comments and the details about the area. We are very happy that you enjoyed our home and also visiting beautiful Vancouver Island. Thanks for leaving the house in perfect condition.
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Wonderful Seagate!

  • 5 of 5

Although we had seen the pictures nothing could compare to what was waiting for us when we arrived at seagate. The house was wonderful but then we saw 'that' view. Wow. The house was all we had hoped for and more, very convienient for exploring the entire island. There were so many things to do locally, like whale watching, visiting Butchart Gardens and sampling the many local vineyards and restaurants. Being able to come back to such a lovely home in the evenings only added to our wonderful holiday on Vancouver Island. Thanks to Denis and Carolyn for sharing their home with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments. It is always nice to know that our guests enjoy our home and the location as much as we do. Also thanks for leaving the house so tidy. Much appreciated. We would love to have you return to Seagate. Happy travels, Denis and Carolyn.
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Orangevale, CA


  • 5 of 5

The scents, sights and sounds of Seagate are still present in my memories. We spent last week in Paradise at Seagate! It was fun to prepare our meals in the gorgeous kitchen and decide which of the wonderful al fresco dining areas would we eat each meal. Spectacular views of Cowichan Bay from every window. Denis and Carolyn have taken great effort in providing a comfortable retreat with beautiful gardens, decks and indoor amenities with lots of privacy and solitude. We enjoyed the convenience of kayaking from the nearby village of Cowichan Bay, toured Butchart Gardens by day and night, watched the deer and marine life in the forests and beach near the house, enjoyed the convenience of wireless internet while gazing at the ocean, appreciated the decorator touches and Carolyn's awesome artwork, and so much more. We can hardly wait to return to this little slice of paradise shared between mother, daughter and friend.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Arbutus Golf and Country Club
Car: necessary

Forty-five minute drive to Victoria, the provincial capital, ten minutes to supermarkets and shops and only 15 minutes to the ferry for the famous Buchart Gardens. Wine country! --six wineries within 20 minutes. A two minute drive to Cherry Point Vineyards. Ten minutes to a beautiful ocean view public golf course.

Five minute drive to Cowichan Bay, a quaint fishing village with restaurants, ocean sports, boat rentals, whale watching and shops.

Other Activities: kayaking, walk to famous vineyard, nearby golf.

Golf: beautiful golf course with ocean views only 10 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Cowichan Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring-summer 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

No cleaning charge, no damage deposit, and we pay the taxes. Rates are your total cost.
$1393 to $1750/week-- check rate and calendar listing for availability.
Total rate: $1393 to $1750 U.S. /week up to four guests, $50 extra per week per extra guest. Max. guests: 6
Year-round rentals. Beautiful summer and winter (hot tub is special in winter!) This is the warmest part of Canada in the winter. Contact for two or more week discount..

$500 U.S. initial deposit to hold dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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