|Space||3,500 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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!
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
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.
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.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
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|
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.