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'Two Penguins' - Gorgeous, Private Oceanfront Cottage with Hot Tub

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Galiano Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Take in the stunning panoramic views of the Straight of Georgia and the snow-capped North Shore Mountains from our beautiful, rustic oceanfront cottage. Enjoy drinks and meals on the deck while you watch the spectacular sunsets and, after dark, the lights of Vancouver. Then wake up to gorgeous sunrises over the mountains or star gaze at night through the large skylight in the second floor master bedroom.

Watch birds, deer, otters, seals and bald eagles while you sip your morning cup of coffee from the sandstone beach, the wrap-around deck, or one of the two main bedrooms. You might even see a pod of orcas passing by, or sea lions frolicking in the ocean right in front of the house.

The Hot Tub is nestled into the natural landscape just off of the beach, overlooking the ocean. Savour the gorgeous night time views of the stars and the lights of Vancouver. In the summer, watch the sunrise and sunset. In the winter, listen to the sound of crashing waves on the beach as all of your cares melts away.

The house is tastefully decorated and equipped with all the basics you may need. Both the Master bedroom and second bedroom overlook the ocean and mountains. The Master bedroom has a larger than king size bed and a large skylight for star-gazing at night. The second bedroom has a queen size bed. Each of the other two bedrooms have sleeping lofts and two twin beds.

The property is just 10 minutes by car from the ferry. It's a nice walk down a country road or just minutes away from stores, restaurants, the golf club and the pub, by car or bike. It sits on about 7 private wooded acres and 300 feet of low bank, sandstone waterfront. There are extensive lawns for lounging or playing games as well as a large pond where you may see wood, harlequin, mallard or other ducks.

In the cooler months, snuggle by the fire with a good book, enjoy our great selection of board games or our wonderful and diverse collection of DVD's.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About The Owner

We fell in love with Galiano Island about 25 years ago, and have been both full-time residents and 'weekenders'. We currently live in Vancouver and hope to return to Galiano full time one day.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose British Columbia Gulf Islands

As past full-time residents, we knew exactly what we were looking for in a Galiano home. This property has it all: 300 feet of beachfront, 7 acres of private forest, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets in the summer, a wrap-around deck, lots of windows, wood stove, hot tub...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fabulous few days break - we have been so relaxed here. Loved the house, tides and beaches. Have plans to return!

Nov 2004
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'Two Penguins' - Gorgeous, Private Oceanfront Cottage with Hot Tub
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We should have left this comment sooner...we stayed here for a week in the summer of 2005. What a wonderful time!! We still talk about how beautiful it was. Keep an eye out for the eagle!!

Karin and Fred Cummings

  • Submitted: May 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Apr 2007
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Wonderful seclusion!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with 7 of my paddling buddies for a five days and we all loved every minute of it. The house is not large but very cozy and it slept 8 adults comfortably. The master super king size bed was fabulous with all the windows and skylights. Hot tub was enjoyed by quite a few of us. We also were thrilled to see some "fall storm watching" right from the deck. Hiking Mt. Galiano is a must as well as the Bodega Ridge. We had too much wind to kayak so enjoyed these hikes immensely. Wouldn't have had time to do them otherwise, so things worked out really well. We paddled on the last day and did Montague Harbour and all the outlying islands, beautiful. We didn't get the time to do Gossip island so will have to come back!

The home is well equipped and we enjoyed the wood stove in the evening.The only tricky part was the could use a little shaving off the centre hump and filling some pot holes. We had some SUVs and they did fine but the sedans were concerned although they did OK wth a few scratches due to avoiding the centre hump and consequentlly driving too close to the shrubbery.

Thanks to our host for providing such a unique place in paradise.

Mary and her paddling gang

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing get away

  • 4 of 5

A spacious cabin by the sea on a beautiful remote property. The house very well equipped, comfortable beds but the floors and decks a little worn. We had some difficulty w the DVD player.

Lunch at the Galiano Inn (pizza) was disappointing.

A Hike to Bodega Ridge was marvellous.

Overall a delightful 3 night stay and we would return.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cabin vacation

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 3-night stay in September. Great property for our dog to explore. Toddler-friendly house, complete with some toys. Everything was clean, appliances and house well maintained. The two big beds were heavenly! Hot tub was the perfect outdoor escape. It had a cozy cabin/cottage feel, as opposed to modern, but had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Amazing place to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay. The place was cozy and comfortable. Amazing views from the deck and beach! We didn't have a car and trekked in by foot from the ferry. Thankfully, a local lady stopped on the road to pick us up and drove us half way. Didn't get a chance to use the hot tub cause there were maintenance issues, but that didn't stop our fun. Also, didn't see any wildlife (was hoping for a seal or a deer), but sure got eaten by the mosquitoes (word to the wise, take bug spray!). Overall, I didn't want to leave, two days wasn't enough! We'll be back next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Island Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Very nice place. Great deck with lovely views to the east. Quiet and secluded. A real getaway retreat.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Car: recommended

Saturday Farmer's market in the summer, various concerts, theatre and art shows at the community hall throughout the year, Annual Literary Festival and Wine Festival, Canada Day Jamboree, BC Day Lion's Fiesta and various other festivals throughout the year.


Rates & Availability

Galiano Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 10 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 10 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

*Summer rentals are weekly only, Sunday - Sunday (Except week of Aug 21 w changeover Sunday or Wed/Thurs)
*changeovers for the rest of the year can be any day except Saturday
3rd night free Nov-Feb, (except long wknds & Christmas)
4th night free on long weekends Nov-Feb
Rental fee is for up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $100 for adults and $50 for children.
Minimum stay of 3 nights on long weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Galiano Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • We also have a charming outhouse.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , (Larger than King actually).
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , There is aso a portable crib available.
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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