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Beautiful Oceanfront House with Spectacular Views on 3 Acres

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

As you journey here to this wilderness coast of British Columbia, by road and ferry or seaplane, you will begin to relax as you enter a world of clear ocean waters, stunning vistas and...quiet. My custom-built cedar home sits on nearly three acres overlooking the waters of Georgia Strait and the snow-capped peaks of the West Coast. It is set among stands of fir, alder and maples, it is private yet sunlit.

There are two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom (one with shower and one with bathtub). Hardwoood floors of Russian birch are used throughout the open plan living room, dining, and kitchen area. The feeling is one of casual comfort with style. You may want to wake early to view the sunrise over the mountain-tops or catch a glimpse of the deer. Or you may wish to sleep in and let the warmth of sunlight on your face wake you.

Your day, in this romantic setting , may begin with breakfast on the deck followed by a stroll down the woodsy trail to the beach below to gather clams and oysters for lunch. Your outdoor adventures could include swimming, kayaking, beach combing, hiking, sailing. Or perhaps you simply enjoy an afternoon of power lounging and solitude.

A memorable way to end the day: bathe by moonlight in the leopard-painted, antique tub!

Keywords: Oceanfront House

More Details

Caz Ratcliffe
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About Caz Ratcliffe

I found Cortes more than 30 years ago and fell instantly in love with the place. I have spent many years travelling the world and when I got here I knew I was Home!

After many summers here I finally bought this lovely 3 acre's as bare land. At first I thought I would build a little cabin to store my things in between my travels.

However, here I am more than 20 years later still enjoying creating more beauty. It's been an amazing journey.

I have a house and a cottage in a flower garden and love to share them with others.

Caz Ratcliffe purchased this house in 1989

Why Caz Ratcliffe chose Mansons Landing

I love this South Point as we get sun from early morning to evening.The views are dramatic, of mountains and ocean and other islands and I love to watch the sun and the moon rise over the mountains. It is so quiet here. I feel the greatest gift I have had is to wake up to nothing but bird song, and often its eagles calling me to get up.

What makes this house unique

Beauty is important to me.I am an artist and have designed and directed the building of this house. Really, I would like to be living outside, but this is the west coast and not Mexico so I had to have protection from the elements. However, there are windows and ocean views from every room in the house 8 skylights and loads of deck so it is a house full of light and decorated with textiles and unique objects from my world travels.

One of my favourite things to do on Cortes is to swim in our warm lakes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I rate this among the best places I have ever stayed on all my travels.The house

is divine,the views magnificent,and so much beauty,so much soul, and quiet.

Apr 2007
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Mansons Landing House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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(11 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Oceanfront House with Spectacular Views on 3 Acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

This is just a little bit of heaven on earth:)!

  • 5 of 5

There is so much one can say about this perfect home away from home. I felt at peace every moment I was there. It is a lovely place infused with happiness. Every morning we were surprised -- twice by deer, once a raccoon scampering past, eagles and ravens flying by so close we heard the flapping of their wings and lovely chipmunks building nests in the woods. Blackberries abound everywhere and the views are just spectacular. Easy access to beach with beautiful walks on rocky shores and plenty of gorgeous purple, orange and magenta starfish. Caz is just lovely, warm and welcoming. We travel throughout the world and never seem to have time to come back to a place. But, we are planning to return here next summer...

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so lovely to meet you both and so glad you enjoyed your stay here at SOWELU. I look forward to seeing you again next year. We are still enjoying this warm sunny summer. It looks like fall will be good too.Take care Caz.
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Vancouver, BC

Wonderful Relaxing Home on Beautiful Cortes Island

  • 5 of 5

Sowelu is in a beautiful picture perfect location, with an unobstructed view to Desolation Sound. Very quiet part of the island and a functional interesting home with lovely master bedroom upstairs and great modern bathroom. We loved the cliff top deck and never tired of the view. Cortes is a wonderful island to explore. Very close to Hollyhock and short drive to lots of great hikes and places to stop. Caz was easy to work with in booking and helpful in ensuring we had useful information.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Perfect honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sowelu for our honeymoon. Such an amazing place. We loved Cortes, Hollyhock, getting oysters on the beach, the wildlife ... wow. The house itself is a work of art and the views are special.

Caz was great and very accommodating, and very respectful of our privacy.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful holiday cottage

  • 5 of 5

This home was even better than the on-line description. It had many extras including an outdoor tub that overlooked the beautiful entrance to the discovery channel. It was within biking distance of Manson's Landing and within a short walk of Hollyhock retreat. We enjoyed our stay so much that we booked a longer one for next year. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Jan and Helmut. I loved having you both here and look forward to you being here for 3 weeks this year.
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Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

This property is even better than the on-line description. It is a fairy tale cottage, clean, comfortable with wonderful extras such as the outdoor tub with hot water to soak in as you look out over the spectacular entrance to the Discovery Channel. It is within biking distance of Manson's Landing and a short walk to Hollyhock retreat. We chose this property for the availability of good kayaking waters and it didn't disappoint. I would highly recommend this property. We booked a longer stay the following summer.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

It takes us a day and a half to drive to this beautiful island, it is well worth it.

We have just booked for the 4th year, why go anywhere else once you discover paradise? The perfect spot to relax and enjoy all that Sowelu/Cortes has to offer. From the perfect spot to enjoy one's morning coffee, to the daily hike through Kw'as Park to swim rock, returning to Sowelu to soak in the sun and enjoy a swim at the very private beach, dinner on the deck, and lastly taking in the breathtaking view from our bed - ends the perfect just does not get any better.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

I bought this property over 20 years ago after travelling the world

and living in several countries.When I arrived on Cortes I fell instantly in love with the beauty and quiet of Cortes.We have clean lakes with sandy beaches and no motor boats.Hague lake is my favorite place in the world to swim,the water is warm.

Sowelu (wholeness) sits on 3 acres facing the sun and moonrise on the south point.It is a private road and quiet.The views are spectacular,I have had the good fortune to spend this last twenty years creating my little paradise here and love to share it with others.

There is a lovely forest just a short walk away and a trail to the private beach below.This is a friendly vibrant community and you can buy great organic food throughout the island.

You can walk along the beach to Hollyhock and enjoy a massage and organic lunch or dinner or just stay home in all the comforts of home.

This is truly a wonderful place to rest and rejuvinate.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $391.82
Cleaning $58.77

Rates above are inclusive of taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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