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Richard Christy

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Spectacular Waterfront Retreat On South Pender Island - Low Bank Beachfront

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Southern Gulf Islands House Rental Photos and Description

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6. Guest cabin: sleeps 2 w/ bath

Gowlland Point Place is an expansive, private setting that provides incomparable views and access to a spectacular marine environment. The main house sits on over 300 feet of low-bank shoreline, with a panoramic view of the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and ships en route between the Pacific Ocean and nearby ports. Enjoy the seaside environment and abundant wildlife from a large wrap-around deck, or directly on one of the area’s most desirable beaches. Orca, porpoise, otter, bald eagles and deer are common sights. The view is equally enjoyable during inclement weather from fireside in the sea-view living room. An available guest cottage allows up to eight people to enjoy the property. The three-plus acre property includes a historic orchard and a forested perimeter that provides a reclusive ambiance. Neighboring Brooks Point and Gowlland Point Conservancy Areas add to the property’s natural tranquility.

Geographic Coordinates (Lattitude & Longitude): For specific location via mapping software, Internet services or GPS, use the following geographic coordinates:

N48 44.190' W123 11.084'

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Richard Christy (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

I see a lot of other people have placed some choice words in previous reviews. I agree with everything that has been said in the past, and would probably just be saying more of the same if I wrote a few paragraphs. So let me summarize with one word: STELLAR!

The only further explanation I will offer is that it's our ONLY place to stay on Pender, having rented some other very nice properties in the past. This just brings the best of everything together in one place. I thank the owners for sharing this little piece of Heaven with our family.
Apr 2013
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based on 28 traveler reviews

Spectacular Waterfront Retreat On South Pender Island - Low Bank Beachfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Great weekend on Pender Island

  • 5 of 5

Communications with Richard (the owner of the house) were easy, before and after the weekend we rented the house. He provided us with a map and accurate directions to drive to the property.

The house was beautiful, very well equipped and the setting was very quiet.

I would return there and recommend this house to friends who wish to spend a week-end on the Island.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: Nov 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect oceanfront retreat into nature

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed another amazing holiday at this relaxing rural home on South Pender - it was exactly what we needed. The home is quietly elegant, blending modern conveniences and comfort with a touch of rustic, and heartfelt evidence all around of the rich history of this longtime family property. The large property offers privacy with the option to pop down the short path to the public beach. From the kitchen window looking into the orchard with visiting deer, to BBQs on the wrap-around deck, we enjoyed watching the sun rise and Mount Baker blush at sundown. We were treated with an orca pod coming right into the bay in front of the house, and another the next day around the point and park a short few steps from the property.

The owner was very helpful and gave us all the info we needed to find the home and to ensure we had a wonderful time. The house was clean with lovely floors and granite countertops, and we enjoyed perusing the books and playing the games. We adjusted easily to conserving water, and appreciated the convenience of being able to do some laundry when needed.

A highlight was having our own rustic tennis court to cap it off. We enjoyed some nearby hikes and beach exploration, roadstand veggies and the Blood Star Gallery. Joe's Place in the main Driftwood Village, is not to be missed. We attended an art show at the island's Sea Star winery, fresh local food and crafts at the Saturday morning market, and a pint at the pub.

But most of all, we loved just sitting on the deck or in the livingroom, watching the otters, seals, eagles, deer, and orcas doing their thing, and cargo ships quietly gliding en route to their far-reaching destinations.

We would highly recommend this oceanfront experience and can't wait to return, ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing location and great house!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing location and great, well-maintained house! We stayed in this house for 3 nights on May long weekend. House is just a step away from beach, also has a huge backyard, swings and tennis courts. You will not get bored watching bold eagles and humming birds sitting on the deck. Can't wait to go back next year.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Amazing location and great house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this house for 3 nights during May long weekend. Amazing location and great, well maintained house. Beach is just a step away!!! Kids enjoyed running in the large backyard, playing with swings and of course playing tennis in the tennis court. Can't wait to come back next year. Definitely would recommend to my friends.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this beautiful island home for three months while our home nearby was being renovated. The owner, Richard, was really good to deal with. He was very friendly, helpful and easy to contact. The property itself is just as described, only better. The house and yard are very clean, well-kept and well-appointed. It has everything you need for not only short but longer stays. The views of the sunrises, sunsets and passing marine life are exceptional. On our first day there, we saw a gray whale, and later, orcas, seals, mink, otters and eagles. In the winter, storm-watching can be done from the front room window, while the wood burning stove provides cozy warmth. There is a passing parade of marine traffic to watch, including pleasure boats, working boats and cruise ships, all lit up at night.

The island itself offers a lot of amenities year-round, including many activities for young and old. There is a very good grocery store, bakery, liquor store and gas station and a few good places to dine out. The Saturday Farmers' Market provides lots of great edibles and a chance to sample some local culture. There are many artists on the island who market their products at the Market or at their own studios. Poets Cove is a lovely resort just two miles up the road, and you can access their swimming pool, pub and restaurant in the summer months. You can also rent a boat or kayak there or just sit and watch the float planes take off. A local Aqua fit group uses the pool and welcomes new people to the class. What a lot of fun!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this home and don't hesitate to recommend it to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Every summer our family explores different vacation rentals on the islands of Coastal BC, and this year we finally found the location that we want to return to again and again. As a family of four, the property and home had everything we could have asked for. It was comfortable and spacious, with a beautiful deck along the full length of the house from which we could sit and watch the Orca whales as they passed by almost daily. The beach was perfect for the kids to explore and the nearby trails provided nice entertainment. There was a weekend farmer's market and we bought live crab from Port Browning for dinner. When we didn't feel like cooking we made the 5 minute drive to the beautiful Poet's Cove resort down the road and enjoyed their restaurant facilities. (Poet's Cove also has a spa and a pool which you can access as well). This property really offers the best of all worlds. We loved it so much that we returned for one final weekend away over Labour Day long weekend. I suspect we will be back next year as well.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Otter Bay
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Pender island Golf & Country Club
Nearest Beach
Gowlland Point Beach
Car: recommended

The property is located at the southernmost point in the Gulf Islands, near the U.S. border. The San Juan Islands and Mt. Baker dominate the panoramic view, which spans from the northeast to the south. Marine, terrestrial and flying wildlife add to the geographic beauty of the islands. Eagles, otter, deer and porpoise are common sights. Orca (Killer Whales) routinely pass near the property. The area is well suited for kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, sailing and sightseeing by boat. Land based activities include biking, golf, tennis and hiking. Numerous parks are located on the Penders, two of which are adjacent to the property. Many interesting and unique shops exist on the islands, as well as numerous art studios and a vineyard. Musical events and performing arts are common in the community. The Pender Islands Community Hall hosts a seasonal Saturday farmers' market and annual Fall Fair, along with wedding parties and other special events.


Rates & Availability

Southern Gulf Islands House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 17 2016 - Sep 4 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Sep 5 2016 - Nov 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Nov 6 2016 - Nov 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Years 2016
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 17 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $77
Refundable damage deposit $386

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Southern Gulf Islands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Located in the guest cottage
  • As with most island homes, water is limited and plumbing connects to a sensitive septic system. Please be prepared to conserve water. Only natural human functions, toilet tissue, water and soap should be discharged into any toilet or drain.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private master bath, sea view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , (Stacked Bunk Beds)
    Guest Cottage - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Additional rental fee
  • Water and septic system resources, general comfort and respect for our neighbors necessitate an occupancy limit for the property. Up to six guests are allowed if only the main house is rented. A maximum of eight guests may be accommodated if the 'Annex' guest cottage is added to your vacation rental. The Annex is a private, studio-style cottage with a main living/sleeping area and a separate bathroom. Amenities include a refrigerator, a TV/VCR combo, radio, and coffee maker. An additional rental fee applies, and the Annex is only offered to guests already renting the main house. In order to offer your party flexibility, the theoretical sleeping capacity exceeds the property’s occupancy limit. The main house family room includes a futon that is suitable for one adult, perhaps two children. Guests are welcome to distribute sleeping accomodations as they see fit, within the occupancy limits of six or eight as described above.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Binoculars
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Sorry, but we are unable to allow pets or smoking. Members of our family have a severe allergic reaction to certain animals and tobacco smoke. Our no smoking, no pet policy is predicated on reasons beyond personal preference. Since life-threatening consequences can result from non-compliance, we ask that you take the policy very seriously. Please consider other vacation properties if this policy is too restrictive for you. Fire danger and water conservation are urgent concerns at this property and throughout the Gulf Islands. Please be prepared to exercise extreme caution with regard to both. Beach access is via a narrow, rustic trail. It must always be used with caution. Small children and older or less agile individuals should be assisted. A public beach access with stairs is available by walking about five minutes from the main house.

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