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Spectacular Waterfront Retreat On South Pender Island - Low Bank Beachfront

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,810 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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'

More Details

Richard Christy
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

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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Pender Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1810 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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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Spectacular Waterfront Retreat On South Pender Island - Low Bank Beachfront
average rating of 4.925 based on 41 reviews

Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this house 4 times already and we love it. Great location on Pender Island! Gorgeous view, huge backyard and it even has tennis courts:)

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words Rasa. Along with a few other families, your group has helped form a core foundation of repeat rental clientele. It's most gratifying for us to hear the stories of families who form a a special bond with this magical spot and create fond memories of their times on Pender Island; just as our own family has done for generations. It's a pleasure to have you return each year. For those considering a stay our Gowlland Point property, this commentary should serve as a cautionary tale; count on wanting more after your first experience! Cheers, Richard
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was perfect. The view was stunning, we had all our meals on the patio enjoying the view while eating.

We stayed for four days, we were lucky to see whales on there days.

Garden was beautiful, deers were in the garden all the time. You could watch deers out of the kitchen cleaning up the dishes. Kids had wonderful time on the beach picking up special rocks and chasing tiny crabs.

There is number of hiking trails within the walking distance, easy for kids as well.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We were two families of four, with young children. This house and it’s lovely setting were perfect for us. The house feels very homely, full of books and well stocked with linens and everything you could need in the kitchen. The setting is just lovely and we plan to return when possible.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weekend getaway

  • 3 of 5

Lovely location. Great beach trails at your front door. Master bedroom very spacious and comfortable , the other bed rooms were small and the double bed not very comfortable.

Cottage was very neat and clean and had everything we needed for our family weekend retreat.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope that the preponderance of five star reviews received by our property reflects our responsiveness to guest input and commitment to providing all the comforts guests might desire. The natural wonders of this location and inherent charms of the home do most of the "work," but we take pride in ownership and are dedicated to the best guest experience possible. We absorb guest feedback to assure that we have the necessary amenities in place and to address any shortcomings. The comment about a "double bed" is difficult to understand, since the home does not contain a double bed. Just queen and twin beds. We renew mattress sets well before industry guidelines suggest in order to assure guest comfort. We assume that terminology was possibly confused, and that the comfort of one of the queen beds is called into question. Since mattress selection is such a personal choice (most of us are really lucky if we make the proper selection in the store and end up with the best match in our homes) and there are so many confusing options, we simply purchase high quality, brand name mattress sets and select a medium firmness level. We hope that approach will provide a sufficient level of comfort for most people. The two queen sets in our house are brand new (delivered summer of 2017) and have memory foam toppers. The toppers are "squishy" at first and conform to your body shape. It could be an undesired feature for some people. The twin mattresses are rather new as well, and a quality brand. As they are in stacked bunk bed configuration, it's possible some adults might find discomfort in navigating a ladder or with headroom limitations. We hear nothing but positive input from kids using the bunks, and adults in our family have enjoyed restful nights there as well. Although we've received plenty of favorable input about our bed sets, this guest's comment will cause us to evaluate options, including removal of the memory foam toppers if necessary. The secondary bedrooms are indeed small, one more so than the other. Perhaps they should be characterized as such in our listing. But throughout more than a dozen years of vacation rentals, this review is the first to suggest bedroom size is any sort of issue. There's room to sleep, walk around, change clothes and store personal affects. We will consider adding a more specific description of bedroom size to our property description. Thanks for the comments Krista. - Your hosts, Rich & Cindy
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wonderfully private place with open space to relax. We all loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights on Pender Island and were surprised about this estates size. It is much bigger than can be seen on the photos. The garden is perfect for kids to play and the beach access is just perfect. Nearby are trails that lead to other beaches and were fun to explore with kids. The house is relatively old but well maintained and offered everything we needed. Also, the owner Richard was very helpful with every questions we had and was quick to answer them. All of us (7) really enjoyed our time there and would definitely come again!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Falls, Montana

A nice comfortable house with a fabulous view

  • 5 of 5

I don't tend to write a lot of reviews, but our visit was outstanding. The house itself is was very comfortable and clean. The main room had bookshelves with lots of books. We prepared all our meals in the kitchen, which had a very adequate supply of pans and dishes. What was most outstanding was the view from the back porch, which looks out toward the San Juan islands. It was gorgeous. We saw harbor seal, otters, and all kinds of birds, including a bald eagle. It was a fabulous weekend, especially for my 82 year old mother who had flown from Oklahoma to make the trip with us. A great trip!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $77.38
Refundable Damage Deposit $386.88

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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