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Sweet on Vancouver Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

lower level of home, 2 + Bedrooms, 1 full Bath, (Sleeps 4), full kitchen.

Holiday Suite Rental at the Elissa Anthony Studio/Gallery

1500 sq ft. of tastefully decorated living space in beautiful Bowser, Central Vancouver Island BC. A large two bedroom, plus den suite with well appointed kitchen, full bath, A private patio with gas BBQ, private entrance and driveway. Featuring electric stove, microwave and in-suite laundry facilities. The suite is on the lower level of our home. It's a 5 minute walk to the secluded Buccaneer Beach where eagles nest and teach their young to fly. There are several swimming beaches in the area as well as the famous Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville and the sandy beaches of Qualicum Beach. Our home is in a rural setting just 20 minutes from Qualicum Beach and Qualicum Airport. Arrangements can be made for you to be picked up. Comox airport is only ½ hour Oceanside scenic drive away. Or come by RV ~ there is room for one~ oh and bring your boat, the Deep Bay Marina is 5 minutes by car away.

Relax in the evening with a glass of wine in front of the wonderfully realistic electric fireplace. Read the many books supplied or watch a 37' flat screen colour TV. Or watch a movie from our VCR library. The suite contains several original oil paintings produced by the Artist-owner. Other available works of Art and located in Elissa's studio just a few steps outside the suite. For more information about her Art please check out her web site (google Elissa Anthony).

This is the perfect retreat for Snow Birds escaping from more extreme climes thru out Canada. Also lovely moderate weather in the summertime.

We offer monthly rates at very reasonable prices.

Enjoy the ambiance of an artist's retreat.

Art lessons can be provided in the “Elissa Anthony studio” which is on the same half acre property.

Just pick a date and the owner/artist will arrange a 2 or 4 hour lesson for you or your group. If you are staying for more than one week ~ how about her 4 ~ 2 hour session package?

Why not take a pottery or stained glass lesson? These too can be arranged.

Guests will receive a complimentary bottle of wine and a small gift basket with gourmet coffee, teas etc. Those arriving for an Art retreat will receive a complimentary basket of Art related supplies as well as a bottle of fine wine prepared by the owner.

Keywords: Suite, artistic, snowbirds, vacation, beach sand sun

More Details

Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry

Elissa Anthony was born in Ontario and grew up in North Vancouver. She studied Art at George Brown College. Elissa then worked in a variety of art related jobs including printing, display and scenic art. Ever the restless spirit she traveled to Europe and spent 4 yrs studying fine art part time while traveling throughout Europe visiting major galleries and museums redefining her understanding of Art. In 1997 Elissa moved to Vancouver Island and the move proved inspirational. She developed her own style and sense of colour shortly thereafter. She paints in the expressionist style, her style is optimistic and relaxing to the viewer, and her colours are crisp, clean and vibrant.. Elissa captures emotion and soul on canvas. Her paintings grace homes in Europe , North America and Japan. You can find her work at Englishman River Gallery in Parksville, Nanaimo Art Gallery on Commercial street in Nanaimo, Art West on the highway to Port Alberni, the Mark Penny Gallery in Ucluelet, The Sandbar Cafe and Gallery in Qualicum Bay, and at her newly renovated home studio “The Elissa Anthony Studio Gallery” in Bowser. She also teaches various forms and techniques of art to adults and children at her studio. She loves to share with others the joys she has found in the art world. Find her work on her web (google Elissa Anthony).

Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry purchased this house in 2002

Why Elissa Anthony/ James Cherry chose Bowser

I chose this property because it had an out building attached to the garage which I converted into a studio/ gallery. I then went about developing the downstairs into a lovely retreat suite. Come and stay, relax, enjoy. I love the closeness of the ocean and in the spring I can hear the Seals and Eagles making the most of the herring run. I paint full time and teach here at my studio/gallery. My husband loves playing his guitar, riding his bike and looking after our beautiful gardens in his newly retired lifestyle.

What makes this house unique

Its a 5 minute walk to the Village of Bowser where you can visit the regional library or the Art Gallery at The Salish Sea Market or enjoy a cup of coffee and lunch at the Bean Counter. It is a 3 minute walk to the beach from here. Park your boat or RV here. Then drive 5 minutes to Deep Bay Marina and launch your boat. Many walking/hiking trails abound. Kayak/canoe/paddle board rentals at nearby Horne Lake campground. The world famous Horne Lake Caves provincial park is just a short drive away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful relaxing time we had. The suite is large and offers all the comforts of home.Although it is not right on the beach, we could walk to a very secluded beach where we spent lots of afternoons. My husband and I took several art lessons. I never thought I could paint a landscape but with Elissa's guidance I completed my first landscape painting! When we got home my daughter laid claim to it for their new home! All in all a memorable trip. Elissa is a great hostess........Gail
Aug 2009
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Bowser House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bath. Tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
art lessons in acrylic and oils available upon request.


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Sweet on Vancouver Island
average rating of 4.2 based on 6 reviews

Review of sweet Sweet on Vancouver Island

  • 5 of 5

The suite was great - very spacious, comfortable, and had everything I needed during my month long stay - and Elissa's art on the walls, of course, is stunning. Elissa and James were friendly, supportive, and very helpful, including kindly feeding my cats when I was stranded in Vancouver due to poor weather. The location is also absolutely beautiful - just a short walk to the ocean and an enchanting beach. Lovely neighbours as well - I felt very welcome. Great grocery store, pet food store, and gas station (with really full service, including checking your oil, tire pressure etc.) etc. nearby in Bowser.


  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sonya - we both wish you all the happiness for your future endeavours. Best of luck........Elissa and James
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Short stay @ `Sweet on Vancouver Island`

  • 1 of 5

We had booked this rental for 44 nights but because we are both allergic to cats, we had to leave after only 3 nights. We, obviously, would never have rented if we had known about the cats.The ad does say `pets considered`. I guess that should have been a clue.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately ~ yes you did miss the cat thing and pet friendly comment. However, you did forget to mention that we returned a healthy portion of your rental fee and were without tenants for 40 days. We were under no obligation to return any of your money elissa anthony
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Grand Cayman, BWI

Beautiful secluded hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This gorgeous suite is Paradise. It not only comes fully equipped with everything you might need it is also decorated with Elissa's beautiful original and stunning paintings. Nestled in a charming neighborhood...It is also just a short walk to the beach. She is a lovely host who will ensure that your stay is pleasant. I look forward to staying next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much Lana ~ great reviews are always welcome ~ please come and see us next year. We have 2 bedrooms, a den AND a pull couch in the livingroom. Enough room for u and the extended family!................
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 months while our house was being built. Our hosts were so friendly and welcoming and accommodating. The suite was really comfortable and spacious, and it had everything we needed. Beautiful setting, too. It was easy to feel right at home. We'd definitely recommend this suite.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Lori and Roger ~ we enjoyed your company and I am so glad one of my paintings will now grace the mantle of your new fireplace.
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First trip to Bowser

  • 5 of 5

Loved it ~ and learning to paint was soo amazing. Will be back in 2011 for sure with more paints and canvases in hand............Norm

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Comox Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bowser Legion/Qualicum Bay/Fanny Bay
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Arrowsmith Golf Club
Nearest Train
100 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
19A/Inland Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
The Bean Counter
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Car: recommended

Art lessons with professional oil painter Elissa Anthony, owner of the Elissa Anthony Studio/Gallery and suite available on request ~


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $62.29
Refundable damage deposit $389.29

*** Additional fees for pets, please ask for rates if applicable.
*** Additional fees for more than two guests, please ask for rates if applicable.
***cleaning fees are non-refundable.

*** prices are based on 2 person occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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