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Sproat Lake Waterfront - Amazing Views / Beautiful Beach!

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


British Columbia Cottage Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Only 15 minutes from Port Alberni and one hour from Long Beach, this beautiful Lake House is situated on 1.28 acres of secluded hilltop property and boasts the nicest view around.

This private 5 bedroom/2.5 bath vacation home on Sproat Lake, just over an hour from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, offers the perfect escape that will accommodate every need of your memorable vacation experience.

Whether it be a romantic getaway for two or summer fun with family, wonderful memories will be made here. Spend your days basking in the sun on the dock, water-ski, fish, cruise the lake, visit the famous Mars Waterbombers, travel to beautiful Long Beach for a daytrip, hike Mt. Arrowsmith, or sit back and read a relaxing novel in the cool shade of the fully mature coniferous trees on the beach. Whatever you want your vacation to be, you can have it here!

The private beach access includes 90' of pebbled waterfront, a large swimming area, wharfs and a boat house. The lake house is a 2500 square foot home of unique craftsmanship. There is lots of room to socialize including a 400' deck with spectacular views of the lake and Mt. Arrowsmith. Affectionately coined "Ruttan's Roost" by our late father, architect and designer, the lake house is a unique design which is bound to impress (i.e., no where else can you find a tree for stairs)!

Once your there, it will feel like home.

Keywords: Lake House, family reunion, waterfront, beach, Sproat lake, swim, ski, fish, relax, BBQ, view, remote

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About The Owner

Dale and Angela Ruttan are co-owners with Mark and Carol Ruttan.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2007

Why The Owner chose British Columbia

The Ruttan's Lake House property has been in the family for decades. The home is a unique custom built home that has been added to and improved over the years. It has warmth and character and will make you feel completely at home.

What makes this cottage unique

This vacation rental is great any time of year. Not only are the summers incredible with the swimming and water sports but the fall, winter and spring are beautiful with their colours and unique weather patterns. Curling up by the wood stove in the winter, drinking hot cocoa and watching a DVD, is as inviting as lying in the hammock on the beach in the heat of the summer. The home is very private and quiet. Canoe rides in the morning with the Loons calling can't be beat!


based on 25 traveler reviews

Sproat Lake Waterfront - Amazing Views / Beautiful Beach!
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

June 2016-Run down and dirty

  • 1 of 5

My friends rented this place and we visited for a BBQ. This rental looks like a rental, it's a house with many different add ons. It was dirty (prior to them being there), and it is in desperate need of reno's, old kitchen, no dishwasher, rooms broken up and a weird layout. The BBQ was so dirty and built up of grime, the burgers were burnt, and the propane tank was empty and so old, the gas station wouldn't fill it. IF you are fit enough to head down the long steep terrain to the lake, be CAREFUL! Loose rocks, and very uneven, do not attempt to go on the wharf as it is falling apart. Fans in each room as they advertised are small dirty desk fans! The best 2 things are the deck and the view and the calories you burn coming back up the hill to the house! Oh, and the last day, don't relax, because they have a few pages of things you have to do before leaving, for ex. cleaning the toilets among other things!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry you are not as satisfied as most renters over the last 7 years (note the 24 successive 5 star reviews). Yes, it has a unique layout (that is the charm of it), yes the kitchen requires a reno and has no dishwasher, a full propane tank was supplied on the shelf beside the BBQ, yes the beach trail is steep and we agree we could use a new dock. Thank you for noting the fans – we will clean them. As for the toilet, thank you for cleaning them, but that was not part of the 2 page guidelines.
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Oasis on Sproat Lake

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends recently spent a weekend at this wonderful home for a reunion. The home exceeded all expectations I had for it! It had an excess of bedrooms, bathrooms, and beautiful views. There was an incredible amount of board games that kept our nights busy, and a wide selection of all sorts of kitchen gadgets that one wouldn't necessarily to remember to bring on a trip. The home was outstanding and we had an absolutely incredible time down by the lake!

The only downside I would mention would just be the very steep walk down to the lake. It can be hard for anyone with bad knees, and the walk back up is a bit of a work out, but good to burn off all the hot dogs and s'mores!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the extra cleaning you did Jessica.
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Comox, BC Canada

Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the Lake House in August with our extended family, Our Kids and their kids (our Grandchildren). Fantastic holiday. Spacious and sprawling house with lots of rooms and an open living, dining, kitchen area for family to congregate. Fabulous Waterfront with boat docks, swim platforms, diving board, kayak, canoe, water toys, etc. Super warm Sproat Lake. Beautiful views.

Only negative: its a bit of an uphill hike back up to the house from the waterfront.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: See you next time Don!
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Wonderful house in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We spent five days at the end of June in the lake house and we loved everything about our stay. The house is very interesting; we loved how spacious it is and how much love and work was put into all the details. We found in it everything we needed for a comfortable stay and more! Kids loved playing and swimming in the lake and we enjoyed kayaking and canoeing. After water time we were busy trying different board games and doing puzzles. We also enjoyed hiking on the trails in the area and our trip to Tofino was an unforgettable experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What perfect weather you had! See you soon.
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Amazing Stay!

  • 5 of 5

6 couples stayed at the lake house for 3 nights in June.

It exceeded expectations in every way!

The home was clean, the layout made it easy to accommodate everyone for sleeping and the views of the lake and forests were incredible from the deck.

The home was also very well stocked. Cooking was easy with every kitchen utensil and appliance you could ask for.

The walk up and down to the lake was a bit steep, so a 4x4 would be a good thing for anyone with disabilities or health issues... But the trek is well worth it. We were there for the 2nd weekend in June and even still, the water was beautiful for swimming and floating around on inflateables.

There is a boat rental place about 10 minutes away where you could rent speed boats with tubes, water skis and wakeboards. It was well worth it, and gave us an amazing chance to see the whole beautiful lake.

All in all I would definitely recommend, and everyone is hoping this home is available next year for our annual trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Mike. We hope to see you next year.
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Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family reunion at the Lakehouse. We have a large family and the rooms and space at the Lakehouse was perfect for us. We had 8 kids ages 10 or under in our party and it fit all age groups. The water was so warm and the shady beach inviting in the hot sun.

We also did a day trip to Tofino which was an hour's drive away and a wonderful adventure.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had such a wonderful family reunion. See you soon!
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Alberni Valley Regional (Port Alberni) Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Drinkwaters Social Club
Nearest Ferry
115 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Hollies Executive Golf Course
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Hwy 4 (Pacific Rim Hwy)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Sproat Lake Landing
Nearest Ski
144 Kilometres
Mt. Washinton
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Private beach area
Car: necessary

Surfing at Long Beach (1 hour away), Hiking Mt. Arrowsmith, Salmon Fishing,


Rates & Availability

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Peak Season
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $190

25% Down Payment required. Damage Deposit ($250) required. Final Payment due upon arrival.

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British Columbia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Sunroom, Covered Picnic area, Boat House, Docks, Hammock, Fire pit, Water Toys, Canoe, Kayak

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