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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Great Lake Front Home with Dock-ideal for extended families or friends' getaway

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Shawnigan Lake House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10) + summer guest cottage/games room

Gorgeous, large home with spacious waterfront and private dock. What sets this house apart from other homes on the lake is its three separate living spaces, in the summer, which means you can enjoy time with family and friends then retreat to your own space for privacy. The main house is 2,100 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, then there is a fully self-contained 800 sq. ft. suite (great for the in-laws) and a 400 sq. ft. summer bunkie. All three spaces have a queen size bed. This celebrated, open concept home is perfect for a family or two who enjoy going on holiday together. Lots of space for the kids to run around on this one acre property.

In the off-season you can rent either the main house or the suite (both if available.) Please note the summer bunkie is not available in the fall and winter.

If you are only two people the suite is an economical choice, and is available for rental on its own between September and June. (In July and August it comes with the main house and bunkie so guests can enjoy the entire property.)

Another huge plus is the house is situated on the sunny side of Shawnigan Lake - bask in the sun all day long right until sunset. Enjoy swimming, go canoeing with the owner's canoe or bring your own boat or paddle board.

It's not only a great place to enjoy water activities in the summer but is a great get-away in spring, fall or winter. It's only 45 minutes from downtown Victoria so especially convenient for residents living there who want a weekend retreat.

In fall or winter snuggle up to the lovely carved, wood surround fireplace, or go for a walk in the woods that back onto the large, wooded property.

The home's huge backyard is your starting point to access Shawnigan Lake's many hiking trails and a great spot itself to enjoy nature year-round. Deer can often be spotted here.

The house is located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley winery area and the first of many great wineries to enjoy a wine-tasting excursion with friends is just 10 minutes away. It's a great place to return to after a fun afternoon tour with friends and or family.

Find out for yourself why Shawnigan Lake House has earned rave reviews in the media. The Victoria Times Colonist described the house as a 'glorious getaway that brims with character - a dream cottage come true' in a front page article in the paper's 'House Beautiful' section.

The house has also attracted international attention in the international design blog called Apartment Therapy under the headline 'Kim's Inviting Lake House.'

(Links to both stories can be found by visiting the owner's blog on her website. A link to that website is below.)

Boulevard Magazine also gave a nod to the house in an article on Shawnigan Lake stating 'guests (can) enjoy the broad verandah, looking over the private dock in Strathcona Bay. The article noted just a short walk from the house, visitors will discover the cairn that marks the spot where Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, hammered in the last railway spike in 1886.

Also, not to be missed is the world's largest wooden trestle bridge - the recently restored Kinsol Trestle Bridge - just a 15 minute drive from the house.

History abounds here both in the community and the house itself. Shawnigan Lake House was once the home of the parents of Shawnigan Lake's most famous resident - well-known Canadian artist E.J. Hughes, according to the curator of the Shawnigan Lake Museum. (He lived next door for nearly 30 years.)

If you appreciate the architecture and soul of older homes then Shawnigan Lake House won't disappoint you. It is one of the last remaining homes on the lake that has maintained its character from a simpler bygone era, yet the home's renovations ensure visitors enjoy today's modern comforts.

Some of the home's character features include hardwood floors, exquisite wood-burning fireplace, oak doors and lead glass windows. It has an open concept living/dining area, which provides the perfect setting for enjoying the company of friends and families.

The house sleeps 6 to 8 people off-season when the main house is available and up to 10 in the summer with the suite and bunkie. The main house has 2,100 sq. ft. of space and 3 bedrooms. The garden suite is approximately 800 sq. ft., has one bedroom a full kitchen and laundry. It is contemporary in style with a gorgeous lake view.

All of the living spaces have been stylishly decorated to make you feel at home.

This house is a huge cost savings when you compare its rates to similar sized vacation rentals on Shawnigan Lake. Without a doubt this home offers the best value, especially considering the home's size, decor, and location.

Both the main house and the suite have a flat screen TV, cable and high speed internet. There's also a foose ball table and plenty of games and DVDS available.

Why not organize a get-away with friends or invite your extended family to join you for dinner? The dining table can comfortably sit 10 guests in a spacious room ideal for entertaining adjacent to an English country kitchen, with its maple top kitchen island and charming antique china cabinet. You will be sure to appreciate the well-equipped home that allows you to lay a proper dining table with lots of china, flatware, glasses and table linens.

Finally, there's no better place to sit then the home's charming wicker chairs and watch Shawnigan Lake's acclaimed sunsets from the home's 40-foot long porch -yet another great spot for entertaining!

Shawnigan Lake House can be your home away from home as you enjoy the lake, local area and all the Cowichan Valley has to offer.

Keywords: lakefront home, with dock, on private one acre forested property close to town

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Growing up in cottage country in southern Ontario I always dreamed of one day having a recreational property myself. When I first saw this charming, character lakefront home in popular Shawnigan Lake I was smitten. Although I have only owned it a short time it has already been the perfect family gathering spot where I have enjoyed time with family and friends, playing board games or sitting down together for a meal. As one of my daughters told me this is her favorite place to be and I have to agree. I hope you can create your own memories here too.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

What makes this house unique

The home is situated on Shawnigan Lake, one of the most popular recreational areas on Vancouver Island, with its easy access to beaches, hiking, golfing and close proximity to Victoria (45 minutes away) and Duncan (half-hour). Just a half hour walk from the home is the site where the last spike in the Esquimalt Nanaimo Rail line was driven by Canada's first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. It's also close to the historic Kinsol Trestle which stands as one of the world's largest wooden railway trestles. This is truly a historic setting for such a graceful home that harkens back to a simpler era.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for your beautiful cottage for the past 2 weeks. It was beyond our expectations! We had a great time. The place is beautiful.
Jul 2013
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Great Lake Front Home with Dock-ideal for extended families or friends' getaway
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Relaxing Lake House Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have now had the pleasure of staying at the lake house for two years. The house is spacious and full of unique older themes, creating an interesting atmosphere. Each morning there was nothing more enjoyable than having a cup of coffee on the porch, listening to the birds sing. To look out upon the lake was nothing less than idyllic. My family enjoyed to canoe each day, and even caught fish at the dock. Only a short walk took my family to the main part of town where we could go to the bakery or grocery shop. The lake house was such a convenient spot for a home base, as in any direction there was opportunity to explore, such as mill bay, the Kinsol trestle bridge, Mount Baldy hike, several harbors, or the cathedral old growth forest. One day we took the 25 minute ferry to the world famous "Butchart Gardens". We visited numerous outstanding vineyards for wine and cider sampling. The people were all wonderfully friendly. In the evenings the full sized kitchen allowed us to cook our own meals with the fresh local produce, yet several restaurants are available within a 30 minute radius. The owner was very accommodating and easy to communicate with. Whether you are looking for an exciting getaway with many places to explore, or merely a relaxing holiday with your loved ones, the Shawnigan Lake house is likely to fill you with peace and memories.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sidney BC

Fabulous Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful lake house is a treasure. My daughter and I came for two weeks and loved every minute- from the views on the AMAZING veranda to the open concept living space; it was a lovely place to relax. Friends and family would come up to stay for a night or two and everyone loved it. Kim was fantastic with describing the layout, answering questions and responding VERY quickly, and making us feel welcome with all the amenities and extras. Will definitely come back- such a treasure!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sonja for your kind words. I really appreciate hearing how families can come together and enjoy time with one another at the house.
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Perfect Cottage Charm

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! I got married on Shawnigan Lake and had some out of town guests stay at this beautiful house! They had such wonderful things to say about it, from how clean it was to the individual charm and detail of each room and of how spacious it was since there were 8 of them. They had a great time by the dock and the fire pit and were very sad to leave.

Kim was great to communicate with and very accommodating when I told her we had more people that would be staying. I would recommend this property to anyone!

Thank you Kim!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Erin for your kind comments. I'm so glad your out-of-town guests enjoyed their stay and I'm sure your September wedding was lovely. Shawnigan Lake is gorgeous in the Fall.
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Victoria BC Canada

Wonderful family reunion in a very special place

  • 5 of 5

We were seeking a vacation home that would accommodate a blended family of 10 people,aged 15-82, including two guests who were coming all the way from Australia. Kim's home and property exceeded our expectations on all accounts. Romantic yet practical, fully equipped yet radiating a whimsical and joyful charm, we appreciated both the openness and secluded spaces of Kim's elegant country home.Kim has ensured that one's every need

has been anticipated- from the gorgeous decor and furnishings to the incomparable comfort and views from the verandah, where we enjoyed an entire week of glorious sunsets. The dock became our gathering place during the afternoons for swims, family catch-ups,and canoeing. Lifelong precious memories have been created by our marvellous week at the Shawnigan Lake House.

When I arrived home and discovered that I had inadvertently left behind a piece of jewellry

of great sentimental value, Kim personally launched a search for it, and returned it to me

the very next day. As a veteran of the hospitality industry, I am so grateful for this level of stellar guest service.

Bravo Kim.....we are elated after our week at the lake.

A bientot!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your family experience at the lake house. I really hoped that families would create wonderful memories for themselves from their time at Shawnigan Lake.
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Our new favourite – truly a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve had the good fortune to visit on two occasions. Our first stay was to celebrate Valentines during the off season and we explored the lovely Cowichan Valley, hiking the easy trail to Kinsol trestle and we spent the evenings playing board games with our young boys surrounded by beautiful lake views and a crackling fireplace.

This past week we enjoyed seven fun and sun filled days at this lovely and accommodating lake house retreat. My boys loved hanging out in the bunk cabin (epic foosball matches) as well as the boating (a canoe was accessible right at the dock) and the fishing was incredible. Within minutes I had a fish literally jumping into the boat, and my son was so excited when he caught his first ‘big’ small mouth bass within minutes of his line being cast. We had hot summer days and so we found swimming everyday from the community dock refreshing and the several local beaches were great as they provided both shallow and deeper water swimming options for toddler and youth aged children. Our guests appreciated having a separate, modern and cheery suite to retreat to with full amenities (full bath, full kitchen, TV and laundry). Some of my favourite memories include baking in the lovely and well-appointed kitchen area, the summer porch (which is very hard to leave as it is so pretty and inviting – just the perfect place to watch the sun rise and set each day, curl up with a great book and cup of tea). And of course exploring the Cowichan Valley itself is a real treat – antiquing, discovering local and famous artists and Cowichan Bay Village for unique and delightful shops, food and local seafood!

This is really a very special home, unlike any other vacation rental or 'accommodation’' we've been to. The vibe has a really lovely 'lake house' and gathering place'll find vintage/antique equally mixed together with modern and updated decor and so it's a really fun and relaxing place to spend time with family and friends.

Thank you Kim for sharing your lovely home with our family again. I hope we can make a visit to your home a tradition. Until the next visit....

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I always appreciate it when guests enjoy the house and the area as much as my own family does.
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Victoria, BC Canada

Stressed out families from Victoria

  • 5 of 5

Three super stressed out families headed to Shawnigan Lake this weekend seeking nothing more than a short break from the end of the school year gerbil wheel, and wow, we got so much more than we expected! I wish the owner of this gorgeous property could have heard the squeals of excitement from the kids as they explored the many amazing nooks of this gorgeous property from the old-fashioned dollhouse to the clawfoot tub. Everything was just perfect. We loved cooking and eating together in the large kitchen/dining area and the lounging on the truly spectacular porch looking at the lovely view and sunset was exactly what we all needed, not to mention splashing in the lake and exploring the lakeside in the canoe. It really doesn't get any better than this.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Shawnigan Lake House Rental Rates

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High Season
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 4 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $463

Taxes are included in rental amount.
Sorry, this is a strict no pets residence. Smoking allowed outdoors only.
The low-season rate of 4 guests includes children. (The system does not factor in the fee rate for children. The quote may need to be adjusted.)
The summer rate covers the cost for a maximum number of 10 guests. In the off-season the maximum number of guests is 6 or 8 if suite available. MONTHLY rates off-season available. During regattas and triathlon it is a three night minimum rental.

To confirm a booking half of the rental fee is required at the time of booking and the remainder is due 30 days prior to your stay. The refundable damage deposit is also due at the time of booking. Payment options include cheque, cash, E-transfer, Pay Pal (service charge applies) or money order.

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Shawnigan Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5+
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Main house has 1 queen size bed and garden suite has 1 queen size bed. Guest cottage also provides a third queen size bed for a total of 3 queen size beds in summer. Two other bedrooms in main house (one with single bed and the other with a set of bunk beds.) 1 sofa sleeper in living room converts to a double bed. (Please note in the off-season garden suite and guest cottage is not available so there is 1 queen bed, 3 single beds and sofa sleeper available)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Dock with use of the owner's canoe and life vests. Lovely 40 foot deck looks out to the lake, The home is situated on a private, one acre treed property ideal for lawn games like volleyball, croquet or badminton. Character features throughout newly renovated home, like claw foot tub, wainscoting in main bathroom with lovely vanity in an antique dresser to name just a few. Besides the main 2,100 sq. ft. lake house, in summer, there's a fully equipped 800 sq. ft. one bedroom suite - great for visiting friends or the in-laws. And new for summer 2013 even more space is being made available for guests with the completion of a lovely 400 sq. ft. guest cottage/games room. This home is the ideal setting for an extended family or two families wishing to holiday together and yet have their own private space to retreat.

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