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Sleeps 8, Ocean View, Hot Tub, Garden, Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Rents all year, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 8

Our recently renovated home gets rave reviews. Guests enjoy the space, light, Douglas fir floors and windows, interesting art, comfortable furniture and modern amenities. French windows open from the living room to a large, two stage deck partially shaded by wistaria and clematis, where you can sit with a coffee or a glass of wine to enjoy the ever-changing colours of the ocean. Or the whole party can eat out there, table and chairs provided, with the Italian spiral staircase providing a short cut down to the lower deck, the hot tub and the enclosed garden.

The state-of the-art ventilation system provides fresh air and comfort to the whole house year-round. There are two comfy Queen size beds, one up, one down, with two single beds also upstairs which can be placed together, if desired. The other single (bunk) beds are particularly popular with children. Wheelchair access to the house is through the side door, with wooden ramps continuing around the house leading to the lower floor, garden and hot tub. There are also aides for the toilet and the bath tub. (For six years we have welcomed disabled people and their helpers for their annual holiday). Many others come regularly, from frisbee golf tournament players to nature-loving bureaucrats winding down. We had four generations in one family gathering. Dogs are welcome.

We love to come to Pender Island ourselves every year, to check on our summer-resident killer whales (3 new babies this year, we hear), and to restore our souls and bodies. After an ocean kayak or a steep hike, or getting mildly lost on curvy roads and trails, there is nothing like the hot tub last thing at night....and when the house lights are dimmed, the stars are brighter than anywhere else on earth!

Keywords: Large house, garden, hot tub, ocean view, wheelchair accessible, dogs, year-round

More Details

Pam Waddington
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Ki-Swahili
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2017

About Pam Waddington

We, John and Pam Waddington, have lived in the same house in Ottawa, Canada's capital city, for 41 years. We have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren who live in the area. Pam trained as a social worker, John is an engineer, still consulting part-time. It was a big project to buy and re-design Arbutus House, and we love to get back to it and beautiful, welcoming Pender Island regularly. We treasure our Visitors Book and its comments, and urge all our guests to contribute their own thoughts and comments. Some guest dialogue exists on our intriguing art work!

Pam Waddington purchased this house in 2001

Why Pam Waddington chose British Columbia Gulf Islands

We bought Arbutus House in 2001 and completely re-built it in the West Coast Arts and Crafts style, as a retirement project. Many friends and relatives contributed ideas and features - the hot tub unanimous! But we are not quite ready yet to make the big move out West. Meanwhile, it is very satisfying to have other people enjoy the fruits of our labours, and we are very grateful for the good care and appreciation our house and belongings receive. We have a unique combination of all modern conveniences on our island (mains water, sewer and electric power), privacy at home amidst towering trees, and unspoilt nature with woodland trails, many public beaches and those fabulous Arbutus trees to admire.

What makes this house unique

A mother deer leading its baby up the driveway to our porch - hoping for an apple? Bald eagles soaring overhead; so many wonderful walks with fabulous views; wild flowers in the lower garden, colourful flowers, bulbs, trees and shrubs; yummy blackberries in late summer. We sleep particularly well here, with so much time spent outdoors. Two tennis courts and Frisbee Golf in walking distance. We also enjoy the variety of Island restaurants, and try out the latest. Birdie's Bistro, open to all at the golf course, offers all-day breakfast and great variety; Fish and Chips at Driftwood, also a new in 2016 Asian Cafe; Browning Pub/Restaurant does take-out too, and has a pool table, a swimming pool, and an ocean harbour to wander.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My whole family, my mother, husband, child and myself, really loved Pender Island, and appreciated very much what Arbutus House provided, especially the hot tub!
Jul 2010
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Pender Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to twin bedroom
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Bunk beds sleep two
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), on main floor, accessible through side entrance. Queen bed and Bunk Beds on lower level opening to garden and hot tub, portable ramp if access needed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Art pictures, visiting deer, fenced garden, hidden paths in shrubs, close to nature trails, walk to marina, many other beaches in 5-10 minutes drive, tennis courts, frisbee golf, lake swimming at Magic Lake, whale-watching tours OR observe orca from many superb viewpoints - use Map!!


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Sleeps 8, Ocean View, Hot Tub, Garden, Wheelchair Accessible
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Terrific for families - highly recommended!!

  • 5 of 5

We echo all of the other positive reviews on the site. The house is perfect for several families, with lots of different areas for gathering - the kids could watch TV/play games downstairs, while the adults socialized upstairs. (We had four adults and three kids, and never felt crowded.) The kitchen is very well set up. Everything was clean and well-organized but not fussy. It felt like staying at a friend's house (albeit a friend who owns a spectacular home on an amazing island.) The location also deserves a mention - we were able to walk to the disc golf course and several different viewpoints/beaches with ease. It was a short drive to the farmer's market / grocery store. Finally, Pam (the owner) was a terrific host, even though she is located in Ontario. She made sure that we had all our questions answered, and was always friendly and accommodating. Overall, a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family visit

  • 5 of 5

Arbutus House is an absolute gem! Very clean, well maintained, spacious, great kitchen, beautiful garden and incredible views. Pam was a real pleasure, incredibly helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommend Arbutus House. We can't wait to stay again and again.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

This house is very large, with great views. It was immaculately clean, and all the bedrooms were very comfortable. It has all the kitchen amenities you need (and it had a good quality, new bbq). This allowed my group to make great meals each night. The hot tub was fantastic and well maintained – a great place to relax after a day of hikes/sightseeing/disc golf. You feel at home here from the moment you arrive.

I concur with all the great reviews.

Pam was also fantastic. She was very friendly and responsive to my emails. I would recommend this beautiful home to anyone who would like to visit Pender Island.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC Canada

Perfect family day getaway

  • 5 of 5

This home away surpassed any expectations we had for our first visit to Pender Island.

Such a relaxing space to enjoy a getaway with our new baby. Immaculately clean, incredible views, spacious and fully equipped.

I can only imagine how lovely the yard is in the dry weather.

The owner was very responsive to any emails sent and we were happy that our dog was welcomed to join us.

We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A spacious large home with fantastic amenities!

  • 5 of 5

From the first communications with Pam, we knew her place was going to provide our group with a fantastic, warm, spacious home to celebrate a relaxing Bday/easter long weekend on Pender and it certainly did not disappoint! First of all its HUGE and the pictures don't do it justice. With a spacious kitchen (and a second one downstairs), huge windows that make the entire house bright, comfy beds, a variety of board games and sporting equipment, a table large enough for us to sit as a group (both inside and out) which made for some great home-cooked meals, a gorgeous deck with a fabulous view, a hot tub and a large backyard that provided a fun venue for some epic bocce games.... What more could you ask for. The house has all the amenities and more and is close to Magic Lake, tennis courts, disc golf and great walking trails, including Oak Bluffs with stunning views! On behalf of our entire group, thank you for letting us stay in your home and we all look forward to coming back again soon. Asante sana!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you will be back, Sadie, and to say "Jambo" one day, perhaps....
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Surrey, BC

Amazing home, Great Views, Hot Tub, and very clean.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay on our first visit to Pender Island with my wife's mom and dad, the two of us and our 4 kids aged 3-8. While we did lots of island, trail, beach exploring, we also had lots to do just around the house. The hot tub was a highlight, seeing all the stars and satellites. Kids enjoyed the very usable backyard, playing with balls, badminton, and Frisbees - the secret garden paths were great fun for them to explore, as was looking for frogs in the dark! The layout of the house was ideal as well, with lots of room on two levels. It's a great mix of useable space, privacy for all, Great Ocean views and a fun backyard. We'd like to move right in - seriously!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear the garden was well used by the children, and hope you saw the beautiful deer who have to stay ouside the fence! Thank you , Derek.
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Sea planes fly to Pender Island from Vancouver.
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Port Browning
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Otter Bay ferries to Vancouver Island &/or City
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Near ferries, excellent 9 holes, public, +Bistro
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Port Browning, Driftwood Centre choices, Hope Bay,
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
At Thieves Bay Marina, others 5 minute drive away
Car: necessary

Disc golf (also called Frisbee golf) is enjoyed by all from 7 to 70+, be they first-timers at the woodland Course in walking distance of our house, or Americans visiting for an International-level tournament (yes, really!) If you can throw a frisbee, you will ENJOY an hour in woodland.


Rates & Availability

Pender Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $317.59
Extra adult (4+) $79.4
Pet Fee $79.4
Tax Rate 5.0%

For more than 4 adults, we charge $100.00 per week extra per person, and $50.00 per person per weekend outside High Season.
We respectfully ask you to sort glass, tin, plastics and paper for re-cycling, and to take your garbage with you when you leave, since there is no garbage pick-up on the island.
There are no extra charges for cleaning or for the hot tub.

Half the fee is required to make a reservation, and the whole amount by 30 days before. (Flexible payment schedule also offered). Electronic Transfer preferred.
Written agreement submitted for signature.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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