|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
Featured in numerous books on natural building, our cottage is a welcoming and cozy retreat hand sculpted of local, sustainable natural materials located on a lovely acreage with sheep, gardens and orchards.
Downstairs, is a simple and welcoming kitchen and breakfast nook created with an eclectic mix of vintage and handmade....from the local artist built furnishings to the handwoven dishtowels. The woodstove and massive cob chimney create a cozy window seat for enjoying tea and a book.
Cantilevered stairs made of massive slabs of Douglas fir curve up to the bedroom where the arched roof and curved walls embrace a double bed created by a local master wood worker.
Step out onto the front or back balconies to watch our local heron hunt frogs in the pond, bald eagles flying overhead or the sheep grazing beneath the apple trees. In the spring, the evening frog chorus is astounding.
This whole living space is a work of art created by loving friends dedicated to making the world a safe, healthy and beautiful space starting with our small island homes.
Our neighborhood is primarily agricultural with fields, cows, horses and orchards. It's a ten minute walk in one direction to a beach with boat launch. Small islands and bays are popular with kayakers. In the other direction, a fifteen minute walk will bring you to a family grocery specializing in local organic produce as well as several small galleries and a fun bookstore.
We are a couple in our thirties with young identical twin sons. We live in an old eclectic farmhouse on the property. Manny is a computer programmer and works from home. Alexis ardently spins, knits and weaves in any time she isn't minding the boys, cooking, or gardening. We enjoy exploring the islands by boat, foot or bike. Manny and the boys are all sort of crazy about bikes. And wear a lot of hand knit sweaters.
Alexis Lee purchased this cottage in 2007
We met at a cob building workshop, both drawn to the beauty of cob houses, particularly this one. Alexis was planning on building a cottage on her family's Pennsylvania farm but romance derailed all her plans and we married and settled in BC. After marrying, we first lived as caretakers on a smaller nearby island for several years. When we found out this place might be coming up for sale, we jumped at the opportunity.
We love everything about the property. It's seclusion and nature, the heritage fruit trees and sunny garden spaces. The whole dream of the cottage. And our funny crooked farmhouse. We love the space, the skylights, the sound of summer winds in the aspens. We love watching our hens scratch and peck beneathe the cedars and ferns.
It is definitely a sweet and cozy cottage. The cottage was equipped with everything that was needed. We are looking forward to coming back, soon. thank you
We had a relaxing 3 night stay at the cob cabin. It's super cozy and very quiet. We cooked all of our meals there and harvested fresh clams from a beach nearby. The hosts are friendly and welcoming, even providing fresh banana bread and plum jam! The 3 sheep are really sweet too. After staying here I can't see booking anywhere else on Mayne.
We have travelled much here and abroad and this is one of our all time favorite stays. The cob house, the welcome, the quiet serenity of the island, long walks, healthy eating...as a getaway for our 40th anniversary we cannot imagine a better place. It's like there was a list of everything that could make a place perfect and Alexis and Manny have created it here...complete with sheep greeting us in the morning, yummy bread on the counter waiting for us, and too many small touches to recount. Our only downside is that our time was too short--we want to come back!
What a gem on an enchanting little island. This little haven was just what we needed! It's a bit of a different experience to get you outside of your normal routine, yet as cozy and comfortable as your childhood home.
Highly recommended. We'll be back for sure!
If you're looking to relax and unwind in perfect peace and comfort, this is the place. We spent long lazy mornings reading and watching the animals, took leisurely hikes to amazing views every afternoon, and slept peaceful under a chorus of frogs every night. It was a perfect stay. The cob is cozy but feels bigger on the inside than it looks -- certainly the perfect size for a couple. The hosts are warm and kind but leave you to your privacy and quiet. Such a memorable stay.
The Cob Cottage is a sweet, cozy little Hobbit house. It has a well stocked kitchen, functional toilet and shower and a lovely comfortable sleeping loft. It was clean and well stocked, with some lovely aesthetic touches. Mayne Island had a number of hiking trails and interesting spots to visit. Some great local arts and craft shops too.
Mayne island is a popular weekender and cabin locale for Vancouver and Victoria. Our island is known for its lovely scenery, quiet and relaxed atmosphere and vibrant farmers and artisan markets.
Please be aware that we are on a small island.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.