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Alexis Lee

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, dutch

Sweet and Cozy Cob Cottage for an Island Retreat

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Southern Gulf Islands Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Quiet and Private Natural Space near Forests and Beaches

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.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alexis Lee (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, dutch

About Alexis Lee

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

Why Alexis Lee chose British Columbia

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Sweet and Cozy Cob Cottage for an Island Retreat
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

The best possible experience in a charming setting

  • 5 of 5

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 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!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairytale Charm

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words!
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Can't recommend it highly enough!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words!
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Stay at Hobbiton

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, gorgeous, dreamy escape!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a amazing time staying in this gorgeous cob, on a beautiful property. The cob was clean, warm and waiting for us with yummy bread and eggs that were kindly left. Alexis and Manny were wonderful gracious hosts. We had our 2 year old with us and they left a great basket of toys for him to play with. We made pizza in the Cob which turned out great! The cob itself was larger than I had expected, has a lovely kitchen and the bedroom is airy and comfortable. We hiked at Mt.Park and had amazing sandwiches from the FarmGate store. We would love to come back again !

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Unique and beautiful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay, very unique and charming cottage. Totally relaxing, a truly magical spot! Loved the pond/frogs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and resident cat. Hosts went above and beyond to make our stay special. We were truly sad to leave, and have already booked our next stay there!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Miner's Bay Airport (YAV) - float plane dock
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Mayne Inn
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Village Bay
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Pender Island Golf and Country Club (Pender Isl.)
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Vancouver Central Station (mainland)
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
BC Hwy 17 (mainland)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Astrid's Kitchen
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Cypress Mountain (mainland)
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Horton Bay
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Southern Gulf Islands Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Please be aware that we are on a small island.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Southern Gulf Islands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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