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Sweet and Cozy Cob Cottage for an Island Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

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

Alexis Lee
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 28, 2018

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 Southern Gulf Islands

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.


Southern Gulf Islands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Sweet and Cozy Cob Cottage for an Island Retreat
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Duncan, BC

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Alexis and Manny have got to be the nicest and most generous people I have met! Arriving to fresh baked banana bread, eggs, milk, butter and a kitchen stalked with teas, granola and everything you'll need. The cottage instantly felt familiar, like home. So incredibly cozy, candles everywhere and plenty of blankets and pillows. My partner and I can hardly wait to be back! Big thanks to the two of you for offering such a beautiful space!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed my stay (even in the wet season) so much that my daughter and I will be booking in the late spring. Imagine waking up in the morning and looking out the window to see cedars towering over you. The cottage was warm, cozy and so sweet. Alexis is a great host providing so much information about the island, fresh banana bread and eggs plus a wonderful smiling hug to welcome you. The sheep will carry on a conversation with you as well. I loved every moment of my stay. Thank you Alexis!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cob experience

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Alexis and Manny! We intentionally booked this cozy cottage in cooler weather to see how cob construction felt at this time of year. And we were not disappointed! It was so lovely to feel the warmth from the woodstove as we enjoyed spending time in the bright, comfortable and lovingly set up space. We highly recommend the cottage at any time of year!!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We slept six nights in this charming adode. In the evenings we enjoyed laying in bed watching the indigo sky darken, waiting for the stars to come out and in the morning waking to the sheep bleating. For city folks needing to smell fresh country air and catching up on our sleep , this is a perfect 5 out of 5. The host is so generous and friendly. Beautiful roses in a vase, eggs and butter in the fridge on our arrival. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely cob house with us.

Warm regards,

Kathryn and Peter


  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely charming place and wonderful hosts!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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