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Book 2018 Summer! Private, Family and Dog Friendly Home Close to Everything

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home, walk to beach, parks and town. Pet friendly

It's easy to fall in love with The Painter's Nook. From the moment you step onto this 1/2 acre property you feel like you're in your own oasis. The cottage sits back off the road but still provides ample back yard to explore in. The gardens are loved and maintained, including a "secret" veggies garden planted for guests to enjoy. Birds, butterflies and bees are continuously visiting the flowers while the occasional deer and rabbit stroll (and hop) through the yard.

The home is a 1947 cottage we purchased from owners who were artists, now named The Painter's Nook because of the collection of colorful art and artifacts we found in the home. This cottage is a lovely one-of-a-kind escape in the heart of Parksville that feels like you've journeyed back to a delightful time where charm and individuality made a house a home!

Updated with two new bathrooms, new wiring, flooring and more, the Nook offers a fabulous flow from living room, through the kitchen and into the eating area looking out into a large green welcoming backyard, filled with trees, a swing set, BBQ area. The living room has a gas fireplace, a cozy nook corner, comfortable seating and a TV as well as a collection of art and interesting collectibles.

In the Nook's inviting kitchen and pantry, you'll enjoy the apartment sized fridge, stove and oven, microwave,and coffee maker with many added touches. In the large dining area, the sideboard holds some of the antique knick knacks found in the home as well as a working table for your computer and games plus the dining table with its unique light fixture that came with the cottage when we purchased it! Leading off the kitchen is a laundry room with full sized washer and dryer, plus a door out to the patio and large backyard.

Ready for a restful night? The Master Bedroom, located just off the living room has a comfortable queen sized bed, and is lit by a charming hanging lamp reclaimed from the old Monterey Hotel in California! There are french doors to a private patio off this bedroom so that you can enjoy your early morning coffee or sip a glass of wine in the soothing evening light.

The Second Bedroom features an antique double bed we found in the cottage and then washed with a velvety white chalk paint. There is a TV in this bedroom. The Third Bedroom is perfect both for the kids & other visitors, offering two extra-long twin sized beds, night table, reading lamp, and chair.

Enjoy the 2 new bathrooms, one with combination bathtub/shower, the second featuring a lovely old stained glass window and shower. Amenities such as linens, shampoos, soaps, hairdryer, kitchen wares, dishes, utensils, etc. are provided.

Traveling with your kids or your dog? This property offers a 1/2 acre fenced yard for them to play in. Your kids can enjoy the swing set, fruit trees, and long stretches of grassy areas to spread out and run free. For your dog, there is 'the Poochie's Nook", a dog house and run so he has a place all his own when needed.


1100 sq. ft. – Bungalow – 3 Bedrooms

- 2 full bathrooms

- Large yard (1/2 acre)

- Dog house and run

- quick walk to Parksville Beach Park, shops, restaurants, library

- Large outside seating area

- Short walk to the Estuary Park and Englishman River

Comfortably sleeps 5-6 people

• TV in living room & 1 guest bedroom

• DVD-yes, stereo-yes

• Washer/dryer in laundry room

• Internet, wireless

• One gas fireplace in the living room

• Fruit trees, BBQ and swing set in the back yard

* Dog house and run

* Vegetable garden for guest's enjoyment and use


• 3 bedroom plus one chair bed in living room

• Master bedroom- queen bed, with doors that open onto front, private patio

• 2nd bedroom- double bed

• 3rd bedroom- two twin beds

• 2 new bathrooms

The cottage sits on 1/2 acre in the heart of Parksville, and the garden features:

• play set with swing

• fruit trees, blueberry bushes, raspberry and strawberry plants for you to explore and enjoy

• lots of room to wander and play

• patio areas in both the front and back yard, with a BBQ

• fenced area for dogs to explore

• lots of lovely large trees and wildlife

* Note *

We take pride in the quality of accommodations that we provide guests and have just taken possession of this quaint 1940s home (as of Oct 2014) and updated for your comfort It's a very eclectic home whose location gives it a unique mix of both an urban and rural feel. The neighbourhood is a mixture of old properties and newer homes. A few of the older homes are not updated or well tended but are lived in by friendly neighbours. When at the back of the property, you will hear road noise, but both the front street and inside of cottage are very peaceful.

We have updated the Painter's Nook for your comfort but left all the features and quirks that make it such a charming home.

>> Is your group larger than 6 people? <<

Because The Painter's Nook sits on a 1/2 acre property we do welcome guests to get creative with this space.

- If you have extra kids that want to pitch a tent in the back yard... go for it! (we've even done this ourselves)

- If you'd like to add some extra family members in a camper... that's a possibility too! Just ask us about how to make it fit and what the extra charge might be.

A Few Things to Be Aware Of:


- We charge a cleaning fee as a transparent cost for an end of the stay normal clean. Guests are expected to keep the house in good form, remove trash and recycling and generally treat the house well during their stays. While we hate to do it, additional cleaning fees will be charged to those that leave the home in bad order.

- This property is strictly non-smoking.

- While we like cats, cats are not permitted guests at this property. We ONLY allow dogs with prior approval.

More Details

Property Manager
Stacey Mitchell,
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Stacey Mitchell,

We are a mother and daughter (and grand-daughter) team with years of experience in the tourism and vacation rental business. Whether you are a guest searching for the perfect vacation experience or an owner whose home we care for and rent to welcome guests, our team of professionals will work hard for you every day to earn your business. We specialize in renting the right home to the right guest. Every day!

Do we know the area? You bet we do! If you are looking for the inside info on the best attractions and leisure activities, the best restaurants, nightlife and shopping venues, the best of everything – you have come to the right place. Our staff is well prepared to provide you with personalized recommendations and service to ensure a holiday that matches your needs and dreams. We are here to help you experience the perfect vacation. Our goal is to provide customized service leading to greater customer satisfaction which will leave you wanting to vacation with us again and again.

We look forward to hearing from you and delivering a level of service exceeding your expectations.

Stacey Mitchell, purchased this house in 2014

Why Stacey Mitchell, chose Parksville

Location! Location! Location! and so much history and charm! We feel in love with the 1947 magic feel inside! We were hooked! The Painter's Nook sits on the water side of Parksville's downtown core, making for easy access to food, shops, beaches, the river and parks.

What makes this house unique

The Painter's Nook has a very large private grassy treed yard where kids can run and play and enjoy the play set.! It also has a dog house and run. Park your car and walk or bike to most everything!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Stayed 5 nights at the Painter's Nook in Parksville last April. This home is enchanting, with glorious light in the kitchen and living room. The bedrooms are wonderful, the deck is welcoming and the yard is charming (hard to believe a Petrocan station is on the other side. You can easily walk to the Englishman River Estuary, where I spotted a Barred Owl in the beautiful forest. Great driftwood logs have washed up in winter storms along the river estuary, and it's an easy walk to Rathtrevor Park nearby.

Some days, it was hard to leave the house (oh, and a Starbucks is a 5-minute walk away). We were two artists and happily sat at the kitchen table, drawing in our sketchbooks. The best part of the house is the care taken to weave in the art work from the previous owners (an artist and gallery owner) that showcase the interesting art from 1940s-1970s Vancouver and New Westminster. Not only art - they have preserved the interesting kitchen utensils, china ornaments, etc from the 60s and 70s. Despite the informal gallery, this house has modern updating in both bathrooms and a new washer/dryer. Perfect for families, if you can ever get a reservation in high season. A dog run! A vegetable garden (in season; we were not). I have never rented a home that is so well equipped - a steel to sharpen the knives, for example! It was like a house-sitting experience, overall. TV has a zillion channels plus Netflix. Lighting the gas fire was beyond me and the master bedroom mattress was a tiny bit soft. Otherwise, a totally fantastic experience!
May 2017
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Parksville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Both bathrooms in the Painter's Nook are newly built.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    2nd Bedroom - 1 double
    3rd Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Beautifully decorated, clean and location convenient to everything.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Painted Nook for a month. Everything you need for a comfortable stay is supplied. Yard is huge and nicely landscaped. If felt like it was our private home away from home. Book was there to tell you about garbage pick up, use of garden and information on highlights to see in the area. We didn’t want to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A nice house, but there are some things we'd wished we'd known...

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we really liked the house. It’s cute, clean, cheerful, well laid out, and has all the amenities you’ll need, including beach towels and toys for the kids. The beds are also comfortable, and there was a little welcome basket with cereal, bread and bananas...milk in the fridge...waiting for us in the kitchen when we arrived, which was a nice touch. The kids liked the swing set in the backyard, and we enjoyed sitting out on the front deck. While it’s just off a “highway,” we didn’t experience any issues with noise at all.

Here’s what I wish I’d known before we came:

1. It can get HOT in Parksville.

I checked the weather before we came, and it looked like the days would be warm but the nights would be quite cool. The forecast couldn’t have been more off. It was sweltering. Apparently, heat waves like this one happen once per summer, usually for just a couple of weeks. At least that's what some locals told us. The house isn’t really equipped to handle heat. The windows in the kitchen area push out from the bottom…but not very far out…so it’s hard for air to get in. In the front bedroom, which we were using as the master bedroom, there are no windows—just french doors. And no screens. We tried to cool down the room with the doors open and fan on, but as soon as we closed the doors to go to sleep, it got beastly hot again. Made for a pretty rough couple of nights and not much sleep.

2. The Parksville Community Beach is walking distance…but it’s about a 20 min walk to the playground / beach

It was only a problem for us because we came to Parksville with two kids and a nanny, and expected to leave them alone in Parksville for a full day without a car while we went to Tofino for the day. It was a tough day for them, because it was so hot, and walking from the house to the park, and the water (which during low tide adds another shocking 1/4 mile maybe to the walk), and back wasn’t easy with a three year old.

3. Parksville doesn’t really have much of a downtown

Some of the marketing for Parksville online is misleading. So again, a bit of an issue if you leave your nanny and two kids alone for the day without a car, there aren't too many places to explore / eat out.

4. Note that there is a pretty substantial cleaning fee in the contract for all stays in this house.

Had we known items 1-3, our stay would have been better as we could have planned for it. So hopefully this review will help, and if prepared, I do recommend staying in this house

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed The Painter's Nook. It's a fantastic cottage for families as it's 1/2 acre yard has the play structure you mentioned plus lots of room to explore. The Nook is 5 blocks to the Community Park which features an amazing playground and spray park (spray park is being updated for summer 2018), tennis courts, skate park, boardwalk and the beach. Plus many food trucks, events and activities. One of the things that Parksville is most known for is the expansive beach at low tide and people flood to the area to enjoy it and the warm waters. From The Nook if you are looking for somewhere immediate to eat, in the same block (on the highway side). is Smitty's Family Restaurant, Subway, Amriko, Starbucks, Boston Pizza, A&W, Tim Horton's, Domino's Pizza, a pie shop and Sushi Ichi. Within only a few blocks you'll find two grocery stores, Lefty's, Prime Rib Steak House, and many more fabulous eateries within town and in the resort area. We are always happy to make recommendations if our guests want them. The town of Parksville has many kid friendly things to do however we do recommend that guests have a car if they are wanting to visit nearby tourist attractions. Luckily Budget Rentals is just around the corner from the Nook. The temperature in Parksville is typically warm but not unbearably hot, which is perfect for getting away to the beach for a holiday. In the case of these guests, they happened to stay during an extreme heat wave but were provided with additional fans to put in the rooms and knew in advance that the home does not have air conditioning.
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VERY enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed it enough to want to go back:)

The Painters Nook is a lovely, comfortable home. Roomy, clean and very 'homey' with a great view from any room of the large tree & flower filled yard. Quiet, private area.

We lacked nothing, everything we needed to unpack & move in was there.

It was close to many wonderful 'things' to do, a beautiful area even in wet weather!

(The only thing that could improve it for us was if the yard was dog proof) Wonderful property.

We recommend it. Thank you Stacey.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and so happy our cottage brought you pleasure. We have the dog run because it's hard to totally secure that half acre yard, but we continue to work on improvements and appreciate the feed back. Do come stay again. You are welcome guests.
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Warm and cozy home

  • 5 of 5

What a well stocked war, cozy, comfortable home to stay in. Everything was perfect including location. Suited our needs perfectly, my two brothers and my daughter and I loved staying here. Great for our gathering, gave us time and space to visit. Many thanks for all the thoughtful touches everywhere in the home.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always heart warming to hear how much our guests love the Painters Nook. Thanks for the kind words! Please come stay on your next visit mid-island!
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Winter holiday in Parksville

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay for a month at The Painter's Nook. The home is clean, inviting, and decorated tastefully. We liked knowing its history as an artist's home, and the art on the walls. We enjoyed curling up in front of the gas fireplace on cold evenings. The owners have thoughtfully provided everything a guest needs, including toys for children and a Christmas tree with decorations. Lani and Stephanie responded quickly to our inquiries, and also were respectful of our privacy. The location in the heart of Parksville is also great. We highly recommend this rental home.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always happy to hear from guests who enjoy our properties. It was great to meet you and know you loved the Painter's Nook as much as we do. Thanks for taking good care of it and do come again!
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Wonderful home base for Island travels

  • 5 of 5

An exceptionally roomy home and garden area that served as our home base for almost a week. Great facilities, close to amenities and beaches. Clean and well equipped. Loved the daily visits of the rabbits in the yard, and the availability of the remnants of the summer garden for culinary needs. It is quiet, central and close to highways for island excursions.

Better kitchen knives plus some steak knives would be great. Admittedly, these are my pet peeves in any place, and can imagine that it is difficult to keep half decent knives in a rental property. We found the TV a bit challenging to figure out initially, so a little bit more detail on set-up would be helpful.

Overall, a fantastic holiday setting. Easily recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear you loved your time at the Painters Nook. We are always looking at ways to improve and will upgrade our knives. Do come visit again!
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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Outstanding park!
North Island Wildlife Recovery Association
Very informative and fun to visit!
Black Goose Inn at Beach Acres Resort
Paradise Adventure Mini Golf & RV Park
Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club
Morningstar Golf Club
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Monk Art Gallery & Studio
Starbucks -- CLOSED
Boston Pizza
milner gardens
Love it here! Enjoy the tea room!
Rod & Gun
Pacific Prime Restaurant & Lounge
Coombs Country Market
Fun, fun, fun! Great for everyone!
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Wonderful for exploring, fishing, hiking, picnics and water play!
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Outstanding park!
Thrifty Foods
Quality Foods
Tigerlily Farm
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Sushi Ichi
RDN Top Bridge Trail Parking Area
Wondeful park and setting! Fun to visit!
Cuckoo Trattoria Pizzeria
My favourite Coombs spot to eat!
Craig Heritage Park & Museum
Interesting well thought out with great history of area!
Robert Held
Nearest Barpub
0.03 Miles
Rod and Gun
Nearest Ski
99 Kilometres
Mt Washington
Nearest Beach
0.03 Miles
Parksville Community beach
Car: recommended

"Parksville is a definitive British Columbia summer town, just a half-hour drive north of Nanaimo's ferry terminals.

The beaches here on the south-central coast of eastern Vancouver Island are the stuff of a California dream vacation. However, there is a difference: Parksville's postcard crescents of golden, hard-packed sand beaches are smoother, broader and caressed by gentle Pacific rollers, not pounding surf.

While summer by the sea is a major lure here, Parksville is a four-season outdoor destination. Golf, hiking, and mountain biking enthusiasts are well served in a rare, splendidly protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This area is notable for its pristine watersheds, deep lakes, extensive parkland, forested tracts (notably the old-growth treasure at Cathedral Grove), and challenging trails leading to Mount Arrowsmith's see-forever viewpoints.

Culture and History

Sharing the parking lot with the Visitor Centre is the Craig Heritage Park & Museum. Parksville's back history is colorfully displayed in a museum (open from mid-May to late September). The surrounding grounds are dotted with heritage buildings (including an early pioneer's log home relocated here from nearby Errington). The site is run by the District 69 Historical Society. BC history buffs will want a copy of the anecdotal Parksville and Then Some, written by the society's former president Marjorie Leffler.

Town of Parksville

Parksville is home to 11,000 relaxed, friendly, lifestyle-oriented residents who enjoy all the amenities of town life – a diverse selection of good dining spots, a year-round calendar of a remarkable 140 festivals and events, a lively arts scene, and everyday quality time at Parksville Community Park (with sports fields, skatepark, beach boardwalk and a fantastic Lions' Club kids playground). Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and the Englishman River Estuary are natural sanctuaries minutes from the main drag (aka Highway 19A or the Island Highway/Oceanside Route).


Parksville occupies half of a larger but still relatively compact area officially known as Oceanside (which includes the town's near-neighbour Qualicum Beach). In the Parksville side of the region are several largely rural communities with their own quirks, character, and charm.

Coombs and Errington are due west of Parksville off Highway 4A (aka the Old Alberni Highway, which links up with Highway 4 enroute to Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino). Coombs is a town famous for its eclectic shopping, rodeo events, and a series of family-friendly activity zones (Butterfly World, the World Parrot Refuge). Errington is a back-to-the-land refuge for farmers, B&B operators and urban exiles. Its attractions include the petting zoo and trail rides at Tiger Lily Farm, as well as the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre's menagerie of the furred and feathered."

Things to Do

Splash around with friends and family in the ankle-deep ocean.

Explore trails leading to alpine meadows. Discover the peace of country backroads. Watch a dimpled golf ball sail over emerald green links. Shop 'til you drop at a renowned roadside market famous for the goats on its roof. In brief: The year-round to-do list in Parksville is long and colourful.

Water Activities

Nowhere in Canada is the expression "life's a beach" more appropriate than Parksville. The sandy, kilometer(mile)-wide (at low tide) waterfront is a fresh-air delight 12 months a year, but the June to September holiday period is primetime for swimming and high-rise sandcastle developments, especially during the Parksville Beach Festival, and its famous sand sculpting competition. Also in the area are a handful of kayak rental/adventure companies and several fishing/sailing charter operators.

Lasquiti and Texada islands are within relatively easy reach of the French Creek Marina, as is the lovely Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park. South Winchelsea Island, managed as an ecological reserve by The Land Conservency, is a good daytrip option from Nanoose Bay's Schooner Cove.

Land Activities

Mountain biking – both recreational and professional – is a major focus of the Top Bridge recreational area, a short peddle from Resort Drive. Generous expanses of parkland and 60km/37mi of hiking trails can be found within the sea-to-sky embrace of the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Go it alone or sign up for a guided trip with the experts at area tour operators Coastal Revelations and Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours.

Relax with a lingering soak at Tigh-Na-Mara's magical, rock-walled mineral pool, one highlight of the resort's full-service Grotto Spa. Explore the many shopping options in Parksville and Coombs. Check out the birds at Hamilton Marsh, a prime piece of wetland between French Creek and Qualicum Beach. Tackle any of six year-round golf courses in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area. Parksville itself is arguably the mini-golf capital of Western Canada. "




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $97.56
Amenity fee $27.71
Mandatory cleaning $204.89
Refundable damage deposit $195.13
Tax Rate 10.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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