|Minimum Stay||2 - 5 nights|
This 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.
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, Owner, purchased this house in 2014
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.
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!
I had a visit to the Painter's Nook on the weekend and the cottage is simply 'oozing ' charm! Love it! Hope you can book us in for a week in July!
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.
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.
The house was even better than I had expected ~ it had a quaint charm, was very comfortable, and also provided all the modern amenities.
Our family of four adults enjoyed the large private yard with fruit trees, the two bunnies who entertained us, and the occasional visit from the neighbourhood kitties. The yard is well lit at night and we had no trouble finding the address. The kitchen, dining area and living room have an open layout and are bright and welcoming. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all a good size and the beds are very comfortable and the showers are great. We had lots of hot water for four showers every morning. There were extra blankets for the cooler nights and the bathrooms were stocked with soaps and shampoo. We were greeted with milk in the fridge, bread, cereal and tea in the kitchen. We really enjoyed the WIFI, cable TV and Netflix after exploring the parks and beach every day.
Thank you for a wonderful home in Parksville Stacey!
This is a great location. When we first drove up we were a little concerned about the highway behind, but were pleasantly surprised that we didn't hear it. We could walk to the grocery, the beach and even a large natural forested area. It was also an easy drive to explore Cooms, Englishman Falls, Horne Lake Caves, Port Alberni, Duncan, Port Campbell, Nanaimo and the off shore islands. Parksville and Quallicum Beach also have great galleries and museums.
The house was super clean, comfortable and well appointed. There was even a care basket in the fridge,with basics such as milk, bread, butter, and little cereal boxes, so we wouldn't have to immediately rush to the grocery. Nice touch.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Artist's Nook. The home is full of character and charm and the location is great. We enjoyed walks through the Englishman River Estuary, and bike rides to Rathtrevor Provincial Park and it's wonderful beach. We found most amenities to be within an easy walk or bike ride! The huge lot, with ample parking, and vegetable garden were an added bonus. The owners were very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely stay here again!
We had a great holiday. Loved the house. Neighbors were a little noisy when they left for work in the a.m. Needed help lighting the fireplace. Lots to see and do there. Was nice to have something for breakfast the morning after we arrived. My nephew has a restaurant that is awesome. Final Approach at the Qualicum Airport. Found a book in the book store that shows you all the little spots where you can get to the water so found amazing little beaches.
"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.
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.
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. "
|Refundable damage deposit||$187|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.