3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home, walk to beach, parks and town. Pet friendly
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!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Stacey's place could not have been more perfect. The house was well laid out and very welcoming. Everything was clean and all amenities were functional. The huge property with resident bunnies was very pet friendly, our dog loved it. The location was ideal for exploring Vancouver Island. Parksville had all we needed, most within walking distance. The area parks great and close by. Stacey was very easy to contact and responded quickly to any requests or questions. We were sorry to have to leave to return home.
Thank you for being great guests! We truly enjoyed connecting in with you. The resident bunnies are so cute (though a bit nasty to the poor veggie garden) and we agree, the house is a perfect location to see all that Vancouver Island has to offer.
Very happy with the house. It was well provisioned and spotless. Perfect for a girls getaway, especially 2 bathrooms and twins in the third bedroom. We would definitely stay again.
Perfect dog friendly location in central Vancouver Island to be a base of travel, hiking and leisure
I’m familiar with the area around Parkland. We visit every year or every other year because of family. Parkland is the best central take off point along with the surrounding area for visiting the central portion of Vancouver island and for day trips up to the northern portion for whale watching, and a little longer trip down to the south part to visit Victoria and the gardens. It provides a quiet area with multiple hiking trails and a small town feel that is safe and manageable with all of the stores and requirements for pro long stay.
The house while small was well laid out, clearly has room for our four adults and could accomadtae up to six with the caveat that it would probably be a little bit much for six full grown adults to stay there with the shared bd size. We had our dog there and the large yard was wonderful. The facilities were well kept and the cottage like feel was very relaxing.
If you’re interested in exploring the area or visiting family it’s a perfect place to stay. I traveled up to Campbell River, into the central portion on highway 4, and would’ve gone to Victoria except we’re having such a great time in the area we never made it there. I strongly recommend it for people who are used to staying at homes above hotels especially given the much higher prices of the hotels for the same availability and service that was achieved here.
We appreciate your review and are happy you enjoyed our cottage! Do come again. You were great guests!
beautiful and quaint, gardens amazing, and within walking distance to stores and the beach
Had such a great and relaxing time - the gardens amazing the house warm and cozy -love the decor- help if you need it just a call away and very prompt in replying. would stay again for sure - lots of room and so nice to be able to do laundry : )
Happy to hear your stay was enjoyable and that you appreciated this special place!
Beautifully decorated, clean and location convenient to everything.
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.
A nice house, but there are some things we'd wished we'd known...
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
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.
"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. "