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Idyllic Artist's Retreat - on the Ocean - Walk to Hollyhock!!!

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Comox-Strathcona I Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Located within a short walking distance of the Hollyhock Retreat Center on beautiful Cortes Island in the Discovery Islands of British Columbia, this cabin is an idyllic escape for a couple, artist, writer, or anyone seeking solitude and retreat - overlooking the Straight of Georgia, Desolation Sound, and the distant snow-capped peaks of British Columbia.

Ammenities include:

1) Round, cedar hot tub on the large oceanside deck

2) Modern, custom built, round cedar sweat lodge/sauna in the garden

3) All slate bathroom with separate shower and over-sized tub for two

4) Wireless high speed internet access

5) Sleeping loft with queen bed - down comforter and pillows!

6) Built-in corner 'kasbah' style sleeping sofa with memory foam mattress and views to the horizon

7) Small, fully equipped galley kitchen

8) Large screened-in porch for meals, reading, or napping

Keywords: Cabin


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Parker Johnson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2016

About Parker Johnson

We live in a lovely and idyllic small town outside of Boulder, CO. Yet when we need to plug into the deep essence of mother nature at her finest - we head for Cortes!

Parker Johnson purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Parker Johnson chose British Columbia

The view from our cabin is simply as stunning and seductive as it gets. No matter how long we are there - we wish it was twice as long - and our friends and guests pretty much all say the same thing. This is one of those magical places you simply will not want to leave.

What makes this cabin unique

The custom designed, wood-fired sauna in the garden is unique - and sensational. The cedar hot tub overlooking Twin Islands and Desolation Sound is magical - so much so in fact, we conceived our first child there! ;-)


based on 11 traveler reviews

Idyllic Artist's Retreat - on the Ocean - Walk to Hollyhock!!!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

An amazing property with unobstructed views of the water.

  • 5 of 5

I attended a conference at Hollyhock in September and required somewhere close to stay, Parker's cabin was perfect, a one minute bike ride to Hollyhock. The cabin itself is beautiful with all the comforts of home. I felt like time slowed right down while I sat on the deck listening to seals play in the water and sail boats pass leisurely by. The hot tub on the deck was nice too. The home is comfortable, clean and perfect for a couple, small family or possibly two couples. As a host of a vacation rental, I can appreciate the work involved to keep this place looking the way it does. I highly recommend.


  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Everything we needed--a beautiful, tranquil and extremely comfortable place

  • 5 of 5

Three of us stayed here, old friends, a couple who slept on the screened and windowed large front porch (it was quite warm enough) and myself indoors in the downstairs bed, though there's also a good bed in the loft bedroom upstairs. The cabin is spacious enough for three, and the ever-changing views and inside/outside ease of places to read, talk, cook (well-equipped kitchen), and eat were just right. Hot tub very relaxing, too. The weather was perfect during most of our 10-day stay, perhaps unusually so, the freshness of the air and sounds of wind and birds exquisite (I'm a big city dweller). When it got cool there was good heating from vents or the indoor wood stove. David (who is the nearby manager) and Leaf were very responsive to requests, and took care of anything we needed as soon as contacted. Before we arrived, Parker, the owner, sent us good and extensive information, so we could take advantage of all the cabin and the island offer. The location is a good jumping off point, allowing us to get anywhere on the island quickly by car, and is also walking distance to a beautiful beach area at Smelt Bay as well as Hollyhock. This was a splendid and memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, view and hot tub. But....

  • 3 of 5

My sister and I stayed here for a few nights to visit Hollyhock and hike. The location is right next to Hollyhock, the property is lovely and the view and decks are amazing. There was an island wide power outage for several of the days we were there and there was no water for showers, etc. There were no flashlights with batteries or many candles. The place was dusty and my sister found personal lubricant in the bedside drawer in the loft. My sister's family and my family have stayed in lots of VRBO properties and had no complaints. If this place was cleaner or a little more effort made (first impression coming through the screen door is a faded, torn cover on the bed on the deck) this place would be amazing. The owner did offer us a night free because of the power outage.But i think next time we'll stay at Hollyhock.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Upon receiving your email complaints last summer we made some very significant upgrades and changes. We have since hired a new, local property manager, and part of their job it is to ensure that the cabin is kept in impeccable shape going forward. Over the winter we completed a thorough renovation to the cabin, which included (among other upgrades) a new propane generator (for when the power goes out), all new custom screen doors for the porch, a new wood floor, queen size bed and mattress up in the loft, a new queen size futon frame and mattress for the porch, and all new bedding and linens. . Thank you for your honest review and please know we have done our best to address your issues and concerns.
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Great ocean views

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here. The cabin was just as described. It's small and cozy but has a big covered porch and beautiful ocean views. We loved the hot tub on the deck and having a fire in the wood stove. The cabin had everything you need, including laundry and a well equipped kitchen (though no oil, vinegar or spices etc). One thing to be aware of is that the ladder to the sleeping loft is quite steep. All in all we loved our stay here. It would make for a great romantic getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, UK

where Creativity & Nature dwells

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying here. As the title says 'Artist's Retreat', which for me meant I was full of inspiration, vision and spent alot of time dancing/choreographing.. It has every modern luxury one could need without loosing its rustic charm; in addition some lovely bohemian touches. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Deep Gratitude to Parker & Family.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic, Gorgeous Cabin With Epic View

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay on Cortes and it was all thanks to this wonderful cabin. Pictures alone cannot do this place justice. It's super cozy, very intelligently laid out, has everything you might need, and is a perfect distance between walkability to lots of places and sufficiently remote to allow for feeling away from it all. Bikes were our primary transport and with them, we were able to get everywhere. We will most certainly return to this special place!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Comox-Strathcona I Cabin Rental Rates

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Sep 1 - Oct 31
3 night minimum stay
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May 1 - May 31
3 night minimum stay
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Jun 1 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80

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Comox-Strathcona I Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Huge two-person tub in bathroom, separate shower, wood burning sauna in garden, stunning views overlooking Desolation Sound, walking distance to Hollyhock.

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