|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Warm and inviting home with spectacular views. There is a large family room on each level. The upper level boasts living room windows to capture the ocean views along with a huge patio deck for entertaining or to simply relax with the sounds of the ocean.
Two bedrooms on the upper level (one queen and one with twin beds) and efficient kitchen complement this home.
Walk out to the ocean from the lower level which has the second bathroom and a double in the bedroom.
As everyone has said the views make this house spectacular. The minute you walk up the stairs you see the ocean throughout the front room and the deck is great. The house itself would not be my first choice to return to with a family with children under the age of 16. The owner has a lot of glass decorations all over the house: on the short windowsills and tables, antique decorations on the floor and other breakable things which makes for staying on ones toes the entire time to make sure nothing is damaged. The house has an upstairs and downstairs that require steps to any lliving space so if you have issues with stairs you may want to take this into consideration. The beach is hard to get down to, as others have said, but once you make the treck down the steep steps it is nice. Mayne Island itself is wonderful and would recommend for anyone wanting a relaxing quiet vacation. The people on the island are very friendly.
My husband had some issues with renting the house. The owner did not take credit cards and wanted a wire transfer instead. This required an added fee from our bank on top of the cost of the house. Her bank also charged her a fee for the wire and she instructed that she would take that difference out of our deposit that we would get back. He told her it was her bank's fee and that we should not be responsible for it since this was the way she wanted the payment. The owner then mailed us back our depoist with a canadian check which made it more difficult for us to cash in the US. The transaction would have been much easier if she would be able to just take a credit card.
Family and friends really enjoyed the house. Felt very much like a shared home rather than a basic rental. It is right on the water and spent a lot of time walking the waterfront. The house has a great upstairs to cook, eat, and enjoy the view. There are lots of cookbooks for inspiration. We ate all but one meal at the house over two weeks. Local produce, baked goods, and the like were a real treat. Saw a good array of wildlife straight from the house and around. Heard and then saw a barred owl - beautiful and haunting. Kate was easy to work with and professional.
Only a short ferry ride away, it seemed like a different world on Mayne Island, so quiet and relaxing. This house was so equipped, it felt like a home away from home. My kids spent hours exploring the beach, while we enjoyed our time reading books and listening to music. The music collection was amazing! The cookbook selection was so extensive that my 12-year-old was inspired to make his first meal ( successfully! )
Thanks Kate for sharing her house with us! We had a marvelous time!
The only disappointing part of this vacation was having to leave. We felt relaxed and at home from the moment we got there and the amazing views meant we never even turned on the TV. The whole place is clearly meant to entertain and make people feel comfortable - and we jumped right in to doing so. Even with a toddler it only took a couple minutes to put some breakables up high and we could all eat well and watch the wildlife and the waves. I agree with another reviewer that I want to sing the praises of this place but also want to keep it as a secret for ourselves.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were amazed at the amenities provided by Kate and Jurgen who completely opened their home to us. The view was incredible and we spent most of our time on the large deck. One of the more intrepid in our group even went for an early morning swim in the ocean. It is about a 50 minute walk into the town where we found a grocery store, nice pub, and great ice cream. Mayne Island is a very friendly place and our hosts were extremely helpful and accommodating. Fran, the manager, was also a gem. A great holiday destination.
What a fantastic vacation we had here.. At the moment we arrived in the main room upstairs my jaw dropped at the stunning view of the ocean. This will be my favourite memory of Mayne..What a treat to watch the wildlife, boats and tide changes..all from the living room. I was so sad to leave this on the last day! The house is very 'homey', well decorated and we found everything we needed.. the kitchen is great! The deck is huge and it was such a pleasure to sit out there and watch the seals and eagles while we had coffee or barbequed..The kids loved the musical instrument selection on the lower floor and it was great to have the extra space there for them to play. We would often go for walks on the rocks below at low tide..could go all the way to Georgina Point Lighthouse even! Oyster Bay nearby was the best spot for finding sea stars, shells, oysters, clams and watching the seals sun themselves on the rocks. We even saw some Orcas in the distance from here one evening. The owner and housekeeper are very easy to deal with which is always a bonus..I would definitely recommend this house!
Mayne Island is the perfect Gulf Island for a year-round destination. The temperate climate, beautiful parks,beach accesses and hiking trails, activities and events make any season a great time to visit. Enjoy artists' galleries,shops, and restaurants. On Saturday mornings (May-October) enjoy the Farmer's Market. The museum, built in 1886, as a jail, and the Springwater Lodge and Pub, which is the longest continuously operating hotel and pub in British Columbia are great attractions.
Georgina Point Heritage Park & Lighthouse and the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve at Bennett Bay or a hike up Mount Parke to a spectacular viewpoint are some activities you can enjoy.
Use the putting green at Dinner Bay Park and view the magnificent Japanese Gardens while there. Experience the surrounding water by kayak, canoe or sailboat. Try your luck at fishing!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$229|
No rentals to under 21 age group without parents
Check in 4 pm
Check out 11 am
*Alternate time may be negotiated