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Oceanfront family retreat on Vancouver Island

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

3+bedrooms, sleeps 8, 2 bathrooms, ocean level with fantastic ocean views!

House, 2000 square feet, full kitchen, 2 full baths,3+ bedrooms, sleeps 8, laundry facilities, and large outdoor deck with BBQ and furniture. All dishes, towels, sheets are provided. Pool table in downstairs area. 725 square foot deck that looks out onto the ocean!!FREE INTERNET & TV. WiFi, bring your tablet! Large sand play area for the children, toys included, and two fire pits for hotdogs & smores!

John Holtum
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About John Holtum

This is a family cottage that we owned for 10 years. It is in a wonderful area with beautiful views, steps from the beach with fabulous neighbours.

John Holtum purchased this house in 2006

Why John Holtum chose British Columbia

We bought this house so that we could all enjoy it together. The four grandchildren enjoy playing in the sand and looking for crabs & starfish. Sitting out on the deck and beach together as a family is where memories are made!

What makes this house unique

We love watching the eagles from our deck, the cruise ships passing by and sitting at the firepit.

Library, art gallery,grocery store,liquor store & coffee shop are close by. This house sleeps 8 in beds.


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront family retreat on Vancouver Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful getaway spot!

  • 5 of 5

John and Linda met us at the cabin upon our arrival. They were both very friendly and welcoming and gave us the run down on the property and beach area. My husband, 10 month old baby and I stayed 3 nights and were able to enjoy the area very much. We were treated to a show by all the seals, sea lions and various birds at the beach. Although there was just the three of us, the cabin could sleep many more people. Would be perfect for a larger family or for multiple families. We enjoyed delicious coffee and morning treats from the coffee shop on the main road - quiche and breakfast bagels were our favourites! If you are looking for a quiet, relaxed nature filled getaway, this is the place for you!

Oh and PS. There is a great selection of games at the cabin for those rainy days!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Refreshing reunion

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful accommodations for a family reunion. The house was very clean. The kitchen was well stocked and the house had everything we needed for a comfortable visit. It was nice to be able to spread out. Our 2 1/2 year old grandson spent hours playing in the sand, thanks for the available buckets and shovels. We spent a lot of time on the wonderful deck. Loved the eagles. The hosts were very quick to respond to any concerns via email. A wonderfully refreshing spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, Canada

Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We came from Victoria for a getaway for the may long weekend. We travelled with 2 families and it was the perfect amount of room. The kids enjoyed the beach area, not only did they have the rocky shore to explore but a large sandy area to build castles! For the adults we enjoyed watching the many eagles sore, and the ability to use the fire pits that were located by the beach, (we even saw a couple cruise ships pass by). The kitchen was extremely well equipped, and the deck was glorious. There is a grocery store a 2 min drive away, which had exactly what we needed. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thunder Bay, Ontario

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cabin was great and close to all amenities, with a bigger center (Courtenay) just 30 minutes drive. We stayed as two, at one point three, couples and the set up couldn't have been better. We spent the majority of our time on the large, partially covered deck, which was just perfect. A lot of that time was spent watch the a bald eagle that perched every night in a tree beside the house. =) At one point we had a large dinner with several friends and the kitchen was completely stocked for such an event. Although none of us had our children with us I could see us coming back and this cabin serving our needs just fine...would have to remember to get sand toys. The owners were easy to deal with and very accommodating to our arrival/departure times. Hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surrey, BC

great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Despite the fact that it is not directly in front of the beach, the house offerred a large deck where you can basically watch what's happening at the beach. Since I had three kids running around at the beach, the deck helped me alot.

Wifi is not avail yet but the owner told me that he will have it working soon.

It is two story building and serves two families just fine [with separate entry]

We used the basement just for the storage and stayed upper level most of the time.

Kayak/boat rental at bowser was not possible and the seacrot resort did not have any either.

However, despite all these little minor things, it was a great place for us to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Fanny Bay Inn
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mt. Arrowsmith
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Mt. Washington
Car: necessary

From our large deck one can enjoy the ocean view & watch eagles nest in the surronding tress.

Bring your boat as the Deep Bay marina is only 10 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Nanaimo H House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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High Season
Apr 1 - Sep 30
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $95

Deposit is half of rental. E-mail transfer or cheque to owner.

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Nanaimo H House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Beds (1) 3 queens, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 singles, Child Beds (1) Playpen
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Pinic tables & firepits down by the ocean

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