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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2+ bed, 1 bath with 360 degree Mountain/Ocean Views

The most private and breathtaking spot in the Cowichan Valley! This vacation getaway is the only building on a 40 acre property surrounded by beautiful Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest. Feel like you have truly gotten 'away from it all', but stay within a 15 min drive of Duncan and Lake Cowichan.

We offer a completely unique and eco-friendly rental as a welcome alternative to the usual options. Learn that the ultimate in 'eco-friendly' can also be beautiful, contemporary, and comfortable. This custom home was built with local, natural, and sustainable materials and is completely 'off-grid'. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stay in a 'cob' home. Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, and straw - it's what the exterior walls are made of, and they hold up the roof without a single stick of wood! Of course, our home is highly engineered and code-approved - one of the very few of it's kind in North America! Whether you're looking for something eco-friendly, unique, private, or just beautiful with breathtaking views this home is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.

Accommodations include two bedrooms with queen size beds, as well as a pull-out double/queen sofa bed. The beds have eco-foam mattresses, down duvets, and bamboo and organic cotton sheets. The bathroom includes a shower and separate water-closet. The contemporary kitchen has 13 ft ceilings and the most energy-efficient appliances on the market. The living room features a beautiful curved cob bench and rammed-earth open burning fireplace for warmth and atmosphere. All the home's finishes are made with natural materials, so those with sensitivities can breathe easy, and everyone can feel good about staying in a healthy place without harmful toxins.

For your outdoor enjoyment, there is a deck and patio table just outside the dining room's double doors, which can be opened up for one large indoor/outdoor eating area. There is also a bbq and fire pits, for when the season allows. Our property connects with Cowichan Valley Provincial Park and it's many hiking trails for endless exploration from the top of the Bluff to the River bottom.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Tonya or Leon (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Tonya or Leon

We are both originally from the prairies, and moved to the west coast in 2004. We have busy lives and jobs in Victoria, but have spent all of our free time over the last 2 years building and finishing this eco-home!

Tonya or Leon purchased this house in 2010

Why Tonya or Leon chose Vancouver Island

Over our last 8 years living on Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley has always been our favourite place to get away to; whether for a day of food and wine tours, or hiking and exploration, or just some relaxation in a beautiful setting. It encompasses everything that we love so much about the west coast and we have never tired of things to do and see in the area.

When we decided to build the most eco-friendly vacation home possible, we searched around the entire lower half of Vancouver Island to find the perfect spot. It had to be a spot with a lot of space and privacy and beautiful views to showcase the best of the valley, not a nearby sub-division or the possibility of one in the future. It was important for us to be able to offer guests an experience where they truly feel they have escaped everyday life. These things were not easy to find on an island like this which is such a popular place to live and visit (and rightly so!). When we found Stoltz Bluff, we knew it was just the right spot from the very beginning. We hope you visit and experience some of the same magic we have felt there.

What makes this house unique

This home is absolutely one of a kind. The two of us designed and built it ourselves, along with it's off-grid systems. The story of this home is a long and adventurous one! It has had it's trials and joys, and we are very happy to have made it through to the end. We have done an immense amount of learning and research over the last two years and are now excited to share that knowledge and our story with others. We hope to hear from you and will be happy to tell you more and answer your questions. Our website and blog tell the story of our building experience, so please visit it for even more information (may be 'under construction').


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)
A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews


  • 5 of 5

beautiful house. Beautiful location plus Tonya & Leon were just completely lovely. We went there for my birthday and it was defiantly more then what I was asking for :)

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning! Unforgettable!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending 5 nights at the Ecohouse. Tonya and Leon were doing some work on the property so we got to meet them and they gave us great tips for wildlife watching and things to do in the area. The house is more beautiful than the photos and the serenity is unlike anything you would experience outside of the backcountry. Coming home at the end of each day of exploring gave an immediate sense of calm. We could hike around the property and watch the sunset and we were lucky enough to see several deer and wild birds around.

The house is extremely comfortable and well maintained in all regards. The shower is great, the bed is firm and supportive and there is plenty of storage space. The kitchen is fully stocked with enough pots, pans and dishes to make it feel like home. We loved having a grill on the same side of the house as the sunset. Duncan has good supermarkets (Thrifty Foods was a favorite) and farm stands so stocking the kitchen is a breeze. There are many local hiking options or you can venture to the local Gulf Islands (highly recommended!). We went to Salt Spring Island (ferry from Crofton) and Gabriola Island (ferry from Nanaimo) for day trips and enjoyed the different culture and scenery. Our only regret is not making this our last stop on holiday; other rentals cannot match the Ecohouse!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Ideal in every way!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect spot in a perfect area of the world! We all highly recommend you stay here if you have the opportunity. You won't regret it in the least, trust me!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amazing Views, Beautiful Eco Accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

Oh, man. We wanted to move in and stay forever. Gorgeous location -- so many bunnies and rabbits! -- and the sunsets and sunrises were amazing. Drinking wine on the deck, watching birds and bunnies, and playing the excellent games in the house was a highlight of the trip. Comfy beds, very clean, excellent everything. Easy day trips to Cowichan River parks and trails... and be sure to visit The Raptor Center in Duncan. Thank you, Tonya and Leon.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, BC

Fun unique stay that was relaxing and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this little getaway was lovely. It was a fun visit staying in such a unique home. The home was very comfortable, super clean and surprising modern. We had everything we needed and things were easy to find and organized.

The property is beautiful, it's very private and quiet with a gorgeous view. The surrounding area is beautiful, plenty to see and do in the outdoors.

The home is cleaned with low scent, natural cleaners which I always appreciate. I really enjoyed reading the touches of information about the home framed throughout the place. It's like walking through a exhibit, a nice touch that reminds you you're staying in real work of art!

Definitely a great place to check out as a fun unique stay or as a beautiful cozy escape into nature!

Thank you for the wonderful stay, we will be back again!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a lovely retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The location is absolutely stunning and the house is incredibly beautiful and comfortable - what a relaxing weekend! Tonya & Leon have gone to great lengths to make guests feel welcome and at home. We highly recommend this retreat to anyone (families or couples). What a treat it was to be off-grid, spend quality time with our children and be surrounded by such breathtaking scenery.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
61 Kilometres
Victoria International
Nearest Barpub
16 Kilometres
Craig Street Brew Pub, Duncan
Nearest Ferry
67 Kilometres
Swartz Bay Ferry, Victoria (Sidney)
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
VIA Rail, Duncan
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Hwy 18, Duncan/Lake Cowichan
Nearest Restaurant
16 Kilometres
Bistro 161, Duncan
Nearest Ski
198 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Resort, Courtenay
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Cowichan River Provincial Park
Car: necessary

The Cowichan Valley is the 'bread basket' of Vancouver Island! It offers a bounty of farms, markets, and wineries to visit, along with delicious local, organic offerings at many restaurants. Cowichan Bay has the distinction of being officially designated as North America’s first Cittaslow Community.

Along with it's food and wine offerings, the Cowichan Valley is home to the type of spectacular views and outdoor activities the west coast is known for. Hike around Stoltz Bluff and enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire valley. A paradise for bird watchers, hikers, and all those who enjoy wildlife and outdoor activities (including just relaxing at the river, lake, or ocean!).


Rates & Availability

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High Season
Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $386
Cleaning/Changeover $58 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Vancouver Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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