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Wynn Nielsen

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Bluffs on Bowen. Spectacular Coast/Island Views/Sunsets/Unforgettable!

12 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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British Columbia Gulf Islands Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 large studio w/custom wall bed, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-3

Architecturally unique, west coast modern dwelling. Curved design of house and roofs with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Green roof design using native grasses and sedums (planned for Spring 2013). A 'Green' build with goals of energy conservation and rainwater collection.

Spacious studio with contemporary interior/modern furnishings. Bright and light with vaulted curved ceiling and wall-to-wall windows overlooking a green roof and views of the coast/mountain ranges beyond. Private entrance and deck.

Spectacular sunsets, coastal island/ocean views as far as you can see. Mossy bluffs smothered in foxgloves in Spring followed by waving, golden grasses in summer. Gnarly, weathered old firs, roots dug deep into the bedrock to withstand the channel winds, dark silhouettes against a big sky and even bigger ocean.

A small community, surrounded by rainforest, fern valleys, moss covered bluffs and easy walking trails. Short woodland stroll to one of Bowen's best public swimming beaches in Bowen Bay.

We believe you will find our setting and amenities to be exceptional here on the Bluffs. We look forward to welcoming you!

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Wynn Nielsen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Wynn Nielsen

I was born to this coast and have a deep love for its rugged beauty and wild nature. In my work as a landscape designer and artist, I specializing in naturalistic gardens that are harmonious and in context with their wild surroundings. The creation and design of this house and landscape is a culmination of many years of imagining and desire to put down roots and I feel very fortunate to have found a home here. I love to share my experience of this special place with others and I am now able to do that through the creation of 'The Bluffs'.

Wynn Nielsen purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Wynn Nielsen chose British Columbia Gulf Islands

This is a new development that opened up on the west side of the island. The ridge is home to 7 bluff lots with spectacular coastal views. Notwithstanding the wondrous natural setting, the philosophy behind the development was what attracted me to build and live here. The developer has stringent guidelines to protect the environment including maximum house sizes, water conservation (roof water collection), sustainability and energy conservation (Builtgreen). It felt right to build here.

What makes this apartment unique

The winding one lane road through the rainforest opening up on to moss covered bluffs and, then, the ocean/sky views from the bluff. It was love at first sight.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We appreciate your hospitality and accommodating our dietary requests. We hope to be back. What a treat. O&T

Thank you for creating such a magnificent place like this for us to come to. We'll be sending everyone we know here! K&L

What an incredible treasure you have here and how lucky we are to have been able to experience it. The lovely decoration perfectly compliments the stunning vista at our door step and the breakfast was great. Look forward to coming back! L&D

We are speechless about how beautiful your home is! Love the absolutely stunning views up here. And you are such a warm and welcoming host. A getaway we will never forget. Definitely coming back! V&B

Beautiful! Such a peaceful relaxing stay. A&M

Thank you for poviding such a peaceful and beautiful B&B. K,V&V

A wonderful sactuary while we waited for our house. We'll be back for sure. J&G

What a beautiful spot. We had time to relax and dwell on what life is all about! J&N

Wynn, we have had the most magical time here on the Bluffs. Thank you for exceeding at meeting our needs and providing such a special and relaxing stay. L&A

What a magical place this is! I couldn't have picked a more perfect spot for me to retreat. Thanks for making it a truly unforgettable stay. J

We had a fabulous weekend watching the storm approaching. S&R
Sep 2013
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based on 12 traveler reviews

Bluffs on Bowen. Spectacular Coast/Island Views/Sunsets/Unforgettable!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 20 reviews

Peace and relaxation, enjoyed to the fullest!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a peaceful, three day stay at Bluffs on Bowen. We were warmly welcomed by Wynn who was a very gracious host. She made sure we had everything we needed and then left us to our privacy for the rest of the time. The views were outstanding and the suite was very warm and comfortable. Everything was spotless and ready for our arrival. We liked having a full kitchen to prepare our meals and also enjoyed the barbeque and deck area. The large tub for relaxing, bubble baths was a definite bonus! We were a short ride to the town where we could go and get our supplies. We were surrounded by great hiking trails and enjoyed soaking up the sun at a peaceful beach area just a short distance away. Bowen Island is a lovely place to visit. We would highly recommend that people go to experience it's quiet beauty and the best place to do so would be at Bluffs on Bowen. We can't wait to go back! Thank you Wynn for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the peace and quiet in this suite in the woods. The rustic feeling of the yard and the homey inside was very nice for my stay, and everything I needed to cook and to relax was at hand. The view is terrific, of the water and adjacent islands. Lots of trails are nearby and are well marked. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very welcome, and thank you for the lovely review. So glad the place and surroundings worked for your retreat. You were a very considerate and personable guest. Warm regards, Wynn
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Stunning Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed three restful and relaxing days at the Bluffs on Bowen. Wynn was a warm and welcoming host; ensuring that all our needs were attended to without being intrusive. The suite is beautifully appointed; an efficient design which offers maximum enjoyment of the breathtaking views. The well-stocked kitchen functioned very well and the cozy, modern bath allowed for a mini-spa experience. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing "get-away"; the Bluffs on Bowen is the place to be. We hope to visit again soon! Brian & Jane L.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brian and Jane, thank you so very much for the lovely review. :-) So pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you found all that you needed at the Bluffs, including the sunsets. I do hope you are able to make it over again some day. Warm regards, Wynn
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Chattanooga TN

Place of peaceful respite and serenity

  • 4 of 5

We were very happy with our choice to divert from the beaten tourist path to stay at Bluffs on Bowen for a couple of nights. We enjoyed eating meals on the porch and the quiet solitude of the island. We were blessed with two long and beautiful sunsets with a plethora of orange and red hues. Wynn's rental was very clean and nicely appointed. The kitchen had many staples and condiments as well as eggs, milk, sausage and bread. The hiking trails are accessible from the house by foot so there's no need to use your car to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review, Beth. I'm glad the sunsets came through so beautifully for you - both evenings! I appreciated being your host and you were lovely guests. Thank you for visiting Bowen Island the our Bluffs. Wynn
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Amazing Home

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I stayed here for five nights and were absolutely in love with the place. The views were incredible and the place itself is amazing. Wynn was a great host and left us to our privacy but was sure to know if we needed anything else from her and that our kitchen was stocked. The home was being photographed for an architectual magazine while we were there and Wynn made sure we were comfortable and had somewhere to go while the photographer was taking pictures so it wasn't an inconvenience for us. The island has many trails and beaches to relax at as well as great places to eat for supper. We enjoyed sunsets from the deck every night and loved waking up the views in the morning. We would definitely recommend this VRBO and can't wait to come back to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katie, thank you so much for your lovely review. I always appreciate it when guests take the time to express in detail how they felt about their stay at the Bluffs. I am so glad it was such a positive experience for the two of you. Thanks again, Wynn
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It's all about the view

  • 3 of 5

It's all about the view

The view, the garden, the setting were all wonderful, even spectacular. The lodging looks amazing, but living there for 3 days was a bit challenging.

The shower has no adequate means to keep the water from spraying all over the rest of the room. Problems with the shower head made it worse. No instruction or warning from Wenn on this. No hooks or adequate means to dry towels used to sop up the puddles on the floor so we hung them over the chairs on the small deck.

The kitchen is very nice looking but the fridge is too cold. Despite of our efforts to adjust the temp a glass of water on the top shelf remained frozen. Many of the supplies were empty or nearly so. Is it really my job to survey the supplies? Although this is termed a B&B, it is cook your own. Also, do your own cleaning up.

The bed could have been more comfortable. After the first night it went down hill with us both feeling achy upon rising. Also, there was only a down comforter so it was either that or just a sheet.

Issues aside, we had a great time as the location was near our friend. Wenn did not intrude but was friendly. We might have brought more of this to her attention but did not want to spend our time improving her property. This is a beautiful place that could easily be improved to make the experience nearly perfect.

A couple notes: The path through the garden to the studio is uneven and there is to railing, even at the uneven rock steps to the door. This might be difficult for mobility challenged persons. Also, the room faces west and the sun can be quite warm in the afternoons. It is imperative to lower the shades is you're going to be gone.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara, I am very sorry you experienced all these difficulties. Many of these could have been so quickly and easily resolved had you made me aware at the time of your stay, and I would have been happy to do so. I do take all criticisms seriously and I would like to address yours, along with solutions, where possible. It sounds like the the shower head has calcium buildup, due to the hard water here, causing misdirected spray. Thank you for letting me know and I will have it de-calcified (I am already scheduled to have water softener added to the overall house treatment system and that should solve this over the long term). I will double check the courtesy pantry supplies and top up where needed.The fridge sometimes runs too cold when the ambient temperature goes up - I have an appliance service call in. With respect to the bed (a standard 10" mattress), I have not had a complaint about the bed previously so I am at a bit of of loss there. I do have optional blankets as well as the duvet but, due to storage space, I don't keep it in the studio. I can provide it by request, of course. Yes, we are a "self-cater" BnB and I will try to make this even more clear in my on-line description so this is not overlooked (we provide quality breakfast items but you prepare). The other issues you mention; the west facing sun, uneven gravel paths and such are simply features of the Bluffs. We are sited on a bluff and in a rural setting. I will add a caution in my on-line description to help others decide if the setting is a good fit for them. I am glad you enjoyed your overall visit to Bowen Island and I'm very sorry that your stay at the Bluffs was not as comfortable as it could have been. All of your comments have been taken into consideration in our on-going development of the Bluffs experience and I thank you for them.
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Car: recommended

'The Bluffs' is located on the west (sunset) side of Bowen Island in a very small community surrounded by designated parkland (Evergreen Park). It is a 15 min. stroll though forest trails to one of Bowen's best swimming beaches. The suite is nestled on a mossy ridge of steep bluffs, smothered in foxgloves in the summer and framed by gnarled, weathered old fir trees. It overlooks a deep valley and a spectacular coastline view stretching to the horizon. The sunsets viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows are spectacular, vibrant and ever-changing.

Start your day with a walk or run through the rainforest on easy trails that are right outside your door.

A diversity of pond and bird life abounds. A naturalistic garden, designed by the owner (Artist in the Garden Designs), melds house and wild surroundings into a harmonious relationship of both composed beauty and wildlife habitat.

The entrance to your suite entrance winds through the garden, past the ponds, and leads to a private entrance and deck.

If you like to walk, hike, swim or kayak; are a creative soul, e.g., a writer, a photographer or other professional needing a place to re-charge; are celebrating a special occasion, or just want to enjoy a relaxing and restorative place in close relationship with nature, we may be just what you are looking for. Create for yourself a wonderful and unforgettable experience here on 'the Bluffs'. We'll help.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

Note: 23Jan14: We have many requests for single night bookings. In response, we will try to accommodate single night stays during the week (not including Fri/Sat/Sun) but at a premium of $50 added to our base rate to make it feasible (i.e. $200/night). We reserve the right to refuse a single night.

Cancellation Policy: We charge 50% of total fee for any cancellation that is less than 14 days prior to booking dates.

Massage and other spa services (manicure, pedicure and facials) is available by 3rd party.

A credit card is required for reservation purposes. No deposit necessary, however, 50% of the fee is required if notice of cancellation is less than 2 weeks prior to reservation date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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British Columbia Gulf Islands Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom designed with vaulted ceilings and high vertical windows. Simple and clean with earth-tone tiled floors and walls and wrap-around mirrors.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • A comfortable Queen bed, full thickness mattress custom wall bed. Spectacular views right from your bed. The wall bed can be lucked up into the wall when extra space is required in the main room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A photographers paradise. A bird-watcher and naturalists delight. A storm-watcher's adrenalin rush. A writer's inspirational retreat. A yoga practitioner's zen. A stressed person's restoration and recharge. A couple's (re)connection. An unforgettable celebration. What are you looking for?

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