|Space||3,500 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
Ideal for workshops, meditation retreats, large family vacations and events, Eaglenest Sanctuary is embedded in the Vancouver Island rainforest.
The Sanctuary is a very secluded 3500 sq. ft. recently renovated (2013) house surrounded by 15 acres of gardens and rainforest alongside the Koksilah river.
It has five bedrooms (6, 3, 3, 3 and 2 people occupancy) three showers, three toilets, one bathtub and one sauna.
One living room (seats 17), one large multipurpose room (yoga, meetings, resting, media) and one small 'conversation pit' (seats 8) sun room for breakaway meetings.
One fully stacked and operational kitchen with dishwasher, double sink, large refrigerator, electric range and multiple appliances.
Outdoors:private access to 800 meters of riverfront with two swimming holes, three gardens, sweat lodge, medicine wheel, four ponds, Hot Tub, two decks, one outdoor stage and three miles of paths through the rainforest, including a patch of old growth timber.
As the property owner and operator of Eaglenest Sanctuary, I am originally from Mexico, but have lived in many countries, including France, the US and Canada. I live next door to Eaglenest at Eagleyew, a newly constructed natural building home.
He studied Engineering in Mexico and has an MBA from Stanford University.
Ezio Cusi purchased this estate in 2002
In 2001, while living in France with my family, we decided to move to North America. We sold our house and went to the US, bought an RV and travelled for a year in US, Mexico, Central America and finally Canada, looking for a place to live. When we arrived in the Cowichan Valley, we realized that we had found home.
When researching the necessary steps to immigrate to Canada, I came in contact with a poem by Goethe in which he states that to make your dreams reality, you have to take the first step and the universe will conspire to make them happen.
So we decided to buy a house and after exhaustive search, we came upon Eaglenest. We fell in love with the house and especially the grounds.
Amongst other things, I am a cabinet maker and I have made many changes to the house in the last 10 years.
In 2010 I started the construction of Eagleyew in a sub division of the original Eaglenest property. After 2 1/2 years, I moved to Eagleyew and started renovation of Eaglenest as a vacation and workshop rental.
The location of Eaglenest Sanctuary is, arguably, one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Bordered by the Koksilah river, the property is embeded in the Shawnigan Lake rainforest. Uniquely secluded, it is surrounded by rainforest with the closest neighbors more than 400 yards away.
The soothing view of the river from the living room, kitchen, dining and master bedroom room is superb and unique.
The house is renovated in a clean, simple Zen-like ambiance that invites you to relax and renew yourself.
The best feature of Eaglenest are the grounds. The house is surrounded by gardens. To the east is an enclosed medicinal herb garden, protected from visiting deer.
To the north is the Medicine Wheel garden with Koksilah river access, on the way to the old growth rainforest patch and a stage for artistic performances.
To the south is the flower garden, with lots of grass area for games, with its shrine to Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess. In addition, this path leads to the main swimming hole, 200 yards away and the sweat lodge area.
To the west is the closest path to the beautiful Koksilah river.
Beyond that, 3 kms of paths wind though the rainforest, leading to the four ponds, an old logging road, and the world famous Kinsol tressle, the largest railroad tressle in the Commonwealth and one of the most popular tourist attraction in the Cowichan Valley.
We were a group of 16 celebrating new years and a friends champagne birthday. The place surpassed our expectations and acommodated all our needs. The sauna off of the yoga/dance room was the best part for me personally. Having a hot sauna and ggoin into the little shower to cool down :)
The woody features of the place give a very rustic look.
Definately take the time to come to rhis beautiful sanctuary!
We had a wonderful yoga retreat at the Eaglenest Sanctuary. The house provided plenty of space for all our activities: yoga, meals, evening Satsang by the fire... The house itself was obviously a labour of love with every detail carefully planed and designed. Nested in the forest and beside Koksila river, it provides a lot of opportunity for the outdoor activities, weather permitting. We strongly recommend the Eaglenest for a yoga retreat or similar.
Eaglenest Sanctuary is a wonderful retreat center with many artistic rooms and furnishings, The hot tub right beside the river and the shower on a tree is super artistic. The river trail is right beside the building which is wonderful to hear at night as the river rushes by while you sleep. Sure beats traffic, There is a trail to the famous Kinsole Tresel and trail for moderate hikes,The best part was there are no big rules to adhere to. Edsio was hardly there and not watching to make sure we took care of his buildings. He is a wonderful host.
The location of this retreat is superb, next to a river and the trans canada trail. It was perfect for our dancing group. The house is artistically designed and provides good accomodation. Highly recommended!
We held a family reunion with 12 people, who all fit very comfortably in the home. We stayed a couple of nights but wished we had stayed longer. There are many outdoor activities most of which are walking distance from the home. The highlight of the weekend for the kids was swimming hole in the river which was very accessible.
Would have given 5 stars, except for the fact that we did have to do a bit of light cleaning around the house when we first arrived. The host explained that he was busy and another party had just left, so it was understandable. Asides from that it was a perfect stay!
We held a reunion with a group of 15 friends who had not all been together for 15 years. From the moment we arrived at The Eaglesnest Sanctuary, all life's hassle's were left behind!! The owner takes the time to make sure you feel completely at home with all the amenities on site and even the ones that are not far offsite. We have never stayed anywhere with such a relaxed atmosphere. With all the detailed hand crafted stylings of the house, pathways, outdoor tub and shower to the majestic river and forest views there was not a moment unappreciated by all that attended. This place was built with love!! The accommodations were very comfortable and was roomy enough for 15 people without getting in each others way. We made full use of the outdoor stage and danced and frolicked through the night. The medicine wheel provides a perfect setting to relax or meditate. We should also mention the most used feature, the sauna with a built in stone shower. This place is like no other!!! We are planning another stay already and will be back many more times! Thanks to the Owner and his Wife for making us feel like family, really!
The property is located in the middle of the spectacular Pacific Northwest rain forest. It is surrounded by 15 acres of riverfront, old growth and second growth trees.
A five minute walk though the rainforest gets you to recently restored historic Kinsol Tressle, the largest of its kind in the Commonwealth.
Shawnigan lake, with its picturesque lakefront, yoga studio, restaurants, coffee shops and stores is only 10 minutes away.
Beautiful Victoria is only 45 min. away.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.