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Rachel Calder

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Oceanfront Beach House

33 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Vancouver Island House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom + Perfect Family Getaway

The quiet ocean-side community of Qualicum beach is the perfect spot to vacation and this property is a beautiful option for you to consider. In addition to the sweeping ocean and distant mountain views from the beach house, you also overlook some gulf islands: hornby, denman, lasqueti and texada. There are many different local activities to ensure there will be something to appeal to everyone. It also offers a tranquil retreat for artists and writers or anyone on sabbatical looking for some time away from it all.

The beach house sits a few meters from high tide so you can listen to the calming rhythm of the waves throughout your stay.

The beach house is well-suited for mixed generation families or for two or three families to stay together.

As you immediately enter the front door, there are stairs going directly down to two of the main bedrooms. One is the ocean-facing master bedroom with two windows facing the ocean and a door out to the backyard/beach & hot tub. This room has a comfortable queen size bed, 6 drawer dresser, closet and full 4 piece en-suite with a window. There is a washer and dryer available in the closet of the en-suite.

The other is what we call the children's room as there are 2 sets of bunk beds and a walk in closet with a selection of toys & books. There is a 5 drawer dresser in this room and one window (non-ocean facing and no view at all in fact). Please note families are responsible for keeping the Toy Closet organized.

There is a separate bedroom, that we call the guest room that also faces the ocean, with a comfortable king size bed. *Important to note: it is outside access only making it somewhat private from the rest of the house. There are two windows in this room, one facing the ocean and the other facing the 'front' yard. There is a tallboy dresser in this room with 5 drawers. To get into the house from the guest room, you can either enter through the patio door, upstairs or into the master bedroom door.

From the front door, when you walk into the house, the full washroom is off to the left of the living room. The living room has a couch and loveseat and rocking chair around a natural gas fireplace.

The fully equipped kitchen is also off of the living room, complete with full size gas stove/oven (and dishwasher) allowing you to dine in comfortably. Please ask if you have specific inquiries about how the kitchen is stocked. The Dining area is towards the ocean viewing side of the house. There are chairs for 6 but the piano bench can be used as seating to fit 8 at the table. There is plate service for ten.

In the office, which is off the dining area, there is a queen-sized murphy bed. The office has two corner window and is the 2nd best view room in the house.

In the ocean-viewing room, there is lovely leather sofa that tends to be the most popular seating in the house but it is also a pull out sofa-bed for those who want to wake up and have the best view of the house looking out over the sea. There are also window sits in this room making it a great spot for hanging out.

For night-life, there are a couple local pubs & restaurants a 5-10 minute walk down the road/beach, either direction, alleviating the need to drive & complete with live music on certain days. It is great to go with another couple to trade off date nights while the other couple babysits!

Children can spend hours beachcombing and exploring the flora and fauna of the pebbly beach, watch sea life and birds and take a short walk to the expansive sandbars while the tide is low. In the town of Qualicum Beach, there is a great swimming pool (ravensong aquatic center) as well as playing fields and playgrounds.

There is one fibre glass kayak available for use by experienced ocean paddlers. This must be carried down to the beach, and up, by 2 people to avoid damage. There is a lifejacket and skirt available.

The recommended maximum number of adults for the beach house is six but it can accommodate ten people including children.

Local activities:

It is less than an hour drive to mt washington making day ski trips possible. The skiers can be back before dinner and warming in the hot tub overlooking the ocean! Parksville (10 minutes away) has the best sandy beaches on the island for kids, with no waves and shallow and warm water. There is also an acre of playground at the main beach in Parksville, kids can easily spend hours at this park. The terrific local provincial park, horne lake caves provides some nearby exploring. Coombs is another local attraction with the goats on the roof, a terrific market and shops with the parrot refuge centre beside. Several nearby yoga studios offer a great combination of fitness & wellness to your vacation schedule. The beach house is central to several quality golf courses in the region. Take a ferry to one of the nearby gulf island to explore the island life.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rachel Calder (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Rachel Calder

We are a family of four with 2 active and busy school-age kids. We live in Victoria, BC, where we both grew up ourselves. We like to get up to Qualicum when we can but find it is difficult between all of our activities. We have worked hard to prepare this property to be a comfortable and fun retreat for guests.

Rachel Calder purchased this house in 2013

Why Rachel Calder chose Vancouver Island

This property was owned by a family friend and his family since the area was developed in 1951. Dave would visit this property with his family growing up so when he heard it was for sale we jumped on trying to purchase it. As a component of that, we knew we would need to rent it out to manage owning the property but as it is such a special location we were confident that we could successfully rent it out.

What makes this house unique

This property has been set up to be an ideal vacation home that suits more than one family unit. 2 or 3 families together or extended families including in-laws or other friends. We love this property as there are no roads to cross to be on the beach for the kids. We know that they can just walk across the yard and climb down to the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Rachel,



We all completely enjoyed our stay. Our 4 year old was delighted with the "toy box". And the 11 yr old loved the bunk beds. The location and view were even more incredible than we hoped. We spent every morning beach combing and every evening in the hot tub. It was tough to want to leave and see the sights (which we did do and enjoyed that as well). I hope we took good care of your piece if paradise. We treated it like our own. My only hardship was that I didn't pack a blow dryer :( Blames on me though. I've gotten so used not having to bring it that I never even considered it.

Thank you and your family so much for sharing your beach home. We loved it.

Till next time ;)
Oct 2014
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Reviews

4.7
based on 33 traveler reviews

Oceanfront Beach House
average rating of 4.6969695 based on 36 reviews
5

Excellent - Exceded Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful! Wonderful! Our group of 5 consisted of grandparents, grandson and his parents. We arrived on May 28th as the fireworks were starting over the bay (almost in front of the house) as part of the Qualicum Beach Annual Family Day Celebrations on the next day. The owner’s description of their property is perfect but a few more “beautifuls and “wonderfuls” should be included. We discovered a trailhead off Crescent Rd., opposite the property, that followed a creek and eventually lead into downtown. Soon into the hike we were welcomed by a deer that was as interested in us as we were in him. Some of us took a hike along the shore to return home. Walking along the beach in front of the property was beautiful. We kept the windows open at night to enjoy the sound of the surf as we fell asleep after a busy day. The property is near a number of hikes including Little Qualicum Falls and Cathedral Grove with its giant 800 year-old trees. Sea otters visited frequently and cruise ships passed during suppertime. Three of us used the sea kayak to explore the Strait of Georgia. To relax in the hot tub after a busy day was very welcoming.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful beach house!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house in a great location!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great Location!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at the beach house! The house is spotless! One person in our group is very susceptible to dust and other triggers and she commented a few times how exceptional the cleaning must be for her to not have her allergies act up. Well done!

The Shady Rest Pub has always been a favourite of ours and it was so great having it in walking distance. Despite being right on the old island highway the house is very quiet. We couldn't have asked for a better place to have a relaxing girls weekend. Thanks!!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Brilliant, relaxing sunrises at the Qualicum Beach beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the beach house. The house was stocked with everything that you need for a fun family vacation--dishes, cooking utensils, towels, etc. My wife and I stayed in the extra out building, so we did have to go next door to use the bathroom during the night, but it was not a major inconvenience. The king-sized bed was very comfortable. The kids enjoyed easy access to the beach to collect stones. The house comfortably housed our family of 7.

The beach house was only minutes from town and from the golf course we played. It's walking distance (.2 miles) from the Shady Rest restaurant. Because of the excellent current exchange rate, this place was a supreme bargain. Be warned that when the tide comes in at night, crashing waves are a bit loud at first for a light sleeper such as myself, but that's just a minor thing. We would certainly return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Beach house

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time with our grandchildren. The beach access was wonderful, our grandchildren were out at 7:00AM beachcombing in their PJ's. The house suited our needs, and the location was perfect. We would definitely go there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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4

Great

  • 4 of 5

Nice clean home right on the ocean. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nanaimo International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
The Shady Rest Pub & Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
BC Ferries, Duke Point, Nanaimo
Nearest Golf
2.5 Kilometres
Qualicum Beach Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
#19 Inland Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Kilometres
The Shady Rest Pub & Restaurant
Nearest Ski
89 Kilometres
Mt Washington
Nearest Beach
The backyard
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Qualicum Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 19 2016 - Sep 11 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$1,588
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$151
From
$189
Fri,Sat
$756
$2,268
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $76
Refundable damage deposit $227

Please note if you pay through the VRBO online payment system, when we return your damage deposit, you will not receive a full refund. A percentage fee is charged on each transaction so the amount refunded is slightly less when it arrives into your account.
Damage Deposit is due at booking and the remainder is due 30 days prior to check in. Please note that no cancellations are accepted less than 30 days to check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Vancouver Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bedroom Ensuite - toilet , tub , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 queen
    Guest Room - 1 king
    Childrens' Room - 2 bunk bed
    Office - 1 murphy bed , Queen Mattress Murphy Bed
  • The Master Bedroom is on the main floor overlooking the beach with hot tub access out the door and a full en-suite. It is beside the Children's Room which has 2 sets of bunk beds. The Guest Room is outside access only looking out over the water as well. The upstairs office has a queen size murphy bed and is a small room; but with a great view.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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