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Waterfront Guest House, Sanctuary on the Estuary, Lookout View

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Courtenay Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Centrally located on Comox Rd., considered the ‘Dyke’ road by locals… and connecting Courtenay to Comox, the Waterfront Guesthouse offers a spectacular 280 degree view of the Comox Valley Estuary and the Beaufort Mountains; featuring ‘Queneesh’ the native name given to the valley’s famous Comox Glacier.

… watch in awe as the tides change from a full water landscape… where seals frolic and families of ducklings travel and fish the shores, to a ‘land before time’ where sometimes hundreds of seagulls rest and sun on the mud flats. Eagles, herons and numerous other birds of curiosity make this area a daily stopover…as the Bird Sanctuary is located within walking distance, a few minutes west, toward Courtenay.

… and it’s a kayaker’s paradise…put in right at your doorstep. Explore the Comox Bay, make the trip to Tree Island…or just take a relaxing float up the river. When the tide is up you can travel up through Lewis Park, a local swim hole. Just go a little further and you might spot some eagles patrolling the river for salmon or just sitting in the trees there. On your way back, dock at the Air Park; have an ice cream or a bite to eat at the Park Café. Or you might want to stretch your legs and take in the magnificent views from the walkway; a 1.8 km walk around the Courtenay Airpark. Try an evening walk sometime….you’ll be amazed at the sunsets...

The Waterfront Guest House is the penthouse level of a two level property. Explore an array of color on the ground floor, where you'll find Brenda and her newly ronovated Stained Glass workshop and gallery 'Glass Expressions'. Check out the 'Waterfronts'views from the upper outdoor porch or inside from the sitting and dining areas where you'll find wall to wall windows.

Enjoy a Logfire, (wood supplied), read a book, or play some family board games in a comfortable, easy going atmosphere. The living room has a 36 inch TV, a DVD player with some popular movie selections as well as a cd player. The comfy beds are both queen-size and well appointed. The kitchen has all the pots and utensils available for West Coast cooking, as well as a barbecue on the deck for an outdoor experience. Little extras like spices and condiments and various cooking items are supplied for your convenience and enjoyment.

Keywords: Bi - Level House

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jan Vartanyan
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful place fo stay & regain serenity! We loved the sunrise and sunsets especially. The home was perfect in every detail and made us feel so welcome. The dog loved the sunporch where he could watch the wildlife! We walked in the forest and on the beach.. Perfect weather too. Thank you for your welcome and all the hard work you put into the house.
Sep 2005
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Waterfront Guest House, Sanctuary on the Estuary, Lookout View
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

Life on the river....

  • 5 of 5

We are a local couple who were fortunate enough to find and experience Jan's Waterfront Guest House while our house underwent renovations. Having spent most of September and October here we have seen the change of the seasons and the ever fascinating views of life on the estuary. Here you will see wildlife every day of your stay including seals and the many species of birds who inhabit your 'front yard'. We will miss the ocean and mountain views as well as the cozy feel and character of the apartment which is very comfortable and well equipped for short or longer term stays. More than just a vacation rental, this is a place for living while you explore the features and amenities of our beautiful Comox Valley. There is some road noise which you will get used to very quickly. We highly recommend this property as a wonderful option for folks and families of all ages.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our vacation and it was one that we won't soon forget. Our group was two adults, two kids and a dog. This place was extremely comfortable. We had everything we needed and more. The space was large and clean and the patio very inviting for an evening of nature watching and kicking back after a long day of exploring. While we didn't get the opportunity to meet Jan, she was great with communicating and making sure everything was well. The rooftop was great for star gazing and we always had a seal or two pop out of the water to say hi. Even though it's on a busy road, we got used to the traffic because the views made you forget that you were even in a town. Perfect and affordable. We will keep this on our 'return to' list. Thanks for an awesome trip! Great place to travel.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I really appreciate your kind words. Whenever you are coming back this way, we'd hope to have you stay with us once again . Thank you again for your review. With kind regards, Cheers, Jan
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A great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Close to lots of local beaches, mount Washington and other nature areas. We had spectacular views of the estuary and Comox glacier. Saw lots of wildlife eg Kingfishers, Bald eagles, Seals and heron. Lots of great photo opportunities everyday. The property was clean and well equipped and the owner, Jan met us when we arrived having flown out of Manchester, UK almost 24 hours earlier. It was also handy for highway 19 so we could explore further afield when we wanted. All in all we had an amazing time and hope to be back in a few years time.

The Kirk family

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great location, clean, comfortable, and very well equipped.

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was very nice, we really enjoyed the location for the fact that it's right on the water. The view is fantastic and you can kayak or paddle board right from your door step. The only minor issue is that it's a bit noisy during the day time due to the close proximity of a road.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful view, wonderful stay, thank you Jan for making my stay peaceful and enjoyable.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We WILL Return !!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 10 days while visiting my parents in Courtenay. The location is great, the view is spectacular. The kids loved exploring the beach line and watching all the activities on the water (seals, eagles, kayakers, float planes etc....). There is plenty of parking but you are next to a busy road. The traffic dies down pretty good in the evening and we had no problem sleeping even with the window open.

The unit was surprising larger than we expected, with all the amenities for a relaxing stay. Unit gets a lot of sun so it can heat up, but there are plenty of fans to help cool down. We didn't use the cozy fire place, but I bet it is great on a winter evening. Everything was very neat and clean. Check in/ out was flawless.

We will certainly be renting here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words.. It was a real pleasure meeting with you and we look forward to hosting you again in the future! Enjoy a great Fall season! Cheers, Jan V.
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Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
Comox Valley Airport
Nearest Ferry
9.4 Kilometres
Powell River Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.9 Kilometres
Comox Golf Club
Nearest Ski
31.5 Kilometres
Mt. Washington
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Goose Spit
Car: recommended

Kayak rentals on request, Swimming in the Estuary, Beaches closeby, Downhill Skiing at Mt, Washington in the winter or sightseeing/biking in the summer, Fresh seafood market, Java Junction and excellent Burger/Fish n'chips take-out next door ( within 200 ft). Your hostess will be pleased to help arrange or suggest activities in the Comox Valley area, Your guest house has a binder full of tourist sightseeing and dining out info


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Courtenay Apartment Rental Rates

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Oct 16 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $7
Refundable damage deposit $75
Tax Rate 5.0%

CANCELLATION POLICY: 60 or more days before arrival, 100% refund of your deposit. Up to 30 days before arrival, 50% refund of your deposit. If less than 30 days before arrival, if I am able to rebook I may be able to return part of your deposit.

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Courtenay Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Also a queen and twin sized portable beds available upon request
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • 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
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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