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Peaceful Coastal Retreat - Bowser Beach House

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Located in charming seaside village of Bowser, near famous sandy beaches of Parksville (20 mins) and Qualicum Beach (15 mins)

Summer availability: Perfect getaway location for a couple or an extended family.

Fall Getaways: Fall is often beautiful in the Oceanside area.

Book a golfing retreat or a spa getaway.

Enjoy local hiking, bicycling or just relax on the verandah.

Winter Stays: Escape the cold and snow. Come and golf at some of the excellent local courses within a few minutes' dirve of the house. Winters are generally mild.

Luxurious, modern, spacious (over 1900 square feet) three-bedroom, two-bathroom home beside the ocean. It's just 20 seconds from our verandah to a private beach, with wonderful views of a sweeping bay in the Georgia Strait, Denman and Hornby Islands from almost every room.

The master bedroom has a queen bed, ocean views, a private balcony, and full ensuite bathroom with a soaker tub and a separate shower. The second ocean view bedroom downstairs has a king bed that can separate into two super twins. The third bedroom has a double and a twin bed. All beds have quality linens.

The house is equipped with all the comforts of home including: gourmet kitchen, air-conditioning, high-speed and wireless internet, air-tight wood fireplace, large screen TV, Cable/DVD player/VCR/stereo, washer/dryer, and telephone (free local calls). There is a family room with a card table, books, games and puzzles, office space and exercise equipment.

Relax on the wide front verandah and enjoy the fenced garden with glorious views of the beach, a barbeque and a huge log picnic table for alfresco meals. Stroll along the beach and watch the wildlife, including seals, sea lions, whales, otters, and eagles, or harvest oysters and clams from our beach for dinner.

Bowser Beach House is a great base for a family vacation. The house is on a large bay facing Hornby and Denman Islands and you can walk and walk in either direction. It is a large, private, peaceful beach, only for the few houses on the bay. We are a quick and easy drive to more beaches: Qualicum Beach is 15 minutes and Parksville is 20 minutes away, and there are beautiful provincial parks with lakes, beaches and picnic areas within a few minutes drive of the house. Horne Lake Provincial Park, with its amazing caves and outdoor recreation activities is only a 10 minute drive away. There are ocean kayaks for rent in Deep Bay, 5 minutes' drive from the house.

The friendly village of Bowser is a 5 minute walk up the hill, and it has a fully stocked small supermarket with a wonderful on-site bakery, a grocery store, post office, coffee shop, gas station, hardware store, liquor store, a video/DVD rental, and even a library for that vacation reading. More shopping, country markets, organic eggs and meats, restaurants and pubs are just down the road.

Bowser Beach House is a wonderful base for a golfing vacation. There are several top class courses within a few minutes' drive of the house.

From December to March, Bowser Beach House is a perfect base for a family ski vacation at Mount Washington ski resort, with skiing, snowboarding and cross-country. Skiers have an easy 35 minute drive to the mountain top, and non-skiers have a relaxing base close to lots of other activities.

* Bowser is within easy driving distance of five superb golf courses.

* Only 20 minutes to the world class spa at Tigh-na-mara.

* Take a day trip to Denman and Hornby Islands, just a few minutes away by ferry.

* Only 15 - 20 minutes to the beaches at Qualicum Beach and Parksville.

* The famous Fanny Bay oysters, Island scallops, and more fresh, locally-caught seafood are a few minutes away.

* The ancient trees of Cathedral Grove, the goats on the roof at Coombs, and the beautiful waterfalls at Englishman River and Little Qualicum Falls are a short drive away.

* You will be perfectly situated for day trips to the rugged West coast of the island for whale watching.

* Enjoy local ocean kayaking or local wildlife ocean tours.

Keywords: House, vacation home, cottage, waterfront, ocean, view

More Details

Kristina Eng
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sam and Carol March and April 2014

We agree with all the other great reviews about this house and the wonderful wildlife you can see. The binoculars were kept handy and we were often looking out the windows. It was so interesting to see how the ocean and shore changed over the days of the month we stayed. The house was well equipped and we were able to make my daughter cupcakes and host a dinner party for her birthday. The family members that came to visit were all amazed at the space and enjoyed the house. It was a very peaceful and relaxing time. We just parked our vehicle and enjoyed the quiet. If you needed anything the store was just a walk up the hill. It was also a great base to see the sights and we did go to the Horne Lake Caves, Coombs market, and a couple day trips to Victoria to see the blossoms.

Thanks for the great stay,

Carol & Sam
Mar 2014
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Nanaimo H House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • 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 Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1) Can separate into 2 super twin beds, Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Desk and office space with high speed wifi


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Peaceful Coastal Retreat - Bowser Beach House
average rating of 4.8125 based on 26 reviews
Hanna, Alberta Canada

Great Location with Ample Room

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the BBH from April 4-8 for an annual Van Isl spring trip. We love staying mid-island as it is quieter than the southern area and has easy access to many amenties. The house was very spacious and had every kind of kitchen item you would ever need! It was great! Access to the beach was close and you always had a ocean view. The beach is very rocky though so our plans for finding oysters and clams did not happen as the rocks were just too slippery and numerous for us to feel safe heading out. We had stayed at the south end of Bowser in the past and the beach there was a bit more friendly.

We didn't have the best weather so Neil, the manager, was terrific to bring us split wood and even kindling! Thanks so much Neil.

This would be a great home base for a family with plenty of room and close to everything you need. I will keep this in my "places to go back to" list with my hubby and grandkids. Thank you for sharing your home with me and my brother Kristine.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review Hanna. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at Bowser Beach House. We hope to welcome you back. Warm wishes, Kristina
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Big comfortable home with an ocean view!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had our annual Vancouver Island get away weekend in November and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this home. The house is very well set up! Lots of comfortable seating in the living room, big dining room table for meals and games plus a large kitchen so that everyone has room to help. The owners are very nice to deal with and provide lots of useful information about their rental. We highly recommend this home in Bowser Bay.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and found the house well set up. It's our goal to make the house a home from home for our guests. :)
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Great place, very quiet and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Had a little trouble finding the driveway in the dark, otherwise we were very happy with our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stephen, We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Bowser Beach House and we hope we can welcome you there again in the future. We will look into the possibility of having a solar powered light at the top of the driveway. Many thanks, Kristina
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A comfortable environment on the shore

  • 4 of 5

We were two couples staying in this spacious house, which afforded us comfortable common space together as well as privacy of upstairs/downstairs rooms with private bathrooms. The house was clean,

With good beds, relaxing furnishings, well maintained and nice front porch seating.

I would suggest that for those who want to cook meals, there was really inadequate basic condiments, such as salt and pepper. The seasonings available were quite old or were empty jars on a rack. There is a store within walking distance where these items can be purchased.

We had a lovely week and would recommend this house as a lovely place to be.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Olga, Thank you very much for your review. We will immediately restock the salt, pepper, herbs and spices. That should always be done and we are sorry that it was missed. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and found the house comfortable. With best wishes, Kristina
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Quiet and secluded beach house

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful relaxing vacation. A small family reunion with my brother and sister. The house was clean and very nicely furnished.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay . Warm wishes, Kristina
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Everything you could want

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location just steps from the beach and a comfortable and well-equipped house. It's easy to get to from the highway but in a secluded spot tucked away down a little lane with just a handful of other houses. We saw hummingbirds, deer, eagles, seals and an otter all from the house - a really beautiful place.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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- harvest clams and and oysters on our private beach - variety of salt and freshwater fishing within minutes of the house -

Bowser Beach House is only:

- 5 minutes from ocean kayaking tours in Deep Bay

15 minutes from Kingfisher Resort and Spa

- 20 minutes from the Tigh-na-mara Spa

- 20 minutes from world class cave spelunking and outdoor adventure activities at Horne Lake Provincial Park

- 40 minutes from skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing at Mount Washington


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $47.37
Tax Rate 5.0%

Summer weeks changeover day is Saturday
The rest of the year, check in and check out days can be any day.
Inquire about monthly rates
$500 refundable damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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