Shawnigan Woods is a well-appointed guest home 50 min. N of Victoria via the ultra-scenic Malahat Drive. On 3 forest acres the home affords privacy and a sense of calm retreat. Sleep like a baby, rest, restore, dream, explore. 2 guestrooms available.
Welcome to Shawnigan Woods. Our well-appointed country home is located in the rural community of Shawnigan Lake, just a 50 minute drive north of Victoria, via the ultra-scenic Malahat Drive. Situated at the back of 3 naturally forested acres, the home affords privacy on all sides and with it ~ a sense of calm and retreat.
We have two guestrooms available. If you require two bedrooms, you must reserve each bedroom individually through the booking site. If you are reserving only one of the bedrooms please be aware there may be other guests who have booked the second bedroom. Each bedroom has its own private 4-piece en-suite bathroom with heated tile floor and double wide glass doors leading out onto a private wrap around deck with views over the natural fir and fern forest. You will love the luxurious pillow top mattresses, hotel quality linens, duvet and heavenly comfort memory foam pillows. Get ready for the best sleeps of your life with only the birds to wake you up!
The generous great room incorporates kitchen, dining, island bar, living and wrap around decks. These common living areas are available for guests to share, and guests of both bedrooms have access to their own fridge/freezer for any cold storage foods you require during your visit.
Drive times to local shops and restaurants:
Shawnigan Village - 5min
Cobble Hill Village - 5min
Mill Bay - 10min
Cowichan Bay - 15min
Duncan - 20min
Victoria - 50min
Nanaimo - 1hr
Attention Parents of Private School Students, this is the perfect place for you to stay when you come to visit and attend school events, or settle your students in for the school year.
Driving distance to the private schools from our home is as follows: Shawnigan Lake School (5 min drive),
Brentwood College School (10 min drive),
Brooks International School (8 min drive),
St. Margaret's School for Girls (25 min drive).
For a small additional fee, your children are welcome to stay in your bedroom overnight. Just let us know and we can put down a mattress down for them on the floor. Not as comfy as your bed, but usually the kids are good with it. It is a 3" Ikea mattress topper which we then top with 1" memory foam. If they have sleeping bags, great, but if not, bedding can be provided. We also have a full-size crib and playpen available for baby and toddler.
The surrounding Shawnigan Lake rural area and Village are fun to explore and if you would like to take local transit the bus route runs very nearby the house for pick-up and drop-off. A 5 minute drive or a 15 minute bicycle ride will take you to Shawnigan Lake Provincial Park where there is an expansive green space for outdoor relaxation and recreation and a nice, clean, swimming beach which has the sun until 4 pm every afternoon. You will walk through a magical old growth forest of cedars and fir to come out into the clearing of this pristine provincial lakeside park.
You must not forget a day excursion to see the Koksilah River Provincial Park and the unique and awe-inspiring Kinsol Railway Trestle. Walking over this trestle, which has recently been completely renewed into an expansive pedestrian bridge, you will gaze down on the rapids in the river. When you walk the trestle and cross over to the trail on the other side you will be traversing one of the most picturesque sections of our glorious Trans-Canada Trail.
Don't forget shopping and eating! Charming and quaint shopping areas are located close by in Shawnigan Village (4km) and Cobble Hill Village (8km). A good size shopping centre is located in Mill Bay (12km). Here in Mill Bay you will also find a mile long stretch of easy walking beach which has a gorgeous view across the Bay and looks down toward Finlayson Arm. The Village of Cowichan Bay, offer kayak rentals and lots of small cafes and seafood eateries and the town of Duncan with its own very quaint downtown area also has several shopping malls both in town and just outside of town. Cowichan Bay and Duncan are a 20 minute drive N.
Each Bedroom has:
Private 4-piece en suite bathroom
Private Deck with forest views
Private TV, PVR and Blu-Ray DVD
Guests are welcome to share common areas: kitchen, dining, living, laundry room, decks, BBQ and Hot Tub. Forest Paths
Campfire (seasonal restrictions)
Host's bedroom, bathroom, closets, office, family room and exterior workshop. Contents of fine china cabinets and mini-bar.
Note: the use of the BBQ and fireplace are at host discretion, and if you would like to use them then Paul will go over their operation with you.
Общение с гостями
We like to take our cue from our guests, i.e. on days when we are relaxing in our own home we are happy to spend some time conversing and sharing with our guests. Often however, we will be either working in our home office or working off-site, so we are likely to see you only in the morning and evening.
Другие важные подробности
This is a Non-smoking Property.
We do not have pets, but may sometimes have family pets visiting. We have listed our property as not being pet friendly, however we are open to negotiation on this point.
This is our home and we love it! You will too. Treat our home the way you would like us to treat yours. Absolutely no smoking! Pets by prior approval only. Always keep the front door locked. Quiet time is observed between 11 PM and 7 AM. Park in designated areas only.
My husband and I are self-employed health care professionals. We work in the fields of mental health & addictions, rehabilitation medicine, and health and wellness consulting. We take great pleasure in offering accommodation in our home to people like yourselves who are looking for something special with comfort, convenience, and value. We also use Airbnb when we travel and love the freedom it gives us to travel in style while sticking to a budget!
You can be sure we will do our best to make everything perfect for your stay. Our home on Vancouver Island is a peaceful, naturally-forested retreat, with many recreational options for both winter and summer. Staying here will restore your body, mind, and soul. And don't forget to delight your taste buds while you are here... the Cowichan Valley is well known for its wineries, organic produce, farmers markets and slow growth whole foods.
We believe truly enjoyable travel is all about the neighbourhoods, the local people and the natural environment, which is why we like to book our own travel accommodation through Airbnb. When you stay with us at Shawnigan Woods you will know what it is like to be at home in the charming rural community of Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island. Enjoy!