Al fresco everything on the private deck surrounded by forest and sky
Queen sized bed in the loft area of the main house
Mount Gardner Retreat
5 guests
3 beds
1 bath
5 guests
3 beds
1 bath
You won’t be charged yet

Our guest house is perfect for family get togethers or quiet get aways. Steps away from the islands best walking trails (including direct access to Mount Gardner and Killarney Lake trails) and close to Snug Cove where scooters, pizza and ice cream are waiting for you. Furry kids are welcome but with some conditions (we have free range chickens and dogs on the property). If you are a human (with or without canines), you are welcome here.

The space

The guest house is on our main property, but set back to allow you the most privacy possible. The house is accessed up a set of stairs (located on the second floor of the secondary building on our property), sleeps 5 in the main house in beds (queen in the loft, double and a single on main floor) but feel free to put extra friends or kids on therma-rests on the floor or couch. There is a private exterior deck which adjoins a second cabin with a loft that sleeps 2 for when you party exceeds 5 and you all want to be in a bed. Please let us know if you also want to rent the little cabin as there in an additional charge of $40/night. Use the couch, the floor -- whatever works for your party. How you sleep and with whom is entirely up to you. You will have a modestly equipped kitchen (dining & cooking) as well as towels for bathing (please bring your own beach towels!) We do have a small BBQ that we can loan you if you prefer to cook on the deck outside - just let us know. For the most part, unless you need us, you are left to enjoy the space on your own. Happy to help you learn more about Bowen and assist you with whatever your needs are. You ask and we will answer.

Guest access

The entire house is yours, including your own private patio located in between the main house and little cabin, all located up a set of stairs and nestled into the trees. Please let us know if you will need the little cabin, other wise we assume the booking is for the large, main guest house with kitchen and beds for 5. Please let us know if you need the little cabin and we can make arrangements for you to use it.

Trails that lead up to Mount Gardner can be accessed just outside the back of the house. When we are here, we can show you the main access points. At the foot of our steep driveway (we are on the mountain -- consider everything is steep) is one of the main access paths to the beautiful 4.2 km walk around Killarney Lake.

Other things to note

Please let us know if you need the little cabin so that we can make arrangements for you to use it. An additional fee of $40/night applies. You'll get an extra double bed in the loft, small sitting area and private bathroom.

Pets allowed
Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Indoor fireplace
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 double bed, 1 single bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 11AM
Security deposit is $1181

- Quiet after 10:30 pm


16 Reviews

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Richard User Profile
November 2017
Amazing place - huge kitchen, quirky layout, lots of space. Several games in the cabin - scrabble, trivial pursuit, and foosball. The complimentary snacks were much appreciated. Hosts were friendly, knowledgeable, and available if needed.

Claire User Profile
November 2017
Thankyou so much for letting us enjoy a taste of Bowen peace! We had such a lovely time, kids LOVED the house and we loved our own private room! Trying to figure out when we can come back.

Jan User Profile
November 2017
Quiet, clean and spacious. Lovely location.

Randi User Profile
October 2017
This is a very cozy, family orientated rental. The hosts were amazing ! We have a 7 month old baby and they were very accommodating to him, brought up a play pen for us to use. Was a very nice stay! Would love to come back in the future.

Brenda User Profile
October 2017
Andrea and Michael's place was perfect for our mini family reunion. The dogs, cat and chickens brought back warm memories from an earlier time in our lives. Andrea's communication was warm and very welcoming and she supplied a few extras that we needed for our contribution to the Thanksgiving potluck. Beautiful location on a stunning island!

Jacquelyn User Profile
October 2017
Comfortable and great location!

Olivia User Profile
September 2017
What a lovely place with hosts that are there if you need them. A beautiful location and a very quiet and cozy place to stay. I would love to come back!

Bowen Island, CanadaJoined in March 2015
Andrea & Michael User Profile
Interaction with guests

For the most part, we are happy to let you be on your vacation without a lot of chatter from us. If you need us and we are around, ask for any help we can offer, be it restaurant recommendations, hikes, or babysitters. When you arrive, you'll have my cell number and should feel free to text questions as they arise.

About Andrea & Michael

We are a family of five living the dream on Bowen Island. Traveller's at heart, but grounded for just a little while, our top favourite thing is meeting and hosting people. Michael is a brilliant cook and social butterfly. Andrea cannot cook (ask their kids) and spends her leisure moments reading/hiking/laughing/repeat. We are happy to show you around when we are around, but for the most part recognize a few things about people in need of a getaway:
1. Accommodation for families has been challenging for us. We want to make it less challenging for you!
2. Having stayed at many B&B's throughout our travels, there is nothing quite as bad as the over eager host. We are not those people.
3. Bowen Island is amazing! And people want to share amazing places with their amazing friends! Here is a whole house for you to enjoy. We will charge you for cleaning, but not for the extra therma-rests you put on the floor.

This place is for everyone. We do not discriminate based on race, creed or gender. We do not discriminate against big families, small families or furry families.

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Response time: within an hour

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