Update: Bonito Cottage is closed for renovations from June 2016 to June, 2017. Please check back for our new 1 bedroom carriage house suite in summer 2017. Thanks for your interest!
This open concept two-bedroom - two-bathroom 1760 ft2 waterfront cottage has just been painted and updated inside! It features 2 wraparound decks with unobstructed views of sunsets up the Strait of Georgia. It is located on a picturesque bay with rocky outcrops and a black sand & gravel beach; perfect for swimming, lounging, walking your dog or launching your kayaks. The beach access is just a short walk from the front door.
The cottage is about 30 years old – it has a casual vibe and a lot of character. The living spaces and furniture are designed for comfort and we encourage you to “put up your feet, sit back and relax” as you enjoy the ever-changing ocean views and hypnotic sounds of the water.
All of the living areas as well as the master bedroom have sweeping views across the Strait of Georgia and the coastal mountain range. The cottage has 2 fireplaces; one in the main floor great room, and the other in the den off the master bedroom. The kitchen is open to the living area, has a sit-up eating bar and is conveniently located by the main floor entry.
The master bedroom has a queen sized bed and is located on the lower level. It features floor to ceiling windows that face the ocean and open to let in the cool ocean breezes. The master also has a 3-piece ensuite bathroom and direct access to the lower deck.
The second bedroom has a double bed and is located on the main floor. It has 2 windows with views of the mature trees surrounding the property. It is adjacent to the main 4-piece bathroom.
As an added bonus, there is a cozy sleeping cabana with a double futon bed/lounger that is perched about 25 feet above the beach. It opens on to a private deck with amazing views of the beach, Strait of Georgia and coastal mountain range. (By the way – it is the perfect spot for sipping cold drinks and watching the sunset across the bay)!!
The cottage is fully equipped, from kitchen crockery, utensils and appliances, to bedding, linens and a full-sized laundry room – it even has an outdoor clothes line! There is a teak dining table for 4, a barbeque and plenty of seating on all the outdoor decks.
The living area includes a flat-screen TV and a small radio/CD player. There is seating for 4-6 at the dining room table. The cottage is also equipped with high-speed internet access.
The Bonito Beach Cottage is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, between Schooner Cove Marina and the Fairwinds Golf & Country Club. There are also many other golf courses within a 30-45 minute drive. A major grocery store and gas station are a 5-minute drive away. Parksville is about 15 minutes to the north, while Nanaimo is only 20 minutes south on Highway 19.
For those who like to hike and bike and just walk the dog, access to the 600 acre Fairwinds forest reserve is less than 1 km from your doorstep. There are many kilometers of trails, through the coastal Garry Oak forests with 2 small lakes and an abundance of wildlife.
Located between Schooner Cove Marina and the Fairwinds Golf/Country Club, this is the perfect base from which to enjoy your Vancouver Island vacation. Take day trips to Victoria, a 2 hour drive or Long Beach/Tofino - 2.5 hours away.
Some of the local attractions include
* Approx 2 km to Schooner Cove Marina and tennis courts.
* Approx 3 km to the award-winning Fairwinds Golf and Country Club.
* 10 -15 minutes to decadent spas at Tigh-na-mara and Pacific Shores Resorts
* 15 minutes to Rathtrevor Provincial Park & Beach; and 5 minutes more to sandy Parksville beach.
* Fresh, locally-caught seafood is available a short drive away at French Creek Marina.
* A few examples for short day excursions are: Cathedral Grove, Goats on the Roof at Coombs, Englishman River Falls, Qualicum Beach, Little Qualicum Falls, murals and live theatre in Chemainus.
PLEASE NOTE: The stairs down to the beach CANNOT BE USED AT THIS TIME as they are under construction. There is a public beach access about 50 m away from the cottage driveway. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Other things to note
1-week minimum stay in high/summer season - check-in/out on saturdays
No Smoking - Pets only by approval - No pets on furniture - Wax logs are provided for fireplaces - No overnight guests without written consent
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We love to spend time outdoors - cycling, kayaking, skiing and backcountry camping. We both work as environmental consultants and travel throughout western Canada - but we love to come home to Nanoose Bay. We choose Nanoose Bay over 10 years ago because this place has it all! The Fairwinds trails are fantastic and the beaches are beautiful.