If you're looking for an idyllic, cottage-style rental that is close to beaches, farmers markets and quaint country shopping and more, then Cowichan Valley Wine Country Retreat is the perfect place for you!
Located in the epicenter of Vancouver Islands wine country, this sweet, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom rancher is the perfect country getaway for larger groups or families.
As you drive up the quiet street tucked away in the beautiful area of Cobble Hill, you'll find this bright, cheerful rancher set against tall evergreens and surrounded by the beauty of the Valley.
Following the quaint front porch walkway to the front door, you can admire the quiet of the neighbourhood, the incredible view of farmlands and hills, the wide, verdant front lawn, perfect for kids and dogs to play on.
As you walk through the double front doors, you'll be able to take in the warmth and comfort of this lovely open-plan country retreat.
The sunken, formal living room with large, comfortable sectional, cottage-style chintz armchairs, a stunning, mid-century modern fireplace and large windows looking out onto the gorgeous backyard and access to the deck, is an ideal place to wind down in the evenings with a book or some great company.
The dining area with its solid wood, oval dining table and ornate, wooden dining chairs is the perfect foil to the modern light fixture above, creating balance between vintage and modern.
On the main floor, guests also have access to the casual TV area outfitted with comfortable lounge furniture and large flat screen TV, perfect for cozying up for a night of movie watching. Just around the corner, adjoining the dining area you can find the large, bright, updated, open-plan kitchen with clean, white cupboards, high-end stainless steel appliances, a 5 burner gas range and incredible lighting to ensure that your cooking experiences in this kitchen are top-notch, every time.
Just off the kitchen, you'll find the back door, with a spacious mudroom with plenty of storage spaces for all your outerwear, a fully equipped laundry room complete with drying rack, ironing board and folding table as well as a small powder room with a small step-in shower stall.
To the right of the front doors, away from the main living areas you'll find the three cozy bedrooms.
The primary bedroom, elegantly designed in a minimalist style with tones of grey and light wood is a soothing retreat from the rest of the home. Furnished with a comfortable queen-sized bed nestled between two large windows, a small vanity and plenty of storage, this room is a bright, calming space to rest and relax. The primary bedrooms ensuite is an immaculate, three piece suite that boasts a spacious shower-room, a unique, live-edge vanity high-end finishings and perfect light for all your ablutions. With private access to the raised, hot tub patio, this suite offers everything you could need in a primary suite.
The second bedroom is designed with soft colours and accents and offers guests a comfortable queen-sized bed, dresser and two large windows that allow the light to pour in making this small space shine.
The third bedroom, designed in warm earth tones, features a queen-sized bed, large windows and ample closet space, making it a cozy space to rest and rejuvenate.
The main shared bathroom is a comfortable, updated space with a large soaker tub and shower, high-end fittings and a trendy, cottage-style dresser-turned-vanity.
This property is situated on a large plot of land that is perfect for kids or dogs to run around and explore or for you to relax and sunbathe or picnic in the secluded backyard. When weather doesn't permit comfortable picnicking, there is a large, outdoor dining table under the large porch awning, allowing you to dine alfresco, no matter the weather.
The raised hot tub patio gives a sense of privacy from the rest of the backyard and is walled in for total privacy from the neighbouring property. Situated under an open pergola, away from the bright lights of the city, this hot tub is the perfect place to stargaze and enjoy the peace of nighttime in the Valley. With the finishing touch of a small pond surrounded by a small Japanese-style garden, this backyard is a retreat unto itself.
This incredible property is the perfect place to explore the beauty of the Cowichan Valley. Within minutes of the home there is incredible hiking and outdoor adventures, markets, amenities and of course, wineries.
At the Cowichan Valley Wine Retreat, you're never more than twenty minutes away from an incredible hike. Choose one of the challenging trails on Cobble Hill Mountain, Mount Tzouhalem or Old Baldy Mountain to get the blood pumping and be rewarded with breathtaking vistas at the summit, or stay close to the base for a leisurely stroll through the incredible evergreen forests.
For outdoor adventures and eco-tourism, you cant go wrong with a trip to Cowichan Bay to visit the people at Ocean Ecoadventures and book a whale watching tour or drive five minutes south and book a tour with Outer Shores Expeditions and explore the coast on their stunning schooner the Pacific Cloud.
For great shopping experiences, you can head 45 minutes south to downtown Victoria, or for something more local, head to Cowichan Bay and browse through the little shops right along the waters edge. Visit the nearby town of Duncan and stroll through their heritage downtown area to find incredible bookstores, toy stores, clothing and more! In the summertime, the Duncan Farmers market is a bustling little community market where you can find an incredible selection of local, artisanal goods and fresh produce.
When it comes time to do some grocery shopping, only five minutes drive away, Valleyview Center has everything you need from great groceries to incredible coffee and one of the best pizza spots on the Island!
For all you wine lovers, this property is tailor made for you! Every award winning vineyard in the Cowichan Valley is within a ten minute drive away! Take your time and visit them in turn over the course of your stay or book one of the incredible local wine tours to shuttle you around so you can taste, tour and learn all day without having to worry about transportation!
If you're hoping to explore farther afield and visit some of the attractions that Vancouver Island has to offer, no problem!
Downtown Victoria is just a 45 minute drive away where you can park for the day and take your time to explore. Walk through the Inner Harbour and see the Legislature and Empress Hotel, wander up Government St to do some shopping or take your time and walk along the famous Dallas Road seaside trail and take in the breathtaking view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and distant Olympic Range. The world renowned Butchart Gardens and beautiful town of Sidney by the Sea are an easy commute on the Mill Bay ferry! Simply drive fifteen minutes to the ferry terminal and cross the Saanich Inlet to explore the Saanich Peninsula!
If you're curious about mid-Island and want to visit the little towns that dot the Island Highway and explore Nanaimo, that trip is an easy and beautiful hour drive.
There is so much to do and see when you're on Vancouver Island and the Cowichan Valley Wine retreat is an ideal spot to see the most of what the Island has to offer.