This is a wonderful house on the water with fabulous views of Departure Bay and beyond to the mainland. The yard between the house and the water is professionally landscaped with lovely walks and plantings, and a table for outside dining most of the year.
The house is expertly appointed with everything we ever wanted in a kitchen. The ensuite master bedroom has a huge walk-in closet.
There is easy access to restaurants, shopping, the city center, local markets, and ferries.
The owner/manager is fastidious about every detail of the house, and is a wealth of helpful information about local stores, restaurants, and activities.
There are also bicycles and kayaks available for exercise.
An absolutely delightful place to spend a vacation.
I highly recommend this house! A beautiful house, fully equipped on a beautiful beach front. The house is very spacious (we slept 7), the kitchen is fully equipped and the owner is very helpful and friendly. The view is breath-taking. We took our children for walks on the beach during low tide and they found crabs, starfish, shells and jelly fish. We also saw otters in the water. A solid 5/5 stars!
The property is very nicely kept with everything nicely cleaned upon our arrival. The amenities are as described and beyond. If it's not there, you don't need it. While we didn't use them the toys, consisting of bicycles and kayaks looked great too. Su maintains assorted sightseeing materials and the ever important red binder. The binder has recommendations for just about anything you might want during your stay. Do try the recommended fish monger and the butcher is a must. The two gathering areas within the home (1 up, 1 down) are great for different activities. The kitchen is a foodie's dream.....and better than all that is the great owner! She cares and wants you to have a good time. You'll be more than pleased with this property and owner.
This is our second time in this home and third time renting from the very sweet and competent property manager, Su. She is fabulous beyond words in her responsiveness, accommodations, and communications! Her home is consistently beautiful, well-equipped, and perfect for our week vacation in the Nanaimo area. She doesn't leave a thing for us to wish for.. she's thought of absolutely everything you may need. The home is such a clean, classy style, while making you feel you can "use" it like you would your own home.. wonderfully relaxing and perfect for families! This time, my sisters, my son and 3 nephews enjoyed the home for the week. I can't recommend it enough.. great hiking, exploring, and eating in the area, as well as a nice oceanfront available for kayaking, toes in the water, swimming, or just sitting and enjoying the view. Thank you again for such an awesome experience!!!
We were 8 people (2 families) for a 3 night weekend and we had a great time!
The house is amazing, in a perfect condition and very well equipped. Even the pantry was full of everything we needed. The views from every corner of the house to the bay is stunning.
The other thing that we liked about the house is that it has 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom. This makes it perfect for 2 families, with no need for anyone to compromise.
Su made sure our stay is pleasant and took care of everything. She is a generous host and very attentive.
We've been in many places, this one is definitely one of the best we've been to.
Departure Bay Home was our very first rental. I have to say it will be a very hard one to beat. Booking was easy and communication with Su throughout the whole experience was very informative. Su was very helpful, making sure that we had all the information that we would need for our first visit to the Island.
The house itself was exceptional. It was very well stocked and your every need has been thought out for you. We were a group of seven and the house had plenty of large common areas to come together as a family, but most importantly great space for everyone to get away from one another! LOL
The house is very conveniently located to all amenities and Su was most helpful when it came to finding just the right things to keep us occupied.
I have saved the best for last though, that VIEW!
So peaceful and relaxing. I really cannot say enough about our time on the island. Thank you Su, for helping to make this a trip one that we will not forget any time soon!
We selected this location and this property to accommodate our far-flung family (4 couples + 1 infant) so multiple bedrooms and bathrooms were key. Location was also a major consideration. Being directly on the beach at Departure Bay made it special as we enjoyed watching the activity (ferries, float planes, etc) in and around the harbour every day.
The house was in immaculate condition with a fully functional kitchen that allowed multiple people to cook, eat and cleanup. The two separate sitting areas with large gas fireplaces gave everybody lots of room to congregate in separate groupings depending on who wanted to do what. A complete selection of videos, large TV's and other entertainment options made it easy to relax, and it was no chore to stay inside and watch the rainy, winter weather outside! The property is well stocked with bikes and kayak which unfortunately we were not able to use due to the weather.
Su Grimmer was extremely helpful in getting everything organized for us so that our arrival was completely hassle-free when we arrived and could settle down to the business at hand and meet our first grandchild properly in a wonderful house with all our family present.
While January would normally not be the ideal time for a beach front house, it was perfect for our situation. We were able to find plenty to do in Nanaimo and its surroundings, and information was all available at the house as well. We got a recommendation from a friend about the Greek restaurant Asteris and had a wonderful family meal there, and second the recommendation.
All in all, we had a wonderful time, and being in such a beautiful house in a beautiful location made it all the more special.