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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Port McNeill, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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KMGeneva
Geneva
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117 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 14, 2017 for a stay in August 2017

A wonderful house with amazing views. The pictures don't do it justice. For a two bedroom house, the living, dining, kitchen and deck areas are very spacious. We appreciated the binoculars for the hours we spent gazing at the water and the great selection of books on local wildlife.

We very much enjoyed staying in this house and using it as a base for whale watching off Telegraph Cove with Stubbs, Grizzly Bear watching with Tide Rip and exploring San Josef Bay with Cove Adventures in Port Hardy. Would love to go again.

Date of stay: August 2017
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willem w
Bergschenhoek, The Netherlands
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“Happy reunion with a beachfront jewel”
Reviewed August 13, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

The Azure Blue Beach house in Port McNeill is the place to be when visiting the North Island. It is comfortable, very clean, well equipped (good internet!) and has a very pleasant cosiness, with in many details the enjoyable personal touch of owner Rosalind.
Our first visit had been in July, 2016. Right away, we felt at home again when returning to this beachfront jewel. After having decided to renew the Vancouver Island experience in 2017, we scheduled the trip around the Azure Blue Beach house’s availability. We did not want to miss it!
The view is one of the many unique qualities of the beach house. Kitchen and living have a splendid view on the Broughton Strait’s water, on Haddington and Malcolm Islands and on the distant Coast Range mountains of BC’s mainland. Use one of the provided binoculars to scan the sea, and see whether you can spot dolphins, purpoises or – may be – whales. Or deer and eagles. We saw dolphins in 2016, deer in both years. And eagles? Eagles have a nest in a nearby tree. The resident pair this year was raising one (huge) chick. How thrilling to follow all the eagle parents’ hassle on or around the beach and the nest, feeding the chick, or simply remaining in its vicinity. For safety, or to comfort the offspring? The chick – with love named ‘Tijmen’s Eagle’ by Rosalind - one day came over to visit us. It remained about 20 minutes, seated on the deck’s railing, about 6 meters from the kitchen door. Awesome!
Take one of the lazy seats on the deck, and follow the BC ferry Quadra Queen II on its multiple daily voyages to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, or Sointula on Malcolm Island, just to mention one of the vessels that pass in front of the house. In 2016, we were surprised to see a huge cruise ship sneak between Haddington and Malcolm Islands. This year, this part of the famous Inside Passage between Alaska and Vancouver ran north of Malcolm Island, apparently, and the ocean palaces remained out of sight. Enjoy the huge and well maintained garden, but be careful not to scare the cute blacktail deer that often roam the garden and this year also the (pebble) beach.
Take your coffee, or glass of wine to the deck, and enjoy the sunset. The colours are unreal.
Port McNeill is less than 10 minutes by car, and location for the BC ferry to the islands mentioned. Excellent place to do your shopping. We did not try the restaurants. Telegraph Cove, the famous boardwalk harbour resort, is 20-25 minutes away. If you want to see whales, or grizzlies, TC is your starting point.
We joined two Stubb’s Island Whale Watching tours, and can only highly recommend the company. We will long cherish the memories of exciting encounters with humpbacks, killer whales, Stellar sealions, seals, Dall purpoises, eagles and many other birds you would find on the ocean. Want fresh grilled salmon? Join the Telegraph Cove salmon BBQ, x-times per week in the summer season (you must inquire, and reservations are recommended). We’ll do the grizzly tour another time.
A different trip was to interesting Sointula on Malcolm Island. A moderately rough gravel road took us and our squeaking MPV to Bere Point on the north shore of the island, providing us with some breathtaking views on Queen Charlotte Strait, and the pebble beaches. The day before we had during our 2nd whale watching tour seen 20-odd killer whales passing the island at a cable length of the pebble beaches. From the land, we unfortunately saw no whales.
Other trip we did this time: Port Hardy, including Coal Harbour. Pretty remote, and quiet, but nice.
Thank you, Rosalind. It was – again – unforgettable, and we will stay in touch!

Tijmen, Liesbeth and Willem (from the Netherlands)

Date of stay: July 2017
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Reviewed August 12, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Date of stay: July 2017
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FishandRo...
Edmonton, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Peaceful and Private”
Reviewed September 17, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Azure Blue Beach House was exactly as advertised. We made ourselves at home immediately with lots of room to spread out. It was very clean and the beds and pillows were comfortable. We appreciated the private and quiet setting of this home.
The 180 degree views were awesome and continually changing depending on the time of day. We spent hours on the deck watching the antics of the birds (including a resident eagle) as well as the constant passing boats of all sizes. The little ferry from Port McNeill to Alert Bay made many trips back and forth.
This was an excellent location to explore the area and we did a day trip everyday - Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Telegraph Cove and Whale watching, Alert Bay, Port Alice and Fort Rupert (and Storey Beach).
Our hostess left out many brochures as well as books on the local history and wildlife. We are already making plans to return next year.

Date of stay: September 2016
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Liked best: Room to spread out and complete privacy.
Liked least: Location of the TV front of the huge windows was distracting - even when it wasn't on.
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Sharon C
Prosser, Washington
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“Azure Blue Beach House”
Reviewed September 14, 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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We stayed for three days to explore the Northend of the island and marinas for a boating vacation next summer. The house was spotless and the view was fabulous. A great place to curl up and enjoy the scenic vista. I would have give five stars if the beds had been better. They rolled you to the center of the bed in both rooms. Also says two baths but really only one and a half as the downstairs has no shower. All in all it was reasonable and had many pluses.

Date of stay: September 2016
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willem w
Bergschenhoek, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
“Exceptional stay in Rosalind's gem”
Reviewed September 7, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Rosalind’s Azure Blue Beach house is an exceptional house at an exceptional location. It has a strong symbiotic relation with the omnipresent sea. View is unbeatable if you like the mix of mountains, sea, islands, forest and big, big skies. If you came to enjoy Vancouver Island in all its natural glory, this is the place to be.
Upon our arrival, Rosalind very kindly introduced us to the house for our 18-22 July stay (2016), and we felt at home right away. The house is spotless, as well as spacious, warm and lovely decorated. The high windows ensure a fantastic light and big sky festival. Bedding is very good. Kitchen is charming, and fully equipped. Even the wifi was fast and stable. We enjoyed the huge deck and the superb view, and descended to the garden where a narrow passage leads you to the (pebble) beach.
Rosalind ensured that we found all the information needed to explore Port McNeill’s surroundings – and beyond. Nice extra were two binoculars enabling us to try to spot seals, harbor porpoises, dolphins or – with a bit of luck - whales. We saw two dolphins.
Binoculars were not necessary to watch the bald eagle pair and its offspring – two enormous chicks – in a very nearby tree. The young birds were full of spit and vinegar, but all their exciting exercises took place on top of, or near the nest. Not yet really airborn.
Watching the eagles was a fantastic experience, and added immensely to the pleasure of staying in this house.
During our 4-day stay we visited Telegraph Cove twice. What a small and lovely boardwalked harbour resort, and also interesting from a historical point of view! Approx 30 minutes from the house. We joined a Stubb’s Island Whale Watching tour (highly recommended), and despite the fog and the nippy cool morning breeze, the trip was memorable and rewarding. Watching a humpback was a first for us. When in TC, go to the Whale Interpretive Centre! Very, very interesting.
Another trip was to Alert Bay on board of the local BC ferry. Exciting to be on the vessel that we saw from the house and the deck a couple of times per day – servicing Alert Bay and Sointula on Malcolm Island. Other excursions included Port McNeill – peaceful and excellent for your day-to-day shopping - and Port Alice.
The beach house’s location is quiet and very green. In less than 5 minutes you’re on Highway 19, and another 5-7 minutes gets you to Port McNeill.
We’re considering another trip to British Columbia (summer 2017) and Port McNeill is high on our wishlist – or should I say that the Azure Blue Beach house is?
Thank you, Rosalind. It was unforgettable!
Tijmen, Liesbeth and Willem (from the Netherlands)

Date of stay: July 2016
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Liked best: house plus location
Liked least: we didn't see whales from the house (smile)
Traveling group: Young Children
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Sheila B
Berkeley
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“An amazingly comfortable and beautiful home and view”
Reviewed August 5, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We stayed for 5 days in June at Rosalind's beach house. It was large, comfortable ,and well maintained, with a bank of windows facing the lovely lawn and beach. Port McNeil is a fairly remote area but it's a good base for exploring the Northern end of Vancouver Island and the house was a perfect place to return to. Some days we didn't want to leave, especially since there was drama in the tree outside the window, with 2 adult bald eagles guarding and caring for their little ones in a nearby nest.
Rosalind was always very prompt in answering our questions before we got there and was a pleasure to deal with. The whole experience was amazing.

Date of stay: June 2016
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Liked best: The house itself and the view from it
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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