My wife and I stayed at the Pointhouse for two nights in July 2013 and enjoyed ourselves immensely.
The Pointhouse is a high-end bed and breakfast located in what is essentially a small waterfront estate on Halfmoon Bay. It is located on the beach at the bottom of a small hill just east of Sergeant Bay Provincial Park. It took us approximately 45 minutes to drive straight-through to the house from the Langdale ferry terminal. The property consists of four structures: the main house (the Pointhouse) has three suites and a number of common areas and is built upon (and integrated into) rocks that jut out into the bay. A smaller guest house is located farther back from the beach and higher on the property. There is also a lovely small teahouse and a large covered patio area (which doubles as a carport) on the property.
This is a well-designed B&B experience. Though the proprietors live in the house it was designed as a bed and breakfast, making it essentially a small inn: aside from the book collection, the Pointhouse has surprisingly few indicators that it is also a home (which is not a criticism). The architecture and overall aesthetic - which is part of the experience - is modern and sophisticated. The quality is uncompromising: suites and common areas are beautiful, contemporary and immaculate. Not only is the house itself essentially a display piece it contains wonderful components: state of the art digital entertainment systems, art pieces, beautiful furniture, etc. I would not bring children to this place, as much as they would enjoy the beach and property. Enjoy the Pointhouse as an adult couple's getaway.
We stayed in the Islets suite, one of the three suites in the main house. This was the best designed B&B suite we've stayed in. Take a look at the pictures on the website: they do not lie, and may actually undersell the place. The view is better in person than in the photos. The amenities were as good or better than what you would experience at a hotel: every modern convenience, huge comfortable bed, personal privacy and immaculate housekeeping. There are small touches that need to be experienced to be appreciated: doors that roll open so that your room becomes part of your private deck, a tub that looks out into the bay, a shower large enough to hold a convention. The entire room is oriented towards the bay. Every possible ultra-current technology, from sound systems to light systems, has been custom built into the house. There are luxury hotel chains that could learn lessons from this place.
Breakfasts were held on one of the common decks (you could probably have it served anywhere). These meals were excellent: the hostess clearly loves to cook gourmet breakfasts. Fruit, ricotta lemon pancakes, yogurt, orange juice, frittata, all made fresh and served beautifully.
The hostess is friendly, relaxed and available but not intrusive. If we needed something we asked her, but otherwise we were left to enjoy the house, the view and the professionally-landscaped-but-still-naturally-west-coast property. We came and went as we pleased.
The house is on the beach - it is built above the water - so you can wander across the rocks or go kayaking by walking down a small flight of stairs from the house. Eagles fly around, fish jump, cruise ships roll past in the distance: you can watch all of this from your room (literally from your bed), or from your large private balcony, or through the floor-to-ceiling windows in one of the lounge areas in the house, or on the huge common deck, or from the private beach, or from one of the many little seating areas sprinkled around the property. Walking to the public beach at Sergeant Bay Provincial Park takes about five minutes.
A few tips (not criticisms):
- Mosquitos can be a problem in the late evening due to freshwater pools on the upper beach. - Close your patio doors before dusk or you will become a meal (but keep the screened windows open).
- There are no drapes or blinds in the room. This is deliberate, and is part of the experience. If you're a light-sensitive sleeper bring a sleeping mask with you.
- Finding the property can be tricky because there is no signage and the property is located down a poorly marked dirt road at the end of a short paved street. Just follow the dirt road to the end, then down a steep driveway. Look for a sign at the end of the dirt road with the number.
- It's pricey, but you'll soon see why. You need to make very few of the typical B&B compromises at the Pointhouse.
- It's about 10-15 minutes by car to Sechelt down the highway so going for dinner or running to the store is easy.
- The beach is rocky, not sandy. Welcome to British Columbia!
- Incredibly there we no other guests in the main house when we stayed there. The house seems effectively designed to preserve privacy.
The entire property and experience is well-designed. We used our time at the Pointhouse to read, sleep, relax and meander along the beach. It was perfectly suited for this. We expect to return - perhaps during storm watching season - and we heartily recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed for privacy and modern luxury, the combination of dramatic West Coast architecture and stunning oceanfront location give the Pointhouse the romantic edge for getaways, honeymoons, intimate elopements or small seaside weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Pointhouse At Sargeant Bay Canada/Halfmoon Bay, Sunshine Coast