Beautiful Eco-Friendly Vacation Rental on South Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaDuncan, British Columbia (Canada)
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One of the most “green” homes in the country, this eco-friendly rental provides a unique opportunity to stay in a cob structure in South Vancouver Island and can sleep up to six guests. The cob-style is a traditional building method using walls made of clay, sand, and straw. This form of earthen architecture has exceptional environmental and health benefits. The house is one level with 1,000 square feet of interior space, 13-foot vaulted ceilings, and salvaged old growth posts and beams in every room. It was designed and finished in a contemporary west coast style and features.
Guests here will find two bedrooms with queen-size beds, eco-foam mattresses, down duvets, and bamboo and organic cotton sheets. There is a bathroom with low-flow dual flush toilet, large vanity, and a shower with built in bench finished with natural lime plaster.
Guests will have a well-equipped contemporary kitchen with super energy efficient large fridge, a full size gas stove, a huge cast iron sink, and plenty of storage and counter space. Furthermore, guests will enjoy a full selection of dishes, mugs, glasses/wine glasses, utensils, pots and pans, spice rack, french press coffeemaker, and stove-top kettle and toaster.
The living area comes set with a queen-size pull-out sofa bed, a large built-in cob bench, and a Rumford wood-burning fireplace faced with a natural rammed earth design. Furthermore, there is a south-facing patio with a table, chairs, a barbecue, and a fire pit with wood supplied.
There are a super low energy chest freezer and an energy-efficient, water-saving washing machine. Guests will also have a dining area with large six person table and ten-foot window wall, including double doors which open onto the patio for indoor-outdoor dinner parties. For entertainment, guests will have a portable radio and CD player with an iPod and mp3 hook up, as well as plenty of books, games, cards, and puzzles. Additional touches to this rental include tealight candles and incense. Read More
- Private Lounge/Living room
- Running water
- Queen-size bed
- Outdoor furniture
- Kitchen equipment
- Shared Barbecue
- Dining table
- Fire pit
Please note that due to the off-grid location this host cannot provide a land line or internet cable; however, there is excellent cell reception and cell phones can be set up to a wireless hot spot, or guests can bring a turbo stick to access the cellular network.
This host does not provide high-energy-use appliances, such as a television, a washer and dryer, or small electric kitchen appliances. Guests may bring their own small appliances, but they should be aware that if solar power is low, they might need to run the generator for additional power. The house does have a full-size fridge, freezer, and stove/oven, as well as non-electric small appliance options, such as a stovetop kettle, a stovetop toaster, and a French press coffeemaker. There is also an outdoor barbecue, and the kitchen is fully stocked with dishware, utensils, pots, pans, and more, to make creating meals off-grid an enjoyable experience.
The hosts here believe in offering accommodations that are not only comfortable, peaceful, scenic, and affordable, but which also support environmental and human health. More than ever, people are demanding eco-friendly choices in all areas of their lives. The hosts' mission is to provide a vacation spot that embraces sustainable architecture and systems to give guests an option they can truly feel good about. They hope to provide an experience which will open people’s minds to alternative ideas and interest them in applying some aspect to their own homes and lifestyles. Read More
Location + Surroundings
This eco-friendly retreat is the most private and breathtaking spot in the Cowichan Valley! Set on a 40-acre property surrounded by thousands of acres of beautiful Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest, guests will feel like they have truly gotten "away from it all,'"
while staying within a 15-minute drive of Duncan and Lake Cowichan.
This property offers completely unique and eco-friendly accommodations as a welcome alternative to the usual options. Discover that the ultimate in "eco-friendly" can also be beautiful, contemporary, and comfortable. The custom rental was built with local, natural, and sustainable materials and is also fully "off-the grid," relying on its own systems for power, water, and wastewater treatment. Whether you're looking for something eco-friendly, unique, private, or just beautiful with breathtaking views, this accommodation is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature. Read More
- Bird watching
- Wine tasting
- Horseback riding
- Whale watching
- Water sports
- Whitewater rafting
This eco-retreat is located on top of a bluff in the center of the Cowichan Valley, offering truly unique and stunning views. Hiking along the bluff provides a spectacular perspective of this beautiful valley, from Salt Spring Island and the Pacific Ocean in the east to Bald Mountain at the center of Lake Cowichan in the west. Guests will appreciate the forested valley walls surrounding them in a way which just isn’t possible from any other vantage point.
Stoltz Bluff affords magical views throughout the day and the seasons. Guests can take in both sunrises and sunsets, as well as brilliant fall colors, snowy mountain tops in a white winter wonderland, carpets of spring wildflowers, and of course, warm, dry summers with endless blue skies. Even a cloudy day at this property is a special experience, as guests look down on the cloud-covered valley and feel as though they are floating on their own private island.
Stoltz Bluff also provides one of the best bird watching locations in the valley due to its high elevation and proximity to the thermal winds that birds of prey love to glide on. With such a panoramic view, observing eagles, hawks, and vultures in the sky is commonplace, along with a large variety of birdsong in the Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest. If glampers are interested in viewing some aquatic life, take a short trip to the Cowichan River to see the salmon run, or a quick drive to the ocean to look for sea lions, seals, whales, and much more.
- Infants allowed Under 2 years old
- Children allowed 2-12 years old
- Some spaces are shared
- You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days prior to check-in.
- You will be charged for one full night’s stay plus 50% of the cost of the rest of the stay if you cancel within 7 days of check-in.
This property requires a two-night minimum stay. There is a refundable damage deposit of $373.20.
Smoking is not permitted indoors.