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Serendipity Cottage

3.8/5(6 reviews)
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Front of the Cabin (with flowers) - 1/25
Front view of cabin - 2/25
View of the ocean from the ridge - 3/25
Living room - 4/25
Kitchen - 5/25
Master Bedroom - 6/25
Twin Bedroom - 7/25
Twin Bedroom with Bunk Bed - 8/25
View out of Kitchen Window - 9/25
Full 4 piece bathroom - 10/25
Middle Cabin #16 - 11/25
View from the ridge - 12/25
Eagle perched on tree by our cabin - 13/25
Beach View - 14/25
Tree line goes right down to the ocean along the shore - 15/25
Looking for sea creatures at sunset - 16/25
Heron on the beach - 17/25
Campfire on the beach - 18/25
View of Hornby Island from the beach - 19/25
Beach,eagles and Chrome Island - 20/25
Beutiful sunsets with beach bonfires - 21/25
Cool piece of driftwood at Tribune Bay, Hornby Island - 22/25
Deep Bay Marina at sunset - 23/25
Elephant seal on Flores Island - 24/25
Looking back at the cabins on the beach - 25/25
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Sleeps 5
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
not allowed
not allowed

Serendipity Cottage is a place to 'get away from it all'!

Whether on a rainy or sunny day, the huge covered deck allows you to rest and relax and take in your surroundings. The tall trees are home to several bald eagle families and we have counted over 60 eagles (mature and immature) on the beach at one time. Sitting on the cottage deck and watching an eagle soar and glide by is truly breathtaking! Other wildlife includes deer that wander onto the property with their young, grazing peacefully for all to watch, and hummingbirds 'dart' back and forth and stop to hover and catch a drink of sugar water from the feeder.

The beach, while rocky, does not seem to be a hindrance. In fact, under each overturned stone lie more interesting sea creatures to discover. The view from the beach is breathtaking. Off in the distance one can see the mainland of BC and cruise ships gliding by on their way to Alaska. Closer to shore are the islands of Chrome, Denman and Hornby (little Hawaii). Make sure to bring your binoculars so you don't miss out on the seals, sea lions, sea otters and whales. In the evening kick back for a great beach fire and 'smores' and lovely sunsets.


Within walking distance down a tree 'draped' lane is the community of Bowser. It has a 'well-stocked, reasonably priced' grocery store, gift shop/dollar store, gourmet coffee shop with delicious baked goods and lunches, a public library, and a gym. Once you arrive at Serendipity Cottage, you won't want to 'go into town' to get groceries, etc. and you won't have to! If you do want to go 'further afield', great places to explore include Horne Lake and caves, numerous walking and hiking trails, Farmers markets, Coombs, Qualicum Beach, Englishman River Falls, and Cathedral Grove.


2 bedrooms :
- 3 single beds
- 1 Queen bed
Coffee maker
Dishes and cutlery
Microwave oven
Internet access
Linens Provided





Province: British Columbia
Region: Vancouver Island
City: Bowser
Closest ski resort:-
Distance from ski resort:-
Nearest Body of Water:Strait of Georgia
Waterfront: Yes
Other Town/Lake/Area:Parksville (32 km)
Note: - 49km to Comox (Courtenay) Airport
- 84km to Cassidy (Nanaimo) Airport
- 164km to Victoria International Airport
- 66km to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) Ferry
- 170km to Swartz Bay (Victoria) Ferry
- 67km to Mt. Washington Ski Resort (Courtenay)
- 26km to Horne Lake Caves


Last update: April 02, 2019
May 2019
June 2019
AvailableNot available



Tax Rate5%
Booking Deposit20% due at time of booking (The balance is due 30 days before arrival)
Payments on CottagesInCanadaNo


High Season: June 1 - September 30

$900/week (Pref. Sat to Sat) + GST (5%)
$140/night + GST - 4 night minimum

Low Season: October 1 - May 31

$750/week + GST (5%)
$115/night + GST - 4 night minimum

Low season monthly rates are $1000/month plus GST. For this coming 'low season' the monthly rates are available from October 2019 to April 2020(inclusive).

Check in at 4 pm. Check out at 11 am.


(6 reviews)
(6 reviews)

I had the most amazing time on Serendipity Cottage! This place easily felt like home. I was supposed to stay there only for the weekend and here I am now leaving after 4 nights. The first day I got welcomed with the friendly neighbor's cat "Ziggy". I got to meet friendly and fun neighbors as well. I had magical beach walks (especially at sunset). I got to see deers, bald eagles, herons, and sandpipers. I heard the woodpeckers, I spent wonderful starry nights out on the deck. I also had the best sleep in a long while. Thank you Chris for the wonderful retreat and for all the nooks and crannies (Taco Shack, Cone Zone, Just like mom's bakery, French Creek) that you shared with me. I will definitely come back again and bring more family and friends.

Stayed: April 2019    Submitted: May 01, 2019
Owner response:
Thank you for the lovely response! While our cottage is more like a 'home away from home', we do our best to accommodate our guests and hope that they enjoy our cottage as much as we do! Chris

The cottage is not set up for rental guests as no cupboard space is available for any food you might bring. We ended up having to put our supplies on any available surface we could find. The fridge contained food and the freezer was full. The cabin is not child friendly as there was far too much clutter everywhere, as there is so much clutter some surfaces are not clean. The dining table had an assortment of items on it, making it difficult for the five of us to use it. Practically every surface in the cabin has something on it. The wardrobe in the main bedroom had some items of clothing in it. We found a folder with information on the cabin a couple of days into our stay on the dining table. The owner does not allow pets, but don't take this as it being pet free. The outside chairs were covered in dog hair, I sat on a chair and my clothing was covered in a lot of dog hair. I had to clean the dog hair off both chairs just in case someone else sat on them. This put me off sitting on the chairs. Anyone with pet allergies would have a problem staying in this cabin as it is not pet free. All in all we liked the site, but would not stay in this particular cabin again.

Stayed: June 2018    Submitted: Jul 09, 2018
Owner response:
Dear Bronwen,
I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at our cottage. I would agree that there may appear to be 'limited' cupboard space as the kitchen is better stocked with kitchen items than most rental properties. As for the fridge we do leave condiments for our 'guests' use' as many people do not come well equipped with these items and seem to appreciate it. Our cottage is available for families, but we have never advertised it as 'child proof'. Our cottage is not your 'typical' rental property as we want our guests to enjoy 'our home away from home' and past renters have often commented on its coziness. As for pets, we do not rent to people with pets as we have had negative experiences in the past. That is not to say that people who are visiting may visit with pets out on the deck. I will mention your concerns to our cleaner as we do expect that the cleanings are thorough when completed. We will take your comments into consideration and hope that your next experience is to your satisfaction.
Chris Varney

We thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Vancouver Island and coming 'home' to this beautiful little cottage each day. Early morning walks along the beach, short walks to the local coffee shop and other shops/amenities were a great start to each day. Driving proximity to many areas of interest around the Island added to our enjoyment. An added bonus with dinner our first evening at the Ship & Shore restaurant in nearby Deep Bay - great people and great food!
Thanky you to Chris for an easy and great experience - from initial contact through to the end of our stay.

Stayed: September 2017    Submitted: Oct 02, 2017
Owner response:
Thank you for your kind comments, Denise. Hopefully you can get back to the Island one day again soon. The Ship and Shore has recently changed owners, so we will have to take you up on your recommendation next we are out!

We came as guest from Europe and enjoyed our stay very much. The cottage contains all you need to make your stay comfortable, we did not miss anything. The location is beautiful: beach is close-by, wildlife all around (deer, rabbits, squirrels), and it is a good starting point for outdoor adventures. Communication with the owner, Chris, was very nice - she provided us with loads of tips and hints what to do, was always approachable, and always replied in almost an instant.

Stayed: July 2017    Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
Owner response:
Thank you, Markus. It was a pleasure to talk to you and help you out whenever the need arose. You and your family were very easy to deal with. Hope to cross paths again one day soon.

Our family of five had a magical stay at Serendipity cottage. The location is ideal, close to all of the attractions we wanted to see on the island (Cathedral grove, Horne Lake caves, Hornby Island, Parksville beach). We were also close to amenities, with two well stocked grocery stores and a really good taco stand minutes away. In the evenings when we returned from our day trips we would walk down to the ocean and watch seals, eagles and other shore birds. It was so peaceful and relaxing. The cottage was comfortable and well stocked with any kitchen supplies you would need. We have memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to Chris and Brian for being such fabulous and accommodating hosts!

Stayed: July 2016    Submitted: Aug 06, 2016

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