Lazy Bowen Hideaway
Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
NEWLY RENOVATED KITCHEN WITH DISHWASHER, CONVECTION OVEN, REFRIGERATOR, & MICRO CONVECTION OVEN. CHECK OUT OUR BLOG FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.
The Lazy Bowen Hideaway is an inviting Medium High Bank Waterfront home / duplex with a Spectacular southerly View of the Coastal Mountains, Shipping Lanes, and Vancouver BC.
BEACH ACCESS IS 1 MINUTE down the trail with a summer time Swimming Dock.
The LAZY BOWEN HIDEAWAY Waterfront Home / duplex accommodates 1 to 4 guests. There are 2 bedrooms each with Queen size beds.
RATES ARE BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.
ADDITIONAL GUESTS ARE $35 PER PERSON PER NIGHT.
APPROVED PETS ARE $10 PER NIGHT PER PET.
PLEASE SEE DETAILS BELOW.
EXPANSIVE SOUTHERLY OCEAN VIEWS & STORM WATCHING
The Lazy Bowen Hideaway has a front row seat for Storm Watching when a South Easterly is blowing straight at the home. Set the mood with a wood fire in the Large Wood Burning fireplace and sit back in comfort to enjoy the Spectacular View of Wild Weather.
Enter the LAZY BOWEN HIDEAWAY to a breathtaking Ocean view through 30 feet of glass. This PET Friendly, Professionally Designed, 1200 square foot home has 2 Bedrooms with 1 Bathroom.
Would you like to secure the entire property including the ground floor suite for your privacy? Take a look at our "Whole House" listing for your rate.
TWO BEDROOMS EACH WITH QUEEN BEDS,
The Spacious SEASIDE Bedroom has a Plush Queen bed with Fine Linens, 42 inch flat screen TV and a Picturesque Ocean view.
The Private Trailside Bedroom has a comfy Queen bed, 36" Flat Screen TV, Sitting Room and Private deck with Ocean View. Another Stunning View is enjoyed from the sitting room opening out to a Private Deck equipped with chairs perfect for your morning coffee.
LARGE LIVING ROOM WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS
The SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM, 27 x 27 , has 3 separate sitting areas: Watch the High Definition 55" Smart TV with Cable connection, Relax and Read in one of our Comfort Zones, or Gaze out the Expansive Windows to view Eagles or Ferries going by.
WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE
October - April we supply our guests with their complimentary evening fire for each night's stay. (while our wood supply lasts).
Would you like to keep the fire going all day long? Guests are welcome to bring along additional dry seasoned wood for all day burning.
NOW OFFERING FREE NETFLIX ON OUR SMART TV
GAMES, VIDEO LIBRARY, BOOKS, BOARD GAMES
A large VHS Video library, Board games, and Puzzles are available for indoor activities. Or, with your Netflix account, sign in and watch your movie choice.
FREE HIGH SPEED WI-FI
To stay connected we have a High Speed Wireless Internet connection.
NEWLY RENOVATED KITCHEN AS OF DECEMBER 2014
The NEW Efficient Kitchen is Well Equipped with all the necessary tools for your culinary creations. NEW APPLIANCES: ultra quiet Bosch dishwasher, 2 convection ovens, microwave, filtered water and automatic ice maker, new stainless fridge with bottom freezer. Our NEW 10 foot granite counter is fantastic for food prep and interacting with friends and family while enjoying the waterfront views.
VINTAGE DINING TABLE will seat 6 when adjusted with leaves. Enjoy your Family dinner at our Vintage dining table or make it a game table for rainy day or nighttime games or cards.
The water efficient WASHROOM has Lush Towels, Hairdryer, Shampoo & Conditioner, and Tub/shower.
WASHER & DRYER
The cottage is conveniently equipped with a Washer and Dryer.
NEW WATERFRONT CEDAR DECKS WITH STEEL RAILINGS
The many NEW WATERFRONT DECKS invite you to enjoy the Sound of the Waves washing the beach while connecting with Nature. We have 2 chaise lounges and 4 chairs with ottomans.
NEW WATERFRONT DINING DECK w/ PROPANE BBQ
Dine outside with nature surrounding you. We have seating for 6 at our patio table plus a Weber Propane BBQ available for your outdoor dining. We supply the propane.
FREE On-property Parking is provided for AWD vehicles.
FREE parking is available for 2 wheel drive vehicles at the top of our driveway.
AWD or 4WD REQUIRED TO PARK ON PROPERTY ~ ASK ABOUT THE DETAILS
Parking on the property requires driving a short distance on Cleator Road:
~ it is steep in spots
~ it is made of loose gravel
~ it has 3 tight turns
~ confidence is required
An all-wheel or 4-wheel drive vehicle the size of a Ford Explorer or smaller is required to drive Cleator Road. Or, you may choose to park your vehicle at the top of the Cleator Road and take the 5 minute walk down to the cottage. Parking is free.
2WD VEHICLES ARE REQUIRED TO PARK AT THE TOP OF OUR DRIVEWAY ~ NO EXCEPTIONS.
CLEATOR ROAD SHUTTLE : $40
For our 2-wheel drive guests and our guests that prefer not to drive down our steep driveway.......…You may be interested in the assistance of our Shuttle Driver to help you with your luggage and groceries. With synchronization of your arrival and departure times our Driver can meet you upon arrival at THE TOP OF OUR DRIVEWAY, Cleator Road and at check-out at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway to assist you with luggage and groceries down and then up Cleator Road. Please let us know if we can coordinate this service for you and your family. (This service is dependent on our driver’s availability and may not be available for all requests.) The $40 fee is round trip.
DO YOU HAVE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS? Please inquire about more details.
NOT BRINGING YOUR CAR? No worries, after you exit the ferry follow the signs to the bus stop, catch the C11 bus to Eagle Cliff, and the driver will drop you at the top of our driveway, Cleator Road. Be sure to tell the driver your destination. The cost is $2.50 and the ride is only 15 minutes. You can find the bus schedule here: C11 Bus Schedule
ACCOMMODATES 4 GUESTS
The Lazy Bowen Hideaway Accommodates up to 4 guests. The main floor, Lazy Bowen Hideaway, is self contained and privately situated from the ground floor, Lazy B Petite Suite.
DO YOU HAVE 5 GUESTS OR MORE?
Do you have a larger group, 5 or more guests? Add the Lazy B Waterfront Suite to your Lazy Bowen Hideaway rental to accommodate up to 8 guests. Please check both property calendars to assure dates are available for the booking of the entire property.
DO YOU WANT THE PROPERTY TO YOURSELVES FOR 100% PRIVACY?
No matter the size of your group the complete property can be secured. See our "Whole House" listing for your rate.
1 MINUTE TO THE BEACH
Enjoy our community Eagle Cliff dock approximately May through September (depending on tides). Our dock is great for sunning, swimming, fishing, and pick up and drop off via boat.
GOLF, KAYAK, BIKE, HIKE
Bowen Island is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a round of Golf at the 9 hole Bowen Golf course. Rent a Kayak for lessons or a trip around Bowen. Hiking trails abound or Bike the hills of the island for a great workout.
VANCOUVER IS JUST A FERRY RIDE & A DRIVE AWAY ~ APPROX 40 MINS
Bowen Island is situated near many other destinations. A trip from Rural Bowen Island to downtown Vancouver is only a 20 minute ferry ride and a 20 minute drive. Or catch the Water Taxi for a 30 minute boat trip to Granville Island. Snow skiing is a 90 minute drive up the new Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler or 30 minutes to Cypress Ski Resort.
Vancouver International Airport is a 60 minute drive plus the 20 minute ferry ride from Bowen Island.
So many activity choices but remember.......Relax and Be Lazy at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway and the Lazy B Waterfront Suite.
50" SMART TV
family size electric skillet
Family Size Pancake Griddle
iron with ironing board
Microwave / Convection Oven
multiple seaside decks
NEW Large Seaside Decks
Pets Allowed (approval required)
Private Beach Access
Seaside deck with dining
Weber Propane BBQ
Wood Burning Fireplace
Rates and Availability
|Weeknight||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay||Max Stay|
|August 2016Aug 01 2016 - Sep 01 2016||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
|Labour Day Long WeekendSep 02 2016 - Sep 04 2016||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|September Summer 2016Sep 05 2016 - Sep 30 2016||$205 / night||$205 / night||$1230 / week||$4920 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Fall Storm SeasonOct 10 2016 - Nov 09 2016||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1170 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Remembrance Day Long WeekendNov 10 2016 - Nov 12 2016||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
|November December Storm SeasonNov 13 2016 - Dec 15 2016||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1170 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Christmas New Years holiday datesDec 16 2016 - Jan 01 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|January - Feb Storm SeasonJan 02 2017 - Feb 09 2017||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1140 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Family Day Long WeekendFeb 10 2017 - Feb 12 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|End of WinterFeb 13 2017 - Feb 28 2017||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1140 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Daffodil DaysMar 01 2017 - Apr 13 2017||$205 / night||$205 / night||$1290 / week||$4920 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Easter Long weekendApr 14 2017 - Apr 16 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Spring SeasonApr 17 2017 - May 18 2017||$205 / night||$205 / night||$1290 / week||$4920 / month||N/A||N/A|
|Victoria Day Long WeekendMay 19 2017 - May 21 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Almost SummerMay 22 2017 - Jun 22 2017||$205 / night||$205 / night||$1365 / week||$5460 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Summer is HEREJun 23 2017 - Jul 04 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||$6020 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Canada Day Long weekendJun 30 2017 - Jul 02 2017||$225 / night||$225 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|SummerJul 03 2017 - Aug 03 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||$6020 / month||N/A||2 nights|
|BC Day Long WeekendAug 04 2017 - Aug 06 2017||$225 / night||$225 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|AugustAug 07 2017 - Aug 31 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||$6020 / month||2 nights||N/A|
|Labour Day Long WeekendSep 01 2017 - Sep 03 2017||$225 / night||$225 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Summer in SeptemberSep 04 2017 - Sep 30 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||$6020 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Fall storm seasonOct 01 2017 - Oct 05 2017||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1290 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Thanksgiving long weekendOct 06 2017 - Oct 08 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Storm Season October NovemberOct 09 2017 - Nov 09 2017||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1290 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Remembrance DayNov 10 2017 - Nov 12 2017||$215 / night||$215 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Storm Season November DecemberNov 13 2017 - Dec 14 2017||$195 / night||$195 / night||$1290 / week||$4680 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Christmas New Years SeasonDec 15 2017 - Jan 01 2018||$215 / night||$215 / night||$1505 / week||N/A||3 nights||30 nights|
Outstanding communication from the owner. World class views. Wonderful location. Property was clean and beautifully decorated. First time to Bowen Island and we would like to return. Good shopping and first class restaurants. Cottage had every necessity furnished. Nice layout inside and huge deck with lots of seating options. Relaxing, quiet getaway.
This home is a warm and charming place to stay on Bowen Island, BC. There are lovely touches everywhere you look as the owners have decorated it with things they love - and it shows. The beds are comfortable. The deck and inside views are amazing. The home sits on a slope with a challenging drive to reach it. Once you are there you are in for a treat. There is a beautiful new kitchen stocked with everything you may need. We had a great time exploring the island from top to bottom and loved every minute. Be aware that if there are people in the downstairs unit, you need to be quiet from 10 pm to 9 am. Also, there is a severe drought, so you are invited to be very conservative with water use.
Lazy Bowen Hideaway was better than advertised. The home itself and all of the upgrades are top notch. The kitchen is well equipped. The bedding was very comfortable. Views unsurpassable. We took leisurely walks around Kilarney Lake, explored the itrails at Cape Bowen and took part of the trail up mount Gardiner. This is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and enjoy beautiful views. We ate lunch in "The Cove" right off the ferry, but shopped in Vancouver for groceries for our other meals. The grocery in Snug Cove is fine for incidentals, but I would reommend shopping at a full service grocery before coming over on the ferry. Why eat at a restaurant when you have these views at Lazy Bowen Hideaway? I do not recommend trying to come without a 4 wheel drive car that enables you to get down Cleator Road. We had considered trying to make our trip without a car and were SO glad we did not do that. People in Snug Cove are very friendly and helpful. We didn't know that the ferry ticket we purchased in Horseshoe Bay was a round trip ticket and that return trips do not need to be scheduled..first come, first serve. The townees informed us very nicely without making us feel silly.
I cannot say more than other reviews. This place was amazing and I am sure to return. Jan is right, you certainly need a 4 wheel drive to negotiate the road down. The water was great to swim in off the dock at the bottom of the hill. 70 degrees! Everything about this place is first class. The views to die for. No restaurants for us, could not leave this place as nothing could be better!
This wonderful waterfront home perched on a cliff overlooking the Queen Charlotte Channel was the perfect weekend getaway! We were very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and creature comforts of this great cottage. We sat on the deck all day Sat. and allowed the sun and gentle lapping of the waves to lull us away and really relax. Thanks again and it was a very memorable time on Bowen Island.
This waterfront cottage was everything we were looking for, private, extrememly comfortable, spotlessly clean, fully equipped and very thoughtfully decorated. We had the pleasure of being the first to enjoy the fabulous new modern kitchen that had just been installed, lucky us ! The cottages setting is peaceful and serene with glorious unobstructed water and sunrise / sunset views. The friendly closeby village has everything you would need from great coffee, organic produce , to yoga studios and art galleries. Killarney lake also close by is a relaxing hike through the rainforest with the beautiful lake just 2km in. We look forward to definitely returning and exploring more of the island, it was exactly what we needed to recoup and relax from our hectic city lives.
This lovely, seasoned and homey cottage was as welcoming and comfortable as we had hoped from the description and photos. The view was typically gorgeous west coast scenery and we appreciated the light show of the full moon over the water on our second night. We found it to be the quintessential vacation home, well stocked to meet every need; extremely comfortable furnishings; lots of books; some modern technological touches; and the patina of life. Blessed with a week of very warm and dry weather, we put the decks to good use, but we also managed three days of hikes, a swim in the sea off the dock, bird watching, and an afternoon of kayaking. There's a lovely 9-hole golf course on the island - but we'd left the clubs at home this time. The small commercial centre of Snug Cove was very convenient, a 10 minute drive from the cottage, and it provided all necessities, and places for coffee and a dinner and a breakfast out for us. While the access road to the cottage was steep and we did not own an all-wheel drive vehicle, these two active seniors found the five minute walk up to the road was not a deterrant. The description of the road condition and advice on its use was accurate and helpful. We only live an hour and a half away, but in an urban setting that seems a different world, and our goal of spending a week reading, relaxing, and re-connecting was well met in this lovely setting.
The Lazy Bowen Hideaway is a truly unique getaway property - represented accurately on all counts by its owner on VRBO. The owner is very communicative, prompt, helpful and personable. She clearly has "rental property" down to a science with the most specific arrival directions and information packet for the cottage that outlines all the details well ahead of your arrival, so that you are well prepared! Perched on a hillside, above the bay adjacent to the harbor of Snug Cove, Bowen Island, the cottage is absolutely waterfront. The weather was suitable for windows-open during our stay, and we both commented upon leaving Lazy B that we missed the sound of the waves, the boats, ferry horn, and the very territorial heron that makes the shore his home. While the Lazy B Hideaway does have some strict "rules" for managing recyclables and water usage, the guidelines are actually quite thoughtful, and not at all unrealistic when on vacation. (Actually made us consider these things in our next two overnight accommodations and upon getting home.) Bedding was very comfortable. The property was clean, and tidy with a lovely, comfortable aesthetic. Amenities were plentiful including deck chairs, table for dining outside (and indoors), ample cozy seating, warm throw blankets and binoculars (multiple) for viewing all kinds of wildlife and the comings and goings of locals. Ceiling fans, and space fans for circulation (though we didn't need them). Well-stocked kitchen with all the basics (oil, vinegar, coffee, and even some cheese and turkey left from the previous visitors). Always a nice touch to have some semblance of a normal pantry when renting a home. We loved the Lazy B and would absolutely return. Downtown Bowen Island is charming and there are a couple of fun restaurants to choose from - Ferry logistics were easy enough to manage and we only had to wait on one passage in the AM when commuters were coming and going from Horseshoe Bay. Our only regret is now that the owner plans to renovate, we'll likely not be able to afford the luxurious upgrades we know she has in store! It will be fabulous, though, we are sure!
My wife and I had an amazing time on Bowen Island!! The house we stayed in (Lazy Bowen Hideaway) was beautiful and well maintained. Perfect setup for any couple or family wanting to get away to a remote place with beautiful scenery and friendly people. The house was only a short drive away from everything you would want or need while on the island. The Kilarney Lake, Mt Gardner and the Snug Cove just to mention a few. I would recommend going for a drive and hiking any trails you come across, absolutely amazing. Stop down in the cove to have some Tea with Pierce at the Snug Cove Coffee House, they were great. Then have at least one night out dining, at Miksa, great food and drinks. When you have some more time, go to the pier and rent a Kayak from Brent, he is great and will tell you all about the island and set you up on a great adventure to see the island from the water.
We're three time visitors to Lazy Bowen Hideway Petite Suite and we'll be back for the awesome views, relaxing atmosphere and it's also a wonderful base camp for hiking, kayaking, sightseeing and eating in & out. Every time we're impressed by the new upgrades & décor. It's very roomy, but cozy, comfortable & very clean with updated amenities, nicest shower we've ever used. Jan the owner is a designer and it shows in the details and she's very quick in answering any questions we might have to make our stay more comfortable. Good water access to launch kayaks with water warm enough to swim in (2014). We always thoroughly enjoy our stay. Ken & Carol
The Lazy Bowen Hideaway was the perfect getaway for us! We are both VERY busy in our jobs and this was the ultimate in quiet, peaceful solitude. Although it rained for most of the time, a beautiful view was still there under the clouds and the sound of the rain on the roof was magical! The fireplace was a welcome treat, especially as we enjoyed reading with a glass of wine..or two! We had lunch at the Bowen Island pub on our arrival and at the Snug Cafe when we left - both places served fantastic food and the service was great! We ate in the rest of the time, the kitchen is perfectly equipped with everything we needed to prepare our meals. I would recommend this place for those of you who truly need to "get away from it all" - it felt like we miles away from the busy-ness of our lives. There are lots of hiking trails available, but because of the rain we didn't venture out much.
My daughter and I stayed at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway for two days and two nights. The cabin was gorgeously decorated and impeccably equipped with every convenience. The beds were heavenly - so comfortable. The location of this cabin is fantastic - a quick drive from all the amenities in Snug Cove, an easy walk to the rocky beach. The fact that the road into the property, Cleator Road, is 4x4 only actually serves to make the cabin more quiet and remote than it would be if the road were drivable. The parking spot next to the mailboxes is a steep but easy walk. I loved that the owner has taken every step possible to make the cabin an environmentally friendly, sustainable place.
The Bowen Hideaway was a slice of paradise within the larger slice of paradise that is Bowen Island. Copletely secluded and peaceful, and only a few meters from the water, yet only a few minutes walk from the road. The large windows offer a panorama of the bay, and make for a stunning sunset. The waves breaking against the coastline ensure that you're asleep in minutes. The property itself has all the modcons, with a wonderful large fireplace to enjoy in the winter, cable TV, a rich library of books and games. It would be impossible to get board even if the storms took a hold. Jan, the owner was extremely friendly and helpful when needed, and extremely accomodating. We felt right at home! Highly recommended, and very cost effective for its size and comfort.
Our stay was perfect!!! We enjoyed two days away from the city we love. A short ferry ride and we were in a home away from home. Jan has her home set up perfect, every attention to detail is taken care of. Let me explain: the home is immaculate; the kitchen is fully equipped; the bathroom had nice towels, shampoo/conditioner and was very clean; the beds were made up with high quality linens; the living room / sitting room was furnished with such nice furniture; now.......the view and the fireplace were absolutely perfect!!!!! Hence subject line......Jan has taken care of every detail in this beautiful get away home!!! We are coming back real soon!!
I want to express my gratitude for having the privilege to host our meditation ceremony this weekend in your beautiful home. We could not have asked for any setting more serene and perfect. Energetically the space was exactly what we were looking for. Everything that we needed was supplied and your care and attention to all the small details was greatly appreciated by the group. We are already planning our next stay :) Thank you for everything!
We stayed at the Hideaway with my parents and our baby girl. It was lovely! The view is incredible, the rooms cozy and comfortable. We loved sunning ourselves on the large deck overlooking the sea. Jan provided a long email with helpful recommendations for places to eat and visit, which was so appreciated. I was so pleased that there is composting and recycling expected. It was our pleasure to water the plants with the grey water, "as the locals do it"! Our only complaint would be the mattress in the second bedroom. It is extremely uncomfortable and noisy - creaks and groans with every breath. That aside, we absolutely loved the sweet little cabin. I could go for a snooze on that extra-long Victorian couch right now!
We chose this property to spend the New Year with my folks visiting Whistler from the UK. It was truly superb. A little hideaway over looking the ocean. It was so well equipped you could want for nothing. The open fire, the ocean view, the tranquil setting was fantastic. We hope to visit in the summer to take in the decks with the views. Thank you Jan for sharing your home. The Bowen snug coffee house you have to visit.
My family and I usually only stay places that have been recommended by someone we know, because vacation days are so precious, and there's nothing worse than spending money on a place only to be disappointed upon arrival. That said, we weren't sure about what to expect from the Lazy Bowen Hideaway, especially since it met two of our challenging criteria for vacation rentals: dog and toddler- friendly (which can unfortunately exclude some of the nicer properties and only leave us with incredibly "rustic" or dingy places). Upon arrival we were amazed by the level of cleanliness and all the attention to details. There was a little hiccup with getting the key to enter the home, but the owner was very helpful and I could tell she was genuinely invested in my family having the relaxing holiday we'd planned for. When we had another less-pressing issue, the owner responded promptly again and I felt we were both welcome in her home as guests, as well as taken care of like family. Lazy Bowen Hideaway boasts not only a spectacular view, but really nice interior design that made it feel unique and so relaxing. We all found ourselves (including our 19-month-old) sleeping well and just contentedly relaxed. The only drawback I would want to prepare people for, and the owner does a good job letting potential vacationers know this, is that if you don't have a 4WD vehicle (which at the time we did not) the walk up and down Cleator road is a bit challenging if you have a lot of belongings. That said, I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time and I managed the walk up and down at least once daily. So travel light, and enjoy the quiet that such an "off-road" type location offers, even while being so close to all the amenities. Next time we are looking for a place to stay on Bowen, we'll be definitely looking to see if there's a space available at Lazy Bowen.
I arrived to The Lazy Bowen on the Friday of a long weekend with my two young children. The cottage was a rare gem in itself. It was a rustic but beautifully appointed cottage. The view was spectacular and the kids and I enjoyed walking along the beach, and even taking a dip. The dock has a wonderful slide and diving board we hope to try out next time. We were a 5-10 minute drive to Hood Pojnt at Cate's Bay beach which was a nice little trip. In the village we enjoyed the Village Baker, Snug Cafe and the Chocolate Arts spot for hot chocolate on a rain. We hiked a bit of Kilarney Lake then enjoyed the Farmer's Market and delicious fish n chips. If you're looking for an amazing weekend retreat, with or without kids this place is unbeatable. Oh, Angela's Toys was also a good spot for a rainy day.
A group of 4 of us stayed at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway, and as soon as we walked through the door we knew this was a great place. The decor, the furniture, the views!!! Stunning!! It was a relaxing weekend for us, so we mostly sat by the large ocean front windows and read. Bedrooms were comfortable with lots of extra bedding if needed. Kitchen was great for us to cook delicious meals. We are already talking about returning to the Lazy Bowen.
The cottage was so peaceful and cosy in the driving rain - we had nothing to do but watch old movies, read new books and eat the Christmas goodies we brought with us. We saw 6 seals fishing and playing together, huge flocks of birds skimming the waves, and eagles diving for fish. The husband's sanity was saved with wifi internet, so he was able to catch up with email and facebook, and the children loved watching cable TV from their warm beds (we gave up cable this year, so they saw their favourites again!) The downside was the drive down - even the dire warnings on the checkin sheet could not prepare us for the gradient, the hairpin bends and the terror of being so close to the cliff edge, and we were in a new AWD vehicle! After a couple of sleepless nights, wondering how we were going to get out again after 3 days of non stop rain, we drove the car empty, with me walking ahead to guide on corners, parked at the top and made the kids help us haul everything out by hand on our last day. The girls were very unimpressed with the toilet arrangements (putting the paper in the bin instead of down the toilet) and lack of any water pressure for showers, but we had the same in Cyprus and Greece and got used to it quickly. We had one meal out, at Doc Morgans, who do not welcome children and do not have a kid's menu - we sat in the freezing deserted lower restaurant, and didn't find the food good value. I know they do a great bbq in the summer, but not so good out of season. On the other hand, we found the best ginger and molasses cookies in the Ruddy Potato store! A lovely place for a much needed post-Christmas break.
This property was more beautiful and charming than the photo's depicted. The owner has taken every possible need into careful consideration, as we wanted to for nothing! The energetic 5 min. hike to and from the cottage from our parking spot was not a problem for us at all. We enjoyed hiking Mt. Gardner and the trails around Killarney Lake, and of course finishing the day off with a refreshing swim in the lake. As for shopping, we enjoyed the shops and galleries in Artisan Square as well as the most interesting second hand store behind the General Store. Sadly we kept missing the bakery which closes at 3pm. Can't wait to get back to Bowen!
We went to Bowen for a wedding weekend and loved our stay at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway. Having my coffee in the morning, looking out the window to the ocean filled with boats was exactly what I needed. It was peaceful, quiet and even though we visited with our two kids, the setting made for a romantic weekend. We plan to come back.
This is a sweet property, with a million dollar view that never grows old. My husband and I spent three days and two nights and had a wonderful stay. The cottage was clean and very comfortable and we had everything we needed for our visit. The driveway REALLY did require a four wheel drive vehicle, but we still managed to explore nearby public beaches and the little town--restaurants, shops and the marina.
We recently spent a weekend at the Lazy Bowen hideaway to attend a wedding. Because there were 7 of us, we rented both suites and it turned out perfectly. The house is so cosy and tastefully decorated, you feel like you are at home. The view off the deck of the water is fabulous. The house had everything we needed and more. Would highly recommend it.
The Petite Suite was a perfect getaway for myself, partner and toddler (followed by a couple days solo for a break), at reasonable cost. It is in a fantastic location for privacy and relaxation, and ideal for those who are traveling light/ don't want to drive/ prefer to walk, cycle, and/or take the bus from town. The view over the water is wonderful and the interior space is open, light, yet intimate. I'll be back for sure...
This was our first mini trip as a family of 4 (kid @ 2 yrs and kid @ 4 weeks). It rained off and on all weekend, but the petite suite was a great place to play games and bond! :) We watched the ferries go back and forth and had a great view of howe sound and the mountains along the sea to sky highway. We went outside and threw rocks in the water and then came back to sit by the wood stove which was really cozy!! The lane (Cleator Rd) was exciting the first time (raining and dark) but was not too bad really. I would not even think of trying it in a 2wd though. Check in with the lock box was easy, and everything was exactly as described on the website and the welcome package. It was a great getaway, close to vancouver, but it felt far away! This place (the top of cleator rd) is actually accessible by transit! From vancouver you could take a bus to horseshoe bay, then ferry to snug cove, and then a bus from snug cove to the top of cleator rd.
Our family came up from Bainbridge Island to Bowen Island for a 2-day getaway after Christmas, and to ski and snowshoe at Cypress. What a perfect combination! Gorgeous, sunny vistas over Horseshoe Bay from Lazy Bowen, the wonderful beach house, then a scenic ferry ride over to Cypress, where the snow was perfect and panorama breathtaking. Even for those like us who are accustomed to the great beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the scenic ferry rides to and fro', this experience was a show-stopper. Visitors, pay heed to all the caveats about Cleator Road - -our Audi A-4 wagon seemed perfect as it is not too large and has AWD - - but do not let the road caveats stop you from renting this house, which has the most beautiful views imaginable, and is nicely stocked for your getaway. The property is quite rustic, but extremely comfortable and clean. Our favorite features other than the view were the fantastic fireplace ( raised hearth) and the beds, which were really comfortable and dressed in lovely linens and pillows. The one bathroom is very nice with a very good shower and tub. Also, working with the owner has been a real pleasure, and we hope to rent there again. It is wonderful in the winter, and we'll bet the summers there are even more fantastic, although the winterscape with the snow-capped mountains and lights from Cypress across the water were truly unforgettable. One more thing: the ride into town is short and scenic, so getting in to shop or enjoy the most delicious latte ever at Snug Cafe is a cinch. A+ in our book.
We have been to this wonderful retreat a few times over the last few months and everytime we feel the stress of work and the hustle and bustle of the city melt away. One step out onto the deck and you see that amazing view and you competely forget you are only 20 minutes away from the city. My husband and I travel alot and we both agree that this is one of our favorite locations and we don't have to get on a plane or travel for hours to get here. The owner of the property is amazing and so happy to do anyhing she can to accomodate your needs. If you like the outdoors there are many great hiking trails and beautiful scenery that is great for avid or novice walkers. There are lots of great little restaurants with terrific food, but we prefer to stay in and cook all the while enjoying the comfort of this home along with a million dollar view. If you are looking for tranquility, relaxation and happiness... this is the place for you.
My friends and I just returned home from Bowen Island and staying at the Lazy Bowen. All i can say is it'a an awesome place to stay!!! The views from the house are amazing!!! We intended on seeing the island ....but the next morning when the sun came up ... all 6 of us lined our chairs up in front of the deck and open the double doors and just sat there and enjoyed the view! This place is the only place i plan to stay when i return to Bowen Island!
We are now all back in Vancouver after a wonderful time at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway. All worked out very well for us. Having the upper and lower units was great - with the 9 of us just coming and going and each of us doing our own thing. And then all getting together in the evening for a nice feast!!! The kitchen was wonderfully equipped - we brought our own food, and we were always able to find dishes to serve out of and even napkins!! Very nicely stocked kitchen - you have thought of just about everything. Of course the weather was amazing and jumping off the dock into the refreshing water was a treat for us all. I walked into Bowen and took in the market, then I walked up the trail to Artisan Square which I found very interesting. The Hideaway is definitely a gem. Thanks for making our family together not only a possibility bur a reality. Being able to bring the family dogs was a huge plus for all of us. We cleaned up very well after the dogs ( both outside and inside - although the weather was so perfect that they were on the decks practically the whole time) - since we would like to be able to come back again.
We stayed at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway & Petite Suite from August 6th through 9th (3 nights). We had a group of 7 -- mostly singles - attending a friend's wedding on Bowen Island. The cottage, along with the Petite Suite, was absolutely perfect for our needs. While the weather didn't cooperate (rain & drizzle for most of the weekend), it didn't stop us from having a great time! A couple of us took advantage of swimming, and well enjoyed a dinner at Tuscany - it was terrific. We also enjoyed a walk around Killarney Lake - the tall trees protected us (mostly!) from the rain & drizzle. The cottage was exactly as we expected - it was very clean, well maintained, and we didn't have any trouble finding what we needed when preparing meals for our large group. Jan was great to deal with - right down to the very detailed instructions for driving down Cleator Road to the cottage (glad I didn't have to do the driving!). I speak on behalf of my entire group, and we would whole-heartedly recommend the Lazy Bowen Hideaway as a wonderful getaway spot. Thanks Jan, for a wonderful time!
We rented both the main house and downstairs suite for our family vacation. It worked out perfectly. Lots of time for the grandparents to sit on the deck, relaxing and reading. The rest of the family paddled our kayaks around the bay, went swimming and hiking. Delightful in every way.
This was one of the best vacations of my life. The view was spectacular and the cottage was so beautifully decorated. I just loved it, there were absoloutely no problems whatsoever. Anyone looking for an affordable vacation should book this cottage there is nothing wrong with it at all it was amazing.
Our stay at the Lazy Bowen Hideaway was amazing. Even though it was a quick trip for us to get there, it truly felt like we were a million miles away. For those of us who have forgotten how to relax this is the place to go to remember. Relaxed, content and happy are the three words I would use to describe our stay. We are already making plans to go back!
Just a one night get-away, turned into 2 nights as I couldn't get myself to leave. Jan's house is warm and welcoming, and immaculately clean. Huge waterfront deck, with waves crashing you to sleep. So nice! I'll be back. This place is a jem. :) Oh, and just a 1 minutes stroll to get down to the beach.