Eastman Waterfront Retreat
Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
LUXURY WATERFRONT HOME with Panoramic Westerly Views of snow-capped Mt. Garibaldi, Coastal Mountains, and the Paisley Islands. We are proud to share our home with a Platinum Green Rating, the highest green building rating on Bowen Island.
Because of the COVID 19 pandemic the Eastman Waterfront Retreat is temporarily being used as the owner's primary residence now through the end of 2021. We are honoring our existing reservations but will not be considering new short term vacation rentals until 2022. We are hopeful that by 2022, COVID 19 will be under control and our owner can comfortably return to his apartment in New York city.
SECLUDED AND PRIVATE WATERFRONT
This secluded home is sunny and bright and combines eco-living with the highest level of comfort and majestic scenery through the two-story high windows overlooking the ocean.
3 BEDROOMS~ 2 1/2 Baths ~ SLEEPS 6 GUESTS
All the 100% Cotton Linens are Professionally laundered and pressed with layers of plush pillows, and fluffy duvets......... adding the details that you desire for your luxury getaway.
• THE MASTER SUITE has a plush king size bed with fine cotton sheets, plush pillows, and fluffy cotton duvet. The EN SUITE is large with picture windows taking in the gorgeous view plus double sinks, a deep soaker tub, walk in shower, and water closet. To immerse yourself in nature step outside to enjoy a steamy outdoor shower with a fantastic view. We supply plus bathrobes, bar soap, shampoo, body wash, and make up wipes. Located on the ground floor.
The master includes an INDOOR SAUNA for your ultimate Retreat experience
• 2 QUEEN bedrooms each with plush queen beds. Both have waterfront views and a shared seaside deck. Located on the second floor. Step out to the hallway to the 3PC WASHROOM with a tub/shower, water efficient toilet, and vanity.
NOTE: Based on your guest list we will make up beds and supply towels as required. We will assume that couples will sleep together unless otherwise informed. Thank you for helping us control our water and power usage.
RATES SHOWN ARE FOR AN OCCUPANCY OF 4 GUESTS ~ ADDITIONAL GUESTS ARE $50 PER PERSON PER NIGHT.
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY OF 6 GUESTS.
SORRY~ NO PETS ALLOWED
OPEN AND SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM WITH 2 STORY PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS
Relax on our Comfortable sectional to take in the ocean views, or the fireplace and/or the large flat screen TV with cable connection. Through the many double-pane windows, experience the splendor of a sunny day, a ferocious winter storm or a star-lit night all in complete comfort thanks to the radiant floor heating and state-of-the-art heat recovery ventilation system that provides a constant temperature and fresh air 24/7 throughout the year.
PARTIES BEYOND 6 GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. The Eastman Waterfront Retreat is a QUIET FAMILY, COUPLE, and FRIEND Getaway. Do not book our home if you are planning a large party. (more details below)
Stay connected with our high-speed Wi-Fi – A printer / scanner / copier is also provided.
LOCAL PHONE LINE INCLUDED
Large flat screen TV with cable connection and surround sound. Bring along your DVD’s or rent on Bowen for Movie night and popcorn……..
WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE
Relax in front of the energy efficient fireplace during a stormy winter day and enjoy the warmth, the ambiance and the spectacular views. October – April we supply wood for your wood burning fire. May – September fires are not allowed.
Just off of the living room you will find a pretty powder bath…….. water and energy efficient to conserve our precious resources.
LARGE & SPACIOUS KITCHEN WITH EXPANSIVE OCEAN VIEWS
Modern kitchen with expansive counters with dishwasher, microwave, oven / stove, coffee maker, etc. Plenty of stainless steel pots and pans, sharp knives, utensils, and porcelain. Bowen mandates recycling and organic recycling and we have this nicely built into the trash center to make it clean and tidy for our guests. Includes counter dining for 2 guests
Are you a BBQ expert (or not)? Prepare your meals on our Weber BBQ just outside the kitchen door.
DINING AND OCEAN VIEWS INCLUDED
1. A large dining table seats 6 guests for your formal meals or game night.
2. Dinette / wine nook great for breakfast and casual dining
3. Outdoor dining for 6 is available on our seaside decks.
RELAX ON THE SEASIDE DECKS AS NATURE SURROUNDS YOU
Unwind in our new Eco-Friendly Adirondack chairs while breathing in the oxygen-rich fresh sea air. Enjoy the frequent sight of seals, otters, deer and bald eagles. The west facing seaside decks are perfect for being amazing by the spectacular sunsets. You may be fortunate to see an Orca or Grey Whale in the channel out front.....a magnificent sight.
SUNNING DOCK AND BEACH ACCESS
Wander down toward the private dock below the house and you will find newly built stairs that lead you easily to our private beach. At low tide, the rocky beach is great for exploring for sea creatures and shells. At high tide float your paddleboard or kayak and just step off the steps for your quiet paddle in the channel. Or take the challenge and paddle around Hutt Island once or twice.
PADDLE BOARDS AND KAYAKS can be conveniently rented from Bowen Island Sea Kayaking.
THE SUNNING DOCK
This dock is newly renovated with benches so our guests can soak up the sun all year long. The dock is also great for fishing......cast out a line and see what you catch. The dock is not for boat moorage.
ARE YOU ARRIVING BY BOAT?
Give Bowen Island Municipality a phone call to see if there is temporary moorage available at the Mt. Gardner Dock......only a 5-minute walk from the Retreat. A 2nd choice is to moor your boat at the Union Steamship Marina in Snug Cove. Once docked int he marina it is a 10-minute drive to the retreat via the Bowen Island Taxi or your own vehicle.
PADDLE BOARDS AND KAYAKS can be conveniently rented from Bowen Island Sea Kayaking.
STRICT NO PARTY POLICY ~ PARTIES BEYOND 6 GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Eastman Waterfront Retreat is a QUIET FAMILY, COUPLE, and FRIEND Getaway. Do not book our home if you are planning a party. It will cost you your security deposit in full. This prestigious property is located in the very quiet Mt. Gardner neighbourhood on Bowen with strict noise bylaws. Excessive noise at any time is never tolerated by the neighbours nor the Municipality and a reason for immediate eviction with no refund of nightly rates or security deposit.
Maximum occupancy is 6 guests and all guests must be named and listed on the rental agreement. Parties or gatherings of additional unapproved visitors for any length of time are not allowed at any time.
100% cotton professionally laundered linens
alkaline well water - No bottled water required
Drip coffee maker plus your first pot of coffee
electric tea kettle
Green Star Juicer
in floor thermal heating
insulated soaker tub with a view
iron with ironing board
Large food processor
mini food processor
multiple seaside decks
NEW Large Seaside Decks
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|
|January Storm SeasonJan 02 2018 - Feb 08 2018||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Family Day Long WeekendFeb 09 2018 - Feb 11 2018||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|End of Winter SeasonFeb 12 2018 - Feb 28 2018||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Spring is comingMar 01 2018 - Mar 29 2018||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Easter Long Holiday weekendMar 30 2018 - Apr 01 2018||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Spring SeasonApr 02 2018 - May 17 2018||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Victoria Day Long WeekendMay 18 2018 - May 20 2018||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Almost SummerMay 21 2018 - May 31 2018||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Summer is hereJun 01 2018 - Jun 21 2018||$575 / night||$600 / night||$3667 / week||$14670 / month||3 nights||28 nights|
|Summer beginsJun 22 2018 - Jun 28 2018||$575 / night||$600 / night||$4075 / week||$16300 / month||3 nights||30 nights|
|Canada Day Long weekendJun 29 2018 - Jul 02 2018||$625 / night||$625 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|July SummerJul 03 2018 - Aug 02 2018||$575 / night||$600 / night||$4075 / week||$16300 / month||3 nights||28 nights|
|BC Day long weekendAug 03 2018 - Aug 05 2018||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|August summerAug 06 2018 - Aug 30 2018||$575 / night||$600 / night||$4075 / week||$16300 / month||3 nights||30 nights|
|Labour Day long weekendAug 31 2018 - Sep 02 2018||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|September - end of summerSep 03 2018 - Sep 30 2018||$575 / night||$600 / night||$4075 / week||$16300 / month||3 nights||30 nights|
|Fall BeginsOct 01 2018 - Oct 04 2018||$525 / night||$525 / night||$2850 / week||$11400 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Thanksgiving long weekendOct 05 2018 - Oct 07 2018||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Autumn ColourOct 08 2018 - Nov 08 2018||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Remembrance DayNov 09 2018 - Nov 11 2018||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|November December storm seasonNov 12 2018 - Dec 20 2018||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||30 nights|
|Christmas New YearsDec 21 2018 - Jan 01 2019||$575 / night||$575 / night||$3823 / week||$15295 / month||3 nights||N/A|
|January - first ofJan 02 2019 - Jan 05 2019||$525 / night||$550 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||28 nights|
|Jan FebJan 06 2019 - Feb 14 2019||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|BC Family Day long weekendFeb 15 2019 - Feb 17 2019||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|end of FebruaryFeb 18 2019 - Feb 28 2019||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|MarchMar 01 2019 - Apr 17 2019||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3553 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|Easter Good FridayApr 18 2019 - Apr 21 2019||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|April MayApr 22 2019 - May 16 2019||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|victoria day weekendMay 17 2019 - May 19 2019||$600 / night||$600 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|May - end ofMay 20 2019 - May 31 2019||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|JuneJun 01 2019 - Jun 20 2019||$575 / night||$600 / night||$3668 / week||$14672 / month||3 nights||28 nights|
|June - summer beginsJun 21 2019 - Jun 27 2019||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||4 nights||28 nights|
|Canada Day weekendJun 28 2019 - Jul 01 2019||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||4 nights||28 nights|
|JulyJul 02 2019 - Aug 01 2019||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||3 nights||28 nights|
|bc day weekendAug 02 2019 - Aug 04 2019||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||5 nights||28 nights|
|AugustAug 05 2019 - Aug 29 2019||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||4 nights||28 nights|
|labour dayAug 30 2019 - Sep 01 2019||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||5 nights||28 nights|
|septemberSep 02 2019 - Sep 30 2019||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||4 nights||28 nights|
|october - first ofOct 01 2019 - Oct 10 2019||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|thanksgivingOct 11 2019 - Oct 13 2019||$600 / night||$600 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|October - NovemberOct 14 2019 - Nov 07 2019||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|Remembrance DayNov 08 2019 - Nov 11 2019||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|november decemberNov 12 2019 - Dec 19 2019||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|December New YearsDec 20 2019 - Jan 04 2020||$575 / night||$575 / night||$4025 / week||N/A||4 nights||28 nights|
|January FebruaryJan 05 2020 - Feb 13 2020||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|Family DayFeb 14 2020 - Feb 16 2020||$575 / night||$575 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|February - end ofFeb 17 2020 - Feb 29 2020||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|SpringMar 01 2020 - Apr 08 2020||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3397 / week||$13500 / month||3 nights||28 nights|
|easterApr 09 2020 - Apr 12 2020||$600 / night||$600 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|april MayApr 13 2020 - May 14 2020||$525 / night||$550 / night||$3353 / week||$13412 / month||4 nights||28 nights|
|victoria weekendMay 15 2020 - May 17 2020||$625 / night||$625 / night||N/A||N/A||4 nights||28 nights|
|end of MayMay 18 2020 - May 28 2020||$525 / night||$575 / night||$3397 / week||$13590 / month||7 nights||28 nights|
|may juneMay 29 2020 - Jun 25 2020||$575 / night||$600 / night||$3668 / week||$14672 / month||7 nights||28 nights|
|canada dayJun 26 2020 - Jul 04 2020||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||7 nights||28 nights|
|julyJul 05 2020 - Jul 30 2020||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||7 nights||28 nights|
|BC DayJul 31 2020 - Aug 02 2020||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||7 nights||28 nights|
|AugustAug 03 2020 - Sep 03 2020||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||7 nights||28 nights|
|Labour DaySep 04 2020 - Sep 06 2020||$650 / night||$650 / night||N/A||N/A||6 nights||28 nights|
|SeptemberSep 07 2020 - Oct 08 2020||$600 / night||$625 / night||$4250 / week||$17000 / month||6 nights||28 nights|
|ThanksgivingOct 09 2020 - Oct 11 2020||$600 / night||$600 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|Oct NovOct 12 2020 - Nov 05 2020||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|remembrance daysNov 06 2020 - Nov 14 2020||$550 / night||$550 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||28 nights|
|nov decNov 15 2020 - Dec 17 2020||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|Dec janDec 18 2020 - Jan 02 2021||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|Jan FebJan 03 2021 - Feb 11 2021||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
|Family DayFeb 12 2021 - Feb 14 2021||$575 / night||$574 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||28 nights|
|end of febFeb 15 2021 - Feb 28 2021||$475 / night||$500 / night||$2900 / week||$11600 / month||2 nights||28 nights|
We left 100 degree Texas misery for ten incredible days at the Eastman Retreat. We agree this is our favorite of all VRBO’s. Gorgeous views from every window. Tranquility, thanks to the remote location, was just an added benefit. Exceptionally clean, well stocked with anything you may need, comfy beds, fearless deer to observe and sitting areas in both front and back to enjoy the beauty. It will be hard to find another VRBO to top it.
We had an amazing stay here. The reviews all mentioned that the photos do not do justice to the actual views. I was wowed by the photos and could not imagine the actual place being that much better, but it is! The views, the architecture and design of the property are simply seen to be believed. We had an extremely relaxing and enjoyable stay on all fronts here. If you have the chance to rent this property do not hesitate!
Most VRBOs or AirBnBs I have stayed in tend to have professionally staged photos that make the space look larger/nicer/newer than it actually is. Which always leads to a small sense of disappointment when you first get there, no matter how nice it is. This house is the exact opposite, its better in real life. It was extremely cold the weekend we were there, so the deck and pier didnt get much use, but we all agreed we had to go back in warmer weather to take advantage of the outdoor parts of the property. The house is well stocked in every way, whether its fire wood, spices or extra pillows. The view from the master bathroom is exceptional. We were already planning our return trip before we left. Cant wait to come back.
This trip (Dec 23-29) was designed as a get away from all the Christmas hustle and bustle. We loved the privacy and serenity of the location. The views from every room are inspiring and tranquil. We particularly enjoyed the loft for reading, the views from each room, the sauna and the large open kitchen. We saw bald eagles fly by each day, along with other local birds and ducks and geese and wandering deer. Maybe it was the time of the year, but an unexpected surprise was the idyllic creek that ran through the property - we kept our windows cracked at night to fall asleep to the sound of the rushing water. We would recommend that future guests understand that the ferry schedule is important to your planning - its easy and frequent, but pay close attention to the Horseshoe bay and Snug Harbor schedules for your day-to-day planning. We did and as a result everything was easy, but others might overlook this, so here's your heads up! Get a BC Experience card to save 40% on the cost of the ferry trips. Note that the ferry fees are roundtrip. Do not cut your timing close, peak time ferry trips can fill up and those last in line may have to wait an hour for the next ferry. Please make time to explore Snug Harbor, the restaurants, shops and galleries are cute. Know that the wine shop offers a great selection of beer, cider, wine and liquor. The General Store has firewood. The First Credit Union will exchange currency for a $5 charge. The Ruddy Potato has a great selection of meat and produce and grocery selections. Do not hesitate to plan your trip to the Eastman Retreat.
Lovely, comfortable, well-appointed home that exceeded our expectations. This location felt completely private, and was quiet and restful. From the fully stocked kitchen to the comfortable bedrooms, living/dining and expansive decks, we were completely satisfied. The views are mesmerizing. We look forward to a return visit and a longer stay. :)
The home is better than advertised. Spacious, open, welcoming, warm and clean. You can just sit and enjoy nature, watch the tides change and watch the local deer...or run, kayak or hike Mt Gardner. The town is clean, friendly and with more than a few dining options. If you want fishing gear, you have to get it BEFORE you get on the island. Kayaking was fun and scenic. We enjoyed dining at Bowen Island Pub and especially Tuscany (gotta have the lamb). If you have a large SUV, parking at the home is a little dicey...you have to back in or you’ll look like Austin Powers trying to back out. The home is in a word...AMAZING.
We loved our stay on Bowen Island. Jan's house is clean, with all the amenities you need for a great vacation. We felt very much at home in the open layout with bedrooms upstairs for the kids and full master suite downstairs. Loved the spectacular views, the beautiful garden with room for the kids to play, the many hiking spots on the island, and the remote location.
This is an amazing waterfront property that exceeded my expectations. The property and views are stunning. Every room in the house offers beautiful views of the ocean and the master bedroom bath tub is an exceptional and relaxing way to take in the beauty of the ocean and scenery. A gorgeous window nook provides the most perfect spot to read and the sauna also provides a feeling of wellness for those who use it.
My family of five adults just spent three nights of the thanksgiving weekend at this beautiful waterfront retreat. The house was very spacious and comfortable with stunning views. We enjoyed relaxing in the main room and on the deck and taking in the extraordinary scenery. It was a special treat to spot seals and dolphins swimming just off the shore. We prepared our thanksgiving dinner in the well equipped kitchen and enjoyed our dinner and wine by the fireplace fire. We explored a bit of the island with an excursion into the charming little town, a trip to the Saturday morning farmer's market and a visit to the apple festival. We hiked up to Dorman's Point and took a walk by the water at the lighthouse park. There was lots to do on this lovely Island and much that we had to save for our next visit. Our Bowen Island experience was an excellent one overall.
My wife and I first stayed at this unbelievable waterfront property when we were dating and years later decided to go back. Not only were the spectacular views still there but the property seemed better than ever. Kudos to the folks who keep the place in tip top shape and for making our vacation an absolute pleasure.
A marvelous house and incredible view. 3 couples stayed here with plenty of private and shared space. Extremely well equipped kitchen. Master bedroom is large and amazing . The other bedrooms are smaller but very nice; they are on the second floor. Bowen Island is rural and charming. We loved our visit. 2 things to note: if you do a lot of cooking there, (and you don't need to, there are restaurants available) cleanup and recycling requirements take some work. Also, although the ferry ride is only twenty minutes, the ferry is 45 minutes at least from Vancouver proper, and there is often a wait for the ferry, so the total amount of time to get there has to be taken into consideration. Regardless, we give it 5 stars for a great place to relax with friends and family.
We spent a long weekend up at the house with a group of old friends. Our immediate impression was "Wow!" The pictures don't do the place justice. Plenty of space for 3 couples. Well-stocked kitchen (lots of spices). Beautiful view and excellent finishes in the house. The dock is a little precarious and roped off. Felt a little unsafe, even at the portion near the newly built stairs. But that's ok. We spent most of our time taking in the view on the awesome deck, watching wildlife and listening to the waves. We rent a lot of rental houses all over the U.S. and Canada and my husband specifically wanted to note that the grill is probably the best one we've come across at a rental (clean and actually works, unlike many of the grills we encounter). The Island itself has plenty to do, including hiking, biking, kayaking and several restaurants and little shops. I'd recommend getting most of your groceries before coming to the Island though as the prices were higher than on the mainland. The house is well-managed with great communication with the property manager. We'd definitely come back. You won't be disappointed.
If you want to get away and enjoy beauty and tranquility, this is the place. There are incredible views from everywhere in the house. The house is just as pictured, with lovely gardens all around and everything we needed for our stay. There are 2 perfect places for reading inside if it's too cool outdoors: a loft area with a double chaise lounge chair and a window seat in the master bedroom, both with beautiful views. If you are light-sensitive when trying to sleep, you may want to bring an eye mask; there are no window coverings over the windows in the master bedroom (which cover the entire back wall) and a skylight right over the bed (and it stays light until VERY late in summer and gets light early). Also, we didn't find any cards or board games to use in case of cold or rainy days, and you should bring your own book (other vrbos we've visited have provided these, but I don't think they are on the listing here). No problems in getting in touch with the manager when needed. The trip from Vancouver is easy. Make sure to buy groceries BEFORE you get on the car ferry. The fee for the ferry is round-trip, btw.
Just looking at this picture makes us want to go back! The "green" home is just stunning and the views are to die for. The location is amazing and provided for lots of wildlife - we saw an Orca, seals, eagles and lots of other birds and ducks. Would highly recommend this spot and look forward to it again. Jill & Rob North Vancouver
This home was a fantastic retreat from our busy days in Vancouver. It is well appointed, comfortable, clean and beautifully situated in a lush garden with vast water views. The owners were easy to work with, and we bought a weekly pass for the ferry. Loved the local market, Chocolate West (try Poblano hot chocolate), and hiking all around the island. Truly a slice of heaven that we hope to treasure again. Your breath will be taken away by so many aspects of wildlife, natural beauty, and comfort.
This green home and its location are perfect to relax for a day, week, or longer. The built-in cutting board above the compost makes it easy to cook and clean up. The spa tub is wonderful- you can watch the sunrise or sunset from it-sheer relaxation. The beds are so comfortable, and we could hear the rain pattering all night. Slippers throughout the home keep the floors clean and your toes toasty-warm. We even saw some harbour seals enjoying the bay. Will definitely book again and highly recommend to our friends and family.
So glad you had a close to perfect stay at the Eastman Waterfront Retreat. It sounds as though we were able to create the just right peaceful environment for you and your family. Love to have you return any time. Summer are nearly perfect too. Jan and Charles.
This property is incredible! There are amazing views from every room and the home was absolutely spotless upon arrival. Our family of six spent two nights here and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The quality of this home cannot be beat. We enjoyed watching the seals in the water and the ferry going by in the distance. So peaceful and beautiful. We also really enjoyed our evening out at Doc Morgan's for dinner and the harbour is full of quaint little shops. Some of the best chocolate I've ever had was from Cocoa West Chocolatier. Communication with Jan, the property manager, was great; lot of information and thorough instructions prior to our arrival and there are instructions throughout the home just in case you forgot how something worked. We felt very welcomed. We really appreciate the owner of this property sharing his treasured home! No question this was a 5 star experience!
Much much exceeded our expectation. Unbelivable 180 degree ocean view from all rooms. Very open, confortable layout. Most important, this is the best vacation property Ive ever stayed with so many supplies you can imagine. 5 stars!
Sherrene, thank you so much for your 5 Star review. We do have a well stocked spice cabinet and we know that our guests appreciate it along with the olive oil that we supply. Love to have you return any time. Best, Jan and Charles.
A 3 day family get-together to celebrate my BIG birthday. The house was spotlessly clean, well equipped and comfortable. We put the wood fireplace to good use on chilly evenings and during the day there were plenty of chairs on the deck for us to just sit and contemplate. If a quiet retreat in a natural and beautiful setting, is your desire, then this is the place to stay.
Dear Colin, we hope we will be able to host you and your family again soon. Our cleaning staff will be pleased to hear your compliments......they strive to provide extra clean properties and we are happy to hear that you noticed. Peace and Tranquility included at no charge.......it is a treasure for sure. Much appreciated, Jan and Charles.
We are a busy family and loved the tranquility of this home. Only thing I missed were blinds on the windows to help with nap time and sleeping in past the sun! Well equipped kitchen and home, wonderful deck and loved the visits from the deer. We'd love to get back sometime
Thank you Michelle for leaving us a review.....future guests really appreciate it and we do too. We agree with you and are now in the middle of ordering window shades for the bedrooms. I love to sleep in myself and.....yes, a nap in the middle of the day too. Guaranteed the window shades will not block the gorgeous waterfront views. Love for you and your family to return. Best, Jan and Charles.
Our family and friends stayed for a too-short three days at the Eastman property on Bowen Island. It was the highlight of a two week trip through Canada. The home is a short 20-minute ferry ride from Vancouver and even shorter drive through coastal rainforests to the property, which occupies its own rocky promontory with unimpeded views of ocean and islands. It was indeed a retreat, with no other houses in sight - we saw more seals and otters than people. The home itself is beautifully crafted with comfortably modern eco-friendly materials and appliances. The kitchen is fully kitted out and we were able to enjoy all our meals looking out the two-story storm windows or watching sunsets from the wide deck. A path down from the home leads to a private dock and rocky beach from which we swam, searched for starfish and picked blackberries. I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a convenient but peaceful natural retreat.
Words can't express how beautiful this property is!! The view even on a cloudy day is just breath taking!!! House had everything we could ever need, and every room has a gorgeous view. Many days we would wake up to deer right in the front yard, my daughter went nuts with excitement! Tons of food places to choose from, we will definitely be coming back soon! Just make sure you have a car or rent one, very easy to get it on the ferry and makes it much easier for getting around!
Thank you so much Amy for sharing your Eastman Waterfront Retreat with others. I am always thrilled to see the deer in the yard......we are visiting their island, for sure....they own it. Great advice about bringing a car. The Retreat is not along the bus line and guests certainly need transportation to explore Bowen Island. Although Zoom Zoom Scooters are available to rent in Snug Cove. And just in, (9/19/16) there will soon be a Bowen Island Taxi. The Taxi was boarding the ferry on its way to Bowen....it just needs a driver or 2. Stay tune. Thank you for being our guests and love to have you return.
This home turned out to be exactly as advertised--a luxurious relaxing retreat right on the water. Home is impeccably maintained and very comfortable. Kitchen is well equipped, we cooked most of our meals in the home. Views are fantastic. The description is not clear, but there is also a loft with a futon in addition to the bedrooms. A caution for anyone with mobility issues, there are a lot of stairs inside and out--especially down to the dock. The little village is nice, although it was quiet when we visited. It is always a pleasure to find a place such as this home, we would definitely return.
What a restful retreat. This beautiful house nestled on the edge of the ocean is the perfect place to get away from it all. Every place in the house makes the most of the spectacular view, from the two-person tub to the cozy lounger upstairs. We never wanted to leave!
Emily, we were so happy to share the Eastman Waterfront Retreat with you to bring in the NEW Year. The views are spectacular from every room in the house......and relaxation is a welcome benefit as well. Please come again soon. Jan and Charles.
Paradise will not be much better than this: beautiful home perfectly in tune with its surroundings, stunning panoramic view from every vantage point on the property and inside the home, swimming and kayaking, friendly neighbors, serenity and peace. **High points: watching sea lion antics, kayaking to the little island (easy kayak with our average kayaks), watching the gray whale one morning. The kitchen was big enough for multiple cooks; a very clean, well appointed facility! Our adult family of 5 loved the eco-friendly aspect to the home. But it is a commitment one makes to the owner to respect his directives. Therefore, I would not recommend it for anyone whose facility needs to house parties, reunions, obstreperous individuals, where attention by everyone to house rules is just not going to happen. Otherwise..... This is an absolute, DO NOT MISS, opportunity. You will not be disappointed!
When we arrived to the waterfront house we found ourselves in an oasis of peace and beauty. Green trees around and waves gently touching the shore lifted our hearts. We were listening to the nature and the crystal clear sea water relaxed our mind. Gorgeous place of tranquility left an emotional remark on us and we would like to come back...
We spent 4 amazing nights in this beautiful house on Bowen Island during summer of 2015. VIEWS, VIEWS and VIEWS. Beautiful views of water and islands from every corner of the house. Plus the house is very well equipped which made our stay very comfortable. Loved the outdoor shower. Waking up looking at the beautiful views through the large windows, preparing a meal in well equipped kitchen and sitting on the deck was a vacation in itself. Thank you for a Wonderful Stay.
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect vacation with our families. The Eastman Waterfront Retreat offered us comfort, relaxation, and natural beauty as far as the eye could see. There was a group of nine (we rented the cottage next door too) which included both sets of parents as well as my grandmother, and everyone felt like we had treated them to a luxury resort. It was equipped with everything we needed and more. We ended up making use of the private dock every day after cobbling together some fishing gear. Everyone would either gather and look on from the deck or try their luck on the dock. It became a fun past time that everyone could enjoy. Being so quaint, Bowen Island was an easy place for us to explore as a big group across a range of ages. We enjoyed the Eastman home and island so much that we ended up not going into Vancouver as often as we had originally planned. Thanks to Jan & Charles for taking such good care of us!
We were there for 2 nights and it was certainly too short. The house is gorgeous and well-maintained. So peaceful and relaxing, perfect place to get away from busy city life. My 6 year old is missing that beach house so much now, she took pictures of sunsets and reindeers from the sun deck every night, and she said it was the most beautiful and peaceful house she had ever see in her whole life. We had great time and will certainly go back on our next vacation.
Grace, we are so glad that you found the peace and quiet that we strive to deliver. We would love to have you return......soon.
Everything that needed to be said has been said already in previews reviews. It is the small details that added to the allure: binoculars to scan the water and the mountains, the side deck chairs and quiet spot to read, the cubby dining area with wine glasses, the outside shower area out in the elements, the study area upstairs with a sofa...night of blazing stars through the skylights...the morning serenity. Well done!
Girish, we know that you traveled quite a distance for your summer vacation on Bowen at the Eastman Waterfront Retreat. It is great to know that we delivered on all of your expectations. We hope you return to make use of our new stairs down to the waters edge.....it is perfect for launching a paddle board, kayak, or for a swim. We welcome you back as our guests again......soon.
This rental completely lived up to its listed advertisment and more. The owner prior to our arrival was very accomidating and was able to assist us completely. The photos can never do the beauty of the surroundings justice, which are completely breathtaking. The home was very warm and inviting, well stocked in everthing we needed other than personal groceries. I highly recommend the restaurants Tuscany's, Miksa and Artisan Eats. My husband friends and I regret we had to leave the serenity of this lovely place to return to our own homes.
We really enjoyed our weekend at this gorgeous, clean and spacious home. The beds are heaven - lovely linens and pillows - the best part is waking up and seeing such a spectacular view from the comfort of your bed. There was so much room for the ten of us - we could enjoy being together or having alone time. The house is maintained perfectly, the instructions on care are clear, and it's so easy to open the door and relax.
What a GREAT review of our beautiful property. You have captured the essence of what we feel is so special about our very private waterfront location. We realize that linens, pillows and comfortable beds are so important.......nearly as important as our spectacular view. So Glad that you all enjoyed your stay.
We stayed in the main house. It is totally quiet, private and serene. If you want to get away from it all this is the place. It's spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and well equipped with a gorgeous view to the mountains of the sunshine coast in the distance. The spirit of the past owner lives on with the yogi images and sensitivity to the natural environment. The only thing I would have liked would be a way to get down to the ocean for a swim. But I don't suppose too many people will be wanting that as the water is only 19 degrees. There is a public beach a few minutes walk away.
Hi Paul, we wanted to let you know that we have heard your request. This summer we built stairs down to the beach below the Retreat. Our guests now have private access to our beach below. It is perfect for a swim, launching your paddle board or kayaking. Come on back and jump in.....the water is beautiful, up to 21c this summer. Best to you, Charles.