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A Herons Rest

Bowser BC Oceanfront

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Golden Skies await you at A Herons Rest

Enjoy total privacy and West coast tranquility in this delightful 3 bedroom beachfront cottage nestled in a quiet cove in a small village on the central coast of Vancouver Island. Use as a private retreat or as a base for exploration and adventure, each season has a unique appeal.

The year round cottage is decorated and furnished to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere with all the comforts of home. The open main area enjoys 14 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows providing wonderful ocean views from the spacious kitchen and living/dining area. The king size master bedroom and bathroom are on the main floor. The two other bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other with twin beds are upstairs. Each room contains its own electric heat or there is a cozy wood burning fireplace for colder seasons.

Stay close and relax, enjoy the large selection of books, games, puzzles, Netflix and other apps on Roku 3, CDs or vinyl LPs. Play croquet or other lawn games and watch the children enjoy the sand, swing and slide area. Explore the amazing adjacent tidal pool brimming with a large variety of fascinating sea life. Swim or walk the beach as far as the eye can see.

A 5 min walk takes you to the village shopping area complete with a well stocked grocery and butcher shop, as well as shops for video rental, gifts, liquor and the newly added luxuries of a massage parlour and beauty shop with a tanning salon.

Within a 30 min drive radius there are many delightful towns and natural wonders with unlimited opportunity for cultural, athletic or shopping adventures. Explore Qualicum Beach and Parksville's unique shops and miles of sandy beaches. Experience Coombs goats on the roof marketplace with dozens of little shops filled with local and imported produce, arts and crafts. Enjoy Cathedral Grove trails through hundreds year old trees. Hike or walk innumerable trails in the area suited to any level of difficulty. Board a mail boat as it drops off people and products through the islands in the inner passage. Enjoy the whales inevitably encountered on the way. Try spelunking at Horne Lake Caves. Don't miss out on museums, antiques, the Wildlife Recovery Centre, Butterfly and Parrot Worlds and fishing charters. Explore the private artisan galleries on Denman and Hornby Islands. So much to do!

For golf enthusiasts there are sixteen courses within an hour's drive, offering a challenge to suit any skill level. Festivals and parades abound year round. Check out the central region of the Vancouver Island web site for details on this amazing area.

Choose A Herons Rest for your vacation destination and have an experience you will long remember.

Bedroom Information

LocationNumber of Beds and Bed Type
1Main Floor1 King Size
22nd Floor2 Twin Beds
32nd Floor1 Queen Size
Additional Sleeping Spaces
Pull out couch in the living room.

Bathroom Information

  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bath
  • 1 Shower
  • 1 Toilet
LocationBathroom Details
Main Floor1 toilet, 1 bathtub, 1 shower and 1 sink

Heat Type

Baseboard Electric
  • Golden Skies await you at A Herons Rest
  • Enjoy ocean backyard views from the living room.
  • Spacious living area in the cottage.
  • Spacious living area in the cottage.
  • Spacious living area in the cottage.
  • Enjoy ocean backyard views from the living room.
  • Enjoy ocean backyard views from the living room.
  • Enjoy the views from the living room.
  • Views of the surf from the dining table.
  • Views of the surf from the dining table.
  • Views of the surf from the dining table.
  • Views of the surf from the dining table.
  • Views of the surf from the dining table.
  • Enjoy the views from the living room.
  • Fully equipped kitchen for the chef in the family.
  • Fully equipped kitchen for the chef in the family.
  • Fully equipped kitchen for the chef in the family.
  • Comfortable master bedroom with king sized bed.
  • Comfortable master bedroom with king sized bed.
  • Extra rooms. Bring some family and friends.
  • Extra rooms. Bring some family and friends.
  • Clean bathroom for your group.
  • Clean bathroom for your group.
  • Cottage right on the beach
  • Playground area for your children.
  • Cottage right on the beach
  • Ocean at your doorstep.
  • Ocean at your doorstep.
  • Ocean at your doorstep.
  • Walk endless miles of beaches.
  • Walk endless miles of beaches.
  • Walk endless miles of beaches.
  • Marine wildlife abounds.
  • Marine wildlife abounds.
  • Marine wildlife abounds.

Property Rates

Rates are in Canadian Dollars (CAD)

Rates:
Please contact us directly for more rate information.

NOTE: Occupancy must not exceed the posted number of people the location sleeps. The information provided, though deemed accurate, is not guaranteed, it is subject to errors, omissions, change of price, or withdrawal without notice. Posted rates do not include sales taxes or cleaning fees where applicable. We are not required to collect sales taxes or cleaning fees on some of the properties. Some properties are subject to the Hotel Room Tax (HRT) at 2% depending on location as well as the Harmonized Sales Tax (GST) at 5%. Please ask your sales agent for more information and a complete property rental rate confirmation.

PAYMENTS REQUIRED

The first payment is a deposit of 50% of the accommodation total plus applicable taxes due at time of booking. The balance is due 45 days prior to occupancy. Damage deposits are a pre-authorized hold on your credit card and are collected only if deemed necessary.

PAYMENTS METHODS

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and a Bank Wire Transfer are all accepted methods of payment. All payments are in Canadian dollars. All reservations must be secured by a credit card.

A Herons Rest

These are actual testimonials from our guests. They have been edited for privacy and to correct spelling errors if needed and nothing else. If you have a question about a guest's testimonial or about the property, please do not hesitate to call one of our agents immediately and we would be happy to assist you.

Thank you.

Jan W

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Excellent

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Average

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Very Good

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

We enjoyed our stay very, very much. The house, the sea, the wildlife and all the stuff we might use, the phone calls, and so on. A week is way too short. For sure, we hope to come back again. It was a very long, but very beautiful drive from Alberta. Greetings from Jan and Annemieke. Fort Macleod AB

Vivian M

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Very Good

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Average

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Excellent

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Average

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Excellent

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

It was very quiet and private which is a plus. The beach was lovely and the wildlife interesting. The washer and dryer was also a plus. I would also like to say that the fireplace is amazing. It heats up the whole building quickly and there was plenty of firewood available. We felt that our time at A Herons Rest was a positive and enjoyable experience which we would like to have again.

Richard M

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Average

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Excellent

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Excellent

How would you rate the greeting service? Excellent

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

We've just returned from a week at A Heron's Rest - myself, my husband, his mum, dad and brother, and out 19 month old son. So here are our thoughts

Firstly, wow, what a setting! Perfectly secluded with the sea just a few metres from the garden, but also within walking distance of the shops for supplies. It was wonderful sitting outside, watching the wildlife. We saw sea otters, dolphins and the eponymous heron at high tide bald eagles, crabs and fish in and around the rockpools at low tide and deer and a racoon in the woods around the house.

A Heron's Rest is an older property and so is a little dated in its furniture and decor, but was extremely comfortable and had the feeling of a well-loved home rather than just a neutral place to sleep. The kitchen was very well equipped, with every utensil or pan you could possibly need alas no dishwasher though!. There were also many extras which we, and our toddler, really appreciated the piano, the lawn games, the Landlubber boat, the slide and swings, the supply of felt tips and paper, the videos and all the games and toys. My in-laws loved the powerful binoculars and the wildlife books and my mother-in-law spent hours glued to them waiting for the sea otters to surface.

The layout of the house was wonderful with the open plan living area and huge picture windows. The bedrooms had plenty of room for suitacses and the beds were comfortable. The only downside was that there was only one bathroom between the six of us. However, it was huge, with plenty of towels and storage and hanging space, so the inconvenience was minor and was totally outweighed by all the positives the house offered.

I have marked down the reservation agent's service only because the agent invoiced us the wrong amount - the low season instead of the shoulder season. It was no problem and we emailed her back to say that we were being charged too little. However, before we heard back from her with the correct higher price, we'd received an aggressive email from someone else demanding payment. It was all resloved, and other than that misunderstanding, the service was excellent.

A nice touch was that our hosts emailed us a week before we arrived to tell us what wildlife there was around, and also phoned us our first morning there just to check that we had everything we needed. Our greeter, Susan, was also very helpful and thorough and was very accommodating with our arrival time.

So in summary, a fantastic place to stay for a really great vacation.

Sarah and Dan K

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Excellent

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Very Good

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Excellent

How would you rate the greeting service? Very Good

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

The place was exactly what we had envisioned. It's situated in the most ideal setting and the cottage itself was extremely well equipped with everything we needed and wanted.

The cleanliness was very good. I did notice some cobwebs here and there but overall it was good.

I also appreciated talking with the owner prior to our stay. He gave me a good idea about the nature spotting that we could anticipate and he was obviously eager for us to enjoy our stay as much as he must when he stays there himself.

I have already recommended the place to my friends and family. We would come again in a heartbeat.

Thank you.

Gerry and Linda O

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Excellent

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Excellent

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Average

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

We really enjoyed our stay. The only negatives were that the internet service wasn't working which was disappointing and there was no axe or hatchet available to cut kindling for the wood stove which was otherwise great. Our rating of the price was based on shoulder season rates and was pretty reasonable but I thought the addition of a cleaning charge seemed a bit much.

Overall we would definitely do it again.

EMR Response

We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at A Heron's Rest. It really is a wonderful place to experience the ocean at your door step. The owner of the property has asked us to provide their response to your concerns about the internet, axe or hatchet usage, and the cleaning fee.


Owners Response:
All internet access information is in the guest directory on site or can easily be resolved by calling the Greeter in place for assistance. No call was made and we checked into the internet connection and it had been verified that the internet is working fine.
An axe is not permitted on site due to liability concerns, but a log splitter is there which is communicated upon arrival. (Plenty of split wood and kindling is left for the guest stay).
The $75 cleaning fee is used to pay professional cleaners to ensure the property is made ready for the next guest also so the guests do not have to be concerned about cleaning the property themselves. It is common practice to charge the cleaning cost separate from the accommodation rate in the vacation rental industry so the guests can see how much it is. We are looking at changing our rates so it will include cleaning in the accommodation rate.

EMR Vacation Rentals management note: Our normal cleaning fee on a 3 bedroom property range from $150-$175. The $75 cleaning fee on A Heron's Rest is half the cleaning price on most properties.


Thank you for your providing us your testimony and we hope you will return to enjoy A Heron's Rest again.

Martin H

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Excellent

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Very Good

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Very Good

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

The view to the ocean every morning at the breakfast was awesome! Very cozy, very nice stay there.

Carolyn E

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Excellent

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Excellent

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Very Good

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Yes

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

We booked A Heron's Rest on the basis of the on line photo gallery which showed it was by the sea but they didn't do the property justice.

Unlike a lot of properties, this one was well away from the main road Highway 19A and as a result was very quiet and private. The whole thing was well equipped although it would have been nice had there been some basics like salt and pepper, herbs and spices left for our use and there was honestly just about every home comfort present for our use, books, videos, CDs vinyl LPs Cable TV. WiFi etc.

The property manual was comprehensive and extremely helpful as was the file full of maps and leaflets as well as the guest books showing what other visitors had found worthwhile seeing and doing. The owners were great with their communication before and during our stay - and the personal welcome we received when we dropped in early to collect the keys.

In short, we enjoyed every moment of our stay here and were sad on leaving. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to family and friends.

Isabelle & Thierry L

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Excellent

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Very Good

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Very Good

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Very Good

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Very Good

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Maybe

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

Heron's Rest is a very nice place, peaceful and warm with a lot of space for a big family. We loved our stay in this house.
The only thing maybe which could be improved would be to add a dishwasher !

Marlene D

Overall, how would you rate your stay? Very Good

Overall, how would you rank your accommodation? Excellent

How would you rate your reservation agent's service? Very Good

How would you rank the cleanliness and condition of your accommodation? Average

Overall, how would you rate the value for the price paid? Very Good

How would you rate the greeting service? Very Good

Would you use EMR Vacation Rentals in the future? Maybe

Would you recommend EMR Vacation Rentals to your family and friends? Yes

We are a group of 5 women and 4 of us come from Europe and arrive in sunny California to meet and complete our group, who grew up together and had planned a vacation in Vancouver Island and especially in a Herons Rest that charmed us right from the beginning when seeing the photo's of your website. Despite the rainy whether on the day of arrival, we left sunny California mind you, the greeter had warmed the house so that compensate the cold and rain. Everything was provided in the house which makes our stay so convenient especially the cooking part afterward enjoying the dinner with a bottle of wine. No restaurant could give us the atmosphere we had every evening because of the house. felt like 5. Fortunately the rain was just at the start so we could make tours and come back and light the fireplace and enjoy the herons rest. If we will visit Vancouver Island again we certainly choose for the Herons Rest again.

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