If youre looking for an idyllic cottage escape, Dragonfly Cottage is the place to book on Vancouver Island. Nestled in a safe, quiet neighbourhood in the seaside community of Cedar Estates, just south of Nanaimo proper, youll find a relaxing, immaculately updated cottage retreat.
With a cozy living room, bright, functional kitchen, two comfortable bedrooms and lovely outdoor living spaces youll be hard-pressed to find another property that offers families and couples everything that the Dragonfly does.
As you enter the property through the paned French doors, youll find yourself right in the heart of this small home. In the tastefully appointed and updated living room, youll find that the natural beauty of the area and classic cottage elements have been carefully used to inspire the decor to create an atmosphere of comfortable relaxation. The whole family can easily pile onto the large, plush sectional to watch a family movie and couples will find that there is ample room to lounge and relax at the end of a long day of exploring. With a large flat screen TV, DVD and Blu-ray player, Netflix and Cable TV, youll be able to keep on top of your favourite series or try something new and on cooler nights, the crackling wood burning stove will both keep you warm and add to the charm of the cottage.
The kitchen, while small, has been flawlessly updated to enhance and utilize the space so that guests will always have ample room to manoeuvre easily. The large farmhouse-style, stainless steel, apron sink and full-sized, stainless-steel dishwasher not only looks great but will make cleaning up messes of any size a breeze. The lit, glass fronted upper cabinets give the space an airy feeling and the addition of the island to the space ensures that youll have plenty of prep space. Finished with chic tile work, contemporary colours, full-sized, high-end stainless-steel appliances, and fully equipped with everything youll need for your stay, this small cottage kitchen rivals larger, less mindfully designed ones in both style, function, and comfort.
In the primary bedroom, guests will find a bright, tastefully furnished room with a comfortable queen-sized bed fitted with high-end linens, a small side table and wardrobe where you can store your luggage during your stay. With large windows that look out onto the property and peek-a-boo views of the ocean, youre sure to have restful nights and relaxing mornings in this bedroom. The second bedroom is ideal for those travelling with kids offering them a great bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and single on the top. Finished with small furniture, handy wall hooks and shelves, a wall-mounted flat screen and a small wardrobe, this space has been well thought out to accommodate younger guests. The bathroom has been updated to ensure that the space is immaculate with high-end fittings, excellent lighting, and a large, modern walk-in shower.
If youre looking for a seaside cottage with idyllic outdoor spaces, the Dragonfly doesnt disappoint! At the front of the home, youll find an outdoor lounge set with a small side table for a casual morning coffee. On the side of the front porch, youll find a gazebo with plenty of comfortable outdoor seating and a table where you can spend an evening chatting, playing cards, or simply relaxing with a glass of wine, listening to the sounds of the seaside and country in the evening. Complete with a telescope and with ocean views, this gazebo is ready for calm nights where you can really unwind. On the other side of the front porch, guests have access to a large, high-end BBQ for cooking on warm evenings. When youre ready to really start relaxing, the private hot tub at the Dragonfly is where youll want to be. With an incredible automatic cover that doubles as a custom-fit hot tub gazebo, at the click of a button, guests can access the hot tub without handling a cumbersome cover and be protected by the elements while soaking. From the hot tub, guests can see the ocean and small Gulf Island off the coast - truly an incredible way to spend any holiday evening.
Dragonfly Cottage is ideally located only minutes away from the Cable Bay trailhead where you can enjoy a stunning forest hike and end up at one of the most beautiful oceanside parks in this part of Vancouver Island, Joan Point Park. Here you can find fascinating rock formations and in the clear turquoise waters, you can often see otters, seals and even sometimes catch a glimpse of an orca pod as they pass through Dodds Narrows navigating through the waters between Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
If you are looking for a more urban experience, the second largest city on Vancouver Island is only fifteen minutes away! Nanaimo is a fascinating city with both deep history and a lively, modern culture. Whether youre looking for great boutique shopping, incredible local dining or arts and cultural centres, this beautiful harbour city has it all and so much more! While Nanaimo is the closest city to this property, the capital city of Victoria is a beautiful hour and half drive south, an ideal distance for a day trip! Along the highway to Victoria, you can stop at many small towns, each with their own amenities and attractions.
While youre visiting this part of Vancouver Island youll probably want to head out and explore the bountiful natural beauty and fill up on fresh air. You can find incredible hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and paddle boarding as well as whale watching and chartered fishing adventures all close by! For a unique outdoor experience, Wild Play has an incredible aerial playground for adults and kids and is one of the best places in the world to bungee jump. In the summer, there are numerous farmers markets in the area where you can find fresh local produce, artisan gifts, preserves and more!
Dragonfly Cottage is ideally located nearby two BC ferries terminals Departure Bay and Duke Point as well as a short drive away from Nanaimo Airport where major Canadian airlines land to serve the Central and North Island.
For cozy long weekend getaways and extended family stays, the Dragonfly Cottage is a great getaway choice near Nanaimo!