Enjoy the greatest possible comfort and peace with the smallest possible impact. Everything in the studio is reclaimed, recycled, or responsibly sourced. Private, self-contained, and thoughtfully appointed. As featured in "Oprah at Home" magazine!
This is a cozy and serene 280-square-foot custom-designed, modern studio located in the lovely fenced front garden of our home. We are at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighbourhood overlooking Snug Cove village and the ferry dock on Bowen Island, with stunning mountain and ocean views. Watch the moon rise, the eagles soar and, from the garden overlook, the ferries gliding by.
The building is a showcase of sustainable low-impact building practices, including rainwater harvesting, highly-efficient windows and heating and ventilation systems, and extensive use of certified, reclaimed, and "upcycled" materials. For example, the small sink in the kitchenette once served a high-school science lab, while the exposed rafters supporting the roof are century old Douglas Fir that once supported a railroad trestle. The counters are made of Paperstone—a hard solid surface made from recycled paper.
The studio includes a small three-quarter bathroom (shower and toilet) in a completely tiled walk-in space. There is a kitchenette counter area with a mini-fridge and sink. While we do not permit any cooking in the space, we provide facilities to make coffee and tea -- a kettle, tea pot, and insulated "French press" coffee maker.
We provide freshly ground certified organic and fair trade coffee and a selection of black and herbal teas, plus milk and cream. There are restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and organic groceries in the nearby village, including an excellent nearby bakery-cafe that you can access in minutes via a trail through the back of our property. (The trail is steep; please wear appropriate footwear if you choose this option!)
You are welcome to use the small fridge for fruit, cheese, your beverages of choice, etc. We provide small serving plates, drinking/wine glasses, cutlery, bottle opener and a corkscrew. Ice is available in the mini-fridge.
The bed is a queen size, with comforter. You'll find a yoga mat in the closet along with space for your things, and also a desk area with plenty of receptacles for your gadgets. No other pull-out bed or mat is available, and we do not allow extra people beyond two. This includes babies and small children.
There is a mountain and ocean view out the west facing smaller window and from the garden. The main floor-to-ceiling windows face into our garden and a forested hillside and ecological preserve in the distance. You'll enjoy the stars at night!
Accès des voyageurs
You will have access to the full fenced and private front garden where the studio is located, including the adirondack chairs overlooking the ocean and mountain view. The small flagstone patio directly in front of the suite is your own area which we will steer clear of and you have your own private gate, but we will very likely be present in the larger front garden that the studio sits in, enjoying what is in the warmer months our "outdoor living room."
Échanges avec les voyageurs
As the studio is in the front garden of our home, we will likely be present on the property. We are friendly, and happy to make recommendations. You may encounter us in the garden during part of your stay, depending on the season. We are best reached via text message for queries or issues with the space during your stay. No need to knock on our door on arrival unless you want to, but we invite guests send us a quick message through the AirBNB app when they arrive, so we know you're out there!
PLEASE CHECK WITH US IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BOOKING ON THE BC DAY LONG WEEKEND INCLUDING AUG 5 FOR IMPORTANT HEADS UP.
Please be aware of the additional costs that the ferry will add to your visit, especially if you are bringing a vehicle. Ferry fares and schedules are available from the BC Ferries website.
We require a three-night minimum for long weekends, checking in on Friday.
Based on guest feedback, we're going to say it one more time: On a map, the studio looks like a short stroll from the ferry dock, but if you are coming to the island without a vehicle it is a steep and steady hike up the road of about 20 minutes to the studio from the village. In summer months a scooter-rental business is a good option. There is also an on-island taxi now that can zoom you up the big hill to our front door, but check first for availability.
Note that parking in Horseshoe Bay in the summer is a nightmare, i,e. scarce if available at all, particularly on weekends. If you're walking on the ferry, we recommend you take the 257 Horseshoe Bay Express Bus from downtown Vancouver to the terminal; details on request.
Our "no pets" rule is strict. We don't allow any pets of any kind, size, or disposition. :-)
Finally, if your time with us includes a Monday, please note that many of the Island's restaurants are closed that day.
You are welcome to enjoy the candles, but please keep them inside the glass tea light votives and do not burn any materials inside the studio, such as incense. We don't allow consumption of any vaping or smoking material, including tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes, and clove cigarettes, anywhere on the property.
We provide a cutting board and knife for fruit or cheese or deli items but in compliance with bylaws, we do not allow any cooking or preparation of hot food in the studio.
Please rinse our and deposit recycling (glass, aluminum, etc) in the blue bin located in the kitchenette cupboard, and put all organic waste (such as teabags, coffee grinds, fruit peelings) in the leakproof brown bag under the sink. Please don't wash coffee grinds down the sink.
Our cats Luna and Jax usually welcome attention if you are so inclined, but please do not allow them inside the studio.
Finally, you are welcome to explore the garden, and you may see us enjoying it as well. But as you come and go, please ensure the garden gate is closed and *latched* at all times, to prevent deer from entering.
Our studio is a place for quiet retreat best enjoyed by responsible quiet adults who would like to catch up on reading, writing, napping, or Netflix, or a glass of wine in the garden. Our neighbours appreciate the quiet ambience as much as we do, so we try to keep amplified music to a minimum.
To ensure we have adequate time to prepare the space for other arriving guests, we ask that you kindly respect our 11am check-out time.
Finally, please wash your cups and glasses prior to departure. If you are unable to do this, we can take care of it for you for a $20 additional fee above and beyond the cleaning fee.
Finally, please wash your cups and glasses prior to departure. If you are unable to do this, we can take care of it for you for a $20 additional fee above and beyond the cleaning fee. We charge a shipping and handling fee to return any left behind items, please check carefully before departure—including the closet, where we typically find lost items!
Thank you, we look forward to welcoming you!
Hi, I'm James and I run my own communications consulting firm. My wife, Elle, and I look forward to welcoming you to Bowen, and filling you in on our favourite spots, hikes, beaches, and more. I'm into clean energy, green buildings, and other climate-change solutions, as well as local food (we grow a lot of food in our garden) and Inuit art. I like to welcome our guests in person when we are around, to briefly say hello and get your sorted, but after that we will largely leave you in peace. Please know that we warmly welcome guests of all sexual orientation and gender identity.