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Gorgeous views and sunsets over Strathcona Bay, Shawnigan Lake


Property Details

Updated: Sep 22, 2016
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 5 Sleeps

STRATHCONA COTTAGE, a 2 bedroom cozy, well maintained, cottage with great Lake Views and Sunsets. Updated yearly. One of the few last authentic cottages on Shawnigan Lake.

This 70 + year old cottage is only a stones throw to the lake and the dock where you can moor your boat, play in the water or just relax. Wander among the tall stately trees in the backyard and woods beyond. This is a Perfect Setting for a Relaxing Getaway any time of the year!

It is also believed to house E.J. Hughes parents while they were caretakers for the famous Strathcona Lodge. Our other property next door is where E.J. Hughes himself lived and painted the majority of his works for 20 years.

Strathcona Cottage:

*Sleeps 5

*Approx. 700 square feet.

*Master bedroom, queen bed with lake views.

*Second bedroom, bunk bed, double on bottom and single on top.

*Spacious living room with leather couches with lake views.

*Dining room that seats 6

*Well equipped full kitchen

*Wood burning stove

*4 piece bathroom - rain shower head

*Covered porch with rocking chairs and coffee table - lake views

*BBQ w/propane

*Open deck with patio furniture that seats 6 - lake views

*25' TV, DVD/VCR with movies, stereo with CD and tape player.

*games cabinet and VHS/DVD library

*MP3 player

*double kayak with life vests (children's vest available)

The dock, a few steps across the road, is shared with the 'Lake House', our other property, for water activities, nature viewing or just lazing around. Watch for the ospreys, minks and beavers!

We offer a smoke and pet free accommodation but will provide ash tray for outside smokers.

PAYMENT: please pay through Owner as VRBO caters to USA clients more than to Canadian clients for payment options - we except credit card via PayPal (2.9% service fee), E-transfer, money order or cash in local.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

My name is Lesia and Strathcona Cottage has been our family cottage for the last 25 years +. We decided in 2006 to make it into a Vacation Rental House so other families, like ourselves, could enjoy the wonderful warm summers in the lake or cozy up next to the wood burning stove in the fall and winter. I am intern architect that is slowed down my business to look after my young family.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great two week stay here! Beautiful, clean house.

Thanks! I'll be back!
Oct 2012
  • 1 of 5

3 Reviews

based on 3 traveler reviews


Beautiful place! Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place! Has the comfort of home and yet the feel of a cabin! Loved having access to the kayak and even tho the weather wasn't great the water was still calm enough to kayak in the rain.

Cabin is clean and well kept. Fully furnished with all amenities plus some. My son loved having access to kids movies for some evening down town after long days of exploring.

Old mill park has a beautiful public beach for kids to swim and play in the sand and is a few minute drive away from the cabin. Kinsol trestle and the kokshila river is a must see and Cowichan bay is the cutest little town nearby (25 min drive from cabin)

Overall our experience was positive and we hope to book again soon

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy your vacation at Strathcona Cottage was a great success for you and your family. We tried to give the cottage a cabin feel and we are glad you enjoyed it. We do have a large video library for children as well as adults. We are also lucky to be located in Strathcona Bay on Shawinigan Lake as it is much more calmer than the rest of the lake, with regards to boat traffic and wind etc, as it is perfect for kayaking and wild life viewing. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Sincerely, Lesia SLVR
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Great location.

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect spot to have some rest and relaxation. All the comforts of home and a wonderful helpful owners.

The accommodations very comfortable and clean. Well stocked with everything one would need. Very much enjoyed our stay.

Loved it!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us at Strathcona Cottage. We are so happy you found your stay comfortable and relaxing. That is very important to us to have our guests feel like it is" homey" to them when they stay with us. We look forward to having you stay with us again!
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Victoria BC

very nice place!

  • 5 of 5

we only got to spend two nights at the Strathcona cabin but I would be very comfortable staying long term. It has everything you need and very nicely decorated.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review Strathcona Cottage. We very much enjoyed having you stay with us. I am so happy that you felt very comfortable at the cottage as that is our utmost goal, to give guests the best possible experience. We look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.
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From the Owner

Our family bought Strathcona Cottage many years ago from a potter. It took days to sweep all the dust out of the cottage so we could live in it. It was only a very small one bedroom cottage and my Father expanded to a two bedroom cottage with a larger kitchen. It was our family vacation home for years. In 2005 we decided to give it first renovation in years. Since then we have upgraded it every year. Shawnigan Lake is full of history and has changed so much over the years. We have been collecting items and show casing them to our guests of what it looked like in our area when Strathcona Lodge was at his peak.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Victoria International Airport at 56 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Black Swan's Pub and Liquor at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : BC Ferry in Swartz Bay at 64 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Arbutus Ridge at 14 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : HWY 1 at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Steeples Restaurant at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Old Mill Park at 1 Kilometres

Off the dock: swimming, fishing (trout-stocked), boating, sailing, water and or jet skiing. Room to moor one boat.

Nearby you can enjoy: 3 golf courses within 15 miles, hiking,

horse back riding and a public large sandy beach just minutes away.

The restaurant at the Marina is licensed, and the Marina offers full

boat services and fuel, water equipment rentals, float plane base

and tours. Only a few minutes walk away!

Shawnigan Lake Village: 2 km (1.5 miles) north offers well stocked

convenience stores, post office, DVD/VCR rentals, internet cafe, coffee shop,

restaurants, a great bakery, ATM's, pharmacy, gas station, Shawnigan Lake Museum, health care and several boutiques.

For those who like to venture further, Victoria is about 25 miles

south from Shawnigan Lake. Duncan, City of Totems, is north less

than 15 minutes by car and a few minutes beyond is Chemanius, noted

for its murals and dinner theatre. Mill Bay is 5 miles ride east and

has a very good shopping centre and ocean beaches.

There are also several wineries in the area.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Shawnigan Lake Triathlon
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $71
Refundable damage deposit $187

If you have any questions about the Lake House, the lake or area please feel free to contact Lusha at any time.

Available Year Round.

2014 - Winter Rates:
January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
*$1150/long term stay - 3 month minimum (utilities extra)
*$150 per night - 2 night minimum

2014 - Summer Rates:
July 1 - August 31
*$235 per night - 2 night minimum

2014 - June & September 1st-30th
*$185 per night - 2 night minimum Fall Rates:

*Please call for Long Term Off Season Rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

What is unique to our vacation rental is that we recently found out that E.J. Hughes parents lived in our property as caretakers for the famous Strathcona Lodge as well as E.J. Huges himself lived in our other property next door and where he painted the majority of his works. How excited we were to find out about this as we are big fans of his work. What I also like best about being in the cottage is looking out the windows in the back and seeing the tall trees. Especially, from the sky light. In the winter, it is so quiet on the lake. I find it is the best time just to chill and relax.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Lakefront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 700 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, comfortable mattress
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double, 1 twin/ single, Bunk-Beds
  • Comfortable mattress in both rooms with high end sheets, pillows and duvets.


  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Living Room: Views of lake, very comfortable leather sofas, cable TV, DVD/VCR player with movies, stereo with CD player and tape deck, MP3 Player and reclining rocker. For those lazy days there are lots of books to read and board games to play. In-line Dining Room: dining for 6 Wood stove with firewood provided for those cool non-summer evenings. Kitchen: full and well equipped. Bedroom one: views of lake, queen size bed. Bedroom two: bunk bed, double on bottom and single on top. Bathroom: four piece with rain stream shower head. Relax and admire the lake on either the covered front porch or the open patio a few steps down. Barbecue. Outdoor furniture. Plush bath and beach towels, 300 count bed linens, comfortable pillows, cozy comforters and more. Dock shared with guests of our Shawnigan Lake Vacation Rentals waterfront property across the road, 'The Lake House'.

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