Bright & comfy 2BD is perfect for families & groups up to 6 people. 2 min walk to beach. Private patio & BBQ onto backyard and forest. Large living rm & play nook - games, toys, books, DVDs. Playhouse & swing. Recharge on friendly, small island.
Ahoy Guesthouse is on beautiful Protection Island, a pedestrian-focused, pirate-themed island where everyone says hi to everyone. Easy walk to all beaches and parks, each one special in a different way. Quiet roads where kids can wander safely, and adults can stroll leisurely. Access via foot passenger ferry from downtown Nanaimo (just a short taxi from BC ferry Departure Bay terminal).
Ahoy Guesthouse includes 1100 square feet of privacy on the bright, ground floor of our home. Casual living with original art throughout. Your home away from home. Fully stocked so you only need bring your clothes and groceries.
Master bedroom with queen bed, 2nd room with twin beds - super comfy. Older double sofa bed in living room for good sleepers (some find it uncomfortable). There is a playpen available. Extra blankets and linens as needed. Guests remark frequently on how quiet it is here at night and how well they sleep.
Living room is bright and spacious. Wide variety of books for adults and kids, including fiction, local history, guides to local flora & fauna. Adult, teen, family, and children’s DVDs - range of styles. Puzzles & games for all ages. Kids can spread out in their own play nook. Toys include lego, playmobil, dolls, matchbox cars, stacking cups, & more. In the winter, a charming woodstove keeps you cozy while you relax.
Kitchen includes full size fridge/freezer, microwave, hot plate, convection/toaster oven, crock pot, quesadilla maker, blender, kettle, coffee maker as well as enough dishes, pots, pans, and etc to make whatever you want. Propane BBQ with side burner on patio off kitchen. Pantry basics like organic fair trade coffee, a variety of teas, sugar, honey, 1 litre of milk, spices, oil, and condiments are included. Welcome organic fruit bowl and more. Guests tell us our kitchen cupboards and drawers are impressively stocked compared to other places they have stayed. High chair available.
Peaceful, backyard lawn with rainforest behind in Blackbeard Park. Adults can relax on private patio. Kids can enjoy the trucks, balls, and other toys, swing on the swing, and play in the west coast style playhouse. Older kids and adults can play badminton, fly a frisbee, and more. Beach towels and some beach toys provided for trips to one of the many beaches. Clothesline available for drying swimsuits, towels, etc.
Two bathrooms. Main bathroom is large and includes walk in shower. Towels, robes (4), hairdryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner, basic first aid items provided. Half bath ensuite is off master bedroom.
Notes: Wireless internet available approx. 830am to 1030pm. It is turned off during sleeping hours for health reasons. We can discuss exact timing if that is important for you - we'll be as flexible as we can.
If you have mobility limitations, please contact us to discuss if our guesthouse and the island will fit your needs.
Toegang voor gasten
Guests have a lot of private space, as described above, as well as use of backyard. The main entrance and mudroom are shared with us, the hosts.
We may need to enter the guesthouse to access the house's electrical panel if there is a problem. As well, if you are staying more than two weeks, we may request to go through the guesthouse to access our private storage areas.
Interactie met gasten
We love to meet our guests, and we do our best to interact with them at the level of interaction that works for them and their vacation. Some guests want private, quiet space to themselves and that is fine for us. Others love to chat and we do too. We especially love to share information and stories about our unique island life.
We live on the upper floor so will be around frequently to answer any questions and help out as needed.
We welcome LGBT folk and their families.
Andere dingen waar je op moet letten
The Protection Island ferry takes foot passengers only (no cars). The Protection Island ferry takes 10 minutes and leaves hourly from downtown Nanaimo. Cost is $9 per adult round trip.
If you need to bring a car, you will need to park it in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. If you are coming from Vancouver, we recommend leaving your car at home - get here by sea plane or by taking on the BC ferry as a foot passenger and a short cab ride to the Protection island ferry (and the grocery store, etc). Contact us if you need more info on the easiest ways to get here, and also for parking info.
Note that there are NO stores on island. The easiest way to get groceries is to shop at Thrifty Foods and then walk your groceries across the street to the dock and Protection Connection ferry. Guests will be provided with a wheelbarrow and wagon to get supplies from the ferry to Ahoy Guesthouse. Don't worry - it is very do-able and islanders are often willing to help, if you need it.
There is no taxi service or vehicle rentals on the island so guests will need to walk to and from the Guesthouse. If you have special needs, please contact us in advance to see if we can arrange some assistance.
The woodstove is available during colder months; it is a cozy addition to the electric baseboard heat that is used. In May, June and September, it is only available with special permission and there is a $5 fee for firewood per day's use. The woodstove is not available for use during the summer due to fire hazard.
While sound-proofing between the floors of our home is very good, plumbing sounds can be heard in the bedroom with twin beds.
Quiet hours from 10:30pm to 8am.
Vanaf 29 juni 2018 - 2 september 2018 geldt er een minimumverblijf van 3 nachten.
I love travel, sailing, beachtime, reading, gardening, yoga, my lovely island community, and hanging out with my kids. Favourite events of the year include concerts by musical islanders, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, various Pride events, Protection Island Fall Fair, and of course family holidays.
In terms of travel, I did a lot of backpacking when I was younger - to many countries in Europe as well as to India, Nepal, Morocco, Nigeria, Venezuela, USA, and across Canada. Since having kids, I have traveled less cheaply (no more park benches or cockroaches!) to Costa Rica, Mexico, France, UK, Switzerland. I've done a lot of travel for work all over North America too in fancy hotels but that is an entirely different experience and not my choice when traveling for fun. When travelling, I like to learn about local people and customs, try new food, hear new music, check out local sites, and relax. Recently, I spent a month in Martinique staying in airbnb places- it was a great experience and an excellent way to meet locals and learn about their communities.
My partner Cory is my co-host. She is into biking, singing, sailing, and more. She's the witty one of the family, and the one who fixes stuff. Guests will also meet our spunky 14 year old daughter and our quiet and friendly labrador retriever dog.