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Welcome to Zen Garden Cottage.
Zen is Located in Smelt Bay, one of the most preferred destinations of Cortes Island, commonly known for the miles of white sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets. Wildlife and natural beauty are at your doorstep. The constantly changing wonderment of the tides and oceanfront are an ever evolving view that never repeats itself.

The cottage is a 1 bedroom, open style that sits above sea level offering a vantage overview of Smelt bay, the natural workings of nature and ocean life, while overlooking smelt bay historical park. The forefront intertidal view, back dropped by the Strathcona mountain range and night lights of Vancouver Island. It is a natural and private sanctuary of gardens in the understory of a mature forest overlooking the ocean, unable to be captured by imagination, or photograph as it is ever evolving with the wildlife and views.

Zen is a Cortes character home which embodies the Island charm with an updated offer of comfort. It holds a rustic flavour of past, with a modern contemporary Zen influence for a sense of calm, simplicity and peace.

The cottage is surrounded by an ever evolving landscape of interesting plantings, nestled in the understory of large indigenous trees, offering summer afternoon shade and a private feeling of “immersed in nature”. The property has a gentle footpath leading to the beach of white sand, The Intertidal beach front offers hours of exploration to local sea life and (in season) fresh local sea foods.

Zen is suited best for couples seeking honeymoon or romantic getaways, but also has the ability to accommodate additional persons or close family, with a double sleeping sofa in the main living room for additional friends or children looking for the Intimate Cortes getaway (max 4) As well tenting is another fun option for children to experience the nature.

The bedroom is simply furnished with a comfy queen sized bed, linens, dressers for clothing, side tables and lamps, simple but comfy.

The open main living area has a large sectional with seating and double sleeping ability. It is an open concept adjoining the kitchen, dining and outdoor deck. Floor to ceiling windows and a 180 degree view, capture all of natures changes and brings the experience indoors.

The kitchen is a modern update with stainless appliances microwave, all dish ware and common appliances, with the exception of a dishwasher.
It is equipped with all utensils and basic cooking utensils.

The washroom facilities are of flush toilet, vanity and shower only, very simple but clean and functional.

There is a stacking front load washer /dryer unit for laundry facilities.
The exterior has outdoor seating and tables for enjoying the deck and outdoor living.

Utilities include, hydro, local telephone (long distance calls are best made from private cell phone)
Wireless internet, television, CD player for movie watching, and Netflix programs, but is not connected for local television channels.

The space is an allergenic friendly environment, use of eco friendly products where possible and not ideal to accommodate pets to maintain this. Some exceptions have been made for small well behaved pets, but the gardens are not pet friendly.


Zen rents ideally on a weekly basis, Saturday check in 5pm to Saturday check out at 11am.

Nov - April $1000.00 weekly
Oct + May $1200.00
June - Sept $1550.00

+ Cleaning fee $100.00

A $250.00 refundable damage deposit is required which is returned asap after the housecleaning has been completed.

There are times when flexibility is in the calendar to extend your stay beyond a week, also shorter stays that can fill the voids between extended bookings. Daily rates are $225.00 per day, June - Sept. $100.00 cleaning fee. Min 3 nights, off season rates vary.

Shoulder season writers retreats and sabbaticals can be arranged, as well visiting professionals providing services to the Island are welcomed.

Longer term bookings can be arranged in shoulder seasons and rates can vary, please inquire.

May you find your sense of peace, a calm, quiet, rest, moments in time are precious, let this be your time to renew your spirit to engage and re inspire the challenges of your everyday....

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Phone: 250-287-0254
Website: https://www.rentalcalendarsdirect.c...