HORNBY ISLAND HOUSE
Ruth & Avi Hess-Dolgin
(604) 879-4466 (in town)
(250) 335-1955 (in Hornby)
HORNBY ISLAND - sits in the sheltered waters east of Courtenay.† Travel time to our house (if BC Ferries co-operates) is approximately 4 hours from Horseshoe Bay, 2 hours from Nanaimo.† Hornby has wonderful beaches - vast sandy beaches with sheltered swimming, several rocky intertidal-life beaches, a nudist beach, a fossil beach, quiet gravelly beaches for launching kayaks, etc.† There are two provincial parks with good walks affording wonderful views. You can rent kayaks & bicycles, hike to magnificent views, eat great pizza or salmon chowder, drink at the pub, attend the farmersí market, shop for pottery, quilts or other crafts,† or simply read a book in total stillness.
OUR HOUSE - NOTE:† The house underwent significant renovations in 2007.† We enlarged the living room, added a second bathroom, rebuilt the deck, added a front entrance, enlarged bedroom closets, rationalized the kitchen, replaced the roof, etc. Further work in 2014 redesigned the top floor and added safety railings to the upstairs deck.
This is a fully equipped (the usual microwave, hot showers, washing machine, fireplace, etc) house with four separate sleeping areas.† The main floor has the kitchen, living/dining rooms (sliding doors to ground level deck), one bathroom with tub & shower and another bathroom without, a small bedroom (which has a queen-size bed) and a large bedroom (which has a twin beds [which could be made into a king-size] and better drawers). Stairs lead to the second floor (queen-size bed, sliding door to rooftop deck). Stairs continue to a third floor where a bright room (lots of windows) has several single beds or makes a good kidsí playroom.
The kitchen has all the basics - tea, mustard, napkins, etc. - so just bring the foods you'll be preparing.† Everything can be purchased on the island, though many folks find the co-op's meats and vegetables to be limited and expensive.† We ask that you replace anything of ours which you finish or seriously deplete so that whoever follows you can rely on a supply of ketchup and dishwash liquid being there for them.† We follow some basic Kosher guidelines in our home, and ask that you not bring pork products or shellfish.
The house has all the basics as well - microwave, cassette deck & CD, TV with DVD (but no cablevision), old National Geographics, pillows & blankets, beach umbrella, extra sweaters, nature books, games, decks of cards, etc.† Sorry, no wifi, but you can get a decent cell reception and read your email on your smart phone.† Because of visiting grandchildren we now have some small kidsí toys.† The house is not fancy - your kids won't break anything. Reasonably disabled-friendly (no stairs into the building or inside - unless you use the upstairs bedrooms as well).
There is limited cleaning service in summer. Someone will come in after you and do the floors and bathrooms. But you still commit to cleaning up after yourselves. That means, at a minimum, returning all furniture, games, etc to their places, cleaning the kitchen (wash all your dishes, clear out the fridge) and removing all garbage.† There is a washer and dryer there - though we ask that you bring sheets with you (and launder them at home).
There's a house manual there which will answer all conceivable questions concerning the fireplace, spare candles, feeding the goldfish, hanging the hammocks, emergency contacts, etc.
Our yard is private with a flower garden and fish pond. It is five minutes from the water (but if you want the sandy beach, it's 10 minutes by car or 20 by bike).† It's in the Galleon Beach area, and each evening the locals gather at nearby Grassy Point to watch a spectacular sunset.
The cost is $1400 per week in summer ($1200 for returning renters) (Itís our first rent increase since the summer of 2007) plus $80 for cleaning.† It's less at other times - including June and September which can be beautiful and are really quiet.