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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2+ bed, 1 bath with 360 degree Mountain/Ocean Views

The most private and breathtaking spot in the Cowichan Valley! This vacation getaway is the only building on a 40 acre property surrounded by beautiful Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest. Feel like you have truly gotten 'away from it all', but stay within a 15 min drive of Duncan and Lake Cowichan.

We offer a completely unique and eco-friendly rental as a welcome alternative to the usual options. Learn that the ultimate in 'eco-friendly' can also be beautiful, contemporary, and comfortable. This custom home was built with local, natural, and sustainable materials and is completely 'off-grid'. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to stay in a 'cob' home. Cob is a mixture of clay, sand, and straw - it's what the exterior walls are made of, and they hold up the roof without a single stick of wood! Of course, our home is highly engineered and code-approved - one of the very few of it's kind in North America! Whether you're looking for something eco-friendly, unique, private, or just beautiful with breathtaking views this home is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.

Accommodations include two bedrooms with queen size beds, as well as a pull-out double/queen sofa bed. The beds have eco-foam mattresses, down duvets, and bamboo and organic cotton sheets. The bathroom includes a shower and separate water-closet. The contemporary kitchen has 13 ft ceilings and the most energy-efficient appliances on the market. The living room features a beautiful curved cob bench and rammed-earth open burning fireplace for warmth and atmosphere. All the home's finishes are made with natural materials, so those with sensitivities can breathe easy, and everyone can feel good about staying in a healthy place without harmful toxins.

For your outdoor enjoyment, there is a deck and patio table just outside the dining room's double doors, which can be opened up for one large indoor/outdoor eating area. There is also a bbq and fire pits, for when the season allows. Our property connects with Cowichan Valley Provincial Park and it's many hiking trails for endless exploration from the top of the Bluff to the River bottom.

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Tonya or Leon
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Tonya or Leon

We are both originally from the prairies, and moved to the west coast in 2004. We have busy lives and jobs in Victoria, but for two years we spent all of our free time building and finishing this eco-home!

Tonya or Leon purchased this house in 2010

Why Tonya or Leon chose Duncan

Ever since we moved to Vancouver Island, the Cowichan Valley has been our favourite place to get away to; whether for a day of food and wine tours, or hiking and exploration, or just some relaxation in a beautiful setting. It encompasses everything that we love so much about the west coast and we have never tired of things to do and see in the area.

When we decided to build the most eco-friendly vacation home possible, we searched around the entire lower half of Vancouver Island to find the perfect spot. It had to be a spot with a lot of space and privacy and beautiful views to showcase the best of the valley, not a nearby sub-division or the possibility of one in the future. It was important for us to be able to offer guests an experience where they truly feel they have escaped everyday life. These things were not easy to find on an island like this which is such a popular place to live and visit (and rightly so!). When we found Stoltz Bluff, we knew it was just the right spot from the very beginning. We hope you visit and experience some of the same magic we have felt there.

What makes this house unique

This home is absolutely one of a kind. The two of us designed and built it ourselves, along with it's off-grid systems. The story of this home is a long and adventurous one! It has had it's trials and joys, and we are very happy to have made it through to the end. We have done an immense amount of learning and research over the last two years and are now excited to share that knowledge and our story with others. We hope to hear from you and will be happy to tell you more and answer your questions. Our website and blog tell the story of our building experience, so please visit it for even more information (may be 'under construction').


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Duncan, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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A Private Eco-Friendly Getaway
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 27 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A beautiful space. So comfortable and relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria bc canads

Cute place

  • 3 of 5

Had a nice time

  • Review Submitted: 23/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful & Gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

We booked this property as a peaceful family retreat and to give us the opportunity to disconnect from our busy lives. The property and the region more than exceeded our expectations.

The House: Our sons, 8 & 10, have been studying energy conservation. The home was a wonderful opportunity to show them how families can live very well with a smaller carbon footprint. We were amazed by the "Truth Window", which shows the natural materials comprising the cobb house walls. The appliances and lighting were perfect and we never lacked for hot shower water. The house itself is gorgeous and well decorated with comfortable beds, and furnishings.

The Property: Stunning! I woke at 4:30 every morning just to watch the sun rise over the mountains. The sun didn't set until almost 9:45 so we usually waited until midnight or later to enjoy the stars. The quiet surrounding us and the clean, night air was amazing. We found hiking trails to walk and plenty of boulders to climb. The driveway is very long with a steep grade. We highly recommend a car with good clearance to pass through the grass between your tires. (It's a very fun and stunning way to get to and from your house each day!).

The Region: We didn't have a clue that we were landing in the middle of Canada's wine and boating country! There is so much to do around the property and within short drives. Just at the end of the driveway is Stoltz pool, where we spent several afternoons wading, swimming and exploring. Parks, wineries, lakes, restaurants and more are within a short drive. We also recommend Heritage Indian restaurant in Duncan.

We also recommend the Duncan Totem Pole tours, Genoa Bay Cafe for lunch or dinner and Ecoventures in Cowichan for whale watching. We can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Spot!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place, Tonya and Leon were awesome, very accomodating!

  • Review Submitted: 27/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Surrey, BC Canada

And all in a setting that is completely ECO Friendly AND comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Stoltz Bluff ECO Retreat is the most unique place we have ever stayed. It is a "cob" house on top of a mountain which is totally off-grid. It has solar panels, a propane powered gas range, amazingly pure well water, and hot water on demand. There is a high efficiency refrigerator and freezer, and a real wood burning fireplace - and AMAZING views of the North Cowichan Valley.

Outside there is a deck, a BBQ, a fire pit, and more peace and quiet than you will likely find anywhere with the possible exception of high in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies!

The house has two bedrooms with comfortable queen beds, and a full featured bathroom complete with a shower equipped with a low-flow shower head. Just about everything you could want is thoughtfully provided. All you need to bring is your our food and clothing. There was just the two of us, but two couples or a family would not be a problem in this house.

The quiet at night is only broken by the chorus of frogs croaking. Lots of birds around too.

While many have talked about the great sunsets, we did not get a decent sunset - however - we did get amazing SUNRISES!

There is no TV. No Internet. No power lines. No hard phone line. There is excellent cellular reception though. This makes it very easy to stay in touch if you have to - and very easy to "pull the plug"!

If you want a hot tub - then you need to go into Duncan to the North Cowichan Rec. Center. Hot tubs would not fit with the absolute minimization of energy consumption that this place was built on. And it is amazing how little energy this place needs! If all houses were built like this, BC Hydro would be out of business!

Firewood is provided, and I think I had a fire in the fire pit almost the entire time. We cooked all our own meals, and the food just tasted better up here!

We did take a little time to explore the Duncan and Cobble Hill area. Lots to do and see for sure, but we got back to the house as quickly as possible!

This place just felt like home to us. It's really hard to describe, you just feel it. We had the best time, and a great time to cast aside "the world" and reconnect!

If you are looking to get away from it all and get some serious relaxation, peace, quiet and PRIVACY, then look no further! This is for you!

You have to do your own dishes, and clean up a bit before you leave. It only took a few minutes.So this kind of getaway may not been for everyone.

We brought our own cast iron pans for cooking. Nothing else needed!

  • Review Submitted: 18/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Tonya and Leon's property and Ecohouse offered a perfect setting for our wedding in the Cowichan Valley. Our guests were blown away by the unique and beautiful setting of our ceremony which took place on the property, amidst the arbutus trees and overlooking the river and valley. The house was a comfortable base for us to relax and enjoy nature as we prepared for our celebration, and then after the festivities, as we wound down. It is very well equipped and extremely comfortable and spacious. We look forward to being back very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 25/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
61 Kilometres
Victoria International
Nearest Barpub
16 Kilometres
Craig Street Brew Pub, Duncan
Nearest Ferry
67 Kilometres
Swartz Bay Ferry, Victoria (Sidney)
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
VIA Rail, Duncan
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Hwy 18, Duncan/Lake Cowichan
Nearest Restaurant
16 Kilometres
Bistro 161, Duncan
Nearest Ski
198 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Resort, Courtenay
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Cowichan River Provincial Park
Car: necessary

The Cowichan Valley is the 'bread basket' of Vancouver Island! It offers a bounty of farms, markets, and wineries to visit, along with delicious local, organic offerings at many restaurants. Cowichan Bay has the distinction of being officially designated as North America’s first Cittaslow Community.

Along with it's food and wine offerings, the Cowichan Valley is home to the type of spectacular views and outdoor activities the west coast is known for. Hike around Stoltz Bluff and enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire valley. A paradise for bird watchers, hikers, and all those who enjoy wildlife and outdoor activities (including just relaxing at the river, lake, or ocean!).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Duncan, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$506.41
Cleaning/Changeover AU$75.96 + Tax

Contact us for further details on our cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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