A beautiful haven, lost in the woods, found by the sea, surrounded by quiet - the WilderGarden Covehouse is a beguiling retreat for those looking for ... something else. Close to regional parks and on the Galloping Goose trail. Walk to pub or bus stop, 10 min drive to Sooke and 40 min to Victoria or ferry. Sheltered from storms, on a private cove. Includes cedar deck, BBQ, hot tub and private ocean access. Ideal for couples, cyclists, paddlers, nature lovers, families, or business retreats.
The Covehouse is a uniquely designed 900+ sq-ft cottage - an octagonal structure with a vaulted, lodge-pole ceiling and cedar shake roof, built around a central wood-fired stove with a 20' tall central pipe - plus a separate studio bedroom. A sleeping loft and generous living area with two sofa beds, give it an open, spacious feel. It features a full kitchen including dishwasher and microwave, as well as laundry, dining table for up to 6, and bathroom with shower. Tall wrap-around windows feature the ocean, surrounding hills and forest. Its all-wood and glass construction blends the cottage into the surrounding woods. An adjoining bedroom studio with its own wood stove, teak bed and dozen windows offers additional space and privacy. A large cedar deck seamlessly connects the inside to the outdoors and beyond.
The main space offers electric baseboard heat as well as the wood stove. The bedroom has a stove and an electric oil heater. Both queen beds have heating pads for cool nights and cuddlebed toppers for extra-coziness.
Baby gates are available to help with families.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests to the cottage have exclusive access to the entire indoor space (except the storage shed) as well the immediate forest, cove and shorelines, deck and hot tub. The water for paddling and the Galloping Goose trail are immediately adjoining the cottage.
Apart from the hosts' home, the nearest neighbours are a kilometre away.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
The hosts Loki and Kara live just far enough away in the Bluecedar House and can provide assistance and direction as desired. Additional fire wood, help with lighting the stoves, or any other support guests might need are readily available.
Guests can call, text, send email, or use the intercom to get their attention.
The weather is usually incredible in and around Sooke. Rainbows are regular and wildlife is plentiful. Westerly winds are common in the afternoon.
The forest around the Covehouse is full of ecological niches, with rare and unique plant and animal species. We ask you to tread lightly, stick to existing pathways, and help conserve the habitat.
We have three cats that live with us at the Bluecedar House and will occasionally visit the Covehouse. You are welcome to pet them outdoors but please do not feed them or let them indoors out of consideration for future guests.
Other important things to know:
- Children should be supervised
- No fireworks, campfires, or bonfires
- Outside fires allowed in firepit only (if no fire ban)
- No harvesting forest wood, flora, or fungi
- No vaping indoors
- No food or drink in the hot tub
- Observe other hot tub rules
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We have fallen in love! With the ocean, the forest, and the Covehouse. The Wildergarden is a daily delight - cormorants, seals, otters, eagles and jays. And we are surprised every day by something new - a grey-blue tail dropper slug, faerie fingers, a gorgeous arbutus tree. We are awed at being hosts and guardians of such an amazing place. And we love creating spaces and places that people want to visit. And stay. The two of us have been producing festivals, garden parties, and art installations for the better part of two decades. And the Wildergarden is now our happy place that we share with our cats, our children and grandchildren when they visit, and with you!