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Review 256: Dean & Maggie Ellis House Rentals, Phipps Point

Review by Liz from Vancouver (moderator)

houses on Hornby Island, BC, Canada


Summer 2000


The summer of 2000 on Hornby Island, we rented a charming cabin on Phipps Point, a few minutes from the small local ferry terminal. The quirky little place was completely captivating. It consisted of three caravan style mini houses which were situated directly in front of miles of oyster lease beach. This area was great for beachcombing and we all found many great fossils. If you wanted the tropical white sandy beaches that Hornby is famous for, then all you had to do was take a quick 10 minute drive to the other side of the island and you have your choice of 3! Our favorite times were at our place that was completely private and was our own little hideaway from the tourists that clog Hornby every summer.

The cabin sleeps 4 and consisted of a master/bed with bathroom, the next cabin was the largest which contained the kitchen & living room with sofa bed. The smallest of the cabins was a mini bunkhouse which basically consisted of just that! It was rather musty smelling and I don't think my 10 year old enjoyed sleeping in there after the first few nights, they could use an upgrade on that cabin!

The best feature of this place was the outdoor bathtub built into the deck with a canopy to cover it! It was just great; one could have a glass of wine while sitting outdoors enjoying the sunset and bathe all at the same time!

It also had a nice grassy area between the beach and the cabin, which was great for playing badminton or you could even set up a tent if you had more guests. The front deck was wonderful for tanning and watching the deer grazing on the grass. I celebrated my 40th there with our good friends and I must admit it did feel a little strange having champagne and caviar on Hornby but we all managed!

Hornby is a real artsy Island, full of galleries and artist's studios. They have a few good restaurants, and lots of local music nights everywhere in the summer. During the first week of August they have a big festival and then it can get very busy. The local co-op store can be lined up for quite a while to get groceries. We left just before this festival started but hope to experience it next year.

We loved our Hornby Island vacation. It's a very relaxing place, that feels a little like a strange kind of time warp - a few hippies left over from the 60's and 70's are still everywhere. It's nice to not have to dress up or even put on makeup if you don't feel like it. So grab your tie-dye shirts and puca shell necklaces and head over to our favorite little gulf island!

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