Simply the Best Beach House

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Guests comments from their stay at Simply the Best Beach House

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We will always recommend your property

"Thank you for letting us rent your absolutely amazing property in Porpoise Bay. It was a very memorable experience and was so nice to unwind and relax. I spent the better part of one day relaxing on the balcony off the master bedroom drinking coffee & Bailey’s and watching the scenery with blankets and binoculars. We had clear stars several of the nights, fires multiple nights, and even managed to fit in a few adventures to the Smugglers Cove hike and the Skookumchuk Narrows hike which is a place I have always heard about having worked on the tug boats myself for 9 years. During this hike our dog was bitten by another dog in the middle of nowhere but miraculously she was fine and was able to continue the hike! 

We really appreciated all the thought with the Christmas décor, lighting, and the amazing basket etc. Thank you so much we will always recommend your property and perhaps be back one day. It meant a lot that you allowed our dog Buttercup. She had an amazing time."

This one beats them all

"I just want to let you know that we are here and perfectly happy! What a place you have here. We are so grateful that you will share it with us. 

We have travelled around the world for 8 months now and have stayed many wonderful places, but this one beats them all. The layout of the house, the views, the surroundings, the interior, the kitchen (we love to cook) and all the treasures from Turkey and Oman - it’s amazing. Actually we were in Istanbul exactly one year ago, and we loved the place - it must have been an adventure to live in Turkey.  Anyway, I just want to thank you and let you know that we will take very good care of your place and enjoy it!"

Favorite place that I have ever stayed

"Simply the Best Beach House was my favorite place that I have ever stayed. We’ve stayed at some amazing locations, but never something that wonderful & relaxing. I will definitely stay in touch."

You are "SIMPLY THE BEST" to share your home.

"Your description and pictures of this property do not do it justice.  I showed my husband the pictures on the internet and they looked beautiful, when we got there I found my husband standing in the bedroom looking out of the windows. He was in awe of the way you were able to build this home so perfectly situated among the nature of the true landscaping of the Sunshine Coast. From every room in your home you could view how life should be all day, every day. It must have taken some major planning to situate the home the way you perfectly did and all beautiful decor in the home that made it seem as though we got to know you just a tiny bit. 

Barbara was the sweetest to work with. She just wanted to make sure that we would enjoy ourselves. She went beyond what a hostess should be like. Not many people are as personable as she was in answering every question I had and her property manager, Joanne had everything ready and we knew that she was there if we needed anything at all. 

I used some of the Sunshine Coast Olive Oil and Vinegar that were already opened in the kitchen and was determined to find out how to order some for home. (I didn't want to open the ones Barbara left for us.) Low and behold we were wandering around Gibsons Landing and walked into the store that made it. It was a great little store with tons of different flavored oil and vinegars. We tasted and sniffed and I have already ordered my own blend. It is Yummy. Barbara you definitely put a special touch on what was one of the most beautiful homes and areas we have been. We hope to make this a yearly stop from now on and can't wait to come back. 

I am so grateful that you and your family are willing to share your home with visitors. We have rented thru VRBO several times and have never been as happy and excited about anything like we were with Simply the Best Beach House. It is incredible that you will share something this amazingly grand. Thanks Barbara. Remember us, we will be back!!!"

A superbly fun elopement

"Your home is very beautiful and full of such wonderful treasured items. We really appreciated the quality workmanship and special touches you built into your home. We could rave about so many things but you are used to hearing about them all from your many previous guests. We will just say "DITTO!"

We had a superbly fun elopement, which went off without a glitch other than the rain that day! Thanks again for making our week special, and for helping us out with some of our questions. 

Our paths may cross one day, and we hope to stay at your lovely home again one week in the future. Best regards to both you and Fred...(and please tell him thank you for the firewood)" 

What a fantastic escape to paradise

"Thank you for sharing your wonderful home with us. We had a wonderful time staring out across the water from every room every deck and from the dock. We shared old memories and made new ones to share for years to come. What a fantastic escape to paradise." 

The pictures did not even do it justice!

"The beach house was absolutely amazing! The pictures did not even do it justice! It was the perfect much needed get away that my boyfriend and I needed. We literally did not leave the house, only to get some groceries and wine. We got in-house massages from Lilly Peace Massage and they left us feeling like Jell-o! Definitely will be booking another getaway at Simply The Best Beach House in the very near future! Barbara - thank you for being such and amazing host and opening up your home to us!"

Absolutely Breathtaking

"On a scale the beach house exceeds a 10! Absolutely breathtaking, the pictures on the website doesn't even do it justice! We were at complete relaxation the moment we walked in the door!"

Definitely a Five Star

"Your Beach a House is fabulous! I have stayed at quite a few Vacation rentals throughout BC & in the States and yours is definitely a Five Star! Everything was top notch, from booking, to walking in the front door to soft music and the ease of checking out. Joanne was very nice. I will highly recommend this spot to friends. The welcome card, wine & gifts were such a personal touch, just lovely, thank you. The meal was fine, we are quite the foodies and so enjoyed cooking a couple wonderful meals in your beautiful kitchen. The info binders were very interesting and enjoyed by all. We all travel so we enjoyed your collections. Again thank you for sharing your home, it is a very relaxing place, truly a treasure."

We delighted in the gorgeous home you've created

"We have the most extraordinary friends in Sandy and Daryl. Their support of our family through my husband's illness this past year, has been constant and unbelievably generous. Their final gift, a family weekend at your beautiful home, was priceless - Scrabble games, shared meals, and dock time under perfect blue skies. We delighted in the gorgeous home you've created, your extraordinary collections, and the thoughtfulness of your gifts to us. Loved Michele's boat tour as well. Thank you for allowing this unusual sublet."

We had, as usual, an absolutely perfect stay

"I just wanted to thank you again for your extraordinary kindness. Our friends {see review above} sent us photos of their stay and in every photo they were full of smiles. We haven't seen them laugh or smile for almost a year now and given what a happy, well adjusted family they have been it's been heart breaking to watch. When we showed them around, Corrie kept welling up with tears. The gifts you left sent her over the top. We had, as usual, an absolutely perfect stay. The weather was gorgeous, we waved at Micelle every day as she cruised by, ate pop corn from the world's most extravagant popper, sipped our wine while we watched the moon work towards fullness and twinkle on the water. For the first time in her life Cello was off leash outdoors and she was perfect. She loved running down the gang plank to the dock. We watched jelly fish, star fish, herons, seals, and King Fishers. Heaven! Thank you, thank you, thank you."

What can I say that has not already been said?

"Your home is beautiful with such attention to detail. We have stayed in some of the finest places in many countries and this was by far one of the most wonderful and relaxing vacations – all related to this beach house, the environment and your wonderful hospitality. You were right – we never wanted to leave.

I was especially happy to see so much of my beloved Turkey represented in the home. I have visited and in fact two years ago I sailed the entire coast from Gallipoli to Bodrum. My favorite area besides Istanbul is Cappadocia. I collect lanterns and now because of your designs know what more I can do with them!

We would like to visit again next year - thanks so much."

Out of 40 homes worldwide, this is the best

"We have just had a lovely breakfast out on the deck having arrived later than planned last night (the ferry ran 40 mins late).

We are bowled over by your wonderful home. Andre and I have rented over 40 homes throughout Europe, USA and Canada and the Beach House is the best so far. You have thought of everything and the location is stunning.

We know we are in for a memorable stay! Thank you!"

Our perfect honeymoon spot

"We had initially wanted to take a trip a bit further away from our Bellingham WA home, but with only five days off from work, we closed in our boundaries and chose this Beach House in Sechelt. We've had pretty good luck with VRBO, but you just never know for sure. In this case we were delighted at each and every turn: the turn down the main road, the turn along the inlet, the turn into the community, and the turn into the steep driveway.

But once we opened the door into the entrance hall, we just turned around in delight! Windows everywhere, looking at the water, and across the water to the rising green hills. Beautiful big kitchen with stellar appliances (so important to us cooks), and well equipped with everything you might need, all in excellent condition.

Several sitting rooms, are brilliantly designed to bring in water views from many angles. And all rooms are lovingly furnished and appointed with beautiful items that found their way home from Turkey and other intriguing areas. Every surface is, in fact, enhanced by some unusual object: a hookah, a piece of jewelry, a carved box. a hand-woven blanket or pillow. And, to delve into the practical matters for minute… every aspect of the home, including the many objet d'art, are meticulously clean and pristine; not a speck of dust, not a scratch. That takes some dedication.

Although it rained nearly every day we were there, we had no complaints. The views are wonderful no matter what. We had planned to be out and about a bit more, but for the most part, we were thrilled to just stay in the house and gaze out the windows. We're already looking forward to coming back. "

The Perfect Atmosphere!

"This was such an incredible peaceful weekend! The VIEWS! They are wonderful from every room and in all weather. If it rains while you're here, don't worry. The views will take your breath away. And if you're lucky, the clouds with burn off in the morning while you are laying in bed or soaking in the tub overlooking the sea. Loved the details in the house, the lighting and sound systems help you create the perfect atmosphere.

We both had a lovely Thai massage by Sharon at OmSweetOm ....bliss!"

Unbelievable Home! and a private chef!

"Thank you for sharing 'Simply The Best Beach House'. We saw it all, snow and sun. It was truly quite wonderful. Also thank you to Chef Keith from The Saltwater Chop House for a fabulous steak dinner."

Absolutely amazing home in an amazing location

"I began looking for a vacation destination early in 2013. My mind was set on the west coast as previous trips there have left me wanting more. As it was going to be a special occasion for my gorgeous girlfriend and I, I wanted something special and it had to fit into a certain time frame (her birthday). One of the first sites that came up when i started my internet search was "Simplythebest", it looked great but did not have the days available that i wanted. Through my weeks of searching, trying to find the perfect place, I was continually drawn back to it but the days available to rent were not in my required time frame. In the end I could not draw myself away from it and booked it anyway. Once we had arrived i knew i had made the right choice, it is Amazing! The property is stunning, the views are indescribable.

Whether its coffee on the deck off the bedroom, lunch on the deck off the kitchen, sun tanning on the dock, sitting down at the fire pit next to the water or curling up with a book on the couch with a three window view of the inlet, it does not get better than this. Was able to relax and just enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of 5 days of cloudless sky's and 25 degree weather.

The best thing was that its relaxing ambiance help set the stage for me to pose a question. I asked my special lady to be my wife and she said yes. How much better can it get!!

And last but not least; The owners are excellent, from answering my many questions, to the perks that were awaiting us when we arrived, I can't thank them enough. All in all a wonderful place to spent time. I hope to return as soon as possible ..."

Spectacular views! Great architecture!

Thank you very much for our wonderful and very comfortable stay at your beautiful beach house. What an awesome property with those gorgeous views! The details and the way you folks planned out, and expanded the home for this exact piece of property was very well done. It certainly is a dream house!

Glenn did have chance to fish some from the pier, and had a fun time…. We were even able to enjoy some of the fish he caught… but it was mighty cold! He was all bundled up. It must be especially fun to be there in the warmer summer months when you can play in the water and kayak, or boat up and around! Don’t get me wrong… we enjoyed this time of year greatly too! We had sunshine, rain and snow…and we loved it all!

Thank you for your thoughtful gifts too … what a nice welcome. And thank you leaving the lights and music on for our arrival…what a very nice touch. And the etched glassware..  another very nice touch among the many in the house.

We also enjoyed seeing your special collection of art from around the world too… so many beautiful and varied pieces…. Each one a signature piece in itself… and a great place to display them.    

Hopefully, we will one day be able to make it back during a different time of year to enjoy some of the warm weather activities too.

Thank you for rolling out the red carpets for us!  It made us feel very special ... and we know we are very fortunate to be able to have enjoyed... Simply the Best Beach House... and all it’s wonderful touches... too many to mention… but definitely… not unnoticed!
Aloha from Hawaii."

A gorgeous home in an extraordinary setting

"This beautiful home is located right on the water with lots of dock space for sun bathing and easy access for swimming. The house is truly remarkable and elegant but at the same time comfortable and relaxing. The owner does much to ensure that people feel welcome and have everything they need. There is also a property management person who was always available for questions or requirements. The town of Sechelt is an easy 10 minute drive and has everything you need although once we arrived, we were truly reluctant to leave. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and we couldn't have found a better spot."

THE BEST vacation home and location

"WOW, this has been THE BEST vacation home and location my husband and I have spent time at… luxuriously comfy cozy, peaceful, beautiful, relaxing, tasteful, it felt like our home but more like a second home (if it was our primary home we wouldn’t feel like we were “away”!)…everything about our time here has met our expectations and more!

I’m pretty critical and picky (my husband would agree-haha) and honestly I’m not sure I have a thing to say in this regard. Even the weather, though most would say it wasn’t ideal, it was perfect for us! We thank you for opening your home in this way and sharing it with us. It was TRULY SPECIAL, we want to tell everyone about it and yet we don’t all at the same time just so that it’ll remain our secret! As we leave today, we leave with great gratitude and appreciation for everything, the past four days has been a significant sign-post we have staked into our marriage journey of 20 years, in a single word the sign-post could read: “intentional”. We’d love to be back every year…we know it’ll take an intentional step to do so! Looking forward to next year!"

Thank you for sharing this beautiful retreat with us

"We've returned to Paradise. We are drinking wine on the deck, and watching twilight settle over the water. No matter how hard I try to recall how beautiful this place is, I arrive here to find my mind's eye has not come close to capturing its essence. As soon as we park and I see the water through the trees, I gasp. We are so happy here. Thank you for sharing this beautiful retreat with us. Thank you also for the gifts and wine. We are sipping it now."

The pictures don't do it justice!

"It seems impossible, but this beach house is even more spectacular than it appears in the pictures. The rich, warm decor envelopes you the moment you walk in the door - we have never felt to relaxed so fast. We simply could not get enough of each and every room and made good use of the five decks as well! We decided to make all of our own meals, which was made even easier by convenient access to the BBQ off the kitchen. This property is graced with every imaginable convenience - from kitchen to bathroom.

Make the most of your time at the beach house by carefully coordinating your schedule with ferry access. And don't overpack! We lived in our bathing suits. What a treasure. Our 5 nights weren't enough - we will be back!"

This has made my birthday one to remember

"We are enjoying a glass of wine on your master bedroom deck watching the sun go down across the water. Thank you for opening up your lovely home. We have stayed at many great places through VRBO.com and yours is now our favourite. The location, the attention to detail and the home filled with love ....... truly an amazing experience. This has made my birthday one to remember."

Definitely the best!

"You have a lovely home - it is warm, comfortable and inviting. Rich in colour and objects. Quiet. I have travelled many many places and I felt at home. The numerous indoor and outdoor sitting places were intimate and not overwhelming. There is an integration with the landscape. When we were on the water we could be in a Tony Onley painting or Roy Vickers silk screen. And the views! I could do yoga on numerous Persian carpets and my focus could be inside, indoors or outdoors. We cooked three dinners and went out to the Blue Heron on the final night. The kitchen works and there are so many choices (plates, glasses, cutlery, place mats...) I could go on and on.

This is the first time we have not stayed in a hotel, resort or B&B. Definitely the best! Thanks. We needed a getaway; a retreat. And we found it."

What an incredible weekend

"Sean and I are still somewhat speechless after our long awaited weekend getaway. We had talked about this weekend for over a year now even though we had nothing booked including a date or a place. We have just so desperately needed a weekend away both for ourselves and with each other.

I can't imagine that we could have gone to a better place. It was such a perfect fit for us on so many levels. I know that you have received such positive feedback in the past and there is no doubt your Beach House is beautiful and well crafted and even indulgent, but it goes way beyond that. You have created a special place that is magical way beyond aesthetic.

 It is so deep rooted that from the moment we arrived we were immediately enveloped into its incredible aura. You have created and shared with everyone something very special, it is a feeling that is hard to describe and one that is not easy to create to such a depth.

We absolutely loved every moment of our stay both at the beach house and exploring the area. We felt more at home everyday and like many others found it very difficult to leave. It goes without saying we will be back.......... I think we are already counting the days!! We saw friends of ours from Vancouver Island yesterday  and they couldn't wait for us to share the details of the Beach House after hearing us ooh and awe about our experience. I have no doubt they will be booking something soon as well!

Barbara, thank you again for everything. the wine , the lovely soaps and the delicious oil& vinegars. We really appreciated all of your thoughtfulness and extra touches.

I can say that was the best birthday I have had in a long time. Thank you again!!"

Breathtaking views!

"Our stay at Porpoise Bay here at Simply The Best Beach House has been nothing short of amazing. We love the town, the friendly people and most of all this lovely home.

From the views (breathtaking) to the lovely furnishings and warmth of the fireplace, this home has definitely breathed new life into our relationship. We will always remember our trip here to 'Simply The Best' for Amy's 30th birthday. I love spending every moment with her here and she loved it to. Thanks for sharing. We'll be back soon!"

WOW!

"Thank you for sharing your awesome home. Our entire stay was so very relaxing. We enjoyed the incredible views from every room and your amazing art collection from around the world. Thank you also for the gift of wine. We thoroughly enjoyed cooking in your 'amazing' kitchen. Aloha."

Amazing place!

"This place is truly a gem and was a perfect place for us to celebrate our birthdays/anniversary. We literally gasped with delight as we walked in the first time. We were immediately struck by the beauty of both the house and the views. There are several nooks that invite you to sit and read or just look out at the amazing view. We like to do our own cooking when we travel and this kitchen made that an easy task. There is a great stash of spices just waiting for you to use them so no need to buy any when you grocery shop. The only surprise was that the second bedroom is actually a sleeper sofa in the downstairs sitting room. Since we had invited another couple that was a bit disappointing. It worked OK but was not as comfortable as we had hoped and the middle-of-the-night bathroom trips up the stairs were not optimal. But we all agreed that this was not significant enough to change our rating. It is something you want to be aware of when making your reservation, though.

The location of the house was perfect for us. It is off the beaten path so you really feel the sense of being away and yet it is close enough to easily use it as a hub for sight-seeing. There are tons of artist studios in the area and lots of great places to hike. Our favorite hike outing was through Smuggler's Cove followed by a picnic on the beach at Sargeant's Bay. And our favorite artist studio was the FibreWorks Studio & Gallery down the Sunshine Coast Hwy in Madeira Park. Both of these gave us lots of great eye candy!

On our last morning we were treated to some wonderful wildlife views right from the dock at the back of the house. We enjoyed watching the seals and the gulls plus we found fish and starfish in the water right beside the dock. It was a wonderful end to a wonderful trip. I highly recommend this home away from home!"

Our second visit

"This was our second visit to Simply The Best Beach House and we can't wait to come back! Awesome place. Thanks again, Barbara."

A very memorable getaway

"My fiancee and I stayed here for three nights and we didn't want to leave Simply the Best! We felt right at home! It's absolutely a gorgeous property and we will definitely be back. The moment we parked and walked down the lovely steps into the front entrance and keyed in our password, we were in awe!! The minute we entered we heard spa music playing throughout the house and every wall of the house had windows with ocean views and greenery. The house was spacious and clean and decorated with unique collections. What you see in the picture is what you get!

The architect is beautiful and the quality of the craftsmanship is top notch. Not to mention, there was even a complimentary bottle of red wine sitting on the breakfast bar awaiting for our arrival. AND, the kitchen has radiant flooring to warm my little cold feet!! I made sure I made good use of the kitchen everyday!

We loved that the property is right on the waterfront with steps to the moorage/dock where we could enjoy some fishing as well. It's a peaceful and relaxing spot that's secluded and isolated but safe as there were residence nearby. It's also a short drive to town. The property is well stocked with all the usual kitchenware you would need. There was everything from linens, candles and even saran wrap and foil. We brought a lot of things that we didn't need. They also had manuals that explains how to operate the equipment in the house and they have a number to Joanne, the property manager, who's available to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

It was one of the most relaxing and serene getaways from the usual and busy everyday lives. To top it off we got engaged here so we definitely have memories here and will definitely be back! Thank you so much to Barbara and Fred and their Property Management team who takes it very seriously to ensure their guest have a pleasant experience. On the second day of our stay, Joanne gave us a courtesy call to check up on us and upon our return, we received a Thank you card! The customer service and attention to every detail is very much appreciated and thank you once again!

For the rest of you who will be or plan to stay at Simply the Best ....you are in for a real treat!"

What a start to Our Honeymoon!

"James had organized everything. The greatest joy was to enter your magical land of solitude and serenity. We have been so blessed to stay in a place that is beyond the "best" home fit for royalty and a landscape made of dreams! Thank-you for allowing us to spend 5 days in such surroundings!"

Simply The Best

"My husband and I enjoyed our "first" stay at "Simply The Best Beach House" over the Mother's Day weekend. We had three beautifully sunny & warm days at this wonderful home on the water. We enjoyed fabulous views from just about everywhere in this expansive home. We especially loved the stunning views of the water while cooking in the gourmet kitchen, or watching sunset from the deck off the master bedroom. Master soaker tub was wonderfully comfortable (also with great view of the water). The home was spotless and the decor is lovely and eclectic, making for a very warm and inviting vacation home.

The rental process was problem free. Adele, the property manager, was very helpful and professional in every way. She made the process a very pleasant one. We would definitely recommend this property. However, you will need a strong back and legs, as there are many steep stairs from the base of the very steep driveway to the entryway of the home. We'll be back."

Imagine my Surprise!

"Imagine my surprise and delights when Dave let slip that we were coming to spend a couple days in Sechelt! We could not think of any better place to "turn off" than here on the water, surrounded by trees and the sea air. We were so comfortable and so pampered in the luxurious accommodations! Fred and Barbara, you have such an amazing home and you have done a spectacular job in providing a respite for all who visit. We are sad to leave but know that we will return."

This has been a magical vacation for us

"We will treasure our special memories of being in your beautiful stunning home. It was a much needed escape for us, which we appreciate more than words can say.

The peaceful solitude and the magnificent of our BC coast were savored one moment after another. One the one side we were entranced by the flittering of hummingbirds, while on the other we were awed by a pair of Canada geese in their noisy flight, and then inspired by a majestic Eagle that sat for 2 hours outside our window. Thank-you for allowing us to spend 4 days in your dream home. We wish you many great years of happiness here."

Perfection

"My husband and I have just moved over to Vancouver from London England and we wanted to have a week somewhere peaceful before we tackled all the admin involved in a big move. I can honestly say we could NOT have picked anywhere better. The house was absolutely beautiful, huge and spotless. Filled with interesting artefacts from all over the world, every room was designed perfectly with views to match. The architect of this property deserves an award. Every room is positioned to take full advantage of the breath-taking views of the water.

We were so sorry to leave, standing out on the bedroom balcony at first light on our last day with only the sounds of the occasional bird and water ripple breaking the completely silence of the morning, my husband and I promised ourselves we would be back as soon as possible.

Thank you so much Barbara Ann & family for sharing your little slice of heaven with us."

Perfect in every way!

"We have had the pleasure of staying here twice (and once before the renos!). Simply the best is absolutely beautiful and the views are spectacular. We have stayed in many places on the Sunshine Coast and this one is truly a 5 star. If you are looking for a blissful, peaceful getaway, this is the place to be. Thank you Barbara for sharing your lovely home and also for the little extras. The bottle of wine was a very nice touch!"

 

 
       
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