The Covehouse

A beautiful haven to wander away to

Lost in the woods, found by the sea, surrounded by quiet – the WilderGarden Covehouse is a beguiling retreat for those looking for … something else.

Cottage

A unique rustic cottage with modern amenities

With bountiful space for couples or a small group, the Covehouse offers a sleeping loft in the main space and a separate studio bedroom – each with its own wood-burning stove and Queen bed – a kids room with bunks, and two sofa beds. It also includes:

  • Full kitchen ready for cooking, laundry
  • Cedar and glass deck, with BBQ
  • Ocean and forest views in all directions
  • Seaside hot tub and dock
  • 50″ video screen with Netflix, Spotify
  • WiFi, gigabit fibre Internet

On its own private cove, isolated from the world, the cottage affords quiet seclusion and peace for the weary traveler, the celebrating couple, or for the family on retreat.

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Wilderness

A rugged coastline meets the rain forest

Def’n: To wilder /ˈwildər/

  • to cause to lose one’s way
  • to bewilder, perplex
  • to wander away, to lead or cause to stray
  • to become one with the forest and the sea

In the rain forest around the Covehouse, niches of unique ecology abound – sensitive and pristine – with native flora and fauna everywhere. Fish, otters, sea lions, and seals, and starfish, crabs are seen from the shore. Stellar’s jays, bald eagles, hummingbirds, pileated woodpeckers, and kingfishers feed nearby. Massive Douglas fir, Big Leaf Maple and Red Cedar trees, salal and highbush cranberry, lichen and moss are the living quilt where the land meets the sea.

Booking

Make reservations through Airbnb for daily/weekly bookings
Email for more info, questions about the Covehouse or longer stays
US and international bookings may not be accepted due to border closures.

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Due to COVID-19, WilderGarden has taken extra measures to increase safety for guests and for the hosts. Empty days are scheduled between guests, longer stays are required, smaller groups are encouraged, and additional deep cleaning is undertaken. Cleaning fees are included in the nightly rates and additional guest charges.

Pricing and availability on Airbnb may vary from the following guidelines depending on evolving circumstances:

  • Preferred minimum stay 4 nights (3 nights Oct-Apr/storm season)
    • Some opportunities for shorter stays depending
  • $295/night (based on double occupancy) CAD
    • $235-265/night during storm season
  • $20/night for each additional person
    • a maximum of 4 people total (some exceptions for infants)
    • Infants under 2 years are no charge

Check availability at our Airbnb listing.

  • No pets, no parties – we can recommend options in our area
  • No unregistered guests on the property
  • Airbnb service fees and local taxes apply
  • Weekly and monthly discounts available

See our Policies for details

Reviews

” Incredible secluded cabin.  Fab views from the hot tub.  Genuinely the best Airbnb we’ve ever stayed at.  ”
Jack – Dec 2019

“Where to start!? Loki and Karas place was more than we could have ever expected! We came way too over prepared because they had any and everything you could ever need! From kitchen equipment, utensils, spices, condiments, plates, tongs, seriously unreal! We came to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. Solely to relax and just have some nice quality alone time without the kids or pets and that is exactly what we got! Completely secluded, tons of beautiful birds to watch while enjoying the deck and THE HOT TUB over looking ocean, wow! That is quite possibly the most gorgeous view we have ever experienced on the island. Loki and Kara were gracious hosts, the cove house is truly a breathtaking place for the perfect getaway. We are already planning our next trip. Thank you again for having us. Til next time wildergarden!”
Tanisa – Feb 2020

“The Covehouse is a one of a kind and pictures don’t do it justice. Kara and Loki are extremely helpful and accommodating hosts who made us feel so welcome while always respecting our privacy and space! I would highly recommend the Covehouse and would love to come back (many times)!!”
Kieran – Sep 2021

” Such an incredible location, secluded and special. To have a fire every night with awe inspiring views while sipping cocktails was certainly amazing. The house is well equipped with everything you might need or desire. This is a top notch rental and I cannot give enough positive attributes to this location and owners. ”
Julie – Sep 2019

” The Covehouse is magical. A perfect location as a home base for exploring the bountiful outdoor activities the area has to offer or as the ultimate destination for a cozy weekend in a beautiful setting. Kara and Loki have really thought of everything. From bikes to fishing equipment to an endless supply of books to read by the wood stoves, every recreational need is provided. Finally the setting itself is what really takes the space to another level. Set on the shore of the Sooke Basin inlet, there is wildlife galore, and the water’s not too cold to throw yourself off the dock and add yourself to its numbers. Just the best. ”
Christopher – Jun 2019

“A true gem to find. Nestled between a serene bay with rythmic waves and an endless lush forest, the Covehouse is a beacon of tranquil relaxation and adventurous exploration. Future visits to the Island will undoubtedly be better with the Covehouse set as the home away from home.”
Tristan – Apr 2021

“Beautiful, this was by far the best Airbnb experience I’ve ever had. The hosts anticipated our needs and added all the little details to make our stay something far beyond our expectations! The Covehouse is surrounded by beautiful woods and looks out over the bay. It’s private and spacious and every nature-lovers dream. I’d absolutely love to come again!”
Damaris – Oct 2021

“This was the most incredible Airbnb we have ever stayed in, in the most astoundingly beautiful location. The home was filled with wonderfully thoughtful touches and everything you could possibly need was available to you, and a bunch of things you didn’t think you needed too!! Kara and Loki were available at all times for any questions but left us in total privacy for our honeymoon. If you are thinking about booking the Cove House, don’t think about it, DO IT!!  You will not regret it.”
Hannah – Dec 2019

“What an unbelievable stay! Every detail was thought of to make for an incredible stay, and communication or help with any questions (if we had any) were answered in the most timely fashion! The location is stunning, the cottage is beautiful and cozy… we honestly have never had a more memorable stay at a rental than this. Kara and Loki are true gems, just the absolute perfect hosts! We are already planning our next stay, this was the greatest find to date.”
Jay – November 2020

“This place and these hosts are among the best I have ever experienced on AirBnb. The house is truly beautiful, so perfect that you eagerly anticipate getting back to it after a day of taking in the beautiful scenery Sooke has to offer. Loki and Kara could not have been kinder and more well prepared for every possible situation. It makes the stay that much more relaxing to know that you are well taken care of, no matter what happens. Every detail of this experience, from the charming house, to the cozy hot tub, to the beautiful surroundings, far exceeded our expectations for a romantic engagement trip. Six out of five stars, if I could give it!”
Patrick – Jan 2021

“We felt rejuvenated from our stay at the Cove House, a little treasure nestled in the woods on the edge of a cove. Kara and Loki have created this special getaway where you can relax and enjoy the serene cove and take in the nature of this beautiful part of Vancouver Island. The house is equipped with everything you could possibly need from a well-equipped kitchen to all the comforts of a home. They even go the extra mile by providing special local products such as locally roasted coffee to get you started for a day of exploring. Our hosts thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and memorable. We especially enjoyed soaking in the hot tub when we got back after a full day of hiking to relax our tired muscles and watch the sun set over the bay. The Cove House is located in truly a special place and Kara and Loki have created a vacation home to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings in a most comfortable way possible. This is a getaway that we will enjoy revisiting many times!”
Brenda – April 2021

“This place is absolutely amazing. You feel secluded and in your own Vancouver Island world while being close to everything still. Great hosts, great location, and amazing views and trails right out the front door. If you ever wonder where Roy Henry Vickers gets the colour ideas for his paintings it’s probably from the deck and hot tub of this place.”
Conor – Feb 2020

“Simply the best airbnb we have ever stayed at, by far. Detailed, and inspiring touches throughout give you endless opportunities to explore the fantastic nature surrounding, or curl up in any of the many comfortable seating areas for a peaceful read. The amenities are outstanding, there is no need that has not been considered or thought of. In particular, the hot tub is in the most amazing location and incredibly clean and well maintained. The hosts are outstanding- there when you need them, but privacy is still paramount. Endless local recommendations made us feel like we truly got a sense of the beauty of this area. This was truly the most perfect place to stay, and escape, and I highly recommend it. Thank you to Loki and Kara again, for the most perfect time.”
Emily – May 2020

“What a gem! and possibly my favourite airbnb to date. Loki and Kara were the most thoughtful hosts, sharing all their recommendations, always responding so quickly if we had questions, and my little niece had such a blast in this beautiful home. There were so many books and toys for her, and they even prepared a playpen, stroller and just a million other things even I didn’t think of. We loved watching the sunset, chilling by the hammock, having a cup of coffee by the patio. Plus the hot tub was just amazing. It really is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect. We had such a wonderful time and wished we could stay longer. We will definitely be back!”
Macy – July 2020

“What an absolute paradise of a spot. A beautiful, secluded location that feels like magic, snuggled up right along the sides of a lovely cove. All amenities are thought of, with plenty of helpful hints and information. The unique home feels like staying somewhere straight out of a fairytale or bed time story. We loved looking out over the ocean while enjoying a hot tub soak, then cozying up to the fireplace at night. Tons of natural light pours in, allowing great views to all of the surrounding natural beauty. Have some birds land in your hand to eat seed that’s provided. Take a quick swim off the dock mere footsteps away. Cozy up in the loft book nook for an hour or two of relaxation as you listen to the sounds of the forest outside. Loki & Kara are incredibly communicative and happy to check to make sure you’ve got everything you need, all while maintaining perfect privacy for you to soak in your getaway. We didn’t see another soul while we were on the property. One of the best Airbnb’s we’ve ever stayed.”
George – Feb 2020

“We had the most magical time. If you think it looks good in the pictures, wait until you see it in real life. Amazing place to relax and enjoy nature. Loki and Kara went above and beyond with their thoughtful touches and kind recommendations and tips. The bar is now set so high for any future trips we do. Thanks again Loki and Kara.”
Kat – Apr 2021

“From the moment you check in it feels like sweet serenity. Any stress you have will melt away, in the perfectly positioned hot tub over looking the beautiful Sooke Basin. Thank you for all the tips, fully stocked Airbnb, sweet gifts, endless firewood for morning and evening fires. We saw seals, otters and caught crabs from the dock. My kid beach combed for clams, critters and sea glass day and night on their private beaches. Right off the galloping goose trail is an amazing amenity with bikes included. I only had to bring clothes and a tooth brush! Spices,condiments, coffee teas and more. Thank you! We will be back. Best air bnb ever.”
Caroline – May 2020

“Loki & Kara’s place is literally heaven on earth, and the only thing that makes it even better is their immaculate attention to detail and willingness to help in any way to make your trip easier/more enjoyable. I travel a lot and have stayed in airbnbs across the world, but these two were easily the best host I’ve had in my travels to date. The cabin is flawless, it is gorgeous, beautiful views, the trails nearby are stunning, and any little thing that a house/cabin may need for your stay is provided by these wonderful hosts. If you’re lucky enough to find this place available, don’t even think about it and do it – this is a treat to be able to experience. Last but not least, the hot tub by the ocean, under the stars and the trees is a magical experience – make sure to take advantage of that! Thanks so much Loki & Kara – I can’t wait to be back!”
Asad – Jan 2021

“The Covehouse is genuinely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Absolutely worth every penny and will 100% be back at some point. Everything from the Ipad on the wall to the hot tub overlooking the waterfront makes this place the only place I’d want to stay at in Sooke, or on Vancouver Island in general. Loki and Kara are great hosts and although we didn’t require anything from them, they seemed extremely prepared for every possible situation that could occur and I appreciate that in a host.”
Christian – Mar 2020

“What a magical place! We were so happy when we arrived. And we appreciated all the touches, big and little. The music playlist going, wood split for a fire, all the little forest lights and bird feeders, the care Loki & Kara obviously take with the covehouse, forest and hot tub. They were perfect hosts: there if we needed them, otherwise we had the place all to ourselves. I think I could live in that bedroom alone, with the big bed, woodstove, writing desk and big windows with the forest all around. Wonderful to see the seals, otters, sea lions, stunning sunsets, too. We would go back in a heartbeat. Thank you!”
Ali – Oct 2020

“5 stars across the board. The cabin had everything we needed, it was beautiful and very cozy, had excellent cookery and utensils, waterfront, tucked away in nature yet close enough to towns and Victoria as well as other beaches, hikes and provincial parks. The galloping goose trail provided an awesome place to run which connects to local hikes, coves and lakes. The hosts were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable of the area. Would love to stay here again!”
Jessie -Feb 2021

“This place was amazing, pictures don’t do it justice. It feels like a fantasy cabin, there’s so much whimsy and everything is meticulously designed to give you amazing views wherever you happen to be standing. There were constant hummingbirds and chickadees just outside the windows! You can hot tub under the stars right next to the ocean! The loft area is warm and cozy and felt like sleeping in a permanent blanket fort. There’s a reading nook up in the loft too! And an art nook! And a giant lounging pillow pile and a place to do yoga. There’s even a bench right out on a tiny peninsula just off the porch. Highly recommend having a cup of tea and just taking in the peace of it all. All the amenities were fantastic as well, this place manages to feel magical and whimsical while still having modern-day appliances and everything you need. Want to have a fancy cheese board and wine while sitting next to the ocean? They’ve got you. Want to host a weekend of dungeons and dragons in style and maybe party a little too? This is the perfect place. I can’t stress how many little nooks and quiet personal places there are here. You could have 6 people here and everyone would be able to have their own personal private area to chill in, while also having a wonderful central living room area. Honestly, as a millennial, homeownership has never been a dream, now I just want to go find a place and try to recreate this, I would live here for the rest of my days if I could. 11/10 I’ll be coming back here as much as possible. My heart’s found it’s new oasis.”
Finn-Lily – Jan 2020

“This beautiful, tranquil haven is number 1 on my list of Airbnb stays!! Everything about Loki and Kara’s place was fantastic. Incredible views, thoughtful touches and quiet relaxation! Thank you so much for having us!”
Justice – Oct 2020

“We’ve Stayed In A LOT Of Airbnb’S And This Peace Pad Was The Best In All The Ways!! Cozy! Beautiful! Had All The Things & Then Some! We Will Totally Be Back! It’s a Gem! And So Are The Hosts!”
Krystal – Jan 2020

“This location and house will blow you away. Stayed for three nights and did not want to leave. The house itself have everything you need for a comfortable and cozy relaxed stay.”
Alan – Jul 2019

“You can’t justify this place based upon the pictures, no picture says how it feels to stay here. It was phenomenal, I would stay here again, again and again. If your looking to stay in a unique, secluded spot that’s got everything from all kitchen features, to small things like bug spray and sunscreen, and even things you might have forgotten like a universal phone charger, this place has it. Loki and Kara are very good about helping you out if you need it, maybe you need some olive oil for cooking, a local tip on some places to go, maybe your curious about the wildlife. This place has it all. The cove house has all amenities, and 2 amazing hosts. If you are reading this, just book the trip, you will not regret it.”
Tor – Sep 2020

“If you don’t have the time of your life at the covehouse, then there isn’t anywhere you could possibly go for that. You’ve got a hot tub overlooking the ocean with gorgeous sunsets, bountiful wildlife (we say otters, all kinds of birds, mule deer, rabbits, and a seal came right up to my kids while they were hanging out on a floatie), and the house has the feel of a lived in cozy family cabin with none of the usual generic Airbnb look. I will let you discover all of the amazing painstaking care and details of the place for yourself. There’s lots to see and do around Sooke or other parts of Vancouver island if you need that, although we preferred to spend our days in this little piece of heaven. I have stayed in many Airbnbs all over the world. To call Loki and Kara attentive is an understatement. There is a set time when they service the hot tub but otherwise you have complete privacy, but they will send regular messages with cool things to check out or places to eat. They clearly love the area and are happy to share in the love. Thank you so much Kara and Loki!!!”
Karina – July 2021

“Absolutely the best and most unique corner of paradise. Otherworldly. And no matter how great you think it will be from the photos, it’ll still manage to surprise you and take your breath away.”
Sonia – May 2021

“My second time back and I’m already looking to book my third visit. This cabin is really special, the location is pristine, the view is gorgeous, and the overall experience is only rivalled by the amazing hospitality and care that Loki & Kara provide for your stay. Any little thing you can think of that you may need for your stay – rest assured they’ve thought of it and arranged it. If you’ve found a date that works with your travel plans – don’t hesitate and book it! You will be thanking yourself that you did! Thank you Loki and Kara!”
Asad – Sep 2021

“This was my third (or fourth) year at Wildergarden, but it seems like I’ve been going forever. It is so comfortable and relaxing, it is a home away from home. Anyone looking for a quiet getaway with all the comforts of home will not be disappointed. Kara and Loki are thoughtful, kind hosts who have created an oasis in the woods.”
Jo-Anne – Mar 2021

“Thanks for a perfect week! Without a doubt, 5 stars! Most stunning location, excellent communication and privacy between host and guest. The space was spotless and stocked with everything you could possibly need. Nothing was missed or overlooked. Very impressed and pleased with our stay. Perfect for young kids too (has everything! Pack n play, baby bath, high chair, toys, books, baby gates, kids dishes, you name it!) We could not have been happier and the hot tub views didn’t hurt either! Lovely week, exceeded our expectations.”
Jennifer – Jun 2020

” If you want to experience the most beautiful scenery, absolutely peaceful space, and relaxing experience, this little home nestled in an inlet is for you. I felt truly pampered by my stay. I feel very lucky to be able to experience the natural beauty of Wildergarden. I couldn’t recommend this little slice of heaven more. Loki and Kara were the best AIRBNB hosts I have had the pleasure of interacting with. I felt so cared for! I am already planning on coming back. This home, property, and experience is one of my all time favorite memories already. ”
Josephine – Apr 2019

” A truly breathtaking location and a genuine home-from-home. The views are astonishing and you are surrounded by nature – we spotted seals, eagles, wild salmon (and the CCTV even captured a bear in the early hours!). The house itself is wonderfully cozy and Loki and Kara have provided literally everything you could need for a comfortable stay. The hot tub over-looking the cove is a fabulous extra treat. It’s really a very unique and special place. ”
Stuart – Sep 2019

” A lovely place to slow down and enjoy watching water, the birds, read a book and build fires. Far exceeded my expectations. I felt in awe, and at home. Dreaming of a return trip. ”
Maggie – Oct 2019

“Can’t say enough good things about this gem of a place. Probably one of the best values in an AirBnB that we’ve ever had, with thoughtful and imaginative touches all around. We LOVED the hot tub overlooking the water, the cozy living room with wood-burning stove, the reading nook in the loft, the quaint master bedroom with writing desk in front of all the windows. Super nice hosts who left us a bottle of wine because it was our anniversary. We managed to paddle board over to Roche Cove, hike in the Sooke hills, and bike on the Galloping Goose. A perfect 3 night get-away!”
Kelly – May 2020

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