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The Writers' Retreat

CANADA: Vancouver Island, Port Alberni, British Columbia

A place for writers. Rejuvenate and let your creative juices flow in this amazing mountain setting that offers a spectacular birdís eye view of the pastoral lands and the valley and inlet below. Peaceful and serene, this mountain home, or castle as a young friend of mine calls it, is a perfect place to retreat into the world of creativity. Remote yet only 15 minutes to town for access to dining out, shopping and banking. This region is rich with natural beauty and there are many hiking trails and other outdoor activities to engage in. There is a hiking trail within walking distance from the retreat.

A vortex of harmonious energy beams down on this magnificent mountain home making it an ideal place for rejuvenation and creation. There are three private rooms on the upper floor, each with a private bathroom with shower and access to a large common room with full kitchen for dining and gathering. There is a serenity room balcony off the common room with a view of the pond, pasture, mountain and gardens that grace the back of the property.

The Owls Nest and the Hawks Nest have a private door that steps onto a large balcony that overlooks a panoramic view of mountains, the pastoral land and the town and inlet below.
The Eagles Nest, also located on the upper floor, features a shower and a large soak tub in the private bathroom and overlooks the peaceful pastoral view and the town and inlet below.



Birds Eye View suite is a private two bedroom, two bathroom suite with full kitchen, washer and dryer and furnished living area. The cozy suite has a private balcony that overlooks a serene garden with large pond and pastoral land and the front windows feature fabulous mountain views. This suite is ready to wrap you in the comfort of peace and serenity and give you the space for your creativity to flow.

The hosts of this retreat are Pete and Dora and they are passionate about research and writing themselves. Pete researches in the wellness industry and Dora writes about wellness. Dora has also written a book about her mother's experience as a teenager in Holland during WW2. They are honored to provide private space for writers at their beautiful home and they welcome all suggestions as they move forward with this magnificent retreat.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Dora and Pete.

Region:  Port Alberni is one of the municipalities within The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District which is situated in the heart of Vancouver Island and is graced with dramatic and majestic landscapes. There is much to offer for those who want to connect with the beauty and power of nature.

Location:  This retreat is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia which is accessed by Plane or Ferry. It is about a half a day's travel from Vancouver International Airport located on the mainland if you choose to take in the experience of the Ferry.

Closest airport:  Alberni Valley Regional Airport is the closest airport. Vancouver International Airport Victoria International Airport Regional Airports: Comox Valley Airport Nanaimo Airport, Seair Seaplanes

Tourism information:  Alberni Chamber of Commerce


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Owls Nest Private Studio with queen-size bed, working desk/chair, mountain and valley view including view of the inlet, shared deck, private bath, shared kitchen and common area. Satelite TV in room and access to WIFI 550.00 CDN
Hawks Nest Private Studio with queen-size bed, working desk/chair, mountain and valley view including view of the inlet, shared deck, private bath, shared kitchen and common area. Satelite TV in room and access to WIFI 550.00 CDN
Eagles Nest Private Studio with king-size bed, working desk/chair, mountain and valley view including view of the inlet, shared deck, private bath, shared kitchen and common area. Satelite TV in room and access to WIFI 550.00 CDN
Birds Eye View Suite Private 2 bedroom suite, one king-sized bed, one queen-sized bed, washer dryer, full kitchen, living area, private deck, mountain view, working desks and chairs, Satelite TV, WIFI. 750.00 CDN


  • High Speed
  • Wireless
  • Printer
  • Kitchenette
  • Satellite

Payment terms:  To guarantee your reservation, you will be confirmed upon receipt of deposit. Balance is due upon arrival. All currency is in Canadian dollars

Cancellation policy:  If at least 15 days prior to arrival, deposit will be refunded less $25 administrative fee. Cancellations under thirty days will not receive a refund. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your travel agent.

A sampling of memories from our residents

R. Anderson Our stay at the Birds Eye View Retreat was as my husband put it, absolutely magical! We stayed for two weeks awaiting the arrival of our second son. The spacious two bedroom two bathroom suite accommodated my mother in law, my husband, myself and our two year old son very comfortably. Full size, open concept kitchen and dining room with lots of windows makes the living quarters spacious and bright. Beautiful panoramic views of the mountain ranges surrounding Port Alberni out the front windows and a lovely wooded backyard with landscaped gardens and a pond out the back. It was quiet and peaceful with all the amenities of town only 10 minutes away. Private entrance, laundry facilities, fully furnished, tv, internet and a nice big soaker tub add to the comforts of home sweet home. The deer farm was an added bonus for sure. One could look out the windows anytime and see beautiful deer walking around or bedded down under a tree. Not too mention they are tame and my son was able to hand feed them. He will never forget that. I would recommend this beautiful suite to anyone looking for all the comforts of home yet in need for a quite getaway!

N. Kelly I came here to write. To escape the "have to's" of City life. To give the muse space to do her business. Dora and Pete have created the perfect place to facilitate this. Encircled by the mountains and surrounded by pasture land, I kept company with the deer, the birds, the dragon flies and the frogs in the pond as I wrote each morning. In the afternoons I explored the surrounding forests, returning each evening to enjoy farm fresh food prepared by Dora. My evenings ended with the colorful displays of the sunset that played out on top and behind the mountains, watched from my bedroom balcony. I was perfection. I'll be back

S. Aharon Dora and Pete created the ultimate retreat. I spent two magnificent weeks here writing, hiking, eating well and healing. Between the beautifully decorated rooms, the peaceful pond and deer, flowers, mountains and amazing sunsets, this place qualifies as paradise. I cannot say enough good things about Dora and Pete and Birds Eye View Retreat. If you are reading this, it means you are blessed enough to be here too and experience it yourself. I will be back too.

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