3 Steps to The Beach/Oceanfront/ 2 br balcony view/ / Tranquil Getaway Retreat
About Taaja Kayler
As a former stewardess; model of over 30 years and runway confidence coach teaching women: the walk, the look, and how to own the room, Taaja on a whim, found herself in a "for sale" stunning beach house on Departure Bay. She set sail from West Vancouver, BC, bought the house and is now the vacation rental owner and operator of Randle House By The Sea. An unexpected dream come true! Her absolute love of cooking now offers her guests to taste some inspired breakfast alternatives and some updated oldies but goldies like her! Having traveled much of the world, Taaja is passionate about the myriad of exciting things to experience see, and do and the natural wonders right at home on beautiful Vancouver Island.
Taaja Kayler purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Taaja Kayler chose Departure Bay
My husband loves fishing. As a young family we often made trips to the Island, fishing, camping, touring and just getting away from the city. We would take the kids to our favourite place, Coombs. Huge ice cream cones, country grocery shopping, little stores of all kinds. Coombs fame came from having goats on the roof. The fabulous white dishes i serve my B&B guests from come from there. Fairly new, Cuckoos is without question the best Italian restaurant in western Canada. The famed outdoor terrace looks over a grassy field that plunges below to a little cabin and a few goats eating the greenery. Near Nanaimo is some great mushroom foraging. Mahle House will surely have a wild mushroom entree. A renowned restaurant, a short distance in the country is The Crow and Gate, an original English Pub with huge roaring real fire places loved by all our guests. We are so pleased we made so many, many little trips here with our children I never believed that I, a city girl would actually move to the Island, but I have never looked back. There is so much to do here and having moved from West Vancouver, I find I can go anywhere and be in the country, go on my bicycle to a local farm tucked in the city where I can pick up a dozen eggs or a fresh home grown chicken. The farmers markets are plentiful, all organic food. Other than Victoria, Naniamo is the cultural central of Vancouver Island.
What makes this Apartment unique
It was not hard to fall in love with this beautiful home. From the moment I stepped through the ivy arched entrance into a charming landscaped inner courtyard, themed in blossoms of pink, white and fuchsia, I was struck with its beauty. A Japanese maple spills over a cozy worn sitting bench. A bird bath and feeders with chickadees twittering about. This is an English Tudor style home with leaded glass windows, but built only 19 years ago facing the Salish Sea. Because Departure Bay is the MOST TEMPERATE area in all of Canada, I could see why this was a winter haven for the First Nations/Indigenous peoples and why they would spend their winters here on Departure Bay before moving on in the spring. Stories abound, and it is my desire to read, hear stories from some of the locals, and find out more about this area and its original inhabitants. Moving along the side of the house towards the ocean, I passed by an outdoor shower. Being a long distance swimmer, that was a wonderful surprise. I again was struck by the beauty of my new surroundings as I approached the front.....the breathtaking view of the Pacific ocean stretched out in front of me. Off in the short distance is Jessie Island and further beyond that Snake Island and beyond, the mountains of Garibaldi and Whistler. New Castle Island is across the bay and cradled in the dock was a BC ferry. I love them, they come and go ever so softly. We call them floating cupcakes, they gleam in the sun. On any given day you can get a completely different photograph of the ocean, sky and scenery. Every color of the rainbow and many different tones and feelings. Just far enough away and close enough to walk is Drip Social, a new coffee shop. You can swim to the barrel and back, a good exercise. There are 6 Adirondack chairs with foot stools, umbrellas, eating areas and a grassy area to take a nap or watch "National Geographic" unfold alive with nature. WINTER ESCAPE!! long term rates available
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking is not permitted in the house.
We respect that some guests have pet allergies.
Well behaved children are welcome. Age 4 and up.
Minimum age of primary renter:24
No shoes on fir floors. Socks or slippers fine. We provide slippers. No wet towels/bathing suits on wood floors. Beach towels only for outside use.
Quiet after 10:30 pm to be respectful of other guests and neighbours. We are environmentally friendly. Toilet paper used only in toilet.
Beware, lipstick, mascara & ball point pens leave stains. We offer luxury linens for your pleasure/you will be charged if stains are not removable.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
christmas in nanaimo
Great spot right on beach with waves lapping you to sleep at night and you can watch the ferry leaving. We used the kitchen to cook many meals and it is well supplied. We had a small get together on Christmas Eve and lots of room for the 8 of us to relax. 2 bedrooms both queen beds with good beds one firmer than the other . One bathroom which is clean and has a full tub/shower. 16 steep stairs to get in but quite secure and easy to lock up.Parking for 1 vehicle on driveway. Grocery store 1 km away and coffee shop 200 meters away. This place was perfect for our 10 day stay.
Cheerful couple for a Christmas stay at Randle House. Highly recommend them as guests anywhere.
The property was really nice and really well situated. The land lord was organized and really nice as well. Overall, an excellent experience.
Hiking every day is a marvelous experience on the island. Glad you and your daughter enjoyed your time here at Randle House.
Excellent host and suite!
The host Taaja is a lovely lady. She went over everything about the suite and was always prompt about responding to any questions.
The suite itself is very nice. It has a European flair to the decorating and was very clean. Of course being on the water was a real treat.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this suite to anyone looking for a unique and classy suite.
Janis Sept 2019
Very much enjoyed hosting you and your mother. Very nice folks left the suite in very good order. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.
great views, lovely house and grounds. hosts were very informative of area
Thank you for choosing Randle House. Happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for leaving the apartment the way you found it.
Our Island Holiday
The suite is everything that the website describes. It was very clean, inviting and met all our needs. The backyard is wonderful...sitting on a deck chair right on Departure Bay or going for a walk along the bay was the best. Thankyou to Taaja and Ken.
Loved having you all. Do come back anytime. Thank you for leaving the apartment as you found it.
Amazing home and lovely hosts!
We had such an amazing time at Randle House. Taaja and Ken were lovely hosts! The home is beautiful, with amazing views and is steps from the water! My son and his friend loved being able to step out the door and go for a swim. It is in a great location for a “home base” in the Nanaimo area. Next time we will have to stay longer!! Thank you Taaja and Ken!
Great family. Every day a new adventure. Hans took them out on the Catamaran that everyone loves to do. Picked up the boys in front of Randle House and whisked them off in the Zodiac as well. Truly, Nanaimo offers pur guests the starting point of many opportunities to explore the surrounding coastal towns and other islands and some very good restaurant experiences. Our guests left the Salish Suite immaculate. It was our pleasure to host them and would be pleased to have them back again.
Neck Point Park, Pipers Lagoon and the Nanaimo Harbour Seawall leading to fishernmen's docks, floating restaurants, and the small ferries to Newcastle Island and the Dinghy Dock Pub. Take a 20 minute ferry ride to Gabriola Island and walk through nature's spectacular Malaspina Galleries.
July is going to be a fun month in Nanaimo: Silly Boat Regatta
01 - Canada Day
08-10 - Nanaimo Marine Festival and World Championship Bathtub Race - July 23rd 11am sharp.
23-24 - Bathtub Days Street Fair
August - Vancouver Island Exhibition Summertime Blues!
01 British Columbia Day
10-20 Nanaimo Fringe Festival