The Happy Rock Retreat

The Happy Rock Retreat is a bright, comfortable and centrally located cottage with tasteful furnishings, modern conveniences and a lush garden. Relax on one of the many decks and enjoy the goldfish pond, or take a 7-minute stroll to the breathtaking Sandpiper Beach.

Enjoy your Hornby Island vacation at this stylish, comfortable cottage. Located a 7-minute walk from the breathtaking Sandpiper Beach, this home is a perfect venue for an artist’s retreat, a family holiday or a romantic getaway. The space is well-suited for up to 4-6 people (maximum 4 adults).

This modern cottage encourages relaxation: natural light pours in through myriad windows and skylights; extensive decking around the cottage offers many locations to recline; and a thoughtfully landscaped garden has sitting areas for both sun-seekers and shade-dwellers. The master bedroom is spacious and bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a comfortable queen-sized bed. If you tire of the view of the goldfish pond and lush garden, you’ll find a full entertainment system tucked away in a handsome, red pine armoire. The open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen have vaulted ceilings, sliding doors and funky triangular windows. This open space makes for easy visiting while you prepare meals, stretch out with books and magazines, or curl up to watch the fire burn away in the wood stove. The living room’s hide-a-bed with its Sealy Serta mattress comfortably sleeps two.

In addition to the main house, a bunkhouse offers a peaceful, private setting with extra accommodations. A loft can sleep two above (best suited for children) and two below.

What you should bring to the cottage:

  • sheets, pillowcases, towels, bathmats, dishcloths, dishtowels
  • CDs and DVDs so you can enjoy the entertainment unit
  • briquettes for BBQ


  • we have composting toilets (which look like regular flush toilets indoors, but which have composting units on the cottage exterior); we ask guests to do simple but important maintenance while at the cottage (this involves adding chips and turning a drum – more information is provided prior to booking).
  • we encourage our visitors to compost while here (try out the Green Cone Digesters, which compost all food scraps).
  • upon departure, visitors must remove all garbage and recyclables. The Hornby Recycling Depot is a useful and fun place to do this. While you’re up at the depot, take time for treasure seeking at the always-fun Free Store.
  • the Island’s resources are taxed during the summer months, so we ask you to conserve water whenever possible; long showers are discouraged.
  • during dry summer spells we may request that you refrain from using the wood stove and outdoor fire pit, due to fire hazards.

Area Attractions

Sandpiper Beach, a 7-minute walk from the cottage, offers great sunsets, interesting geological formations and a good launch for kayaking and canoeing. Evening swims are also popular at this beach. Hornby Island, often referred to as the jewel in the Gulf Islands’ crown, is a tremendous destination for its varied beaches, artists’ studios and vast network of hiking and biking trails. At this artistically crafted cottage you’ll have the happy problem each day of deciding whether to take in the island’s sights and activities, or to stay put and enjoy the comforts of home.

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