House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
We are both music educators that live close by on the mainland and love to spend as much time as we can at our place on the island.
Owner purchased this House in 2002
Why Owner chose Central Saanich
This property has been in our family since 1967. In 2001 we decided to replace the original 400 square foot cottage and build a new family home. Since then we have been renting it as a vacation home that we also enjoy ourselves. One of the things we've found while renting our home is that people who visit our property want to return and repeat the experience. We are excited to be able to offer our place once again to families wanting a unique vacation home close to nature, but also close to Victoria, Sidney, and Brentwood Bay.
What makes this House unique
Our place is located in a small, quiet community that lets you feel like you are away from it all, yet you are a short 30 minutes away from Downtown Victoria. You are also 15 minutes away from the villages of Brentwood Bay and Saanichton. There are wonderful wineries,restaurants and gardens nearby, plus the added bonus of being on Saanich Peninsula where there are fresh and organic food stands and stalls throughout the area during the growing season. This place that our family has always called 'the Cottage' has been a wonderful summer and winter location to share family gatherings. While the adults are visiting on the main level or outside patio, the kids can be up in the loft playing video games , air hockey etc. Visitors also enjoy the water (some wetsuits provided) swimming, snorkelling and beachcombing. Every evening we have 'Sunset Ceremony' where we toast the sun as it sets behind the Malahat hills across the inlet. The cottage is a great place to retreat and reconnect with nature where you will likely see eagles, herons, seals, otters, and deer. A walk down the road will lead you to a regional park with more hiking trails, waterfalls and beaches to enjoy.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Relaxing, quiet, comfortable and beautiful. The home is well appointed. 30 minute drive to Victoria or Sidney. It was well worth the money.
Catherine's place is just gorgeous and the views are incredible. So relaxing and spacious. Communication was excellent and would stay there again if in the area.
A very steep downhill driveway
The house is nice but unfortunately we have to cancel our stay because our rental car was a big Suburban and my husband had difficulty maneuvering it on a very steep driveway from the road down to the front of the house. The driveway is acutely angled from the road above that when you drive down you cannot see the driveway in front of you. It was like riding a roller coaster but we never attempted to do that because my husband was scared we might have accident. Small cars are probably okay.
Thanks for the review of our driveway Jovi. It is a unique part of our ocean front property and we can understand the challenge you encountered when you arrived with the large vehicle you had chosen to rent.
We do try our best to prepare people about what to expect in our written rental agreement and access information where we mention the steep driveway, road conditions, and optional parking suggestions.
Guests have also written about the driveway in past reviews so hopefully reading all of this information will help guests when they are planning their visit. We’ll look into adding some photos that might be helpful as well.
We’d love to have you come and stay in our home sometime in the future and experience more than just our driveway!
Beautiful well kept home with awesome view! A great place to return to at the end of a busy day of sightseeing.
We ate out dinners at the house and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meals.
Communication with our hostess, Catherine could not have been better! She was most kind and helpful!
Breathtaking ocean view
This is a beautiful spacious ocean front property. We found that it had everything we needed in the well appointed kitchen. The common areas a large enough for group gathering, but the house also has enough room for you to be able to find your own space. Our only caution to other travellers is the driveway is extremely steep. We had a van, and it made the drive a bit daunting - it would be better in a car. There is space to park up top if you don't want to try the driveway.
We had a nice stay. The house is very nice, large and well equipped for long term rentals. Great view of the ocean and even had otters come up on the rocks by the dock area. The only draw back is the driveway as it is very steep so when it's icy you don't drive on it.