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The Boathouse... An Oceanfront Cottage Near Butchart Gardens

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Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay....


Last updated: 09/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Victoria bed and breakfast description

If you are seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, let us invite you to this unique oceanfront cottage. For the past 23 years, we have been welcoming guests from around the world to the Boathouse B&B. At the suggestion of some of our guests, we now offer a self-catering option, which means no breakfast but coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milk are provided. However, if you would like a continental breakfast, we would be more than happy to oblige.

THE BOATHOUSE is a 450 sq.ft. cottage built in 1927 on cement pilings right over the calm waters of Brentwood Bay. The Boathouse, as well as the adjacent Bathhouse, have been completely and tastefully refurbished but still retain the charm and old-style craftsmanship of the original buildings. Both are warmed by electric heat. Daily service includes fresh towels and trash removal, plus twice-weekly light housekeeping.

THE 'GREAT ROOM' features a queen-size bed with a Beauty Rest box spring and mattress. Together with cozy triple-brushed flannel sheets, down-filled pillows and the gentle lapping of waves, you are assured of a great night's sleep. The table is set for two and overlooks the water and a private island. The CD player and a selection of oldies, jazz and classics, along with fresh cut flowers and candles lets you set the mood for a wonderfully romantic evening.

THE GALLEY does not have cooking facilities per se (due to a local bylaw). It is, however, equipped with a toaster oven, automatic coffee maker, electric tea kettle, fridge and, of course, glasses, dishes, cutlery, etc. The Village of Brentwood Bay is but a 5 minute drive and has three delis, pub, liquor store, bookstore, drugstores, bakery, and a full-service grocery store so there are a lot of options for you. Also within a 10-20 minute stroll from the Boathouse, along the waterfront, are three excellent oceanfront restaurants and a world-class lodge and spa. The world-famous Butchart Gardens is a 10 minute row in our dinghy or a 20 minute walk from the Boathouse. It also offers a cafeteria, restaurant, and superb dining room, as well as picnic tables.

THE 'LIBRARY' with an eclectic selection of books and games, comes complete with two swivel rocking chairs and ottoman, plus a view of sailboats and islands.

THE VERANDAH with its comfortable, wicker rocking chairs and teak side table is a great place to enjoy a morning coffee or an evening nightcap while you watch the marvelous sunsets.

THE PRIVATE DOCK is very spacious (12 ft. x 30 ft.) and can accommodate your boat or seaplane. It provides a platform to view jellyfish, starfish, otters, seals and water birds. It's also a great place to catch the sun. The dock also serves as a launching pad for the dinghy for your rowing trips to Butchart Gardens or down the tranquil waters of Tod Inlet for a picnic on a shale beach. You can also swim off the dock during the warm summer months.

THE BATHHOUSE is adjacent to the Boathouse and is lined with tongue and groove cedar with a Swedish oil finish. It features a corner brass and glass shower, pedestal sink, toilet, antique cabinet, as well as solid brass light fixtures. All this, plus a spectacular ocean view of Saanich Inlet!

THE BOATHOUSE is really a world unto itself and yet it is only 20 minutes from the airport, ferries, Town of Sidney and the City of Victoria. You owe yourselves the luxury of some quiet time...and we invite you spend that time at the Boathouse.

Make your reservation by calling us. TOLL FREE.

Your hosts,
Jean and Harvey Merritt

Keywords: Cottage,Waterfront,Oceanfront

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 450 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Bed And Breakfast


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            No cooking facilities per se, but included are toaster oven, electric coffee maker, electric tea kettle, dishes, glassware and cutlery....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Coffee Maker
          • Microwave
          • Refrigerator
          • Toaster


          • Clothes Dryer
          • Hair Dryer
          • Heating
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine


          • Books
          • CD Player
          • Music Library


          • Free Long Distance:

            unlimited calls to Canada and the U.S. ...moreless

          • Broadband Access:

            No charge High Speed Internet...moreless

          • Internet
          • Telephone
          • Wireless Internet

          Outdoor Features

          • Balcony
          • Boat
          • Deck / Patio
          • Lanai / Gazebo
          • Lawn / Garden
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Outdoor Grill Gas
          • Porch / Veranda
          • Wood Deck


              • Romantic

              Location & View

              • Oceanfront:

                The Boathouse is built on concrete pilings over the calm waters of Brentwood Bay...moreless

              • Beach View
              • Beachfront
              • Mountain View
              • Ocean View
              • Water View


              • Bay/Sound
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Swimming
              • Walking
              • Tennis
              • Sight Seeing
              • Shelling
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Wind-Surfing


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              May 1 until Sept. 30
              Sep 15 - Sep 30, 2014
              3 night min stay

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              Last updated: 09/15/2014
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              • Butchart Gardens

                "The world famous Butchart Gardens are a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute row from the Boathouse"

              • Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa

                "The Brentwood Lodge and Spa is a 20 minute walk or a 15 minute row"

              • Victoria Butterfly Gardens

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              8 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              2 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              10 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              6 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              12 Miles
              Nearest Train
              6 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              1 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              150 Miles
              Nearest Ski

              Car: Recommended


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1979

              About the owner: Harvey and Jean moved to Vancouver Island in 1966. They retired in 2000, Harvey after working in advertising and real estate and Jean in administrative positions at the University of Victoria. Our love of travel has taken us to the U.S. and Mexico, Europe, the U.K., as well as New Zealand and Australia.

              Why the Owner Chose Victoria:
              The Village of Brentwood Bay is a 5 minute drive and has all of the amenities you will need to make your vacation complete. The City of Victoria and Town of Sidney are within a 20 minute drive.

              The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
              The Boathouse is on the water's edge. We live in a bungalow at the top of the property so one of us is usually around to answer your questions.

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              Speaks: english

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay....

                Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay....

              • The Boathouse on Brentwood Bay

                The Boathouse on Brentwood Bay

              • The "Great" Room

                The "Great" Room

              • The Cozy Library

                The Cozy Library

              • The view from the "loo"

                The view from the "loo"

              • Your hosts Harvey and Jean

                Your hosts Harvey and Jean

              • Stained glass window in Bathhouse

                Stained glass window in Bathhouse

              • After a busy day . . . . .

                After a busy day . . . . .

              • Oceanfront Cottage with private dock

                Oceanfront Cottage with private dock

              • The Boathouse stained glass window

                The Boathouse stained glass window

              • The Galley

                The Galley

              • Bathhouse interior

                Bathhouse interior

              • Sunrise from the verandah

                Sunrise from the verandah

              • Kayakers entering Tod Inlet

                Kayakers entering Tod Inlet

              • Yachts at anchor in Brentwood Bay

                Yachts at anchor in Brentwood Bay

              • Sunset from the verandah

                Sunset from the verandah

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              Date last modified - Monday, September 15, 2014

              $215 per night (USD)

              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 2

              View calendar: Updated 09/15/14
              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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