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Shaughnessy Mansion with Ballroom and Spa

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Last updated: 10/13/2010

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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Kitsilano estate description

Enjoy all of the conveniences of Vancouver’s most elite and central neighborhood while living in an historic property. This 1913 Craftsman-style mansion was built in the heart of Shaughnessy by the men who built the Canadian Pacific Railroad and the city of Vancouver. The distinctive hexagonal granite blocks of which it is built were the ballast blocks in the ships that came from England and took BC timber back to Europe. Now fully modernized and furnished as a private museum, the mansion can accommodate anything from a large family to a sit-down dinner for 40, to a party of 150. Perfect for family gatherings and ceremonies.

Behind tall hedges that maintain the property’s privacy lies an extensive series of garden rooms, each with its own romantic character and mature trees. The main house is ringed by beautiful porches and crowned by a distinctive turret. Up a wide granite staircase and beyond the mahogany and cut glass front door, a blazing fireplace welcomes guests into the foyer. On both sides, through stained glass doors, are the luxurious entertaining rooms of the house, lined with cherry paneling, clothed in silk draperies and leather and velvet upholstery, and floored in deep carpets above the original dark oak floorboards. Throughout the house, an extensive collection of antique toys and kaleidoscopes fills display cases and cabinets. The service area of the house includes an incredible kitchen, complete with larder and butler’s pantry, perfect for a large cooking staff or an informal meal at the 18-person breakfast table. For larger scale entertaining, a freestanding BC fir-lined ballroom can seat 40 for dinner, or the 9 sets of French doors can be thrown open to the gardens for a larger cocktail party or tented affair.

Upstairs the display cabinet-lined 2nd floor hall leads to 4 bedrooms. The master suite commands its own private sleeping porch, while inside is a romantic king-size canopy bed and 2 seating areas. An en-suite bathroom, complete with sumptuous claw foot cast-iron tub, and a walk-in closet makes this a self-sufficient suite of rooms. Similarly the green-suite also has its own sleeping porch and bathroom, with a tile-glazed fireplace to warm the queen-size bed. Two more bedrooms, each with their own distinctive character and queen-sized beds, share a view to the east, and a 3rd bathroom.

Up another staircase, lies the vaulted library, a huge room that can sleep 4 in 2 set of bunk beds. A huge oculus window looks out on the ocean and the north shore mountains, while a 6th bedroom provides a more private experience.

If you ever choose to leave the house, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the manicured gardens and elegant houses of First Shaughnessy, and a short walk from some of Vancouver’s best shopping. 3 blocks to the east are the galleries, antique stores, and tony shops of Granville Street, and 2 blocks to the west are the fascinating boutiques and restaurants of Arbutus. 3 of Vancouver’s most famous, and most delicious restaurants (Daniel Boulud, Vij’s, and West) are within a 15 minute stroll, while Broadway offers every imaginable cuisine. For those who choose to cook, Meinhardts food emporium, Choices, and Safeway can all fill your grocery list.

As you would expect of the neighborhood built by the men who built Vancouver, Shaughnessy lies at the centre of the major Olympic venues. The hushed streets of the neighborhood are ideally surrounded by 4 major east-west and north-south arteries, each of which is serviced by public transport.

Housekeeper/cook available upon request.

Keywords: Heritage House

Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Children Welcome:

            Children must be supervised in private museum....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • fully finished private building for entertaining on property; private museum; multiple fridges, dishwashers, washers and dryers; private gardens; restored and updated heritage house details; stained glass, dark wood, draperies; porches; stonework; housekeeper/cook available upon request....moreless


              • CD Player
              • DVD Player


              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View
              • Ocean View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Racquetball
              • Rock Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Skiing
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Snowboarding
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Broadband Access
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Computer Available
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Linens Provided
              • Telephone:


              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet


              • Catering Available:

                private cook or catering available. Limit of 14 people for private cook. Limit of 150 on catering....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils


              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill

              Pool / Spa



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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Jun 28 - Aug 30, 2015
              1 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Refundable Damage Deposit C$3,000
              • Tax Rate 5%


              Ballroom available for $1000/week. Cook/Housekeeper available at $225/day.

              Daily rate for less than a week: $1950/day.

              Deposit of 25% to confirm booking. Remainder due 60 days before arrival.

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              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1995

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              Speaks: english

              Guestbook comments from the owner

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              • View from Street

                View from Street

              • Front Entry

                Front Entry

              • Ballroom interior

                Ballroom interior

              • Den


              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Bedroom 3

                Bedroom 3

              • Living room porch

                Living room porch

              • Sauna


              • Exterior of adjoining Ballroom

                Exterior of adjoining Ballroom

              • Kitchen


              • Living Room

                Living Room

              • 2nd Floor Hall

                2nd Floor Hall

              • 2nd Bedroom

                2nd Bedroom

              • Raised Garden (Garage to left;  Ballroom to right)

                Raised Garden (Garage to left; Ballroom to right)

              • Outdoor hot tub

                Outdoor hot tub

              • Rose porch off the Green suite

                Rose porch off the Green suite

              VRBO #245918

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              This listing was first published here in 2009.

              Date last modified - Sunday, October 12, 2014

              C$1,850 per night (CAD)

              6 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
              Sleeps 14

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              Member since: 2009
              Speaks: english
              • Calendar last updated 10/13/2010
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