Shaughnessy Mansion with Ballroom and Spa

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Last updated: 10/13/2010

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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


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Property Type

  • Estate

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    (Allergy alert: Dogs and Cats live at this property when the house is not being rented.)...moreless

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
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console:

    Play Station 2...moreless


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • 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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels will be changed once a week...moreless

  • 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
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Summer 1 week or more:   $5,750/week (additional days: $850/day), plus taxes. 
Summer less than 1 week:  $1500/day, plus taxes.
Winter:  $1500/night .. $10,000/week. Plus taxes.  1 week minimum stay
Ballroom:  Additional charge of $1000/week, plus taxes.
A deposit of 25% of the rent plus applicable taxes due at time of booking.
The balance is due 60 days prior to occupancy.
Damage deposits are pre-authorized and are charged only if deemed necessary.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

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Speaks: english

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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

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015

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