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Watch the seaplanes land and sailboats pass by as you relax on your private oceanfront estate. Gorgeous sweeping views of Ganges Harbour are visible from nearly all rooms of this one of a kind heritage retreat.
Built in 1906 by the pioneering Tolson family, this property was the first private school on the Gulf Islands and was later a creamery and then the private retreat of a technology billionaire and his family, during which time the property was greatly restored.
A vast variety of birds and other wildlife make this 4 acre property home. Watch the swans, eagles, hummingbirds, quail and other exotic birds from the enormous picture window and expansive veranda. Raccoons, otters, deer and other critters are curious, safe and plentiful.
There is much to do here for all ages. On the property, there is plenty of exploring to do, and the 300 feet of private beach front to enjoy. The main lawn is large enough for a soccer game or a big wedding. Pick fruit and berries at several times of the year, then bake them into a pie in the great kitchen that looks into the gorgeous back gardens.
Various flowers are usually blooming all over the park-like gardens and landscaped terraces. Numerous exploration paths weave throughout the property.
Off the property, hiking, kayaking, sailing, golfing, fine dining, casual dining, patio drinking, swimming, shopping, scuba diving, a day at the spa, fishing, yoga, farmers markets, etc... are all close at hand.
The house is set up perfectly for entertaining and relaxing alike. With plenty of space indoors, the adults can enjoy the evening with a roaring fire in the main living room, while the kids use the spacious upper living room to watch movies on the big screen and play games of all sorts. There are plenty of bedrooms to go around, all beautifully furnished and well appointed. The three full bathrooms mean that no one is waiting for their turn for a shower. The big gourmet kitchen provides the space to cook a grand meal while onlookers enjoy a glass of wine without every getting in the way.
I guarantee you will love your stay here as much as we do!
This house is operated by the Island Heritage Appreciation Club which allows members to use it to cover the costs. Membership is open to all those who appreciate well-maintained heritage properties.
Keywords: Rustic luxury, waterfront, view, views, Saltspring, Ganges, convenient, marina, island, private, landscaped, heritage, Vancouver, Victoria, British Columbia, acreage, farmers market, orchard, garden, family
Stunning suite with bay windows overlooking ocean views...moreless
Kingsize room: 1 king
This comfortable corner room has forest views on both sides ...moreless
Queen Suite: 1 queen
This very private room has an ensuite bath and comfy chaise ...moreless
Double Room: 1 double
Cozier than others in the house this room boast a fireplace...moreless
The Old Nursery: 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon
Formerly a nursery, this bedroom adjoins the master suite...moreless
King size beds (1) king sized bed can be separated into 2 twins, Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms with queen sized beds, Double Beds (1) 1 room with double bed and fireplace, Single Beds (1) The room adjoining the master bedroom, has a single bed, a double sofa bed and a crib if needed., Baby Cribs (1) ...moreless
massive and multiple lawns for games parties or sun bathing, library, office, enclosed sunroom, claw foot tub, nursery, 2 large living rooms, gated estate, creek with bridges, private forest, fruit trees....moreless
Full stereo system with 5 disk player and iPod/mp3 input....moreless
Not necessarily mountain views, but the hillside back of the property is just as gorgeous to look at as the ocean in the front with fruit trees and terraced lawns. There is also a private forest with a creek next to the house. ...moreless
Harbour village life and amenities just moments outside the main gates....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
We have a covered carport at the front gate of the property. Lots of uncovered parking right at the house....moreless
not gas, but an electric fireplace is in one of the upstairs bedrooms....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Drive in the gate, through your private forest over the creek bridge, up to the house where there is space for 4 cars....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
We have an RV spot on the property and a covered boat house for a trailered boat.
Boats can moor at the Gov't dock just steps away or at the private marina for a fee....moreless
Rates are based on 11 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
$700 Fri, Sat
Rates are based on 11 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Standard rates apply for all holiday weekends.
Standard rates also apply for the Christmas/New Year season from Dec 15 - Jan 5
50% deposit upon reservation.
Full payment 30 days prior to arrival.
Deposit returned upon check-out.
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wineries, organic farms, yoga retreat and drop ins close by, many artist studios, farmers market and fair, book stores, video rentals, antique stores, clothing stores, restaurants and delivery, pubs, heritage museums, music venues, theater, old fashioned movie house (current movies though).
When you are on this very private property you would never know that this is all at your doorstep.
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: I'm a city boy from Vancouver, who has always dreamed of enjoying and maintaining an island heritage property (You don't so much 'own' such a property as take your turn looking after it)
Traveling is in my blood, but I love the natural wonders and serenity of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia more than anywhere else I have been privileged enough to visit.
An environmentalist at heart, I am sensitive to keeping this property chemical free and the house as healthy a living space as possible.
Why the Owner Chose Ganges: We fell in love with this late 19th century estate when a friend bought it many years ago. Every opportunity to visit that came up, we made it a priority to get there.
This is one of those properties that changes your life in so many ways, and all of them for the better.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House: Once you arrive at this property, you no longer need your car. Everything you need is within close walking distance. But when you enter and close the gate behind you, you are in a private world all your own and the outside world ceases to exist. It is the very best of all worlds!