Island Exploring from This Luxury, Private, Forest Retreat
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
North Saanich house description
Located near Sidney, in North Saanich, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This executive luxury home is located at the North end of the Saanich Peninsula approximately 30 minutes from Victoria. It is a scant 5 minutes from either the BC Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal or the Victoria International Airport. The area is surrounded on 3 sides by 20 kilometers of ocean shoreline & is a quiet rural area. Enjoy a 20 minute forested walk to the beach or wander down the road to the Muse Winery, purchase fresh flowers, local produce and kick back relax. Return home from your visit both refreshed and rejuvenated.
This high-end, executive level, 3,400. sq ft home is luxurious without being pretentious. Feel free to bring the kids & in most cases your pet is welcome as well.
Drive your vehicle down the unistone driveway, stopping right in front of the large, covered portico, entry. Great for loading and unloading suitcases, sports gear or groceries, rain or shine. Enter into a large foyer with a view to the grand staircase and the great room with a massive, 2 sided, stone fireplace & vaulted ceiling. Dining room to one side of the fireplace and living room to the other. Living room looks out onto your own private forest with evergreens, arbutus & the occasional grazing or leaping deer. Oversize sofa & 2 chair & halves with tons of down cushions for sink in and 'don't want to leave' comfort. With your morning coffee and the warmth of the gas fireplace you may be temped to occasionally skip sight seeing for the day! If so, the oversize coffee table & it's baskets of magazines & brochures may be all the excuse you need.
Beyond the dining and living room is the large country kitchen. Room for more than one cook and lots of lively conversation with the granite topped island & 4 bar height stools. Gas stove, icemaker, filtered water, instant hot water, fully automated espresso machine & a full range of small appliances, dishes, etc. Stocked with basic spices and other essentials that you might not want to purchase for a short stay.
Off the kitchen is another eating area with a 60", round, copper table & slipcovered chairs. French doors open from the nook to the large, outdoor deck with barbecue, patio furniture & umbrella. Wired - in sound system in kitchen, dining room, living room and also out on the patio. Between the breakfast eating nook, dining room & patio dining you've lots of space to reciprocate if you decide to entertain your island friends. Or ... indulge your family by keeping your whereabouts a secret. You've enough table space to leave puzzles and games set up for a massive, family, game marathon!
Behind the kitchen is a utility hallway with stacking washer/dryer, a 2 piece bathroom and another door to the patio. This makes it so easy to carry food in & out without traipsing through the main floor living areas.
The master bedroom is to the opposite end of the mainfloor. King size bed, library sitting area, another gas fireplace as well as another set of french doors to a private, master bedroom balcony. Off the master bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with jetted, 2 person soaking tub, large glass surround shower, double vanity sinks & toilet in a separate space with a door for privacy. Large window looking out to the forest is such a treat in this space.
Completing the main floor is a study with a high-end leather sofa which folds out to a queen size bed. No springs or bars to mar your sleep, just a fabulous memory foam mattress. The desk looks out on a Japanese maple & flowering shrubs. Hummingbirds often seen darting in & out of the petals.
Upstairs are 2 further bedrooms each with queen size beds. Shared by these 2 bedrooms is a large bathroom with jetted shower/tub combo, and a Ceragem automated, thermal massager bed. Crisp linens, extra pillows, fluffy towels and housecoats included.
Also on this floor is an intimate family room with big screen HD TV & satellite system. Sports enthusiasts and movie buffs can watch uninterrupted. It's nice to have the luxury of different spaces to be together or apart. Playmobile and constructions sets as well as books for the kids are stored in this room. A small bar fridge & sink allow you to grab an extra beverage during the commercial breaks without having to run down the stairs. Especially appreciated from this room are the ocean glimpses and fabulous sunsets. Another balcony sitting area off this room for stargazing for the perfect end to your day.
Stained glass windows, glossy, hardwood floors and a spectacular collection of original artwork, many by local artists. You'll feel totally pampered in this home away from home. Enjoy! You deserve it.
So who is this home most suitable for?
This home is especially great for families with members coming from various locations and meeting up to reconnect with each other. Cook together, talk, talk, talk, sightsee, laugh, relive old memories and create some new ones.
This home has also been used by couples or families as their 'first' home and a great stepping stone to relocating to the island. BC has a property transfer tax that makes it an expensive mistake if you don't purchase the right home, in the right area, the first time round. Settle in here, get the lay of the land, explore all your options and make a considered decision prior to purchasing your home on the island.
Feel free to call, we'd love to learn more about your accommodation needs and help in whatever way we can.
Cheers! Susan & Don Wakal
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- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 3.5 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Ice Maker
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Gas Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Private forested location with nature at your doorstep, Beautiful exterior portico, Great room with vaulted ceiling & massive 2 sided stone fireplace, Entertainment size kitchen with large breakfast nook and separate dining room, Intimate family room with big screen HD TV, Wired in sound system inside and out on patio, French doors to balconies on 3 levels, Cast iron claw foot tub, Automated espresso machine, Ceragem automatic thermal massager bed, Ocean glimpses & fabulous sunsets from upper balcony, high end furnishings, spectacular collection of original artwork....moreless
- CD Player
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Jetted Tub
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Mountain Biking
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
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Available Jan to end of May, Minimum 1 Month. The longer you stay, the less you pay. 1 Month Stays 5,000. Per Month 2 - 5 Month Stays 4,000. Per Month Departure Cleaning Fee 300. Refundable Damage Deposit 500. Additional Damage Deposit for stays with Pets 500.
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: Hi! We're Susan & Don Wakal. We moved from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Vancouver Island in 2005. Our vague recollection now, is that it was supposed to be a semi-retirement, but I guess slowing down does not come easily to us ... that must be it. Otherwise, how could we explain that we now have 5 vacation rental units and also a picture framing business (Picture Panache Framing)! It gives us great pride to maintain these beautiful properties in 'as new' condition and see the pleasure our guests receive from their stay. It keeps us so busy that we often say we should really give up the picture framing business, but we also love, love, love artwork. Thus far, have just not been able to give up the creativity of working with designers, artists and collectors to show their artworks to best advantage. Though in a nod to 'island time' we do not keep retail hours in our framing showroom, we work by appointment only. That leaves us free to meet and greet and get each of guests settled in as they arrive. During the winter, when guests are generally staying longer, we manage to take some time off ourselves & love to visit The Big Island, Hawaii. You'd be surprised at the things we can take care of by email! What did we ever do without it. Why not email me today about an island stay for you and yours! Talk soon. Susan & Don
Why the Owner Chose North Saanich:
Whenever we tell anyone around town here, that we have vacation rental homes, they are always anxious to know: "Are they in Hawaii or Mexico?" Alas, no! We find it much easier to manage vacation rental homes when they are right in our own neighbourhood! When you come to stay with us, you'll not be worried about the condition of the home, we always check personally on the work the cleaners have done and are constantly taking care of all the little things and bigger things that keeping a home in good condition requires. We manage the homes personally and are just a phone call away should anything come up that you need assistance with. We knew from the success of our previous vacation home, Deep Cove Retreat, that after a long day of travel, whether by car or air, guests appreciate a home that is easy to access from ferry or airport and easy to find. We also knew that guests love a location that allows them to use the home as a home base & go off in many directions to explore all that the Island and even the Gulf Islands has to offer. Reading the guest book comments we are often surprised at the number of activities that guests manage to squeeze into a short stay! Some we haven't even tried yet! Finally, we do recall, from before we moved here, what a wonderful place this is to have a vacation. Winter is always green & lush, spring arrives so early, summer is fragrant & exciting, fall still offers all the same wonderful assortment of activities, with no crowds. Truly a great vacation location, no matter which season. Don't miss the world famous, Butchart Gardens.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
What can we say ... we absolutely fell in love with this home, when we happened upon a realty open house. We had to have it! We always thought an ocean view would be amazing, but just never understood before we found this home, how powerful the effect of being immersed in a forest setting . Just a few days here and it really does give you a different outlook on life. You'll feel refreshed, rejuvenated & at peace with yourself and the world. Do come and enjoy!
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Forest Retreat tucked away in it's own forest awaiting your arrival.
Inside the entry with view of grand staircase.
Living room on other side of the massive stone fireplace, window view to forest.
Ensuite bathroom off master bedroom. Jetted tub, glass shower, double sinks.
Kitchen with room for more than one cook, gas stove, granite island eating bar.
Large, private deck overlooking forest, barbecue, patio seating, umbrella.
Utility hallway off kitchen, stacking washer/dryer, 1/2 bath & door to patio.
Other upstairs bedroom also with queen bed, enchanting island colours.
Covered portico, great for staging your arrival & departures, rain or shine.
Dining room to left of entry with gas fireplace.
Kingbed in master bedroom. Stained glass windows & original art throughout home.
Mainfloor bathroom, right of entry & a step outside den with foldout queen sofa.
Roomy breakfast nook, 60" copper table, french doors to patio, wired in sound.
Private forested yard with coniferous & arbutus trees. Deer often visit.
Upstairs bedroom with queen canopy bed, extra pillows, crisp linens, housecoats.
Upstairs bathroom, just steps from either upstairs bedroom. Jetted shower.
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Date last modified - Saturday, May 25, 2013
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