Swallow's Nest Studio; Quiet, Relaxing, Convenient

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A sunny corner to enjoy your morning coffee.


Last updated: 11/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

For reference, the closest intersection is Shelbourne & Cedar Hill Cross Rd.

" We've stayed at several VRBO places, and we have to say that Swallow's Nest was the nicest. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended!"

Separate, private, quiet, cozy and very comfortable 400 sq. ft. studio suite to welcome you after a busy day. Conveniently located to all that Victoria and the surrounding area has to offer, we are 10 minutes by car to the heart of downtown or the fields of the Saanich Peninsula and 5 minutes to the University of Victoria. Swallow's Nest has a separate and private number-coded entrance so that you can come and go completely independently.

The suite has a fully equipped kitchen, complete laundry set up, very comfortable queen sized bed with top quality linens (and comfy cushions for lounging wth a book or movie), T.V. with DVD player, wireless internet, clock radio, plenty of closet space, in fact everything you could need to make your stay in Victoria comfortable as well as memorable! The walls of this gracious suite are adorned with original art by local artists.

If meal preparations are not part of your holiday plans there is a breakfast/lunch cafe just around the corner and numerous options for dinner nearby as well. (I've counted 6 fast food places, 4 pizza places, 4 deli's, 7 restaurants, all within a 5 minute walk!) There is a grocery store, pharmacy (with a fabulous selection of really good chocolate!), B.C. Government liquor store, Starbuck's and other fast food outlets within a couple of blocks. I've tried to post the local restaurants, grocery store etc. on the google map but for some peculiar reason a few of the markers ended up downtown! You will find a more complete list in the suite.

From Ron, a guest in early July;

Whenever I come to Victoria I visit all the sites,
Beautiful and historic; this results in weary nights.
At the end of the day I really need a place of quiet
The perfect place for me I've found, is lovely
Swallow's Nest.

Thank you Ron!

And from a visitor from Texas in September 2013, ...your unit is the most organized, cleanest, well thought out property I have ever stayed in. I hope that I am this way again. Thank you Allen


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Property Type

  • Studio
  • 400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    19 years of age...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    I have a large, but very quiet, dog and she may not take kindly to 4-legged visitors. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • 1 Queen size bed

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • 4 piece bathroom


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Away From It All


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Charming view of Mount Tolmie over the garden...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wireless internet connection...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Initial bed & towel set up but no subsequent housekeeping ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, tea, sugar, honey & small carton milk are provided ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Suite has it's own east-facing patio with a view over the front garden and of nearby Mount Tolmie....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden


Write a review 4.9
from 28 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$395 $1,353
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • No cleaning fees $0.00
  • Taxes Not included


Until rental is confirmed rates are subject to change without notice. Maximum stay is 1 month unless by prior arrangement.

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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25 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Victoria International
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Cedar Hill Golf Course
250 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mount Washington
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Cadboro Beach

Car: Not Necessary

A central location to provide a comfortable base from which to enjoy the many adventures possible in Victoria. In the immediate vicinity you will find a grocery store, liquor store, drug store, birding store, several eatery options. Swallow's Nest is two short blocks from a direct route to downtown, located just 7 km to the south.

We are 3 km from the outstanding rhododendron gardens, Finnerty Gardens, of the University of Victoria. The campus also offers wonderful walks in the woods as well as the ecological reserve, Mystic Vale.

Mount Tolmie, a short walk or shorter drive, offers a panoramic view of the city as well as many kms of walking trails. For hikes in a forest park there is Mount Douglas Park, 5 km to the north, which has beach access to a rocky shore overlooking Haro Straight as well as a lookout which gives fabulous 360 degree views of Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. For a sandy beach experience Gyro Park is 4 kms to the east and offers a lovely expanse of beach on Cadboro Bay for beach combing and sail boat watching. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club sails out of Cadboro Bay and has an active racing contingent of members.

A short drive or bus-ride will take you right into the heart of downtown Victoria and all of the tourist opportunities offered there.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Although I have lived in this house for just a short while I feel more at home here than I did after 8 years in my previous house! And, I think, the suite has the same comfortable ambiance now that it has been freshly painted and decorated. I have lived on Vancouver Island most of my life, growing up in the Cowichan Valley, and have lived in Victoria since I was a student, way back in 1970. My children were raised here and we spent many happy summers as a family sailing the waters around the Gulf Islands. My son & son-in-law have done the landscaping in the front yard and in the warmer months guests will be able to enjoy the garden from their own sitting area. I enjoy gardening and spend many happy hours planning and puttering amongst my perennials and rhododendrons. In the cooler months I enjoy reading, sewing teddy bears, creating art and spending time with my grandchildren. I have a large-ish, very quiet, dog, Molly, who is 3/4 Boxer and 1/4 Dalmation, so am unable to accommodate pets. She will be happy to meet and greet, with much wiggling and tail-wagging, should a guest so desire!

Why the Owner Chose Victoria:
I feel very comfortable in this quiet part of Victoria. In less than 15 minutes I can be anywhere downtown or out into the farmland of the Saanich Peninsula. The trails of Uvic are just up the hill and are welcoming to dog owners - I love walking the park-like setting of these trails. I have seen owls, ravens, hawks and eagles many times on these walks, not to mention the wide variety of plant life.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
Convenient to all that Victoria and the surrounding area have to offer, yet a quiet and private retreat for the end of your day. To give you a better idea of location, the closest intersection is Shelbourne & Cedar Hill Cross Road. I look forward to meeting visitors but will not encroach on your time nor space.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • A sunny corner to enjoy your morning coffee.

    A sunny corner to enjoy your morning coffee.

  • Comfortable queen-size bed

    Comfortable queen-size bed

  • High efficiency washer and dryer.

    High efficiency washer and dryer.

  • Private & separate entrance

    Private & separate entrance

  • East facing patio.

    East facing patio.

  • Another view of the garden on a sunny July day.

    Another view of the garden on a sunny July day.

  • Mt Douglas from Mt. Tolmie

    Mt Douglas from Mt. Tolmie

  • Finnerty Gardens path on a fall morning

    Finnerty Gardens path on a fall morning

  • Finnerty Garden

    Finnerty Garden

  • Fully equipped kitchen should meal preparation be part of your holiday plans.

    Fully equipped kitchen should meal preparation be part of your holiday plans.

  • Four piece bathroom.

    Four piece bathroom.

  • Door coded entrance.

    Door coded entrance.

  • View of garden from patio

    View of garden from patio

  • View of Victoria from Mt. Tolmie, 3 km away

    View of Victoria from Mt. Tolmie, 3 km away

  • Beauty Bush at Finnerty Gardens at UVic.

    Beauty Bush at Finnerty Gardens at UVic.

  • Finnerty Gardens rhododendron

    Finnerty Gardens rhododendron

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, November 23, 2015

Minimum stay: 2 nights
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