"We've just returned to California after our second month-long stay at this lovely home. The house is amazingly well appointed with fabulous views. Wendy, the owner, is an artist and it shows throughout her home with incredible care to detail.
We own a vacation rental Cottage and really appreciate how Wendy anticipates her guests' every need!
The house overlooks the water and is just a few steps down to the beach. The view changes daily as commercial and recreational boats use Satellite Channel to get to their destinations. One weekend, there was a series of races, and as sailors, we were delighted to watch the tacking, jibing, spinnaker raising and lowering, and jockeying for positions -- right in front of us.
We brought our yellow lab who LOVES the location! The fenced yard made it safe to let her out without worrying about her wondering off or going down to the beach alone. She loved the water and swam every day. We took a bed for her, plus 2 large beach towels to ensure we didn't leave a mess for Wendy.
The local North Saanich Farmers Market during the summer is a wonderful source for local fruits, vegetables, jams, and farm-fresh foods that are unique and wonderful. The Deep Cove neighborhood market on West Saanich Road provides fresh baked goods, local products, a good variety of staples and produce and a very friendly, helpful staff -- great lattes too. There are several large grocery stores in Sidney, and there's a Costco in Victoria.
Getting into Sidney and Victoria is easy by using the Highway 17, and it is so nice to come back "home" to the quiet and peacefulness of Wendy's house. To go up island, it's easy to time your trip for the Brentwood-Mill Bay Ferry and you cut off nearly an hour of driving.
Make sure you plan to get to the west coast to visit Botanical beach, Mystic and Sombrero waterfalls. Witty's, Esquimalt Lagoon, French Beach, Sandcut Beach, China Beach are wonderful, and if you are a photographer, you will LOVE them! Sherringham Point Lighthouse is fascinating.
There are good restaurants nearby. Our favorites are Sea Glass and Beacon Landing. But cooking at the house is a dream. Everything you need is there for your use. There is a formal dining table for 8. The deck table can serve 4 - 6 and was great to enjoy our morning coffee and a glass of wine in the evening.
I think we are officially addicted to this amazing house. We have already booked it for next July. We highly recommend it."
Guest: Pandora N.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: August 8, 2015