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Your home away from home this fall & winter!

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 2 nights

About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

A perfect place for rest & relaxation. Ideal for short & long term stays. Easy access the waterfront & downtown Victoria.

*Walking distance to village, groceries & restaurants

*Fully stocked kitchen, gas fireplace, hardwood floors

*Very comfortable queen bed & queen sofa bed

*Bright & spacious rooms with view of the garden

*WIFI, laundry

*Netflix & Apple TV

*Sunny, fenced backyard with patio & grassy playing area

*Fruit trees, organic vegetable & flower beds

*Short walk/drive to waterfront parks, boat launch & marina

*Bike lanes & bus transit to downtown Victoria

*West Bay Walkway (leads to the downtown inner harbour)

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Gillian Rowan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2017

About Gillian Rowan

I moved from Ontario to the west coast 20 years ago and love the lifestyle here. You will typically find me in my garden, growing as many vegetables as I can fit into my raised backyard beds. Visit me at the Esquimalt Farmer's Market on Thursdays for a sampling of my fresh mixed greens!

My family has eclectic interests including hiking, travelling, good food, playing assorted musical instruments, drawing, long distance running & ultimate frisbee.

We enjoy meeting travellers from around the world & providing a comfortable & relaxing place to stay.

Why Gillian Rowan chose Vancouver Island

You'll enjoy a relaxing stay with easy access to the waterfront, downtown and tourist attractions. The fully equipped kitchen will help you save on restaurant bills. When you want to eat out you'll have a wide selection of options within driving, biking and walking distance. Travelling in Victoria is a great experience; staying in my vacation suite will make your experience even better.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Your home away from home this fall & winter!
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

Very comfortable and well located in a quiet neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the large comfortable suite and saved money preparing some of our meals in the well equiped kitchen.

We especially enjoyed walking to the two oceanside parks and along the waterside trail that goes by the harbour all the way to downtown.

We will definitely return to this property the next time we visit Victoria.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. I'm happy to hear you had time to enjoy the West Bay Walkway! This waterfront trail is a kind of hidden gem in our town. I'm looking forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Gillian
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Ideally Located Daylight Basement Suite

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Wollaston St. This quiet location was near to the bus stop, shopping, and the many walking trails in Esquimalt. The kitchen was very adequate, the bed great, the layout good, the view of the garden very nice, all in all it was perfect for us. We would stay there again when visiting Victoria. Guillian was very accommodating and provided everything we needed. D & P

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The suite is tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished. We also appreciated that it was very clean. It's a quick and easy drive to Victoria. There's also a nearby walking path the follows the waterfront and is very scenic. Gillian and Vince were perfect hosts and very kindly answered our questions. They also provided helpful information that made our trip more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nancy, Thanks for your review. I enjoyed meeting you, chatting & hosting you during your trip to Victoria. I'm happy you were able to enjoy the west bay walkway trail & the galloping goose trail. These pathways provide an excellent Canadian west coast experience. I hope your trip home went well. Sincerely, Gillian
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Gillian's suite in Esquimalt is a perfect location for a Victoria holiday.

  • 5 of 5

It is close to so many attractions, within walking distance of downtown, and is easily accessed, including street parking always available. The beautiful back yard is also made available for guests. The suite is spotless. spacious and very well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The furniture is plentiful and very comfortable and begs one to stay longer! Gillian is a wonderful, gracious host, responding quickly to any questions we had. We will book again with Gillian for future trips to Victoria!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Valerie, Thanks for your review. I was happy to be able to host you & hope you see you again before too long :) -Gillian
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Beautiful well appointed Esquimalt suite.

  • 5 of 5

This immaculate and spotless suite was perfect for our requirements. It's well laid out, well furnished, beautifully decorated and with an outlook and access to Gillian's pretty garden. The kitchen is well equipped, and flows into a lovely dining area. Guests also have access to a laundry room if required, which was very handy. We had everything we could have needed, including a very comfortable bed.

The location is great. It's within easy walking distance of Esqimalt village with it's many amenities and from where there is a regular bus service to Victoria. West Bay is also very close for the water taxi service to Victoria, Fishermans Wharf etc. The coastal pathway to Victoria is just past the end of the road which is a stunning walk.

Gillian was a lovely host. After the hassle free check-in we didn't see much of her, but she was there ready to help and advise when need be,. Perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Linda, Thanks for leaving a detailed review along with some tips for future travelers. I enjoyed hosting you & providing a comvient location for you to connect with your family. I'll be happy to host you again if your future travel plans match up with my availability. -Gillian
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  • 5 of 5

What a great home!! Has everything you could possibly need. Beautifully decorated with all the conveniences of home. Loved the backyard and patio. Even sampled the apples right off the tree. Delicious! Gillian was great and made us feel very welcome in their lovely home. We would definitely stay here again and will let our friends know this is the place to stay when visiting the Victoria area.

Brian and Vicki

Winnipeg Manitoba

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Brian & Vicki, Thanks for your review. I'm so happy to hear that you had time to relax in my backyard. The apple tree is a heritage variety called Kings. There are several of these trees in our neighbourhood. The crop is especially large this year due to our very warm spring.
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Victoria Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Multiple Bars downtown
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Downtown Victoria Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Gorge Vale
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Pat Bay Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Esquimalt Village
Nearest Beach
0.8 Kilometres
Macaulay Point Park
Car: not necessary

You'll love it here!

My 1-bedroom vacation suite is a short walk to a local village with a grocery store, bank, pharmacy, liquor store, bakery, coffee shop, and Recreation Centre (with a pool and fitness centre).

Multiple beach access points, a boat launch, marina and the West Bay Walkway (shoreline trail leading to the downtown inner harbour) are all located within a 10-15 minute walk. A bus stop is located around the corner & will take you downtown, to popular tourist attractions, the airport and the University of Victoria.

You'l enjoy a restful stay here. Updated furnishings, hardwood floors, large windows, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable and quiet living room and bedroom areas and WIFI are all part of the experience. Your suite opens onto a private patio and sunny, south-facing backyard with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and vegetable gardens. You'll find it easy to relax and unwind indoors and out during your stay.


Rates & Availability

Victoria House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Season Special
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Season Rate
Mar 16 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $38
Pet Fee $19

Check-in 4pm, check-out 11am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Victoria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • -large shower with built-in bench -sink, mirror, toilet -luxury towels
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-sizes pullout in livingroom
  • -Queen bed -large closet -2 large dressers -quiet & private
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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