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1-bedroom vacation suite with sunny backyard!

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

A perfect place for rest & relaxation. Ideal for short & long term stays. Easy access to 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)

More Details

Gillian Rowan
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 Victoria

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.


Victoria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • 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
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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1-bedroom vacation suite with sunny backyard!
average rating of 4.885714 based on 35 reviews
Thornbury, Ontario, Canada

Great place to stay for our extended vacation

  • 5 of 5

comfortable suite, very well equiped, lovely host family

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Definitely a ‘home away from home’.

  • 5 of 5

The suite is lovely- very well appointed and so cozy. The fireplace adds so much, especially on cool January days. We had everything we needed and more. The location is great - two blocks from the Village and less than that to the bus stop which took us right to downtown Victoria. Thanks to Gillian and Vince for making our stay so enjoyable.

We would love to come back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Barb. Vince and I enjoyed hosting you during you trip to Victoria & I'm happy that our location suited you well. Great that you took advantage of our local village & easy access to downtown Victoria. I hope to see you on a returen trip. Contact me anytime! -Gillian
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Thornbury, Ontario, Canada

Great, convenient location and the hosts were very helpful with local knowledge.

  • 5 of 5

I definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi John, Thanks for booking with me & for your recommendation. I enjoyed hosting you for the second time this year & am looking forward to your next visit, -Gillian
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Very nice and well maintained downstairs apartment with patio and garden

  • 4 of 5

I stayed with my wife and her sister at this very well maintained apartment which is just a minute walk from the bus line into Victoria. In addition to the bedroom, the living room featured a fold-out sofa-bed. The owner was accommodating and ready to communicate via text.

The bus, or a taxi, is essential since is is a couple miles to the city center. The unit had full access to a very nice garden. The neighborhood is quiet. Bus tickets can be obtained at the drug store located about 1/4 mile towards Victoria.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steven, Thanks for booking with me for your summer trip to Victoria. I'm happy to hear that your stay worked out well for you & your family, Gillian
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Charming and Relaxing Garden Flat.

  • 4 of 5

This garden flat was perfect for our week stay in Victoria with our one-year old. The garden had a swing, which our son was a bit young for but I enjoyed, and some soccer balls outside, which he loved. The kitchen was stocked with adequate pans and necessary utensils to make dinners, and the dining table looked out onto the garden. The unit was spotlessly clean, and as the owners were out of town, and someone was housesitting, we couldn't hear anything from downstairs, which made the stay even more peaceful. The convenience of the laundry room right off of the kitchen also made laundry a breeze. I only took off one star, as there aren't many attractions to walk to from here; we had a rental car, which made this not a problem especially as it was a bit hot during our visit to Victoria. If you stay here, I highly recommend a rental car, as the buses do run close by, but there are many places you may need to drive to outside of Victoria as well. In all, if you prefer to be out of the hordes of tourists in the city, but close enough by, I highly recommend this flat for relaxation after your day of sightseeing. The owner was a pleasure to book with as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shelley, Thank you for booking with me & for leaving a detailed review. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed stay in my suite & had time to relax in my backyard. In reference to renting a car, approximately 30% of my guests utilize public transit during their stays rather than renting cars & approximately 10% bring bicycles to use primarily for transit. Victoria is an excellent city for travelling by bike, with bike lanes leading from our location through to downtown Victoria plus protected bike lanes in the downtown core. Depending your goals & budget, I think booking in my location with or without a rental car are both great options.
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time here. The location was great and was very close to the city as well as other amenities. The suite was charming, well equipped, and comfortable (we slept 3 adults easily). I would recommend it to anyone staying in Victoria and hope to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mariah, Thanks for booking with me. I'm really happy to hear that my vacation suite was just what you were looking for. I hope to see you again sometime in the future, Gillian
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Beacon Hill Park
The Parliament Building
Inner Harbour
Macaulay Point Park
Westbay Marine Village
Songhees Walkway
Esquimalt Gorge Park
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $38.98
Pet Fee $19.49

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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