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Beautiful, Artistic, Large Home - Walk to Ocean and Town!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms plus playroom/bunkbed room, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

This unique, artistic, beautiful house is located on a quiet, tree lined street in JAMES BAY, half a block from the ocean and only a 10-15 min. walk to the inner harbor and downtown Victoria. You do not need a car to enjoy your holiday in Victoria in this location!. Cruise ships line the docks and miles of beaches are there for you to enjoy.

The house is 2300 sq feet (1150 sq feet on two levels) . It is very light, open concept, and a beautiful mixture of 'West Coast meets Urban living' (old fir beams and polished concrete floors, modern kitchen/bathroom and old fir floors). Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, all with queen sized beds, cozy down filled duvets, open concept kitchen and living room that stimulates your senses with its harmonious use of colors, textures, Art, and attention to detail. The owner is an artist/textile designer from Germany and her house is an expression of who she is. There is a bathroom with a claw foot bathtub upstairs and a second bathroom with a large shower stall downstairs.

Downstairs there is a large second living/TV/piano/reading room with heated flooring and lots of daytime light. There is another large room that leads into the courtyard that serves as the 4th bedroom with bunk beds and would make a great playroom for the kids/teenagers.

What else is there to say...the pictures will speak for themselves I think. This will feel like a home away from home and the location is perfect if you enjoy experiencing the cultural events, fine dining and city life of Victoria in combination with the ocean, kayaking, beaches etc. half a block away. Enjoy!

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Property Manager
femke woud
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

Why femke woud chose James Bay

When my daughter and her young family moved to Victoria in 2005 (from Toronto), I decided to spend half my time in Victoria and half in Ontario. I fell in love with this house which is a perfect blend of modern and old/character. I loved the location since I don't drive and could do all my shopping in James Bay Village or Cook street village and walk downtown within minutes. I have since moved to another place, but my daughter manages the house and uses it for occasional house/jazz concerts when the rental season is slower (ie winter). The house is light, spacious, open and was easy to decorate , which I love to do.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy being so close to the ocean and going for a morning walk. I often stop for coffee or lunch at the Ogden point cafe (on the ocean!) and enjoy watching the cruise ships dock at the pier. I can do all my shopping in James Bay village which is merely a 5 min walk away. I love walking to Beacon hill park (7 min walk) , the petting zoo, ponds and playgrounds (2) with my granddaughter and enjoy the beautiful peace and beauty of the West coast nature. The inner harbor with great restaurants, street performers , buzzing night life, parliament buildings, The Royal B.C museum and Imax theatre, and summer festivals is just a 10 min walk from my house. I appreciate beauty, harmony, simplicity and color and my house is an expression of my inner world. I enjoy the spaciousness of this house with many choices of rooms to sit, read, enjoy company, make art, play piano or watch a movie.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Staying her was lovely-a delight. We enjoyed the design of the home (the high ceilings, skylights, Art and simplicity of the appearance) as well as the proximity to the ocean which we visited daily. Being able to celebrate Christmas in a home, rather than a hotel, made our family gathering so much more meaningful and comfortable. Thank you for your hospitality and for sharing your house with us. We leave with fond memories of our stay here. The Stewart Family.
Dec 2010
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James Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No outdoor shoes inside the house please.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower has a seat build in
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bunk Area - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , pine bunk bed for two, single futon/frame plus a baby crib
  • Queen size Beds (3), Bunk Beds (for two), futon single bed (1) , baby crib
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews

Made for a great family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Femke and her lovely home housed the perfect adult family reunion! A wonderful location, perfectly appointed home, and easy transaction...what we needed for a family gathering. Highly recommend for a trip to Victoria. Thank you Femke!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Suzanne :) I am happy you had a wonderful time in Victoria and at the house! Thank you for your recommendation. I keep forgetting to ask people for one so I appreciate you giving one spontaneously. Hope to see you again for your family reunion. Warm regards, Femke
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Bedford, TX

Lovely property and wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at Femke’s beautiful home! 6 of us were very comfortable there, it was within walking distance to the museum, Empress hotel, shopping, restaurants and the wonderful bug museum! Femke was very attentive when there was a problem with the dishwasher. Wonderful sleeping arrangements, the master bedroom does have a clear glass door.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Location in a very Unique Home!!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day stay in this very interesting home in December. A fantastic location in James Bay within walking distance of the ocean, parks and downtown Victoria. Absolutely no problem with the street parking. The house easily accommodated 5 adults and 2 young children with lots of seating in the living room and dining room and a very well equipped kitchen which was greatly appreciated as we ate most meals in. Well stocked linens and towels and Femke was welcoming and very helpful. While we enjoyed the snow that fell on Christmas Eve, we hope to visit in another season to take advantage of the outdoor living space and garden.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, Ontario

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Great location, easy access to ocean, walking, parks, restaurants, coffee houses and downtown...Upstairs bedrooms and living space comfortable and well lit. Kitchen well equipped . Good having two bathrooms for several couples. Generous linens, washer dryer and dishwasher. Pleasant yard and outdoor space.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, convenient comfortable home base!

  • 5 of 5

Location was 5 star! Easy, beautiful walk to downtown Victoria & Wharf. We had the vacation of a lifetime with our family. The house accommodated our extended fam of 8 comfortably & Femke was beyond kind & easy to work with!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location! Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 (including my 3 year old and 5 month old) stayed here for the entire month of May. Our stay was beyond wonderful - where to begin...

First of all, the location can't be beat. Everyday we would start and end our day along Dallas Road. It is literally a 3 minute walk to the waters edge and then you can stroll as long as you like. The Breakwater Cafe was a favourite stop for lunch and coffee breaks. Our daily walks also included trips to James Bay Village for groceries, coffee, snacks and lunch. We walked to the Inner Harbour a few times too, probably 15 min. max to get there (that's walking with a baby stroller and 3 year old). But you only need to drive 5-10min to get to any attraction you really want in downtown Victoria (Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, Cook Street, Fisherman's Wharf etc.)

Secondly, the house itself was just perfect for our needs. It is very well appointed - there was nothing I missed from home that I really needed. The rooms were spacious and clean. Main bathroom with shower was on lower level, which is unconventional, but not a problem. You will spend the majority of your time upstairs which is a very cool layout. It's nice that the living room upstairs doesn't have a TV because it totally encouraged us to visit with each other. WIFI cuts out in the living room, but works well everywhere else. The courtyard is totally underrepresented by the pictures and overview. This hidden oasis was where we spent every other minute. We BBQ'd almost daily, and we sat out every night. You could hear a pin drop as the neighbourhood is so quiet. (Although, you can hear the cruise ship horns, seagulls and the clip-clop of the horse drawn carriages as they tour James Bay.).

Finally, Femke was very easy to deal with - she was helpful with answering my questions prior to the trip so that I could plan what I needed. She really cared that we would have a good time in Victoria and especially at the house.

We would love to come back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melanie for your beautiful review, that captures in such detail what you loved about the location of the house. I haven't asked anyone to write a review yet this summer, so appreciate your initiative. I am actually staying here myself now with my daughter for 7 weeks as my kitchen is being renovated and enjoying living in a different space and area of town. (I live in fairfield). Thanks again and please come back anytime. Summer is continuing here even though it is September!
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Car: not necessary

Walk to Ogden point pier/cafe 5min walk (where the cruise ships arrive), walking, running for kilometers along the beach/boardwalk (one block away), Beacon hill park and petting zoo, 2 playgrounds (10 min walk), downtown (Royal british museum, Imax, inner harbour, bike rentals etc.) 10-15 min walk. James Bay village and Cook street village wonderful for shopping, dining (Pizza primastrada, Bubbies kitchen, 'The Next'- modern japanese all in cook street village) . Heron rock bistro, James bay tea room in James Bay village. Enjoy eating out or eating in. (or take out!) :)




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $312.21
Cleaning fee $156.1

Please note Monthly Rental Rates Available on Request.
$200 Cleaning Fee in addition to Rental Fee

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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