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Lakefront Home in Victoria by Royal Roads U on the Galloping Goose Cycle Path

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Parking for 2 vehicles, street view of the garage suite, main is hidden behind.

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Last updated: 08/29/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Location, character and price are the three key ingredients to a worthwhile vacation home. All three describe Waterlily Lane on the lake.
Charming Victoria, the 'garden city' is nearby and Waterlily is on it's edge away from the noise and traffic. "Waterlily " is 20 mins away from both world class tourist attractions the Butcharts Gardens and Victoria's inner harbour area. 3 ferry terminals are close by and Victoria international airport is 25 mins away. The Pacific west coast is only a short drive7 minutes away through the manicured lawns of the famous Royal Roads university overlooking the ocean beaches. Or take one of 7 bicycles and hop on the scenic flat riding Galloping Goose cycle path which stretches through farmland and city scape 55km- 34 miles.

'Waterlily' is the perfect gathering place for a island vacation appealing to the whole family including the family pet. Or host a reunion, a group getaway or even a wedding party - lots of gathering places and a private deck overlooking the lake. Our first white wedding was in June 2015 on the lakefront lawn. The most common comment I hear from guests is the photos don't do the "wow factor" of the property justice. The atmosphere of the deck and garden lake view is one of peace and invites the guest to de-stress - just be.

**** NO FALSE REVIEWS HERE *** the reviews are genuine on my VRBO/Home and Away site. We asked "Presley", an 11 year old girl, to write her family's review through the eyes and nose of a child. Her's is an honest appraisal of when a sump pump failure cause a flood which resulted in a mildew (wet wood) smell in the lower bathroom until we could rebuild after the busy summer. Hannah, a recent 10 yr old from England stayed in June 2016 has also written a review.

Here is a list of what extras we provide free of charge:
* a 10 x 12 ft electric motor barge to cruise the lake with - easy to use Minn Kota electric trolling motors.
* 2 canoes, 2 kayaks, 2 sup boards, and a sailing dinghy
* 7 bikes to cycle the famous Galloping Goose cycle trail
* lakeside fire pit and the Taki Tiki Bar/change room
* fishing rods, tackle boxes
We now offer credit card payments through Square Up, small fee applies.
Need more beds? Separately rent my personal space the 500 sq ft 1 bedroom suite below the sun deck which also overlooks the lake for $150 night extra. Once the main house is booked though I don't book a different guest to insure privacy for main house guests, although I may be in residence during your stay. During summer, the minimum stay booking is 5 nights. (Off season Oct-April min stay is 2 nights.) Click on video link in gray box in the above photo for inside video tour.

Walk up the garden path through fruit trees and grape vines across the large sundeck and through french doors into a rambling split level 3 bedroom main house. Waterlily is a renovated 1950's original lake cottage with large editions added 1970's and 2009.

The 500 sq ft deck has a 'wow' factor with a 180 degree view over Glen Lake plus a old school hot tub and the best Weber BBQ ever made called 'The Vieluxe.' http://virtualwebergasgrill.com/2014/08/vieluxe-the-weber-luxury-grill-youve-probably-never-heard-of/

The private sloping lakefront boasts a Jimmy Buffet Taki Tiki Bar, a firepit with a drift wood couch (firewood supplied), dock with a cruising barge called 'The Princess', rope swing, 2 canoes, sailing dinghy, kayak, fishing gear, 2 stand up paddle boards for guest use. Lifejackets to fit ages 3-90 in dock box.

For toddlers/children there is a large park next door with new playground apparatus and a water play feature. Running and hiking trails disappear in the hills behind Waterlily. Grab 1 of 7 bikes and go for a cycle inn the safe Galloping Goose old rail trail for 55kms worth of car free cycling trails. Maps provided.

Centrally located on the Saanich peninsula Waterlily is 25 mins from the international airport, ferry terminals and 20 minutes from downtown on Victoria's west shore. Nestled amongst the evergreen paradise called Westhills, 7 mins down the road is the the historic Royal Roads University and the oceanfront of Esquimalt Lagoon.

Stay connected with wireless internet throughout, guest computer with printer attached so no need to bring your laptop. Iphone docking stations available.

The BEST meat store on the island (Glenwood Meats) within 200 meter walk. Westshore Mall with 5 plex movie theatre 5 mins away with 2 large grocery stores, Walmart, BC Gov super liquor, restaurants.

Lots of wildlife visit the property, you even may see our resident fisherman 'Hemingway,' a GREAT blue heron, catching fish off the dock. Or native turtles sunning themselves on a log next door or the family of otters crunching on crayfish up in the rope swing tree fort. More bald eagles live here than across the border.


Waterlily has everything you need to make yourself comfortable and with easy access to the main attractions our beautiful British Columbia Island has to offer - without the hassles of heat, traffic jams and biting insects. The hiking trails of Goldstream Provincial park is only 3 kms away.

If more room is needed for a alrger group extra Lakeview 1brdm suite can be booked for $150/night and has its own full kitchen , bathroom and bedroom (sleeps two).

Bear Mtn Gym and Yoga center is 10 min drive up the hill. 5-8km running trails easily accessible on foot are nearby.
Westhills Stadium home to the Canadian National Rugby team is located on Glen Lake Road just around the corner and across the lake from us. Ask about our Rugby Canada discount when attending an event. (ask about rugby discount)

How to book? Email or call and leave a message, number: 250-208-9487

Security NOTE: Always call the owner and establish voice to voice contact to protect yourself against scammers/phishers which prey on internet vacation rental sites including VRBO/Homeaway.
I will NEVER ask you to send money via Western Union - we don't do stupid. All quotes are in USD$.
CAD, AUD and NZD are accepted at par. Lucky Kiwis get more bang for their buck!

Disclaimer #2 You must be over 25 yrs old to book Waterlily.
Or accompanied by an adult who knows how to take care of a nice home.

Keywords: Victoria, Vancouver Island, Butcharts, 3 Brm lake front main house, separate carriage suite, garden with fruit trees, huge deck with view and dock, fishing & boating, nearby golf, mall and seashore. Lakefront. Wedding, family reunion,

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

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

    25 and up only...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    only outside. Never inside....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    As long as the owners clean up after their pets - they are ok. Not allowed on inside furniture....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    ramps available however bathroom not wheel chair friendly (narrow opening to manouver wheel chair...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 2 sleep sofa /futon

    large 500 sq ft rec room with sofa and single...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • Bdrm 4 in separate coach house: 1 queen

    attached to main house but costs extra....moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) sofa bed pull out...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, bidet

    serves 3 upper floor bedrooms...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    serves living area and media room...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: shower

    serves attached coach house only...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We have a motorized party barge with couches and chairs to putter yourself to the diving platform or just use a a swimming dock out on the lake. Uses rechargeable marine batteries to power the electric motor....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Risk, crib board, cards, others...moreless

  • Music Library:

    cd and ipod dock...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    large flat screen HD netflix available upon request...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    limited - go outside and play...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    grass and small sandy beach 60ft. Cedar tree with rope swing. Dock 25 ft long with boats....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    dock, canoes, swing, furniture, life jackets, fishing tackle, bar and change room, waterlilies and lake weed for first 20 feet, clean clear spring fed lake after that....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    part of living room - circular table extra chairs and table available on request...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    fans available usually not needed....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    with printer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    downstairs in media room...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    free weights bench, yoga mats, bolster...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    magic jack system...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    oil fill mobile heaters, electric baseboards in bedrooms...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    2 living areas TV only in one...moreless

  • Parking:

    main road parking safe...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    a good one, coffee is important here, grinder too....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    spices/condiments replace as you use up...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    amazing Taki Tiki bar lakeside...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    large grassy areas - lots of flowers and fruit trees...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    rope swing floating cruise barge...moreless

Pool / Spa

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2016
5 night min stay
$269
$1,843 $4,609
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$269
$1,613 $4,609
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $38.40
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $230.43
  • Cleaning >7 $96.01

Notes:

All prices quoted are in $USD. CAD, AUD and NZD are accepted at par. Call me before paying anything. Long distances are a lot cheaper than losing your entire deposit to scammers/phishers. Leave a message if I am away from my phone. Scammers don't post phone numbers or call you back.

We now accept credit card payments through Square UP however the guest covers the 3.4% cost to do so. (30-50$ max)

Just ask for an invoice to be sent to you.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Victoria International Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Station Hotel
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Washington State & BC Ferries
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bear Mtn, Royal Colwood, Olympic View
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
E&N
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Trans Canada
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Romeo's
90 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt Washington,Whistler, Grouse Mtn
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Esquimalt Lagoon

Car: Recommended

4 Golf courses within 7minutes drive. We are 30 mins (real time) away from one of the best salmon & halibut sport fishing grounds in the world. Dungeoness crab is caught 7 minutes away in front of Royal Roads University beach. Trout and bass are in our lake. Jordan River surfing spot is 1 hour away and Long Beach-Pacific Rim National Park is a 4 hour drive north through the scenic Malahat Drive.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Born in Australia and raised in BC, worked in New Zealand 20 years - I now work as an counsellor in our local Saanich school district. The property reflects my time spent sailing, travelling and living in New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean. I enjoy hosting people and sharing the adventures to be had here on Vancouver Island..... be it great food, world class Salmon fishing spots or surf kayaking locations.

Why the Owner Chose Victoria, BC, Canada:
My parents raised me to appreciate a good view and Waterlily has 200" and more. Bald eagles nest in our giant fir trees, large Great Blue Heron fish from the same docks we do, otters crunch the crayfish while turtles bask in the sun on the cedar logs that form a water garden next door. It is not unusual to see a deer standing on hind legs to reach low hung fruit then stop on the lake path to watch us playing crib down at the firepit in the early evening during summer. So much to do within easy reach from our home with good weather - not too hot and not too much rain. Very few biting insects. The only things that bite are the bass, trout and catfish in the lake. You do feel a sense of calmness being so close to the heart of Victoria and it's sites. Best of both worlds 20 mins apart.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Taking the Princess raft out around the lake is worth price of admission. But during summer I like to walk down to the Taki Tiki and make a fresh cup of coffee in the early morning, sit silently on a couch by the glassy lake and just be. Maybe see a family of baby raccoons walk along the shoreline looking for breakfast. Or grab a yoga mat to do some stretches before diving into the lake for a warm water swim. The lake can get to 80f (24c) degrees (matching air temperature) on the surface during summer. When it gets too hot on the lake then you can retreat with a book or a beer to a hammock under shade by the numerous fruit trees.. There are 7 bikes to take out on the historic cycle trail called the Galloping Goose at the south end of Glen Lake road. You can ride for 40 kms in either direction travelling on a protected bike path, shaded by forest for most of it. Hiking/running trails are easy walk away from your front door. Ask me about where to go mountain biking. I am not a golfer however Bear Mtn, Royal Colwood and Olympic View are all within a real time 10 minute drive. World class Salmon and Halbut fishing is an hours drive up the west coast. I charter fish every year with success (limit out on Halibut and Salmon) Rugby Canada makes it's West Coast home field and training centre at one end of our lake.


Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:

 

Photos

  •  Parking for 2 vehicles, street view of the garage suite, main is hidden behind.

    Parking for 2 vehicles, street view of the garage suite, main is hidden behind.

  • Kiri's room with her pet paintings

    Kiri's room with her pet paintings

  • kitchen taken with a go pro

    kitchen taken with a go pro

  • main bathroom, with full bath, bidet and separate shower

    main bathroom, with full bath, bidet and separate shower

  • Aerial view of the lakefront.  Lakefront includes willow to the rope swing tree.

    Aerial view of the lakefront. Lakefront includes willow to the rope swing tree.

  • Firepit is a gathering place for family late night chats and 'SMORES' cooking.

    Firepit is a gathering place for family late night chats and 'SMORES' cooking.

  • Yes there are waterlilies on the lakeshore at waterlily Lane.

    Yes there are waterlilies on the lakeshore at waterlily Lane.

  • A guest's dog enjoying the summer sun while cruising on the Princess.

    A guest's dog enjoying the summer sun while cruising on the Princess.

  • sit on kids' kayak - all life jackets supplied in dock box.

    sit on kids' kayak - all life jackets supplied in dock box.

  • old school hot tub on the sun deck

    old school hot tub on the sun deck

  • Owner and friend with evening's catch of rainbow trout. Bass and cutthroat too

    Owner and friend with evening's catch of rainbow trout. Bass and cutthroat too

  • 7 bikes of different sizes - helmets supplied.

    7 bikes of different sizes - helmets supplied.

  • master bedroom

    master bedroom

  • travel theme room - double bed

    travel theme room - double bed

  • captain's single bed alcove in rec room

    captain's single bed alcove in rec room

  • Our lakefront from the deck or dock on Victoria's westshore has a peaceful view.

    Our lakefront from the deck or dock on Victoria's westshore has a peaceful view.

  • The new Princess raft II travels quietly with easy to use electric motor

    The new Princess raft II travels quietly with easy to use electric motor

  • Stage or covered dining area has a barbecue, fridge and lights.

    Stage or covered dining area has a barbecue, fridge and lights.

  • Hemingway our resident Great Blue Heron, with 6 inch catfish caught off the dock

    Hemingway our resident Great Blue Heron, with 6 inch catfish caught off the dock

  • Guest children enjoying the safe waterfront.

    Guest children enjoying the safe waterfront.

  • Waterlily is set amongst mature trees to give shade during summer sun.  Big deck

    Waterlily is set amongst mature trees to give shade during summer sun. Big deck

  • a rope swing from the platform in the trees  adds another adventure lakeside

    a rope swing from the platform in the trees adds another adventure lakeside

  • hammock under the cherry tree on the on the path to main house

    hammock under the cherry tree on the on the path to main house

  • peaceful setting

    peaceful setting

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Monday, August 29, 2016

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