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Last updated: 11/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This is the very best of West Coast Canada!

Watch the seaplanes land and sailboats pass by as you relax on your private oceanfront estate. Gorgeous sweeping views of Ganges Harbour are visible from nearly all rooms of this one of a kind heritage retreat.

Built in 1906 by the pioneering Tolson family, this property was the first private school on the Gulf Islands and was later a creamery and then the private retreat of a technology billionaire and his family, during which time the property was greatly restored.

A vast variety of birds and other wildlife make this 4 acre property home. Watch the swans, eagles, hummingbirds, blue heron, quail and other exotic birds from the enormous picture window and expansive veranda. Raccoons, otters, deer and other critters are curious, safe and plentiful.

There is much to do here for all ages. On the property, there is plenty of exploring to do, and the 300 feet of private beach front to enjoy. The main lawn is large enough for a serious soccer game. Pick fruit and berries at several times of the year, then bake them into a pie in the great kitchen that looks into the gorgeous back gardens.

Various flowers are usually blooming all over the park-like gardens and landscaped terraces. Numerous exploration paths weave throughout the property.

Off the property, hiking, kayaking, sailing, golfing, fine dining, casual dining, patio drinking, swimming, shopping, scuba diving, a day at the spa, fishing, yoga, farmers markets, etc... are all close at hand.

The house is set up perfectly for entertaining and relaxing alike. With plenty of space indoors, the adults can enjoy the evening with a roaring fire in the main living room, while the kids use the spacious upper living room or the entertainment room to watch movies on the big screen and play games of all sorts. There are plenty of bedrooms to go around, all beautifully furnished and well appointed. The three full bathrooms mean that no one is waiting for their turn for a shower. The big gourmet kitchen provides the space to cook a grand meal while onlookers enjoy a glass of wine without every getting in the way.

I guarantee you will love your stay here as much as we do!

This house is operated by the Island Heritage Appreciation Club which allows members to use it to cover the costs. Membership is open to all those who appreciate well-maintained heritage properties.

Keywords: Rustic luxury, waterfront, view, views, Saltspring, Ganges, convenient, marina, island, private, landscaped, heritage, Vancouver, Victoria, British Columbia, acreage, farmers market, orchard, garden, family

Owner

Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Kids love this property, inside and out. They never get bored here!...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    If you can manage the front 6 steps of the house, comfortable living is all accessible on a single level thereafter....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please smoke outside. Lots of covered areas to do so....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No pets in the house please... allergies and smells may bother the next guests....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 9-12

  • Convertible bed(s)

    ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Stunning suite with bay windows overlooking ocean views...moreless

  • Queen Suite: 1 queen

    This very private room has an ensuite bath and comfy chaise ...moreless

  • Double Room: 1 double

    Cozier than others in the house this room boast a fireplace...moreless

  • The Old Nursery: 1 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Formerly a nursery, this bedroom adjoins the master suite...moreless

  • Kingsize room (or 2 singles): 1 king

    This comfortable corner room has forest views on 2 sides...moreless

  • King size beds (1) king sized bed can be separated into 2 twins, Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms with queen sized beds, Double Beds (1) 1 room with double bed and fireplace, Single Beds (1) The room adjoining the master bedroom, has a single bed, a double sofa bed and a crib if needed., Baby Cribs (1) ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • massive and multiple lawns for games parties or sun bathing, library, office, enclosed sunroom, claw foot tub, nursery, 2 large living rooms, gated estate, creek with bridges, private forest, fruit trees....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Full stereo system with 5 disk player and iPod/mp3 input....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Netflix and Apple TV...moreless

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View:

    Not necessarily mountain views, but the hillside back of the property is just as gorgeous to look at as the ocean in the front with fruit trees and terraced lawns. There is also a private forest with a creek next to the house. ...moreless

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village:

    Harbour village life and amenities just moments outside the main gates....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    We have a covered carport at the front gate of the property. Lots of uncovered parking right at the house....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace:

    not gas, but an electric fireplace is in one of the upstairs bedrooms....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street:

    Drive in the gate, through your private forest over the creek bridge, up to the house where there is space for 4 cars....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    We have an RV spot on the property and a covered boat house for a trailered boat. Boats can moor at the Gov't dock just steps away or at the private marina for a fee....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood is split and included...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    There are a variety of caterers on the island that can provide for every need, from a single special meal to an elaborate multi-faceted wedding....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    All the amenities are provided: pots & pans, plates and cups and cutlery and all that, blender, coffee grinder, waffle iron, bodum, coffee maker, toaster, kettle,...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Big veranda overlooks the whole bay...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Great garden patio off the kitchen for outdoor dining and lounging...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Nov 10 - Dec 20, 2016
3 night min stay
$300 $400
Fri, Sat
$2,000 $5,800

Rates are based on 11 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Winter/Spring 2017
Jan 5 - May 14, 2017
3 night min stay
$300 $400
Fri, Sat
$2,000 $5,800

Rates are based on 11 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$500 $700
Fri, Sat
$3,500 $13,000

Rates are based on 11 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Maintenance Fee $150

Notes:

Standard rates apply for all holiday weekends.

Standard rates also apply for the Christmas/New Year season from Dec 15 - Jan 5

The 'Maintenance' fee of $150 covers a final pass by the cleaners, consumables and resetting of the property for the next guests. Because our cost to have such an extensive home and property fully cleaned after a departure exceeds this, guests are requested to leave the property significantly as they found it. Alternately a 'Full Clean' fee of $300 allows guests to depart without lifting a finger.

Although this site states that refunds will not be given on deposits, we do have a deposit refund policy that provides our guests with protection. Because people book a house like this well in advance, if you cancel it will very likely sit empty. But if you must cancel, the policy is: 100% of deposit refunded if cancelled within 30 days from the date of booking (over 90 days out), and 50% if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival date.

50% deposit upon reservation.

Full payment 30 days prior to arrival.

Deposit returned upon check-out.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
3 minute walk to the float plane terminal
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 pubs/bars within 5 minutes walking
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
6 minute drive to Long Harbour
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 golf courses with a 10 minute drive
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
many restaurants within 5 minutes walking
Ganges, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
Nearest Beach
Right on the property

Car: Not Necessary

wineries, organic farms, yoga retreat and drop ins close by, many artist studios, farmers market and fair, book stores, video rentals, antique stores, clothing stores, restaurants and delivery, pubs, heritage museums, music venues, theater, old fashioned movie house (current movies though).

When you are on this very private property you would never know that this is all at your doorstep.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: I'm a city boy from Vancouver, who has always dreamed of enjoying and maintaining an island heritage property (You don't so much 'own' such a property as take your turn looking after it) Traveling is in my blood, but I love the natural wonders and serenity of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia more than anywhere else I have been privileged enough to visit. An environmentalist at heart, I am sensitive to keeping this property chemical free and the house as healthy a living space as possible.

Why the Owner Chose Ganges, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada:
We fell in love with this late 19th century estate when a friend bought it many years ago. Every opportunity to visit that came up, we made it a priority to get there. This is one of those properties that changes your life in so many ways, and all of them for the better.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Once you arrive at this property, you no longer need your car. Everything you need is within close walking distance. But when you enter and close the gate behind you, you are in a private world all your own and the outside world ceases to exist. It is the very best of all worlds!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

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  • the massive lower lawn is a great place to spend the whole day

    the massive lower lawn is a great place to spend the whole day

  • plenty of parking up at the house

    plenty of parking up at the house

  • BC's 2nd largest Copper Beech is right in the front yard (1st is in Victoria)

    BC's 2nd largest Copper Beech is right in the front yard (1st is in Victoria)

  • Living Room 2

    Living Room 2

  • Kitchen 1

    Kitchen 1

  • Master bedroom with the perfect view.

    Master bedroom with the perfect view.

  • double bedroom, smaller than other rooms but has a fireplace!

    double bedroom, smaller than other rooms but has a fireplace!

  • Such a comfy and private room. Ensuite bathroom and chaise lounge not in photo

    Such a comfy and private room. Ensuite bathroom and chaise lounge not in photo

  • Some might want to spend all day just in this room ;-)

    Some might want to spend all day just in this room ;-)

  • Directly in front of the house on our beach.

    Directly in front of the house on our beach.

  • a few days into your stay you'll find yourself saying 'really, another rainbow!'

    a few days into your stay you'll find yourself saying 'really, another rainbow!'

  • view from the private beach at low tide

    view from the private beach at low tide

  • this shot was taken from the 10 tree orchard above the main house

    this shot was taken from the 10 tree orchard above the main house

  • Living room 1

    Living room 1

  • Living & Dining

    Living & Dining

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Master Bedroom View

    Master Bedroom View

  • double bedroom, smaller than other rooms but has a fireplace!

    double bedroom, smaller than other rooms but has a fireplace!

  • kingsized bedroom with gorgeous forest views through these tall windows

    kingsized bedroom with gorgeous forest views through these tall windows

  • this orca was in our Ganges 
harbour last summer

    this orca was in our Ganges harbour last summer

  • This eagle lives on the property, restricting future development... fine with me

    This eagle lives on the property, restricting future development... fine with me

  • Morning view from bed!

    Morning view from bed!

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016

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