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Oceanside Cottage in the Trees - stunningly private, yet so central!

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cozy cottage tucked in the woods near the shore is the area's best secret

This is the very best of West Coast Canada!

This romantic cottage has it all. So private, yet close to all the excitement of Ganges Harbour. The famous Saltspring Weekend Market is a 2 minute stroll away. Wonderful art galleries, restaurants, shops, pubs, studios are all within a wander from your private sanctuary in the trees. Beach access is directly on the property.

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.

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

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.

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.

(The sofa has recently been changed as several past guests have mentioned that it was not comfortable enough)

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2018

About Michael

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.

Michael purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Michael chose Ganges

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. When it came on the market, I just had to try for it.

This is one of those properties that changes your life in so many ways, and all of them for the better.

What makes this cottage unique

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!


Ganges Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Master bedroom - 1 double , Gorgeous cozy room with French doors to the woods and stream
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This freshly renovated and beautiful cottage/cabin is the private gate house to a grand heritage estate. It is tucked to the side of the property where you will have all the privacy you desire, but it is close to everything in this enchanting and historic village of Ganges.


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

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Oceanside Cottage in the Trees - stunningly private, yet so central!
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The little tree house

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed staying here but it is rather small for a long stay. Also it is rather dark would like more sunshine.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback Monica. Before a big renovation a few years back I had rented this cottage to the same couple for 7 years and they were so sad to leave. This is a 450 sq/ft cottage with a fully separate bedroom and separate kitchen and separate bathroom and patio (much larger than a 200 sq/ft hotel room). Also, as advertised, it is nestled in the trees, not in full sun, so during these shorter days of winter you could be wanting for sunshine. Please come back - but for your tastes, perhaps not for a full month next time :)
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Nice cozy place near town

  • 4 of 5

Great location, nice grounds, cute little place. Everyone very helpful.

Only drawback as mentioned in other reviews is that the couch and chair are extremely uncomfortable and very low to the floor.

Otherwise would have been a 5 out of 5!!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time on Salt Spring!

  • 5 of 5

Private and cozy and walking distance to everywhere!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

A little oasis in the middle of town, everything within walking distance.If you are considering a visit to Salt Spring,check this place out. Owner was incredibly easy to deal with. We had no complaints. My only suggestion would be a screen on one or two windows, other that that 5/5. Great little place for couples and people travelling alone

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful little cabin!

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary in saltspring for a couple of days, and this cabin was perfect for us! It was so nice being so close to Ganges, but the cabin really does feel private and cozy. I'll have to agree with other reviewers that the couch is a little to small though. Other than that the cabin was wonderful. If we ever want to come back for another trip we'll definitely consider staying here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location - Clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We recently traveled with our adult daughter from Victoria to Salt Spring Island for a 2 night stay. The Ocean Side Cottage was ideally located if you are looking to stay within walking distant of the restaurants and shops in Ganges. It was clean and cozy and although it accommodated the 3 of us it would be a great romantic get-a-way as well. My only regret is we didn't book longer on the island.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
0.3 Kilometres
3 min walk to the float plane to Van. or Victoria
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
5 pubs/bars within 5 minutes walking
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
6 minute drive to Long Harbour
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
2 golf courses with a 10 minute drive
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Many restaurants within 5 minutes walking
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Maintenance Fee $38.54 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $192.71

Standard rates apply to all holiday weekends, whenever they happen to fall.
Standard rates also apply to Christmas and New Year season from Dec 21 - Jan 5.
We can be flexible with pricing only at the beginning & end of High Season. Every usage, long or short, has a $50 maintenance charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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