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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 2 - 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

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 Salt Spring Island

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 ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • 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
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • 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! 4.4/5 -
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Oceanside Cottage in the Trees - stunningly private, yet so central!
average rating of 4.388889 based on 18 reviews

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: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect. That says it all!

  • 5 of 5

Start to finish, the experience could not have been better. We are definitely coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, feels like a home away from home in a fabulous location.

  • 5 of 5

We would like to Thank Michael for his generous refund when we struggled with the VRBO app to unlock the doors. The cabin was adorable, very comfortable & contained all our needs to feel like home. It's located in town & the property is beautiful with lovely fir & cedar trees right on the ocean. We hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Uncomfortable and Frustrating

  • 1 of 5

The location is wonderful - right next to Ganges harbour and all the restaurants and shops, but the unit itself needs some TLC, and the service - honestly - was poor. The owner took a sizeable deposit, to be refunded within 10 days after check-out, but it took an additional couple of weeks to get that back - despite enquiries by us and the VRBO team. Like other reviewers who've mentioned this problem here, we did eventually receive our money, but it was very frustrating.

Even without the refund worries, I would only give this place 2-3 stars. It wasn't exactly spotless when we checked in. We never did meet with the owner or anyone else for that matter, which wasn't a big problem, but it also didn't leave us feeling all that warm and fuzzy.

Our main concern was that the place is just not comfortable. Advertised as a queen sized bed, the bed is actually only a double, with a saggy mattress at that. The two 'sofas' in the living room are pretty much impossible to sit on - I think they may be homemade. There's a guest book in the unit that has comments about the furnishings (admittedly many people also talked about loving their stay there) - and some of these complaints go back to 2011!

Despite its great location, I don't think we would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy place, great location!

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this little cottage in April. I would absolutely recommend this place, and we will definitely be back. The location was pretty much right in town of Ganges, and we were able to explore the town on foot with ease. It had everything we needed for a short stay. We found the bed very comfortable and slept like babies. There are french doors in the bedroom that open up to a forested setting. We would definitely like to come back in the summer months and take advantage of those doors. I can imagine on a warm morning it would be quite beautiful and peaceful.

I would of given it 5 stars if not for a few minor things.

We found it needed a good dusting upon our arrival, as it may of been some time before caretaker had tidied up the place. Michael was very apologetic and waived the maintenance fee which we appreciated.

Like some of the other reviews, the sofas, although modern, were not the comfiest things to lounge on. Being that the place was so cozy, you definitely wanted to hang out and lounge a little.

Other than that, we really enjoyed our stay!

One thing to note about the security deposit, we didn't hear from Michael right away after our stay and it took some time for him to get back to us. But it all worked out. So don't panic if you find yourself in the same boat, it can take up to a week to process it..

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Little Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had been on the island before, but never stayed on the island, so this was a new experience for us. This adorable little cottage was exactly what we were looking for. It's located right beside the village and within walking distance to everything, which was great. It was gloomy and rainy most of the time we were there, so it was nice that the cottage was able stay nice and warm! The most lovely part of this cottage is the property it's located on. Pictures can't do it justice, it's stunning! And with a short walk through the beautiful forestry to the pebble beach, it makes for a nice private and secluded feel.

The only and ever so slight negative is, like with the rest of the reviews, the couch in the living room is low and uncomfortable. But don't let that dissuade you from staying here. The rest is marvelous!

Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • 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

Cleaning Fee $40.55
Additional Guest Fee $24.33 per person per night
Damage Deposit $202.77

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.

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