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Oceanfront Suite. Stunning Views, Magnificant Gardens , a Tranquil Retreat

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If you arrive by water it looks like a magical island


Last updated: 05/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

A comfortable lower floor suite,part of a magnificant estate home

Chimera is something so fabulous it cant really exist. But it does here in Victoria. A quiet retreat from the pressures of life, a place to be close to nature, tranquil and unhurried , it is situated on a point of land reaching out into Esquimalt harbour on an estate that has to be seen to be believed. Nestled off a spacious deck at the waters edge is a 2 bedroom suite with private entrance . The suite is the lower floor of a large house and is a walk out suite with lots of windows and natural light. The owners live upstairs. The newly renovated kitchen provides everything you need to enjoy local produce and the comfortable light and spacious living/dining makes life easy. The bedrooms are provided with fine linen and plenty of storage and offer one queen sized bed and two twin beds. The sofa opens out to provide more sleeping accommodation with a large queen sized bed. The 2 bathrooms (one ensuite) are well appointed with luxury soaps and supplies, shower, vanity and toilet. There is an in suite laundry with washer and dryer.

The large deck reaches out from the suite to the water and provides a wonderful place to sit and soak up the sun. There is a barbeque and dining facilities on the deck. To one side is our 84 ft private dock so if you want to arrive by boat ask us about moorage or bring your kayaks and use the dock to launch and explore the waters around Cole Island, a 1857 Royal Navy building, originally for storing ammunition. The soft pink bricks of the old building glow in the sun and provide many photo opportunities.

Enjoy the local wildlife, magnificent blue herons, mink, otters, seals, swans, geese and eagles. Go crab fishing off the dock. On the other side of the property is Tovey Cove a small secluded beach with a access a few minutes walk away. The shallow water means that it warms quickly. Esquimalt Harbour is a busy working harbour and there is always something to see, with boats going in and out , canoes, kayaks, paddleboarders, divers and fishermen.
View Royal is a small community within 15 minutes of downtown and has a large supermarket, medical facilities, liquor stores and restaurants. Victoria General Hospital is a few minutes away. The Galloping Goose is a wonderful bike and hiking trail which goes from downtown Victoria , through View Royal and onto Metchosin, and Sooke . It is 60 kms long and you can get onto it within about 2 kms from the house. Bring your bikes. Thetis Lake is a wonderful hiking trail and great place for a walk It is only 1.5 kms away.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms



  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    You can see right down the harbour past the Naval dockyard and across to Port Angeles and the Olympic Mountains. The property also has a unobstructed view of the beautiful and historic Cole Island...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Situated on a spectacular point of land in Esquimalt Harbour. The house is perched right at the oceans edge with water on three sides....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The property is absolute waterfront on a point of land . There is a large dock so ask if you want to arrive by boat, we can usually arrange moorage ....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving


  • Dining:

    Inside the suite the dining table seats 6 and on the deck the table seats 6...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    A propane wall mounted fireplace is installed providing a cosy ambience to the living area...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating, supplemental heaters and the propane fireplace means that the suite is warm and cosy. ...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Building Type

  • House


Write a review 4.8
from 46 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 - Jun 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,098 $3,659
High Season
Jun 16 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,281 $4,025
Fall Season
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,098 $3,659
Winter Season 2016-7
Nov 1 - Feb 28, 2018
2 night min stay
$732 $2,195
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,025 $3,293
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $182.95
  • Cleaning $43.91
  • Taxes Not included


Cleaning fee of $50 for all rentals

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Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/18/2017
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27 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Victoria International Airport
1.3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Four Mile Pub- Island Highway
32 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal- BC Ferries
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Highland Pacific Golf
115 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Vancouver- Amtrak Station
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Trans Canada Highway
1.3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Four Mile pub
237 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mt Washington Alpine Resort
Victoria, BC, Canada
Nearest Beach
Tovey Cove

Car: Necessary

Victoria British Columbia is known internationally as The Garden City of Canada. Gardens, parks and flowers abound here in British Columbia's capital city. Situated on the sheltered side of the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria, BC boasts a downtown core steeped in old English charm. The city is situated on the Juan de Fuca Strait and faces the Olympic Mountains in Washington State providing beautiful ocean and stunning mountain views. Victoria has a temperate climate of mild year-round temperatures which provides the perfect environment for the green lush gardens you will find here. Of course you will want to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and enjoy the fine dining, fireworks and other events that are staged here. Check out their website to see what is on. Victoria's old world charm and European flair, means that there are excellent services , including some of the best dining in Canada, both modern and old world pubs, world renowned afternoon teas, excellent indoor and outdoor shopping, and a host of fresh-air activities. Victoria, B.C., is the ultimate destination whether you are a honeymooner, a family, retiree or just looking to get away to a very clean and safe city in the Pacific North West.. You can get away from the bustle and noise of the city but still be close to the action should you choose to go for dinner or a show.

A few minutes away you can join the Trans Canada Highway to travel “upisland” and experience the spectacular views as you cross the Malahat, experience the extensive rural areas of Shawnigan Lake and Cowichan Valley , stopping to buy local produce, cheeses, at farm doors or stop for lunch at the many restaurants serving local products. Don’t miss Merridale Cider Farm and you have to try the local wine, which is winning all sorts of awards.

Further upisland is the fascinating City of Totem Poles- Duncan. Don’t miss the Native Culture Centre and the BC Forest museum. Chemanus, with its murals, restaurants , antique stores and fantastic theatre complex offering the best of live performance and food is well worth the easy drive. Victoria itself offers parks, beaches, the trees and gardens, excellent museums, a fascinating history, and activities for all the family.

. Vancouver Island is a very large island with more than 1 million people in total and an area of 32,134 km2. Most of the Island is made up of spectacular wild areas where bear, cougar, eagle and salmon make their home. Wilderness, hiking trails, wild life viewing, fresh air and room to breath.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: Jean McKay has lived in Victoria for 20 years after spending time in UK and Australia. After traveling the world and seeing many wonderful places she chose to make Victoria her home.

Why the Owner Chose Victoria, BC, Canada:
Jean fell in love with the property the moment she first set foot on it. Over the past 5 years she has completely rebuilt and renovated the old house . Jean feels that she has a responsibility to take care of and protect the grounds with their old stately arbutus trees for future generations. She is privileged to get to live here but never takes it for granted.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Sitting on the porch, gazing through the graceful twisted trunks of aged arbutus trees, watching the sparkling water and the light shining in from all sides showcasing the Olympic Mountains and breathing in all that fabulous fresh air bring a sense of peace and oneness with the natural world. Come here for a holiday and find a world you may have forgotten still exists.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • If you arrive by water it looks like a magical island

    If you arrive by water it looks like a magical island

  • Watching the sailing boats from the deck

    Watching the sailing boats from the deck

  • Bedroom 1

    Bedroom 1

  • bathroom - shower

    bathroom - shower

  • Cole Island

    Cole Island

  • Stately arbutus trees

    Stately arbutus trees

  • My dog Bryn looking for anyone to play with him.

    My dog Bryn looking for anyone to play with him.

  • View from the deck!

    View from the deck!

  • in suite washer and dryer

    in suite washer and dryer

  • Suite front doors -lower doors steps from patio and barbeque area

    Suite front doors -lower doors steps from patio and barbeque area

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, May 22, 2017

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