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Bayside Retreat is a tidal oceanfront home nestled in a quiet natural setting.

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Last updated: 09/12/2016

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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This 2200 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, ocean-side house is ideal for for a family or small group of 6 or 7 (to 8 maximum!) people. Your home away from home on Salt Spring Island, the house is surrounded by gardens and natural beauty, yet is only 2 km (by car, walking, bicycling or bus) from Ganges village. Hiking trails and boating (at high tide - kayak or canoe supplied) are right out the front door, and abundant wildlife, including a nearby eagle’s nest, is part of the daily life.

The house was built in 1989 and has been carefully maintained, including a new metal roof in 2011. The house faces due south toward the Canal, and gets full sunlight throughout the day.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate living room, sun room and TV room. The house interior centers around the open kitchen-dining-sitting area, with ample smaller spaces around that can provide opportunities for reading, play, entertainment, conversation, etc. away from the 'thick of things'. The hardwood floors, bright sunny interior, and blend of antique and more modern furniture provide a very comforting and comfortable ambience.

Outdoor decks on the front side (with swinging couch) and sunny side (with sun chairs and picnic table) encourage enjoyment of the beautiful bayside setting, although there are also tempting sitting areas on the side and front lawns as well as on a landing at the edge of the bay.

This oceanside property is a great place for watching and enjoying nature as the tides come in and out twice each day, exposing mud about half of each 24 hour day. Kayaking and canoeing are possible at higher tide levels, and the tide brings in the warmest water on the island for swimming in the shallow bay. The canal is home to geese, ducks, kingfishers, river otters, and a nesting pair of bald eagles.

The families, small groups, and couples who have stayed here have consistently commented on the relaxing time they have had while staying at Bayside Retreat.

Our large pond attracts birds and wildlife, including the species-at-risk red-legged frog.

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Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/12/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 2230 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    House is strictly non-smoking. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Excellent bed with memory foam cover. ...moreless

  • Peach Bedroom: 1 queen

    Comfortable, firm, with memory foam....moreless

  • Downstairs: 1 double

    Comfortable, firm, with memory foam....moreless

  • Turquoise Bedroom: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    A slightly narrow (by 3in), long, antique with memory foam...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs: toilet, tub

    Classic, newly-finished claw foot tub....moreless

  • Downstairs: toilet, shower

    With unique, spacious 'salmon-river' shower and sauna...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Books available in the house on local history and attractions, hiking and recreation, natural history, many novels and coffee table books. Excellent library in town....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Basic DVD player (not blue ray) supplied....moreless

  • Games:

    Chest of board games and children's books supplied. Box of lawn games supplied....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable, with basic channel package, supplied....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Simple stereo for iPods and radio supplied. Small collection of CDs and CD player....moreless

  • Television:

    38 inch flat TV in TV room. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toys for younger children available on request. Sand box and toy trucks, etc. in yard....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Directly across the Inlet is Mt. Erskine, one of the most popular hikes on the Island. The 1 hour hike from parking area (3 minute drive) includes the famous 'fairy doors'. Spectacular views....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    The house is set a 10 meters away from a quiet tidal inlet. Water is present about half of each day, alternating with mud. Dock gives kayak/canoe access. Island's warmest water swimming at high tide!...moreless

  • Rural:

    House is in a rural setting among forests, private residences, and small farms. Hiking trails start on the avenue to the Village or in the opposite direction to the nearby beach....moreless

  • Village:

    Ganges Village is 2 km away. A new walking trail connects the neighborhood to the village, which has all amenities including two supermarkets, stores, restaurants, etc....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining area seats 8. Sun room table seats 4. Picnic Table on patio seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric base-board heating. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi provided....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room has great views of the Canal, and is on the side, and a step down from the main living area. It provides another comfortable 'separated' space for you to relax and enjoy your holiday....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for up to 3 vehicles...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 8, full cooking utensils...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full, well-appointed kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic condiments....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Small front patio with hanging swing-seat -- very comfortable and shaded. 16 x 20 back deck with sun chairs, swing seat, and cedar picnic table - perfect for an evening meal on a summer day. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Public golf course 1 kilometer away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Single kayak & large canoe supplied. Life jackets and paddles provided. (Ask about size of life jackets for children). Canoe/kayaking possible at higher tide levels. Inlet is shallow & very safe....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a Canal-side landing with chairs and table for relaxation near the dock....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lawn at front of house suitable for croquet (supplied). Flower gardens around house. Lawn furniture in clusters around yard. Trees and vegetation provide privacy in rural neighborhood. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane barbecue....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts and running track one kilometer away....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    Cedar electric sauna for 4+ people - access from downstairs bathroom....moreless

 

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My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$226
$1,542

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $112.80

Notes:

$500 cheque or e-transfer at booking (refundable up to two months in advance if your place can be filled.) Remainder on first day of occupancy.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

25 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Ganges (Floatplane) or Victoria Int'l
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Harbour House Hotel
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Vesuvius-Crofton
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Salt Spring Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Trans-Canada
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Several in Ganges
160 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mt. Washington (and hiking!)
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Baker Beach

Car: Recommended

There are many beaches, parks and hiking trails to explore on the Island. The Saturday Market is famous for its diversity of arts and crafts and local produce and foods. A Tuesday Market for food has also started. The Island has a new bus service, a great public library, and a variety of unique businesses and events that help to create a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1975

About the owner: Hosts David and Deborah are retired science educators who enjoy a rewarding nature-oriented island life. They are active in several local organizations including the Garden Club, Trail and Nature Club, Community Energy Group, and the local land conservancy. They enjoy kayaking and canoeing right from the house at higher tides, walking local trails, and hiking on nearby Mt. Erskine. Gardening and nature-watching on the property are high priorities. Their hobbies, nature photography and art, can be viewed around the house, providing a personal flavor of their interests. Their approach to the house is to be available to answer any questions, but to leave you to all the privacy you would like as guests.

Why the Owner Chose Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada:
Deborah and David chose this location because of its sunny, serene, nature-focused setting. The gardens and native vegetation around the property have been developed to encourage both natural wildlife such as birds, butterflies and pond life, as well as provide privacy screening.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The benefits of our home are abundant. The quiet peaceful setting and the privacy one feels here are outstanding. The house is family-friendly and very relaxing. For nature lovers and naturalists, our home is a treat - from the large pond central on the property with its red-legged frogs, to the Canal waterfront where we can watch eagles nesting.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 09/12/2016

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Photos

  • Bayside Retreat is a tidal oceanfront home nestled in a quiet natural setting.

    Bayside Retreat is a tidal oceanfront home nestled in a quiet natural setting.

  • Taken from the canoe showing our dock and landing sitting area.

    Taken from the canoe showing our dock and landing sitting area.

  • Wooden floors and antique furniture brighten and warm the open sitting area.

    Wooden floors and antique furniture brighten and warm the open sitting area.

  • Dine in the bright

    Dine in the bright

  • An early breakfast can be a favorite meal in the sun room.

    An early breakfast can be a favorite meal in the sun room.

  • The peach room provides a comfortable queen bed with memory foam.

    The peach room provides a comfortable queen bed with memory foam.

  • The bed in the turquoise room is an extra long slightly-narrow double bed.

    The bed in the turquoise room is an extra long slightly-narrow double bed.

  • The downstairs bathroom has a shower and sauna.

    The downstairs bathroom has a shower and sauna.

  • Nearby Mt. Erskine is a favorite Island hike, with fairy doors and great views.

    Nearby Mt. Erskine is a favorite Island hike, with fairy doors and great views.

  • Our pond is home to several red-legged frogs - a species at risk in BC.

    Our pond is home to several red-legged frogs - a species at risk in BC.

  • The quaint front entrance has shaded seating and a lovely porch swinging-seat.

    The quaint front entrance has shaded seating and a lovely porch swinging-seat.

  • Eagles nesting across the Canal are seen daily at the house.

    Eagles nesting across the Canal are seen daily at the house.

  • Sunset on the Canal can be spectacular.

    Sunset on the Canal can be spectacular.

  • The living room is a great retreat for conversation, reading or nature-watching.

    The living room is a great retreat for conversation, reading or nature-watching.

  • Dishwashing can be fun with this view, but there is a dishwasher too.

    Dishwashing can be fun with this view, but there is a dishwasher too.

  • A grape arbor moderates the heat on the sun-filled back deck.

    A grape arbor moderates the heat on the sun-filled back deck.

  • The master bedroom with oak floors in light and airy.

    The master bedroom with oak floors in light and airy.

  • Downstairs bedroom has a double bed with memory foam.

    Downstairs bedroom has a double bed with memory foam.

  • The upstairs bathroom has heated floors and a cast-iron claw-foot bathtub.

    The upstairs bathroom has heated floors and a cast-iron claw-foot bathtub.

  • The shower has unique 'salmon river' tiling pattern

    The shower has unique 'salmon river' tiling pattern

  • The property is a favorite hangout for birds and other wildlife.

    The property is a favorite hangout for birds and other wildlife.

  • The 1-acre property has several separate sitting areas for enjoying sun & nature

    The 1-acre property has several separate sitting areas for enjoying sun & nature

  • Sunroom and living room are Canal side.

    Sunroom and living room are Canal side.

VRBO #681129

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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