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Shell Cottage Family And Pet Friendly 1 Block To The Beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Comfortable, casual clean and cozy. Shell Cottage Holiday rentals caters to extended/multiple family gatherings for up to 12 guests. Equipped for young families with infants and toddlers, located in the quiet neighbourhood of Moodyville, a 1940's Victoria Holiday destination. Paddle the sheltered bay, ride bikes to Todd Inlet, play street hockey in the lane or explore the natural beach a short stroll away. I have thought of everything, from beach shoes to bike helmets its all here! Enjoy the garden, relax and have dinner on the private back deck with tranquil (enclosed) pond and great barbeque! Shell cottage is located a short stroll from the Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa and minutes away from Butchart Gardens. The original cottage was built in 1940 with a major renovation and 2 story, 3 bedroom addition in 2000. The lovey Master Bedroom with newly renovated ensuite bathroom with oval soaker tub, occupies the second floor affording views of the Bay and offers a quiet, private oasis. On the main floor are the 2 "new" bedrooms, the Shell Bedroom with a double and the "kids" room with 2 twin beds, across from the bathroom. The fourth bedroom is part of the original cottage and has a private entrance onto the front garden. The original cottage consists of the main entry and reading room with gas fire place, which opens to the country kitchen with gas range, prep island and eating area. The original fir flooring has been refinished throughout including the the 4th bedroom, living area and kitchen.

Off the kitchen is an additional family, living dining area with kids toys, games, piano and extra accommodations.

More Details

Rebecca Gresham
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Rebecca Gresham

I am a Mother of four grown children and Grandma to four little ones. I love children, nature, the ocean gardening, creating, fixing things and my home. I traveled extensively aboard my 60’ sailboat with my young family through the South Pacific and the Coast of British Columbia. I have just retired from the Canadian Coast Guard where I worked for over 10 years as a Seaman aboard the Search and Rescue and scientific research vessels. I have traveled the Coast of British Columbia, Alaska and the Arctic. I love my country and our planet!

Currently I work part time as a Nature Nanny teaching young children about our incredible natural world. I still own my boat which I have certified for Chartering and plan to go cruising again.

Rebecca Gresham purchased this house in 2006

Why Rebecca Gresham chose Brentwood Bay

Location, location, location. Not only is this place a great place to visit it’s an even better place to live!

Be prepared to fall in love with Brentwood Bay!

Quiet, peaceful, great neighbours and close to the ocean. Brentwood Bay is a great place to moor a vessel and play in the very sheltered waters of Saanich Inlet. You can launch your canoe (or mine) or rent a paddle board or kayak from Pacific Paddle shop, 2 minutes from Shell Cottage. You can paddle across the bay and in less than 15 minutes you are in Todd Inlet which feels like the middle of nowhere. There are Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, seals, otters and occasionally Orcas and Humpbacks whales have come into Brentwood Bay to fed and play.

I can walk to the beach and go for a swim whenever I want (ok June thru September without a wet suit). The Saanich Peninsula is beautiful, rural farms, garden tours, wineries; West Saanich Rd connects from Swartz Bay to Victoria without ever going on the Highway! The ferry to Mill Bay makes for a great scenic short cut across the Inlet to Mill Bay and North to Cowichan valley and onward without a car either by bike or transit. Tod Gowland Park is great for mountain biking and hiking and you are only 20 minutes to down town Victoria, or Sidney by the Sea. There truly is so much to see and do for the whole family

You can decide last minute to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the four restaurants with in 5 min walking distance, Brentwood Bay Lodge either the Pub which is lovely or the dining room, amazing sushi. The Sea Horse Cafe right on the water, the blues Bayou with Cajun cuisine right on the water as well or Chinese food. Free fireworks display every Saturday night courtesy of Butchart gardens can be viewed from the Ferry dock or on board my sailboat.

What makes this house unique

Shell Cottage is a great space to share. The layout works. I have always shared my house. With the large Master bedroom suite being the only room on the second storey it provides you with a private space away from the rest of the house. The stair well opens to the cozy living room/front entry (the original 1940’s cabin); with a natural gas fire place is the center of the house, with the front door to the parking and laneway. The living room opens to a fairly large open country style kitchen and eating area, with arts and crafts style island (made it myself from upcycled cabinet) and gas range, washer and dryer tucked into a closet off the kitchen, side by side fridge and dishwasher. The house continues to sprawl across its corner lot with a great back deck off the large open kitchen and yet another family/dining room with additional accommodation (use to be a garage I think). The house is casual with wood floors throughout the downstairs main living area you can walk from the front door thru the kitchen to the back deck. The yard has lots of mature trees including a 40’ Palm tree and a mature first growth Douglas fir in the back yard, yet the sun tracks its way around the house so that it is bright light and airy with lots of sunny and shady areas throughout the day,

In addition to flower gardens throughout the yard there is an organic veggie garden, a small tranquil pond (netted for safety), fully fenced yard and small craft shop studio. The house is a unique blend of old charm and newer construction which is what appealed to me when I bought the house. It’s been great fun doing minor renovations, tiling, painting, flooring, as well as furnishing and equipping the house with quality unique second hand and refurbished treasures and Art work. There is no TV. Lots of books, games, craft and art supplies, sports gear and of course there is WIFI and a house computer. Everything you need clean, calm no fuss a place where it’s ok to make a bit of a muss!


Brentwood Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , downstairs bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , upstairs ensuite with lovely soaker tub and shower combo
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom, pillow top queen, ensuite bathroom, cathedral ceilings, ocean view. Patio room, queen matress, private entrance rustic fir flooring Shell bedroom queen bed kids room 2 singles can convert to a double 2 Pullout couches on in private family room. one in central living room
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Kids loved it

  • 4 of 5

Our grandkids didn't want to leave. They are 4, 9, and 11

They thought the house and grounds were made for their pleasure.

Nice equipment available for guests and flowers around the house made it very comfortable with lots of spaces for different interests.

Thank you Rebecca

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Marlene for the lovely review! I am so glad everyone enjoyed their stay at Shell Cottage. Brentwood Bay is such a great place for families with children of all ages to explore the sheltered waters and the Peninsula. I feel so blessed to have my home and love to share it with others ..especially the children. It is a special place. I hope to have my sailboat Three Daughters ll ready for next year to offer family friendly sailing charters. Till next time...Rebecca
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The amenities in the house and the location were ideal

  • 4 of 5

This home was perfect to bring our daughter's family, and our son's family, together with us for a wonderful reunion. The kitchen is large and has everything we could have wanted. The back deck was an ideal space to gather for meals and together time.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location and charming home and lots of amenities for the whole family. Thank you Rebecca.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property! Very clean home with lots of character.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Shell Cottage! Would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic home in a quiet neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

Home comfortably slept 10 (6 adults, 4 children). The children really enjoyed the yard, deck, and garden. Rebecca is a gracious host, always making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Island home with character walking distance to the ocean

  • 4 of 5

This property is located in a great location close to the beach, close to a small town where you can get your supplies for your stay. if you are looking for high end then this is not the place for you, but if you are looking for that feeling of staying in a older island home with lots of character that also provides a great yard then this is your place.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Victoria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Brentwood bay Lodge and Spa
Nearest Ferry
150 Metres
2 blocks to the Brentwood to Mill Bay,
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Prospect Lake, Glen Meadows, Ardmore Golf Club
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Bus to Sidney and Victoria
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Pat Bay Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
200 Miles
Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa
Nearest Ski
300 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
2 blocks Stellys beach, 5 km to Island View beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

over 8 guests, pp, pn $23.13 + Tax
Pet Fee $77.1
Refundable damage deposit $385.48
cleaning and consumables $154.19

The kitchen is fully stocked with condiments, staples, tea and coffee, all paper products, propane for the barbeque, candles, flashlights, bug repellent.Help yourself to fresh green herbs and berries from the garden . Cheers

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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