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Shell Cottage Family and Pet Friendly 1 Block to the Beach

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.
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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    The house caters to families with small children. pack and play, high chair, booster, stroller, car seats, toys, books, games, baby gate, baby swing, extra sleep mats, beach tent, kids pool, beach toys and shoes, ridey toys, bikes helmet....moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed:

    outside only, please clean up debris...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bedroom 4


  • 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...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    downstairs bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

    upstairs ensuite with lovely soaker tub and shower combo...moreless


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

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

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    2 blocks from natural swimming beach no restrictions for dogs. Easy access for snorkel or scuba. Great beach for kids to explore and everyone to cool off with a dip. Beach shoes recommended. ...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    On block from the ocean and eco/kayak tours. Habitat to salmon, seals, otters, mink, heron, sea lions, occasionally dolphins, orcas, humpbacks, eagles. ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    From 2nd story master bedroom view of Brentwood Bay, Willis Point and moored vessels....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    1 block down Norman Lane lane is Saunders Lane which is now a foot path along the water front to the marinas, Paddle Pacifica, Traditional Boat yard, ferry landing, Park and Brentwood Bay Lodge. ...moreless

  • Resort:

    2 min walk to the 5 star Resort Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa. Featuring Pub overlooking the Marina, Spa and Restaurant, Scuba shop, Eco Tours and water transport to Butchart Gardens....moreless

  • Village:

    Brentwood Village is 1.5 km up the hill where you will find grocery store, drug store, liquor store, bakery, bank, medical Center, Library and coffee shops. Music in the Park thru the summer. ...moreless

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


  • Dining Area


from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nightly Rate
Jun 12 - Jun 12, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Standard pricing
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $73.18
  • over 8 guests, pp, pn $21.95 + tax
  • cleaning and consumables $146.36
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $365.90
  • Tax Rate 5%


The kitchen is fully stocked with condiments, staples, tea and coffee, all paper products, propane for the barbque, candles, flashlights, bug repellent. A welcome basket with a bottle of local wine, fresh flowers, herbs and salad greens. Cheers

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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10 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Victoria International Airport
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Brentwood bay Lodge and Spa
150 Metres
Nearest Ferry
2 blocks to the Brentwood to Mill Bay,
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Prospect Lake, Glen Meadows, Ardmore Golf Club
200 Metres
Nearest Train
Bus to Sidney and Victoria
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Pat Bay Hwy
200 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa
300 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mount Washington
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
2 blocks Stellys beach, 5 km to Island View beach

Car: Recommended


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, BC, Canada:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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  • Patio room with private entrance

    Patio room with private entrance

  • "kids room" with 2 twin beds and custom antique furnishings

    "kids room" with 2 twin beds and custom antique furnishings

  • shell bedroom with double bed

    shell bedroom with double bed

VRBO #696502

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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