A conveniently located, bright, clean, quiet, comfortable and spacious suite with private entrance, full kitchen, private laundry and super comfy queen sized bed. Includes a sunny dining area with a big bright window for beautiful views of the water.
It's located on the Gorge, a tidal (salt) waterway lined by a well-groomed park that is popular with walkers, runners and anyone who wants to sit a while on the many benches along the way.
Perfectly situated for access to ferries, airport, Island Highway, Royal Roads University, Camosun College, the Victoria General Hospital - as well as a host of gastrotourism locations I will happily map out for you. Southern Vancouver Island is abundant in amazing artisans, brilliant bakers, phenomenal farmers and marvellous markets. I have put together a binder with my recommendations of places to go, local shopping and favourite places to eat.
The suite is suitable for up to 2 people, as there is one queen sized bed (no sofa, no sofabed). I have a spare guest room that can adjoin the suite, but that would have to be booked separately ($50/night+$20 cleaning fee), after booking the suite. I have a (single) air bed for one extra person ($10/night).
I think you'll find it a lovely, clean and comfortable place to rest up, gaze out at the view, and plan your days out.
Accès des voyageurs
The suite has its own full kitchen equipped with coffee maker, kettle, toaster, coffee grinder, hand blender, microwave, fridge & stove. Pots & pans and dishes are there for your use of course. I provide battery-operated candles if you want a little romantic ambiance in the evening. Lots of teas and coffee, a few spices and such. No dishwasher but your own fair hands.
The laundry area has its own washer & dryer, ironing board and iron. Washing detergent is provided. There's an umbrella dryer in the backyard if you'd like to hang your laundry outside in fine weather.
There's free wireless Internet (75mbps), and a powerlink plug that can smooth out internet connections via ethernet jack. There is a television with dvd player, but NO cable/satellite/antenna, so no tv service.
(As Billy Collins put it in his poem The Teacher:
There is that part of us that believes
We will never die – otherwise,
How could we watch so much television?)
News junkies are welcome to tune into local radio on the stereo (radio / cd player), or access news channels through your laptop. There is an hdmi cable to allow you to plug your laptop into the tv if you want to watch that way. Longer term guests are welcome to set up their own tv service if they want it.
Three piece bathroom with shower stall; Hollywood movie stars would weep to use the makeup mirror. Towels and bed linens provided; hairdryer, soap, shampoo and body lotion all supplied in the bathroom.
There's street parking nearby - just let me know if you're arriving by car so I can direct you - and a place to lock up your bikes. This is a bike-friendly neighbourhood so street parking in front of my house has been eliminated in favour of bike lanes. There's a city bus stop on my doorstop. There's a spare GPS in the suite if you need one when driving around; it's an older model and a bit out of date but works in town.... and has a nice Irishman voicing the directions :)
A sunny patio out front with table & chairs lets you enjoy the air and the view if you want to sit outside.
Depending on the season I try to keep the suite's windowbox stocked with a few greens, and there are lots of fresh herbs you can pick if you want to throw them into your cooking.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
The suite is entirely self-contained with a private entrance, so you can come and go as you like. I will welcome you but after that won't intrude on your privacy - but am always happy to chat or offer advice or directions or help in any other way I can.
TALL (6' plus) GUESTS PLEASE READ THIS. As some of my more altitudinous guests have discovered, there are a couple of 6 foot ceiling beams in the kitchen that may remind you of European historical buildings if you aren't careful, and the charming dining alcove requires most tall folks to duck when entering. But the ceilings are of normal height (2m) and as you can see from the pics the suite is bright and feels very spacious.
There is a secure bike lockup for cyclists but I'm afraid you'll have to bring your own bikes or rent locally - happy to help you with the logistics of doing that if needed!
I leave a few breakfast items to get you started, but most people who stay like to do a bit of cooking themselves. I no longer leave dairy or bread because so many people have allergies, but I do supply some local eggs, butter, home-made jam, as well as teas and coffee. If you let me know ahead of time of any allergies/ sensitivities I can tailor my offerings to suit your diet.
I have a dog called Murphy who stays upstairs in my part of the house and is not barky.
Please note that for longer-term guests (over 30 days) I'll need a security deposit (50% of one month's rent) in accordance with the BC residential tenancy regulations. Long stays also include a mandatory biweekly clean which is included in the monthly rate; the $35 cleaning/restocking fee is separate from this and is posted on this website with the standard pricing information. Please contact me prior to booking if you wish to know more about this.
The suite's floors are laminate and I do prefer you take shoes off indoors, so you might want to pack some slippers!
Check-out time 12 noon; check in 3pm or by arrangement. (Please don't arrive before 3pm unless we've arranged an early check-in: I need the time to clean up between guests to have everything shiny shiny for you!)
No smoking or open candle flames in suite; please smoke outside and be responsible for disposing of butts in a safe and sanitary way (meaning, please don't butt them out in driveway or garden). Just let me know if you need an ashtray.
Please no parties, late night noise or loud music - I live a quiet life upstairs, with inadequate soundproofing, and my ability to offer hospitality is based on neighbourly goodwill.
Attention TV addicts: a further fyi if you missed it in the listing: there is a tv set with dvd/vcr player but no cable or other tv service. Which is one of the reasons this 1 bedroom suite is priced well below what you would pay for a hotel room :)
Sorry, no pets. Sad about this but want to make the place bearable for people with allergies, and keep wear and tear to a minimum.
And also sorry to say, no babies or children under the age of 12. Experience has been a hard teacher, and I just can't cope with the wear and tear and cleaning involved in hosting younger kids.
When you go out for the day, please turn off lights, fans etc. and turn down heating. This keeps my running costs (and prices!) down. I know this is a hard habit for North Americans to learn. Just pretend you're frugal Europeans :)
Please please oh please separate garbage from recycling and composting in bins provided (or I will have to go through your garbage do it for you, as the waste removal rules have been tightened up in my municipality). There are instructions in the suite to guide your sorting.
On departure, please take the sheets off the bed, wash dishes, and leave the place as clean and tidy as possible. This helps me keep my cleaning costs (and prices!) down.
When you check out, please remember to turn off heat and lights, *lock the door* and leave the key in the red mailbox by my front door (it's on the pillar opposite my door).
Overall, please bear in mind this is a home not a hotel, and I am the concierge, cleaner and maintenance person. I'm not able to test every fixture or check the wear on each item between guests, so please let me know asap if you find something broken or damaged so that I have time to replace or fix it. I expect, as you do, that everything in the suite is in good repair and working properly so you can have a relaxing stay!
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Writer, foodie, traveller. I've stayed in all kinds of travellers' lodgings myself, from five star hotels to friendly AirBnB beds to friends' sofas, so I know how important it is to have somewhere clean, quiet and comfortable to rest a weary head. Whether you're staying a couple of nights or a couple of weeks, I hope you'll find my place a peaceful, liveable and beautiful space, ideal to come home to after a day of work, play or travel.
As for me, I've lived and worked abroad, travelled a lot in Europe, studied food at Slow Food's University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, written books, articles and poetry about food, and am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I plan all my holidays and even shopping trips around meals!
I'm really passionate and knowledgeable about all kinds of thing about food: organics, urban farming, local food and holistic nutrition. I can point you toward markets, artisanal producers, vineyards, purveyors of herbs, teas and special diet/gluten-free foods and all manner of wonderful local eateries on southern Vancouver Island.
P.S. I have had fantastic experiences with AirBnb both as a host and a guest, and met some really lovely people. It is an incomparable way to travel, so if this is your first experience of it, you're in for a treat (even if for some inexplicable reason you choose not to stay at mine!)
P.P.S. A "good guest" tip: we AirBnB hosts like to know a bit about our guests before we open the door to them, so it's really helpful if you can post a photo and write a bit of bio on your profile before requesting a stay in our homes. Knowing your interests and background can help us give you an even better visit!