FRIDAS VILLA & COTTAGES: A LITTLE BIT OF MEXICO ON SALT SPRING ISLAND

Tracy Harrison

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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FRIDAS VILLA & COTTAGES: A LITTLE BIT OF MEXICO ON SALT SPRING ISLAND

Salt Spring Island Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 to 6)

Fridas Villa is a very special private 2 Bedroom Suite on beautiful Salt Spring Island celebrating the Life and Paintings of Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo. The suite is a unique experience, tastefully decorated and well stocked with everything you need to rest and relax in style. We also have two 1 bedroom cottages (with pull out couches) if the Villa is booked or there are only two of you, please inquire. Unwind on the deck with your complimentary Lime Margaritas or under the stars in the private hot tub garden. Massage therapists for each of you can be hired in to pamper you further right in the suite. Beddis Road is the best road on the island to bike on and it is very scenic as it winds down to one of the best shell beaches on the island Beddis Beach, which is a 5-10 minute walk away. We are centrally located on the island with all ferries only 15 minutes away and the famous Saturday market in downtown Ganges only 10 minutes away by car or 45 minutes by bike. The suite has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room with gas fireplace and entertainment centre, pillow top Queen bedroom and private four piece bath with soaker tub. There is a second Queen bedroom which has its own private entrance to the deck and to the bathroom. Perfect for two couples sharing or families. Fridas can sleep 4 people very comfortably and up to 6 people with permission. For couples it is a very private romantic location. Pets and children are also most welcome. We are all people friendly and will do our best to make your holiday a memorable one. You can also arrange to spend time with Tracy in the clay studio making a special bowl, platter, tile or sculpture to take home. Be an artist for a day on beautiful Salt Spring Island!

Keywords: Unique Suite, Bed and Breakfast, Villa, self contained accommodation, fireplace, hot tub, ocean view, kitchen, pet friendly, accessible, accommodates 4 to 6, children, pets

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community
Guestbook comments from the owner
We stayed for 2 wonderfully peaceful weeks which really allowed us to unwind.

I have never stayed anywhere before, hotel or rented cottage, that made us

feel so welcomed and immediately at home. The lush gardens and sea views as

well as the fully equipped suite really made this a trip we will never

forget. Then there were the feline and canine companions who also welcomed us

as well as Tracy and Carl. Our art lesson was a joy and I am so proud of the

necklace and pot stand I made with Tracy's mellow guidance. We have made some new friends and have really awesome memories of the magical time we spent

here.
Jul 2012
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Tracy Harrison

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Well, we don't look like Frida and Diego but this picture is pretty close to Frida and her lover Leon Trotsky. Being artists ourselves, we wanted to celebrate the life and work of an artist in our suite. Frida Kahlo was a perfect choice and with her came the Mexican theme which also makes our suite really fun to stay in. Carl has done all the beautiful cabintry work in the suite and Tracy has made and hand painted all the tiles. We experienced the magic of Salt Spring several years ago and have felt it calling us back. It gives us great pleasure to share our wonderful island life with guests. Tracy offers family clay making sessions in her studio to give you all a chance to be an artist for a day. Couples really enjoy the opportunity to make something special for their home too. We want your time on island to be as relaxed and tranquil as possible so we can also arrange massage therapists to come to the suite and treat you to a spa experience with hot rocks and aromatherapy oils. Our dog Banjo and cat Floyd will also be here to greet you and your pets.

Tracy Harrison purchased this villa in 2005

We bought our little piece of paradise on Salt Spring Island because the island way of life called to us. It is very relaxing on Salt Spring. After a few days 'Island Time' settles in and the love and joy of our small community is reflected back in the smiles you will receive from local people. Nature abounds here with mountains, ocean and forest rhythms calling us to be outdoors.

Salt Spring is abundant with nature swaying, flying and buzzing by everywhere. Eagles, humming birds, ravens and wood peckers can all be seen and heard in our area. Deer stroll across the driveway and munch away on the grass in front of Fridas Villa. At night the frogs sing from the pond and owls hoot. The stars are bright in the sky as there is little light interference. On your way down to the beach we have a community orchard we all share full of Apple, Plum, and Pear Trees. Nearby there are golf courses, kayaking outfitters, artists studios to visit and many more activities to partake in. Salt Spring has an abundance of activities to do all year round so consider extending your stay.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 29 traveler reviews

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Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
average rating of 4.793103 based on 29 reviews
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Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p241262vb
(250) 537-1333 (British Columbia, Canada)
Salt Spring Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Victoria / bc
5

AS QUIET AND NICE A RESTING STOP AS I HAVE EVER FOUND

  • 5 of 5
The rooms are neat well layed out and most important to us clean as we I had my year and a half old grandson with us. The place is quiet, the owner operators kind and considerate and a wonderful facility to entertain visiting family who also brought young chidden.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We loved having you and your family here, especially the little guy. What a delight to watch him playing with our dogs - Frida and Diego. Glad you had everything you needed to enjoy your special family time.
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Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p241262vb
(250) 537-1333 (British Columbia, Canada)
Salt Spring Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Whitefish, MT
5

LOVED IT!

  • 5 of 5
We loved Frida's Villa! What a great little spot! We were comfortable with our 2 daughters - ages 14 and 19. LOVED the owner's dogs! We brought our dog as well and they played together. These owners think of everything! They are so attentive to your needs and to detail. We would come back here in a moment to enjoy our time again on Salt Spring and at Frida's! Loved it!
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: So glad you loved Fridas Villa. We loved hosting you and you are most welcome to come back anytime!
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Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p241262vb
(250) 537-1333 (British Columbia, Canada)
Salt Spring Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
5

SPRING BREAK FOR THE FAMILY OF FOUR

  • 5 of 5
Our family of four when to Tulum Mexico in March of 2013 for our friends' wedding and fell in love with Mexico; for Spring Break 2014 we decided to stay a little closer to home, but still have a little piece of Mexico at Frida's Villa. The moment we got there, we were welcomed with opened arms and a lovely lime margarita placed in our hand. As we have two young children, Kayla 4 years old and Zack 22 months, the layout of the villa was perfect for us. Two separate bedrooms allowed Bryan and I to put the kids to sleep at 7pm but also allowed us to enjoy the rest of the villa, including the fabulous hot tub without disturbing the kids and got to have quality couple time. The beach was just a short walk down the road that we all enjoyed. We did several the quick 5-minute trips into Ganges, where we picked up wonderful local food to take back to our kitchen at the villa to enjoy at our own pace. The kids were happy; especially playing with Frida and Diego (the owners’ beautiful dogs, American springer spaniels) therefore Bryan and I were happy and relaxed. What a wonderful time we had on Salt Spring Island at Frida’s Villa enjoying our local piece of Mexico.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p241262vb
(250) 537-1333 (British Columbia, Canada)
Salt Spring Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
5

ESPLÉNDIDO ALOJAMIENTO (SPLENDID ACCOMMODATION)

  • 5 of 5
We stayed 3 nights at Frida's Villa (it really does have a Mexican feel) in late November and enjoyed the experience immensely. Carl was a gracious host and a fount of knowledge about things to do on Salt Spring Island. The rental property, although situated below Carl's living quarters, was quiet, clean and spacious. The refrigerator and cupboards were very well stocked and the barbecue was an added benefit. From the Villa we toured the cheese factory, the brewery and explored all the nooks and crannies of Ganges and Fulford Harbour. The drive up Mount Maxwell for the views of the valley was a highlight and walks along the trails in the provincial parks, with their ocean views, were memorable. It is about 10 minutes drive from Ganges so a car was a plus. Overall, we were very satisfied with this VRBO.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Gracias estamos muy contentos de que tenía un tiempo maravilloso en la villa. Apreciamos mucho su tiempo en escribir una reseña.
business
Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p241262vb
(250) 537-1333 (British Columbia, Canada)
Salt Spring Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Port Townsend, Wash.
1

NOT RECOMMENDED

  • 1 of 5
The good:
That deep tub is really nice. Beddis Beach is handy and lovely.
The owner was easy to reach to set up a reservation.

Otherwise:
This lower level apartment is dank, damp and fusty smelling. And that's in summer. The linens are clean, but the rest of the appointments were musty and not fresh. Way, way (way) overpriced. We gritted our teeth and got through it for three nights but would not recommend this place at all.
  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for starting your review with the positives. As viewers you will see we have solid positive reviews and awards for our place. However, sometimes folks come who are negative about life and it reflects in how they view a place. We guarantee our place is not as described - not sure why these women felt compelled to describe it as such, but read the rest of the reviews and I am sure you will see we offer a beautiful place to stay that is warm and cozy and not smelly as suggested. Our places (we also have two one bedroom cottages) are thoroughly cleaned at every change over. Our island is expensive on all accounts and I think you will find we are competitively priced for a two bedroom unit.
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Fridas Villa & Cottages: a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p241262vb
(250) 537-1333 (British Columbia, Canada)
Salt Spring Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Calgary, Alberta
5

A WONDERFUL RETREAT

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Frida's Villa for two weeks and really enjoyed our time there. The accommodation was lovely, comfortable, clean and full of local delights for our use (everything from soaps, shampoos, coffee, tea, breakfast foods, maps, brochures). Carl and Tracey were helpful about places to see and things to do, and we were greeted with delicious drinks and wonderful music. Very welcoming! We enjoyed the hot tub each evening, many walks to Beddis beach and on the few cloudy days our young daughter took advantage of the toys, craft supplies and movies available for use in the suite. We appreciated the patio outside of our suite, the lovely garden all around and the outdoor dining table by the hot tub. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Salt Spring Air Dock or Victoria International
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Victoria, BC
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Beddis Beach
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Salt Spring Inn
Nearest Ski
160 Miles
Mount Washington
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Salt Spring Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Tree House Cafe
Car: recommended

Within walking distance (5 minutes) you will find Beddis Beach - a beautiful soft sand, shell beach, an old orchard and an amazing old growth rainforest walk. There are so many activities to do on Salt Spring at all times of the year we suggest you extend your visit. Everything from our Famous Saturday and Tuesday markets (March to October), Artist Studio Tours, Galleries, Music and Theatre events, excellent restaurants, to all kinds of outdoor activities like golfing, fishing, ocean life tours, kayaking, and fresh water lake swimming is available.

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Availability & Rates

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Salt Spring Island Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season Summer Week-Long
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
C$1,160
 
 
High Season Fall
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 14 2014
2 night minimum stay
C$180
C$1,160
 
 
Low Season Fall
Oct 15 2014 - Dec 18 2014
2 night minimum stay
C$120
C$740
 
 
Christmas New Years
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
C$180
C$1,160
 
 
Low Season Winter
Jan 5 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$120
C$740
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$25 + Tax
50% deposit to hold booking dates
Balance due at check-in
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes Rates are for double occupancy - extra persons: $25 per night
High season rates apply to all Canadian holidays.
May-June Special: Book 5 nights or more and pay Low Season rate of $120 per night
Booking not confirmed until you receive our confirmation email.
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Amenities

Salt Spring Island Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Gas Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Luxury pull out couch in front of fireplace
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
  • CD Player
  • Television
  • Games
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • library
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • shelling
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • kayaking
  • tennis
  • snorkeling/diving
  • hiking
  • fishing
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