THE BOATHOUSE... ~AN~ OCEANFRONT COTTAGE NEAR BUTCHART GARDENS

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THE BOATHOUSE... ~AN~ OCEANFRONT COTTAGE NEAR BUTCHART GARDENS

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

If you are seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, let us invite you to this unique oceanfront cottage. For the past 23 years, we have been welcoming guests from around the world to the Boathouse B&B. At the suggestion of some of our guests, we now offer a self-catering option, which means no breakfast but coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milk are provided. However, if you would like a continental breakfast, we would be more than happy to oblige.

THE BOATHOUSE is a 450 sq.ft. cottage built in 1927 on cement pilings right over the calm waters of Brentwood Bay. The Boathouse, as well as the adjacent Bathhouse, have been completely and tastefully refurbished but still retain the charm and old-style craftsmanship of the original buildings. Both are warmed by electric heat. Daily service includes fresh towels and trash removal, plus twice-weekly light housekeeping.

THE 'GREAT ROOM' features a queen-size bed with a Beauty Rest box spring and mattress. Together with cozy triple-brushed flannel sheets, down-filled pillows and the gentle lapping of waves, you are assured of a great night's sleep. The table is set for two and overlooks the water and a private island. The CD player and a selection of oldies, jazz and classics, along with fresh cut flowers and candles lets you set the mood for a wonderfully romantic evening.

THE GALLEY does not have cooking facilities per se (due to a local bylaw). It is, however, equipped with a toaster oven, automatic coffee maker, electric tea kettle, fridge and, of course, glasses, dishes, cutlery, etc. The Village of Brentwood Bay is but a 5 minute drive and has three delis, pub, liquor store, bookstore, drugstores, bakery, and a full-service grocery store so there are a lot of options for you. Also within a 10-20 minute stroll from the Boathouse, along the waterfront, are three excellent oceanfront restaurants and a world-class lodge and spa. The world-famous Butchart Gardens is a 10 minute row in our dinghy or a 20 minute walk from the Boathouse. It also offers a cafeteria, restaurant, and superb dining room, as well as picnic tables.

THE 'LIBRARY' with an eclectic selection of books and games, comes complete with two swivel rocking chairs and ottoman, plus a view of sailboats and islands.

THE VERANDAH with its comfortable, wicker rocking chairs and teak side table is a great place to enjoy a morning coffee or an evening nightcap while you watch the marvelous sunsets.

THE PRIVATE DOCK is very spacious (12 ft. x 30 ft.) and can accommodate your boat or seaplane. It provides a platform to view jellyfish, starfish, otters, seals and water birds. It's also a great place to catch the sun. The dock also serves as a launching pad for the dinghy for your rowing trips to Butchart Gardens or down the tranquil waters of Tod Inlet for a picnic on a shale beach. You can also swim off the dock during the warm summer months.

THE BATHHOUSE is adjacent to the Boathouse and is lined with tongue and groove cedar with a Swedish oil finish. It features a corner brass and glass shower, pedestal sink, toilet, antique cabinet, as well as solid brass light fixtures. All this, plus a spectacular ocean view of Saanich Inlet!

THE BOATHOUSE is really a world unto itself and yet it is only 20 minutes from the airport, ferries, Town of Sidney and the City of Victoria. You owe yourselves the luxury of some quiet time...and we invite you spend that time at the Boathouse.

Make your reservation by calling us. TOLL FREE.

Your hosts,

Jean and Harvey Merritt

Keywords: Cottage,Waterfront,Oceanfront

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
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About The Owner

Harvey and Jean moved to Vancouver Island in 1966. They retired in 2000, Harvey after working in advertising and real estate and Jean in administrative positions at the University of Victoria. Our love of travel has taken us to the U.S. and Mexico, Europe, the U.K., as well as New Zealand and Australia.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1979

Why The Owner chose Victoria

The Village of Brentwood Bay is a 5 minute drive and has all of the amenities you will need to make your vacation complete. The City of Victoria and Town of Sidney are within a 20 minute drive.

What makes this cottage unique

The Boathouse is on the water's edge. We live in a bungalow at the top of the property so one of us is usually around to answer your questions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, Jean and Harvey, for your wonderful hospitality. This is truly a beautiful place and we have been privileged to have enjoyed it for the last four days.
Aug 2010
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The Boathouse... ~An~ Oceanfront Cottage Near Butchart Gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews
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The Boathouse... ~An~ Oceanfront Cottage Near Butchart Gardens
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So much more than we ever expected...

  • 5 of 5
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a meditative retreat, or cozy home base to explore greater Victoria you will find the Boathouse to be the perfect vacation destination.

From the moment my husband and I descended the stairs to the private dock and entered the charming Boathouse we were delighted with the clean and cozy interior of this hideaway and even more so with the natural and tranquil beauty surrounding it.

Owners, Harvey and Jean, provided so many details for our comfort and convenience. We highly recommend The Boathouse for a memorable vacation haven.
  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Old Fashion Charm

  • 5 of 5
The Boathouse is a charming little hide away by the sea. It was all we had hoped for and more. Jean and Harvey were so friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed many activities the area had to offer, but we were always excited to get back to our little house by the sea. We never tired of sitting out on the veranda and watching all the wildlife and activity. The restaurants in the bay were convenient and did not disappoint. It was truly a unique experience that you cannot find anywhere else!
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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We didn't want to leave

We didn't want to leave
  • 5 of 5
Our week in the Beach House was wonderful. Jean and Harvey were great hosts who managed to walk the difficult line between being welcoming and respecting our privacy. The accommodation in the Boat House was lovely - the bed is extremely comfy, the kitchen has everything you need and the bathroom was a pleasure to use. We relished the peace and spent hours watching the seals, humming birds and even eagles going about their business.

The view is sublime, especially early in the morning and at sunset. Sit on the verandah or on the jetty with a glass of wine and relish the peace, the fresh air and the wildlife. I'm sure that you, like us, will find it very hard to leave.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Ripster

  • 5 of 5
The view, charm, ambience, soul and of course the hosts Harvey & Jean are beyond words. The Boathouse must be experienced in person to fully appreciate its location and charm, My wife and i could not have chosen a better place to celebrate her 60th B'Day and some much needed down time. This location offers the best the Saanich inlet has to offer from world class spa to Butchart Gardens and just the natural beauty and tranquility of Tod Inlet and Finlayson Arm, all just minutes away, walking or by dingy.Having arrived by boat, Harvey & Jeans help with knowledge of the local area and help with mooring etc. was greatly appreciated, their attention to detail is unsurpassed in every way from cleanliness to decor of the Boathouse and its original charm.Having stayed at many listings vrbo has to offer this ranks at the very top of my list, the description and photos are a small prelude to the actual experience. My hats off to Harvey and Jean for providing us with such a wonderful memorable experience never to be forgotten, we hope to be back soon!!!!
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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Charming, lovely, quaint, restful, vintage, renovated waterfront cottage soothes the soul...

  • 5 of 5
Absolutely as advertised! Having honeymooned in Victoria in 1973, we could not have made a better selection for a celebratory get-away for our 40th anniversary. The cottage, built in the 1927, has very much going for it. Private dock with rowing dinghy (we rowed to The Buchart Gardens). Picturesque setting. Right on the water of Brentwood Bay. Cute as a bugs ear. Clean as a whistle. The sound of water lapping as the tide rolls in and out is intoxicating. An ample porch with wicker rockers allows a great view of the parade of watercraft of all kinds. The library is a cozy retreat if the evening is cool. Be sure to watch for the heron, the eagles, the otters, the raccoon family, starfish, and jellyfish. Our hosts, Jean and Harvey, have thought of everything to make your stay memorable. Highly recommended. We can hardly wait to return to this glowing gem in the Great Northwest.
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Victoria Vancouver Island
Baltimore
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UNIQUE, TO STAY ON THE BAY WITH AN EASY BOAT ROW TO BOUCHARD GARDENS

  • 5 of 5
We've stayed here twice, all the way from Baltimore, on both our 10th and 25th wedding anniversaries. We've chosen it because of its view, its sweet and romantic quality, its solo nature, being on the water, and so out of the way, yet so near to the beautiful Bouchard Gardens, and just a short drive to Victoria.
The owners, Harvey and Jean, know that their clients seek this privacy and beauty, and have done everything to enhance that, with flowers and beautiful forest flora everywhere around the steps down from their home level. It does have quite a few steps, so is not for the walking impaired, but you surely don't have to be athletic either. They are warm and incredibly helpful people. A home baked breakfast is available, as we had the first time, but this time we were headed straight into Victoria, yet they were attentive about what kind of milk product we wanted for our coffee, and there were homemade fabulous cookies awaiting us. It is such a quiet retreat, looking out on an islet and the larger Brentwood Bay. (If you are next traveling to Nanaimo, you can take the Brentwood ferry, as a great shortcut from right down the road.) It is hard to describe the special charm, but the porch is quite wonderful, as is the little sitting room, sheltered, inside the boat house (which it actually was). The mattress and down comforter are especially nice. Great quality at every level. A tiny kitchenette that allows lots to happen, even without a stove per se. Spotless. No drawbacks except the steps and the separate (but close) bathroom and shower house, and these are not a big deal for most people. We rather liked the bath house set up, with a tiny garden and lounge chairs in between. This is unique and you will never forget how much you loved it.
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: For more information on the world-famous Butchart Gardens see our web site www.boathousebandb.com and click on the Butchart Gardens link.
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Butchart Gardens
"The world famous Butchart Gardens are a 20 minute walk or a 10 minute row from the Boathouse"
Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa
"The Brentwood Lodge and Spa is a 20 minute walk or a 15 minute row"
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Butchart Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Brentwood Lodge and Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Gowland Tod Provincial Park
Car: recommended

Complimentary pick up and drop off ferries and airport!

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May 1 until Sept. 30
Sep 15 2014 - Sep 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$215
$1,400
 
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Amenities

Amenities

Victoria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
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