Escape to your own magical seaside cottage on beautiful Vancouver Island. “Gabled Cottage” is a newly built 3100 sq ft beach front home in historic Crofton. Built on “The Point”, a former rum runner’s haven, Gabled Cottage overlooks the Salish Sea, Salt Spring and Thetis Islands and the majestic snow –capped mountains across the Straights of Georgia on the mainland.
Inspired by their love of anything English, the owners modeled the cottage after an English Country home. Open the front door of the cottage and walk into the reception hall and let your gaze take you past the Great Room, past the terrace and out to the Salish Sea.
Graced with old world furnishings, the elegant marbled three sided gas fireplace holds court in the Great Room. The Great Room is just the place to curl up in front of the fireplace and catch up on your reading.
The stainless steel 6 burner commercial gas range with convection oven plays centre stage in the kitchen The black granite counter tops, encrusted with red garnets, offers a counterpoint to the white hand cut marble subway tiles completing the European look. The kitchen is complete with dishwasher, microwave, pots and pans and is well stocked with homemade jams and jellies, flour, sugar, coffee and tea. If you wish we can have fresh local milk and local free range eggs waiting for you.
Each of the three guest rooms radiates romantic country elegance and offers serene vistas of either the beautiful gardens or vast ocean views. The master bedroom suite has French doors leading out to the covered terrace. The view from the windows overlooks the beautiful sea views. The bedroom has a four poster queen size bed. The en-suite boasts a two person corner soaker tub, over sized shower and his and her sinks.
The two other bedrooms are in a separate and very private wing and share a common bathroom complete with a deep soaker tub and shower.
The huge loft upstairs is ideal for a separate media room or an extra bed room. It has two twin size beds and a game table. The loft also has as a two piece bathroom and closet.
Walk through the gardens and you will end up at Fantasy Cottage where you can relax on the front porch. If it's raining go inside and turn on the electric fireplace. You can hear the rain on the roof. The loft inside, complete with a ladder is a great place to entertain the grand kids. Continue your walk into the rose garden. Depending on the time of year, you can pick yourself a bouquet of herbs for your dinner. Keep walking and you'll discover the secret pathway to the private beach. If the tide is out treat yourself to a long walk on the beach. You can turn right and go all the way to Camp Qwanoes or go the other way to the village.
When you get back to the gardens open the gate and go into the Foxglove Community Gardens and Culinary School. Plan your getaway at the right time and you'll receive a discount on the cooking classes. There's French, Mexican, Italian, Korean and even bread making classes. Check out the Weekend Culinary Getaway package also offered at Gabled Cottage listed futher on in amenities. Chef Zac will take you on a culinary tour of wineries, cheese makers and farm markets then enjoy the hands on cooking classes when you return.
Mornings - early risers can enjoy their first cup of coffee or tea from the covered slate terrace as they take in the breath taking sunrise. The sights and sounds of the world awakening are not to be missed. The pale sky fills with colours as the sun slowly rises over Salt Spring creating beautiful reflections on the water. The gulls come alive and start calling each other. Birds fill the air with their calls as they dart about looking for breakfast. If you’re quiet perhaps a sea otter will scamper past on his way to the pond for a morning bath. The ducks that have been sleeping near the shore fly overhead to land in the pond. Perhaps a doe with her fawn will saunter by on their way to get their breakfast in the rose garden next door. Your day has started in this peaceful paradise.
End your day in the same place with a glass of your favourite wine and watch the sun set over Mount Brenton. Again, the sky is filled with crimsons, pinks and purples. The snow covered peaks on the mainland are tinged with pinks and look like a strawberry snow cone. The water reflects the sky and is marbled with colours. All of a sudden the air becomes still, the birds are quiet and the gulls are sitting on the dock before you. It’s that magic time when the world is saying good night and the peaceful twilight turns into night.
Things To Do and Places To Go.
A must do is the Chemainus Dinner Theater. They feature Broadway plays and musicals and the food is not to be missed.
Duncan, the “City of Totems” is 10 minutes away in the other direction along back country roads. Visit downtown and take in “Galloways Rare Books and Wine Bar”, then off to do some antiquing and shopping for shoes at “Cardino’s”. Stop by “Pot’s and Paraphernalia” for all the kitchen, bed and bathrooms goodies. Then it “Just Jakes Restaurant and Brew Pub” for a much needed lunch or dinner. There is the Coast Salish Native museum which is a very interesting stop. If you like, take in the casino for an exciting time.
Victoria, a short 45 minute drive south is the capital of British Columbia and is also the home of the world famous Empress Hotel and the Parliament Building. Butchart Gardens is also a must.
Back home travel north 3 hours and you are at Mount Washington, voted the best skiing in BC by those in the know.
Hop on the ferry that travels back and forth by your front door. It's at the Crofton dock just down around the corner. It's just a short 20 minute ferry ride and you’re on Salt Spring Island, home of the rich and famous. Ganges has the Saturday Market and Mouat’s Department Store and restaurants for every ones taste.
This island is a great place to discover your own private Paradise!
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