Saanich Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Mulberry Cottage, recently renovated, is a quaint, romantic, self-contained private cottage with a queen posturepedic brass bed, and double futon (couch in living room makes into futon). It sleeps 2 comfortably - and bedding for extra. Full kitchenette with sink, microwave, toaster oven, fridge, double burner stove-top, toaster, coffee maker, kettle, dishes and cutlery, tea, coffee - all you would need to cook. And BBQ. Hot and cold cereals are supplied, along with some goodies during your stay. High Speed Wi-Fi, Satellite T.V., DVDs, Stereo, & Cds included. Full bath with soaker tub. A beautiful Bay window overlooks a lush 1/2 acre of gardens. Full use of Gazebo, Patio, Patio table, Yard, and 4 person private Hot-Tub for your use. (2 housecoats provided) Guest parking. Brochures, and knowledge and help regarding attractions and restaurants, etc. - we are more than happy to help. Fruit from the Property - when in season! Along with a variety of birds, dragonflies, & Monarch butterflies. We have planted specific flora to attract these!
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
About Jo-Ann Hopkins
Peter & Jo-Ann Hopkins purchased this property, shortly after they were married - and have done substantial renovations since inception. It has been a Labor of Love! Peter was a Clearance Diver with the Navy for 20 years - and has done Bomb Disposal work throughout the World, and as close as Calgary - both in the River and on Military Land, during 1998 - 2005. He is also trained as a Millwright - what he works at now - with Victoria Shipyards - repairing and a Consultant on ferries and submarines. Jo-Ann started her career in Accounting, then moved to being the only Bonded and Licensed female Car Broker in Alberta, then 21 years as a successful Realtor - both in Calgary and here in Victoria. A little note - she used to Barrel Race too. Jo just happened on this house during her career!! The Main home was built in 1931 - so both home and property have much Heritage character. The Cottage - in the back yard - overlooks the huge Mulberry Tree - hence the name 'Mulberry Cottage'. We have completely renovated the Main home and added an Addition (for Jo-Ann's Reiki treatment studio), also added an Addition to the Cottage (which used to be a bird aviary at one point....!) new circular driveway and brick walkways, new outbuildings, - and Pete finally got his Shop! We love visiting with our guests - from around the World.... and hope when you come - you will experience R & R. Jo-Ann is also a Reiki Master - and offers treatments in her home studio.
Jo-Ann Hopkins purchased this cottage in 2004
Why Jo-Ann Hopkins chose Saanich
We are located in an exceptional area - close to shopping and grocery stores, Lakes, and the Ocean. Also the ferries and the Airport. We have been told by several guests - the property is 'magical'. It has that English Country Cottage feel. A very safe and quiet area, with much flora and fauna.
What makes this cottage unique
We have a 1/2 acre secluded property - but close to all amenties. The best of both worlds! We love the peace of the gardens, the country road out front - that people walk constantly. And the proximity to the lake and Ocean - is so close - you can walk to either. The trees on the property are very stately and beautiful. They attract many birds (and squirrels!). If you like Nature - you will love this.
Guestbook comments from the owner
I am writing this story to tell you about the good times I have had at Mulberry Cottage. My girlfriend and I wanted to come to Victoria to buy a set of boots for myself. I phoned around to many accommodations, and they all suggested staying at Mulberry because they were full. So I contacted Jo-Ann and made arrangements to come and stay. Maggie and I arrived and were greeted by Jo-Ann and her husband Peter. They were very warm to us, and we found a peace at the Cottage. Maggie and I stayed two days and left knowing that we would return in the future. We also had a good time with Peter and Jo-Ann. Maggie and I had a very good relationship with ourselves and with Peter and Jo-Ann. Maggie lost her life to a cancerous tumor in the brain recently, and is now at ease from all the pain she went through. I had a call from Jo-Ann – she suggested I come back to the Cottage and have some time to grieve, so I went. Peter and Jo-Ann have a good repoire with me and showed love and caring for me. I respect them greatly and stay in touch with them regularly and believe Mulberry Cottage has been a blessing to me and to all the people that go there. I hope your experience is as good or better than the times I have been there. Michael - July/2013
(Michael wanted me to post this.... as he could not. -Jo)