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Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom

Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Salt Spring Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2

Central island, tucked away and surrounded by large trees this ocean view cottage is an oasis - ideal for a romantic getaway, artist or writers retreat. The cottage celebrates the art and life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo with it's Mexican themed decor. We have another smaller cottage and 2 bedroom suite which are also Frida themed.

Note: We no longer update the calendar on this website, please check our website for up to date calendar availability information.

Even on the dullest days of Winter this little cottage shines brightly and has a open airy feel with the high ceilings and skylights. The fully equipped kitchen is stocked with breakfast foods including local farm eggs so you can have breaky when you want to. The cottage has a TV/DVD and stereo with movie and music selections, plus cable TV. It also has wireless internet and cell phone coverage for most cell phones. Sip on your FREE margaritas while soaking in the hot tub on the deck, cozy up in front of the woodstove and watch a movie or relax on the deck and watch the birds, deer and ravens pass by. The cottage is pet friendly with a community orchard, beautiful shell beach and rainforest walk all dog friendly and within a 5 minute stroll. There is a fenced in yard for pets as well. We also have a 1 bedroom casita that is pet friendly that rents for less. Contact us if you would like us to send pictures of this one too.

Cottage Surroundings: The Rainforest walk, just up the road, has a unique riparian system full of birds, frogs and plant life that is rarely seen elsewhere. Dogs are allowed on leash. Beddis beach is one of our only shell beaches on Salt Spring, very sunny in the morning to late afternoon. We are on the sunrise side of the island. Sunrises can be viewed right out the front window from the Queen size bed in the cozy bedroom with closet. There are lots of wonderful places to sit and take in the scenes of nature this sweet little cottage has to offer. Muskoka chairs on the front deck, a rocking chair on the side deck, the hot tub which is sunken into the deck, a table for two on the deck facing the ocean view and a bench in the pond garden all offer scenic places to sit and enjoy the space.

Salt Spring Island : Salt Spring Island (SSI) is nestled in the Gulf Islands between Crofton BC which is near Duncan, BC and Sidney BC which is near Victoria BC. It has three ferry terminals, including Long Harbour that bring cars and passengers in from Tsawassen, near Vancouver BC. SSI also has three airlines that bring passengers into our downtown harbour from Vancouver (near the International airport). We highly recommend this for International travellers as it is easy and quick (20 minute flight) after a long flight over here and you can rent a car island. We also do ferry pickups and drop offs for a fee. We have so many customers say 'Salt Spring has so many things to offer, a two day stay just doesn't do it' and the tend to come back over and over again! It has the kind of magic we all seek and can't seem to get enough of in these hectic living times. We highly recommend you plan for a week or longer, especially from March to October as there are many outdoor, art and culture events happening.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom

Carl doesn't look like Diego so we opted for a Frida with Trotsky painting and didn't go as far as the uni brow on Tracy! We love to travel and when we do we like to hunker down in a private location with full kitchen, so that is the kind of accommodation we wanted to offer our guests. We are a bed and breakfast, but we don't serve breakfast. Instead we stock the kitchens with enough breakfast food choices to get you going when you first arrive. We have two cottages and a 2 bedroom villa now to offer families and couples a few choices. Being artists ourselves we wanted to offer our guests an aesthetic and unique vacation rental. Frida and Mexico worked beautifully for us and we hope it works for you too!

Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Tracy Harrison and Carl Borgstrom chose Salt Spring Island

Both of our Beddis Road properties have ocean views and are close to a rainforest walk, one of the best Beaches on Salt Spring Island and a sweet orchard park.

What makes this cottage unique

Have a unique and special experience in our mexican inspired cottages and villa. Our guests always seem delighted by the aesthetics and personal touches to the accommodations we provide

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 9 traveler reviews

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A Cottage with a Little Bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Pender Island B.C

Best cottage experience in the Gulf Islands

  • 5 of 5

Carl and Tracey know how to make their cottage a 'home from home'. Comfortable, artistic, and welcoming, the roomy cottage has modern appliances, thoughtful layout and a quiet location. Their cleaner is meticulous, and the cottage was warm and the fridge was well stocked when we arrived in the early afternoon.

Their cottage guidelines are clear and thoughtful, and they have an impressive array of books, games and videos. Carl was very friendly and a font of knowledge, and we would/will recommend this property to our friends.

We enjoy hiking, bird watching, and visits to local galleries. Salt Spring has some fine walks, grand wild life and excellent galleries...we recommend the local pub, Mobys, and the Rock Salt Cafe.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

A lot of character on Salt Spring Island

  • 4 of 5

We rented both the cottage and casita. Both are beautiful properties close enough for family activities and meals but far enough to give a little privacy and independence to the 3 teenagers with us. The hot tub was wonderful after a morning run or a day of exploring the island. Most days we walked to Beddis beach maybe a 7 min. stroll away. Our large dog enjoyed exploring the generous fenced in yard of the cottage. Overall a fun and relaxing experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Birgitte Great to hear how well it worked for you in both the cottage and the casita. We were impressed with how clean your teenage daughters left the casita! Glad you had lots of relaxation and quiet time at the cottage. Sounds like you got in lots of beach time too! Beddis Beach is one of the best on the island! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with others and we hope to see you again sometime.

Our stay with Freda.

  • 5 of 5

Everything you could ask for. Just as advertised and more. 10 minutes away from Ganges and oh so private and quiet. A great value. We have already recommended it to friends. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Absolutely magic!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Frida's cottage went beyond all our expectations. Its located 5 mins to Beddis Beach, surrounded by forest, deer, has a fabulous deck for barbequeing, with a private hot tub....and from the bedroom you can see the ocean. Tracy and Carl's attention to detail is impressive, we hope to come back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review our cottage. Glad you liked the oceanview from the bedroom! One of my favourite features of the cottage. We hope to see you next year!


  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our 9th wedding anniversary. It was a little vacation rental and a little B & B. Perfect. The start-up food lasted our 3 mornings. The Margarita's in the Freezer were delicious. They made a virgin margarita for my husband. We loved the wood burning fireplace and all of the wood supplied. It was private but we knew if we needed anything the owners would deal with it immediately. I would stay again and we highly recommend it! The beach and the orchard are just a short walk away. We love the Tree House Cafe and ended up eating there twice in our 3 day stay. We loved everything about Freda's Cottage!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Our New Favourite

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed at a variety of cottages and cabins on Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island. Carl and Tracy's Frida's Cottage is now at the top of our list given our needs/wants: no children, privacy, space for a big dog, hot tub, wood burning stove, and peace and quiet. The following review addresses only the cottage, not the Casita or the Villa.

The Cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. It has a lovely fenced garden for your dog, ample deck space, including a hot tub with a perfect sunrise view, a wood burning stove, and its own zen garden for meditation or contemplation.

The hosts, Carl and Tracy, are friendly and only there when you need them, making this a very private retreat for couples. The Casita is located higher up on the same property as the Cottage, but has its own separate entrance and privacy fencing, so tenants of each do not really ever see each other.

We will definitely be returning, many times. This is one of those gems you do not want to share with anybody so that you can always have access to it, but you realize you need to share it so that it will always be there for you and others to enjoy in the future.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Victoria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Salt Spring Inn
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Three Ferry Terminals all 15 minutes away
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Salt Spring Golf Course
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Victoria BC
Nearest Motorway
22 Miles
Victoria BC
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Tree House Cafe
Nearest Ski
160 Miles
Mount Washington in Courtney BC
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Beddis Beach
Car: recommended

Central Salt Spring Island, in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia, Canada (10 minute car ride from Ganges which is the downtown core of Salt Spring Island, 15 minute walk to Rainforest hike and a 5 minute stroll to Community orchard and Beddis Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches on SSI).

Other Activities: Art studio tours, gallery walks, horse carriage rides


Rates & Availability

Salt Spring Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas New Years
Dec 19 - Jan 4
3 nights
Low Season Rates
Jan 6 - Apr 30
2 nights
High Season Rates
May 1 - Jun 30
2 nights
High Season Summer Weeklong
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 nights
High Season Fall
Sep 1 - Oct 14
2 nights
Low Season Winter
Oct 15 - Dec 18
2 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$25 + Tax
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 rates of $120 per night
Booking not confirmed until you receive our confirmation email.
Fridas Casita is available at less cost if you are a budget traveler.
50% deposit to hold booking dates
Balance due at check-in


Salt Spring Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 680 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Floorboards
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Workshop
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Our bathroom has a shower only, but the hot tub is only steps away for soaking in warm water outdoors! We provide Salt Spring shampoo, conditioner and soap to ensure you have what you need. We also have a hair dryer and curling iron available, plus a drawer of miscellaneous things you may need.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Best suited two or three people
  • Our customers report that the bed is wonderfully comfortable and they have slept very well at the cottage. Fine linens, lamps, kleenex and water jugs beside the bed, ensure you have everything you need! Our pull out couch is comfy too, if there are 3 of you are you have a young child (toddlers are well accommodated at the cottage). We really see the cottage as best accommodating a couple or single person on retreat.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The cottage is best suited to a couple or individual on retreat. A child or pet is welcome however we should discuss the situation first. Massage is available for a fee on site. House keeping after your stay is included, unless you bring a pet then there is an extra pet fee which covers the cleaning. House cleaning during your stay is optional and at an additional fee. There is a broom, mop and vacuum cleaner available during your stay. Laundry washer and dryer is also available for a fee and we do provide soap. Permission to use these facilities is to be prearranged. Clay studio sessions are available with Tracy in her clay studio. You are most welcome to come and make something out of clay and we will ship it to you later. Cost is dependent on time spent in the studio and cost to ship your item.

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