3 bedroom 2.5 bath on a large property surrounded by fir and maple trees
About Daniel Welch
Hi my name is Daniel Welch and my wife Manda and I bought our home in 2015. We've done substantial renovations including extensive landscaping and exterior updates. After a few years of hard work we've been able to turn the property into a beautiful sanctuary and we'd love to share it with you. We've tried to make the short term rental process easy with the addition of a few systems such as a keyless entry touchscreen smart lock on the front door. Please do let us know if theres anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable. We're certain you'll enjoy the Rainforest Retreat!
Daniel Welch purchased this House in 2015
Why Daniel Welch chose North Saanich
The moment I stepped foot on the property and saw the size of the surrounding Douglas firs and maples and the amount of exterior decks encompassing the house I knew we had to make this our new home. It needed a lot of work, and after tearing down walls and throwing out the old "sunken" bath tubs, we were well on our way to making this into a nice home. We used an extensive amount of marble for the backsplashes, fireplaces, and walk in shower (with dual rainfall shower heads!). Another great thing about the property is that it is a large 1/2 acre and is in a very convenient location being close to the Swartz bay ferry terminal and the Victoria international airport.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
An older home on the outside, converted to a modern elegant home on the inside.
I was a bit nervous about the smart lock check-in but it was surprisingly easy. It would have been nice to meet someone for a quick tour as we didn't find the lovely outside deck until our last day.
Our stay was only three nights and we spent most of our time at a family reunion so did not make use of many of the amenities of the house.
Was not expecting but was pleasantly surprised to find shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom, condiments and a few staples in the fridge. A really nice touch.
The beds were comfortable with nice linens. The two smaller bedrooms at the front of the house were lovely but if it's hot, use the fans in the closet as there are no screens on the windows and there is a bit of street noise. The main bedroom facing the back of the house is very quiet and cool.
We never did figure out how to use the apple tv, but the wifi was great so we just streamed the news on my laptop.
Great assortment of dishes, cutlery and small appliances in the kitchen. (An espresso machine if you know how to use one - we made do with the french press).
We were all in one vehicle which was good because there is really only one parking spot and the street is all marked as a tow away zone. The driveway is steep and I imagine it is challenging in winter. Fairly easy access by bus and a quick cab ride if you don't have a vehicle.
The owner was quick to respond through the VRBO app. Under the right circumstances I would book this property again. P. S. I would love to know where they got the vanity in the second bathroom upstairs. It would look great in my place.
-Home was dirty
-bad was broken
-windows do not have curtains
- Owner did not inform, other people were staying at the house
-lost of spiders in the house
We had a great stay at Rainforest Retreat. The home and property are lovely and well equipped. There were a few small items missing (hairdryer, can opener, dishwasher detergent) but I feel that was not typical for this property. Dan was easy to communicate with and problem solve. The location is convenient so close to the ferry and is a very reasonable distance to still easily enjoy Victoria and the surrounding area. We would definitely stay again should we find ourselves in the area.
Thank you so very much for staying at the rainforest retreat and for the feedback. You're welcome back anytime! Thanks again,
We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house and the location is perfect for us!
Clean, Modern and Well Appointed
Short stay of 2 days but the house was very clean, well furnished and stocked with directions adequately all over the place. Loved the TV and would have enjoyed it more but we were not home much. Found it odd to have to go through the app if we needed anything or had any issues as there was no other way to contact the owners, but fortunately we did not need to. We also thought the cleaning fee was excessive for a two day stay for two people although we can see where it would be more useful after a family, and would have liked it prorated or refunded accordingly. Overall a very good experience though and would stay there again.
Convenient and tranquil place to stay
The house was beautiful and designed impeccably. Of course loved the shower in the master bath. Convenient to get to Sidney. I appreciated the lay out of the house as my kids could watch tv in one room and the adults have a conversation in the calm sun room. The Owners of the home had everything layed out in the directions/confirmation email and were easy to follow. Thank you for letting us stay, we enjoyed it.