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Tracy Harrison

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Pet Friendly Mexican Style Cabin (Casita) with Oceanview - close to Beach

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Salt Spring Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Casita - 2 Queen Bed Cottage - 1 LOFT BDR/1 Queen Wall Bed, Private Full Bath,

Enjoy complimentary margaritas on the deck while watching sailboats drift by. The Casita is on a private property in a convenient central area of the island. Only 15 minutes by car to our downtown. It is a 5 minute stroll to the beautiful Beddis Beach - our best shell beach on the island. The Casita has parking for 2 vehicles and can accommodate up to 4 people. It has a Queen murphy/wall bed in the living room so everything is on one level and Queen loft Bedroom accessible via a ladder for the adventurous! The four piece bath with soaker tub is decorated with Mexican sink and tiles. There is a laundry closet off the bathroom with washer and dryer. The custom made kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need including breakfast foods to get you started (farm fresh eggs, croissants, muffins, coffee/teas, jams/jellies). Good wifi and cell phone coverage is present for those who want to stay plugged in. The living room has an entertainment centre with DVD/CD players and libraries of DVDs/CDs/Books. Doggie treats, bowls, towels and couch cover are present to enhance your pet's holiday. Pets are safely contained by a fenced in deck and garden area. On site massage can be arranged through our massage therapist. Be an artist for a Day - arrange to spend time with Tracy in the clay studio making a special bowl, platter, tile or sculpture to take home.

Keywords: private house, unique, stand alone vacation rental on 3 acres, romantic, self contained accommodation, fireplace, hot tub, ocean view, kitchen, pet friendly, accessible, accommodates 2 to 4, pets okay,

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tracy Harrison (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Tracy Harrison

Well, we don't look like Frida and Diego but this picture is pretty close to Frida and her lover Leon Trotsky. Being artists ourselves, we wanted to celebrate the life and work of an artist in our cottages. Frida Kahlo was a perfect choice and with her came the Mexican theme which also makes our suite really fun to stay in. Carl has done all the beautiful cabinetry work in the cottages and Tracy has made and hand painted all the tiles. We experience the magic of Salt Spring daily and it gives us great pleasure to share our wonderful island life with guests. We can arrange massage therapists to come to the Casita and treat you to a spa experience. Tracy offers clay making sessions in her studio so you can try your hands in clay. In just a couple of hours you can make a bowl, tea cup, platter, sculpture ~ the possibilities are endless!

Tracy Harrison purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Tracy Harrison chose British Columbia Gulf Islands

We bought our little piece of paradise on Salt Spring Island because the island way of life called to us. It is very relaxing on Salt Spring. After a few days 'Island Time' settles in and the love and joy of our small community is reflected back in the smiles you will receive from local people. Nature abounds here with mountains, ocean and forest rhythms calling us to be outdoors. The Casita has an ocean and mountain view (with Mount Baker on clear days) and there are plenty of birds, deer and ocean creatures to spot and enjoy.

What makes this cottage unique

Salt Spring is abundant with nature swaying, flying and buzzing by everywhere. Eagles, humming birds, ravens and wood peckers can all be seen and heard in our area. At night the frogs sing from the pond and owls hoot. The stars are bright in the sky as there is little light interference. On your way down to the beach we have a community orchard full of Apple, Plum, and Pear Trees. Nearby there are golf courses, kayaking outfitters, artists studios to visit and many more activities to partake in. Salt Spring has an abundance of activities to do all year round so consider extending your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for 2 wonderfully peaceful weeks which really allowed us to unwind.

I have never stayed anywhere before, hotel or rented cottage, that made us

feel so welcomed and immediately at home. The lush gardens and sea views as

well as the fully equipped suite really made this a trip we will never

forget. Then there were the feline and canine companions who also welcomed us

as well as Tracy and Carl. Our art lesson was a joy and I am so proud of the

necklace and pot stand I made with Tracy's mellow guidance. We have made some new friends and have really awesome memories of the magical time we spent

Jul 2012
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based on 40 traveler reviews

Pet Friendly Mexican Style Cabin (Casita) with Oceanview - close to Beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 42 reviews

Birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, spacious, large hot tub wiith view, comfy bed. All condiments supplied as well as breakfast items (lovely local eggs)

A bonus is the lovely little beach round the corner.

Everything you could want/need while exploring SSI - including many trail maps and guide books.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for you thoughtful review of Fridas Cottage Lizzie. We so very much enjoyed hosting you. Glad you enjoyed that comfy bed. We get so many great comments on how comfortable it is. It is surprising how spacious the cottage feels with the high ceilings and skylights eh? Although the footprint is small we love the layout of it and how bright it remains on rainy days. We are so glad you found the guide books and hiking maps helpful. We also suggest guests go to for descriptions and locations of beaches and hikes on salt spring. Whether you have pets or not there are slide shows of each hike and beach and descriptions that Tracy has done for this website to help visitors and their dogs find pet friendly places. Hope to see you again soon Lizzie and have the dinner together we talked about!
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Frida's Villas

  • 3 of 5

The pictures make this suite seem like the Villa is a stand alone building, rather than a basement suite. The kitchen did have everything we needed, although the "art work" and things for sale were not idea for people traveling with small kids. There was a painting over the bead that had a $2000 price tag on it, which I would have not been happy if our daughter had touched or ruined, which gave us a lot of stress every time she climbed onto the bed. There was a lot of small things on a shelf in the corner, for sale. Of course our daughter wanted to touch all the shinney things, so we spent most of our time in the suite chasing her out of this corner. The hot tub was awesome, and it is set up so the lid is very easy to get on and off, and it is HUGE. It was a nice place, although a little bit out of the way. The tribute to Friday was cool, but a little overwhelming (120 Frida's in the 1 bedroom basement suite). Maybe next time we will try the cottage.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gimli, Manitoba, Canada

Frida's Villa

  • 5 of 5

Lovely. Awesome. Top Notch. Everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, BC

The perfect winter get away

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a little get away close to home for Christmas with our family and Frida's Villa fit the bill perfectly. The location was lovely with a nearby beach, it had a feeling of being far away without actually having to go a long way, and yet was a short country drive to every convenience and Salt Spring attraction. The villa was very cozy and the beds comfortable, the private hot tub very much enjoyed, they've thought of everything you might desire (including welcome margaritas, yum!). The hosts are so friendly without being intrusive. But bring your slippers if you come in winter, the floors are cold! Would definitely recommend it and we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful Christmas celebration at the Villa. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon
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Salt Spring Island

B&B - Best Ever on Salt Spring Island

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Frida's Villa several times over the past six or seven years - usually for 3 or 4 days. This past stay, however, has been for just shy of 3 weeks! It felt so comfortable & relaxing, we would have stayed longer, but had to return to civilization. The hot tub in the back yard's private "grotto" is just one of the highlights. The kitchen is so well equipped, we made two chowder soups while there. Just outside the door, there's a barbecue for use by the guests. Over the years, we've become great friends with the owners, who ensure that every wish becomes a reality. Thank you carl & Tracy for taking such great care of us!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey L&L You are the Best Ever Guests! So kind of you to take the time to write such a lovely review! We have so enjoyed your visits and very much appreciate you recommending Fridas! Safe Travels home. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Vancouver, BC Canada

Charming with special extra touches!

  • 5 of 5

I had the good fortune to return to Frida's Cottage where Tracy & Carl have created a magical cottage with all the comforts of home plus extra touches of a well stocked kitchen for cooking and lovely bath products in the bathroom. The hot tub on the deck is a lovely way to relax at end of day or at night looking up at the sky filled with stars. It has been my immense pleasure to stay at all three of the Frida B & B's -each slightly different but all bearing Tracy and Carls's attention to those details that make a stay with them one you will want to repeat!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Kathy. It has been a real treat hosting you in the past at our Casita and most recently the Cottage and Villa! Thanks for noticing all the special touches. We have had great fun making each place individual, comfortable and unique for our guest's enjoyment. Hope to see you again soon! Tracy y Carl
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Salt Spring Air Dock or Victoria International
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Salt Spring Inn
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Salt Spring Golf Course
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Victoria, BC
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Tree House Cafe
Nearest Ski
160 Miles
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Beddis Beach
Car: recommended

Within walking distance (5 minutes) you will find Beddis Beach - a beautiful soft sand, shell beach, an old orchard and an amazing old growth rainforest walk. There are so many activities to do on Salt Spring at all times of the year we suggest you extend your visit. Everything from our Famous Saturday and Tuesday markets (March to October), Artist Studio Tours, Galleries, Music and Theatre events, excellent restaurants, to all kinds of outdoor activities like golfing, fishing, ocean life tours, kayaking, and fresh water lake swimming is available.


Rates & Availability

Salt Spring Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season Fall
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Low Season 2017
Oct 17 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Season Winter 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Easter Weekend
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
April 2017
Apr 18 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
May/June 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season Fall 2017
Oct 17 2017 - Dec 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years 2017/8
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19 + Tax
Extra Person Nightly $19 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Rates are for 2 people. There is an additional fee of $25 per person per night for extra people (max. 4 people)
High season rates apply to all Canadian holidays.
May-June Special: Book 7 nights and pay special rate of $1100 per week ($330.00 savings!)
We have a guest book and information package for you upon arrival that will explain our expectations. Basically we ask you clean up after yourselves, put things you use back where you found them and take out the trash!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Salt Spring Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , His/Her sinks, walkin shower and 6 foot tub with chandelier
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With Master Bath and Ocean View
    Second Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 double , This Bedroom has a door out to the fenced in area for pets.
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
In house massage available - contact us for details.

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