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Gillian Rowan

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Walking Distance to Ocean, 5 Star Vacation Suite

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

A perfect place for rest & relaxation. Easy access the waterfront & downtown Victoria.

*Walking distance to village, groceries & restaurants

*Fully stocked kitchen, gas fireplace, hardwood floors

*Very comfortable queen bed & queen sofa bed

*Bright & spacious rooms with view of the garden

*WIFI, laundry

*Sunny, fenced backyard with patio & grassy playing area

*Fruit trees, organic vegetable & flower beds

*Short walk/drive to waterfront parks, boat launch & marina

*Bike lanes & bus transit to downtown Victoria

*West Bay Walkway (leads to the downtown inner harbour)

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Gillian Rowan (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Gillian Rowan

I moved from Ontario to the west coast 20 years ago and love the lifestyle here. You will typically find me in my garden, growing as many vegetables as I can fit into my raised backyard beds. Visit me at the Esquimalt Farmer's Market on Thursdays for a sampling of my fresh mixed greens!

My family has eclectic interests including hiking, travelling, good food, playing assorted musical instruments, drawing, long distance running & ultimate frisbee.

We enjoy meeting travellers from around the world & providing a comfortable & relaxing place to stay.

Why Gillian Rowan chose Vancouver Island

You'll enjoy a relaxing stay with easy access to the waterfront, downtown and tourist attractions. The fully equipped kitchen will help you save on restaurant bills. When you want to eat out you'll have a wide selection of options within driving, biking and walking distance. Travelling in Victoria is a great experience; staying in my vacation suite will make your experience even better.


based on 12 traveler reviews

Walking Distance to Ocean, 5 Star Vacation Suite
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, clean, quiet, lots of space. Highly recommend this location, as a place to stay when on the Island for work or play.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing a review for my vacation rental. I really appreciate it & hope to hear from you again soon! -Gillian
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Very beautiful space

  • 5 of 5

The space was lovely, very clean, and comfortable. A beautifully decorated and furnished home.

Good quiet location.

Well stocked kitchen with everything you need for full on cooking. Even a cabinet full of spices.

Neighborhood was quiet, really nice backyard which we were able to hang out in. Queen bed was very comfortable.

We had access to laundry as well which came in handy with two small kids. We fit just fine as a family of 4. With the pull out couch for our 4 year old, and room in the living room for our pack n play as well. Just a heads up, there is not room for a pack n play in the bedroom, it's a bit tight.

Lots of storage with two dressers in the bedroom and lots of hangers in the closet. More than enough linens provided.

Good location, about a 10 minute drive to downtown. And while it was street parking, there was always a spot right outside the house available.

Our hosts were very nice. We had only a little interaction in person since we were out all day exploring. But they were attentive, showed us around when we arrived and checked in about our stay via text.

I asked for some milk since I didn't want to buy a whole thing of it just for coffee, and they brought it down for me promptly, just in time to save me from drinking black coffee! :)

We did hear some footsteps above us, and starting pretty early - like 7:30 a.m., since the family's main house is directly, but it was not that noticeable. And I didn't mind because I was up by then with my own kids.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you & meeting your lovely family! Thanks for staying with us & we hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation. -Gillian
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  • 5 of 5

Very clean and spacious with a view over the back garden.

We enjoyed the closenesss to the water 5 to 10 minute walks take you to a seaside park, a small harbour or a trail by the water that goes all the way to downtown Victoria.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you had time to explore the waterfront parks and trails near my home! I love this area and feel happy when my guests time time to enjoy these local treasures. Please contact me again anytime if you're planning another trip to Victoria in the future. Sincerely, Gillian Rowan
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Excellent deal, this suite has everything!

  • 5 of 5

My first reaction when I walked into this suite was 'Wow!'. It is a very nicely appointed suite with a full walkout to the back yard, which has a beautiful garden and a swing for the kids. The owner's description was very accurate, and she and her husband were very helpful and friendly. As other reviewers have said, there is a nearby walk through a marina and then along the shore to downtown Victoria (~45 minutes if you take it easy, but SO beautiful). The kitchen is completely stocked and the grocery and liquor stores are a 5-minute walk, so this is a great place for anyone who wants to cook in and save a bit of money, but I felt like I was already saving money given how much I would usually have paid for such a nice place!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. It was great to meet you during your recent trip to Victoria. The meals you cooked in the suite's kitchen smelled amazing! See you next time, Gillian
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent house with great amenities. Great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you! Thanks for writing a review and I hope the rest of your vacation is excellent. Please contact me again if you plan a trip to Vancouver Island, I'll be happy to provide this space for you anytime. Sincerely, Gillian Rowan
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Wonderful, Convenient Suite

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully decorated suite is the perfect home base for a stay in Victoria. Gillian is a lovely and helpful hostess and her family and neighbourhood are quiet. The kitchen is completely stocked and the suite is close to grocery stores if you want to do your own cooking. Convenient to down town Victoria , too!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So great to hear from you and about your stay in my vacation suite! Have a safe journey home and I hope to see you again before too long, Gillian
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Beacon Hill Park
The Parliament Building
Inner Harbour
Macaulay Point Park
Westbay Marine Village
Songhees Walkway
Esquimalt Gorge Park
Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Victoria Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Multiple Bars downtown
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Downtown Victoria Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Gorge Vale
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Pat Bay Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Esquimalt Village
Nearest Beach
0.8 Kilometres
Macaulay Point Park
Car: not necessary

You'll love it here!

My 1-bedroom vacation suite is a short walk to a local village with a grocery store, bank, pharmacy, liquor store, bakery, coffee shop, and Recreation Centre (with a pool and fitness centre).

Multiple beach access points, a boat launch, marina and the West Bay Walkway (shoreline trail leading to the downtown inner harbour) are all located within a 10-15 minute walk. A bus stop is located around the corner & will take you downtown, to popular tourist attractions, the airport and the University of Victoria.

You'l enjoy a restful stay here. Updated furnishings, hardwood floors, large windows, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable and quiet living room and bedroom areas and WIFI are all part of the experience. Your suite opens onto a private patio and sunny, south-facing backyard with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and vegetable gardens. You'll find it easy to relax and unwind indoors and out during your stay.


Rates & Availability

Victoria House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sept Special - 25% discount
Sep 6 2016 - Sep 13 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Fall Season Rate
Sep 14 2016 - Dec 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Winter Season Rate
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 15 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Spring Season Rate
Mar 16 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $38
Pet Fee $19

Check-in 4pm, check-out 11am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Victoria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • -large shower with built-in bench -sink, mirror, toilet -luxury towels
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen-sizes pullout in livingroom
  • -Queen bed -large closet -2 large dressers -quiet & private
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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