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Robert Gaynor

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Two Acre Oceanfront Oasis---Luxury Waterfront Home---Spectacular Seaside Setting

39 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 30 nights

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Overview

Vancouver Island House Rental Photos and Description

Low Bank Ocean Front Estate Sized Property, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to Thalassa Point, an adult orientated two acre gated and fenced waterfront estate in the charming rural community of North Saanich, a suburb of Greater Victoria. Although the bustling Capital City is about 25 minutes away, and the quaint seaside town of 'Sidney By The Sea', the BC Ferries Terminal and the Victoria International Airport are all a short 10 minute drive, the ambience of Thalassa Point is one of peace and tranquility.

We are located on the north west corner of the Saanich Peninsula, adjacent to beautiful Deep Cove and considered the 'warm' side of the Peninsula. The property boasts 350 feet of low bank water frontage with south west to north east panoramic views and spectacular YEAR ROUND SUNSETS.

Thalassa Point is truly a 'special property', uniquely situated in one of the finest neighbourhoods on the Saanich Peninsula, boasting the best possible exposure in a very quiet and peaceful location,and with those endless sunsets.......please read some of our reviews to get a sense of this beautiful oasis. Further,we offer an extremely well furnished and equipped vacation home and we most certainly strive to provide an upscale experience to our guests....a definite step above what most other vacation rental properties offer!

Although there are two executive homes on the property, and the owners periodically occupy one of them, privacy is enjoyed by both. The recently renovated 3,000 square foot home offers amazing views from most rooms. There are 3 ensuite bedrooms, two with king size beds, and one with a queen size, plus an additional half bath. The master ensuite bathroom is a six piece, including a bidet, and shares the awesome views that most other rooms enjoy. All bedrooms are equipped with LCD TVs. Hardwood floors, granite counters, and CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING for year round comfort are additional features of the home.

The property is heavily treed and the feeling one has is of living in a peaceful forest setting on the ocean's edge. Wildlife abounds as well as a myriad of marine life (including occasional sightings of Orcas...Killer Whales) and the adjacent waters are a favorite fishing ground for locals and tourists alike.

There are a wealth of activities in close proximity to Thalassa Point, including world famous 'The Butchart Gardens', a leisurely 20 minute journey down country roads. All this and much more are sure to make your stay at Thalassa Point a memorable one!

We ask that you please check our availability calendar and rental rates before contacting us and be aware of our policies regarding smoking and pets .... ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING in the home AND on the property (THALASSA POINT CATERS TO NON SMOKERS ONLY) and NO PETS in the home or on the property....with no exceptions. Please note that, due to the topography of Thalassa Point and the decor and layout of the residence, we are unable to rent to guests with children under the age of eighteen. Also please note that Thalassa Point might not be a suitable choice for elderly/infirm guests or individuals with mobility issues. Please refer to 'Suitability' below for more details on these restrictions.

A further note about suitability; Thalassa Point is a large property with beautiful gardens that the Owners painstakingly maintain. By late winter, as life is slowly returning to our gardens, a cleanup/pruning process begins that is somewhat labour intensive. Additionally, there are normally other tasks performed during this period.... soil amendment, plant replacement and relocation, etc. This is an approximately four to six week process, the Owners will be more visible onsite and noise can occasionally be a factor. We try very hard to maintain maximum privacy and also minimum noise when guests are on the Property, but this is not always possible. However we do extend our lower Winter rates until April 30th in an attempt to compensate for these increased activities.

Keywords: Low Bank Waterfront, Luxury Executive Home, Secluded, Serene, Peaceful, Rural

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robert Gaynor (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Robert Gaynor

I have spent most of my adult working life in West Vancouver (a suburb of Vancouver, BC's largest city) and enjoy the 'West Coast lifestyle' immensely. We have owned boats, large ones and small ones, for many years and have taken many cruises through the Gulf and San Juan Islands. This area represents some of the best pleasure boating on the Continent. It was because of these adventures that we found and fell in love with the Saanich Peninsula. Although we still keep a Townhome in West Vancouver, we find ourselves drawn more and more to our Island property.

Robert Gaynor purchased this house in 2004

Why Robert Gaynor chose Vancouver Island

Although the Saanich Peninsula has many waterfront properties, not many have the unique ambience of Thalassa Point. The east side of the Peninsula is affected in the summertime by cooling winds that blow in from the open ocean through Juan de Fuca Strait and up Haro Strait...and of course there are no sunsets to enjoy. The north side tends to be dark. Thalassa Point enjoys summer warmth and plenty of light, and of course those amazing sunsets. All this and more attracted us to this unique location. However the property came with two homes and hence we now find ourselves in the unanticipated position of owning a vacation rental.

What makes this house unique

What I think we both most enjoy about Thalassa Point is the feeling of serenity in this most beautiful place. The property is heavily treed with tall stately Firs and majestic Arbutus (Madronas or Madrones) and is narrow at the road and wide at the oceanfront (pie shaped). The home is accessed by a 300+ foot driveway and the feeling is that of being in the middle of the forest with awesome ocean and mountain views all around. The sounds and smells are only of the ocean and the forest. Although the neighbourhood is quite rural, most anything one would ever need can be found in the quaint village of 'Sidney by the Sea' some 10 minutes away. However, if one is in need of a big city 'fix', there is none more beautiful than Victoria with its charming English flavour...and it's an enjoyable 25 minutes or so away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Robert - I was going to send you a note as soon as I caught up from my week vacation to let you know what a wonderful place you have created. We loved the house, the property, and the location! We treated the house as we would our own, probably even a bit more conscientious since it was so immaculate. We used the garage as our entrance and left our shoes there and it worked out great.



Greg and I stayed downstairs and Blair and Jacki in the upstairs master. It gave us a nice separation for personal space. The house was very comfortable and we all loved sitting in the living room with a fire in the evenings or looking out the window with a cup of coffee in the morning. Your grounds are just beautiful. We saw bald eagle, seal, an otter (on the lower grass) and two fawns chasing each other around the yard. We walked up the road, hiked in Horth Park, walked the sea walk in Sidney, drove to Sooke and walked out Whiffen Spit, drove up the coast as far as Duncan meandering through the Cowiche & Maple Bay and toured the BC Royal Museum. We stayed at the house most of Sunday, just to enjoy it, then went to dinner at the Chalet Sunday night where we had a nice conversation with your neighbors the Drakes (introduced to us by our hostess who we had a nice conversation with as well). We hated leaving on Monday - we felt at home immediately and all of your personal touches gave it that feeling - thank you for sharing and hopefully we will see you again in the future - Beverly
Nov 2009
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Reviews

5
based on 39 traveler reviews

Two Acre Oceanfront Oasis---Luxury Waterfront Home---Spectacular Seaside Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to know where to start to describe spectacular Thalassa Point. The lovely and beautifully furnished home is equipped with everything you could imagine to provide a relaxing and peaceful holiday! It is spotless and everything from the beds, linens, dishes, appliances etc. are all top quality. Almost every room has an ocean view where you can watch sailboats, stunning sunsets and sea otters playing. Each of the 3 bedrooms has it's own on-suite which made it perfect for my mother, sister and myself. The breathtaking gardens are delightful with little sitting areas and paths placed throughout the hundreds of plants, trees and shrubs that adorn the property. It is serene, private and very peaceful - truly a wonderful place to get away from it all. Yet it is only about 10 minutes to the ferry terminal and airport, wineries, restaurants, etc.

Thank you so much to our hosts, Rob and Mark, who go out of their way to provide a one-of-a-kind, first class vacation experience! We can't wait to go back again next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Home away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful piece of property with spectacular views and sunsets. The home was exactly as described and very well organized and clean .A perfect place to just relax at or as a starting point to explore all the island has to offer. Rob and Mark were great hosts and we wish to thank them again for sharing their vacation home with us.This was our first stay at Thalassa Point but would love to return there if we are on the island again.

Regards

Ken and Audrey

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eugene oregon
5

Vacation paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the fortunate experience of staying in this beautiful home this past week. Wow is pretty much an understatement, but WOW! The outside is glorious with gardens and trees surrounding the house, complete with several sitting areas and a walking path meandering throught the beauty. It all overlooks the water where the sea life plays and boats pass by often, but without intrusion on the serene setting. The house itself is more than you could ask for. Laid out perfectly to make the most of the amazing views! It is beautifully decorated with a comfortable homey feeling. We truly felt at home from the moment we arrived. The owners, Rob and Mark are extemely friendly and have thought of every possible need. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. The only thing lacking during our stay was more time! No worries though, we will return!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fraser Coast, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
5

Simply The Best!

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Thalassa Point, Vancouver Island was a very special occasion. Meeting up with a sister who was celebrating her 90th birthday, a sister we had not seen since 1977. Being such a special trip, we wanted every thing to be as perfect as could be. We spent many many hours on the internet looking for accommodation that was suitable for all our needs. In our case, accommodation for my wife and I and two of my sisters from the UK. When we found Thalassa Point property, it ticked all the boxes, all the reviews were excellent and location perfect. From the moment we were greeted at the property by one of the owners (Robert) and shown through the house explaining the operations of equipment and where items were stored, we knew we had hit the jackpot. This property is absolutely fantastic in every way, from the beautiful gardens which you can meander through, the kitchen equipment, crockery and glassware to eat and drink with, the furnishings and furniture to sleep and relax in and the three bedrooms with all necessary toiletries and body creams. The main bedroom is brilliant with spectacular views. The main deck leading from one of the lounges overlooks the waterway and mountain ranges and it is absolutely delightful to end a busy day with a drink in hand, music in the background, watching the setting sun whilst discussing the day's activities. I could go on and on talking about what is good about this property, but I will just close by saying all of us agreed, we have never stayed in accommodation that comes close to Thalassa Point. To the owners Robert and Mark, a big "Thank You" for making this property for all visitors and travelers a very special place to stay. We hope to visit with you again and perhaps share a glass of wine or two.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

Quintessential Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Thalassa Point more than exceeded our expectations. I read all of the reviews and talked with one of the owners and was just hoping the place was close to what the pictures portrayed. The pictures couldn't fully portray how beautiful this place is. The manicured grounds are absolutely gorgeous and very well maintained.

We happened to spot some otters playing in the water by the dock and a raccoon gingerly making his way to the top of one of the trees.

I was so glad I chose Thalassa Point over a place in Victoria because the weather is quite different where this is located. It would be very windy in Victoria and calm at Thalassa Point. We had some magnificent sunsets during our two week stay.

Our hosts thought of everything. It was like stepping into one's own home. Complete with comfortable beds, bathrobes, great showers, a variety of body soaps, shampoos and conditioners, the guest quarters were perfect. With TVs in every bedroom, along with two more in entertainment areas (1 upstairs and 1 downstairs), plus a wireless printer available for our use, our entertainment and technology needs were fully met. There were also plenty of dishes, pots and pans and utensils for our use in the kitchen.

Our hosts, Rob & Mark were outstanding. You can tell they have put a lot of hard work and care into creating such beautiful grounds and an exquisite home for their guests.

If you want to come for a wild weekend experience, this is not the place. But if you're looking for peace, relaxation and beautiful sunsets then this is where I would recommend. I've already booked our return trip for next year. Thank you Rob and Mark for sharing your home with us. It was truly magnificent and we certainly enjoyed spending time getting to know you two.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Roswell, GA
5

So much more than a rental...

  • 5 of 5

With so many well-deserved five star reviews, there is little we can add other than to 110% validate all of the positive comments from the many reviewers. We want to try to convey the ways that this home felt like "so much more than a rental": first, there is nothing in or around the house that is of "rental quality" - all of the furnishings, kitchen supplies, linens, gardens, electronics etc are things you would buy yourself for yourself (if you had the taste and the funds). We truly could not identify a single item we needed that was not present. The personal touch from the gracious and charming owners felt like being invited to stay with friends, if you have non-intrusive friends who leave you to your own business. The setting is ideal - a mile or less from a winery, a gourmet market, and two good restaurants. It is a few minutes to the ferry for day trips to nearby islands, 10-15 minutes to Sidney, which was a surprisingly nice town with some great waterfront eating and drinking spots, and 19 miles to Victoria. And regarding the much-commented on sunsets - there were at least 3 nights during our stay where the view exceeded the one on the listing. We will be returning within the next year or two.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Butchart Gardens
BC Ferries Swartz Bay (Victoria) Terminal
"BC Ferries has frequent daily service to Salt Spring, Pender, and Mayne Islands as well as s..."
Victoria International Airport
Royal BC Museum
Victoria Clipper
"Ferry service from Victoria to Seattle"
Sidney
"Great little waterfront town on the east side of the Peninsula. Most all your shopping needs..."
Deep Cove Chalet
Afternoon Tea
"A very British thing to do..... pricey but fun."
Craigdarroch Castle
Highland Pacific Golf
Cordova Bay Golf Course
Sidney Pier
"FRESH FISH MARKET ON THE PIER"
Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club
"Great public golf course, but pricy"
Costco
"Even a Costco Warehouse a convenient distance away"
Thrifty Foods
Car: recommended

Fishing off our dock has been known to produce results ( only available for use from May 01 until October 31). Whale watching adventure tours are a very popular activity, departing from nearby Sidney. And with some luck, one can even watch the Killer Whales (Orcas) from the comfort of the home or patio.

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Rates & Availability

Victoria House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
HIGH SEASON
Jun 16 2016 - Sep 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
$417
$2,656
$9,030
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
AUTUMN SHOULDER SEASON
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,973
$6,374
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
LOW SEASON
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
30 night minimum stay
$4,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
SPRING SHOULDER SEASON
May 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,973
$6,374
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
HIGH SEASON
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$417
$2,656
$9,030
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
 
AUTUMN SHOULDER SEASON
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,973
$6,374
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $759
Tax Rate 5.0%

OUR RATES ARE PRICED AND PAYABLE IN CANADIAN FUNDS, BUT MIGHT DISPLAY IN USD ON THE WEBSITE'S RATE PAGE. PLEASE ALWAYS CONFIRM BY NOTING THE CURRENCY DISPLAYED AT THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THE RATE PAGE AND CHANGE AS DESIRED.

RESERVATIONS OF 30 DAYS OR MORE WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY TAXES BUT WILL INCUR A CLEANING FEE OF $250.00. THIS WILL NOT BE REFLECTED ON THE WEBSITE'S INSTANT QUOTE FEATURE.



WEEKEND ARRIVALS AND/OR DEPARTURES DURING OUR BUSY HIGH SEASON PLEASE, WITH POSSIBLE EXCEPTIONS; PLEASE CONTACT OWNER

A 25% DEPOSIT OF THE RENTAL FEE IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM A RESERVATION WITH THE BALANCE, INCLUDING THE SECURITY DEPOSIT, DUE 30 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL

THE OWNERS HAVE A RENTAL CONTRACT THAT INCLUDES OUR CANCELLATION POLICY. THIS CONTRACT MUST BE ACCEPTED ONLINE THROUGH THE VRBO/HOMEAWAY WEBSITE WHEN USING THE WEBSITE'S ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM. A COPY OF THIS CONTRACT CAN ALSO BE EMAILED TO PROSPECTIVE GUESTS FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION

THALASSA POINT CANCELLATION POLICY: THE RENTAL DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE CHECK IN DATE. RETURNED DEPOSITS OUTSIDE OF THE 90 DAY PERIOD WILL BE SUBJECT TO A 25% SERVICE CHARGE. THE BALANCE OF THE RENTAL FEE, ONCE PAID, IS ALSO NON REFUNDABLE. IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION INSIDE THE 90 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL ATTEMPT TO RE RENT THE FORFEITED PERIOD AND, IF SUCCESSFUL, WILL REFUND ALL MONIES EARNED (UP TO THE AMOUNT OF THE FORFEITED RENTAL PAYMENTS) LESS A 10% SERVICE CHARGE. IN ALL CASES, THE SECURITY DEPOSIT WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL. FAILURE TO PAY THE BALANCE REMAINING BY THE DUE DATE MAY RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF THE RESERVATION AT THE OWNER'S DISCRETION, IN WHICH CASE THE TERMS OF THE CANCELLATION POLICY WILL APPLY

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OWNERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO MAKE OUR VACATION HOME AVAILABLE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP AT ANY TIME

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Vancouver Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Ensuite - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    King Bedroom Ensuite - toilet , shower
    Queen Bedroom Ensuite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder Room - toilet , Powder Room close to Kitchen/Family Room
  • Each Ensuite Bathroom Is Equipped With An Excellent Quality Hair Dryer and an Ample Supply of Soaps, Shampoo/Conditioner, Kleenex, Toilet Tissue, Etc, for your Entire Stay
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom - 1 queen , On Main Floor,Deluxe Pillow Top Mattress,Garden View
    Master King Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom - 1 king , On Main Floor,Deluxe Pillow Top Mattress, Ocean View
    King Bedroom With Ensuite Bathroom - 1 king , Lower Floor,Deluxe Pillow Top Mattress,Ocean View
  • King Size Beds (2) Both King Size Beds Boast Recently Purchased Top Quality Simmons Pillow Top Mattresses Queen Size Beds (1) Recently Purchased Top Quality Simmons Pillow Top Mattress LCD TV In Each Bedroom As Well As An Alarm Clock
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a fully restored antique Upright Grand piano in the family room for guests enjoyment. The home features a high quality security system to protect your possessions and ours. An 'ALL IN ONE' Printer/Copier/Scanner/Fax Machine is part of our guest house 'home network' and is available for guest's use. There is also a wharf with ramp and floating dock on the property that can be used for fishing, boating or just relaxing...see accompanying photo. Due to weather conditions,the dock will not be available for guests use during the period November 01 - April 30

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