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Carol Rudd

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Mountain Top, Ocean View Home

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Salt Spring Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2)

Get away to a cozy romantic mountain top home overlooking the Southern Gulf Islands and Georgia Strait. See the snow capped coastal mountains in the daytime, and the distant lights of Vancouver at night. Both sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, and different each day.

Sleep in total quiet, wake up in the morning to sounds of birds singing, and end the day with a drink on one of two decks, or relax in the two person soaker tub with a mountain view. The home is completely powered by green non-fossil fuel energy.

This peaceful retreat is surrounded by tall cedars and Douglas firs, mossy rock cliffs, and miles of hiking trails, yet only minutes from the main town of Ganges with its Saturday Market, art galleries, music, restaurants, harbour, kayaking, and shops.

With wonderful summers and mild winters, this home is suitable for vacationers, visitors with family or friends on the island but who would like to have separate accommodations, or those with longer term ideas, perhaps 'trying out' living on Salt Spring, living and working in a quiet, revitalizing location with a view. High speed internet, satellite TV (with a new larger TV set) and DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen, and all the other comforts of a real home. We take pride in cleaning and preparing the home for each guest, and are also happy to provide advice on local restaurants, activities, etc.

Keywords: Mountain top, Ocean view, mountain view

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Carol Rudd (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Carol Rudd

We are a married couple in our early 60's, originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. We've lived on Salt Spring Island since 2002. We work part time, and when not working are very interested in outdoor activities--hiking, bird watching, observing nature. We are committed to keeping the property we own in as natural a state as possible, while enhancing the views and paths that allow maximum enjoyment of the beautiful west coast setting.

Carol Rudd purchased this house in 2007

Why Carol Rudd chose British Columbia Gulf Islands

Salt Spring Island is simply one of the beautiful places we have ever visited on our many travels (rated in top 10 worldwide by Conde Nast). In addition to being beautiful, the population is large enough (10,000) that all usual shopping and amenities are available, in addition to ones that are unique to the large artistic community here. Before we built our permanent home here, we stayed in several vacation homes to experience the island and get better acquainted with different locations. We love the high up places the most, seeing all the different kinds of weather come and go, and changes in light, as well as the peace and quiet. The longer we are here, the more we love the island. You can do just about anything here, the restaurants, harbour and galleries are great, as well as the many artists' studios, hiking, and talented local musicians who perform in many of the pubs and restaurants.

What makes this house unique

The house is surrounded by large trees, mossy rocks, and spectacular scenery in the distance. It is decorated in a comfortable, cozy style. The Gulf Islands have very few mosquitoes or other flying insects, and so you can relax on the deck, or have deck doors open in the pleasant summer weather. In only 10 minutes you can be down the hill and in the local town (Ganges), for shopping, groceries, restaurants, galleries, evening entertainment. The Saturday Market, from Easter to Thanksgiving is especially enjoyable for both local organic food and artistic crafts.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the clean comfortable accommodation. We really enjoyed our stay here, especially the views. And of course loved the island.
Jul 2015
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based on 9 traveler reviews

Mountain Top, Ocean View Home
average rating of 4.888889 based on 11 reviews
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Ultimate relaxation

  • 4 of 5

A cozy nest high in the hills with a fabulous view of the harbour. The Vancouver skyline twinkles in the distance. I sat on the decks and soaked in the quiet peace and beauty of the island. The vibrant town is just minutes away. Our dog is as impressed as we are. Very friendly and considerate hosts.

Highly recommend Norma's place as a quiet escape for two and a pet.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, cozy, beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I recently stayed 5 nights in this great rental on Salt Spring Island. It's nicely located above the town of Ganges in amongst the trees and nature. The home was clean, comfortable and had everything you would need. The views were amazing and could be seen from the bed and large soaker tub. Carol was very helpful and accomodating. We would definitely stay here again if we find ourselves travelling to Salt Spring again in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is very gratifying. In this time of increasing commercialization of vacation rentals, we are trying to stay personal! We prepare the house ourselves and hope that each guest has a really nice stay.
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Calgary Alberta

Norma's Place is peaceful bliss!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a quiet relaxing vacation with a million dollar view then you need to stay here! The rental was clean & perfect for a couple! I liked that there were 2 bathrooms; one that had a 2person soaker tub with the view of the ocean & other islands. We were greeted by a neighbour's dog which was perfect as our dog had someone to play with. The owner came right away & retrieved her dog. We didn't mind as the dog was very friendly & good with our dog. The drove to Ganges is 10 minutes or less, perfect for the famous Saturday Market. The owners were very friendly and answered any questions. We are looking to purchase land on the island and the owner offered to help any way she could! I would recommend this for a couple who want to get away from the bright lights & loud noises of the city! It is clean, quaint and very peaceful. The view is breathtaking and sunsets amazing!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a true retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four nights and were very comfortable. Two floors and the decks make a small square footage space seem much larger. The views are outstanding and the quiet deeply nurturing. It is easy to drive to town or other spots on the island from this location. Don't be deterred by the drive - it's worth it.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A retreat atmosphere is what we strive for in location and how we prepare the home for guests, so we are very happy to get this response. Yes, the drive is a bit steep and winding, as the house is up high, but only 6-10 minutes from the bottom of the hill and the main town on Salt Spring Island.
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Interior BC

Nice - even in winter

  • 5 of 5

Arrived and found a bottle of wine and 2 fire-logs generously provided by host. As described, it's very quiet and offers a great view. There's 2 decks and a deep 2-person tub. It rained virtually our entire visit, however, the woodstove and large sliding glass windows provided warmth and openness. High-speed internet worked well. One of us found the bed uncomfortable and the TV screen was very small. Yet, overall a very positive experience and I would gladly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank our guests for taking the time to write a review! It's always helpful to hear about people's experiences, and to get constructive comments. A new mattress is first on our updating list, and a larger TV will be next.
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A Wonderful Place for a Quiet Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent three lovely weeks at this mountain-top house on a writing retreat. We can't say enough about the beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere, and private setting.

The main floor of the house is a bright, open-concept kitchen/dining room/living room with forest views from all windows. The second floor bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, desk and lounge chair for reading/writing, and a bathroom with a new 2-person tub. Both floors have large glass patio doors which open onto decks with spectacular views.

We loved having BBQs on the deck with the setting sun and the chirping frogs, or starting our day sipping coffee in the patio chairs listening to songbirds. We also very much enjoyed walking our dog on the private trails winding through the mature forest and moss-covered rocks on the property.

The owners live next door, and were always pleasant, cheerful, and helpful.

We highly recommend this place for two people looking for a quiet, peaceful get-away.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salt Spring Saturday Market
"From April to October, this is a wonderful combination of organic produce and baked goods, c..."
Island Escapades
Salt Spring Roasting Co
"Great coffee and morning scones."
Salt Spring Island Visitor Information
"Local volunteers give information on places to go. Lots of information pamphlets and maps."
Auntie Pesto's Cafe
"Consistently good food, including breakfasts on the weekend. Sunny patio at lunchtime. Exc..."
Moby's Pub
"Our favorite spot to watch float planes land in the harbour. Great local atmosphere."
Jana's Bake Shop Kitchen
"This is a true bakery, not a restaurant, and everything is delicious. Order whole pies, cak..."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Victoria, BC
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Long Harbour
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
691 Mt Belcher Hts
Nearest Point of Interest
Saturday Market in Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Moby's Pub
Nearest Point of Interest
Jana's Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Fulford ferry landing
Nearest Point of Interest
Vesuvius ferrylanding
Nearest Point of Interest
Long Harbour ferry landing
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Salt Spring Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $57

Cancellation policy: we refund deposits if cancellation is made 3 weeks prior to arrival date, except for a $50 cancellation fee.
A refundable damage deposit may be required for long stays.
Pets must be approved before booking. We are usually able to accomodate well-behaved dogs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Upstairs bath has large 2 person soaker tub with view of mountains. Downstairs bath has shower and regular tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
6 acres of forested property have walking trails.

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