|Space||900 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Gonzales Bay Beach House is a Character home built prior to 1900. It has been completely restored and now has 3 large apartments. Each of the original apartments has previously been a vacation rental property; they are now long term rentals.
Recently, I have completed a brand new apartment that I plan to rent on a short term basis when I am travelling in my motor home.
This architecturally designed ground floor apartment has a mud room/laundry room, one bedroom plus a TV loft; modern kitchen with new stainless appliances, quartz counter top; built in vacuum system and heated bathroom floor.
The exposed original brick chimneys and period lighting complement the modern open concept design and high end finishes. Many windows and doors let in light making it feel bright and airy even on dull days It is furnished with a combination of contemporary and antique furnishings. The wood stove will keep you warm and cozy during cool evenings. Outside there is a patio and garden area.
The Gonzales Bay Beach House is located along the main tourist route on the waterfront but is tucked away up a long driveway making it very private and quiet. Across the street is a lovely sandy beach that is a playground for children and dogs.
Oak Bay Village is a 20 minute walk to the east and Cook Street Village is a 20 minute walk to the west. Nearby are shops and grocery stores for your convenience.
Five years ago I bought an older(1981) RV after retiring and rented out my large apartment. I took many trips on Vancouver Island and Washington state. Last year I bought a newer RV and now feel confident in travelling longer distances. I decided to build a new apartment downstairs for when I am in town. Now I have a gorgeous new apartment that you can enjoy while I travel the country.
Loredana Simpson purchased this apartment in 1985
The Gonzales neighbourhood has been my home for 30 years; I've seen many changes over that time. From a beach cottage community, Gonzales Bay has been transformed to an area of multi million dollar waterfront homes.
The community is very family friendly; with public and private schools within walking distance from the Beach House. A shopping centre with everything you need is close by; both Oak Bay Village and Cook street Village are within walking distance. Gonzales Beach is quiet in winter, but the beach of choice for many in the summer, a great place for children to play and dogs to run free.
I stayed in this wonderful rental for 4 months while I was looking for a place of my own to purchase in Victoria. After spending so much time living with the beach right across the street and getting to know it at various times of the day and 2 seasons of the year I started to think I could never live without a beach in my life again. My little dog even learned to swim and learned a new favourite word "beach". The folks who live in the other areas of the big house are all friendly and happily shared a bumper crop of delicious raspberries right outside the door.
Loredanna is a helpful and friendly host and neighbour Michael came to my rescue on quite a few occasions. He is very handy.
The apartment itself is perfect, like being in a summer cottage but still cozy when the weather changed. It has ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING you could want.....wait....iron but no board :)
Of course I am returning and booked well in advance !
My husband and I (and little pooch) had a great week in Loredana's lovely home.....Everything was just as advertised and Loredana was generous in sharing personal items for our comfort ie. music (cds) extra throws etc...
The location is lovely, just across from beach access, and we enjoyed quiet, early morning walks daily....All the stores we needed were close-by...Other perks...great laundry facilities on-site (so you don't need to bring a ton of stuff)...quiet environment if you just want to kick-back and relax....beautiful surroundings....easily contactable,, helpful owners....We could easily live there....:)
Loredana's apartment was just what we were hoping for. Clean, comfortable, and excellent location! The apartment is brand new, just as pictured, and in a great neighborhood. It is located just across the street from Gonzales Beach, although the beach cannot be seen from the house. But that did not matter, her gardens are lovely. Although a bit of a hike, we were able to walk to downtown Victoria. If one has a bike, all the better. The grocery store is only a few blocks away, and we walked there also.
Loredana was quickly responsive to all questions and willing to help with any issues (which in our case had to do with booking). We really appreciated the apartment and Loredana's attentiveness. We would return in a heartbeat!! Thank you, Loredana!
Our 2week stay at the Gonzales Bay guest house was far too short. We fell in love with the house from the moment we got there (as well as with the 2 most cuddly cats ever). The home has a bright sunny beach decor. Beautiful kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, we felt right at home.
We couldn't ask for a better location. We brought our bikes and used them daily, cycling to local markets,along Dallas road, Oak bay ave, too many to mention. Our favorite thing was just to take our tea tea across the street to the beach at any time of day.
The owner is incredibly accomidating. We feel we have a new friend in her as well as the other property owner who we enjoyed visiting with. On our second day there we had already booked for next year!
We stayed at the Gonzales Bay Guest House for 12 months in 2012. We had the most amazing year of our lives.
The location of the property is perfect. It's literally across the road from the Gonzales Beach walkway beach access. This beach is very family friendly, bustling in the summer with sun, sunlovers and fun, and it feels very safe for families and for children. It's perfect for swimming (with a wetsuit on!!) or paddle boarding or kayaking, and for runners, the route along Crescent Road either down Dallas Road or in the other direction along Beach Drive, is stunningly superb.
The home has a wonderful, cozy, warm atmosphere, making it very inviting and welcoming to every one who is lucky enough to use it- guests and all their friends. The rooms and spaces are all tastefully decorated and full of spunky character. The all important kitchen and bathrooms can not be faulted- large, new, practical and beautiful. My favourite room of the house is the master bedroom, upstairs- it is enormous, beautifully furnished with a very comfortable bed, a fireplace and small lounge in it, romantic and cozy- absolutely perfect. The outdoor living space is also exceptional- a large BBQ, decking on several levels, tasteful outdoor furniture and views of Gonzales Bay.
The house is extremely clean and well maintained, and the owner is one of the loveliest, most approachable people you could ever meet, always willing to answer questions and help in any way possible.
I would absolutely recommend this property to friends and relatives, and I will definitely want to stay there again when I go back to amazing Victoria.
Gonzales Bay is located along the waterfront between Victoria city centre and Oak Bay. It is a popular walking, cycling and driving route for tourists. There are many walking trails into hidden parks and open spaces for those who like to explore the ocean front. We are located in an micro climate that seems to get more sunshine. Often there are clouds in the surrounding mountains and hills, but sunny above our heads. People like to be outside here, so you will often meet the neighbours walking their dogs and marvel at the cyclists out training.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
A deposit of $500 to confirm a monthly booking; $100 for weekly bookings. Full payment is due on arrival. Your deposit will be returned at end of your stay if property is in pristine condition for the next guest. Or you can choose us to clean for you at $25/hour. This amount will be deducted from your cleaning deposit and the balance will be returned.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.