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Luxurious artist's home

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 180 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)


NB- VRBO rates may be in USD and VRBO adds taxes, cleaning etc etc

Please deal directly with me re lease and $ rates and deposit which also differs from the VRBO options - thx

Winter 2017/18 rate is $3500/mo CAN

Possible to rent for a year .

Now available starting September thru April 2018

Details below :

From Avalon you can stroll Beacon Hill Park -only 4 houses away, storm watch overlooking the beaches only ten minutes walk away or wander downtown- again,only a ten minute walk away. None of the noise but all of the proximity. Sample the gourmet treats in Cook Street Village with it's bakeries, wood fired pizzerias and cozy coffee shops. Workout in the mornings at home on the deck or at nearby facilities and spend your afternoons touring the Royal Museum,shops, Victoria art galleries and more . Ride the horse drawn tours of this unique neighborhood.At night you can walk to the Royal theater for symphony or ballet.

Our home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in unique Heritage zone, across from the famous James Bay Inn pub, Thrifty's grocery store, sports facilities and many local bus routes.

Only 4 houses to the airport shuttle and very close to heliport, float plane and Cruise Line port of call at Augden Point.

You'll find everything you'll need is supplied in mint condition with up-to-date modern appliances.

UPSTAIRS: Romantic master suite is large and unique with fireplace and new king bed.

It is cool in the summer and has both blinds and curtains for a quiet and blackout effect if needed.

En suite Spa: tub has a chroma therapy jet tub, shower is 7 feet long and fireplace with room for the massage table beside the tub and near the fireplace which warms the whole ensuite .

There is a separate room for toilet and another two separate areas for sink and make-up

The reading area outside the bedroom with skylight doubles as a luxurious laundry folding area as it is adjacent to washer and dryer conveniently located near the bedroom.

The outdoor deck has been glass enclosed and is under an awning.

It has a large enough floor space for exercise -stationary bike , ball, weights and yoga mat are provided plus there is a large sofa overlooking the garden for morning coffee or afternoon tea in the trees.

The second bedroom on the lower level with African theme is away from the master and has it's own 3 piece ensuite.


The kitchen has everything including room for 6 seated around range and a bar height table with chairs fro two more.

The very special teak dining table is in the living area with a view of the garden and not the kitchen, which is better for more formal dining.

Our home is charming and uniquely decorated!

It's the best place to stay if you want to be downtown, in a quiet elegant fun space.

PEACEFUL and SECLUDED GARDEN to enjoy as well.


References required and sorry no pets and no smokers on site.

Rent is listed in US dollars but there is a conversion tab in the rates section for Canadians

Rent includes all utilities and taxes and we will clarify damage deposit and payment with the lease discussion as we do not go thru VRBO bur etransfers or wire from US

I prefer one long term renter for my ski season ideally November or December to end March. Minimum rental term is two weeks.

Summer rates are higher than winter and one month is the minimum term.

Jim is my property manager and is nearby in Victoria for any issues that may arise while you are here or if i am not available by phone nor email re rental.

Keywords: Modern, unique, private multi-level with large garden-featured in design magazine. Consistently rated 5 star by guests .

thx for your interest!

More Details

Louise England
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Louise England

I am a single, retired lawyer who likes to travel when the house is rented and ski in the winter months

Generally ,I'm here in Victoria in summer and consistently gone in the winter.

My start and finish rental dates are very flexible

I would prefer a single several month tenancy, ideally Nov. thru March or as late as May

for ski season and rent will be reduced for longer term .

My property manager Andrea will assist you this summer/fal as I cannot receive VRBO info abroad without a verification code sent to my phone which I will not have

Louise England purchased this house in 2005

Why Louise England chose James Bay

Having travelled the world and most of Canada, I feel that Victoria is the best city in Canada in which to live, B.C. the most stunningly beautiful province with nearby Vancouver consistently highly rated city in world polls and the Gulf Islands here to explore by ferry . Nothing compares to the relaxed pace, understated affluence and beauty of Victoria and environs.

The Canadian political and economic climate are stable, the city is safe and geared for tourism.

What makes this house unique

It is walking distance to a fabulous park ocean and Disney- like downtown

The garden is a fabulous or bike inside the glass enclosed deck on the second floor


James Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 7 ft shower /colored light therapy/jetted
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • ensuite is huge: 7 ft shower and spa jet tubwhich includes color therapy area with fireplace another room for sink and makeup third room for toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , master freshly painted with new mattress 07/15 w. wool duvet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , African theme/ensuite/off kitchen/away from master by 1floor
  • King size bed (1), double/full size Bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
this home is a hit every time ! dramatic fun decor secluded entry and yard on a quiet cul- de - sac yet right downtown that mix better than a more isolated waterfront property you can be at the ocean by walking ten minutes or at the Empress


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Luxurious artist's home
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Gorgeous home in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 3-week stay at Louise's beautiful home. We live on Salt Spring Island, but needed to be closer to Victoria General Hospital for the birth of our daughter. Our stay couldn't have been lovelier! The home is beautifully decorated, with all the amenities you could need (and more!). The house is only a block away from Beacon Hill Park, which was ideal for our 3 year old to see the ducks and visit the playgrounds. We also enjoyed walking to Cook Street for restaurants. Thank you Louise for a wonderful stay at your home! We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is centrally located in James Bay near the Legislative Building, close to downtown, Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Road walkways as well as shopping and restaurants. You do not need a car. The home is roomy, nicely decorated with interesting art work and has a well equipped kitchen. Louise was most accommodating to my work needs. Any issues were quickly resolved. A very comfortable home away from home.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary Alberta

Awesome James Bay Rental

  • 5 of 5

This property is in a great location to enjoy all that Victoria has to offer. Louise was great to deal with and the property is as advertised. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a place in Victoria.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great place to call home!

  • 5 of 5

Whether this is your first time using VRBO or you are an experienced user, you will find that this house is exactly as described. Likewise, if this is your first visit to Victoria or you are returning for the umpteenth time, this residence is an amazing place to call home. It is an extraordinary base of operations to explore the City as well as the southern part of Vancouver Island.

The property is within walking distance of so many places. Ten minutes in any direction gets you to where you want to be. Beacon Hill Park, the Empress Hotel, the Inner Harbor, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Dallas Road waterfront are just minutes away. Restaurants, a grocery store, neighborhood markets, a pharmacy, even Starbucks are within easy walking distance. A public transit stop is just at the end of the road.

The house is so inviting and has everything you could want. If you choose to eat at home, the kitchen is stocked with all the utensils, cookware, bakeware and serving dishes you could possibly need. Plus there’s a grill and outdoor dining area next to the garden. Want to listen to music…the CD collection is awesome. The washer and dryer are located on the second floor next to the master suite…so convenient. Plus the sun room/porch on the second floor is a perfect place to exercise, read or simply relax and catch the breezes. But what makes this house so inviting is the way it is decorated. Artwork and travel memorabilia displayed throughout the house, simply make it a fun place to be. You can’t help but imagine the good times the owner has had travelling and collecting!

We were greeted upon arrival and given a tour of the property. It’s so apparent that the owner wants her guests to have as much fun staying on Vancouver Island as she has living here. She was a perfect host and gave us tips on places to go and things to do.

This residence was absolutely perfect for our month-long getaway in Victoria. We were so comfortable in the house and neighborhood that neither of us was ready to leave. When we return to Victoria, we hope we'll be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These Texan golfers were a pleasure and we do hope to see them again next year .They left the house in perfect condition as it was received.I appreciate their enthusiastic review. Louise
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Summer 2013

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spend three months of the summer each year in Victoria. We have rented houses in various parts of the city. This summer we decided to try James Bay and stayed at this unique and special residence. The location was amazing; so close to the downtown, Beacon Hill Park and the ocean. We hardly used our car and loved walking the beautiful neighborhoods seeing the horse drawn carriages giving tourists a history of the area through the architecture. The house is only two blocks from a thriving commercial village including a large grocery market, pharmacy, restaurants and many coffee houses. Just a few blocks in the other direction on Niagara is a fabulous local organic market.

The house is very special as the owner is an artist and has created a colourful and comfortable living space. The kitchen is state of the art with a six burner gas cooktop and the best pans, cutlery and knives we have ever experienced in a rental. The counters are all beautiful granite. I just loved cooking in that kitchen. The master suite upstairs has a huge walk in shower and a king size bed with quality linens and lots of closet space, including a walk in one. With a reading room off of it and a covered porch for morning exercises, it is just perfect.

We were able to enjoy the garden with our large family who were visiting because of the ample seating for conversation and dining.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver, BC Canada

Perfect location in a beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this lovely home! The location was perfect and allowed us all a lot of flexibility to go and venture out at our own pace. My tall husband particularly loved the giant shower, my mom loved the beautiful flowers in the garden and the lovely smell they created throughout the property, and my dad especially enjoyed walking down to get the paper and then enjoying it with his morning coffee in the courtyard. The layout of the home, the abundant natural light, the first-class furnishings, and the fascinating art work and souvenirs from the owner's world travels made for a very comfortable and memorable stay in Victoria. We absolutely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Very close to Beacon Hill Park, botanical garden, playground and children's petting zoo. Historic neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Victoria, walking distance to beaches, museums, restaurants and shopping district.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,200.67

references required
If you are Canadian - note that the posted rates are in USDollars
Jim or I will clarify the rates and request e transfer as method of payment
Americans cannot e transfer unfortunatley
A wire transfer in USD to my USD account is the easiest but note the damage deposit may not be the same on return depending on exchange rate fluctuations
eg if $1000 canadian is $800 american when you send it we will return $1000 canadian equivalent at the end of the term the unlikely event our dollar goes up, you will get less than $800 USD back ..this is standard practice thx

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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