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Waterfront Heritage Estate W/5 Bedrooms on Stunning Acreage

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Chateau / Country House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 11 in beds)

This is the very best of West Coast Canada!

Watch the seaplanes land and sailboats pass by as you relax on your private oceanfront estate. Gorgeous sweeping views of Ganges Harbour are visible from nearly all rooms of this one of a kind heritage retreat.

Built in 1906 by the pioneering Tolson family, this property was the first private school on the Gulf Islands and was later a creamery and then the private retreat of a technology billionaire and his family, during which time the property was greatly restored.

A vast variety of birds and other wildlife make this 4 acre property home. Watch the swans, eagles, hummingbirds, blue heron, quail and other exotic birds from the enormous picture window and expansive veranda. Raccoons, otters, deer and other critters are curious, safe and plentiful.

There is much to do here for all ages. On the property, there is plenty of exploring to do, and the 300 feet of private beach front to enjoy. The main lawn is large enough for a serious soccer game. Pick fruit and berries at several times of the year, then bake them into a pie in the great kitchen that looks into the gorgeous back gardens.

Various flowers are usually blooming all over the park-like gardens and landscaped terraces. Numerous exploration paths weave throughout the property.

Off the property, hiking, kayaking, sailing, golfing, fine dining, casual dining, patio drinking, swimming, shopping, scuba diving, a day at the spa, fishing, yoga, farmers markets, etc... are all close at hand.

The house is set up perfectly for entertaining and relaxing alike. With plenty of space indoors, the adults can enjoy the evening with a roaring fire in the main living room, while the kids use the spacious upper living room or the entertainment room to watch movies on the big screen and play games of all sorts. There are plenty of bedrooms to go around, all beautifully furnished and well appointed. The three full bathrooms mean that no one is waiting for their turn for a shower. The big gourmet kitchen provides the space to cook a grand meal while onlookers enjoy a glass of wine without every getting in the way.

I guarantee you will love your stay here as much as we do!

This house is operated by the Island Heritage Appreciation Club which allows members to use it to cover the costs. Membership is open to all those who appreciate well-maintained heritage properties.

Keywords: Rustic luxury, waterfront, view, views, Saltspring, Ganges, convenient, marina, island, private, landscaped, heritage, Vancouver, Victoria, British Columbia, acreage, farmers market, orchard, garden, family

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Michael

I'm a city boy from Vancouver, who has always dreamed of enjoying and maintaining an island heritage property (You don't so much 'own' such a property as take your turn looking after it)

Traveling is in my blood, but I love the natural wonders and serenity of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia more than anywhere else I have been privileged enough to visit.

An environmentalist at heart, I am sensitive to keeping this property chemical free and the house as healthy a living space as possible.

Michael purchased this chateau / country house in 2001

Why Michael chose Salt Spring Island

We fell in love with this late 19th century estate when a friend bought it many years ago. Every opportunity to visit that came up, we made it a priority to get there.

This is one of those properties that changes your life in so many ways, and all of them for the better.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Once you arrive at this property, you no longer need your car. Everything you need is within close walking distance. But when you enter and close the gate behind you, you are in a private world all your own and the outside world ceases to exist. It is the very best of all worlds!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Perfect for a family vacation or reunion. The house is large (we were 8 grownups & 2 toddlers) with lots of nooks etc so everyone can hang out together or get away with their own space. More importantly it is also bright, comfortably furnished, and feels completely private (at the end of about 300m driveway up a hill), yet so close to Ganges town with a bakery/coffee shop literally across the road at the end of the driveway. Children play park also just 1 minute further away.
Sep 2012
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Ganges Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Stunning suite with bay windows overlooking ocean views
    Queen Suite - 1 queen , This very private room has an ensuite bath and comfy chaise
    Double Room - 1 double , Cozier than others in the house this room boast a fireplace
    The Old Nursery - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Formerly a nursery, this bedroom adjoins the master suite
    Kingsize room (or 2 singles) - 1 king , This comfortable corner room has forest views on 2 sides
  • King size beds (1) king sized bed can be separated into 2 twins, Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms with queen sized beds, Double Beds (1) 1 room with double bed and fireplace, Single Beds (1) The room adjoining the master bedroom, has a single bed, a double sofa bed and a crib if needed., Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
massive and multiple lawns for games parties or sun bathing, library, office, enclosed sunroom, claw foot tub, nursery, 2 large living rooms, gated estate, creek with bridges, private forest, fruit trees.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Heritage Estate W/5 Bedrooms on Stunning Acreage
average rating of 4.928571 based on 16 reviews

Beautiful! Ideal for a group of friends looking to get away.

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and I stayed at the Waterfront Heritage Estate to celebrate my 40th in March and it was perfect! The place was big enough to accommodate all of us and was close to town yet felt private and secluded. Our group especially enjoyed the beautiful dining room table with a stunning view of the water. Everything was clean and well kept and Michael was a fantastic host. I'm sure that many of us will be booking this place again in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful setting & home.

  • 5 of 5

Michael, Thank you so much for making your beautiful, warm & well appointed home available to us for what turned out to be an absolutely fabulous family weekend! It was the perfect spot for a relaxing family reunion, with lots of space to have a quiet spot by ourselves, or come together for board games, slide shows and just time to be together. We also really appreciated your well appointed kitchen - someone who cooks, had a hand in that, I'm sure!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Seven of us had a wonderful time at this heritage home over four days. The house is charming and the furnishings are exceptional. The kitchen is very well equipped. The location is so convenient for walking in the town of Ganges, but it is still completely private. Michael always replied very quickly to our inquiries and was more than accommodating to our needs.

Our group came for hiking on Salt Spring Island and that was great too. We had perfect weather and the variety of hikes was excellent.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful heritage house in a great location on beautiful Salt Spring Island

  • 5 of 5

Before punching in the entrance code, I stood on the verandah and enjoyed the view of Ganges Harbour with its variety of moored boats and other marine traffic coming in, and thought how lucky we were to have found a rental in such a secluded and lovely site. Once in the house, I was even more delighted, as it had a gracious air, was well furnished and the living room with its colourful art glass installation over the fireplace flanked with the bookshelves was a highlight for me. We were a party of five old friends, so once the house was explored, we decided the only fair way to allocate the bedrooms was to draw straws - and I was not the lucky person who drew the one for the master bedroom with its great view and ensuite bathroom, but was happy in my small upstairs one. It was a real plus to be able to stroll into Ganges for meals, art gallery visits, and restaurants - plus two excellent bakeries. I very much hope we will be able to have at the least an annual visit to this spacious and charming house, set in its extensive grounds.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway on Saltspring

  • 5 of 5

This lovely 5 bedroom heritage house overlooks Ganges so you can easily walk to town to explore the shops, art galleries, restaurants, the Market, etc. Yet the house is secluded. The scent of the cedar trees over the back patio was intoxicating. The house is comfortable, well equipped, artfully decorated and met all of our needs so was perfect in every way for our girls' getaway. There were nine of us and we never felt crowded. Lots of space. The view from the house is amazing. We were all curious about the history of the house and it would have been nice to have had that on hand. We hope to make our getaway an annual event and if we decide on Saltspring again, we will definitely come back to this house and will recommend it to others. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girl get away ...

  • 4 of 5

We were seven women celebrating a fiftieth birthday. The home was well organized, the views were beautiful and the proximity to town was very convenient. I would go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
0.3 Kilometres
3 minute walk to the float plane terminal
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
5 pubs/bars within 5 minutes walking
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
6 minute drive to Long Harbour
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
2 golf courses with a 10 minute drive
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
many restaurants within 5 minutes walking
Nearest Beach
Right on the property
Nearest Point of Interest
Farmers Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Ganges Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Provincial Park w/frisbee golf!
Nearest Point of Interest
Kayak Rentals
Nearest Point of Interest
Marina & Gov't Dock
Car: not necessary

wineries, organic farms, yoga retreat and drop ins close by, many artist studios, farmers market and fair, book stores, video rentals, antique stores, clothing stores, restaurants and delivery, pubs, heritage museums, music venues, theater, old fashioned movie house (current movies though).

When you are on this very private property you would never know that this is all at your doorstep.


Rates & Availability

Ganges Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter/Spring 2017
Jan 5 2017 - May 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder season
May 15 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder season 2
Sep 5 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017 2
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $55 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $550.87
Maintenance Fee $110.17 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Standard rates apply for all holiday weekends.
Standard rates also apply for the Christmas/New Year season from Dec 15 - Jan 5

The 'Maintenance' fee of $150 covers a final pass by the cleaners, consumables and resetting of the property for the next guests. Because our cost to have such an extensive home and property fully cleaned after a departure exceeds this, guests are requested to leave the property significantly as they found it. Alternately a 'Full Clean' fee of $300 allows guests to depart without lifting a finger.

Although this site states that refunds will not be given on deposits, we do have a deposit refund policy that provides our guests with protection. Because people book a house like this well in advance, if you cancel it will very likely sit empty. But if you must cancel 50% of your deposit will be refunded if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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