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Charming, Peaceful, Ocean Front, "Sunset Cottage" on Saltspring Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (Sleeps 6)

Sunset Cottage is perfectly named. The sunsets and views here are simply stunning. Sit in peace, quiet and privacy by the ocean and enjoy glorious hours of ocean, island and mountain views, passing boats, ever changing light and birds (eagles, herons and many others).

The cottage sits on a private, gated, sunny acre of oceanfront land with a small orchard and English gardens. The ocean view is the best on Saltspring. It has a lovely, efficient, wood burning fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors, comfortable furnishings, beautiful local and Canadian art, walls of windows and a private gate and path to the ocean shore where you can walk and gather shells, launch canoes or kayaks and swim. Please note that we are unable to provide canoes or kayaks due to insurance regulations but can put you in touch with local suppliers who will deliver kayaks to the cottage.

There is a new fully equipped kitchen and a bright dining room with a wall of windows overlooking the garden, ocean and islands. The cozy great room with efficient, wood burning fireplace and stunning ocean views continues into the new kitchen. An additional ocean facing sitting area has floor to ceiling windows and 2 sets of french doors to the outside - one to a large, elevated, covered deck and the other to a smaller deck. There is comfortable seating and a large table and Weber gas bbq on the large deck which has ample lighting to enjoy the area after sunset. The smaller portion of the deck has a table for 2 and 2 chairs for al fresco meals.

There are three bedrooms, two with comfortable king sized beds and ensuite bathrooms. The master has glorious ocean and garden views with floor to ceiling windows on 2 sides. The master 4 piece bathroom has a separate shower, jetted tub and top loading washer and dryer concealed behind bifold doors. There is a wonderful clothesline and clothes pegs to catch the ocean breezes if you prefer. The second king bedded room has a new 3 piece ensuite bathroom with walk in shower. This bedroom has garden and forest views The bathroom that is ensuite to this bedroom is also accessible to the house as a whole. The third bedroom has a set of bunk beds, ocean view, and is on the lower level of the house. All cotton bed linens and towels are provided. Extra bed linens and towels are provided. Coloured beach towels are also, provided as well as a small cooler and 2 folding chairs for picnics.

The house is best suited for one or two couples, however, it will sleep 6 people in beds, 2 of which are bunks. A maximum of 2 children under the age of 16 is permitted. Pets are not permitted under any circumstances. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the property or in the house. The large living-dining room has wide ocean views, a dining table for 6, comfortable furniture, a flat screen TV with cable, a DVD player, and an efficient, wood burning fireplace. Books, jig-saw puzzles, games , binoculars and some DVD's are provided for guests' enjoyment. The ocean-side decks are well equipped with tables for out side dining and comfortable chairs for relaxing, reading and just looking. There are also Adirondack chairs on the lawn facing the ocean. A Weber propane barbecue and Wifi for email are included. The house is decorated with beautiful, local and Canadian, original art and has a very well equipped new kitchen. The kitchen has a huge L shaped counter, a large island, glass fronted cupboards, a large double, porcelain sink facing the ocean view, a built in dishwasher, side by side refrigerator with filtered water and ice dispenser, a wall oven, Jenn air cooktop and microwave. It is equipped with dishes, glasses, cutlery, blender, filter coffee pot (and filters) and french press, electric kettle and teapot with cozy, crock pot, electric mixer and baking pans as well as bowls and serving dishes and utensils. Table linens are available for inside and outside as well as kitchen towels. Dishwasher soap, liquid hand soap at each sink, bar soap in the shower, one roll of paper towels in the kitchen, and 2 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom are also included. We ask that you start the linens in the laundry before you leave and laundry soap is provided for that purpose. Please bring laundry soap for personal laundry during your stay.

This lovely, west-facing cottage is in the peaceful, pastoral north end of Saltspring island, 5 minutes from Vesuvius and 12 minutes from the town of Ganges. It is close to hiking trails, artists' studios, and farms with fresh free range eggs and local produce.

Salt Spring is the largest of the Gulf Islands and is an ideal get-away vacation spot. From May to October the town of Ganges hosts the famous Saturday outdoor market where you can buy arts and crafts, farm-fresh vegetables, island-made cheeses, and homemade treats. On Salt Spring you can also enjoy fishing, golfing, hiking, ocean kayaking, theater, and a brand new recreation centre. The cottage is a 12 minute drive from Ganges, the heart of Salt Spring Island, where visitors can enjoy restaurants, pubs, art galleries, and boutiques and the bustling and picturesque harbour. The pretty seaside village of Vesuvius with its warm, sandy ocean beach, charming coffee shop and Seaside Restaurant (great fish and chips and seafood and scrumptious home-made desserts) is a 5 minute drive. Pringle farm, which breeds arabian horses is across the road from the cottage. These magnificent animals are often in the pasture close to the cottage road.

We hope you will come and enjoy all that Sunset Cottage and Saltspring Island have to offer.

Keywords: Oceanfront, private, peaceful, ocean and sunset views, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped, efficient fireplace.

More Details


Southern Gulf Islands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Ensuite to master bedroom, also has laundry
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to guest bedroom and main house. Leg walk in shower.
  • Full bathroom ensuite to king bedroom. Has large jetted tub, walk in shower, large vanity and toilet. Top loading washer and dryer in closet in this very large bathroom. Other bedroom has ensuite bathroom with large walk in shower, toilet and sink with vanity.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Full ensuite bathroom, magnificent ocean and garden views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Up-down bunks, lower level of house, ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ensuite with large shower, toilet and sink, garden views
  • King size beds (1) High quality pillow top king bed in master bedroom, 4 piece ensuite bathroom and magnificent ocean, garden and mountain views, High quality pillow top king bed In second bedroom with ensuite with large walk in shower.. Third bedroom is on lower level of house and has a set of bunk beds and an ocean view. All beds have 100% cotton linens. PLEASE NOTE THAT RENTAL RATES ARE BASED UPON THE NUMBER OF GUESTS AND THE NUMBER OF BEDROOMS USED. THE BASIC RATE IS FOR 2 PERSONS IN ONE BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE ONLY. BEDROOMS NOT RENTED WILL BE LOCKED. THANK YOU.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Books, jig-saw puzzles and games available for guests' use. The cottage is very close to Pringle Farm where Arabian horses are bred. The horses are often in the pasture at the edge of the road. Please go to this link to read more about this local attraction.


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Charming, Peaceful, Ocean Front, "Sunset Cottage" on Saltspring Island
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Fantastic girls weekend!

  • 5 of 5

House was beautiful, clean and had amazing views of the ocean. It had a beautiful, large deck and grounds were lovely. Beds and bedding were very comfortable and a relatively short drive into town but still very private and quiet. Great spot for a quiet girls weekend. Can't wait until our next stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this review and share what you appreciated about Sunset Cottage. So glad you had a good time and we hope you return.
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We loved it here!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this lovely home for a week in July. Evidently newly remodeled, we found the home beautifully and very comfortably furnished inside and out, with great beds; nice linens, nice good quality dishes and kitchen equipment. Even a french press! Very different than the run of the mill thrift shop stuff that we have sometimes encountered. The location is very private and quiet yet accessible to town and the sunset view is certainly one of the best on the Island. We ended up cooking or doing takeout a bunch of nights as we didn't want to miss it. Last year we were on the same road but less far north and we were right across from the noise and lights of the paper mill across the bay. Not nearly as nice. Both the owner and caretaker were both very helpful and responsive. We did rent kayaks for a couple of days and had them delivered - lovely! We would rent this home again in a heartbeat. And we love Salt Spring - it has definitely become a place of return for us. It may be worth noting for groups of adults - the master is a 10 - the other bedrooms much less special though certainly fine.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review. We are glad you liked our renovations. You might be interested to know that we are renovating the second bedroom and bathroom this winter. We hope you return.
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Excellent in every way

  • 5 of 5

Just confirming all the positive things that have already been said. In addition, it is a great location for kayaking -- at least 5 possible day-trip destinations from the cottage. Also possible to walk to the trail system on Channel Ridge. Our stay was terrific. Carol was terrific to deal with, and we appreciate the trouble she has taken to make this a special place that she is sharing with others. We hope to return many times.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ontario, Canada

Wonderful getaway for hubby and I

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week-long stay at Sunset Cottage..and enjoyed every minute. The recent renos mean the cottage is immaculate, the new covered deck offered wonderful sea views and the brand new kitchen was absolutely a dream to cook in. Comfy beds, tonnes of privacy, lovely ocean breezes, excellent outdoor spaces, wonderful neighbourhood, cottage just steps to the beach...We didn't want to leave! We saw otters every night right out off the beach and bald eagles in the treetops over the property several times. Its on Sunset drive so a great location for walking every evening, visiting local art galleries and the nearby horse, sheep and goat farms..which we loved. Carol is amazing to deal with and responded to every single email right away and was so helpful every step of the way. We are looking forward to returning to Sunset Cottage again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. So glad you enjoyed all that we do about this great island and our home. We hope to see you again.
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spectacular sunset cottage

  • 5 of 5

Sunset Cottage exceeded all expectations. An absolutely beautiful home. Everything is wonderful. Gorgeous kitchen, beds that are super comfy, and a location that you only see in postcards. Sunset Cottage is perfectly named as the sunsets are breathtaking. If you are desiring a vacation that is peaceful, tranquil, abounds in Mother Natures beauty. Look no further. There are not enough words to describe the perfection of this location. The owners are amazing. Informative and generous with tips for dining and special attractions on the island. Owners respond to all emails and questions right away which was wonderful. This was my first visit to Sunset Cottage and my family will be returning.

Sunset Cottage has everything you need, which makes your vacation stress free, enabling you to just relax and enjoy.

And enjoy you will. Eagles, hummingbirds, flowers galore, sea otters, all kinds of boats and ships and of course the wonderful ocean that is dynamic and hard to take your eyes off. I recommend this location without any reservations. Book now and prepare for one of lifes wonderful experiences and memories to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed the cottage so much. We hope you come back. Thank you for being such gracious guests!
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Alberta, Canada

Paradise on Salt Spring!

  • 5 of 5

Sunset cottage is everything you could wish for and more! Spectacular views, comforts of home, outstanding host , great location! Need I say more? I am repeat customer and am honoured to give this holiday rental an A+++++ rating! Thank-you.

C. Mcnary

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to have you back and to have you enjoy Saltspring once again. Thank you so much for taking the time to send this review - it is gratifying to know that our guests have the experience we hope they will.
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Carol McKeen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2018

About Carol McKeen

Newly retired and hoping to spend more time in this lovely place. At the moment, young grandchildren and other commitments prevent us from being here full time. We also love to travel and will be doing more of that while we have the time and are still able - active hiking holidays are a favourite.

Carol McKeen purchased this house in 2008

Why Carol McKeen chose Southern Gulf Islands

It is simply beautiful and peaceful - a world apart and yet full of the vibrancy of an artistic and resourceful community. You will find world class fresh local food here as well as great restaurants and art and a general sense of peace and well being.

What makes this house unique

It restores and refreshes and connects visitors to the natural world and the things in life that really matter. To sleep here with open windows, complete quiet and only the moon and the stars lighting the night sky is a delight.

Very close to the cottage is Pringle Farm which breeds Arabian horses and offers riding. These wondeful creatures are often at the edge of the pasture beside the road that runs by the cottage.

Our ocean side addition, large new covered deck, beautiful new kitchen and other interior renovations have made a charming house even more beautiful. We are proud to display the art of local and Canadian artists as part of our furnishings.


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Victoria, YYJ:10 min cab-35 min ferry-30 min cab
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Vesuvius- 5 min drive - to Crofton on Van Isl.
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Ganges- public course north of town
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Seaside - Vesuvius - fabulous
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Vesuvius - sandy and warm-5min drive
Car: recommended

The Saturday market near the harbour in the town of Ganges draws people from all over Canada. The local produce, baking, crafts and entertainment are a delight for the senses. There are also many interesting shops and restaurants as well as the picturesque harbour. The Tree House Restaurant is a special favourite in the heart of town and has free live music nightly.Fresh local seafood is available for purchase in Ganges and is served at many local eateries including the cozy Seaside Restaurant overlooking the water in Vesuvius just 5 minutes from the cottage. There is a great indoor community pool in the village of Ganges and a lovely warm water sand swimming beach 5 minutes away in Vesuvius. For those interested in art there is a self-guided studio tour showcasing the work of the island's many talented artisans.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $590.55

RENTAL RATES ARE FOR 2 PERSONS IN ONE BEDROOM. THERE ARE ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR MORE PEOPLE, ANO/OR MORE BEDROOMS. UNRENTED BEDROOMS ARE LOCKED AND NOT ACCESSIBLE TO GUESTS. . Two persons in 2 bedrooms add $100 per stay. Extra persons to max of 4 extras (total 6) are $50.00 per person per night. There is a minimum charge of $150.00 to open each extra bedroom for use. Example, one additional guest in additional bedroom is $150. Two additional guests in 2 additional bedrooms is $300. Two additional guests in one additional bedroom is $100 per night with a minimum of $150 to open the room for use. Min 7 night stay in high season. Utilities extra during heating season. Refundable security deposit required with final payment 60 days before rental begins. Size of security deposit varies with number of renters.

50% of rent due to hold reservation. Refundable damage deposit and rent balance due 60 days before rental begins . Payment preferred by Interac email transfer in Canada, by Cheque from US.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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