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Charming, Peaceful, Ocean Front Cottage on Saltspring Island

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Salt Spring Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (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 4 piece 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 and sliding doors to a private side deck. 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Carol McKeen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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October 21, 2016
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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 British Columbia 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.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Charming, Peaceful, Ocean Front Cottage on Saltspring Island
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

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: Jul 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: Jul 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: Jun 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: Jun 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: Jul 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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Wonderful cottage and facilities

  • 5 of 5

Our family, with two young children, spent a lovely summer week at Sunset Cottage. The ocean view, gardens, beach access, kitchen, bath and bedroom facilities and quiet location were perfect for all of us. We also benefited from the owner's recommendations for restaurants, kayak rentals, and shops around the island. We look forward to a future visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Salt Spring Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 3 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jun 16 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 10 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
Oct 11 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $563

Rental rates are for 2 persons in one bedroom. 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. . 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.

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Salt Spring Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • 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. Large walk in shower.
  • Full bathroom ensuite to king bedroom. Has large jetted tub, walk in shower, large vanity and toilet. Stacking 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, Queen size Beds (1) 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
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 and riding is available. 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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