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Jocelyn Harder

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Swallow's Nest Studio; quiet, relaxing, convenient

35 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Saanich East Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio apartment with complete kitchen, 4 piece bath, in-suite laundry and queen

For reference, the closest intersection is Shelbourne & Cedar Hill Cross Rd.

" We've stayed at several VRBO places, and we have to say that Swallow's Nest was the nicest. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended!"

Separate, private, quiet, cozy and very comfortable 400 sq. ft. studio suite to welcome you after a busy day. Conveniently located to all that Victoria and the surrounding area has to offer, we are 10 minutes by car to the heart of downtown or the fields of the Saanich Peninsula and 5 minutes to the University of Victoria. Swallow's Nest has a separate and private entrance so that you can come and go completely independently.

The suite has a fully equipped kitchen, complete laundry set up, (detergent supplied) very comfortable queen sized bed with top quality linens (and comfy cushions for lounging wth a book or movie), bathroom towels, T.V. with DVD player, wireless internet, clock radio, plenty of closet space, in fact everything you could need to make your stay in Victoria comfortable as well as memorable! The walls of this gracious suite are adorned with original art by local artists.

If meal preparations are not part of your holiday plans there is a breakfast/lunch cafe just around the corner and numerous options for dinner nearby as well. (I've counted 6 fast food places, 4 pizza places, 4 deli's, 7 restaurants, all within a 5 minute walk!) There is a grocery store, pharmacy (with a fabulous selection of really good chocolate!), B.C. Government liquor store, Starbuck's and other fast food outlets within a couple of blocks. I've tried to post the local restaurants, grocery store etc. on the google map but for some peculiar reason a few of the markers ended up downtown! You will find a more complete list in the suite.

From Ron, a guest in early July;

Whenever I come to Victoria I visit all the sites,

Beautiful and historic; this results in weary nights.

At the end of the day I really need a place of quiet


The perfect place for me I've found, is lovely

Swallow's Nest.

Thank you Ron!

And from a visitor from Texas in September 2013, ...your unit is the most organized, cleanest, well thought out property I have ever stayed in. I hope that I am this way again. Thank you Allen

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Jocelyn Harder (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Jocelyn Harder

Although I have lived in this house for just a short while I feel more at home here than I did after 8 years in my previous house! And, I think, the suite has the same comfortable ambiance now that it has been freshly painted and decorated.

I have lived on Vancouver Island most of my life, growing up in the Cowichan Valley, and have lived in Victoria since I was a student, way back in 1970. My children were raised here and we spent many happy summers as a family sailing the waters around the Gulf Islands.

My son & son-in-law have done the landscaping in the front yard and in the warmer months guests will be able to enjoy the garden from their own sitting area. I enjoy gardening and spend many happy hours planning and puttering amongst my perennials and rhododendrons. In the cooler months I enjoy reading, sewing teddy bears, creating art and spending time with my grandchildren.

I have a large-ish, very quiet, dog, Molly, who is 3/4 Boxer and 1/4 Dalmation, so am unable to accommodate pets. She will be happy to meet and greet, with much wiggling and tail-wagging, should a guest so desire!

Jocelyn Harder purchased this studio in 2011

Why Jocelyn Harder chose Victoria

I feel very comfortable in this quiet part of Victoria. In less than 15 minutes I can be anywhere downtown or out into the farmland of the Saanich Peninsula. The trails of Uvic are just up the hill and are welcoming to dog owners - I love walking the park-like setting of these trails. I have seen owls, ravens, hawks and eagles many times on these walks, not to mention the wide variety of plant life.

What makes this studio unique

Convenient to all that Victoria and the surrounding area have to offer, yet a quiet and private retreat for the end of your day. To give you a better idea of location, the closest intersection is Shelbourne & Cedar Hill Cross Road.

I look forward to meeting visitors but will not encroach on your time nor space.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comfy and just plain awesome. A great spot for our honeymoon. Good size for 1-2 people, location was awesome. Everything was so well organized and well-stocked - even homemade treats! Thank you so much.
Jun 2014
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based on 35 traveler reviews

Swallow's Nest Studio; quiet, relaxing, convenient
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 36 reviews

Excellent location, peaceful and comfortable accommodation

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Swallow's Nest Studio with my six year old son in July 2016 and we thoroughly enjoyed the place. The studio is very tastefully decorated and arranged. Its very spacious, quiet, gets plentiful natural light and has all the amenities one would need for an extended or short-term stay. The kitchen is fully equipped and was very useful as I was able to prepare home cooked meals for my little guy over the week that we stayed there. The location of the studio is excellent. It is walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants and cafes, and the BC Transit bus stop. We didn't have a car for the first few days and were easily able to get to Downtown Victoria by bus. In short it was a lovely retreat and home away from home. We will certainly return to this rental on our next visit to Victoria.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vibhuti. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and visit to Vancouver Island.
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Wonderful 'Nest' and Home-Hospitality by Owner

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a very nice and affordable week in Swallow's Nest Studio, late June 2016.

Everything is there (all basic appliances and some welcome food items).

The 'Nest' was clean and nicely decorated to make us feel at home.

Excellent and prompt VRBO support - and lots of information on Victoria.

Lovely and Comfortable - we would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rick, so glad you both enjoyed your stay at Swallow's Nest.
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Swallow's Nest for 3 nights recently and were very impressed. It's perfect for a couple, close to everything and beautifully decorated. The owner was very accommodating and provided many extras that we appreciated. We will definitely stay there again if we are in Victoria and would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bev. It was a pleasure to host you and John, so glad you enjoyed the scones!
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed here while we shot a wedding at UVic. It was very convenient and Jocelyn was really nice and easy to deal with. The accommodations were perfect for our needs. The scones and jam were amazing.

Thank you so much and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rachel. Glad to know you enjoyed the scones & jam. The scones are an old family recipe. I enjoy making jam and there is only so much my family can eat so I'm happy to share it with guests!
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Excellent VRBO

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in March 2016. The suite was very clean and well stocked with everything one could need in both the bathroom and kitchen. We were welcomed with homemade scones, butter and jam and enough coffee for a few days. The location is easy to find, close to UVic and Mt Tolmie for pleasant walking and was very quiet. We would defiantly stay here again and defiantly recommend. Jocelyn was a pleasure to deal with and was readily available with assistance as needed.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Janet! So glad you enjoyed the scones and jam.
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Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the Swallow's Nest for 27 days in Nov. and Dec. and loved it. It was the perfect base for exploring all that lovely Victoria has to offer. It is a walkable area with stores and restaurants nearby and the library is an easy walk away. We bought a good city map at a nearby gas station and had no trouble finding our way around. I recommend it highly for two people.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike. It was a pleasure meeting you and Marcy. So glad you enjoyed your extended visit to Victoria, it was a pleasure having you stay at Swallow's Nest!
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Victoria International
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Cedar Hill Golf Course
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Cadboro Beach
Car: not necessary

A central location to provide a comfortable base from which to enjoy the many adventures possible in Victoria. In the immediate vicinity you will find a grocery store, liquor store, drug store, birding store, several eatery options. Swallow's Nest is two short blocks from a direct route to downtown, located just 7 km to the south.

We are 3 km from the outstanding rhododendron gardens, Finnerty Gardens, of the University of Victoria. The campus also offers wonderful walks in the woods as well as the ecological reserve, Mystic Vale.

Mount Tolmie, a short walk or shorter drive, offers a panoramic view of the city as well as many kms of walking trails. For hikes in a forest park there is Mount Douglas Park, 5 km to the north, which has beach access to a rocky shore overlooking Haro Straight as well as a lookout which gives fabulous 360 degree views of Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. For a sandy beach experience Gyro Park is 4 kms to the east and offers a lovely expanse of beach on Cadboro Bay for beach combing and sail boat watching. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club sails out of Cadboro Bay and has an active racing contingent of members.

A short drive or bus-ride will take you right into the heart of downtown Victoria and all of the tourist opportunities offered there.


Rates & Availability

Saanich East Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

No cleaning fees $0

Until rental is confirmed rates are subject to change without notice. Maximum stay is 1 month unless by prior arrangement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Saanich East Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 4 piece bathroom
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen size bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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