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A birdwatcher's paradise

Bedrooms Studio
Space 200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A perfect holiday cottage for 2 overlooking the sea

This cottage is perfect for 2 adults, complete with a mini kitchen, bathroom with shower, an electric fireplace, a separate eating area inside and on the deck...+ an outdoor shower!The bed can be curtained off from the rest of the sitting area in the cottage for privacy. There is a mini library to enjoy sitting on the deck. There is wifi available as well as a TV but then, who wants to be inside on a gorgeous day!

Susan Wetmore
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

About Susan Wetmore

When life closed some doors, it allowed other ones to open and that is when I made the move from London,Ontario Canada with my 2 dogs and 2 cats to my new home on Salt Spring Island.

As friends have said, the 'house found me'. It was love at first sight with the friends and of course, the west coast lifestyle!

In my other life, I have been a social worker, a municipal councillor, a teacher, a chef, a TV host and producer,a travel writer, a volunteer and over the past 10 years, a hospitality advisor with a Canadian not-for profit organization working all over the to forget, a wife and mother to 4 children.

Susan Wetmore purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Susan Wetmore chose British Columbia

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.

All my life I wanted to live by the sea, especially on Canada's west coast. I wanted to go to the snow, not it come to me.

As well, I had a dream that one day I would live in New Zealand again but that is on hold at the present time. Within 2 hours of seeing this house, I made an offer to purchase and have never regretted it.This house is as close as I can get to New Zealand!

It overlooks the sea so that the dogs and I can walk at low tide, checking out the variey of starfish, molluscs,flotsam and jetsam that the sea brings in on the whales swim in my 'front yard', joined by sea lions, seals and river otters.

Crab boats check their catches regularly.Tugs ply the waters hauling huge loads of lumber and pulp,sailboats skim along no matter the weather as do the pleasure craft, especially in the summer months.

I see the sunrise over the neighbouring island of Galiano, and then reflect on the sunset on the cliffs later in the day.To cap off the view, at night we see the reflection of the lights from Vancouver and on a perfect day, we can enjoy the majesty of the snowcapped coastal mountain range on the mainland.

Finding this property, making it my home and then sharing it with guests from around the world is truly a dream come true!

What makes this cottage unique

What I absolutely love about this home is that it is the perfect home for all the entertaining that I do. With the french doors open and the deck set up for summer entertaining, I can entertain in a million dollar waterfront view.It doesn't get any better than this!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Susan- thank you so much for the experience in the great little cottage. Your sightseeing tips were excellent and you made us feel right at home. The ocean view is fabulous and the weather was perfect (no bugs!) Enjoy the rest of the summer and we'll be sure to return.
Aug 2011
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Southern Gulf Islands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , + a sink
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , There are either 2 twin beds or 1 king size bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • tennis
Massage therapists will provide on-site services.


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A birdwatcher's paradise
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 11 reviews

A wonderful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a brief stay on a couple of the Gulf Islands to experience island living. Salt Spring did not disappoint. We loved The Seaside, great ambience enjoyed the"girls" and Molly.

Enjoyed all the great conversations.

It was a great getaway ,stunning views exquisite artwork.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have come again!
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Wonderfully relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I totally enjoyed our stay. Out intent was to unplug, relax and take in the local sites and we got all of that in spades. Our host was very gracious to give us space and privacy and information into events on the island. Not to mention, her girls (the chickens) generously provided free range eggs every morning!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy, art filled cottage with ocean view

  • 5 of 5

Susan's place is beautiful, brimming with art. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. Susan is most welcoming and helpful. We also enjoyed the 5 chickens, 2 cats and 1 dog on the property. It was a terrific place to stay. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the fruit, coffee, baked goodies, etc. that Susan provided for our first morning- yummy and plentiful. Thanks!

We enjoyed many things on Salt Spring: walking at Ruckles Park, visiting the goat cheese studio, listening to live music at the Treehouse restaurant, watching a movie at the old community hall- just to mention a few.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Victoria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
village of Ganges
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Vesuvius-Crofton ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Salt Spring Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
100 Kilometres
CN rail/Amtrack-Vancouver BC
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Trans Canada #1
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
village of Ganges
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
In front of house
Car: recommended

Salt Spring Island has been described as the 'jewel of the Canadian Gulf Islands'. Not only is it the largest in size but also the most populated and the most popular for tourists. It is renowned for its beauty, for its history, and its food and wine.

Both the Saturday and Tuesday markets have attracted visitors for years...for fresh food, arts and crafts, they shouldn't be missed. Road side food stands also offer locally grown organic food and eggs, not to overlook the 3 wineries where one can sit and do a tasting!

Artists of all genres live on the island- writers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, musicians and actors all call Salt Spring home. Numerous galleries support the local artists so taking home a piece of art is a dream come true.

As well, there is a self-drive studio tour that takes you right in to the working venues of these artists.

An activity that is very popular is to discover the marine wildlife in the Gulf Islands by boat, as well as tour the other Gulf Islands, whether it is just for a day or an overnight visit.

whale watching, kayaking, sail boat charters are all available as well as renting a bicycle to get around. Watch out for those hills.

Salt Spring Parks and Recreation in partnership with Island Pathways have well marked hiking trails, from the easy saunter to the more strenuous, with views to die for!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

A start-up breakfast basket is included with the rate. Free range eggs from my hens who live on the property, homemade jam and bread, juice, butter, coffee and tea, yogurt, cereals and fruit are provided.

This is a non-smoking property. Pets will be considered upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund