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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Private, 2 bedroom, gorgeous gardens, close to everything.

The Secret Garden is a serene retreat nestled in gorgeous gardens in one of the most beautiful and safe neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Ten minutes to UBC or downtown - close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer!

Our large, bright yet cozy apartment occupies the ground level of a character home. Just outside the separate entrance are a private patio and the lush back garden.

The carpeted living room has lots of large windows looking onto gardens, a big comfy couch and extra seating, a gas fireplace and flatscreen tv.

There are two bedrooms, both with windows looking onto gardens. The master has a queen bed and the other bedroom a double bed.

The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, everything you need to cook at home. Coffee, tea, sugar, herbs and spices are provided. The fridge and stove are both full size.

The dining area also looks onto gardens and has seating for six.

Our luxurious tiled bathroom with walk-in shower, rainhead, and granite counter opens into a private sauna.

The laundry room has a washing machine and dryer, laundry tubs, and cleaning supplies. There are no charges for the use of the washer and dryer.

Our tropical feel back garden features a large stone deck, water feature and landscape lighting. Birds and squirrels visit many times a day and can often be seen drinking at the fountain. The garden is featured annually in the “Dunbar in Bloom” garden tour in May.

The front garden has a delightful little stone patio surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs.

We are half a block from Dunbar Village in the historic neighbourhood of Dunbar-Southlands. Within two blocks are many restaurants and bars, liquor store, produce and fish markets, Starbucks and other coffee shops, Mac's, drug store, small shops, beauty salons and medical clinic. Stong's supermarket is half a block away - convenient for making meals in the apartment.

There is ample free parking in front of the house with no need for permits.

Families with children will enjoy the Dunbar Community Centre, one block away, which has a great playground, tennis courts, fitness centre and picnic area.

The west side beaches are a ten-minute drive or short bus ride down the hill. Also nearby are UBC, the Museum of Anthropology and several public golf courses. A few blocks west is the entrance to Pacific Spirit Park where you can walk for hours in old-growth forest. A 10-minute drive or 25-minute bus ride takes you to downtown Vancouver.

Granville Island, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Gardens, Commercial Drive, South Granville, Main Street and UBC are some of the attractions you won't want to miss on our side of town.

For families with small children we have a play-and-pack, high chair, stroller (all free) and extra single bed ($10 per night).

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a quiet, beautiful setting close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer, we would love to welcome you to The Secret Garden.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Noo-Noo (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Noo-Noo


I'm Noo-Noo, the resident caretaker and rental agent for The Secret Garden. I live upstairs and am available by phone but not necessarily in 24-hour residence. Just let me know if you need anything and I'll be happy to help.

Noo-Noo purchased this apartment in 1985

Why Noo-Noo chose Vancouver

I love Dunbar! I moved here from North Van in 1985. I bought this home for its large treed lot, proximity to the forest and Dunbar Village and most of all I loved the character of the house (it used to be an old mill worker's home and was built in 1926).

What makes this apartment unique

The location is fantastic - everything needed for day to day living is within walking distance. Grocery shopping, restaurants, bars, liquor store, drug store, parks - all within two blocks, and a beautiful garden to enjoy no matter what the season.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Awesome shower and sauna I have to say...right in the suite itself...better than any hotel at that price.

Kitchen with everything you could want and an upscale supermarket, Stongs at the end of the block that's open till midnight.

Super quiet, great beds and just a beautiful getaway that's 15 minutes from downtown.

We are staying there whenever we go to Vancouver from now on if at all possible.
Nov 2013
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SAUNA, FIREPLACE, BBQ HUT, - near UBC, close to downtown, airport, cruise ships
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

A home away from home...

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location! The place is so convenient if you want to go for groceries and coffee shops (walking distance). The bus stop is also very close if you want to go by bus around Vancouver. The place is very neat and clean. And Noo Noo is a very nice person to talk to. We will booked again to this place if given another chance to go to Vancouver.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alma: Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. I enjoyed talking to you as well, and am happy to hear you enjoyed your stay here during your conference. Hope to see you and your family again! Noo-Noo
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Gemuetliche Ferienwohnung inmitten von Vancouvers Westside

  • 5 of 5

Unser Aufenthalt in „The Secret Garden“ war wunderbar. Die Wohnung ist geschmackvoll eingerichtet und sehr komfortabel. Besonders das Kaminfeuer und die Sauna haben uns am Ende eines langen Wintertages unterwegs gefallen. Der Empfang der Vermieterin u.a. durch einem liebevoll gedeckten Tisch und selbst gebackenen Kuchen, hinterlässt einen absoluten Wohlfühl-Effekt. Herzlichen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft. Die Leipziger.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely and complimentary review! (Thank goodness for online translators!) Now you have been here three times and each time a pleasure to host you - I hope you will come again to see Uta, her husband and your grandchildren. Noo-Noo
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Great place to stay while in YVR!

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect! Beautiful house in a great location with everything close by. Noo-Noo was a great host, very accommodating and easy to deal with. We stayed here with 2 little kids so the first thing we found was a playground within walking distance. If you're a runner, Pacific Spirit Regional Park is only a few blocks away with great running trails. We will be sure to stay here again if we venture back. Thanks again Noo-Noo.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ray: Thanks for the review. So glad you enjoyed yourselves as I enjoyed having you here. My new project is making a kids' sleeping nook out of the closet in the second bedroom. Such fun ... hope you come back so you can tell me what you think of it! Noo-Noo
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  • 5 of 5

My family (two kids ages 2 & 10) and I stayed at the Secret Garden over Xmas holidays. The suite is very clean, comfortable and well equipped. Location could not have been more convenient for all our needs... Grocery store, Starbucks, pharmacy, bus, restaurants etc. Will definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my one week stay at the Secret Garden. So comfortable, clean, cozy and the owner was friendly and helpful. Nothing better than being able to walk to shops and restaurants. Close to transit to get to Vancouver central. Beautiful garden. Kitchen well equipped. Day trip to Whistler Mountain was wonderful. I hope some day to get back up to Vancouver. And I would not hesitate at all to stay here again. I highly recommend the Secret Garden.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

More than we expected, clean, nicely decorated, great atmosphere, couldn't ask for more. I'll definitely consider another trip to Vancouver, WA and once again request a stay at the Secret Garden. As I said before it was absolutely wonderful.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Richard: So glad you liked The Secret Garden and thanks for the great review. If you come to Vancouver (BC!!) again I look forward to having you stay.
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Nearest Airport
11 Kilometres
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Dunbar Public House
Nearest Ferry
29 Kilometres
Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
University of British Columbia
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Canada Line
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Highway 99
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Cheshire Cheese Inn
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4.5 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The Secret Garden is in the historic neighbourhood of Dunbar-Southlands, on a quiet, tree-lined street half a block from Dunbar Village. A 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride takes you downtown. The best beaches in Vancouver are just down the hill - Jericho, Spanish Banks, Locarno, and Kitsilano. The University of British Columbia is a 10-minute drive. Also on this side of town are the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, VanDusen Gardens, the Planetarium, Science World, and the funky areas of Main Street and Commercial Drive for bars, ethnic restaurants and music. The old fishing village of Steveston is half an hour's drive - great fish and chips and you can buy fresh fish off the boats to cook in our fully equipped kitchen.


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Dunbar-Southlands Apartment Rental Rates

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Jun 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $114
Cleaning $38

Extra guest fee is $20.00 per person per night for guests after 2.
Cleaning fee is $50 on stays of less than one week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Vancouver Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Luxurious tiled bathroom with private sauna
  • One bathroom with walk-in rain shower, granite countertop, storage cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Two bedrooms: one with queen bed and one with double bed. We also have a single mattress on top of a foamy that we can set up for an extra person. Play-and-Pack and highchair available for kids.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis

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