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Janet Gates McPhee

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english, french

Waterfront and Waterviews, Lovely Vacation Cottage in Vesuvius

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage

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Salt Spring Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 maximum

Tantramar is a 3 bedroom waterfront heritage cottage which has been carefully restored back to the original character with a covered front porch, large deck, French Doors from the master bedroom and a well maintained Victorian garden.

Tantramar is a five minute walk to the Vesuvius Bay Store, ferry, Seaside Restaurant, and public boat dock. Amenities include down quilts/pillows, fully equipped kitchen, double sided wood burning fireplace, tub and shower, wireless internet and sound system with an IPOD dock. There are no TV's or VCR's.

Families and pets (with vacuum-friendly owners) are welcome at Tantramar although due to an enforced bylaw pets are not allowed on the beach from June 15 through September 15. Careful smoking on the porches only.

Please see our website (google Salt Spring Cottages) for pictures and more information on Tantramar Cottage

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Janet Gates McPhee (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Excellent Christmas Retreat. We have stayed at the cottage three times for Christmas. Twice at Tantramar and the last stay at Seagates. Our family of adult children is scattered and each year we pick a cottage to get together to celebrate the season. Over the years we keep coming back to these quaint cottages overlooking the ocean to reaquaint as a family. The cottages are extremely well appointed with all the conveniences for cooking and have a very homey atmosphere with the fireplaces and all the games in the cupboard for evening activity. Great places to stay. Will be going back soon."
Dec 2009
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based on 14 traveler reviews

Waterfront and Waterviews, Lovely Vacation Cottage in Vesuvius
average rating of 4.928571 based on 22 reviews

Island Heaven

  • 4 of 5

Staying at Tantramar, as we have several times previously, is an integral part of an annual Salt Spring kayak trip with several girlfriends. The cottage is idyllic and tranquil - almost so much so that we are tempted to forego all the wonderful things the Island has to offer - but not quite. Returning to Tantramar after each day's adventure was like coming home - welcoming, comfortable and ultra relaxing. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

This place is excellent and as you see on the listing, very easy to find. The place is well maintained, clean and nice. We are 7 people and a toy poodle, me and my husband, my son and his wife, my daughter her husband and their 2 years old son, we all love very much this place and felt like home.

Janet, our family had a very stayed at this place and you are very helpful and quick every time I send you a question. Thank you for everything and sorry that we broke one vase that has the solar light in there, don't know how/why but it just broke on my son's hand when he try to move it away from the steps.

Thank you Janet

Nguyen/Stirling Family, June 2016

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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I LOVE Tantamar.. Our family has been staying there for almost 20 years.

  • 5 of 5

Tantamar is absolutely charming.It has been lovingly renovated so it maintains the beauty of the original cottage with upgrades including sumptuously heated bathroom floors, WiFi, a thoroughly rainproof deck for wonderful outdoor snooozes and the most comfortable mattresses anywhere.

Tantramar is time tested. If you need it you will find it, be it bandaids, books and games for the kids or utensils for your crab feasts.

We love our visits and so will you..!!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled you love Tantramar and you are always welcome back again and again. Hope to see you soon.... Janet
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Stunning location, relaxing, cozy, and beautifully decorated

  • 5 of 5

Tantramar is truly a special place. The views of Vesuvius Bay do not get any better than from the master bed and the beautiful decks of Tantramar.

The kitchen is better equipped than my home! The linens and towels are fresh and coordinated. The wood-burning fireplace that can be seen from the living room and master bed makes for a cozy time with the kids or romantic getaway for the adults. It just doesn't get better than at Tantramar!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place with oceanview and direct beach access

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights at Tantramar and were very satisfied with the accomodation. Our little 22 months old son enjoyed everything the house had to offer - the generous garden with the deck, the little playground with a slide and swing and of course the beach which had clear shallow water on the first day. Beds were comfortable and clean. The kitchen was the best equipped we have ever seen in any of our rental stays. The sun deck is really big and the protected porch is a nice area to relax in the evenings. Views are great as well and we were also spotting Bald-eagles and Falcons. This place is definitely worth staying and we like to come again soon. There is one downside though. If you need internet during your stay you might be disappointed because the connectivity is very poor and the speed is very slow.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a wonderful time and hope you are able to come back very soon. Thank you for your comments on the internet, I will look into this and upgrade the service to make sure the internet is fast and consistent. Thanks again, Janet
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Magical family celebration

  • 5 of 5

Dear Janet and Norm,

Your homes were perfect for our family get together. Norm I loved the short walk from Dowry house to Tantramar. What a gorgeous walkway.Norm your home was so cosy and bright

and the view of the ocean was stunning. I saw hummingbirds, eagles and lots of dragonflies and even a swallowtail butterrfly came to visit us.

We had a large family meal for 8 outside on your decks at each home.Weather was incredible. We also had a delightful meal at the pub at Vesuvious and had a beautiful view of Tantramar and the bay.

View of sunset from Tantramar was spectacular. .so quiet and peaceful. We saw deer on our walks a few times. In evening a blue heron was wading in the ocean as we walked back to Dowry along the beach.

What a magical place your homes are located.I even had time to visit an estate sale on the way out.

Janet your home was such a great place for the whole family to hangout at. Both homes are so well maintained and both had clear covered roofs above the new decks.

It was my 50th and my parents wish to go to Saltspring.They hadn't been in over 40 years! They are both turning 80 this year and next and I am so happy they got to see it in such gorgeous style this time.

All 8 of had such a wonderful time.

We are so thankful you let us stay in your beautiful retreats bv the sea!

Sorry for the late Thank You,


  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Vancouver International
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Salt Spring Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Mandatory Cleaning Fee $95

Cancellation Policy

Salt Spring Cottages has a $150.00 cancellation fee any time after the deposit has been received. The final payment is due 2 weeks prior to your check-in date, at which time your reservation is 100% non-refundable. If we are able to rebook your dates, we will refund everything but $250.00. We often get requests for last minute bookings, but cannot guarantee or guess if this will happen. All taxes are included in the rates shown.

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Salt Spring Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated floors and clawfoot tub with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master with French Doors to front porch and fireplace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Double down and twin up bunkbed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Qeen bed and dresser in a very small bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1),
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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