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Waterfront and Waterviews, Lovely Vacation Cottage in Vesuvius

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


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
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2016
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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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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Waterfront and Waterviews, Lovely Vacation Cottage in Vesuvius
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 27 reviews

What an incredible place!

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed the cottage - it was such a cozy place (and so much history) and had everything we needed....including the beautiful views - just steps to the beach and sitting at night on the deck enjoying the propane fire pit looking out over the water, it was awesome.... can't wait to be able to go back! Thanks so much for Janet and Yadira! Was such a nice treat for us to have this little get away!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cabin and view

  • 5 of 5

I wish we could have stayed longer! From the moment we arrived everything was perfect. A gorgeous view, super clean cabin, comfortable bed and a great kitchen. We will try to return for a longer stay in the summer. Many thanks Janet.

PS. One of my guests forgot an important item at the cabin which Janet promptly returned through the mail, delivered a mere 2 days later. Thanks for the super service :-)

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Altea, Spain

perfect & peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The stay was absolutely perfect! The quaint cottage is decorated marvelously, in fact I kept on reminding myself that I have to ask the owner where she bought this and that. It is pristinely clean, unbelievable. Also, 150% fully equipped, kitchen and with all amenities you wish for to cook. The view is stunning every day, rainy or sunny. Although located around neighbors, it is secluded enough and lots of four legged visitors grazing around in the early morning. The deers were beautiful to watch. The chimney is potent, gives heat, and gives to both side, living room and bedroom; a very peaceful way to fall asleep with the light of the fire. If I have one thing to say about this cottage is that I would live there forever and that the photos in the website ( which are beautiful too) do not transpire the peaceful feeling about this place. A lot of happy people have stayed there, and one more ( me) will hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect Salt Spring Stay

  • 5 of 5

Tantramar is perfectly located on Vesuvius beach with the lovely warm waters of Vesuvius Bay at your doorstep. Kayaking is wonderful in this area. The cottage is a 7 minute drive to Ganges for shopping and exploring.

Tantramar Cottage has been beautifully updated over the years without losing any of its historic feel. You will have EVERYTHING you need for cooking the delectable Salt Spring ingredients you will find on the island.

You can sip wine by the outdoor fire on the deck, under the glass roof of the porch during a rainstorm or in front of a fire in the cozy living room. You will feel the burdens of the workaday work slip away. Janet is a fantastic host- and always ready to help make your visit absolutely perfect!

We consider Tatramar to be a second home- we love it and I am sure you will too!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy Cottage on Vesuivus Bay

  • 4 of 5

Upon arrival the sun shone on a most glorious patio/garden/ huge covered deck.

The Wi-Fi was not working, but my handy husband soon fixed this, always good to be

ready for anything with a VRBO rental.

The light, and bright location, reflects the sea, and it is a great area for photography.

Find the air of the trees, and gentleness.

Yachts moor in the bay, canoes, lots of sea birds, and sunsets as it faces North West.

Natural, and organic, leave the make up at home, you are part of looking after

this Organic thoughtful Island home, and will be asked to compost/recycle

and be aware of nature. Groceries a 20 minute drive away. A local shop closes when it feels

like it so don't rely on this store for milk/bread/butter and newspaper.

A garden area with fresh herbs, lemon trees, where our well behaved dog ran down

to a stone beach through the double wooden gates was mowed, and well kept.

We did see some brave swimmers in the sea, and Vesuvius Ferry was a 10 minute drive away,

which we could see dock from the lovely view towards Ladysmith on Vancouver Island.

A good licenced fish/chips take away, and more restaurant is a 10 minute stroll away.

The white inside of the house is turn of the century, but dry, good fireplace with lots of

dry wood for chilly October nights. The bedrooms were clean and dry with windows that opened.

The one and only claw foot bathroom had no fan for ventilation, and this could be offered.

A bug screen for the front patio door would be a good idea.

A set of wooden shutters at the windows would be a good idea to shut out ferry lights.

If you are versatile this will work, and always hot water, even though there were 6 adults.

The master bedroom has a patio door with bug screen. The fireplace is a two way viewing

so you will see the living room, and the lights on the harbour?

Could do with a sort out in the cupboards before arrival, so there is a food storage area.

We drove to the main shopping area of Ganges which has all you could wish for.

Comfy cosy not luxurious, it is a good spot for a family of 6 for a 3 night stay.

The boys watched the NFL on their computers on Sunday, so connection good.

Stove old, Fridge old, Fridge outside needs moving from the back fire door exit.

A good time at The Saltspring Island Apple Festival which is every October.

Check the Saltsping website.

Like the website offers the view is what you see and enjoy finding this Cosy Island Cottage

waiting for you on Saltspring Island. in BC.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sandi, Thank you so much for your review and thank you very much for helping us out with the wifi connection. The day you arrived, the old router gave up the ghost and we were able to quickly get a new one but when our amazing housekeeper went to set it up, she had nothing but problems. We had a call into our island IT expert, but thanks to your husband and his techy ability, this wasn't necessary. We really appreciate your help. Just a couple of clarifications, the house faces south-west, not north-west so we have sunsets all year around which is so wonderful. Ganges, the nearest town with several grocery stores is a 7 minute drive from Vesuvius, and yes, the local corner store/café does close and open at whim though it usually is open during the main part of the day. The second fridge on the back porch blocks an unused door from the back bedroom (which used to be the laundry room!) however, we have a back door from the kitchen as well as the French doors from the master bedroom and living room out to the front which means there are several doors to exit out for any reason. Thanks for the suggestion about clearing out a couple of the cupboards for groceries, that is a great idea. The kitchen is very well stocked with spices, coffee and tea, oils and vinegars and enough essentials for even large dinner parties etc. but we will make an effort to leave a couple of the lower drawers free. The large cupboard above the fridge is always empty which is where we usually keep our groceries. We are glad you had a great holiday and are pleased to hear you didn't run out of hot water, even with 6 of you there. Thank you very much for helping out the environment by recycling and composting, we have tried to make that an easy choice by providing the recycling containers on the back porch and compost bucket and blue bin under the sink. As well, all of the cleaning supplies and soaps are natural and environmentally friendly as well. We hope to see you again for another stay.
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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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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:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
1 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
May 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
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Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Mandatory Cleaning Fee $94

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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