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Charming Urban Cottage, Private Patio, Garden and Pond Near Main Street

Bedrooms 1
Space 611 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

We have decided to discontinue this listing with HomeAway. On October 17 the listing will longer appear. Carole and I recommend that the gentle traveler search for Vancouver Garden House and go to our very handsome website where they will be able to correspond with us directly.

Learn more about availability and rates for our 6 night packages. Search "Vancouver Garden House" for our website and to view our video tour.

Our rates includes all taxes and fees. There are no other charges. On site parking beside the Garden House is free.

7 night minimum stay (except for short stay specials). No pets.

Centrally situated in Mount Pleasant/Riley Park near Main Street, this welcoming one-bedroom garden house offers privacy, quiet and convenience. The free standing building features large floor-to-ceiling living room windows that look out onto beautifully maintained landscaping while providing lots of south-facing light to this bright, airy space. A fountain splashes clear water into a 3 foot deep pond that stretches across the front of the house; a cedar plank sitting deck acts as a bridge to the entrance way. The contemporary and open-concept design creates a flow from one room to the next. Guests have their own entrance as well as private parking right beside the Garden house. Additionally, there is ample free street parking in front of the property and in our quiet and safe residential neighbourhood.

What You Will Find Inside: The suite is immaculate and a recent renovation has been to the same high standards as the original construction. Included is a queen-sized bed, large closets, a bathroom with tiled walk-in shower, a 34” flat screen cable HD TV with DVD player, high speed wireless internet, queen-sized pull-out sectional sofa, a dining table for up to 6 guests and a fully equipped kitchen with new appliances (full sized refrigerator and dishwasher, drip coffee maker, automatic espresso machine, microwave, electric range, etc). To help you prepare your own gourmet meal, we keep a good selection of herbs and oils on hand for your use. Fresh herbs can be picked from the garden when they are in season. All serving and preparation utensils, dishes and cookware are provided. The Garden House is air conditioned.

The laundry room offers a new (2011) full sized Samsung washer and dryer with complimentary detergent.

What You Will Find in the Neighbourhood: The Garden House is only 2.5 blocks from the charming shops and cafes on trendy Main Street. Granville Island is a 11 minute drive, the City Centre and Gastown takes 9 minutes and nearby Queen Elizabeth Park, which offers some of the most beautiful public gardens in Vancouver, is only 7 minutes away. To the city centre (Georgia & Howe) by transit is a 20 minute ride. If you are driving, the same 20 minutes will get you to Stanley Park and the Seawall or if you prefer, Jericho Beach.

Business Features: Several features are available for business travelers: a separate desk with drawers unit and ergonomic seating, a wireless printer/copier/scanner (paper included), a (local calls only) phone and of course, high speed wireless internet.

More Details

Property Manager
Gary Sill
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Gary Sill

Carole and Gary are very happy to share the beauty and excitement of Canada's wonderful west coast city; Vancouver. Both are working, professional artists. Carole is a photographer and writer and Gary is a pianist and composer.

Gary Sill purchased this house in 2005

Why Gary Sill chose Vancouver

We choose this property because of it's nearness to the developing Main Street cultural and retail stores and shops. In our own development, we were able to save old trees and add new landscaping when we build our house.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had the joy of staying at this beautiful new rental for a week in the fall of 2011. It is located in a tree-lined residential area of Vancouver just a few blocks off of Main Street, a well-occupied shopping and dining resource. The newly constructed living unit sits a bit behind the owners home and has its own private access. Parking was not an issue. The unit is perfect for a couple or a single renter, with a full kitchen, bath, living room and separate bedroom. Washer and dryer, dishwasher and microwave are included, as is a broadband WiFi connection. A television is available, but we didn't use it during our stay, as there was too much to do out and about!

The rental is very private. Encased in the sound of a nearby outdoor fountain, the unit is quiet and receptive. Heating was fully adequate. The queen-sized bed was quite comfortable. The large apple tree just outside its entrance offered delicious snacks. The owners, Gary and Carole, were wonderfully responsive hosts and eagerly shared information about their city and its events, to make our stay even more pleasant.

We would be delighted to stay there again.
Oct 2011
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Nearest Airport
12.2 Kilometres
Vancouver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Kilometres
Biltmore Cabaret
Nearest Ferry
27.3 Kilometres
Horseshoe Bay
Nearest Golf
4.9 Kilometres
Langara Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
2.9 Kilometres
Pacific Central Station, 1150 Station St.
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Trans Canada Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Latitude Restaurant
Nearest Ski
17.1 Kilometres
Grouse Mountain
Nearest Beach
6.3 Kilometres
Kits Beach
Car: not necessary

The Garden House is only 2.5 blocks from the charming shops and cafes on trendy Main Street. Granville Island is a 11 minute drive, the City Centre and Gastown takes 9 minutes and nearby Queen Elizabeth Park, which offers some of the most beautiful public gardens in Vancouver, is only 7 minutes away. To the city centre (Georgia & Howe) by transit is a 20 minute ride. If you are driving, the same 20 minutes will get you to Stanley Park and the Seawall or if you prefer, Jericho Beach.

Other Activities: The Garden House is an elegant, modern residence that offers the perfect home away from home for those needing to be near the St. Joseph’s and Vancouver General Hospital.


East Side House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 611 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a walk-in shower, dual-flush toilet, vanity with sink and it's own separate heater.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom sleeps two and the living room sofa sleeps an additional two.The bedroom has an opening window, a phone, an alarm clock/radio, carpets and a large closet that runs across the wall opposite the bed. End tables on either side of the bed feature reading lights. The bedroom has it's own adjustable heater.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
The Vancouver Garden House is self-catered.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Charming Urban Cottage, Private Patio, Garden and Pond Near Main Street
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews

Private Seclusion

  • 5 of 5

This laneway house was an excellent choice for us both for location, private parking and it's wonderful features. The interior features of the house were clean, bright, modern and roomy. Online pictures do not do it justice for it's seclusion from the main house, the lovely garden features, private BBQ and comfortable bright interior. This house would be perfect for most any tourist visiting Vancouver not wanting to do the hotel thing. Although we had a car, you can easily walk to some great restaurants/bars in the immediate area and direct travel to downtown. Thanks to Carol for her recommendations on local restaurants and other things of need. We would not hesitate to use this property for our frequent visits to the city or to recommend it to any of our friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: William! Thank you so much for your very kind comments. Carole and I are always delighted when our guests "discover" the comfort and joy of staying in the Garden House. It's also a pleasure to share the Main Street neighbourhood - it just seems to get even better with time. We look forward to hosting you again, Gary
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Oxford, England

ideal location.

  • 4 of 5

We found Gary and Carol are friendly and unobtrusive hosts.

Access to the garden house is to the rear of the main house and is difficult to find after dark. However, as has been mentioned in many other reviews this property comes with a really well equipped kitchen, good washer/dryer, a comfortable sofa and a free exclusive parking space at the rear of the property. Its in an ideal location for Main Street- a five minute walk to some bars and restaurants (mostly pizza/Vietnamese) and a five minute drive to a supermarket. Renters should note that it has a polished concrete floor throughout - a bit chilly on the feet and the bathroom is VERY small. The only disappointing issue for us was that the shower is simply run off the water system - no pressure to speak of - most frustrating.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carole and I are happy you enjoyed your stay in the Garden. Co-incidentally, today begins a major landscaping project to improve paths, add irrigation and the much needed lighting to help get guests to the back of the property should they arrive after dark. We hope you will consider us again in a future trip to beautiful Vancouver!
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Bright and green oasis in the city

  • 5 of 5

This laneway house feels very spacious because of the bright white walls, the high ceilings and the many windows. It fronts onto a lovely garden with a gurgling water feature right outside. Although it is a short distance from the main house it felt very private. Everything one could need was thoughtfully provided, clean and functioning. The bed was very comfortable. The area has many cafes and restaurants and interesting shops within a few blocks. Salvio Volpe was a particularly good option, with excellent food. The brief interactions I had with Gary and Carol were very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words Megan. We are happy that you found the Garden House perfect for your stay with us. And thanks mentioning how vibrant the neighbourhood is especially the Salvio Volpe restaurant; a very cool experience with great food indeed!
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Super Convenient

  • 5 of 5

One of the best features here was how easy it was to check in and out. We arrived in the middle of the night, but middle of the night arrivals are no problem here. They left the lights on for us and we were in bed in minutes! Also, we left early in the morning which was once again no problem. We absolutely loved having a parking space for us every night when we arrived home.

We had intended to do a lot of cooking. The kitchen was very well stocked for that. However, Vancouver kept us so busy we wound up eating out every night. It was so easy to walk the couple of blocks to Main street where we found so many restaurants to choose from, including Toshi Sushi, Don't Argue Pizza, Anh and Chi(Vietnamese), and Chica (Peruvian) Also, in the morning, we enjoyed walking to different coffee shops. This area is really a neighborhood so walking felt completely safe and welcoming.

We also loved the abundance of towels for the bathroom and the convenience of having a washer and dryer in the unit. Also, there was a reusable ice pack in the freezer which came in handy every day as we packed a lunch to take with us. We never used the tv, but the wireless internet worked great.

Overall, plenty of room, lots of storage, very well stocked, neighborhood feel, central location, clean and well maintained. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Retreat in Vancouver

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our ten-day stay in this garden retreat. Spacious living, dining, kitchen room with huge windows. We made good use of the stove and refrigerator. The air conditioner was welcome for the few hot days. Comfortable bed in airy bedroom. Bathroom was compact but comfortable. No bathtub but great shower with handheld shower nozzle. Water feature outside added a "zen" feeling. We were able to comfortably entertain guests in our home-away-from-home. Genial hosts who did not hover! This was a perfect place for us; all was as advertised. Easy walking distance to all amenities.

Our thanks to Carole and Gary.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this very kind review. Loved the comment that we did not "hover"! We hope you can find your way back to stay with us another time. Gary and Carole
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What a wonderful place to call “home” !

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to call “home” while visiting Vancouver! We first stayed at the Lane House for a three-week period while we were between homes. It very quickly felt like home for us. Gary and Carole are hospitable and have the place set up well. All comfortable, very clean and well appointed. We spent an early Christmas with our children (two of whom live in Vancouver) and were able to prepare a great meal and have a wonderful visit. The location is superb being in walking distance to many great coffee shops, restaurants, yoga studios, local shops and all that you might need. Public transit is also close by and easily accessible.

We loved our stay so much that we did not hesitate to book another shorter stay a few months later. It was just as good as the first one. We will definitely choose to stay at the Lane House when we require a place to stay in Vancouver in the future and have recommended it to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carole and I very much appreciate your enthusiastic commentary on your stay in the Garden House! We have added water plants to the pond this Spring. They are beautiful and loving their new home. You are sure to enjoy these new additions to the garden when you next visit. Thanks again! Carole and Gary
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Parking is beside the Vancouver Garden House and is free. The Vancouver Garden House is self-catered. The minimum stay is 7 nights. There is a strict no smoking and no pets policy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.