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Oaklands 8: stylish ambience & easy access to amenities

Bedrooms 1
Space 454 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Fully equipped, self-catering non-smoking suite: WiFi, 1dbl bedroom (+ single)

Garden Oaks Fine Accommodation designer John O’Brien has created a remarkable light-filled ambiance with the cozy feel of radiant underfloor heated tiles in this completely self-contained, non-smoking suite. We are proud to be selected as a host property by Victoria's Belfry Theatre for visiting actors and artists.

Need more space? We also offer MidCentury Oaks (3677954) which can be combined with Oaklands 8 for up to 7 guests in comfort. Enter Rental # 3677954.

Oaklands 8 is a no-step entrance, fully equipped, self-catered short stay home. There is a double bed for two, plus a pull out single in the living room that may suit one or perhaps two (very well acquainted) guests!

Spacious yet cosy, this non-smoking one bedroom suite is ideal for short stays, locum and term assignments or that quiet seclusion so important for writing, respite, or as a base for your adventures. We are also convenient to the Royal Jubilee Hospital and universities. Weekly housekeeping is available for a nominal fee. Your friendly hosts are easily available for local insights. A loaner mobile cell phone may be available on request for a nominal fee. Please note: there is no landline. Free wifi may be used for net-enabled devices. Otherwise, we are happy to assist with messages.

Enter the foyer and turn right into the living room, dining area and stone-countered kitchen. The glass & tile shower is a high-end complement to the Bosch washer/dryer cabinet. Your bedroom is a double, across the foyer next to a walk-in closet area providing ample storage. Mid-century eclectic, Kai Kristiansen chairs & more!

Relax on the patio and enjoy access to free wifi during your stay.

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine readers know what they like, and that’s Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as the #2 destination in the Americas!

Your suite enjoys an east facing patio for garden and street views. Quiet, yet full of life with passersby open to a cheery hello, the Oaklands Rise is a neighborhood of character homes under Gary Oak trees set high on a ridge overlooking the city. Stroll along upper Kings Road for Olympic Mountains views. There’s a reason why we’re a city of walkers! The Fernwood Village and Quadra Street Village areas are within 10 minutes of Oaklands Rise.

Conveniently located for easy access to the full range of Victoria’s amenities, your suite is within 5 minutes to public transportation and is an easy drive to internationally famous Butchart’s Gardens, the unique Abkhazi Gardens, and special (free!) finds such as the Japanese Gardens at Hatley Castle and the grounds at Government House, residence of the Queen’s representative in British Columbia. Ask your hosts about their own private garden oasis!

Natural settings to visit include Swan Lake Eco Conservation Site and Uplands Park, two spots that are not often discovered by visitors to Victoria. Closer to home, our own hidden gardens are behind a rustic gate...ask your hosts about a tour.

Is golf your game? Our Oaklands suite is the perfect entry point to the Vancouver Island “Golf Trail”. With 7 courses in the city to explore, and even a putting green in beautiful Beacon Hill Park in the city center, it’s hard to pull away for the many courses “up island”.

Enjoy theatre? One of Victoria most interesting venues is in walking distance in nearby Fernwood Village. Every seat in the acclaimed Belfry Theatre, offering stage and studio productions, feels close to the action in this great space. Other options include the Blue Bridge Theatre, the McPherson and Royal Theatres, and the Alix Goulden Hall where the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Early Music Society and independent artists bring local and international artists to the Stage.

Dining out? You’ll need return visits to try all of Victoria’s extraordinary range of restaurants. As Canada’s warmest city with temperate weather year round, people flock here from around the world. That makes for a vibrant restaurant scene with an impressive array of foods.

Like to feel a part of things? Our complimentary guide to special events in the region includes Luminaria, the Moss Street Paint-In, the Fringe Festival and more. Your hosts are happy to share insights and tips on things to do.

More Details

John and Rob
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, English: native French & Russian: beginner/inter.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2017

About John and Rob

Partners John & Rob provide quality accommodation, long and short term, through Garden Oaks Fine Accommodation in beautiful Victoria, BC. As world travelers who have lived overseas for many years, Victoria is now home once again. 'We've enjoyed setting up Oaklands 8 to show off some of our collectibles found in Asia and Europe.'

After a career in clinical care and health system management, Rob remains active in health care. John is diversifying his interests to encompass more design work. They both enjoy gardening, experimenting with cuisines of the world and getting lost on foot in interesting locales.

Feel free to ask for insights into the local area!

John and Rob purchased this apartment in 2012

Why John and Rob chose Victoria

With experience of 5+ star hotels in Asia, Europe and North America, we appreciate nice touches and a gracious but unobtrusive welcome. You are assured of your privacy, with congenial hosts close at hand should you need ideas on things to do and places to see, or perhaps to set up chairs for you in the hidden garden.

What makes this apartment unique

Heated tile flooring, high quality appliances including a dishwasher, Bosch washer and dryer and free Wifi for use during your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I had such an amazingly wonderful time staying on Mt. Stephen! John & Rob were so welcoming and generous and made me feel at home from our first email exchanges.

The apartment is gorgeous, clean and fully equipped with everything I could need. As an actor on the road, it can be difficult to find a place that is quiet, confortable and feels like home. This place was home.

I hope to be back soon!

{Our guest is a international traveller, a playwright, actor and director. It was a pleasure to welcome you, Ravi, thanks for your positive comments!}
Mar 2013
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Oaklands Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 454 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Bosch washer/dryer in cabinet
  • Modern and bright, the efficient bathroom offers a glass and tiled shower, heated tile floors, and a laundry cabinet encloses a Bosch high efficiency European style washer and dryer for complimentary use.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Heated floors for happy toes!
  • In addition to a high quality double bed in the private bedroom, we have added a new American Leather pull-out twin bed in the living room to extend sleeping space to 3, or perhaps 4 very well acquainted guests. North American visitors will recognize the brand as a 'top of the line' sofa bed. For our European and Asian visitors, be assured that the settee in the living room offers superior comfort as both seating and sleeping furniture. Silk sofa pillows from Vila Cini in Northern Thailand add an elegant touch.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Let us know your special preferences. Please note, a message service is available free of charge through reception. Schedule permitting, we can stock your fridge at a nominal cost. Just ask!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Oaklands 8: stylish ambience & easy access to amenities
average rating of 4.923077 based on 15 reviews

Perfect for our visit.

  • 5 of 5

Ideal location in quiet area.close to hospital and downtown.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Rob. It was a pleasure to meet you both--so glad you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate how well you cared for the place--leaving everything ship shape! Pat's note was especially appreciated--feels good to know we're hitting the right marks ;-) Hope to see you again--meanwhile, happy travels! John
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Clean, well designed, tasteful, good range of appliances and storage.

  • 5 of 5

John and Rob couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The apartment was easy to find and lived up to the description on the website. There were plenty of maps and leaflets to help us choose where to go and what to visit. The Internet connection was consistently good and all the appliances worked reliably.

The garden was beautiful and the local area very pretty. We Would have no hesitation in recommending the apartments or the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location great and accomodation perfect

  • 5 of 5

Location was perfect for what we wanted. Close enough to walk into town but well within a residential neighborhood. Rode our bikes to the ocean within minutes. In our 7 days we only drove the vehicle twice. Everything we needed was supplied and we would not hesitate to return. Especially enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of John and Rob.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Urban Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant surprise upon arrival to feel suddenly that you were in a calm, green, luscious street but still within proximity to all amenities. Rob & John have truly created a lovely space to take in Victoria, with everything you could ever need & more. The space is spacious, inviting & beautifully decorated with the feel of your own little apartment. We were two women travellers who utilized the comfortable double bed in the bedroom & the love seat in the living room that converted to a single bed. Unfortunately we didn't have the pleasure to meet Rob but John is a wonderful host with a wealth of knowledge of the city & surroundings who was extremely helpful with our questions. If you have the time & opportunity it is well worth it to take a tour of the gardens! We would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This unit was perfect for my husband and me during our stay in Victoria. The location was fantastic, the unit was clean and comfortable, and we received wonderful restaurant recommendations from the host! We are very glad we decided to stay here and hope to return one day!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

John and Rob were the perfect hosts and very accommodating especially with our late arrival to Oaklands8. The unit and decor were well appointed for the size. Fernwood is a hidden gem in Victoria, easy to find and very convenient for shopping, coffee shops and eateries. We were disappointed that we did not have enough time in our schedule to fully explore their lovely gardens.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review--we enjoyed our brief chats and are delighted to hear that you were able to explore a bit--next time, the gardens for sure!
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Victoria International Airport, YVR
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Fernwood Inn (S) Fifth Street Bar & Grill (N)
Nearest Ferry
2.4 Miles
Port Angeles Ferry (or BC Ferries, 28 miles)
Nearest Golf
1.6 Miles
Cedar Hill Golf Course or Uplands Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Canada One; Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Haultain Fish & Chips ; Stage; Fernwood Inn
Nearest Ski
152 Miles
Mount Washington, Comox BC
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Willows Beach Esplanade; Cadboro Bay Beach
Car: not necessary

'Oaklands 8' is located in the heart of the city, but off the beaten path in an intimate neighbourhood in the otherwise sprawling residential area called Oaklands. Great walks with views over the Fernwood and Quadra Village districts with the majestic Olympic Mountains in the distance.

We are conveniently located for walkers with amenities of the city within 15-35 minutes on foot. 3 public transportation routes are within 5 minutes walk from your suite.

Those traveling by car will find easy access from all the major arteries in a very special neighborhood that is close to everything, but feels a world away.

Just 5 minutes from the Royal Jubilee Hospital and a short 17 minutes to Victoria General Hospital, the Oaklands Suite offers a quiet respite for family and friends visiting patients nearby.

The Fernwood Village and Quadra Street Village areas are a 10 minute walk downhill.

Oaklands 8 short-stay suite is the perfect entry point to the Vancouver Island “Golf Trail”. Stay a few nights in the Capital City and head north to explore beautiful Vancouver Island.


Rates & Availability

Oaklands Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016-17 Winter Season
Oct 1 2016 - May 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
2017 Garden Season
May 15 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
2017-18 Winter Season
Oct 1 2017 - May 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $73.99

Return policy if you must canel your reservation: 100% with 30 days notice; 50% with 14 days--less any transaction fees. Thereafter, we will return only if we are successful in selling the space that had been taken offline due to your reservation.

Prefer a stocked kitchen on arrival? We'll do our best! A light housekeeping service is also available at an hourly cleaning rate.
Ask for details on pricing for these services or for event booking of the & neighboring grounds.

Book Mid-Century Oaks & Oaklands 8 together for your event. Up to 8 guests in comfortable beds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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