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Oaklands 8: stylish ambience & easy access to amenities

Bedrooms 1
Space 454 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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 Oaklands

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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!


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Oaklands 8: stylish ambience & easy access to amenities
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 19 reviews

Best experience so far

  • 5 of 5

This has been our best home away stay so far. Recently renovated and designed by the owners with exquisite taste and attention to every detail, the apartment is very comfortable and peaceful, as are the beautiful surroundings. John and Rob are very friendly, helpful and easy to reach and communicate with. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Patrick! It was such a pleasure to find occasion to chat with you both, several times during the 5 days you were here. Interesting explorations of civics across the country were timely (my presentation to City Hall went well ;-) All the best- hope our paths may cross again one day. Meanwhile, happy travels!
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Beautiful apartment set in fantastic gardens

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay here. Lovely appointed apartment with everything you need. Lovely quiet area to stay in but has shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Easy walk to Downtown. We walked to see everything we wanted. Nice not to be in the car. The owners are fantastic and so helpful. I have no hesitation in recommending this as a great place to stay. When we return I will be staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Garden Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation experience. John and Rob are excellent hosts. John met us upon arrival, and graciously gave us a tour of their beautiful garden. The apartment was immaculate, beautifully decorated and well stocked. The location was perfect for our needs. It’s a very short drive to downtown attractions and close to local parks /public gardens. We tried several nearby restaurants John recommended, and they were all wonderful. Everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Karen! It was our pleasure to welcome you! It's always good to hear that guests enjoy our neighbourhood--Victoria city council is caught up in the aspirations of a couple of councillors and influence by hoteliers who are trying to shut down short-stays like Oaklands 8. I'm collecting insights into what guests enjoy beyond the "tourist zone", so your comments are much appreciated! All the best, happy triathlet-ing! John
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Comfort and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Who needs Butchart Gardens when you have John and Rob's place? Beautiful with everything you need in this cozy apartment and a gorgeous garden to wander through and relax in. The bed is very comfortable as is the fold out single, if you need it. My cousin stayed a night while I was there for the week visiting my sister in the hospital and she wants to buy one for her place. Fernwood is a lovely neighbourhood with lots of little places of intrigue within walking distance. I was on foot/bus and I found I could reach both the hospital (Victoria General by bus) and downtown very easily. Downtown is a short bus ride, but I also walked there. John and Rob are excellent hosts. They made me feel very welcome and provided me with maps and information on where to go and how to get there. I would not hesitate to recommend this place and look forward to returning when I next visit Victoria.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sherry! Thanks so much for your comments--it was truly a pleasure to host you. BTW, we're actually in Oaklands, but as you can see from the Fernwood Strolls book, everybody thinks we're in Fernwood! Lucky to be only a short stroll from there, and the Quadra Village, and Hillside Ctr--just love the centrality of our lesser known neighbourhood--and maybe that's why it is so peaceful, eh? Our secret ;-) Thanks, too, for the very thoughtful libation--on the cards for tonight--Rob and I hope to welcome you again one day. Meanwhile, happy Spring!
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Perfect for our visit.

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 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: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $78.05

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.

Guests who leave the suite as provided, that is very clean with dishes done or in progress in the dishwasher, towels going in the washer and sheets placed in the shower stall, crumbs and spills wiped up get a 50% return of the cleaning fee. Please tell us about any breakage or needs for replacement so we are able to maintain the same high quality experience for all of our guests!

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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