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Hidden Retreat - walk to beaches

Hidden Retreat - walk to beaches

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath

The space

Small, self contained, clean and quiet cedar cottage with deck. Suitable for singles or a couple only. Sleeping loft, small kitchenette, shower, toilet, sink. No smoking. Wi-Fi, no TV, MP3 player/radio, a guitar to noodle on, and lots of books! The cottage is reached by pathway, and is backed by neighboring woods. Please note that the path to the cottage is sloped and the stairway to the loft is rather steep, therefore the cottage is not suited for the mobility impaired. Bedding is cotton and down. Our feline companion Belle is a regular visitor to the cottage.

People say they've had their best sleep ever in the loft! The spring water through our taps is sweet, and the ocean climate is temperate.
The essentials (coffee, tea, cream, local bread and eggs, butter, jam) for your first breakfast are provided; please take advantage of the abundant choices of local produce, cheeses, baked goods, wines and brewery for other meals.

We live on the property in a quiet neighborhood on the south part of the island, within easy walking distance of numerous beaches. This is a popular departure point for day kayaking in the Gulf Island National Marine Park reserve.
Hike in nearby (5 min drive) oceanfront Ruckle and Beaver Pt Provincial Parks, cycle, enjoy shops and restaurants in funky Fulford Harbour (10 min) and more cosmopolitan Ganges (20 min). The summer Saturday Farmer's Market is famous. Three swimming lakes are within a 10 minute drive. Minutes from Beaver Point Community Hall.

Not suited for very small children, or those who are adverse to nature! Sorry, no pets or smoking on the property.

Even on the hottest days, the ocean cools the evening air.
Best cellular coverage is with Telus.
Ferry reservations are recommended during summer months.
Sorry, no public transit nearby.
Bring some good walking shoes!
The quintessence of Salt Spring Island living is a 20 minute walk - Kizmet Galleria and Café, Thursday to Sunday, 11 - 5'ish. Closed during winter months. Highly recommended!!
Small grocery and liquor store in Fulford Harbour, closes at 6 pm.
Main amenities are in Ganges - two large grocery stores, liquor stores, health food store, gas stations. No 24 hour stores!
If you plan to arrive on island in the evening, you should bring groceries for dinner, or enjoy an island restaurant in Fulford Harbour (Rock Salt Cafe) or in Ganges (many choices).
Gas is often more expensive on Salt Spring Island. Fill up before you get on the ferry!


Free parking on premises
Laptop friendly workspace

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)


259 Reviews

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Christen User Profile
February 2018
Karen’s cabin is so adorable and cozy. It was exactly what we were looking for. Also, that breakfast basket was amazing. We’re already planning a trip back this summer. Thank you, Karen!

Chelsea User Profile
January 2018
Karen was a kind and accommodating host who was respectful of our privacy while we stayed. The cabin was cozy and clean and was a great escape for the weekend. The breakfast basket she provides has so much amazing local food! We ate it throughout our stay.

David User Profile
September 2017
Karen was a wonderful host, providing a scrumptious breakfast basket on our first day. The basket lasted through our entire stay. Her cabin is very peaceful and had all the necessary amenities. It was very clean and well-equipped, even with good internet access. It is right acros…

Maria User Profile
September 2017
One of our best airbnb experiences so far. The Hidden Retreat was exactly what we wanted. Karen is an exemplary host. Salt Spring is a Salish Sea paradise. Thank you!

John User Profile
August 2017
Very cute, comfortable, and quiet! Our host had everything dialed in, and everything was easy from arrival to departure. And the welcome basket was icing on the cake!

Kristin User Profile
June 2017
We loved the quiet and remote setting at Karen's place, as well as the phenomenal breakfast basket she welcomed us with!

Laura User Profile
June 2017
The hidden retreat was perfect for our time on Salt Spring Island. Staying in the cabin helped set us in the right mindset for being on the island. The facility itself is nestled behind Karen's home up in the woods. It is small but clean -- still large enough to easily accommoda…

Hosted by Karen

British Columbia, CanadaJoined in May 2013
Karen User Profile
260 Reviews
Karen is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
I live in a small house on the property. I work in the marine mapping world, am a dance addict, and love reading, nature, people, music and our community, and have been a resident islander for more than 35 years. Colourful handmade signs nailed to trees on this island advi…
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About the home

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Lisa helps host.

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