About This Listing
The private entry walkway includes a lovely and sunny patio area with table and chairs to enjoy your morning coffee or evening glass of wine.
Your suite is in the lower walkout level of our home.
Your large one bedroom get-away includes a wood burning stove, large TV with cable (including HBO and sports), 3 piece bath (with shower only), open concept living, dining and kitchen.
The kitchen comes equipped with all dishes, pots and pans, microwave, staples, spices, coffee and teas and a Kitchen Aid mixer (for those moments when you really need to bake).
The bedroom has a queen bed and ample space in closets and dressers for all your gear.
The extra bed is a fold-out couch in the living room with a comfortable foam topper suitable for anyone.
We have a lovely, friendly and quiet Labradoodle named Cedar. He spends his time with us whether we are upstairs or in the yard or in the office.
You have access to the back yard patio area. There is a key-less entry so it is easy to come and go with no hassle of keys.
Interaction with Guests
We are available to guests as much as they need/want us to be. We are very flexible.
The neighbourhood is quiet, safe and friendly with much to offer within walking distance.
Walk 2 minutes to the end of our street and you will be at the corner store. Continue down Gorge Road for another few minutes and you are at Gorge Park (see photos). This is an off-lease park. The walking path continues along the Gorge waterway for 3 km.
Six blocks from our house is a grocery store, Starbucks, liquor store, pharmacy and restaurants.
There is free parking on our street.
If you are a walker, the walk to downtown across the beautiful Selkirk waterway takes about 40 minutes.
The bus stop is one block away with the # 11 bus taking you downtown in 10 minutes.
Other Things to Note
We are a cycling household and there is safe and easy parking for your bikes right outside your doorway.
Cycle downtown from our house in 10 minutes.
Ride in from the ferry along the Lochside Regional Trail and easily access our house.
We are a short 5 minute ride to the Galloping Goose Trail which connects to the Lochside trail. Together they cover more than 80 km of pathways, along city back-streets, farmland, forest and ocean vistas, all within a day's travel of Victoria.
If you are coming from far away we can loan you our extra bikes (note that we are short therefore the bikes are small).
No smoking anywhere on the property
Laundry facilities available on request
While you are here we would appreciate it if you recycled everything. We will show you how.
When parking in front of the house please pull forward far enough for another car to fit behind.
The exercise bike is no longer in the suite.
We look forward to your visit!
Arelene and Wendy were wonderful hosts. They were so helpful and helped make our (too short) stay in Victoria really great. They were very accommodating when we needed to check in late, helped us with the washer and suggested a great place to eat and a wonderful walk that we should go on. We had a really nice time getting to know them and Cedar the lovely labradoodle! The suite is great! It's really big, very clean and comfortable. It's a shame that we didn't stay long enough to need to use the kitchen - it's fantastic! It was lovely to sit in the lovely garden in the morning with a cup of tea in the sunshine.
Thank you Arlene and And Wendy for making the Victoria leg of our honeymoon adventure so great! We'll hopefully be back one day!
Wendy and Arlene's place was fantastic. The location was great, the place was very clean, and the hosts were lovely. We would definitely stay at their place again.
Arlene & Wendy's place is a lovely lower floor of a house in the Gorge area of Victoria. The description of their place is accurate. The backyard patio area is screened away from the rest of their backyard by a hedge, making it private.
When not too busy, they were also very happy to share their knowledge on a variety of topics related to Victoria. We had a good orientation and a very helpful stay. Thanks again!
Excellent hosts, orientated to the suite and lots of info in the suite, which is very helpful. Nice quiet area and gorge parks nearby for walking. Lots of kitchen stuff, including condiments. Great for long term stay, but we enjoyed our short term too!! Lots of extra blankets as well. Just generally well stocked.
Wendy and Arlene were great hosts. The bsmt suite was clean and comfortable and suited us perfectly. The location is ideal.....10-15 minute walk to two different grocery stores, just minutes away from the Galloping Goose and a very nice 40 minute walk to downtown on the Goose. If you don't like walking the #11 bus stops 5 minutes from the house.
Arlene met us when we arrived and greeted us warmly. She even brought us some of Wendy's homemade brownies! The suite is spotless, warm, nicely furnished and decorated, and very comfortable. As others have mentioned, the kitchen is well equipped with every imaginable utensil. We were visiting family in various parts of Victoria, so didn't explore much of the neighbourhood with the exception of the large park. It is conveniently located to go to many parts of Greater Victoria. There is a shopping plaza not far away with a supermarket, liquor store, Subway, etc. I would highly recommend Arlene and Wendy's place to anybody. Its spaciousness was very suitable for our family of four.
What a great place!
Arlene and Wendy were fantastic as well.
We had a great time and really enjoyed the suite.
It is big, spacious and clean.
Arlene and Wendy welcome you in and allow you a lot off privacy as well. It felt like a home and we were very comfortable for our entire stay.
The location is good if you have a car. I am from Victoria, and to be honest, you need a car in Victoria anyhow, so this is fine.
You have everything you need n the suite on arrival.
Just bring your suitcase and you are set to go!
Thank you for a great stay!
About the Host, Arlene & Wendy
I am a woman who loves to bike and hike. I grew up in Winnipeg and spent a lot of time in my father's restaurant.
This is my partner Wendy and we love to host dinner parties.
We work from home in our own energy assessment business.
Our recent travels have been to Mexican destinations - Oaxaca, San Blas, Los Ayala and San Agustinillo.
I am studying Spanish, a slow process at the moment. I would like to learn more Spanish before travelling to South America next winter.