About This Listing
-Great location only 10 - 15 drive to downtown
-Beautiful Gorge Waterway 2 blocks down the street ... walks, running, walk your dog on leash
-5 minutes from all shopping needs
-bus stop across the street takes you downtown
Washer / dryer
raised cedar deck
Interaction with Guests
I respect their privacy first & foremost and play it by ear from there
List supplied in the suite. No loud & large parties.
Overall the place was ok. JoAnn greeted us when we arrived and left some snacks for us outside our door. However a couple things weren't great. The mattress was way too soft, uncomfortable, and seemed old. The ceilings were really low (maybe 6-feet-ish), making it dark and claustrophobic. My partner felt like he needed to duck all the time and we could constantly hear JoAnn walking around upstairs. It didn't feel private at all. Before checking out JoAnn requires a walk through which made us schedule ahead of time when we were planning to leave in the morning, not something we were excited about.
I'm so very sorry you were less than thrilled about your stay.
Sadly it's not possible to please everyone with the feeling of a bed or size of the bed. I,m so sorry you didn't sleep well.
Maia, no where in my listing on Airbnb does it say I provide shampoo.
Yes I do ask for a walk through the suite with every guest prior to their Noon check out time. It's mainly to say good bye, a thank you & to look around to make certain you've not left anything behind. I asked you to provide a convenient time that was anytime prior to Noon which you did ... but convenient for you. In no way was an intention for you alter your check out time.
I do not hear conversations of my guests, I may hear murmuring of voices at best. When a person is living above you yes you will hear the person if they are loud or even walking across the room. I tiptoe in bare feet in order to as quiet as possible and I had no visitors during your stay so was alone.
Because of my physical illness I am unable to do almost everything which means I watch a lot of TV. You heard me getting in & out of my reclining chair & going to the kitchen which is not constantly. I feel more like it's occasionally.
Maia please know I am deeply sorry for your negative experience. I do
take your feedback seriously & appreciate your honesty.
We were really glad we found this flat through airbnb instead of staying at a hotel. JoAnn was a very considerate host, and made sure we were comfortable. Although the suite is in the basement, it is very bright, with views of the garden. It is outfitted with everything we needed, from kitchen utensils, to laundry, clean sheets and towels and Netflix/cable TV. It is located in a nice neighborhood, with a nice walking path along the water nearby. Definitely recommended!
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Needing a few days on my own to to make some progress on a writing project, I recently booked three nights at the Garden Retreat. The experience was wonderful and Jo-Ann the perfect host. I was genuinely welcomed on arrival before being given a brief tour of the suite, where complimentary soft drinks and freshly ground coffee were waiting for me. I used to inspect hotels for a major British tour company in another life so always have an unconscious tick list in my head when staying in places. The top of that list is 'how clean is the room/suite?" The answer to that at the Garden Retreat was "how much cleaner could it be?" Honestly, it was the most spotless place I have ever stayed in. I was amazed. Couple that with a good layout, a generous comfortable bed with good linen and a down duvet, and it was (website hidden)-Ann respected my privacy, and despite the suite being on the lower level of the house I was not disturbed by any noise from upstairs. For a single person/couple looking to stay within a short drive from Victoria at a reasonable price, I wholeheartedly recommend The Garden Retreat. It's really what Airbnb is all about; a genuine host, a well laid out and scrupulously clean suite, a good location (a few minute's walk takes you to a great oceanside trail), and a satisfied customer.
Howard, thank you kindly for such a thorough, flattering & positive review! I am thrilled your stay was more than satisfactory. My reward is always that my guests are happy with their stay.
You're absolutely right about the kettle ...going shopping today!
Perhaps our paths will cross again one day .... please know you are welcome in my home anytime.
Such a pleasure meeting you!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Garden Retreat. It is located in a quiet residential area, but was still easy to get downtown or to UVic. We loved the spaciousness of the living room and kitchen. The ceilings are maybe low if you are over 6 feet tall, but my husband is 5'11" and was fine.
We hope to return, as the suite fit our needs perfectly and JoAnn was great.
We were welcomed by JoAnn when we got there! She showed us the suite and had some food and treats for us waiting. The suite was beautiful and looks exactly like the pictures shown. We loved being there and was perfect for our two week stay. The kitchen had everything you needed and more! The neighbourhood was great and was in a really good area with a beautiful walkway near by! We got to know JoAnn and she was a lovely host, on our last night we were able to have supper with her, was a wonderful meal!! If we ever come back to Victoria we will definitely stay there and would highly recommend staying here :) Really felt like our home away from home. Thank you JoAnn :)
About the Host, Jo Ann
Thank you for taking the time to browse my listing!
I am a retired gal who spent 30+ years in the broadcast industry ..specifically as a marketing consultant for a television station. Loved my career! I met with local businesses to devise marketing plans for them where I met many folks from many walks of life. I thoroughly enjoy meeting people and getting to know what makes them tick.
I am a bit of a creator. I make jewelry from semi precious stones in my studio. With listings on Etsy my pieces are available internationally. I love to create stain glass mosiacs as you see in my patio. I made a 1 meter tall dragonfly out of poured concrete and covered her with stained glass pieces ..she's guarding the deck!
I have 2 indoor bunnies ..Coco & Lucci are 8 years old ..each a real character!
I love whimsy & wit, clever humor, honesty, laughing and humility and fast cars.
Beautiful area for a stroll
Cozy atmosphere .. great coffee & specialty teas / coffees
London Drugs, Target, Canada Safeway, Pet Store, Winners, food kiosks, sports stores, movie theatres, Rogers Mobile Phones, book store, walk in medical clinic, dentist, liquor store, bank & ATM
Awesome discount shopping for the whole family including giftware & housewares!
All your grocery needs
All your grocery needs
Drug store, magazines, electronics, photo lad and accessories ..and more!
Really nice pub & resturant ..minutes away
Outdoor shopping centre with H&M, Future Shop, Forever 21, Shoppers Drug Mart, bank, the Noddle Box ..excellent Thai food ..many more boutique shops
Major shopping centre with The Bay and multitudes of great stores forthe entire family
All your health food & supplements available here. They also have a yummy & oh so healthy deli! Carmine & staff are fantastic!
Located right on the water front in Fisherman's wharf often rated the best fish & chips anywhere! I can attest to that!! Board the Inner Harbour Ferry if you wish & one of the stops is Barb's.
Take a stroll amongst the boats moored here or enjoy the many buskers performing
The famous Empress Hotel!
Designed by well known Victoria architect Mr Rattenbury
A gorgeous museum where you will experience changing exhibits of british Columbia history