About this listing
My three level home is over 100 years old and still has some of it's original charms. The exterior needs some TLC but the interior has been beautifully renovated and furnished.
The house has lots of natural lighting and receives a lot of compliments for it's great energy.
The kitchen, living room, dining room, are on the main upper floor, which has original fir floors and a gas fireplace.
The bedrooms, a bathroom with a claw foot tub and shower, and a separate wash closet with toilet and sink are located on the top floor, which has cork flooring.
I am developing an organic garden with flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees.
I do my best to be eco-conscious and have a composting and extensive recycling system in place at the house.
Your sunny, private room has cork flooring, a very comfortable queen size bed, night stands with extra storage, a vanity table/desk, closet, full-length mirror, WIFI, iron and ironing board.
A hair dryer, hair straightener, and yoga mat can also be provided.
Guests have access to the shared (with me only) bathroom facilities, living room, dining room, kitchen, and patio.
I am a passionate cook so the kitchen is well equipped. If you're following a raw/healthy diet, you'll appreciate the Vitamix blender and Huron Slow Juicer:)
The kitchen has a gas stove, dishwasher, large fridge, and microwave. There is also a small BBQ in the patio.
There is a shelving unit set up especially for you to store your food during your stay. It is supplied with complimentary spices, cooking oils, vinegars, tea, coffee, and sweeteners. There will also be some free samplings (when available) from the organic garden
Guests staying for 3 days or longer can have access to the washer and dryer, which is shared with the tenants living in the basement suite.
Interaction with Guests
I am very friendly and helpful but I am also aware that you may want to have privacy and solitude during your stay.
I will take your lead on how much interaction you want. I've lived in Victoria on and off for 40 years and know the city quite well. Don't be shy if you want directions and recommendations!
My work schedule varies week to week. There are times when I am away from the house a fair bit, but I will make every effort to be available for your needs.
My house is located in Fairfield, one of the best neighborhoods in Victoria. I am two blocks from the ocean and Dallas Beach.
You can walk to Beacon Hill Park, Moss Street Farmer's Market (Saturdays, April to October), and Cook Street Village where you will find an assortment of shops and restaurants.
Victoria's best pizza, best cinnamon roll, and best vegan soup and sandwich are less than a five minute walk away!
For the fitness minded, Victoria is a great city to explore by bike. If you want to bring yours, there is space to store them safely. The YMCA, tennis courts, and a yoga studio are also nearby.
It is a five minute drive downtown or an easy 30 minute walk. There is a city bus stop around the corner from my house ($2.50 fare each direction).
Other Things to Note
I have wonderful, respectful tenants living in the basement suite.
* There is no smoking on the property, indoors or outdoors as I get migraines from cigarettes. If you need to light up, please do so away from the house:)
* No shoes inside the house.
* Sorry, no pets.
We definetely enjoyed our stay. Ana was a very pleasant and interesting host. We had a nice breakfast-talk about her film-making. Our room was very clean and nice. So was the shared bathroom and the rest of the house.
The room is great. Her house is in such a good location. We were able to walk to Cook Street village that has restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Quick cab ride to downtown (about $10 with tip). The room was comfortable and clean and we were really happy we stayed here. Definitely recommend and would stay again!
Everything was exactly as described in Ana's beautiful home. Ana made as feel very welcome and we felt at home immediately. We enjoyed walking through the wonderful neighborhood down to the beach and all the sights in Victoria were very close by.
My husband and I just loved our time in Ana's house. She is just a great person, we felt very confortable in her house. It was very clean and cosy. It is close to downtown in a very quite neighborhood. I highly recommend her place.
We had a relaxing stay. We felt at home and rested well. Breakfast on the beach was extra special, and the morning walk a treat.
Ana is wonderful. From the first moment we felt like home. The rooms were spacious and neetly decorated. The 20 minute walk to downtown through the Beacon Hill Park was beautiful. Also, there is a bus stop round the corner. The bus will directly take you to downtown. We loved it. Ana is a perfect host. Friendly, always smiling, helpful and we loved having breakfast with her. We will never forget the awesome porridge she did for us with fruits out of her garden. You will definitly love her and her place!
About the Host, Ana
I am very friendly, creative, fun, thoughtful, health-conscious, and non-judgemental. I love meeting people and I'm dedicated to making your stay in my home a pleasurable one!
I was born in the Philippines and moved to Victoria 40 years ago. I have also lived in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Montreal, but Victoria is my home sweet home.
I love the abundance of natural beauty Victoria and Vancouver Island have to offer. The hiking trails, ocean, and the fresh air are among the joys that draw me back here.
I work part-time as a caregiver for seniors. I am also very involved with the independent filmmaking, stand-up comedy, and theatre scenes in Victoria. I am also very passionate about organic gardening, healthy cooking and eating:) I can give recommendations on where to find great restaurants, especially those that cater to vegetarians and vegans.
I am an advocate of humanitarian and environmental issues. I do my best to make green choices and make time to volunteer in my community.