About this listing
This idyllic island retreat located in Canada in the Pacific Northwest is accessible by numerous daily car ferries from Vancouver Island (Crofton-Vesuvius 20 minutes & Fulford Harbour 35 minutes) and from the mainland (Long Harbour 3 hours), float planes (20 minutes) are available from downtown Vancouver and Vancouver airport to Ganges Harbour minutes from ALMOST HOME. Check out our ALMOSTHOMESALTSPRINGSTUDIO dot (website hidden). for more info on Salt Spring.
At ALMOST HOME you can enjoy a self catered breakfast with homemade granola, eggs fresh from the farm, bagels, coffee, tea.
Salt Spring Island features their famous Saturday produce and artisan market and is the perfect outdoor destination. This one bedroom self-contained studio is semi rural on the side of Mount Belcher on ¾ of an acre. The studio has two entrances, one the main entrance and foyer and the second with 2 large fir glass doors that open from the living room onto the West Coast post and beam covered patio. The main house of the property is close by, but the studio is still private. The studio has parking right at the door, skylights, harbour and mountain views, wood stove in a library/lounge (firewood provided) , kitchenette, a living room, bathroom, a small work alcove and the suite is within walking distance along a quiet forest trail minutes away from the main village of Ganges. There is an additional loft for 1 or 2 with a skylight and window and futon. The bathroom and bed linens are hotel quality cotton, beds have feather duvets, and there is a silk filled duvet in the main bedroom for those with feather allergies. The interior features 2 Artisan designed twig chairs, local art, leather and wood furniture, natural linoleum flooring and no carpets in consideration of allergy sensitive guests.
You can have a car-less holiday by utilizing the public bus system from the ferries and around the island, or rental bikes and mopeds. Car rentals are also available on the island. Salt Spring is home to artisans, musicians and features live music every night of the summer in various venues. Enjoy tennis, hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, pottery classes, artist studio tours, art galleries, Ruckle Provincial Park, and partake of fine West Coast cuisine and fresh seafood in many restaurants and cafes on the island.
At ALMOST HOME we have a patio, Muskoka chairs, propane BBQ, basketball net and small court, chin-up bar, speed bag, a smart TV with access to NetFlix, a DVD player with lots of DVDs, an ipod docking stereo and an extensive library with an eclectic collection of books.
Out the back gate of the studio we have a Registered Massage Therapist who does Craniosacral work as well as Reiki treatments.
Pets are allowed but are subject to a one time cleaning fee of $50.00, to be mindful of subsequent allergy sensitive guests. It is appreciated that pets do not go on the furniture and do not go off leash on the property. More than 2 adults are additional $25.00 per person per night charge. Homemade granola, farm fresh eggs, bagels, locally roasted coffee and tea are available as a self catered breakfast.
next door- registered massage therapist
double hot plate
2 x robes
assorted board games
smart tv with access to Netflix
DVD player and DVDs
lots and lots of books
extra bedding and pillows
picnic backpack with dishes, cutlery, glasses
cloth shopping bags
tennis/ badminton rackets
There is a public bus system on Salt Spring and hitchhiking is an easy way to get around as well. biking is popular but it is pretty hilly here. People also ride/rent scooters. There is a car rental company on the island.
There is a one time cleaning fee of $50 if you bring a pet. We have one fantastic queen bed and a double futon in the loft. It's pretty laid back here and close to the main village so you can stroll into town for a coffee and look around at some art, small shops, boats in the harbour. The studio is near the main house but you still have lots of privacy because our outside space is on the furthest side away from the studio and we're pretty private people. We're friendly, but we're private. If you don't want contact with anyone that's fine with us. You can come without a car, our property is a couple minute walk to a bus stop, plus people also hitchhike here - a very acceptable mode of transportation still. Our place is semi-rural and we have a deer family that might poke their heads in your kitchen window. We don't have a lot of open green space because we are on the side of a mountain with big trees, but we have a big sunny patio and you can shoot some hoops too if you want. We are a good place for couples and maybe families with babies who want to take a stroller into town, or adults with teenagers. (we have 2 teenagers) Not so good maybe for small children who might need to run free outside. But if you tire them out at the beach it might work out fine. We are minutes away by car to the nearest ocean beach down a bikeable country road and close to a number of lake access points.
What an amazing place, quite, beautiful views, great amenities, and great location for getting in and out of town. Loved our morning coffee looking at the harbour and evening wines while star gazing. Although we didn't get a chance to meet the hosts, we felt very welcome to the guest house. Thanks guys!
Almost Home is a gem! Clean, cozy and bright with a great book collection, retro decor and amazing view. Equipped with everything you need and a wonderful way to relax and rediscover the island with our 10 year old son who really loved the bed loft. We had a fabulous time!
Brian and Elizabeth were wonderful hosts and provided so many thoughtful details to the place.
Great suite on the hill! Although our time was much too short here we enjoyed the studio. Clean, comfortable, fun library and furnishings, great view, cozy bed! A reasonable distance to town for a nice walk either by road or the path. We didn't even get a chance to eat the fresh eggs left for us!
The studio was amazing! It had a wonderful view. We didn't meet Elizabeth or Brian but we had everything we needed. The space was clean, comfortable and in a great location. They provided a wonderful breakfast and information book that gave us great ideas for things to do on Salt Spring!
This was an excellent place to stay and a quick getaway for us from Victoria. The owners provided everything we needed for a comfortable stay and provided lots of privacy- including checking in and out ourselves. Their place is decorated really cool and a lot of time and effort has been put into it! It is the perfect cottage in the perfect location (with an RMT next door)- we will absolutely be back, no point in going anywhere else!
Elizabeth made us feel so welcome immediately upon arrival. She is warm and gracious. The apartment was equipped with a fabulous collection of books! Our hostess also provided breakfast goodies each day. A perfect stay.
From the moment Dave and I arrived at the charming and quaint "Almost Home Studio" we felt welcomed. We made the trip over to Salt Spring to elope and the experience of having this amazing space to come back to and unwind in the evenings was wonderful. The hosts, Brian and Elizabeth really went above and beyond and kindly left us a surprise bottle of bubbles in the fridge so we could toast our nuptials! The view from the patio is truly spectacular, especially at sun rise. Everything about our stay was incredible. The place and it's location, delicious breakfast (which was kindly provided), the lovely hosts, I honestly can't say enough good things about it and I would definitely stay here again on the next trip to the Island!
About the Host, Brian & Elizabeth
our family includes 2 teenagers (one away at university in Montréal) living on Salt Spring island. We moved here from Toronto 14 years ago. We like art, music, films, traveling and hockey. We have used Airbnb in London UK- Toronto, ON-Vancouver, BC and in Marina Del Rey, LA renting a live aboard boat in the marina.