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.
The space was great for two people, and the decor was especially interesting. We didn't have a dog, but I can see how with the leather furniture and laminate floor it would be a great place to bring a pet.
Easy to find and the hosts gave us plenty of privacy.
Only downsides were the smelly shower water (this is apparently standard on Salt Spring, as a result of the lake water) and a few cobwebs in the unit.
We loved our stay at Almost Home. Brian and Elizabeth really thought of all the details to make your stay comfortable. Robes, slippers, kitchen stocked with staples, extra raincoats, you name it.
The studio has great decor and lots of interesting books and magazines to keep you occupied. I could have stayed a week and wouldn't have made a dent in the library. The smart TV is a great addition too.
It's very convenient to get to Ganges, an easy 15 minute walk. We planned to bike but ended up walking onto the ferry and had no problems getting into town.
The space is as funky as it is cozy. Even with so-so weather, our stay was amazing thanks to the accommodations and great hosts. Awesome location too -- close to Ganges with a really cool view of the sea, mountains and forest. Book this place if it's available, Salt Spring visitors!
Absolutely beautiful cottage, wonderful wood burning stove, inspiring design, thoughtful breakfast offerings and conveniently close to town. Would highly recommend!
We absolutely loved our stay at Brian and Elizabeth's Almost Home Studio. We were looking for a weekend getaway where we could relax and enjoy some tranquility. Almost Home is a wonderful space where everything we could have possibly needed was accounted for - breakfast, books, cozy sleeping/lounging areas, and an amazing view. We spent our days exploring the island and our evenings relaxing with some wine and food in the Almost Home - it was perfect! Brian and Elizabeth were very kind, welcoming and thoughtful hosts. Really hoping to come back soon!
This studio is lovely and well equipped. Close to town and the trail down the hill was easy to access Ganges. The breakfast supplies were plentiful and enjoyable. We would stay here again when visiting Salt Spring 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.