About This Listing
Stay at this large, gorgeous, recently renovated character home in Victoria's most beautiful neighbourhood - Oak Bay. We recently renovated the full house, with many modern features, high-end everything, while retaining the classic feel of the early 1900s English character. We are a fun family - happy to rent our house to others.
This rental includes the entire top 2 floors of our home, which basically gives you access to all the main living and sleeping quarters.
The main floor includes a huge gourmet kitchen, with top of the line appliances. Kitchen opens to the family room and living room. Built in desk with hook ups for your laptop, and gives you the ability to access the stereo system. For musicians, the use of the piano is also available. A large harvest dining table seats many. French doors open to the backyard where you will find a veggie garden, and netted trampoline.
Top floor has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Master bedroom & 4 piece ensuite bathroom, with queen sized bed with down pillows and duvet. Master bedroom has large screen TV with PS3, Netflix, DVD player, stereo system, & nice couch.
The two additional bedrooms both have double sized beds (one of which is a double sized loft bed - best for an older child). The bedroom with the loft bed, has a small pull out couch if an extra bed is needed. These rooms share a 4 piece bathroom. These are regularly children's rooms.
Oak Bay is the most beautiful neighbourhood in Victoria, filled with character homes, many beaches, walking trails, and large oak trees. Our home is within short walking distance to:
- Beaches (sandy, with playgrounds, rocky, views)
- Many Local Parks (fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, etc)
- Oak Bay Marina (sailboats, restaurant, coffee shop, docks)
- Oak Bay Village (great shops, restaurants, Irish pub)
- Oak Bay Recreation Centre (gym, pool, rink, etc)
- Restaurants (high-end, family, sushi, places with views)
- Public bus system (1 minute walk from our home)
Other close attractions include:
- Golf courses (both public and high-end)
- University of Victoria
- Downtown Victoria (15 minutes by bus)
- Hillside Shopping Centre
The majority of the house - the entire main floor and all of the top floor rooms, and the laundry room located in the basement. We have 2 additional bedrooms and full bathroom in the basement - if you are interested in renting these room (one double bed, one w a single bed), let me know. Otherwise the recreation room and bedrooms in the basement are off limits (unless you want to rent these too - just let me know).
Interaction with Guests
We enjoy interacting with our guests even though we don't stay here when we are renting out our home. We like to give our guests a tour of the home, answer questions about the area, and help you plan out your stay. We often interact using the AirBnB message system before our guests arrive to plan arrival time, the tour of the home, and to answer any additional questions you may have.
We live in one of the nicest neighbourhoods of Victoria - South Oak Bay. Our house is just a minute from the bus stop, walking distance to all amenities, walking distance from the ocean, 15 mins. by bus to downtown, a few min. drive to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre, and close to some tasty cafes.
Keeping house clean & respect all aspects of the home.
We had an incredible stay at Josie's home in Oak Bay. The location is perfect for touring around Victoria, with the Inner Harbour just a quick drive away and a bus stop right down the street. The neighborhood is absolutely adorable and you can easily walk to the quaint village and a number of restaurants. The beach and beautiful parks are within walking distance as well. The home is lovely with everything required for a memorable family stay. Our kids loved the trampoline and we all enjoyed picking fresh berries and peaches from the backyard gardens. I cannot imagine a more perfect place to stay for a family trip to Victoria. Josie was a great host -- offering many excellent suggestions for things to do and graciously meeting us at the house upon our arrival. The home is completely renovated and the kitchen is very well stocked. This rental is a true gem and we can't wait to go back.
We had a wonderful stay at the DeGreef's house. Josie showed us around when we arrived and she was very friendly and easy to talk to. The house is huge and there's everything you need. It was a real holiday for us with nice walks to the marina and park/playground nearby, visits to Victoria centre and whalewatching (only ten minutes by car) - or we simply bought some coffee and scones and relax in the garden. Our sons (5 and 2 years old) really enjoyed the trampoline! The neighbourhood is very quiet and green. We would definitely like to stay here again if we ever return to Victoria. Highly recommended!
Stayed here for 10 ten days. Josie and James were very accommodating and were great hosts. The house is very beautiful and fitted our needs perfectly. Its a large house very well maintained. Lots space and a great back yard. Kitchen is unreal, really great space to prepare meals and have your morning coffee. Location in oak bay was very ideal for our trip. Perfectly situated for walks. The marina is just minutes walk away. Downtown is 10 min away by car. Would highly recommend this house and hosts for any upcoming trips to victoria. Would stay here again in a heart beat.
This graciously appointed character home was recently our family home for 10 days. It offered everything and more that we might need to make our stay in Victoria so memorable; spacious rooms, lots of amenities, a gourmet kitchen and a gentle peaceful neighbourhood that is a 10 minute drive to downtown Victoria. Neighbourhood walks and trails abound, the sights are everywhere and the ocean beckons a short 5 minute walk away. Josie and James are inviting, caring and helpful hosts who go the full distance to help you feel comfortable and welcome.
We highly recommend this accommodation.
We had a fantastic stay at Josie's Oak Bay home. It was ideal for a family with small children, uncluttered and easy to feel at home in. My 3-year old absolutely loved using the trampoline in the yard (and the lovely winter weather in Victoria made this possible!). The kitchen is well appointed and easy to prepare meals. Would certainly stay here again - thanks Josie for your hospitality!
We had a wonderful time at the DeGreef's home. Josie made great recommendations for dining, recreation and activities. The home is a gorgeous craftsman style home with a kitchen to die for. There were many places to sit and enjoy the wonderful weather and scenery of Victoria. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
Myself and family stayed in the Degreef's awesome home for a week in July and were delighted by their welcoming service and beautiful home which was large (easily accommodated 6 of us), modern (while still keeping it's splendid heritage character) and very comfortable). The great shops of Oak Bay were in easy walking distance and provided all the morning coffee required for a busy day of holidaying! Thank you so much, Josie and James, for the memorable stay. In the future for family accommodation I wouldn't hesitate in booking the Defreef's in a heartbeat, five stars all round!!!
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About the Host, Josie
We are from Victoria BC Canada. We like hiking, biking, gardening. spending time with our 2 young children, exploring the great outdoors, and eating delicious food.
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