lounging and diningtime to relax
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
4 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Our fresh and airy suite is in the bottom level of our home. There is private parking right close to the door. We offer a lovely peaceful outlook, and a spotless and comfortable home away from home for our guests to relax in after exploring Victoria and surrounding areas. As well as the forest views, a glimpse of the ocean and even Mount Baker on a clear day, all give the feeling of being at a retreat. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you might see our neighbourhood peacock strutting around!

The space

-Each bedroom has a very comfortable queen size bed. The closets are built in with shelving as well and are very generous.
-If you require an iron and ironing board, please don't hesitate to ask.
-The kitchen has all the usual dinnerware, cutlery and pots and pans; also there is a microwave and dishwasher. We provide a nice variety of breakfast items for you to enjoy.

Guest access

If we have a successful vegetable growing season, we are happy to share with our guests! Also, our visitors have their own private little patio area just outside their door and in their laundry room there is a small barbecue to use, as well as 2 bikes and helmets.

Interaction with guests

Guests will have our phone number so they can ask any questions that could pop up. We are happy to chat but equally happy to leave you in peace if that is what you prefer. We live in the top level of our home so we are around if you need us!

Family/Kid Friendly
Free parking on premise
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 11AM

- No shoes on the carpets please
- Please read the septic tank information
- We appreciate quiet time after 10:00 p.m
- Check out time 11:00 a.m
- Check in time from 2:00


9 Reviews

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Andy User Profile
August 2017
A great stay with lots of nice touches to make things easy and home from home. We will return ...we hope as we loved Victoria. Thanks again

Grace User Profile
September 2017
"The Forest Retreat" is a delight. Karen is a great host and made us feel welcome, like we were visiting old friends. She responded right away to any questions we had. She left some granola and milk in the fridge for us, and a delicious loaf of bread and jam, all very welcome since we'd forgotten to get something for breakfast. The cozy suite is immaculate. Comfy beds and comfy couches. We loved siting on the patio after a day of sightseeing and watching the birds, and the view is of the forest and the distant bay is lovely. We found the location convenient. The are several trails to hike nearby. Butchart Gardens (a must visit!) and downtown Victoria are only about 20-25 minutes away. We would definitely stay at The Forest Retreat again.

Robert User Profile
September 2017
Wow, what a location! The name really embodies the location. To have such a beautiful view with all of those HUGE trees, was quite the site for us prairie folk. Karen was great with the directions and assisting us in getting there an all settled in. The homemade freshly squeezed orange juice and the multiple choices of preserves really put this location over the top!!! We couldn't have asked for a more gracious set of hosts and a clean, well-lit place to rest after all of the exploring that Vancouver Island offers. The location is really central between Sidney and Victoria, the best of all worlds. We plan to come back!

Roderick User Profile
September 2017
Karen really deserves the great reviews! We loved everything about the place - location was quiet and beautiful yet close to Victoria and the ferry - walk to Mattick's farm was very enjoyable as were the shops and tearoom. Also, the thoughtfulness of providing basics such as milk, juice, bread and condiments was superb!

Diane User Profile
August 2017
Highly recommend Karen and Kevin!! Perfect hosts and also very helpful answering questions and offering recommendations. Beautiful place and super clean. Looked brand new. Nice location between Victoria and Sydney and not far from Butchart Gardens.

Melissa User Profile
August 2017
We stayed in Karen's home for two nights. It is centrally located to both Sidney and Victoria and close to Butchart Gardens. It is cozy and the perfect size for 2 to 4 people. Karen had some breakfast items in the home for us which was delightful. It was a joy staying in her home.

Jenna User Profile
August 2017
Honestly, the pictures don't quite do Karen's place justice. The space is incredibly clean, very modern and I honestly though we were some of the first to stay in it because of how polished it was. Karen was a fantastic host and impressively responsive to messages. We arrived very late when checking in and she was able to accommodate. It's a little out of town, but we enjoyed having a break from the city! I have already recommended Karen's place to others traveling to Victoria.

Victoria, CanadaJoined in November 2013
Karen User Profile
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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