We stayed at Suncrest Cottage for four nights in mid-June. We found the place objectively exactly as described on the website, and subjectively just as almost everyone else who has written a review has. In other words: excellent!
Maria had stocked the fridge with the wherewithal for a good breakfast, including a dozen eggs from her daughter's chickens. We did buy some additional food for ourselves. (The website does talk about "... Serve breakfast for a fee", but Maria told us that she's really not doing that now.)
The suite had everything we needed to function, including a comfortable bed. The area is certainly quiet, and the view over Trincomali Strait from the bedroom is delightful.
We are grateful to Maria for the information she gave us about so many places and people on Salt Spring Island; it helped a lot. At the time we were there, so many local places had fresh wares out for sale; we went home with a quarter of a sheep, some local wine and loads of fromages du pays.
No shortage of food places to nosh at. We ate out for dinner on all but one night. Our choices:
Raven Street Market Cafe: we had pizzas for dinner; pretty good, but we felt their "thin crust pizza" wasn't as crisp as it really should have been. 3.5 / 5.
Aunty Pesto's Cafe: Expected "somewhat ordinary" but were delighted with what they served us. 4 / 5.
Bruce's Kitchen: This was my birthday dinner. "Chef Bruce" Wood offers dishes made using local ingredients as much as possible. All three courses were excellent. We felt the servings were generous and prices were very reasonable. 5 / 5!
The fourth night? We ate in! Fresh asparagus from a roadside stall near Fulford, local cheese we'd bought earlier in the day and six of Maria's daughter's eggs in an omlette. Bloody delicious!
Now, where else would you find a B&B host who earned six Brownie points out of five for keeping the outside of the suite clear of Tent Caterpillars every day? That was Maria!
We certainly commend Suncrest Cottage to anyone looking for a few days rest in a quiet part of Salt Spring Island. (Oh, don't worry about the Tent Caterpillars; they only come by every seven to ten years, and they should be gone by the time you read this review!)
[Travel suggestion for anyone going to Salt Spring Island from the North Shore or West End of Vancouver, or from Sea-to-Sky Country: take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay, then drive down to Crofton and take the ferry to Vesuvius; it sure beats the heartbreak of fighting Downtown Vancouver traffic, the Deas Island Tunnel and worrying if you'll get on that ferry from Tsawwassen to Long Harbour that only runs three times a day:-)!]
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You are right the tent caterpillars have been gone for awhile, and have become food for the organic garden- recycling is so important.
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Thank you for the great review and for the wonderful advice for future guests.
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