On our short trip we stayed at the Gingerbread Cottage B&B in Victoria for a couple of day's. Having worked in the Food and Beverage industry for close to 50 years, I am well qualified to write a review.
The owner of the B&B; Vanessa von Schellwitz has a very charming personality. Most chef's could learn quite a bit from her. The breakfast spree that she puts on is out of this world and can compete with any 5 star hotel . Vanessa does all her own cooking.
Jams, lotions, soaps and bath salts are all made by her.
As a professional chef I have never seen such an exquisite Buffet breakfast . There are Smoked salmon omelettes, more egg varieties, then you can think off, Apple struddel out of this world. Excellent coffee , freshly squeezed juices. A variety of items you would only find in a 5 star resort.
From the moment we set foot at the lodging we felt at home.
The B&B is located downtown on a scenic side road close to the harbour and close to the center of all the site seeing.
Because all her guests are either by repeat or by word of mouth , it is advisable to make a reservation very early on, as otherwise you will never have the chance of tasting her wonderful food and hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Salzburg chef Vanessa von Schellwitz welcomes you to her Gingerbread Cottage,a quiet and well zoned 1905 Heritage home which is an easy walk from US ferries, downtown and all attractions in Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour, 1/2 block from ocean. Take the airporter to and from our door if you are arriving at YYJ. Our reasonable prices include Gourmet 4 course breakfast, cute 1905 rooms with roof gardens. Breakfasts are very stylishly set with Antique Victorian Silver. Vanessa prepares delicious specialties like lox or garden omlettes, berry crepes and fresh Austrian Apple Strudel. Good value, quiet and great location 1/2 block from Victoria's famous Dallas Road ocean promenade, Ogden Point cruise ship docks, and Breakwater structure. Book early as we tend to fill our rooms very fast. ... more less