I spent three nights in August 2010 in the Arbutus Grove cottage with my husband and baby. The one-bedroom cottage was the perfect size for us, with our travel crib set up in the living room. The space looks out on a beautiful, quiet garden and there's a little deck where we relaxed after the baby went to sleep and in the morning with a cup of coffee. The kitchenette is well equipped and we ate most of our meals there. The hosts Rocky and Ralph were very accommodating and even allowed us to cook a pizza in their oven in the house. The cottage was clean - just needed some dusting to make it perfect. The queen bed was comfortable and bedding cozy. The bedroom was a bit tight, but of course with a baby we travel with a ton of luggage.
When we'd settled in, Rocky sat down with us and marked all the must-see spots on the map, including "secret" highlights. I'd heard that locals were very protective of their beaches off the beaten track, so it was a nice surprise to get directions. The cottage is on a quiet residential road and is a short walk from the ocean. For some reason, the water is warmer than in Victoria (due to the sandstone shelf maybe?) and my husband went swimming twice, accompanied by a friendly harbour seal!
Overall, the Arbutus Grove cottage was a perfect fit for us - comfortable, relaxed, baby-friendly, quiet and beautiful, with warm hospitality. Oh, and the added bonus of Rocky's famous carrot cake and morning lattes helped too! We had a wonderful stay on Galiano and would recommend a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- STICKS and STONES COTTAGE (ARBUTUS GROVE) is a self contained accommodation that is located in a quiet wooded setting that is home to wandering deer and 150+ types of birds. ARBUTUS GROVE is a 500 sq.ft self contained cottage with a master bedroom (Queen bed)+ 4 piece en suite bathroom. It also has a pull out sofa (Queen) in the living room, suitable for another couple or 2 children. Heat is supplied by either baseboard heaters or a wood fireplace (wood supplied). It also has a galley kitchen, with full amenities (coffee grinder + coffee maker). Quality linen and towels are supplied. It is most suitable for 2-4 people. Hiking trails and sandstone shore access points (#53 and #55) are close at hand. FREE Satellite TV and WiFi are included in the rental price. ... more less
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