The south end of Salt Spring is the most beautiful area on the island. While our “gîte” is 20 minutes from Ganges, it is well worth the drive. Once you’re here you’ll know why. Ruckle Park, truly the gem of British Columbia's rare ocean-front provincial parks (operating also as a working farm), is a walk away. Also nearby are other beautiful farms, sheep pastures, artist studios, organic food producers, and forest trails. A short stroll down the road is the “grandmother tree”—a towering 400-year old Douglas-fir—the first stop for nature lovers.
Our gite is a fully equipped, two-bedroom cottage with all the necessary amenities. You will find everything you need for an enjoyable stay. There is a queen size bed in the main bedroom that opens to a private deck. There is another queen bed in the second bedroom as well as a single bed located in a small loft. The single is accessible by a fairly steep ladder and is suited to teens or a young adult. While the cottage sleeps 5, it is the most comfortable for 2-4 people.
The are two covered deck areas: a small breakfast space that gathers morning light and another that captures the setting sun.
The cottage has a full bathroom (toilet, shower, sink, washer and dryer). For a special Salt Spring experience, there is also an outdoor shower, a big hit for many guests.
The cottage itself is surrounded by a lovely lavender garden, an acre of grass, fruit trees, and snake rail fences that are typical of Salt Spring Island. There's lots of room to play croquet, bocci, or badminton. And from time to time, we have a pair of sheep in an adjoining pasture but when we don’t, there are hundreds to see at Ruckle Park.
Inside the cottage, there is a small music system, WIFI, and comfy country-style furniture. There is a Vermont wood stove that can be used in cool weather, and in-floor heating that you can adjust to your needs. Our water comes from a deep well, is regularly tested, and is perfect for drinking. There is a picnic table and barbeque outside for guest use. Please note that by choice, we do not have a television, dishwasher or microwave.
As with most self-contained cottages, your breakfast is self-catered. We provide you with local fresh eggs, bread, butter, jams, coffee, tea, juice, milk, cream, yogurt, granola, and muesli—as well as some staple supplies. We also provide fresh baking (scones or muffins) from time to time during your stay.
The cottage is very private and has its own gate and driveway. While open and sunny, you are quite a distance from neighbouring properties and our main house.
For couples looking for a quiet retreat or families who enjoy nature, welcome to our Salt Spring Gîte!