The SpaceWelcome to Kipling Residence a beautiful Arts and Craft home built in 1910. Located in the heart of Victoria BC, in the coolest and quietest neighborhood known as Fairfield. Within a short walking distance you will find school playgrounds, famous parks and gardens, ocean, beaches, shopping plaza, and downtown, including famous tourist sites - all easy to get to on foot, by car or transit bus. Parking on Kipling Street is easy and hassle free.
Upon arrival when you walk up the slate garden pathway and open the front door you'll notice the wonderful high 9.5 foot ceilings throughout, gorgeous original stain glass windows, original fir floors and classic woodwork. Kipling Residence has all the comforts of old warm charm with character. A home that is known for its warm and welcoming energy!
We have had wonderful guests from China, England, Denmark, Amsterdam, Germany, New York, Cincinnati - all across the USA and of course Canada! Our home has been widely used for family reunions, quiet get-away, weddings, graduations, and first time tourists coming to visit our beautiful garden city. We aim to keep our home guest-ready with no clutter, with attention to detail providing only freshly laundered linen, bedding and towels that are for guest use only.
Kipling Residence 3 bedroom (plus den) home is well suited for couples and families. A perfect place to hang your hat, let your hair down, pour a glass of wine, sit around the table and dine-in with good friends and family, or have a quiet candle lit dinner in an intimate environment. The classic ambience of Kipling Residence provides a perfect back drop to sit back, relax and enjoy your lovely space and all it has to offer while you contemplate the exciting events you have planned!
In the summer months the front porch (east facing) and the back deck and patio garden (west facing) are wonderful areas to lounge outside and take in some rays (don't forget sun screen). Every guest has thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Too cold outside, you can cozy up in front of the gas fireplace while someone tinkers away on the piano, read good book or delight in great conversation.
Kipling Residence is intimate enough for two but spacious enough for up to 6. We have had 8 guests as we have additional sleeping beds/sofas.
The living room and separate dining room have original stain glass windows gracing both rooms. The antique dining table provides a wonderful back drop to the arts and craft character of the home along with the large bay window nestled in the front room. The morning sun streams into both rooms which is lovely!
The living room has a gas fireplace and built-in hutch which sits under the original leaded glass windows. Hidden pocket wooden sliding doors between the dining room and living room can be left open or closed. The upright piano in the living room is available for the musician to tinker away! You'll find both these rooms and the furnishings compliment the era of the home beautifully.
We are lucky to have tall windows throughout the main floor which allow in plenty of natural light and the high ceilings make the rooms nice and airy.
Continuing along the main floor you'll find 3 bright and spacious bedrooms, a very large and roomy kitchen, a TV/ den room (off the kitchen), and a cool bathroom with tiles/glass shower and original claw foot bathtub.
Off the den there are double French doors which lead onto the west facing deck and lovely garden with a slate patio nestled under two organic fruit trees. Perfect spot to see humming birds!
GRACIOUS BEDROOMS WITH TALL WINDOWS
Each of the 3 bedrooms has space allotted for hanging clothes and a few drawers for guest use so you can feel like you are right at home. The ceiling height of Kipling Residence is wonderful as the 9.5 ceilings grace all the rooms.
The master bedroom has a custom made wooden 4 poster queen bed, Ikea bookcase, & dresser, large mirror and a large east facing window allowing in the wonders of the morning sun.
The middle bedroom has 2 single beds, bookcase, dresser and beautiful custom made stain glass which hangs in the oversize bedroom window.
The 3rd bedroom has a double bed, two dressers and a cool hanging clothes rack and antique rocker. Our guests are welcome to peruse through our eclectic and interesting book collection that grace all the bedrooms.
Off the kitchen is the main (and only) beautiful bathroom with a brand new custom tiled glass shower finished May 2015. The bathroom also boasts a gorgeous original glass etched window, and an old fashioned (original) claw foot bath tub. Candle sconces above the bathtub and bath salts for our guests help to further enhance your "spa" experience. Salt bath products and soaps are available to our guests as are shampoos and extra towels.
SPACIOUS KITCHEN WITH LONG PINE TABLE
We have all the necessities of a fully equipped kitchen. The kitchen is very bright and roomy. The long country pine table in the kitchen easily sits 6-8. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and baking. Includes a gas stove with a broiler, a Miele dishwasher, double door stainless steel fridge, toaster, a Kitchen-aid mixer, crock pot and a drip coffee maker including a French press and a microwave. Large selection of pots and pans and a variety of spices are available for our guests making cooking a breeze and fun in our large bright kitchen. Beautiful new cork flooring installed December 2015.
LET THE SUN SHINE IN!
Adjacent to the kitchen is a lovely den with a large digital TV screen and Apple TV- guests can log into their own Netlflix. The double French doors from the den lead onto the very sunny west facing deck. The back deck is spacious and the perfect place to put your feet up and relax in the afternoon and watch the sun set over the trees.
The garden will draw you down to the circular slate patio which is nestled under an organic apple and pear tree. Lovely quiet space to sit under the dappled shade of the trees. Guests are welcome to pick our fruits when they are in season (early late Summer -Fall).
Downstairs (basement) has a bright and very clean and tidy laundry room in new condition. Laundry room has front loading washer and dryer and a small bar fridge. You'll find large ceramic tiles throughout and double glazed windows. Laundry and soap is included. We ask our guests be water-wise and launder as needed for stays over 4 days.
There is also a 4th bedroom downstairs which has a queen bed, an Ikea futon bed/ couch and its very own gas fireplace but we like to keep that to store some of our items when we have Air BnB guests. But if the 4th bedroom is needed by our guests we are happy to work something out. This request will need to be specifically made by our guest.
HOW TO USE YOUR NEW SPACE
In warm weather, in the mornings you may find yourself migrating with your coffee or tea onto the sun-drenched front porch while you see the locals walk their dog, or see children playing in the baseball field right across the street. We have two parks within 1/2 a block of us. The settee on the front is perfect to sit on and read the newspaper or close your eyes and take in the quiet.
The afternoon and evening sun land on the back deck from early afternoon on. It is a wonderful spot to sit and relax and listen to the sounds of a happy and peaceful neighborhood wile away the afternoon sitting under the dappled shade of the fruit trees.
The dining room and kitchen provide an intimate but open space to gather around a table and connect with your loved ones over a special meal. The living room encourages conversation but also provides a nice spot to read by the fire or play the piano and try your musical hands!
The original claw foot tub in the bathroom is lovely to soak in after a day of walking and exploring our great city. Bath salts are provided in the cupboard, including candle scones to further enhance your spa experience. The den is warmed by the sun and is a great spot to read or watch TV.
PEACEFUL LIVING SPACE
Our neighbors have lived in their homes for many years and are friendly and enjoy the peaceful lifestyle and the beauty of our neighborhood. We appreciate our guests being like-minded. No parties, loud music or loud people please.Thank you for keeping that in mind when you book Kipling Residence.
We are ideally situate, right in the heart of our quiet Fairfield community but close enough to downtown that a car is not necessary. You can walk in 10 minutes or less to famous gardens, parks, neighbouring villages, shopping plaza, beaches, Dallas water front, and of course to downtown inner harbor which is a 20 minute walk. The world is your oyster!
OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD - FAIRFIELD ACTIVITIES
Between the months of May and October two blocks away a must-do is a visit to our local Moss St. Saturday market - where you can grab hot donuts, breads, brioches, jams, pies, cookies or local organic produce, pastas, seafood, freshly cooked foods, and other host of non-food items. Quiet, peaceful and friendly lovely neighborhood will make your holiday time in Victoria well worth it. Flowers bloom virtually year round. We live within a 20 min walk from the heart of downtown Victoria - our area is called Fairfield. Just a 10 min walk from famous Dallas bluffs looking across the waters to the Olympic mountains. Moss Rock is two blocks away which offers view of the ocean, mountains and the colorful roof tops of Fairfield, and even a view of Government house. Five minute walk to trendy and hip Cook Street Village and Fairfield Plaza. Bus stop is 1/2 a block away. Buses also transfer easily to the outskirts of Victoria. Victoria's many restaurants boast local sustainable foods, we have weekly local markets throughout the city.
VICTORIA AND SURROUNDING AREA
You will find Vancouver Island beautiful yet rugged west coast of British Columbia. We are blessed with beautiful ocean, beaches, mountains and lakes that make Vancouver Island a unique place to live and even a more amazing place to visit. The city of Victoria is famous for its natural landscape, Garry Oak trees, nestled community surrounded by beaches and natural lakes. Flower baskets adorn the main core of downtown Victoria. Victoria is a Sunday brunch city so get ready to line up on a Sunday, well worth the wait. Our wine bars and brasseries are just as popular as so are our family style restaurants and the famous Royal BC museum. Just outside the city less than 30 minutes by car you can tour our "wine country" or visit local farmers.
It doesn't get any better than this..Fairfield and our Kipling home is your home away from home. Guest AccessFull and exclusive access to the main floor of the house, downstairs basement laundry room. Includes the back patio garden and back deck, front porch is yours to also enjoy. Both the deck and porch are lovely to sit any time of the day. The double French doors can be fully opened on the back deck as we don't have huge issues with mosquitos and flies etc. Interaction with GuestsI leave it up to the guests. I am happy to have our Air BnB guests ask questions as needed or give ideas about our wonderful city and outlying areas to explore. I have travelled and love meeting people but also respect the privacy of others. Most likely I may be out of town or staying nearby while we host Air BnB quests, but I am always available by phone and happy to assist. We are friendly and like to meet new people! The NeighborhoodIncredible area and city. Gardens, Parks, Oceans, Lakes, intimate neighbourhoods. Vibrant downtown but not overwhelming. Fantastic wine bars and restaurants, walk ways, Galloping Goose trail, day hikes all within 20-30 minutes (or less) from our home. Beautiful city, friendly happy people! Really lovely home that is truly warm and welcoming! Getting AroundDuring April - October , two blocks away is the best outdoor local market the city offers - Moss Street Market.
Half a block away are two bus stops that can take you anywhere in the city and to outlying areas. Walking: downtown is a 20 minute walk, by car 5-7 minutes. Local shopping plaza under 10 mins. Ocean walk 10 minutes. Very easy to get around. We are very centrally located just outside the downtown core in a vibrant neighborhood near the ocean. Within 20 minute walk you have everything at your finger tip - ocean views, roof top views of Fairfield, shopping, markets, inner harbor, famous Abhakzi gardens, ocean walks along Dallas Road. Victoria is small wonderful, easy city to tour around in, we feel blessed to be living here and every guest left feeling our home and city were perfect for them! Other Things to NoteWe have a self-contained fully separated suite which is rented permanently to my quiet tenant, tenant entrance is ground level in front of the driveway. The tenant has no access to the house or garden. No part of the house is ever shared, so you have exclusive use of Kipling Residence.
Thank you for NOT parking in our driveway as our city garbage and recycling people need easy access the bins at the side of the house. The street is narrow and at times challenging to get the car out easily. The drive way is also available for the tenant, so please refrain from parking in the drive way.
PARKING OPTIONS: park right in front of our house, across the street in front of our drive way, or in front of the baseball park (across the street). The neighbors on either side of us prefer to park their cars in front of their own home, we ask our guests and any visitors of our guests to respect this. Thank you in advance.
We are huge components for recycling, our binder provides details as to what to do with plastic bags (non recyclable), kitchen scraps, blue bin recycling of hard plastic, bottles, cans and paper. Pick up is Wednesdays.
As I don't have young children anymore, we do not have cribs, high chairs etc. We have a few kids books and stuffies that are for guest use with little ones. Families with very young children please keep mind that we are not a baby-toddler proof home before booking. Our furniture and marks easily, especially our cream couch in the living room.
We love having guests from all over the world including "locals" returning to their beloved city. Our home is your home, we trust every guest will treat Kipling Residence with what it is used to - with respect. We look forward to your booking with us!