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4.7 / 5Exceptional
10 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Royal Roads University
    9 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Hatley Castle
    9 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Bear Mountain Golf Club
    12 min drive
  • Airport
    Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.)
    36 min drive

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    About this area


    Located in Victoria, this vacation home is on the beach. Royal BC Museum and CFB Esquimalt Naval and Militiary Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Traveling with kids? Consider WildPlay West Shore Victoria and All Fun Recreation Park.

    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Royal Roads University - 9 min drive
    • Hatley Castle - 9 min drive
    • Bear Mountain Golf Club - 12 min drive
    • Camosun College - Interurban Campus - 18 min drive
    • Victoria Fisherman's Wharf - 30 min drive

    Getting around

    • Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.) - 37 min drive

    About this property

    Welcome to our Playground Near Victoria on Vancouver Island

    Delightful beach vacation home with a spa tub
    Waterlily Lane has the four key ingredients to a worthwhile vacation: location, price, incredible view over a private lakefront and a comfortable home with easy access to surrounding activities. 'Waterlily' is the perfect gathering place for an island family reunion or small group getaway . LOCATION . "Waterlily " is on the west shore of Victoria the capital city of British Columbia with a unique history and charm. WE ARE 10 mins from 3 different golf courses. Or 20 mins away from 2 world class tourist attractions. The Butcharts Gardens and Victoria's inner harbour area. 3 ferry terminals are close by and Victoria international airport is 25 mins away. The Pacific ocean coast beaches are only a short drive away and Esquimalt Lagoon is 7 mins away through the manicured lawns of the famous Royal Roads University. Our lakefront home with it's on dock is nestled amongst trees on a quiet lake. Walk up the garden path through fruit trees and grape vines across the large sundeck and through french doors into a rambling split level 3 bedroom main house. Waterlily is a renovated 1950's original lake cottage with large editions added 1970's and 2009. Our minimum night stay 4 during summer season - occasionally less if you are filling a gap in the calendar. We try to accommodate folks to fit their travel a point. Here is a list of what extras we provide free of charge: * a 10 x 12 ft electric motor barge to cruise the lake with - easy to use Minn Kota electric trolling motors. * 2 canoes, 2 kayaks, 2 sup boards, and a sailing dinghy * 6 bikes to cycle the famous Galloping Goose cycle trail (1 child's) * lakeside fire pit and the Taki Tiki Bar/change room * fishing rods, tackle boxes We are SAFE from bed bugs, biting insects, and break ins. Once the main house is booked, we don't book different guests into the Lakeview suite to insure privacy for main house guests, although either Peter or I may be in residence in a semi detached suite during your stay. During summer, the minimum stay booking is 4 nights. (Off season price is $350 Oct-April min stay is 2 nights. longer stays having negotiable pricing) Stay connected with wireless internet throughout. Iphone docking stations available. There is a printer available too for our Royal Roads University guests. The BEST meat store on the island (Glenwood Meats) within 200 meter walk. Westshore Mall with a 5plex movie theatre 5 mins away with 3 large grocery stores, Walmart, BC Gov super liquor, restaurants. ACTIVITIES The 500 sq ft deck has a 'wow' factor with a 180 degree view over Glen Lake plus a old school hot tub and the best Weber BBQ ever made called 'The Vieuluxe.' The private sloping lakefront boasts a Jimmy Buffet inspired Taki Tiki Bar, a firepit with a drift wood couch (firewood supplied), a cruising barge called 'The Queen', rope swing, 2 canoes, sailing dinghy, 2 kayaks, fishing rods, 2 stand up paddle boards for guest use. Lifejackets to fit ages 3-90 in dock box. For toddlers/children there is a large park next door with new playground apparatus and a water play feature. Running and hiking trails disappear in the hills behind Waterlily. Grab 1 of 4 bikes and go for a cycle on the safe Galloping Goose cycle rail trail for 55kms worth of car free designated cycling/walking flat trails. Or for an uphill challenge try the NEW Sooke Wilderness Trail which climbs into the hills behind us and over an old railway trestle to Shawnigan Lake and beyond. It is now a part of the Trans Canada Trail system which connects the Pacific to the Atlantic via recreational (no cars) trail system. Maps provided. Lots of wildlife visit the property, you even may see our resident fisherman 'Hemingway,' a GREAT blue heron, catching fish off the dock. Or native turtles sunning themselves on a log next door. There are the families of otters which can be seen crunching on crayfish lying on their backs in the water. And often raccoons stop by to gather the ripe fruit during season. More bald eagles live here than across the US border. Bear Mtn Gym and Yoga center is 10 min drive up the hill. The new Y is walking distance - pool, terrific tube slide, yoga and large weight gym. 5-8km running trails easily accessible on foot or bike trail around nearby Lake Langford. Westhills Stadium home to the Canadian National Rugby team is located on Glen Lake Road just around the corner and across the lake from us. We discount for rugby players and fans on special events ( I am a rugby coach). **** NO FALSE REVIEWS HERE *** the reviews are genuine on my VRBO/Home and Away site. Security NOTE: Always call the owner and establish voice to voice contact to protect yourself against scammers/phishers which prey on internet vacation rental sites including VRBO/Homeaway. I will NEVER ask you to send money via Western Union - we don't do stupid. Disclaimer #2 You must be over 25 yrs old to book Waterlily. Or accompanied by an adult who knows how to take care and respect a nice home. Keywords: Victoria, Vancouver Island, Butcharts, 3 Brm lake front main house, separate carriage suite, garden with fruit trees, huge deck with view and dock, fishing & boating, nearby golf, mall and seashore. Lakefront. family reunion,
    Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.
    Bathrooms include showers, bidets, and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.
    Recreational amenities at the vacation home include a spa tub and a fitness center.
    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    property manager

    richard cook

    Speaks English

    Property amenities


    On the beach


    Shared/communal pool
    Spa tub


    Internet access

    Parking and transportation

    Onsite parking
    Car recommended

    Family friendly

    Crib/infant bed available


    Coffee/tea maker


    4 bedrooms
    Bed sheets provided


    3 bathrooms
    Shower only
    Towels provided
    Hair dryer

    Living spaces

    Dining room
    Wood stove


    DVD player
    Video library

    Outdoor areas



    Washing machine and dryer


    Air conditioning


    No pets allowed


    Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    Iron/ironing board

    Location highlights

    On the lake

    Things to do

    Fitness center
    Bicycle rentals on site
    Ecotours nearby
    Mountain biking nearby
    Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
    Whale watching nearby
    Sailing nearby
    Windsurfing nearby
    Hiking/biking trails nearby
    Rock climbing nearby
    Kayaking nearby


    Sleeps 7
    Unit size: 2700 sq ft (251 sq m)



    Check-in time starts at Flexible


    Check-out before Flexible

    Special check-in instructions

    • Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    • Pets not allowed

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.
    • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

    Property payment types


    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Parties and events are allowed on site. 

    We should mention

    A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property.

    Property is also known as

    • Welcome our Playground Vancouver Island House
    • Welcome our Playground Vancouver Island
    • Welcome our Playground Vancou


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    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    4/5 Good

      Great location

      Great lake location. Love the motorized "Princess" dock.

      4/5 Good

        Great spot for families

        Our group of seven (kids ages 2, 5 and 7) had a fantastic vacation at this house! The water toys included were phenomenal and we used them every single day. My in-laws especially enjoyed Richard’s antique canoe. It was also great to have bikes to use. Richard and Peter were excellent, friendly hosts. Some things to note that *may* bother some people: There is no air-conditioning. There are plenty of fans provided, but some of the windows don’t have screens so bugs do get in the house. There were also a ton of fruit flies in the kitchen when we arrived which we were never able to fully get rid of. Our stay was during a very warm week in August, so this would not be a problem all of the time. We have the same issues in our older Seattle home at times so it did not affect our enjoyment of our stay.

        5/5 Excellent

          Wonderful, peaceful home from home to relax and unwind.

          The House has everything you need to relax and have fun. A happy place to spend time.

          5/5 Excellent

            Absoulute gem.

            We have been renting through VRBO for about 10 years and this is one of my favorite houses ever. This is a house that is loved by it's owners who truly seem to enjoy sharing it with others. This rental feels like a home and invites guest to relax and enjoy. Excellent value for money with all it offers including the lake to swim and play in, cool rope swing, barge (fun and easy to drive, the owner taught our 15 year old to drive it), fire pit with chopped wood available for use, games in the house and by the water, nice kitchen and super spacious house with cozy living areas. We loved the large deck over looking the lake. The grounds around the house are absolutely beautiful with magnolia trees, fruit trees, and huge variety of plants and garden areas. In fact there is so much to do right at the house that you could easily stay right there for a week and never leave. However, there is so much to do in Langford and the surrounding areas that our biggest problem was choosing what to do next from all the options (Sooke Potholes Park, Victoria, bike trails, tons of hiking trails, lots of coastal beaches are just a few examples). Langford is the kind of area you would feel comfortable raising your kids in. Restaurants, grocery stores, movie theater, shopping and more all less than 10 minutes away. Everyone we met was super friendly and welcoming. Especially the owner, Richard. Richard was wonderful to work with. He responded to email quickly and put up with all our questions. He is very knowledgeable about the area and provided us with great recommendations. He was very giving of his time and even played Friesbee Golf with us at a nearby course he helped design and build. You will not find a more wonderful owner. The listing description may sound to good to be true but it is very accurate and we highly recommend.

            5/5 Excellent

              Enjoyed every minute of our stay

              We had a wonderful time at this place by the lake it's a beautiful home that had everything we need to make us feel at home Richard was very kind and friendly We would definitely book this place again on our next visit

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