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Welcome to our playground near Victoria on Vancouver Island.

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Lakefront House sleeps 7+, 3.5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. Price in USD$.

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 the warm lake and surrounding activities.

For a sense of the "wow" factor watch The Skyguys produced aerial video: go to last photo #34 click start icon.

'Waterlily' is the perfect gathering place for a island family reunion or small group getaway - lots of gathering places and a private deck overlooking the lake.


"Waterlily " is close to Victoria the capital city of British Columbia with it's 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.

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.

The Pacific west coast beaches is only a short drive away through the manicured lawns of the famous Royal Roads University.

We are SAFE from bed bugs, biting insects, and break ins.

Pets (LIMIT 2) are only allowed from Oct - May...why? To avoid excessive poo clean up and the attracting of flies during the busy summer season.

Our minimum night stay is 2 nights during off season and 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

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 5 plex movie theatre 5 mins away with 2 large grocery stores, Walmart, BC Gov super liquor, restaurants.


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 Vieluxe.'

The private sloping lakefront boasts a Jimmy Buffet inspired Taki Tiki Bar it rocks, a firepit with a drift wood couch (limited firewood supplied), dock with 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 7 bikes and go for a cycle inn the safe Galloping Goose old rail trail for 55kms worth of car free cycling trails. Or 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.

Centrally located Waterlily is on the Saanich peninsula Waterlily is 25 mins from the international airport, ferry terminals and 20 minutes from downtown on Victoria's west shore. Nestled amongst the evergreen paradise called Westhills, 7 mins by road is the the historic Royal Roads University and the oceanfront of Esquimalt Lagoon.

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 crunching on crayfish up in the rope swing tree fort. 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 go 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,

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richard cook
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2018

About richard cook

Born in Australia and raised in BC, worked in New Zealand 20 years - I now work as an counsellor in our local Saanich school district.

The property reflects my time spent sailing, travelling and living in New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean. I enjoy hosting people and sharing the adventures to be had here on Vancouver Island..... be it great food, world class Salmon fishing spots or surf kayaking locations.

richard cook purchased this house in 2004

Why richard cook chose Victoria

My parents raised me to appreciate a good view and Waterlily has 200" and more. Bald eagles nest in our giant fir trees, large Great Blue Heron fish from the same docks we do, otters crunch the crayfish while turtles bask in the sun on the cedar logs that form a water garden next door. It is not unusual to see a deer standing on hind legs to reach low hung fruit then stop on the lake path to watch us playing crib down at the firepit in the early evening during summer.

So much to do within easy reach from our home with good weather - not too hot and not too much rain. Very few biting insects. The only things that bite are the bass, trout and catfish in the lake.

You do feel a sense of calmness being so close to the heart of Victoria and it's sites. Best of both worlds 20 mins apart.

What makes this house unique

Taking The Queen's barge out around the lake is worth price of admission. So much fun to cruise the lake with a floating deck equipped with palm trees. But during summer I like to walk down to the Taki Tiki and make a fresh cup of coffee in the early morning, sit silently on a couch by the glassy lake and just be. Maybe see a family of baby raccoons walk along the shoreline looking for breakfast. Or ducklings swim by. Or grab a yoga mat to do some stretches before diving into the lake for a warm water swim. The lake can get to 80f (24c) degrees (matching air temperature) on the surface during summer. When it gets too hot on the lake then you can retreat with a book or a beer to a hammock under shade by the numerous fruit trees..

There are 7 bikes to take out on the historic cycle trail called the Galloping Goose at the south end of Glen Lake road. You can ride for 40 kms in either direction travelling on a protected bike path, shaded by forest for most of it.

Hiking/running trails are easy walk away from your front door. Ask me about where to go mountain biking.

I am not a golfer however Bear Mtn, Royal Colwood and Olympic View are all within a real time 10 minute drive. World class Salmon and Halbut fishing is an hours drive up the west coast. I charter fish every year with success (limit out on Halibut and Salmon)

Rugby Canada makes nearby Westhills Stadium it's West Coast home field and the new training centre is literally at one end of our lake.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Victoria, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , serves 3 upper floor bedrooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , serves living area and media room
    Bathroom 3 - shower , serves attached coach house only
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) 2 cots if needed. - 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , large 500 'rec room with single captain's bed,
    Bdrm 4 in separate coach house - 1 queen , attached to main house but costs extra. Has single cot.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3), Captain's bed (1), Baby Crib , 2 cots available or 1 double mattress on rec room floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We have a motorized party barge with couches and chairs to putter yourself to the diving platform or just use a a swimming dock out on the lake. Uses rechargeable marine batteries to power the electric motor.


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average rating of 4.836735 based on 49 reviews

Exceptional Oasis

  • 5 of 5

My family spent the month of July at this property. We all enjoyed the many amenities that were available during our stay. The rope swing, amazing bike paths, close proximity to the ocean, floating barge, and of course the tiki bar provided lots of entertainment for the adults and the kids!

The owners of the property were wonderful and gave us a great tour when we arrived. They remained friendly and helpful during our entire stay. This added to the great experience that my family had. The owners were also amazing with the kids and made everyone feel at home.

The huge deck overlooking the lake with the giant BBQ was a great place to have dinner while hosting a few friends. I highly recommend this epic property to people looking for a place to relax that also serves as a launch pad to many adventures.

  • Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the benefits of being a vacation rental owner is meeting the people who create lasting family memories at Waterlily. The youngest guest was 8 years old and it was her first time off a rope swing which has a launch pad from 8 feet up in two giant cedar trees. The family and their dog Maggie where easy going, respectful and fun. I wish them well in their future vacations and welcome them back should they wish to revisit Waterlily.
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Enjoyed every minute of our stay

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: 2-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful winter paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place. We had to go to Victoria for the holidays and we had a wonderful time. Quiet and peaceful place right on a lake! It was so nice to come home to after busy days of visiting elderly parents.

And the hot tub was wonderful.

  • Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our home is more than just a "summer vacation place" ...Waterlily Lane and Victoria enjoy great weather to go outside to play, discover, explore or just be. The view from the hot tub is worth the price of admission. The proximity to beach walks (Esquimalt Lagoon or East Sooke Park) or hiking and biking trails (Goldstream Provincial Park or Galooping Goose cycle trail) makes Waterlily a place to not only relax but enjoy moving and doing.
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Can't wait to return!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful weekend we had! The home was neat and tidy, airy and beautiful. Most of our time was spent on the deck, in the hot tub, and swimming and floating on the lake. The tiki bar down by the lake provided the perfect backdrop for our impromptu (kid friendly) dance party. And in the quiet evenings after the kiddos were asleep I had the opportunity to curl up on the sofa and read my book while the lake breeze gently blew through the open french doors. Yeah, not too shabby.

We were a small crew but the property provides plenty of space for more friends and family. Great space for a big BBQ and dinner as well.

Our hosts were friendly and helpful but gave us plenty of privacy and space. Peter offered perfect cafe suggestions and gave us a run down on some of the events that were going on while we were in town.

Let's just put it this way, its the kinda place that finds you planning your next visit there while you are packing your towel into your suitcase.

  • Submitted: 7-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I rented the home with 4 other women to host my photography retreat! It was spacious and tidy and we had so much fun on the lake. The canoe and motorized dock were a hit! The fruit trees were all ripe which was another added bonus. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: 5-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time here. Richard and Peter have really thought of everything that would make your time here fun and relaxing. We enjoyed the barge, the paddle boards, canoes and kayak. There is lots of space for a group and the property, although small, has various activity centers. Can't wait to come here again!

  • Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Victoria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Station Hotel
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Washington State & BC Ferries
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bear Mtn, Royal Colwood, Olympic View
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Trans Canada
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Mt Washington,Whistler, Grouse Mtn
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Esquimalt Lagoon
Nearest Point of Interest
Royal Roads University
Nearest Point of Interest
Westshore Mall
Nearest Point of Interest
Hiking Trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Bear Mt Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Goldstream Provincial Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Inner Harbour
Nearest Point of Interest
Royal Colwood Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Olympic View Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Crabbing Ground
Nearest Point of Interest
Thetis Lake Park, 5 km lakeside hiking trails
Nearest Point of Interest
Salmon Fishing ground
Nearest Point of Interest
Surf City
Nearest Point of Interest
Gallooping Goose Rail Trail
Car: recommended

4 Golf courses within 7minutes drive. We are 30 mins (real time) away from one of the best salmon & halibut sport fishing grounds in the world. Dungeoness crab is caught 7 minutes away in front of Royal Roads University beach. Trout and bass are in our lake. Jordan River surfing spot is 1 hour away and Long Beach-Pacific Rim National Park is a 4 hour drive north through the scenic Malahat Drive.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Victoria, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 20 2018 - Sep 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$300
Pet Fee C$50
Cleaning >7 C$125

Rate is based on 1-7 people occupancy - additional people are charged $50/night. Maximum guests limited to 9.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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