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Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast

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59 Oswego St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2A7 Canada
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#21 of 91 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
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Salzburg chef Vanessa von Schellwitz welcomes you to her Gingerbread Cottage,a quiet and well zoned 1905 Heritage home which is an easy walk from US ferries, downtown and all attractions in Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour, 1/2 block from ocean. Take the airporter to and from our door if you are arriving at YYJ. Our reasonable prices include Gourmet 4 course breakfast, cute 1905 rooms with roof gardens. Breakfasts are very stylishly set with Antique Victorian Silver. Vanessa prepares delicious specialties like lox or garden omlettes, berry crepes and fresh Austrian Apple Strudel. Good value, quiet and great location 1/2 block from Victoria's famous Dallas Road ocean promenade, Ogden Point cruise ship docks, and Breakwater structure. Book early as we tend to fill our rooms very fast.
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oldgang598 wrote a review Nov. 2019
Bristol UK114 contributions50 helpful votes
We stayed here for a couple of nights in September. Vanessa is a great host and has a wealth of local knowledge. The rooms are comfortable, good bed, good size bathroom, small kitchenette area and a private outside seating area. The breakfasts are large to say the least, you certainly won’t want a great deal for lunch. The property is in a quiet area, great for a good night’s sleep. Turning left out of the front door it is only a short walk to the ocean and turning right a pleasant walk to downtown Victoria. There is parking outside and unless you are venturing outside of Victoria it is unlikely that you would need to use the car whilst staying here. Overall a great stay in a lovely area.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Roitacop wrote a review Jun. 2019
New Zealand29 contributions7 helpful votes
Words cannot describe the comfort and love I felt from staying with Vanessa at this scrumptious B &B. The rooms are quirky, filled with antiques, every comfort imaginable, and lots of love qnd care. I had an Sustriqn artist themed room, and he was related to Vanessa, my most gracious and incredible host. The location was great, walking distance to everything. Near the water, near the city. I did not have a car, and it was ideal. The wee pink cottage is bursting with character, and breakfast was off the charts sensational-everything home made, yummy and presented beautifully. Vanessa was warm, patient and kind, and I loved being there! Could not recommend it more highly! Being on my own this place was a very special find for me!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Dave B wrote a review May 2019
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We like this place a lot, and visit yearly. The host is friendly and helpful and makes a great breakfast. The location is very central, and the price is competitive. The beds are especially comfortable.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Room Tip: The eggs Benny, when available is a big two thumbs up.
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Chris K wrote a review Sep. 2018
Portland, Oregon2 contributions1 helpful vote
Vanessa, the owner, owns and runs the Gingerbread Cottage. Each night's stay comes with a breakfast cooked by Vanessa and they are magnificent. Everything home made and farm/garden fresh. You'd easily pay $20 or more a person at a restaurant for such a breakfast. The bed was comfortable, the rooms were quiet. It's within walking distance of nearly everything you'd want to do in Victoria. We were very happy there.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from bistrita6, Owner at Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Responded Sep. 3, 2018
Dear Chris, Thanks for your kind comment. We really appreciate it. It was a pleasure having you, Good to know that you got home safe! :) Kind regards, Vanessa
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luv2trvlRedondoBeach wrote a review Aug. 2018
Redondo Beach, California543 contributions265 helpful votes
This B & B is all about Vanessa. She is an incredible hostess! She cooks, cleans, and she shares her wealth of knowledge about Victoria and Austria. The Cottage is walking distance to the harbor and fisherman's wharf. There is ample street parking. The home was built in the early 1900s. It has been lovingly cared for, and fitted to be a true bed and breakfast. There were 3 of us and Vanessa recommended we book two rooms as the family suite was already booked. We stayed in the Lavender Room and the Mozart Room. The two rooms make up a wing of the house. There was a small refrigerator in each room. The Lavender room has its own deck. The rooms are actually larger than we expected. There is a sitting room for the guests to enjoy. My daughter enjoyed playing the piano. I enjoyed visiting with Vanessa and I only wish we'd had more time as she is a walking history book. Breakfast is amazing. It is served in the back room. It starts with a buffet with home made goodies, fruits, and cereals. I love the buffet because you can get as much as you want. Then Vanessa custom makes your breakfast from a choice of items. She uses fresh ingredients. I love the fact the breakfast is customized as Vanessa was able to prepare my food around my food intolerances. Vanessa has set up a small antique shop for her guests in the entry of the home. It has some reasonably priced treasures. Even though we were in Canada, I felt like I was in Austria while staying in this home. It is the best of both worlds. We highly recommend this B & B.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include The Pedaler (0.8 km), Inner Harbour (1.1 km), and Royal BC Museum (1.0 km).
Is parking available at Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Legislative Dining Room, The Fish Store at Fisherman's Wharf, and Nourish Kitchen & Cafe.
Are there any historical sites close to Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (0.9 km), Craigdarroch Castle (2.8 km), and Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada (1.1 km).