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33 reviews
Morning waters
True the window
Fishing
Turtles in spring
Rojitas our rooster
Canoeing
The lake
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Condo/Apartment -
Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

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Very good - based on 33 reviews
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Ryland F
Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“perfect”
Reviewed May 7, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
1
person found this review helpful

I stayed at magic lamp cabin with my partner and 2 young children. very cozy intimate little spot. perfect getaway if your looking to get away from the city life.Everything we needed was right there when we needed. Use of the private dock and canoe was an extra bonus. Jose and Tania were very hospitable and super friendly.My son loved the family dog and they played together for quite some time. I would come back again in a heartbeat!

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Liked best: location and sereneness
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 May 2016
Hi Ryland, thank you for your review, it was so nice to meet your lovely family and Rumba was so happy with so much play time. enyoy your summer, Tania
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varney201...
Victoria, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent location with clean cabin and lots of windows.”
Reviewed September 5, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
2
people found this review helpful

My son and I really enjoyed our stay on St Mary's Lake. The cabin was bright and well equiped with all the necessary amenities.The location was very quiet , with a nice dock where you could swim or use the owners canoe. The owners were very helpful and let us know the best hikes and activities for enjoying the Island.All and all a pleasant experience, will be back next year.

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Liked best: Cabin had lots of windows.
Liked least: Bad luck with the weather.
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
5 Sep 2015
Hi, so nice to see your review, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in-spite of the storm. Looking forward to a visit with much better weather, Tania and Jose
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AndrwCnt
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“Comes with the best pupusas in Canada”
Reviewed September 4, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We rented the magic lamp in late August and took our 4 year old and golden doodle. We had a blast! My dog, daughter and wife truly enjoyed swimming in the lake and I enjoyed taking the canoe out fishing. The owners are very musically inclined and the next door neighbor is quite an accomplished piano player. One evening we were even invited to join them in a neighborhood dinner party that included late night jazz improvisation and home made pupusas. While the location has wide appeal, the cabin is probably not for everyone. It will require the right mindset. There is water hooked into the cabin but it is not potable, however the owners provided adequate fresh water, so clean up is a bit of work, especially with a 4 year old. We didn't mind, and had a super time. We will definitely go back.

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Liked best: The lake and island
Liked least: cleaning up after supper.
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
5 Sep 2015
Thank you for the review, we also enjoyed your company, looking forward to your next visit, the weather was so nice, Tania
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helenandm
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Needs cleaning and a decent set drinking glasses”
Reviewed August 22, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
2
people found this review helpful

The setting is beautiful, the owners friendly, and it was the perfect place for our two small dogs to run freely. However, the cottage was dirty and poorly equipped. The porch, which was rotting and falling apart at one end, was a serious hazard. To be fair, the toilet, bathroom sink, shower stall, and kitchen sink were clean enough, but everything else was either seriously dusty, dirty, or both. Serious "ick." Walls, kitchen cupboards, doors, stove, toaster, and all the surfaces except the above and the top of the fridge--needed to see some serious hot water, cleaner, and cleaning action. The lack of kitchen equipment, plates, glasses, and coffee cups was irritating. There were three small wine glasses, and that was it for glasses. The coffee mugs were tiny. The toaster was on its last legs and difficult to use. One old sponge/scrubby was available for cleaning dishes, wiping counters, etc. We got our own dollar store J-cloths. The pillows on the bed were hard and flat. For $135 per night, the place should be properly cleaned, once a year the owners should part with some cash for a decent set of drinking glasses and some new pillows, and they should get that porch fixed pronto.

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Liked best: The proximity to the lake, the sunny position of the cabin, and the quiet.
Liked least: The cabin was dirty and the porch unsafe.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
24 Aug 2015
Dear Helen and Marcus, thank you very much for your review, we will take your point of view into consideration, we hope that you find a suitable place to vacation in the future. Tania and Jose
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Carli M
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing cottage, gorgeous place, wonderful hosts”
Reviewed August 17, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for some quality R&R away from home. The cottage was compact but felt very spacious because of the vaulted ceilings and because it is well appointed. Everything was spotless and nicely decorated. The location of the cottage was wonderful. It is close to the Crofton ferry, steps away from the lake, and centrally located to town and other things to see and do on the island. The lake is absolutely stunning and the property has a beautiful dock with nice chairs and beautiful flowers to enjoy in the morning for breakfast, in the afternoon for a swim and in the evening for a glass of wine. The property has a wonderful herb garden that the guests are allowed to access and use for their cooking, free range chickens for fresh eggs, access to a hot tub, access to a paddle board and kanoo's. The WIFI is strong and reliable and the kitchen has all of the necessary amenities. Our dogs were allowed to come with us which made the trip extra special for us. The icing on the cake were the wonderful hosts, Tania and Jose. They were so welcoming and friendly. They made us feel like we were long lost family finally coming over for a visit. We didn't want to leave at the end of our long weekend and can't wait to go back. We will make sure to come back every year to enjoy a little bit of the peace and beauty that this island (and this beautiful cottage in particular) has to offer. Thank you Tania and Jose. You made sure we had a fantastic time!

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Liked best: the amazing location, the cottage was sweet and wonderful, the hosts were so welcoming
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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canadabim
canada
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great little cabin”
Reviewed July 27, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

My friend and I stayed here for two nights. The cabin itself was what we had hoped it would be. It was quiet of course (it is right on a lake in a very rural location) but was not too far of a drive from Ganges. We did not get to swim in the lake because it was a bit too cold when we went but it would definitely have been a perfect spot to swim/canoe had it been hot. We only met one of the owners and she was super nice. Not a big deal, but be aware that the driveway to the cabin was a bit hard to find when it was dark. It is signed so you will find it even if you do pull into a few other driveways before you do. :)
I think overall that if you realize that this is a cabin and not a hotel, you will not be disappointed

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Liked best: Quiet and on the lake
Liked least: Wish we had a day of heat to swim.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
28 Jul 2015
Thank you for the review Esther, I am happy you like it and too bad this weekend was a rainy one as much as I love to see the right with such a dry summer. Hope to see you back and I am sending you the $20 pet fee over an e-transfer, Tania
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larisue19...
Windsor, Canada
1 review
“FABULOUS!!”
Reviewed July 11, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

It was wonderful! The cabin was clean, spacious,,,,we had our grand daughter sleep over several nights and all was great. Jose, Tania and their family were so welcoming and made us feel comfortable and at home. The lake was inviting, cooling and so relaxing. Fresh eggs and plums were enjoyed and being surrounded by musical talent lulled us to sleep at night!
The place is close to nature but not far from town.
We hope to visit Salt spring soon and this will be our place to go!!

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Liked best: all was wonderful....but loved being on the water
Liked least: we had to leave!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
12 Jul 2015
It was so nice meeting you and your family, we hope to see you back when you visit Salt Spring again, thank you for the wine and card, Tania and Jose
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