Cottage Pirouette Bed & Breakfast
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Cottage Pirouette Bed & Breakfast is situated within minutes of downtown Victoria and the beautiful Inner Harbour, the centre of tourist activities and world-renowned attractions. Because this B & B is just a 12 minute bus ride or a 6 minute drive from downtown Victoria, you will find us close enough to be convenient, and far enough away that you will get a restful sleep!
This B & B's host is probably the only innkeeper who was actually born in Victoria, and thus, has a very good knowledge of Victoria's history, how to get around it and find those special places. Our guests say that they find the experience fun, friendly, and the service warm and caring. Whether you are a couple, a family, or old friends getting together for a reunion of sorts...the atmosphere at this Victoria B & B will leave you with good memories.
Victoria is made up of 11 municipalities, and this B & B is in Esquimalt, which is famous for its many varied parks, most with beach access and walking trails. Follow the harbour edge walkway right into Victoria's downtown.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lorraine Nygaard for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Just outside the heart of the city, so it's convenient, but very quiet and laid-back. One can relax here, like a holiday is supposed to be! The moderate room rates and the good value for the rate. Friendly, at-home atmosphere.
What are you best known for?
The hosts are super friendly and fun, but we also offer a lot of guest support. As the only Victoria born-and raised host in Victoria, we know the history, the should-see and don't bother seeing sites.
What makes your inn unique?
There's a lot of land for a city property. The garden is casual but restive, with a 40 ft. stream heading into the koi pond.
The host is a self-proclaimed environmentalist, so a lot of pretentious frills are not in existence here. Our supplies are local and healthy, and baked goods are all house-made, as is the jam.
The host is also a personal trainer and fitness instructor, and has had enough life experience to understand the many needs of the travelling public. We understand bad hips or bad knees, we understand tension amongst a travelling group and how to relieve it, and we understand the urgency of day to day stuff. And so, our guests are able to relax here, and know that "All will be well".
There are several musical influences around here, and that in itself offers a unique ambience. Lorraine is a vocalist, and several of the staff and family play an instrument. Some guests have played a song or two on our piano or guitar.
What do you love most about your inn?
I love it when a really nice connection is made between the guest and the host. It is not a guaranteed thing, but it is pretty magical when it happens. I love seeing the smiles at the end of a good getaway, and knowing that we were a small part of someone having a good getaway.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We call it "Island Time". It's laid back.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
When those who are experienced travelers have been around the world, and they still say "One of the best rests we've had", then we know that we are doing our job right. Also, when those who stayed 10 years ago come again.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The two beach parks that are just a 4 minute walk away are very cool, and they are really only used by a handful of the locals. One can walk down to Macaulay Point before breakfast, and be enriched with a gorgeous sunrise, standing on the cliffs high above the sea edge. The Olympic Mountains of Washington State are across the strait, and it is rather magical down there. Bunkers, gun emplacements, and a tunnel are all still intact from 1898, when we were never attacked, and serve as a reminder of history, but also a great bench seat at the top of the hill. Further down the road is Saxe Point Park, which is a groomed park, full of gorgeous perennial garden beds. Wedding vows are exchanged here frequently during the summer months. Who wouldn't want a gorgeous garden, with cliffs and the ocean as your backdrop?
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
In no particular order: Butchart Gardens for sure.
The Royal B.C. Museum is one of the top 10 museums in North America.
Walk the downtown to inhale the ambience, AND, we can recommend the best shops around, according to the guests' hobbies and interests.
Take in the buskers in the Inner Harbour on one of the evenings.
Enjoy a sunrise or sunset walk at either of the nearby parks to our inn.
Walk the Westbay Walkway to town, a harbour hugging boardwalk with nothing but inspiration along the way.
Goldstream Park, which is the salmon-spawning river, for a casual walk amidst huge trees, or a rigorous hike up Mt. Finlayson.
Rent bicycles and do the Galloping Goose trail, or Lochside Trail, which are both non-car trails, and are of a railway grade, so do-able for even the most beginner of cyclists, but gorgeous enough for even the most experienced of cyclists.
Take in a play, or music show....this city is a hotbed of some of best musicians around.
Sooke Potholes for an invigorating swim. East Sooke Park for a hike. Kayaking. Whale-watching. Read a book in our back garden. Go fishing.
Use our studio space (hoping to open by fall 2013) for meditation, yoga, live music, zip lining.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The shopping plaza, with grocery, pharmacy, bank, optometrist, liquor store and more, is a 5 minute walk away. The sports centre, with skating rink, and the recreation centre with gym, ozone-treated pool and sauna and hot tub are also a 5 minute walk away. Beach parks are also equally near.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Princess Mary is just a 10 minute walk away; casual atmosphere, net to the houseboat community, excellent food. Spinnakers is halfway between here and downtown, and on the boardwalk, so a fun destination that's easy to do....it is a microbrewery, so has a variety of house ales, and a great menu. Next door is the English Inn, and one can go for a nightcap in an elegant setting.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our website has a purpose-area called "Activities": http://www.cottagepirouette.com/activities.html with a multitude of links to the things to see and do while in the area. Guests have been here a week and just touched the surface of things to experience.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have four (2 deluxe kings and 2 suites), all with king-size beds, private baths, in-room stocked refrigerators, free Wi-Fi and parking, cable TV, access to pools, tennis courts and a fitness center. All No Smoking, by state law.
Do you accept pets?
Sorry we don't take pets, but there is a "Doggy daycare" not far from here. We have 2 cats, Toast and Jam, who are in and out of the house, and are not allowed in guest bedrooms or upstairs. We have had many guests that are allergic to cats, but have been fine here.
Most guests choose a Canadian breakfast, featuring fresh baked breads, homemade jams and preserves, and fresh fruit, which is served on fine china. The coffee and teas are excellent. Give us notice, and we can prepare a Japanese breakfast, of which rice and miso soup are the base and which is served with traditional green tea.
With two dining rooms and a living room, 2 sundecks, gardens, and a hot tub under the stars on the patio, there's plenty of space for guests. A fridge and microwave is available for guest use, and the proper pot of tea offered at check-in time has won the hearts of many a weary traveler to B.C.
Cottage Pirouette Bed & Breakfast is a member of:
British Columbia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild
Best B & B Victoria
Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce
Tourism British Columbia
Guests are welcome to enjoy use of two dining rooms, and living room. The living room has cable tv, and a dvd player for your enjoyment, though we notice that most guests find so much to see and do in Victoria that the TV is rarely on. Off the main dining room is a porch, where one can enjoy the Magnolia and Camellia in bloom in March, and off the sundeck in the back area of the house, you'll enjoy views of the koi pond and waterfall. Walk on down with a book, and relax beside the swirling fish. Nearby is the hot tub too! The patio has a table and chairs, for those wanting a summer breakfast outdoors.
In the front yard there is a roundabout driveway, and lots of free parking. The bus stop to town is directly in front of the house, with buses travelling to town every 30 minutes, and only taking 12 minutes to get there!
For those travelling here by bicycle, be assured that there is lots of room for safe bicycle storage and your gear in the garage. There is a guest refrigerator and microwave set up in one of the dining rooms, with a coffee and tea station. If you're travelling with your laptop, our wireless router means that you'll have free and easy access to the internet.
Regular items, such as plush towels, hair dryers, robes, slippers, clock radios, ipod docks, books, magazines, board games and cards, await you. Your hosts have a soft spot for seniors, and will do our best if a situation warrants assistance. We're sorry that at this time, we are not set up sufficiently with handicap accessibility amenities.
Rooms feature posturepedic mattresses, CD player/alarm clock, rich duvets (hypo-allergenic feather or polyester) plush towels and robes, hair dryers and slippers. Lounge in the living room, enjoying cable TV and the DVD player there, or meet other guests from around the world.
Activities Near the Inn
Victoria is famous for the Galloping Goose Trail, a pedestrian and cyclist's trail which is over 45 km long in just one direction. It goes west to Sooke and also north to the Victoria BC Ferry Terminal, and we can help arrange bicycle rentals. Also for your convenience, local transit is right outside our front door, to take you to all of the attractions in Greater Victoria.
Assistance is always available to help you decide what to see and where to go in Victoria and the Vancouver Island area. We will be happy to recommend or book reservations for activities during your stay.
A 4-minute walk down the block will bring you to Fleming Beach and Macaulay Point, where you can watch, or take part in rock-climbing, kayaking, sports fishing, or just sitting and contemplating the marvellous view of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. A little further west, you'll find Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Canada's 2nd largest naval base...where you can take part in free summer tours, or, enjoy the Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, also in the HMCS Naden grounds.
Our Bed and Breakfast has had great feedback from our guests, in that they find the experience fun, friendly, and the service warm and caring. Whether you are a couple, a family, or old friends getting together for a reunion of sorts...the atmosphere at this Victoria B & B will leave you with good memories.
Within a few minutes of walking are many cozy restaurants and cafes, and convenient stores. Nearby Saxe Point Park is also a famous wedding location, and your host can help you arrange your special ceremony there.