Good Taste is Never out of Fashion!
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Check in Time is 3PM
If you are arriving in town early, you may come and drop off your luggage and if room is available check in.
Check out Time is 11 AM
Cancellation Period is 7 Days prior to your booked dates
Available to and from our door, simply board the AKAL bus at the airport.
$21 per person downtown core. Groups of 2 or more for less..
Click here for driving map from airport to our door and more info about Akal
Location! Location! Location!
1/2 block from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, on the Pacific Ocean, click here for photos and info
Dallas Rd Scenic Drive and Mile Zero on the Trans Canada Highway
One Block and a half to Victoria's Famous Breakwater Structure.
5 blocks from Victoria's gorgeous Fisherman's Wharf. Click here for pictures and info
6 Blocks to Victoria's Inner Harbour, Downtown Shopping, Royal BC Museum and IMAX. Parliament Buildings,
An easy walk up Oswego Street a few blocks from Downtown, Ferries to Seattle and Port Angeles. Very easy to find as Oswego street is adjacent to the ferry dock.
4 blocks to Victoria's Heliport and Cruise Ship docks.
Victoria Bed and Breakfast Downtown
Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast Victoria BC Canada
Location, Location, Location!
Food, Food, Food
Price, Price, Price -> Value, Value, Value
What Others Say
1905 Heritage Duplex Design
Why stay at a Victoria Bed and Breakfast?
Isn't it kind of awkward staying in someone's home? Won't I feel strange walking in and standing there in the middle of someone's living room? Will the rooms have privacy or can everyone hear me brush my teeth? Will I have a curfew? Where will I park my car?
In many cases these concerns are valid... but at the Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast, you enter directly on grade level and sign in at our front desk in our common lobby area - just like a hotel - only cuter. You do not have to go through any private areas during your stay with us. Privacy at our establishment is excellent because our guest rooms have secondary hallways separating them and duplex "party walls" between them.
Although we do expect all guests to be quiet after a reasonable hour, curfew is non existent at the Gingerbread Cottage and we have ample street parking.
The good part about staying at our B&B is being warmly welcomed when you arrive after a trying day of travel, staying in a friendly, safe, family atmosphere, getting information on good local attractions, events, shopping and restaurants. And, of course, being spoiled by our excellent culinary offerings at breakfast.
Having owned a large hotel and several restaurants, we provide a professional experience to all our guests. An excellent value.
The Gingerbread Cottage is one of Victoria's fine heritage homes that has been converted from a duplex to a great example of one of the many fine bed and breakfasts Victoria Canada. Built in 1905 with Arts and Crafts type architecture, it is a rare example of an early "side by side duplex" home.
Street view of the Gingerbread Cottage.
An interesting anecdote about the original building design is that it was called a "shotgun duplex" The "shotgun" reference indicates that if you stood at the front door and fired a shotgun to the back, the pellets would exit the back door. That has changed somewhat over the years with various renovations but it is worth noting.
Quaint Victorian heritage design with Irish Glazed Pan tile roof and copper trimmings. Home was built in 1905.
Being of duplex design provides great zoning for bed and breakfast rooms as there are 2 separate stairways and entrances. The guest rooms themselves benefit from the sound dampening "party wall" which separated the two houses and the lack of traffic on the stairs. As well the deluxe room comes with a private hallway to provide further privacy and sound control.
View at Dallas Rd 1/2 block from the Cottage with 2 cruise ships in port.
M..I...C... K...E...Y.. Disney Cruise Ship in Port
The close proximity to the ocean, in one direction, and the Inner Harbour and Victoria's downtown make the Gingerbread Cottage an ideal location to holiday, sightsee, rest-up or walk to your work or conference.
Victoria Inner Harbour, a short stroll from the Gingerbread Cottage in the other direction.
Victoria is famous for its romantic Horse carriage tours
Watch the SwiftSure Yacht Race, or watch the waves rollin in, both just 1/2 block
away from our bed and breakfast Victoria Canada
Go Whale Watching
"We're Gonna need a bigger Boat!"
Stroll by the ocean and a half block away
Your Room Rental includes a Four Course Breakfast that is Unrivaled In Victoria or Anywhere Else!
(We do not mean to brag, but the Empress concierge has been known to send their visiting food writers over to experience our breakfasts)
Vanessa von Schellwitz is a gourmet chef who came to Victoria, British Columbia from her home in the culture filled city of Salzburg, Austria. Many of her scrumptious specialties rival those uniquely tasty dishes served for decades and enjoyed by Royals and High Society from all over the world in the Sacher Hotel in Vienna, Austria.
Fresh Fruit on our Buffet Wild caught "cold smoked" lox salmon omelette with Bernaise sauce and deep fried capers
Viennese crepes with cream cheese filling, hot orange sauce,
hot berry compote and whipped cream
Our Delicious Garden Omelette with Fresh Ingredients and Feta Cheese
Sea Asparaus (Salicornia) and Brie Omelette with our own Arugula Salad
Fresh Local Crab Omelette with Bernaise Sauce and Organic Veg
Hand peeled Shrimp form Tofino and Sea Asparagus Omelette
Local Breakfast Bratwurst and Scrambled Eggs with Pumpkin Soup Shooter
Delicious Ham and Three Cheese Omelette topped with Buttery "Steak Mushrooms"
Yummy Crepes filled with Gingerbread Spiced Apple and Plum Compote Topped with orange sauce and Real Whipped Cream
Austrian Plum - Apricot - Strawberry Dumplings with Fried Cookie Crumbs, Hot Orange Sauce and Real Whipped Cream
Authentic Austrian Apple Strudel, Vanessa's Signature Dish
Vegan, Celaic or other diets click here
Your Delicious Breakfast is almost ready!
Cat on the Premises
Butler - Our Flamepoint Siamese Cat - is in cat heaven in a nest of Vanessa's wool.
The Mozart Room
Our Theme Room from Vanessa's Salzburg Heritage
Additional persons: If you are traveling with more people and require a cot in your room, call for availability and additional charges.
The Lavender Room
Our Deluxe Suite with Private Roof Garden
Contact us for pricing if you require a cot in your room.
Location, Location, Location
Our Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast is located ideally:
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We are located 3 minute walk from Ogden Point Breakwater and Cruise ship docks
The "Harry Potter" Net Nook
Our favorite "Professor" checks his email with our high speed cable access!
Our rooms are equipped with irons, ironing boards and hairdryers.
Vanessa von Schellwitz
$110 - $170 per night for one or two people Minimum 2 nights
Price varies according to Length of Stay, Holiday Weekends and Availability
Free Broadband Wifi
Free Skype to Phone Long Distance North America
Book your stay today in Downtown Victoria's Beautiful and Scenic Inner Harbour
German/Deutsch and English spoken
We hope to hear from you!
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Just walk straight up Oswego St from the Coho from Port Angeles Washington or the Clipper from Seattle. Click here for map to our door
Take the bus into town from BC Ferries at Schwartz Bay or Anacortes Ferry in Sidney. The bus terminal is downtown about 15 minute walk or short cab trip if you have lots of luggage. Click here for interactive driving map
from Victoria International Airport direct to our door
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Due to the nature of bed and breakfast room rentals we require 14 days notice before booked arrival date or one night will be charged to your account. This is because we do not have the same access that motels or hotels have to walk in traffic and will often be unable to rent the room.
How to Make Sauerkraut and Cabbage Rolls
20 pages of details and recipes
Now Available for Download $4.99
Plus $5 S&H
Over 200 recipes
Victorian Flower Jellies - Rose Petal, Elderflower, Lavender
Victorian Herbal Jellies, Chutneys, and Pickled Preserves.
Flavored Vinegars and Oils, Seasonings and Dressings
Print Version $24.95
plus $7.50 S&H
Vanessa's new Cookbook. 166 - 8.5x11 Pages of history and world famous Gingerbread recipes.
Print Version Only
Plus $10 S&H
Gingerbread Cottage Bed & Breakfast
59 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada V8V 2A7
Call Toll Free in North America 1-877-767-2121
Local or all other calls 250-384-5248
Free wireless Internet service is available at the Gingerbread Cottage
as well as complimentary high speed computer in our lobby