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Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
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Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
Reviewed 22 February 2014

Our family rented the cottage for an extended stay in the fall of 2013. The cottage is very comfortable and warm, the location is beautiful, and Duncan and Emma were very accommodating. At that time of year we frequently saw or heard woodpeckers, humming birds and frogs, and we can highly recommend the Woodpecker Cottage when staying on Salt Spring Island.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Duncan E, Owner at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Thank you very much for your kind words - it was a pleasure having you stay with us.

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Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

I can't say enough good things about Cosy Woodpecker Cottage. You can tell Duncan and Emma put a lot of thought and care into every detail and they are very friendly and easy to talk to. Their dog Dexter was great as well. I brought my dog with me and they got along well and even if I left the from door to the cottage open, Dexter never came inside. The decor was perfect as it was modern but homey and welcoming. I fell in love with the basin sink and the dishwasher was definitely nice to have. The couch and the chairs on the deck seem to be intuitively designed for lounging and even from how the couch was situated you could enjoy all the beautiful nature from the windows. The local food was great, especially the bread and the compote. When we ran out of food we just asked for more and it was provided! It was an easy drive to Ganges and the information in the cottage in addition to Duncan and Emma's helpful direction made it easy to find whatever we were looking for. I originally came not just because I was impressed with the pictures and the well designed website but because I found the price comparable to renting a cabin at Tanamera in Parksville (both places you can take your dog). I've never been to Tanamera but I imagine this was better. I really can't say enough good things about this cottage and I hope I can go back some day.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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2  Thank Stephanie R
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We (both from Germany with a 6 month old daughter) visited Saltspring in June 2013 and stayed for a week at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage. The cottage is very bright with a great patio overlooking Emmas and Duncans wonderful garden and has a well equipped kitchen. When we decided to come to Saltspring we thought one week would be too long. But staying in the truly woodpecker surrounded cottage and Emma and Duncan (and not to forget the children loving dog Dexter) beeing so warm and welcoming, time just flew and we regretted not having planned for staying longer. The perfect place to relax on Saltspring.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Ron W W
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

This is by far one of the loveliest places I've been for a vacation. We were greeted right away by the very rambunctious and sweet dog Dexter, who provided endless entertainment through out our stay, as he snuck into the compost, chased birds, and smothered us with kisses. Emma and Duncan, the owners, were equally welcoming, though they didn't smother us with kisses, we were welcomed with hugs and a tour of the property. The cottage itself is perfect for a maximum of 4 people. Though you have to bring your own food (even seasoning and spices), the kitchen is well stocked with tools to cook and the patio is a perfect place to relax and watch the woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and sometimes deer along the fence. Emma and Duncan did provide us with all the fixings for a delicious breakfast, which was perfect compared to a traditional B&B because we were able to have breakfast each morning at our own leisure. They were also very happy to share great tips and advice for things to do and places to go around the island! Often we would bump in to Duncan in Ganges and he would always take the time to stop and chat. At the cottage they left us to our own devices and encouraged us to take full advantage of their property as they live on a quite a large property and have access to a lovely pond. They really made our trip perfect! I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a laid back cottage in the woods! It can be a romantic getaway, working holiday (as it was for me), or just a retreat from the city. Well worth it and can't wait to go back again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

A group of us visited Salt Spring Island in the beginning of May and had a wonderful time. Not only is the island a beautiful place, but so is the Cozy Woodpecker. We couldn't have been more pleased with the accommodations. The cottage was very clean and a wonderful breakfast basket filled with local goodies welcomed us when we arrived. Duncan and Dexter (definitely man's best friend) were always up for a good chat and suggestion on what to do.

The Cozy Woodpecker is definitely where you should stay visiting Salt Spring Island, I am certain the four of us will visit again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Adam J
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We stayed at the Cosy Woodpecker this September for one week and loved it! The cottage is clean, beautiful and well equipped. The breakfast items were in a nice welcome basket and the hosts Emma and Duncan were very welcoming. It was so nice to get away from the city and enjoy this wonderful property. I highly recommend the Cosy Woodpecker.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ButterflyBC
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We stayed here for several weeks during a writing retreat and it was absolutely heavenly, Perfectly quite, close to hiking trails, wooded, a nice bicycle ride to town and the local wineries. The property is beautiful with a lovely garden full or organic fruits and vegetables that the owners share with guests. The cottage is impeccably cared for, very clean, and tastefully put together. The owners know the Island had many excellent recommendations for dining, hiking, beach walks, and visiting local artists and artisans on Salt Spring. We would return in a heart beat.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank JackieM590
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Additional Information about Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B

Address: 321A Stark's Rd, British Columbia V8K 1M4, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Salt Spring Island
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Salt Spring Island
Price Range: £123 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled against the hillside at the edge of woodland of arbutus, fir and pine, the Cosy Woodpecker Cottage overlooks our property. It is self-contained and fully equipped, and with two queen bedrooms, a bathroom with ‘zen’ soaker tub and large covered deck, there is plenty of room for you to stretch out, relax and enjoy your stay here on beautiful, tranquil Salt Spring Island. ... more   less 
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