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Fairholme Manor
Ranked #5 of 92 Victoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Coming from the east coast covered with snow and ice, it was a welcome change. It seemed as if spring had come early. Sylvia was a delightful hostess and was kind enough to give me a grand tour of Fairholme Manor. This really is a beautifully restored heritage property. Seeing I was by myself I stayed in their smallest room, the French Country Garden. The bed was comfortable as was the seating area but the bathroom was to die for. The deep soaker tub was fantastic after travelling across the country and the water pressure was amazing with their massage showers.

In the morning I was greeted by Sylvia who made the most fabulous organic breakfasts. Everything was delicious. She also helped book my whale watching tour and I felt very comfortable there. It is the perfect location, right next door to Government House, a short walk away from Craigdarroch Castle and only a short drive away to all of Victoria's attractions. Please enjoy the pictures!

Room Tip: If you are travelling by yourself then the French Country Garden room is a perfect size. Her larger...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We are just now returning from 2 nights at the Fairholme Manor - and are already planning a second visit. Sylvia and Ross are the kindest, most gracious B&B innkeepers you can hope to find. They provided superb service, helping us to make the most of our time in Victoria.
The room was one of the finest I've ever stayed in - clean, not kitschy, elegant, roomy, and with a gorgeous spa tub and bath with shower. It was raining most of the time during our visit -- but that provided the perfect excuse to stay in by the fire, have massages, and simply relax. It was an easy 15-20 minute walk through a neighborhood to the Empress, museum, etc. which provided a good source of exercise after the delicious breakfast. When I first read the raving reviews online, I thought they were overblown. Now having stayed here, I'm in full agreement.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Fairholme is one of my favorite inns ever. It is a beautifully renovated Victorian home blessedly free of teddy bears, doilies, and mini-print wallpaper. Simplicity, comfort and charm inform the decor. Rooms tend to be large, except for the French Garden Room which is on the small side, but beautifully done. We usually stay in the Olympic Grand Suite on the second floor (no elevator) which is huge, with an enormous bay window that looks south and east to the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When the sun shines, the room fills with light. It is furnished with a king bed, a double sofabed in a separate sun room, an oversize sofa and armchair, TV, DVD player, CD player, small fridge, large closet, ample bathroom with a full medicine cabinet for storing toiletries, and the most yummy fleece robes that you will want to live in.

I also need to mention the beautiful grounds - great to look at and, in the summer, just the place for whiling away some time with a good book amongst the roses and apple trees. Fairholme is also adjacent to the Lt. Governor's House, a massive estate with acres of beautifully groomed grounds that are open to the public for strolling. We enjoy it for a post-breakfast stroll. The inn is also within walking distance of Craigdarroch Castle and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

And speaking of breakfasts - they are wonderful! Everything you could want - granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice and pastries to start, then a plated main course which varies from day to day. The inn has two published cookbooks so you can even take the recipes home.

We have been coming to Fairholme for well over 10 years. The innkeepers, Sylvia and Ross Main, are no small part of the draw. Both are warm and hospitable - and intent on pleasing their guests and maintaining the perfection of Fairholme Manor. Thank you Ross & Sylvia!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. We prefer the 3 in the main house - Olympic, Fairholme and French Garden...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

I and my wife spend couple nights in Fairholme Manor and It was the right place that I was looking for it long time. Nice hospitality, great breakfast and amazing room are things that you should experience in this beautiful manor. It is a cozy place that I would definitely recommend you to stay there at least for couple nights.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

I have been visiting Victoria from the US for years. For the past 12 years we have stayed at the Fairholme and it has been consistently fabulous. Sylvia is the quintessential innkeeper. She pays attention to everything. Breakfasts are pure gourmet. It takes a special effort to maintain this level of quality over the years. If you want the very best, try this.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Silvia and Ross welcomed us into their home as treasured guests! The location is a little out from downtown Victoria, but well worth it. We felt pampered in the Penthose Suite which was really an entire one bedroom apartment with a complete kitchen. The views from our balcony were stunning and the location pastural complete with deer that roam the property. The breakfasts were delicious (especially the hommade scones) and Silvia used only the freshest ingredients like locally smoked salmon. Really made our time on the Island special.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We are from South Florida and first time visitors to Victoria. Looked up inns and found Fairholme Manor. Loved our apartment style with full kitchen and an large bedroom.

They run a terrific inn and go out of their way to make you feel at home. I would definitely recomend you staying. The area is lovely and morning walks are terrific, next to the governors estate that you can walk the grounds there also.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fairholme Manor

Address: 638 Rockland Pl, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3R2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria > Rockland
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Spa
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Ranked #5 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range: £100 - £202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairholme Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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