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CA1001179

Victoria, Canada

Partial view of front of house.

Partial view of front of house.

Living room

Living room

Old Jaguar in car port

Old Jaguar in car port

Front garden

Front garden

Front door

Front door

Light in living room (tin tiled ceiling)

Light in living room (tin tiled ceiling)

Living room fireplace

Living room fireplace

Living room

Living room

House is a designated heritage building in Victoria

House is a designated heritage building in Victoria

Hallway (with our pug, Ollie)

Hallway (with our pug, Ollie)

living room

living room

living room

living room

living room

living room

kitchen - winner of a design award when it had it remodeled

kitchen - winner of a design award when it had it remodeled

kitchen - winner of a design award when it had it remodeled

kitchen - winner of a design award when it had it remodeled

kitchen again....

kitchen again....

One of three balconies overlooking bird-filled park (which is a great walk by the way). We like to have a drink/dinner here.

One of three balconies overlooking bird-filled park (which is a great walk by the way). We like to have a drink/dinner here.

Master bedroom is spacious with French doors, balcony, air conditioned.

Master bedroom is spacious with French doors, balcony, air conditioned.

Bathroon #1 off master bedroom has tub, shower, custom-made sink area w/talavera sink from Mexico.

Bathroon #1 off master bedroom has tub, shower, custom-made sink area w/talavera sink from Mexico.

Downstairs music studio.

Downstairs music studio.

Walkway to music studio.

Walkway to music studio.

One of two upstairs bedrooms.

One of two upstairs bedrooms.

Second upstairs bedroom with writing desk.

Second upstairs bedroom with writing desk.

Upstairs bathroom w/ tub.

Upstairs bathroom w/ tub.

Walkway view shows part of front yard.

Walkway view shows part of front yard.

The study

The study

another view

another view

Downtown Victoria - a seaside city.

Downtown Victoria - a seaside city.

Downtown.

Downtown.

Adrian Chamberlain

Adrian Chamberlain

This is Penny Chamberlain (on the right).

This is Penny Chamberlain (on the right).

Partial view of front of house. Living room Old Jaguar in car port Front garden Front door Light in living room (tin tiled ceiling) Living room fireplace Living room House is a designated heritage building in Victoria Hallway (with our pug, Ollie) living room living room living room kitchen - winner of a design award when it had it remodeled kitchen - winner of a design award when it had it remodeled kitchen again.... One of three balconies overlooking bird-filled park (which is a great walk by the way). We like to have a drink/dinner here. Master bedroom is spacious with French doors, balcony, air conditioned. Bathroon #1 off master bedroom has tub, shower, custom-made sink area w/talavera sink from Mexico. Downstairs music studio. Walkway to music studio. One of two upstairs bedrooms. Second upstairs bedroom with writing desk. Upstairs bathroom w/ tub. Walkway view shows part of front yard. The study another view Downtown Victoria - a seaside city. Downtown. Adrian Chamberlain This is Penny Chamberlain (on the right).
Bronze

Member since

2013


Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
April 01, 2021 - October 31, 2021 14 days

Would do one to four weeks.

Updated heritage home on idyllic Vancouver Island (Victoria) - forests, seaside

In 2021 we are looking for an exchange of one or two weeks in Italy or France (as long as the pandemic situation settles down!).
We live in a well-maintained 105-year-old home designated as a significant historical building in this region.
We live in Victoria, British Columbia - a seaside tourist city on the balmy southern tip of Vancouver Island. Our house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms (both with showers and bathtubs), a gas fireplace, an award-winning kitchen, a study, a music studio with piano and three balconies overlooking a large park area.
The home is decorated in an elegant old-world style although the appliances are modern. An extension (in period style) was added a decade ago. It is a 10-minute drive to the seaside and 10 minutes to downtown - we also offer our well-maintained Volvo 240 stationwagon for transportation. We're also on a bus line going downtown.
One thing that makes this house special is its spectacular view of a park area which is an excellent country walk. The park is a protected wildlife area - a plus for bird watchers. You can watch the sun set while relaxing on a wicker chair on one of our balconies as you sip a glass of wine.
Victoria and Vancouver Island are world-famous for great hiking, sailing, kayaking. Beautiful old-growth rain forests, breath-taking ocean views. This is a moderate part of Canada weather-wise - it's never cold and gets to a comfortable room-to-warm temperature in the summer. The scenic Gulf Islands are on your doorstep. Vancouver is just ferry ride (or 20 min seaplane trip) away.
The city of Victoria is renowned. for its unusually attractive downtown area with lovely old buildings, great shopping and dining (tons of restaurants), the world-famous Butchart Gardens, the stately Empress Hotel (famous for its high tea!) and the Royal B.C. Museum.
I am a arts/entertainment writer for the daily newspaper in Victoria. My wife is a hospital administrator. We recently retired - so we are open to both long and short stays - we are very flexible. Our email is adrianman2@shaw.ca
We would also love to exchange with a home in Vancouver, Seattle, Tofino or the Gulf Islands (Gabriola, Hornby, etc.) for a shorter stay.
We have exchanged often on Intervac years ago - and recently did an exchange in Tuscany. We are a thoughtful, responsible couple who promise to treat your home as we treat our own.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 2 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Journalist
  • Hospital administrator

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Environment: In the suburbs
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 5
  • Total Area: 0 m2

References

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television
  • Piano
  • Other musical instruments

Outdoor

  • Terrace or deck
  • Balcony
  • Garage
  • Bicycles: 2

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Hornby Island, BC V0R, Canada
  • Gabriola, BC, Canada
  • Tofino, BC, Canada
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • English

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: victoria international airport -

Residential neighbourhood.

Occupation

  • Journalist
  • Hospital administrator

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • Pets are NOT welcome in our home

About Our Family

My name is Adrian Chamberlain. I am an arts writer with the Victoria Times Colonist, the daily newspaper in Victoria, British Columbia. My wife, Penny Chamberlain, is a hospital administrator in Victoria. We had an adult daughter, Katie Chamberlain, who is a television journalist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We did several Intervac exchanges years ago, and are now ready to do some more. My wife and I are both published novelists - Penny has written 3 novels for young adults. I have also written two novels for young adults, as well as a collection of humourous stories about our pug dog, titled Adventures with Ollie. I am also a musician (piano/keyboardist) who play in two local soul/ funk bands on a recreational basis. We are a very responsible couple who will leave homes in exactly the pristine condition we find them in.

Lifestyle

My wife Penny and I are avid travelers who've visted Spain, Greece, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States including Hawaii.

References

This member has completed 2 successful exchanges. Here are some members that he exchanged with in the past: