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1 / 38 Flagstone deck and benches - great for coffee in the morning.

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 2 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 4 / Apartment
Bedrooms: 2  Bathroom: 1   Sleeps: 4  Type: Apartment

1 Shower

THE SECRET GARDEN Fireplace, Sauna, BBQ Hut, near UBC, downtown, cruise ships

Our large, bright apartment occupies the ground level of the house. Just outside the separate entrance is a private patio with BBQ hut (free propane) and the tropical back garden with landscape lighting for evenings and a large fagstone deck and water feature.

There are two bedrooms, one with a Queen bed and one with a Double. The second bedroom with the Double also has a little sleeping nook for kids. We also have a Play'N'Pac for babies and a high chair.

We have a gorgeous tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower with a rain head, granite-topped vanity, storage cupboard and recessed lighting. The large private sauna is entered from the bathroom.

The kitchen/dining area has seating for six. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need for cooking at home and has dishes and cutlery for six. The fridge, stove and microwave are full size.

The bright living room has a gas fireplace, big comfy couch and extra seating. The windows are large and look out onto gardens and the private patio. There is free internet, tv with hundreds of channels including NetFlix and music, radio stations and recorded movies as well as books and games for kids. .

There is a washer and dryer (convenient for travelling with kids!) which is shared with me.

Lots of free street parking right outside the house.

As this house was built in 1924 the ceilings may be lower than you are used to so if you are a very tall person you may not find this apartment a good fit. One of the quirks of these old houses in beautiful old neighbourhoods!

Our neighbourhood is very quiet, safe, and convenient. The Secret Garden is on a treed street half a block from Dunbar Village. In the village are 12 diners/restaurants/coffee shops (including Starbucks). You will find British pub food and full dining menus, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, sushi, a Subway, a sports bar with heated deck, all within three blocks.

Also within a few blocks are Stong's supermarket, a liquor store, a movie theatre, Mac's convenience store, fresh fruit and vegetable market, Shoppers Drug Mart, small shops, beauty salons and a medical clinic.

Families with children will enjoy the Dunbar Community Centre, one block away, which has a great playground, tennis courts, and picnic area.

The five west side beaches are a five-minute drive or short bus ride down the hill. Also nearby are The University of British Columbia, St. George's Private School, the Museum of Anthropology and several public golf courses. A few blocks west is the entrance to Pacific Spirit Park where you can walk for hours on beautiful trails in old-growth forest. A ten-minute drive or 25-minute bus ride takes you to the heart of downtown Vancouver. We are 25 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport.

Granville Island, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Gardens, Commercial Drive, South Granville, Main Street and UBC's botanical gardens are some of the attractions you won't want to miss on our side of town.

Our gorgeous rock-walled tropical garden is quiet and totally private. It features a large stone deck, lush vegetation, a fountain and landscape lighting for memorable evenings. Children especially enjoy feeding the birds and watching the squirrels. The front garden has a delightful little stone patio surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs. Our gardens are featured annually in the “Dunbar in Bloom” garden tour in May.

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in a quiet, beautiful setting close to the best of everything Vancouver has to offer, we would love to welcome you to The Secret Garden.

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Book this 2 bedroom apartment in Vancouver today! A total of 4 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 63 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $569, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 09, 2018, so this rental may not be available for your requested dates, but please inquire to confirm.

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About the owner

About the owner

Noo-Noo S.
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Calendar last updated:
09 Aug 2018
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Languages spoken: English



Check in time:15:00, Check out time:11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: ($113.48) $150.00
No smoking at this property
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Vancouver Attractions




  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna

Property Features

  • High chair
  • Parking


  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Deck
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Private garden
  • Shared garden
  • Tennis in town


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking not allowed


  • 1 Shower


Reviews (63)

Excellent – based on 63 reviews Excellent
63 reviews

Very Good

“A perfect place to enjoy some quiet family time!”

Reviewed 28 Jun 2014

The unique features of this vacation rental were so appreciated! We enjoyed two family barbecue dinners out on the beautiful stone patio surrounded by a lovely garden. We liked cooking in the well-equipped kitchen and there is a wonderful grocery store half a block away. We also tried out the local restaurants which proved to be a great experience. Other amazing features of this rental are full access to a laundry room and a very attractive bathroom with a large shower and adjoining sauna! The neighbourhood is wonderfully quiet with a close connection to the natural world day we explored the trails at the gorgeous Pacific Spirit Park. We were able to relax and have great visits with our family at this unique vacation rental.

Response from the owner Judith, thanks so much for the review. The new BBQ hut and patio seem to be a big hit - wish I'd thought of it when I started this two years ago! I'm glad you and George were able to celebrate your 40th anniversary with your family and adorable grandson - hope you'll come back for your 41st. Noo-Noo

“My favorite place!”

Reviewed 20 Jun 2014

This place was truly the "Home away from home" in a beautiful quiet neighborhood. This 2 bedroom apartment was so clean and beautifully decorated. The fresh flowers were an extra special touch. I absolutely loved the sauna at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. My 2 kids, 5 and 9, shared one bed and it worked out great. The gas BBQ was much appreciated as well. And it was so nice to have the market so close. I would not bother to try and find a better place. We'll stay here when we come back to Vancouver.

Response from the owner Hi Diane: It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. The children seemed to have a good time playing in the garden and making contraptions out of the hostas - very inventive! I look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit our beautiful city. Noo-Noo

“This was an excellent place to stay with a very charming garden!”

Reviewed 4 Jun 2014

Noo Noo was a very gracious hostess - gave us many valuable tips on where to eat, location of various venues and even made us muffins for our morning departure! The apartment was super quiet and extremely comfortable. It has plenty of parking available out front in a very safe and quiet neighborhood. On one of the evenings we made use of the Bar B Q in the garden..... incredible garden with many areas to sit out and enjoy. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!! Many thanks to Noo Noo!!

Response from the owner Thanks for taking the time to write a review of The Secret Garden. Hope you're making good use of the skills you learned in your course - next time I'll accept your offer of being a guinea pig! You were great guests and I'd have you back in a heartbeat. Noo-Noo

“Noo-Noo and the Secret Garden were great :)”

Reviewed 2 Feb 2014

We had a great time staying with Noo-Noo at the Secret Garden. It was our first time as a family in Vancouver, and Noo-Noo gave us lots of suggestions of child friendly things to see and do. She also had a folder of information in the apartment. The apartment was great and well appointed. It was fantastic being able to do our own cooking and laundry, and there was a great supermarket a few minutes walk away. It was very easy to get around Vancouver from Dunbar. We definitely recommend the Secret Garden. Many thanks Noo-Noo.

Response from the owner Thanks so much, Marie, for taking the time to review The Secret Garden. You, Elie and little Maia were great guests and I hope I'll see you again when you are established here in Vancouver - maybe we'll run into teach other at the coffee shop across the street! Noo-Noo

“Peaceful and quiet yet still close to everything we needed”

Reviewed 19 Nov 2013

We really enjoyed our week long stay. The suite was beautiful and very clean. How nice it was to be able to walk to nearby restuarants, grocery and markets. There is also a nice specialty wine and liquor store a couple of blocks away. The bathroom/sauna is amazing and we felt very much at home. I strongly recommend this place and we will definately be back again when we come to Vancouver.

Response from the owner Hi Jim and Carol: Thanks for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the apartment and the neighbourhood. Thanks for the glass of wine - I'll be buying that one myself in the future. Take care, I look forward to seeing you again. Noo-Noo


Reviewed 7 Nov 2013

Awesome shower and sauna I have to say...right in the suite itself...better than any hotel at that price. Kitchen with everything you could want and an upscale supermarket, Stongs at the end of the block that's open till midnight. Super quiet, great beds and just a beautiful getaway that's 15 minutes from downtown. We are staying there whenever we go to Vancouver from now on if at all possible. Michael Ronson

Response from the owner Hi Michael: I'm so happy to hear that you and Cynthia enjoyed your stay with us and I hope you can stay longer next time. Thanks for your comments and for taking the time to write a review. Noo-Noo

“So close”

Reviewed 5 Nov 2013

This is a beautiful rental - well appointed, clean, comfortable, private sauna, great location, excellent host. Unfortunately the upstairs resident is a smoker. There is central heating so the rental was permeated in the subtle, yet unmistakable odor of cigarettes. Ugh. I would open the bathroom door after showering and felt the blast of that stink. Everything else about it was superb! So, if you're a smoker it likely won't bother you, or perhaps in the warmer months when the heat isn't on it's not so bad.

Response from the owner Kathleen and Tanya: Thank you for your comments - all of them! We feel that it is unfortunate that you did not discuss your issue with the caretaker at the time you were in the apartment. Over the past year and a half there have been 45 bookings (many repeat guests) and not one complaint so obviously we were not aware that there was a potential problem. However, now that we are aware that a problem may exist we have taken action to remedy the situation as the comfort of our guests is, of course, our primary concern. We are glad to hear that you otherwise enjoyed the amenities provided and thank you for taking the time to write a review. Secret Garden Vacation Rentals . ..

“Delightful - your own private retreat in Vancouver!”

Reviewed 6 Aug 2013

We totally enjoyed our two-week stay at The Secret Garden. Accommodations were very clean, tastefully decorated, and comfortable for three adults. Noo Noo was the perfect hostess - thoughtful, helpful, warm and friendly. The location is great, within easy walking distance to local markets, drug store, restaurants, public transportation, etc. My son loved our private sauna, my husband totally enjoyed the garden, and I loved the well-equipped little kitchen and available laundry facilities. The neighborhood is quiet and lovely. This place was a highlight of our vacation and we highly recommend it!

Response from the owner Hi: Thank you for taking the time to write us such a glowing review. I'm glad to read that The Secret Garden was a highlight! I enjoyed meeting you and your family and hope I have the opportunity to welcome you again. Noo-Noo

“Sublime experience”

Reviewed 4 Aug 2013

If you're spending time in Vancouver and want the flexibility and cost benefits only a condo can afford, I highly recommend the Secret Garden and its most responsive owner/manager, affectionately known to us as NooNoo. The accommodations were sparkling clean, comfortable, and tasteful. The landscape lived up to the photos (it may in fact be better). And NooNoo was attentive in the best way--ready to help and never obtruding. We would, without question, choose this place again

Response from the owner Hello Joe: Thank you so much for the great review! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family, and I'm glad I was of help regarding the Festival of Light. I look forward to seeing you again next August. Noo-Noo

“Perfection says it all”

Reviewed 19 Jun 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the secret gardens. The apartment was lovely. NooNoo met us with some hot banana bread fresh out of the oven. She is a lovely ,warm person. The location is wonderful. Close to everything. Minutes away from down town. Walking distance to grocery stores etc. We had everything we needed. Clean rooms, washer & dryer, comfortable beds, beautiful flowers and benches in the garden. Everything we could have asked for was available. We will certainly stay again. Thanks NooNoo God Bless You. Steve, Brenda, Kenny & Lisa

Response from the owner Hi Brenda (and Steve, Kenny and Lisa): I'm happy to read that you had a great stay at The Secret Garden. I enjoyed your company and hearing about all your experiences on your Alaskan cruise. The garden is going crazy now with a mixture of heat and rain and all the summer flowers are starting to bloom - I'm glad you enjoyed the spring plantings. I hope I will see you again if you have an opportunity to return to Vancouver. You were great guests. Noo-Noo

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