We had a wonderful time staying at this guesthouse on Salt Spring Island. The location is on beautiful St.Mary's Lake which is tranquil, quiet (no motor boats!) and lovely. Our 2 young daughters learned to fish on the dock and we enjoyed the view across the lake to a tree-covered hill. It was a bonus that we could bring our Labrador who swam with the kids in the lake. The location was perfect for our family get-away from busy schedules. Tania and Jose were gracious hosts and maintained a nice balance of giving us privacy and being available to provide recommendations.
That being said, there were a few "surprises" based on what we expected from the description on TripAdvisor and we think these are worth noting to manage expectations of future guests. First, the cabin is behind the main house and is more like a guesthouse vs. stand-alone cabin, so it is not totally private. Several of the amenities are actually part of the main house (hot tub, washer/dryer) -- not a big deal, but different from what description might lead you to believe. Second, being on a sensitive septic system there were some issues with the water that we didn't anticipate. Water was provided in jugs for drinking and washing dishes which was a slight inconvenience, but Jose was diligent about providing fresh water when we needed it. More unexpected for us was that we couldn't flush toilet paper--again, not a big deal if you know ahead of time. Although the indoor space was a little tight for our family of 4, the overall location, french doors onto the deck and beautiful weather more than compensated. It would be perfect for 2.
Overall, the experience was wonderful and the location more than overcame any disappointment related to missed expectations. We would recommend a stay at the Magic Lamp for a quiet, tranquil vacation at a beautiful lake-side location.
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