Nestled on a rocky outcrop on the sea’s edge, with a panoramic overview of the Satellite Channel; tranquil home to a pod of whales and flocks of coastal birds; the beautiful estate known as “Seaholme” sits imposingly.
This grand masterpiece is a jewel of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island.
On a prime location, the property is found in quiet, semi-rural North Saanich on the northern tip of the bountiful Saanich Peninsula. With its secluded charm and convenient access to the quaint seaside town of Sidney, Victoria International Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to the south, North Saanich is recognized as one of Canada’s premier neighbourhoods.
Conceived by the owners with no expense spared and brought to life by lauded local architect Jim Grieve, this regal estate is a culmination of seven years of painstaking work by a collection of Canada’s finest crafts people.
The estate has set a standard of luxury for years to come.
Guarded by heavyset stone and iron gates the property lies hidden from view.
Proceeding down a long winding interlock brick driveway, one passes a lush west coast forest and gardens. A cast iron pergola and iron fountains dot the park-like landscape.
Built completely on site, this English-Georgian style manor’s bespoke construction is apparent from the moment it comes into view.
The home’s outer walls are of hand cut stone finished with cast and acid etched stone mouldings and trim. Its roof a cap of slate shining with copper gutters and down spouts.
Within this elegant abode, intricate details and exotic materials intermingle to create a living space that is as comfortable and inviting as it is opulent. Vaulted, coffered, barrelled, and stained glass ceilings abound, soaring to heights reaching 15 to 18 feet throughout, while massive picture windows invite light to dance along marble floors.
The main floor boasts large balconies that wrap the full length of the home’s waterfront side. Accessible from the main floor master, great room, library and mahogany panelled family room, these balconies have their own fireplaces to enjoy the sea air and a glass of wine year round.
Principal among these is the expansive glass enclosed east-wing terrace off the family room. This area enjoys a barrelled ceiling, built-in heaters, its own stone fireplace, and a cozy seating and dining area.
The home’s lower level boasts a sumptuous wine and scotch cellar, prep kitchen, unique panelled office with its own private bathroom, walk-in closet and elevator access, as well as two full guest suites and lovely garden room. These spaces open to a magnificent property length Basalt stone patio and lawn. A sunken garden with iron fountain punctuates the patio’s center; welcoming groups large and small to convene at its water’s edge. Exceptionally suited to hosting events and guests, the patio’s western side widens to accommodate a formal dining alcove, semi-enclosed by a handsomely curved stone wall.
To soak away stress and take in the gorgeous sea views, the eastern side of the patio accommodates a covered sunken hot tub and stone fireplace with built-in heaters, a bathroom and changing room, as well as access to the main floor.
As robust as the home itself, a seawall runs the length of the waterfront culminating in a built-in boathouse with an integrated rail system from which to launch your craft and explore the world-famous waters of the nearby Gulf Islands National park Reserve.
This is a one-of-a-kind, world-class home just waiting to be seen and enjoyed.