This video features the 12 by 14 foot Lavender Room terrace garden at the Gingerbread Cottage. It has Victorian hanging moss baskets, a beautiful rose garden, an herb garden, and pots filled with lavender, which give the room its name. There is a spacious table, lounge chairs and a bench, with two umbrellas. Vanessa shows you the room here:

Very romantic, the Lavender Room has Alphonse Mucha prints and a queen size bed, excellent for honeymooning, anniversaries, or simply treating yourself. It has a private antique bathroom with a claw foot soaker tub and its own spacious balcony filled with lavender and herbs, perfect for lounging around on sunny days.

The rooms at the Gingerbread Cottage are equipped with Wi-Fi, television, and everything a modern traveler would expect, each with its own unique en suite bathroom with all the supplies people generally need, so you can just bring your clothes and devices. Among the many great aspects of the Gingerbread Cottage are semi-private entrances that go right up to the rooms. Being a renovated duplex, the house itself has many party walls, making it quiet and private for your stay. Each room has its own theme and charming appeal.

Vanessa von Schellwitz is the owner operator of the Gingerbread Cottage Bed and Breakfast, an idyllic 1905 heritage B&B in beautiful downtown Victoria BC, a half block off the Salish Sea. Website is

As a child, Vanessa was a real life “Heidi” living in the Eschen Villa on the clean, cold alpine Attersee Lake, in Seewalchen Austria, 50 KM East of Salzburg

Vanessa’s birthplace was located 50 meters from her Godmother’s famous Paulick Villa – the Summer Playground to Vienna’s Elite Art Noveau Community including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Richard Teschner and Friedrich Paulick at the turn of the 19th century.

In fact, the aunt of Vanessas’ Godmother, Gertrude Floege, was the famous fashion designer Emelia Floege – life companion of the famous artist Gustav Klimt who frequently painted at the Paulick Villa..

Also the last Countess Maria dei Medici, who lived adjacent to the Eschen Villa hand wrote a poem for Vanessa as a child… Not many People can say that!

Vanessa got her teaching Degree in Salzburg but her real love and talents were for cooking.. after moving to Vancouver Island, she honed her “chef skills” under the eye of her brother in law Dieter von Schellwitz who had been the first executive chef at the famous Ilikai Resort in Waikiki, and had chef career in New York and San Francisco.

Coming to Vancouver Island via Culture City itself – Salzburg Austria – A true Austrian,Vanessa has pure Mozart flowing through her veins and a delicious piping hot Austrian ApfelStrudel in the Oven for her many guests! Vanessa and her “70’s husband” owned and operated the Austrian Chalet, an 80 room hotel with 3 Restaurants in Campbell River BC

Vanessa spent many years as Victoria BC’s busiest and most Versatile Culinary Instructor from her Veni. Vidi, Coxi Cooking School, and operating her busy “Vienna Catering” Business
Author of 7 Cookbooks, Vanessa also wrote a food Column, had her own TV cooking show and did food styling for other local authors. You can purchase her cookbook online in a PDF format

Vanessa makes all her guests feel like Austrian Royalty in her c. 1905 Victorian “Arts and Crafts Heritage Home” with Cozy Themed rooms and Elegant 3 Course Breakfasts in her “Bavarian Gasthaus” Style Breakfast Room
Please Feel Free to Contact us for booking information. Call Toll free 1-877-767-2121 iMessage or Text 250-812-5457 Email:

Closed Captioning and Description Editing by Kris Brandhagen.
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