Welcome to Seido-en
A unique Japanese-style forest house vacation rental accommodation on Salt Spring Island, BC
Originally called Chu-An by the first inhabitants, Salt Spring Island has been known as a place of peace and healing for centuries. Today this powerful energy still exists and attracts visitors to return again and again. A jewel in the Salish Sea, Salt Spring Island’s forest and ocean environment offers a mild climate for year-round enjoyment of the outdoors.
Seido-en Forest House was built in 1994 by well-known natural-earth architect Meror Krayenhoff and owner Wendy Webb. It is a retreat to an environment, which enhances nature and refuge from daily life, helping guests to heal and restore. One can go within to relax and be silent, or explore and enjoy everything Salt Spring Island has to offer.
From the moment you see Buddha, walk over the bridge and through the meticulously crafted Japanese entry door, you will leave everyday cares behind. From the lower patio, a path winds its way through the trees and a small Tori Gate into the Meditation Garden. On the journey are various places to sit and contemplate in peace, listen to the bird chorus and Gamelan-tuned wind chimes, and reconnect with the forest spirits.
Just steps outside the door, a private hot tub is nestled in the forest, along with an outdoor shower temple for shelter and changing. There is nothing quite like a soothing hot shower and soak in nature while stars peek through the forest canopy.
A full kitchen gives you the opportunity to mindfully prepare your own meals from locally grown and produced ingredients. Salt Spring Island is home to many organic farms, artisan wineries, cheese makers and bakeries — several are all within a half hour walk or 5 min drive of Seido-en.
Lay back in the sunken soaker tub — large enough for two. Let the music and candlelight take your gaze beyond the round window into six acres of woods. Step out onto hot water heated floors, which are throughout the entire building.
Weary from your day, climb the loft ladder to a comfortable, queen-size futon on tatami mats. The large round window affords a vista through the trees, while the skylight opens to allow in the breeze.
Seido-en has been a chance to let go of all the busy-ness of our day to day lives. As we depart and head home, we take with us a feeling of groundedness, calm, joy and deep gratitude for the beauty of life.
Richard & Terry Ann – Victoria, BC