Ocean Home

April/May 2012

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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One of the first things Wolfswinkel did was build what would become a guest cottage—she named it The Hobbit Man- sion—which served as her home during the course of the decade-long building project. She called upon the talents of James Grieve Design LTD of Victoria to design the cottage, as well as her conservatory, called Orchid House. The original home on the site, owned for When the owner of this breathtaking home and property first came here 11 years ago, the physical beauty of the place caught her heart and simultaneously served as the inspiration for creating this head-turning architectural masterpiece that so beauti- fully honors the land it stands on. Not only is this property, with near 300-degree water views with two beaches, a magical find, but it also evokes a spiritual feeling of calm and natural beauty like no other property its owner has seen. Perhaps it's no coincidence that the property served as a safe haven for the First Nation's People prior to the 1600s and is a somewhat a his- torical site. And being located on the tropi- cal jet stream, it is also the most temperate climate in all of Canada. "I can't really explain it, says Bernadette seaside sanctuary Opposite, Milles Fleurs enjoys 300-degree views of the water from its peninsular location. Previous spread, a view of the home's main en- trance and ocean backdrop. 64 Wolfswinkel, the homeowner. "People may come for a few days or a week, but they don't want to leave. And I feel it myself. It is very Zen, very comforting." She adds that this beautiful inlet fittingly ends at the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. 25 years by a German movie star, was razed, and Wolfswinkel commissioned Rick Sch- reiber, principal of Schreiber & Associates Architects of Scottsdale, with whom she has teamed on other homes through her fam- ily's development company, to work with her here. Horticulturalist Jim Dawson, who has worked with Wolfswinkel's company for 28 years, joined her on this project to coor- dinate the landscaping. He worked closely with the local landscape firm Rusnak Gal- lant Ltd. to design and build gardens and pathways, with all efforts focused on adding a plethora of new views at every bend and turn and through every window. Schreiber sited the house in the same spot as the original—at the tip of this little peninsula—and designed it to complement the carriage house and conservatory. The styling and architectural details were decid- ed upon after Wolfswinkel pored over many books and old French magazines that the architect had collected over the years. She segregated all of the material she found that would suit her theme, including those that would be recreated with highly specialized craftspeople, or were antiques that could be

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