Needs More Thought, But Acceptable
We stayed here for a week in August. The location is fine; it’s out of the busy area and headed on the road to Naramata where most of the wineries are, with a view of the lake in the distance. It is at the top of a huge hill though, so it’s a vigorous walk or cycle into town and back.
We found the layout inside to be odd. For example, there are no wardrobes, only a tiny hanging rail in the kitchen cupboard measuring 3ft. If you have more than two people i'm not clear where your clothes are meant to go. The second bedroom has sleeping room only, there is zero space for anything apart from the bed. Fortunately we put our two suitcases on the spare bed and lived out of those. A chest of drawers is available in main bedroom. The lounge is large and the HD TV is excellent. The ceilings are low and the bathroom is tiny with a shower. Not an issue for us, but could be if you're high-maintenance. Main bed was quite soft, no TV in the bedroom (a good thing).
Kitchen is large and washer/dryer excellent. BUT...there are no cooking facilities: only a microwave and a small toaster! So where are you supposed to cook? Yet there is a large fridge. I presume a lot of families are wishing to stay and avoid the cost of eating out all the time: a hotplate would have been a minimum requirement. I wouldn't like to turn up and find out that my holiday budget is blown, because I have nowhere to cook and have to eat out every night! Website needs to show this.
There is a BBQ available for use; however this is around the back of the property and is also used by the house owners…which could result in a conflict of interest if the owners were there. You also have to pre-prepare all your food in the kitchen, then carry it upstairs and round to the BBQ behind the house. Not fun if it’s raining!
For some reason all the cups and glasses etc are found in the bedroom, there just doesn't seem to be much thought into where things are placed.
I don’t want to be all-negative in our review. I understand that the owners have only recently ventured into the B&B market. It could be a great little place, but they need to buy a wardrobe and a cooker and be clearer in detail when marketing their website advertisement.
Jesse the 13-year old Labrador was our friend for the week and made up for our frustrations with the property. We would have taken him back with us!
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Ann-Marit. We have since purchased a wardrobe and a hot plate for the suite. We are sorry that you had missed in the ad where we mention no meals provided and limited kitchen facilities. The issue of the shared BBQ is not a problem. Our guests will always have priority. We are just starting out in this business and it is a learning process. We appreciate any feedback.
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