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The Goat's Head Gatehouse is a quaint, stone chalet designed in the image of National Park Gatehouses and is surrounded by the wilderness of Mt. Robson Park. The unique two story structure offers a sun room with floor to ceiling windows and a massive natural stone wood burning fireplace.
French doors open to a flagstone patio from which to enjoy a morning coffee or, for an evening barbeque to grill that perfect fresh caught trout. The patio overlooks a lovely flower garden with hummingbirds and butterflies and in the background, the glacial peaks of Mt. Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
The post and beam structure of the Gatehouse was made from pine-beetle killed trees that were cut on the property. Stones for the exterior and interior were gathered locally from quarries and cliffsides but one stone from each of the mountain national parks of western North America were also embedded within the walls.
The wood furnishings and woodwork in the gatehouse were made locally by artisans using reclaimed and recycled wood.
The kitchen contains all the amenities needed to make complete meals and make your stay comfortable. It will be equipped with many staples and pantry items so you need not purchase bulky products to carry around e.g. coffee, tea, condiments, spices, oils, vinegars, etc.
There are two baths, one with a free standing large tub in a cedar plank spa-like bathroom---a perfect way to relax and refresh after a day of sight-seeing or hiking. A walk-in shower with stone walls for that ‘au natural’ feeling is on the main level.
The two bedrooms in the loft each contain a queen, custom-made platform bed---both bedrooms overlook the sun room from a balcony. Each bedroom opens to the upstairs bathroom.
Take a gentle hike right from the front door into pristine meadows (a short trail has been mapped out for you) or walk around the twelve acre private property to find the best view of Mt. Robson and Swift Current Creek. A natural waterfall on Swift Current Creek is 300 meters from your door. Sometimes the view is so stunning it's difficult to know which direction to point your camera!
There are many walks and hikes within 5 km of the Gatehouse. Rearguard Falls is the furthest point of travel for Pacific Salmon and they can be seen in late summer by driving a few km and taking a short walk to the waterfall. Overlander Falls and Hargreaves Canyon are scenic short hikes that are also staging areas for raft tours and high level kayaking. The Trail head for the Swift Current Creek trail starts within walking distance of the Gatehouse and leads up the Revelation Valley (Swift Current Creek) to the headwall of the 91st highest waterfall in the world (currently inaccessible except for real adventurers). The world famous Berg Lake Trail and the start of the 110 km long north boundary trail are also within 5 km.
There are restaurants and shops in the nearby towns of Valemount and Jasper---a 55 minute drive---that offer additional amenities, recreational activities and, world renowned mountain vistas.
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We are anxious to offer our gatehouse to guests to enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas and diversity and abundance of wildlife in Mt. Robson Park. The Park sets an example of how wildlife works best i.e., left alone---allowing nature to take its course---little doubt that wildlife thrive in the Park. Ask to see our vast array of wildlife photos caught on our trail cameras: grizzly and black bears, cougars, lynx, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk, moose and the illusive wolverine along with a myriad of small mammals. Also of interest are the many birds and wildflowers that abound in this microclimate, one of the few inland rainforest areas in North America.
Carmen Ottaway purchased this house in 1978
The owners are long time residents of the area. The property borders Swift Current Creek and offers a spectacular view of Mt. Robson---people say our view is unique in Canada.
Perhaps the most exciting part of living here is the wildlife---almost daily a black bear or a deer munching on new shrub growth can be seen in front of the sun room windows. The view is spectacular. The sound of Swift Current Creek is relaxing. The spring water (Norlander Springs) is the freshest and cleanest anywhere---makes for a great cup of coffee and, the air is always filled with the freshness of vegetation.
Having hiked the Berg Lake trail numerous times over 30 years, my wife and I are very familiar with local accommodations. With the passing of Murray and Ishbel and the closing of the Mt. Robson ranch, in my view, there really are no accommodations to match the setting prior to the Stone Gatehouse -- moreover, there really is nothing comparable in Jasper, including the Chateau.
As others have noted, the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms are particularly nice -- of note is the living room -- two story sun room with impressive fireplace and a view of part of Mt. Robson.
The one drawback is the proximity to the highway. It was cool enough on our 5 day stay to be able to keep the windows closed on the road side. While the traffic is not constant, it can be unsettling to be in the woods and hear occasional road noise. For some, this may not be acceptable.
Carmen and Glen are very accommodating. If you prefer, complete privacy, it is your choice.
This is a great place.
Stone Gatehouse is wonderful, and I highly recommend it. We enjoyed our stay there very much. Loved being able to walk to the nearby falls. The house and grounds are beautiful, and we had a restful stay.
We truly enjoyed our stay at the Goat House Guest Cottage in Mt. Robson Provincial Park. My husband and I and our two teenage children stayed for two nights in mid-July. The cottage had every convenience and then some. We have rented homes many times all over the world, and this was the best equipped home among them all. Our hosts even left us a little welcome gift! The house is a small, architectural gem, beautifully decorated. It's located right off of the highway, so that it is convenient to access, but tucked away so that you don't even notice the road, just the surrounding woods and the (partial) view of the mountains. The short hike to the river and waterfall on the property is very nice as well. It's only about a five-minute drive from the visitor center, behind which you can find the trailhead to one of our favorite day hikes in the region....the Berg Lake Trail taken only up to Kinney Lake. There were many other fantastic hikes nearby as well. Our hosts were nearby and available, but still left us to our space and privacy. The only cons aren't really cons, just surprises for us. Both rooms are located in the large loft, which means your privacy is limited. In both bedrooms, one of the room walls is open to the downstairs living space. Also, there are no shades on any of the windows. I wouldn't want to put a covering on any of those gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows that let in the amazing surroundings, but if sunlight disturbs your sleep, you might want to take that into account. (It's light almost all the time in the summer.) Finally, the tub in the upstairs bathroom is not very comfortable for showering. You could easily end up spraying the whole bathroom if you aren't careful. We all used the downstairs bathroom, which was fine. It also has a somewhat unorthodox but architecturally pleasing arrangement, with the shower head mounted in the corner of the stone walls of the bathroom, but no shower curtain to protect the rest of the room from some splashing. It was different, but we liked it fine. Again, not really a con, just something to consider. We highly recommend this rental!
This was such a lovely cottage. Its very close to the Mt. Robson visitor centre and a perfect location if you are hiking to Berg Lake or Kinney Lake. We rode our bikes up to Kinney Lake. It was wonderful!!!
We would definitely stay here again! The cottage was very clean and the kitchen is very well stocked. This cottage is truly a special place where we created wonderful family time. Thank you!
This was our first time using VRBO, so we weren't sure if this property would live up to the photos and the description, but all our expectations were surpassed. The house and grounds are absolutely beautiful, and we felt incredibly comfortable and welcome from the moment we walked through the door. Carmen and Glen thought of everything to make our stay so relaxing and enjoyable. They checked in occasionally to make sure we had everything we needed, but also gave us our privacy and space. Although the house is situated fairly close to the highway, it feels as though you are deep in the woods. If you are coming for the outdoor activities, it's in a great location - lots of local hikes, as well as lots of great options in Jasper (we ran out of time to tackle them all). If you are invested in eating out every night, keep in mind that Jasper is about 45 min away, and there are not a lot of other restaurant options nearby - however, this was not an issue for us whatsoever. The kitchen is so well stocked with staples, and after stocking up on groceries in Jasper, we were happy to relax and have dinner in such a beautiful cottage after a long day of hiking. We are already trying to figure out when we can return!
Hands down this is the best VRBO property we have ever stayed at! I don't even know where to begin! The home is so beautiful inside and out, spotless and meticulously maintained. All the wall to ceiling windows made us feel like we were actually sitting in the woods - nothing in sight except Mt. Robson! So many personal touches inside and out that I can't begin to do it justice with a description.
When we entered the home we found a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers, bottle of wine and welcoming note from Carmen for us. Very well stocked, comfortable beds, linens, fluffy towels. You truly only need to bring fresh produce with you because anything you need is there! There were 4 adults staying in this 2/2 bedroom loft set up and we were quite comfortable. Kitchen is amazing!
Location is quite near Mt. Robson, about an hour from Jasper center, which suited us well as we were very happy to explore the entire area. Glenn gave us great hiking recommendations, one of which was hiking to Kinney Lake - highly recommend this 3 hour round trip, easy hike if you are in the area!. We did go into Valmount (closest town) to visit the Swiss bakery for lunch and sweets, but other than that, there is nothing closer than Jasper for restaurants or shops, if this is what you are looking for. This was NOT a problem for our group, as we wanted to hike and explore the area and enjoyed the drive to Jasper when we wanted "city".
The hosts and hostess allowed us our privacy, yet available with a phone call if needed - very welcoming and helpful. Carmen is a wonderful gardener and the outside of the home was surrounded by beautiful color pots of flowers, sitting benches. We almost did not want to leave the home to explore!
Highest recommendation to anyone who enjoys privacy, the outdoors, luxury accommodations and coming home at night to cook, with a glass of wine in hand, in a beautifully well stocked kitchen, as we do. Thanks for sharing your home with us, Carmen!
heli-skiiing, heli-hiking, helicopter tours, dog sled tours, salmon spawning rivers, gold panning
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