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Gjoa Taylor or John Bilodeau

Member since: 2014
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Speaks: english

Lovely Private Suite Located On Vineyard On Naramata Bench

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Okanagan Valley Studio Rental Photos and Description

Large, Private Self Contained One (*or 2*) Bedroom Suite Located On Vineyard


A cozy little hideaway nestled in with the vineyards and orchards of the Naramata Bench overlooking Lake Okanagan. Our seven acre vineyard is located on the peaceful, sunny side of Lake Okanagan in the heart of wine country. We are a short walk to five wineries and, with the Kettle Valley Trail literally at your doorstep, a short bike ride to several additional wineries as well as the city of Penticton. We are a 5 minute drive to the beach at 3 mile road which is a nice swimming beach. Whether you visit us for the spring blossoms, the warm summer days, the Peach Festival, Wine-Fest or Autumn Harvest you are sure to fall in love with our magical little corner of the world! "Travel + Leisure" named the Okanagan wine area among its best places to travel in 2016. Its recently been named the number one wine region in the world by the "Huffington Post". "Wine Enthusiast Magazine" listed it as one of the 10 best wine travel destinations and "USA Today" ranked it the second best wine region to visit. The Naramata Bench, where Gjoa's Vineyard is located is bursting with over the top natural beauty, has some of the best views in North America.

* Canadians Please Note; for some unexplainable reason VRBO now quotes all its prices in US dollars. Even for Canadian travellers searching Canadian destinations. If you go to "Rates" you will find a well hidden drop down window you can use to change to Canadian dollars. Sorry for any confusion but it is beyond our control.


A wonderful 900 sq. ft. one bedroom fully contained suite with a private patio overlooking Gjoa's Vineyard, Lake Okanagan and the mountains beyond. All you need to bring is your bike, your clubs, a beach blanket and your favorite book.

This suite is for the adult vacationer looking to take in the 24 wineries along the Naramata Bench, the most beautiful area in the Okanagan Valley all while staying in a gorgeous suite overlooking the vineyard, Lake Okanagan and the mountain beyond.


* one bedroom suite with 2 queen beds, goose down comforters with 2 walk-in closets.(**new - 2nd guest room now available, see below for description)

• fully equipped kitchen has a full size fridge, dishwasher, microwave, gas stove, glassware, cutlery and plenty of wine glasses, all the necessities you would have in your own kitchen.

• large dining room comfortably seats 6 adults around the harvest table.

* flat screen TV with DVD player, with plenty of DVD's/books, games, a Bose dock for your iPod and the focal point of the entire suite, a large wood burning fireplace.

* tub/shower, dual flush toilet, hair dryer, plush monogrammed towels and everything you need for a comfortable stay.

* gas barbecue

* high speed wireless internet

* convenient bike storage

** An additional bedroom is available for our guests for a rate of $150/night. It is a large room with queen bed, hardwood floors, walk in closet, gorgeous rain shower with heated floors, small fridge, toaster, coffee maker, kettle, wine glasses, private deck. It is located a short walk outside the main suite yet very private.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Gjoa Taylor or John Bilodeau (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Gjoa Taylor or John Bilodeau

John and Gjoa are professionals who live in Calgary. We have travelled the globe extensively and believe our vineyard and the Naramata Bench is a very special place. We decided to share our place so others can enjoy our vineyard as much as we do. The only sad part for us is not being able to meet all the great people that have stayed at our place in person...someday this will be different when we can make this place our full time home.

Gjoa Taylor or John Bilodeau purchased this studio in 2007

Why Gjoa Taylor or John Bilodeau chose Okanagan Valley

We fell in love with the area and the vineyard on our first visit to the area. The fabulous weather, warm evenings, local organic produce, friendly locals and fabulous wine are some of the best things Canada has to offer. The geography of the area is stunning with the bluffs along the Naramata Bench. I believe Naramata Road is one of the most beautiful drives in Canada. We love the laid back pace of the area, life truly slows down in this gorgeous part of the world...and the wine is getting better every year.

What makes this studio unique

We have renovated the suite over the period we have owned the property to make it more comfortable and enjoyable to our guests. We have tried to think of everything that would make a great stay. Enjoy a wander through the vineyard at dusk to the pergola with a glass of wine in hand. Walk or bike along the KVR trail to visit several wineries that have fabulous wine and great food.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay in this lovely suite! The location is stunning and we hope to find a little place for ourselves with similar views one day! One can dream. Thank you for the hospitality, friendliness and thoughtfulness that makes this such a lovely place to rest and recharge batteries when they are almost depleted.

Many, many thanks, we will be back.
Jun 2015
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based on 32 traveler reviews

Lovely Private Suite Located On Vineyard On Naramata Bench
average rating of 4.96875 based on 41 reviews

The most beautiful place in the Okanagan

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, and 2 of our very good friends stayed at the beautiful Gjoa Vineyard. WOW- I was in heaven the first moments I walked into the guest suite and looked through the sliding doors to see the view of the vineyards, lake and mountains. There is nothing spared in this beautiful suite, everything is perfect, it feels like home. We enjoyed wine tours, some running, and biking, as well as lots of relaxation on the back porch with the breathtaking views. We stayed in the extra private suite that was very comfortable and spacious. The electric recliners were amazing- so comfortable, and the shower had great water pressure. I cannot wait to go back next year. This was truly one of the best vacations I have ever had. Thank you John and Gjoa for sharing a little piece of your heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic time, great place.

  • 5 of 5

We were really happy staying at this property and look forward to returning soon. Great location in a beautiful part of British Columbia. Everything you need right down to the BBQ is here and everything is in excellent condition.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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This property is like a piece od heaven in the Okanagan

  • 5 of 5

We cannot express fully this wonderful property of GJOA VINEYARD. The breath-taking view looking outside the living room and master bed-room windows. The decor inside was very nice, as everything for the comfort of the guests were met and surpassed. There is nothing to bring at this Vineyard except yourselves and expect a lot of R & R.

We enjoyed many wine-tasting tours, both planned and personal. We enjoyed the amenities of both lakes, BBQ's, fantastic outside markets, live entertainment, beautiful walks, countless bike trails, ice cream, fruit stands, nice restaurants, panoramic views in every directions.

The proprioters contact you to see if you need anything and suggest things to see and do as they are knowledgeable about the country. You are made welcome to walk throughout the property and vineyard. Enjoy the California Quails as they can put on a show, they are ready to entertain you when you get up and when you come home, all for free. The little humming birds that hover and suck the nectar from all the beautiful flowers on the property. there are countless other birds and animals that you will experience and see when you sit on their outside patio sipping on a glass of wine and tasting some locally made cheeses and fresh fruits.

We drove all the way down to Ossooyos, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, up to Summerland , Peachland, Kelowna Vernon. All spectacular drives

We highly recommend this to people who want to experience something different from staying in hotels and motels. We are already planning to re-visit GJOA's VINEYARD soon.

An experience that will stay with you for ever.


Phil & Dorrene

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an eloquent review. We are touched. Please come back and visit us again very soon. Gjoa & John
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Great girls getaway!

  • 4 of 5

We were very impressed with the attention to detail of the home we rented for 4 nights. Beds and living furniture super comfy. Very peaceful and very easy access to many wineries, restaurants and food stores. We opted to eat out more than in, but the kitchen had everything you needed for full meal cooking, had we decided to do so. We rented a car, which was easy to get around, so again had no need to use the free bikes available to us.

Will we go back. Yes, yes yes!

Thanks John and Gjoa

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Gjoa's favourite yoga instructor and good friend is now offering outdoor yoga classes at Linden Gardens in Kaleden. So yes, yes, yes you'll have to come back and see us again soon. Cheers, John B.
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Port Moody, BC

Wonderful location on Naramata Bench

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Gjoa's Vineyard over a long weekend in May. The suite was large, very comfortable and very well appointed. Fantastic view over the vineyard and lake! John was a great host and we look forward to going back in the near future! Thanks for sharing your piece of heaven!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much and I hope that one day soon we'll be neighbours. John & Gjoa
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Vancouver, BC

A wonderful anniversary vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Gjoa's Vineyard for a week in September 2015 to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. It was an amazing place to stay. John and Gjoa are very nice and incredibly helpful. Their rental suite is beautiful and within walking distance of several wineries and the Kettle Valley trail. The view from the suite over their garden and vineyard is an amazing site to see each morning when you wake up. You will not be disappointed, and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
600 Kilometres
Hillside Estates
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Penticton Golf
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Highway 97
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Hillside Estates
Nearest Ski
42 Kilometres
Apex Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
3 mile beach
Car: necessary

Meandering country roads and spectacular views with 22 wineries, wine festivals, local farmers market, the town of Naramata (a gorgeous hamlet on the water nearby) beaches, golfing, and outdoor activities abound.

Huffington Post recently named Penticton a top 10 international destination with the local wine industry cited as an important factor in choosing.Events:

Spring Wine Festival April 30th - May 10th 2015

Meadowlark Festival May 14th - 17th 2015

Naramata May Day Celebration May 18th 2015

Northwest Elvis Festival June 26th - 28th 2015

Peach City Beach Antique Car Cruise - June 26th - 28th 2015

Grandfondo Cycling Event - July 12th 2015

Penticton Peach Festival - Aug. 5th - 9th 2015

Challenge Pentiction Triathelon Race - Aug. 30th 2015

Penticton Jazz Fesitval - Sept. 11th - 13th 2015

Naramata Tailgate Party - Sept. 12th 2015

October Wine Festival - Oct 1st - Oct. 11th 2015


Rates & Availability

Penticton Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2016 - Oct 4 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Autumn shoulder
Oct 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

additional newly renovated bedroom with a queen bed, hardwood floors, bathroom with gorgeous shower, walk in closet, private outdoor deck, rate of $150 night in conjunction with suite. Ideal for a group of 4 adults as it allows privacy for each couple with a central cooking area. Contact owner for monthly winter rental rates, $1200 month.

Off season monthly rental available to the right person. Contact owner for more information

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Full refund if you cancel 30 days prior to the first day of your stay

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Okanagan Valley Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , second (new) guest room is available with queen bed
  • 2 walk-in closets available
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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