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Lovely Private Suite Located On Vineyard On Naramata Bench

38 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Penticton 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
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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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. We have recently added a new guest room available to rent for $150/night. It is pretty gorgeous.

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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Lovely Private Suite Located On Vineyard On Naramata Bench
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 47 reviews

Home is where the vineyard is!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay at Gjoa's vineyard and it was even better than the first... because we were here for longer :) My husband and I stayed from September 2-9, planned around our anniversary, and it was so perfect (minus the hit and miss weather during the week). If you want a place where you can truly call home during your time away from home, this is it. Gjoa and John have thought of all the little things that just make things easier while on vacation. The kitchen is stocked with all you could need, the living room,/dining area is most comfortable for relaxing and or enjoying a meal, and you have the best view from the patio - right onto the vineyard. As the nights were cool, we much enjoyed the wood burning fireplace and blankets to curl up with while enjoying a glass of wine. We also enjoyed a few games of Yahtzee that was provided. John called the first morning of our stay to make sure we had all that we needed and all was going well so far, which is appreciated in case we did have questions.

Amenities in the area are plentiful and easily accessible. KVR trail access is steps from the front door making for lovely runs/walks. Wineries are all around offering plenty of opportunity for tastings, Penticton offers some lovely tennis courts which we took full advantage of when the weather permitted. The Bench market on your way into town is our favorite breakfast spot - the Bench Burrito is a must try... be sure to try it at least once with churizo. We made a couple day trips down to Osoyoos and Oliver for some more wine tastings and dinner. - staying at Gjoa's was the perfect hub.

If I could give more than 5 stars in this review I would - it's everything you could want in a get away - beautiful views, amenities, comfort and wine!

Thanks again John and Gjoa - look forward to a future stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and Happy Anniversary. I'm glad you made your way down to Skaha Lake Park. Tennis, trees, beach, ice cream .... how can you go wrong.
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Review: additional guest room

  • 5 of 5

Gjoa’s Vineyards is a culmination of all the “must haves” we look for in the perfect place. The air conditioned suite is private, clean and the ideal size for a couple. The bed is super comfortable, the rain shower luxurious, the kitchenette is perfect for preparing a cheese platter or a lite snack and the deck offers a shady retreat from the summer heat with a great view of the vineyards and glimpse of the lake.

The location of the property is fantastic. Gjoa’s has great access to the Kettle Valley Trail and is within 5 minutes’ walk of several wineries, a cheesery and one of the top restaurants on the bench. And we couldn’t ask for better hosts. Both John and Gjoa are super friendly and helpful.

At the end of the day when the sun has set and you’ve retired from the day’s activities, you’ll find the leather recliners calling your name. Feet up, glass of red… what more could you want?

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Quiet Property Nestled Amongst the Vines

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to stay, just outside of town and nestled amongst the vines! My husband and I were in Penticton for the Challenge Triathlon and the location was perfect for pre-race and race day activities - close to town, but out of the fray of the masses. We enjoyed spending every evening on the back patio soaking up the views of the grape vines and stunning sunsets. With access to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail literally one minute from the front door, we had access to trails for running and biking before the race and for walking to numerous wineries post-race. The location honestly could not have been any better. The accommodations themselves were also quite nice - the kitchen was well appointed, and the living space and bedroom were very comfortable. We slept like babies listening to the coyotes in the distance. We highly recommend this property and can't wait for our next visit! Thank you, Gjoa and John, for such a wonderful stay!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the very nice review. You travelled a long way from California wine country to Okanagan wine country so we're glad you had a good time. Come back and visit us any time.
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Another Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here in as many years. Our stay was exactly what we'd come to expect from it and we had another amazing stay. Everything we needed was readily available to us and the unit is very nice. It is a very quiet place and enjoyable place to stay. We highly recommend this property for your next vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nirvana in Naramata

  • 5 of 5

The suite is tastefully decorated, well-appointed and the location can't be beat. We were lucky enough to secure a reservation due to a cancellation and have nothing but good things to say about our stay. John & Gjoa were very friendly and helpful in recommending places to eat & wineries to visit.

The main reason for our trip was to ride the KVR Trail from Kelowna to Penticton. We were thrilled to discover that the trail let out right at Gjoa's Vineyard. Arriving back into the comfort & tranquility of the suite after a long ride was perfection.

Thanks John & Gjoa, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cochrane, AB, Canada

Our favorite vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Gjoa's Vineyard and won't be our last!! Gjoa and John have thought of everything that any guest could ever wish for on vacation! The suite is wonderfully appointed, clean and the beds are incredibly comfortable. The kitchen has everything a chef could want to create a meal! The location is spectacular--you will love the view of the vineyards and the lake from the deck! We can't wait to return to our favorite vacation destination next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Toni & Dave. It's hard to believe you've stayed with us three times but I have a pretty good feeling that your fourth visit will be extra special. Gjoa and I can't wait for the big day ....
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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
Spring shoulder
May 1 2017 - Jun 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Jun 27 2017 - Oct 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest
Autumn shoulder
Oct 2 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 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 for Guest Suite and more information, $1200 month including all utilities and cable (excludes phone).

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

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Penticton Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
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 , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 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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