There are many reasons why Serenata fully deserves its number 1 rating on Tripadvisor. First is its location, nestled amongst the vineyards on the northern edge of Penticton, about 8 km south of Naramata, on the sunny side of the lake. The B&B is situated on a hillside, 10.5 acre estate just off the Lower Bench road. The property is impeccably landscaped with a fine lawn, garden, trees and grapevines. The place is amazingly tranquil, yet within a 20-minute walk of three of the area's finest restaurants--the Kitchen (at Misconduct Winery), the Vanilla Pod (at Poplar Grove) and Hillside Estates--and a 5-minute drive to some of Penticton's finer dining spots.
Colleen and Jake, the hosts of Serenata, immediately made us feel at home, offering us a welcome drink and plenty of information on arrival, as well as a bottle of their own 3-mile winery's delicious Trio Meritage blend. It was a pleasure to chat with both of them, and they have a wealth of information about anything and everything to see and do in the area.
We stayed in room number 2, which had a terrific view of the front garden, lake and surrounding vineyards. It was spotlessly clean, spacious, very tastefully appointed and exceptionally quiet--despite being full or nearly full for the three nights that we stayed, we never heard a sound from the other rooms. Before checking in, I was a bit concerned that the Serenata website made no mention of air conditioning, which is definitely a consideration when the outside temperature is 30-plus degrees, but was relieved to find that the entire house had central air conditioning, which was kept to a perfect temperature both day and night. The room also had a controllable ceiling fan, which not only served a practical function, but positively contributed to the decor and ambiance.
Breakfasts were excellent and served outside on the back garden patio. The first day we had a delicious omelette, the second day we had whole wheat flour pancakes with local berries, and the third day we had a fantastic frittata. Every breakfast included coffee, orange juice and fresh fruit from the area.
Serenata is an ideal spot for a tranquil--yet not isolated--and romantic getaway. The rooms are not cheap, but considering the deluxe accommodation, the friendly hospitality, the superb location with a view of the lake, and the fact that it was high season, this B&B was excellent value. I highly recommend it and can't wait to go back!
Many thanks to Colleen and Jake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Beautiful Vineyard Retreat overlooking the Okanagan Lake & Valley within the heart of the Naramata Bench Wine Region. Offering Elegant and Luxurious Accommodations on 10 acres of pristine hillside with spectacular views of the surrounding orchards, vineyards with stunning valley and lake views. Choose 1 of 4 beautiful Luxury Guestrooms or enjoy the total privacy of the Courtyard Suite offering 1, 2 or 3 bedroom options for an intimate or group getaway. All offer sophistication within a setting of pure comfort with special touches that promote pure relaxation, romance or adventure. It is all here just waiting for you to explore at Serenata...on the Naramata Bench. ... more less
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