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ThistleDown House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   3910 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J2, Canada   |  
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Scotland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“It just gets better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We returned to ThistleDown after a break of six years and, despite having very clear memories of what to expect, we were knocked-out (again) by the warmth, hospitality and kindness of our hosts. Rex and Liz (Ruth was travelling) just couldn't do enough for us and both are absolute fonts of knowledge on things to do, places to go, places to eat etc. in Greater Vancouver and, as we verified the following week, on Vancouver Island too.

Under the Apple Tree is still a great room for a getaway with someone special but my sister, who travelled with us, absolutely loved Mulberry Peek and we know other folk who say the same. But really, at ThistleDown, the room you take isn't overwhelmingly important - it's the innkeepers who make your stay special and the range of other guests you meet who make you think differently about stuff that combine to make it memorable.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

The hiking in the old-growth forest and hiking along the Capilano River, a five-minute walk from TD House, was spectacular and a wonderful way to begin the day, followed by a delicious and beautifully-presented THREE-course breakfast, was only surpassed by the comfortable and beautiful room. But best of all was the gracious management, Rex and Liz (the cook). The house and grounds are beautiful, set in North Vancouver, a short ride from downtown Vancouver (great restaurants, Museum of Anthropology, gardens and parks), Grouse Mountain (the "Grind" is a must for serious hikers intent on dashing up a steep pitch at high-speed, with excellent view of the surrounding area), Their knowledge of the area, places to go, how to get there, was invaluable and simply added to our great experience. We will definitely come back to the Scottish and BC hospitality of ThistleDown House!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

Staying at the Thistle Down was a wonderful start for our three week long trip. It has been our second time there after 2009 and we are sure it wasn’t our last. Ruth, Rex and Liz run their B&B with a lot of passion and offer unsurpassed hospitality. Their delicious and artfully breakfasts are a delight every single morning!

The rooms are very comfortable and tastefully equipped – you just have to decide whether you want to relax in the privacy of your room or out in the gorgeous garden. Situated in North Vancouver, the B&B is very quiet if you want to relax, but yet close enough to drive to downtown Vancouver e. g. for sightseeing or dinner. The famous Capilano Suspension Bridge – a sight you should not miss – is within short walking distance of the Thistle Down.
All in all, we are convinced: There’s no better place to stay during a visit in Vancouver!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ketchikan, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

We have never really stayed in to many B & B's prefering hotel's but guess what after this we will find it hard to stay in another hotel ever again. The personal touch that Ruth, Rex and Liz provide is unsurpassed, from the beautiful rooms, house and furnishings, to the wonderful breakfast. We were absolutly blowen away by our stay nothing was a problem it is very close to the suspension bridge and their is a bus stop right outside which takes you to Grouse Mountain or to the North Vancouver ferry terminal which provides easy access to Downtown. We were treated just like family I cannot say enough about Thistle Down House and there hosts our stay was unforgetable hope we get back there one day.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

The owners are gracious hosts, the B and B is in a perfect location for the suspension bridge and super-quick drives into the city, and I can't say enough about the breakfasts -- unique, customized and delicious. Thank you, Ruth, Rex and Liz for a terrific stay. We hope to see you again!

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Burlington, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

The last line from the film, Casablanca, seems appropriate as I reflect on my totally unplanned stay at Thistle Down House on June 7, 2011. A knock at the door answered by Inn Keeper Liz was rewarded with the news that two rooms were available that evening. Both were beautiful and I opted for the turret like second floor accomodation with a rooftop walkout. From the first moment it was an environment that felt warm and inviting within the circa 1920 Arts and Crafts style home that Rex, Ruth and Liz nurture with care and attention to detail. One just has to scan the titles of their library's books to see that this is an enrichened atmosphere reflecting the hosts' values and interests. This is complemented by the immaculate gardens and grounds accessed by a key-hole driveway entrance that leads to a secluded oasis close to many attractions. The living room and verandah were two of my favourite spaces. An encore is definitely on the agenda. The next time my wife will come along and also appreciate the thoughtful presence of Liz, Rex and Ruth in addition to the many quality features of the home and gardens. Life can easily be lived well here.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

This is a wonderful bed and breakfast. It is obvious the hosts love doing this and have paid attention to every detail. They were friendly, welcoming and helpful. The accommodation is lovely and the breakfast was fantastic - probably the best we experienced on our 9-day holiday. We arrived completely drenched from having walked in the rain and they were totally unphased. It was a true experience. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 3910 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J2, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > North Vancouver
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in North Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — ThistleDown House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A highly acclaimed, award-winning 1920 heritage-listed Craftsman style property fully restored and filled with fine antiques and works of art from around the world. Six rooms, all en suite, are beautifully finished and furnished and equipped with many amenities. Afternoon tea is served and breakfast is deliciously creative and multi-course. Fifteen minutes from the core of the city, ThistleDown House is situated on Vancouver's spectacular North Shore. ... more   less 
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