Outside Kamloops B.C., way up in the hills overlooking several small lakes, over about 5kms of unsealed road, is this spectacular cedar holiday ranch property, owned and operated by a couple who also own Amsterdam restaurant in the city itself. You can tell how much this friendly, couple love their work and what a fabulous place for children! Bernadette is wonderfully patient with them and with her 11 horses. Plenty to do: ring and trail riding, hikes higher up into the hills above the lodge with wonderful views to the Kamloops basin, collecting eggs from the domestic chickens (21 eggs on one day), Daisy and Mollie the excessively friendly dogs, birds, wildlife. We even watched a bluebird couple building their nest in a little nesting box less than 5 metres from the lodge. Martin is a chef and his food is delicious and copious. Try his Dutch pancakes! We had indifferent weather, but the afternoons delivered and the mud dried up very quickly. Lovely games room above the lodge eating/lounge downstairs area. All very friendly and open plan. Our three children didn't want to leave and all plan to come back - and it's a very long way to return from New Zealand! Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campbell Hills Guest Ranch offers the perfect seasonal horseback riding Vacation, close to Kamloops. Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst open meadows, and timbered mountains in the heart of Cattle Country BC. Come and enjoy horseback riding with a natural horsemanship approach for beginners and the more advanced riders. We offer different levels trail riding based on skills. We set you up for a pleasant and enjoyable ride. We also encourage guests to participate in getting the horses, grooming etc. For the non riders we offer hiking or mountain biking in the wilderness, bird watching, kayaking on Campbell Lake or just take advantage of plain rest and relaxation! Enjoy beautiful views of gleaming Campbell Lake and the Monte Hills right out of your window. Don't miss out on the scenic morning sun rising above the lake. As a small all inclusive resort we can accommodate up to 16 guests. We also offer morning or afternoon packages and a variety of horseback riding tours for 8yrs and older! Trail rides combined with either lunch or dinner plus natural horsemanship introduction! Quality, comfort and safety are very important to us. Decorated in a Western motif, you'll see Bernadette's care for detail in every room. All beds have premium quality mattresses, pillow, duvets, towels plus complimentary toiletries. The main lodge is very intimate and welcomes you to make yourself at home, with its family style dining area, the kitchen of every cook's dream, overstuffed couches and river rock fireplace in the Wild Horse Saloon. The inviting reading loft has many Western novels, and other best sellers. Many Gourmet Buffet and Barbeque dinners are served on our wide-open deck that looks out over Campbell Lake. ... more less