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Joyce House Bed & Breakfast
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Joyce House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #29 of 48 Kelowna B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We recently spent two nights at the Joyce House B&B. This renovated 100 year old house has lots of character and is well located away from traffic noise, yet is only a pleasant walk from both downtown Kelowna and Pandosy Village.
Judy and Keith were very good and considerate hosts, and we were very comfortable spending time with them. Breakfasts were full of flavours, often using their own, or neighbours, fruits and vegetables.
They were full of acitivity ideas despite the time of year (mid November), and local information.
We will certainly stay again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Keith and Judy are the ideal hosts! I had a most enjoyable 24-day stay, in a nicely decorated room, with a very comfortable queen-sized bed, large closet, TV, private bathroom, etc. This beautiful, large heritage home is impeccable, tastefully furnished, and well equipped with one's needs for an extended stay.

Other guests, regulars from Canada and many who travelled from all over the world, and the couple's friends who dropped in, were always very interesting and delightful company. In the evenings, we all sat in the large, cozy living room to chat. One evening, a musician guest played the organ while we sang old hits; and to my delight, a talented boy played Beethoven and some classical music one morning after breakfast.

Aside from the usual scrumptious breakfasts tailored to each guest's health demands (guests with allergies & diabetes are very pleased to find this place), Judy would always hand me a bag of her homemade muffins on my way out. Or Keith would give me some succulent plums and grapes freshly picked from their garden. On coming "home" late in the day, they would invite me to join them on the front porch for some wine and delightful hors d'oevres prepared by Judy. I was so taken by this couple's friendliness and hospitality, that I offered to make dinner one evening which we all enjoyed with some of Keith's homemade wine and Judy's lovely Okanagan peach desert.

Not only did I enjoy Keith & Judy's warm hospitality but also the wonderful company of their very interesting friends. I was very lucky to find this peaceful location with it's proximity to the beach, to the waterfront promenade & park and to downtown Kelowna - all within easy walking distance. I look forward to staying at Joyce House on my upcoming visit next year. Judy & Keith mentioned that they would be pleased to offer me a good rate off-season or for a long stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Location was good - walking distance to restaurants etc., AMAZING breakfast - different every day with lots of yummi home made stuff, interesting story to the building and helpful hosts who also let us pick grapes and plums ourselves from their back yard. Also had a good time chatting to other guests staying there over breakfast and in the evenings.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Patzi
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We arrived to be greeted by Keith who showed us around and Judy who was coming in from picking fresh cherries for our room. Keith showed us how to get to the wineries on the map and agreed to lend us them for our trip. Off we went and had a wonderful excursion, returning to the most comfortable bed in the world that evening. The next morning we had breakfast with the other guests from England, Italy and S.Africa whilst Judy and Keith served us a wonderful asparagus souffle with fresh fruit, coffee, muffins and toast -- all freshly made by Judy in the Joyce House kitchen. We enjoyed great conversation with our hosts joining in when they had a chance between trips to the kitchen to serve us coffee refills. Off we went to enjoy the festivities in Kelowna and returned in the evening to be greeted by our charming hosts and had a most enjoyable conversation on the veranda of their glorious heritage house. It was remarkably comfortable inside and out. The next morning we had a fantastic breakfast again of fluffy oatmeal pancakes and sausages served with Judy's fabulous home made rhubarb/strawberry jam, current jelly and real maple syrup. Again, wonderful conversation with the other guests and a quick trip to the cherry tree to pick some for the trip home and sadly, we had to leave this most magical place called Joyce House B&B.

Room Tip: Peggy's room is the one we choose,. It has a queen size bed (the most comfortable sleep you wil...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Val C
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

A "home away from home" is the best way to describe Joyce House, and not a word of exaggeration. This 100-year-old bed and breakfast is one of the very few such heritage homes that has been spared the destruction of modernization sweeping across the fast-growing city of Kelowna.
In fact, owners Keith and Judy Standing spent a great deal of time and loving care restoring the house, which had been converted to a duplex by previous owners and had suffered much neglect. A beautifully inlaid 1940s-era wooden floor was revealed in the dining room and lovingly restored. Period furniture adorns every room, effortlessly blending into the early 20th century feel. The lack of carpets will appeal to those who suffer allergies. Fine examples of period art put the final touch of authenticity to the decor.
Judy is a fantastic cook and is happy to cater to those such as myself with food allergies. She is one of the few who seems to have mastered fail-safe non-gluten recipes that taste as good as they look. Homemade preserves such as boysenberry syrup for pancakes are positively excellent and breakfast at Joyce House is practically gourmet fare.
Joyce House has become our "regular" now when we visit Kelowna, not least due to the easygoing personality of Keith and our shared interest in history. Both Keith and Judy are fine conversationalists, drawing on their extensive travel experiences, and very helpful in directing us to local amenities. A five-star B&B yet as comfy and warm as home.

Room Tip: For those planning longer stays, pay a little more to get one of the two rooms that have en-suite ba...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

loved this place, rooms were so clean and cozy, the breakfasts fit for a king, just amazing with homemade jams and juices, Keith & Judy our hosts were so accomodating for our whole group. They stored our bikes in the garage and we made good use of the bbq and hot tub and were made to feel so welcome in their home. An easy 10 minute walk to the beach and downtown. a great holiday at a great place, will definitely be back! Wendie

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Judy and Keith instantly treated us like family. They graciously opened up their home to our group of nine people. Their location is a close walk to the beach or downtown area and an easy drive for us to cycle the Kettle Valley Railway or tour the local wineries. The B & B is an immaculately restored and spacious heritage home. Our hosts were very knowledgeable and offered helpful advice on local restaurants and activities, as well as very reasonable rates. We would definitely recommend staying here.

Room Tip: We stayed in Annie's room. It was the best because it has a sun room with a small fridge and TV...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Val R
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Additional Information about Joyce House Bed & Breakfast

Address: 455 Park Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 5R3, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Kelowna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Kelowna
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifully restored heritage home in central Kelowna, 2 blocks from the lake and 6 blocks from downtown. We serve a full breakfast and can cater to any special dietary requirements. ... more   less 
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Joyce House Bed & Breakfast Kelowna, Okanagan Valley

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