My wife and I have been visiting the Nanaimo/Parksville areas for several years now. We have stayed at the highest rated accommodations in the area, which include hotels and self catering cottages but never a B&B, so this was a first for us. I can tell you that this B&B provided us with a 5 star experience in every sense of the word.
The house nestles into the side of a large hill overlooking Departure Bay. It is near the top of the hill, and the views are absolutely magnificent.
The house initially presents as a single level built off to the right side of the brick driveway. There is adequate parking in the driveway for several cars. The entrance to the house is unexpectedly breathtaking, as you step into the entrance hall and are treated to breathtaking views of Nanaimo's Departure Bay. We were greeted by the charming and hospitable hosts, Neil and Vivian.
Vivian is a past interior decorator and it shows, everywhere you look. The house is spacious, light, beautifully laid it and impeccably clean. It is spread across 3 levels, the top level encompassing the owners' suite, a handsome dining room, an attractive breakfast nook, and then a gorgeous deck overlooking Departure Bay, where our gracious hosts treated us to a most enjoyable cheese and wine reception.
The middle level has a comfortable visitors lounge decorated in a classic style, and outside is a large hot tub on a second deck, also overlooking Departure Bay. The bedroom on this deck is spacious, comfortable, has a bathroom that can be used as an en-suite, and yet another sweeping view of the Bay.
We stayed in the suite on the lowest level. It lacked the Bay view, but it was larger, it had a fireplace, a sitting area, a kitchenette, a spacious bathroom with a rain shower and a heated floor, and the use of a small private courtyard which we would have used had we not hit a rainy spell. Our visit however was by no means compromised by the weather, such was the quality and comfort of the accommodations.
But I have left the best for last. the breakfasts, ,oh, the breakfasts! A completely different breakfast every day, fresh, delicious, light and filling, nothing like most people ever experience.
Finally, it's not only thanks to the comfortable beds and the quiet environment that one gets such a good night's sleep. This residence has been constructed so as to be almost completely soundproof. When we were in our room, we were absolutely unaware that there was another person in the entire residence.
So we will be back of course, and hopefully this B&B won't be fully booked for the entire season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovely home with panoramic views of the harbour, downtown, Newcastle island and Gabriola island. 8 minutes from the Vancouver to Nanaimo ferry and yet once arrived, one feels miles from the hustle and bustle. Sunny south facing rooms, large guest lounge with billiard table, hostess counter, TV, library. Top quality beds, beautiful linens for a luxury sleep. Breakfasts a culinary delight! ... more less