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“Pristine and Private and absolute gem........”
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East facing view
West facing porch
Dining table and kitchen view
Cooking island and sliding door to deck
Outdoor shower
Living Room windows..facing South
Downstair bedroom
Soaker Tub
Tub with lake view
Second bedroom leading to pond area
The Nest
Deck chairs facing South
Porch table and hammock
Outdoor shower in evening light
End of day at El Nido entrance
Sunrise July 30th
Garden Bench at pond side
Early morning on the deck
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Nelson, Kootenay Rockies, British Columbia

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Napoletan...
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Misleading, Confusing and Rude Host”
Reviewed January 8, 2018 for a stay in January 2018
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I tried to book five nights in August 2018 at the Sanctuary. The flipkey calendar on their site clearly indicates a three night minimum but upon booking I was told that I must book seven nights minimum. After rescheduling my other accommodations to book seven nights at the Sanctuary, Michael then sent me another reply telling me that he only books Saturday to Saturday.

None of this information was indicated on his Flipkey site and when I asked if he could honour the listings three night minimum that he advertised because I couldn't make a Saturday to Saturday week work with my holiday schedule he rudely declined and defended his seven night, Saturday to Saturday restrictions. "As to booking for five nights Tuesday to Sunday ,i shall have to decline as i ALWAYS rent Saturday -Saturday"

Michael seemed very disorganized, sending information in piece meal, very confused about the restrictions of his booking requirements and, most disturbingly ungracious for someone trying to rent out a peaceful sanctuary.

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Eamonn L
Okotoks, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pristine and Private and absolute gem........”
Reviewed October 2, 2016 for a stay in September 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Our family stayed at El Nido the second week in September. My wife, toddler and infant and myself. Great layout and enough space for all. We arrived on a Sunday and were blown away with the stunning property that is "el nido". Directions were spot on and Mick had the place spotless. Its an amazing combination of good old BC rustic charm along with some great updates like the bathtub and steam shower. We spent the week exploring the area and taking in all the area has to offer. Great beaches a few minutes away, hot springs 15 min up the road and Nelson of course about 20 min down the road. We really enjoyed all days on our holiday. The people of Nelson are so friendly and warm. We will be back next summer without doubt. Mick was a treat to meet and chat with. He is a very interesting fella with such a great positive outlook on all things. Very hard not to like!! He even made sure we had some smoked salmon in the freezer to eat......... If you want to get away into one of the nicest places we have spent time I highly recommend staying at Micks place.

Traveling group: Young Children
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nature Lover's Paradise”
Reviewed September 23, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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We had a fabulous vacation stay at Kootenay Lake Sanctuary. The lovely rustic cabin has all the amenities we needed as well as a fantastic deck with comfortable lounging areas, lovely container gardens, hummingbird feeders and a hammock that everyone fought over. The views of Kootenay Lake and the surrounding mountains are absolutely stunning. The convenient location, although quite close to the main road, is surrounded by nature and completely silent. It seems as if you're far away from the rest of the world in your own private paradise. The property has lovely gardens, a small trickling water feature with a pond and a lovely gazebo with curtains and a comfortable bed for a wonderful outdoor sleeping experience. While we spent time visiting local attractions and really enjoyed the area, the best part of the vacation was spending time with our family in the cabin and on the deck enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Kootenays. The owner, Mick, is very friendly, helpful and accommodating. It was a vacation we'll never forget and we wouldn't hesitate to go back and stay there again.

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Liked best: The stunning views and complete privacy
Traveling group: Other
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jgloverne...
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“The Perfect Getaway”
Reviewed September 6, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We loved our time in the Kootenays. Mick's home was the perfect place as our rest stop during a beautiful stay in the area. The home is on a stunning property with panoramic views of the lake and has everything you need to relax. The location is also great for exploring. 30 minutes from Nelson and also close to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Kaslo. We would definitely recommend it and hope to return one day.

Traveling group: Young Children
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janisj16
Bozeman, Montana
1 review
“PEACE”
Reviewed August 17, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

My husband, I and our two twenty-something daughters stayed at this amazing house for a week. The total quiet and peacefulness and unbelievable mountain and lake views from every room in the house was like no place I have ever stayed. We enjoyed meeting and visiting with Mick ! He was so responsive and helpful in suggesting places to eat and explore. Hope we can return one day. Total peace.

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Liked best: the outdoor sitting areas
Liked least: the wasps.......:(
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ryan D
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Where Dreams come alive!!!”
Reviewed July 8, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

letting a light breeze and sunshine melt away the stress as you enter the forrest road up to "El Nido". The rustic exterior is just like that in old books you read and upon entering to window after window after window with some of the best views i have seen of Kootenay lake. We got greeted by the amazing Mick who instantly offered us a cup of tea as we got to know one another and show us around his great property. We loved utilizing each of the little gems on the property for getting a little quiet time and just listing to the breeze and the creek *natures song*. Morning coffee on the deck with the humming birds and waxwings was such a treat. In the evenings the Ravens, squirrels and wild turkeys were a joy to watch.

Mick provided EVERYTHING you could ever need on a vacation home not one thing was missing. We had the pleasure of hosting Mick for a few dinners in which we shared great stories of life and laughs. The Bathroom with its views from the tub are just SPLENDID!!! watching the moon rise over the mountains from the tub was such a treat. Bedrooms had ample storage and the beds were very comfy thanks to memory foam mattress.

If you want a TRUE NORTH getaway close to a Hotspring and the great towns of Nelson and Kaslo then El Nido is the place. Views and solitude await. will return!!!

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Liked best: Views, birds, tranquillity
Liked least: having to leave =(
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Momof2car...
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
1 review
“Wonderful Anniversary Getaway!”
Reviewed May 5, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

El Nido was incredible! Mick the owner was a delight and so much fun to talk to when we arrived. The cabin is absolutely gorgeous and you will not find a a better view of the lake. No neighbors either. All you get is absolute silence except for the occasional humming bird buzzing by, or chipmunk cracking sunflower seeds. The outdoor hammock and couch are so comfy with a spectacular view. Our memory foam bed was very comfortable. The steam shower was great, and the separate tub had a great view too. There is a full kitchen, a gas bbq on the deck and an amazing surround sound system perfect for your I pod or movies. We will definitely be back in the future. Thank you Mick!!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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