I challenged Ian by saying that this B&B had a 100% rating to date, and that I hardly ever award 5 stars and would be looking at everything in detail and viewing it as a personal challenge to find something. He laughed! He had the last laugh too!
The home was designed, owned and run by 2 young Brits who have made a complete career change and set up a new life for themselves in trendy, remote Fernie, and what a job they have done. The home is built of huge logs and is on three levels, guests in the four guest rooms having the upper two levels, including a full kitchen, lounge and media room. There is also a cedar hot tub outside which proved entertaining in the dark when the outside lights went off after we had clambered in! My wife admits to pressing the wrong switch....
The lack of instructions and restrictions around the place were a boon after our Jasper experience and Ian actively encouraged us to go out, buy a bottle of wine, and get in the hot tub (just my wife and I of course)! We complied.
Ian cooked us Eggs Benedict in his own style, and there was plentiful toast too.
I really wish we had stayed longer because the place and hospitality were superb, and Ian and Charlotte clearly have an eye for detail and a real desire to see their guests happy.
In the attempt to find something to criticise I have to split hairs....the water from the hot tap was so hot it scalded me (I suspect incompetence on my part), there was no TV in the rooms just the 60" in the media room which is superb but not if other guests get there first and play programs not [ahem] to your taste! There were not many toiletries in the bathroom so bring your own.
Even splitting hairs this is all I can find to advise on, so 5 stars it is. Besides, Ian is a much bigger guy than me and has a crushing handshake so even in wit I don't intend to offend him! He and his wife have truly done an outstanding job! Book now!
Be warned he is now taking bookings for 2014 so be fast!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a luxury boutique Bed and Breakfast. Large spacious rooms, many amenities on offer located in Montane, a quiet part of Fernie with XC ski, biking and hiking trails right outside its door. Experience Fernie is luxury at your own pace and relax in the wood heated hot tub or the infrared sauna. ... more less
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