Retreat in Nature. Outdoor adventures. Or - convenient stop over on Hwy #1 convenient to Vancouver/Jasper/Calgary routes. WELCOME!
This is an 1800's White Settler house in the historic Indigenous/Settler village of Spences Bridge, at the junction of the dramatic Thompson River Canyon and the Nicola River.
Trains. Wild life. Dog friendly. Comfortable beds. Great hikes. Wood fires.
This is a clean one bedroom quirky 1800's heritage cabin/house. Comfy bed, well stocked kitchen, sunny location.
The house is modest but artistic, heated by firewood or propane, cosy and relaxing, set on a private treed lot, in a friendly neighbourhood.
The location is in the heart of Canada's desert canyon country and walks into Nature are at the door.
This cabin was a writing cabin for the famous British ethno-biologist, James Teit, who is acclaimed for stepping into local life as a young immigrant, marrying a local indigenous woman, Antuk, and riding the hills with the men for hunting and social/political/cultural gatherings. He recorded much of the Thompson Indian culture and language, preserving it through the dark times, and supporting the indigenous residents near and far with land negotiations during the rising British colonization. Later, the cabin was a stage coach driver sleep over, then a train ticket office, and finally once again a family residence.
Listen to the trains rumbling through, observe the big horn sheep that frequent this area, breath the clean sage scented air, let your gaze soften and lengthen, absorbing the soft lines, and muted browns of the surrounding hills and mountains. Lounge by the inside fire, or outside bon fire (except fire season), hike the surrounding hillsides, or swim in the river. Fishing and white water rafting in season.
Toegang voor gasten
Guests will have the whole house and yards, except for one unoccupied private locked room.
Back yard is fenced in for the benefit of guests with a dog.
Expect all modern amenities - stove, fridge, micro, blender, hand shower (Japanese style), washer, drier, music player, TV (3 channels), WIFI, firewood provided.
Interactie met gasten
I ask guests to let their host give a 15 minute orientation to the house and yard, (or read the one page description of House Quirks) and be responsive if issues or questions arise.
Orientation in winter includes wood stove operation etc with either myself or my friendly Co-host, Selena. We remain on call for any needs that might arise.
We ask guests to leave by 11am checkout time on the morning of the final day and, unless they want to see me in person, I usually say my goodbyes via email.
The rest of your time is totally private unless you go out into the village and meet the very interesting residents that might be at the cafe up the street, or local pub, or any other community public event, or just walking by on a stroll.
Andere dingen waar je op moet letten
Creative Adventures Guide.
I can provide you with specific supports for your unique holiday adventure if you have a special event like a birthday or anniversary, or some predetermined goals, wishes or visions. This is a service I love to provide, when requested.
1. KEY WILL BE UNDER THE DOOR MAT FOR YOUR EASY SELF CHECK IN.
2. Let host know if you are bringing your dog(s) - size and if friendly or not.
3. If you are booking through Instant Book we may need 2 hours advance notice prior to your arrival to accommodate any additional questions you may have (and to light a fire in winter for a cosy feel to your arrival.)
4. Please leave the space as found, including clean dishes, unless otherwise arranged.
5. Backyard quiet time starts around 10 pm 'cause neighbours bed down early.
6. Follow the house manual for safe fire tending, be gentle on the septic (no food scraps etc in the toilet), and minimal wear and tear, but it is really appreciated if you can leave some funds to cover anything you break!
SUMMER HAS A BON FIRE BAN IN THIS DESERT.
Fridge is stocked with a few basics and coffee, tea, and condiments are available for you, while at the house.
Hi. I love the outdoors and wild dramatic landscapes - that are still close to modern amenities. I want to share this with you.
Highway #1 travellers, passing through, are welcome to stop in for an overnight before driving into or out of Vancouver. Others wanting to explore this landscape are welcome to stay longer and get deeper into the experience of this space.
I moved into this wee, turn of the century, homestead house, on the banks of the Thompson River in this village of about 250 people, just as soon as I could retire.
I used to help make public television happen, teach adults how to become teachers with a global perspective, and organize programs requiring team work. Now I bring all those skills into my village and surrounding area to support community theatre, live music, and community building activities.
The Thompson River Canyon is a strongly Indigenous territory. First Nation's communities run up and down the canyon and identify as Nlaka'pamux Nation. Visiting in this area is rich with culture if you seek it out. Our local Band office welcomes visitors who inquire about their art displays and programs.
I continue to be curious about how the original people survived on this desert, canyon, country land, and developed culture with spirituality, music and dance. You too can walk these hills and imagine how to live on this land.
All my guests here at my wee house have, for over 12 years, been warmly greeted by the locals and given directions to the many hikes, and swimming holes, cafe's, pub, and more.
By the way, I love animals and my front and back yard are fenced in and dog friendly. But take note: determined 4 legged escape artists can get out and go on a "walk about" and visit the neighbour dogs.
Trees provide shade and privacy in the yard, and in contrast, brilliant summer sunlight explodes every where, lifting the spirit and beckoning the visitor to the lanes, parks, rivers and hills.
My house has a new queen size bed in a private room, a second day bed in the living room.
I have a Japanese style walk in bath/shower, limited wifi, free phone, ( no cell signal in this place), well equipped kitchen, yoga area, small TV with CBC and Knowledge only. Take a break from "screen time" !!!
Interior decorating reflects the landscape and culture I live in here - colourful walls, local paintings and sculptures.
I live a restful peaceful yet stimulating life and love to offer my home to others who are either passing through, looking for time alone, hiking the hills, or venturing out for the friendly village chit chat.
I enjoy helping my guests create the experiences they are seeking and go the extra mile to attend to the details. If you want - tell me your goals or vision for your special stay and I will accommodate the space to support your wishes.
My neighbour and friend, Sandra, is assisting with this Airbnb accommodation and if you are lucky, you will meet her during your visit. Raised in this village she has much local knowledge to share and enjoys hosting guests when I am away on other adventures.
THIS IS A RAILWAY VILLAGE SO EXPECT TRAIN WHISTLES AND RUMBLES DAY AND NIGHT.
My life motto "Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind".