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by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
November 2, 2001
This property belongs to the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and is easily the nicest accommodation on the island. I would have felt very guilty enjoying this luxury without my hubby so I contented myself with peeks into their guest suites/cottages and a walk through some of their 25 acres. Sheep graze in the field and there are wooden boardwalks and trails that take you into the forest with views of the harbour through the trees.
The best way to describe the hotel is "casually elegant" since many of the buildings are west coast cedar designed to blend into the trees for privacy. Some are right on the hill overlooking the harbour and have a large balcony to take advantage of the view. Spacious bedrooms with eiderdown duvets, king size beds, robes and large bathrooms as well as a separate living room and wood burning fireplace make you want to hibernate here for days. As well as deluxe suites, there are private cottages, including one on its own little beach.
Included in the cost of the room is a wake up hamper with fresh baked goodies and hot beverages as well as a later morning full breakfast and afternoon tea. For an additional charge, you can book an in-room massage.
Hastings House is well known for its restaurant and even if you''re not a guest here, you can reserve a table for a five course dinner featuring local specialities like seafood or Saltspring lamb for $80.00 per person. This is a place where you dress for dinner and take your time over an elegant and romantic meal.
Hastings House is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
From journal Running Away to Saltspring
Saltspring Island, British Columbia
September 1, 2000
From journal Sunny Saltspring Island