First of all, anyone considering visiting Barkerville should do their research before posting complaints about the lack of amenities. That being said, for 2 nights we stayed in Room #1 with a private bath. As with the rest of the house, it was furnished with an aesthetic appropriate to the era. It had a beautiful and comfortable 4 poster bed with cozy linens, a couple of nightstands with table lamps and beautifully appointed adornments. The private ensuite was a 3 piece consisting of a toilet, sink and stand up shower. Shoes are left at the front door, therefore there is no need to describe how immaculately clean and tidy of a home Saya runs...SPOTLESS!
The breakfast's each morning were delicious and satisfying. She definitely doesn't send you off hungry. We both tried each of the omelettes the first morning and had the blueberry pancakes the second day. I highly recommend trying the pancakes and dusting them with the icing sugar and cinnamon, they were amazing! Mind you, there were nothing but praises about her homemade granola. We were joined each morning by a variety of people who all added to how fantastic this trip was for us.
In the evenings, Saya serves tea and if she has some down time, she'll sit down and join you. We very much enjoyed our conversations with her. She's worn many hats in her life and has a lot of interesting stories to tell. Had we only known how much she loves Scrabble, we would have appreciated a game...maybe next time.
My 2 cents - It's too bad some people are so ignorant as to complain about the lack of tv and other forms of entertainment. The whole purpose of visiting a place like Barkerville is to travel back in time and appreciate a simpler way of life. There were no tv's, movie theatres, clubs, or video games etc. back then, so why expect it now? You are considering visiting a historical site whose purpose is to be as authentic to the town as it was in approximately 1870. If you're looking for Disneyland, move on. Of course there are bugs that bite, you're in the mountains! But guess what, Saya is thoughtul enough to provide citronella to use as repellent. If your children are behaved well enough to be trusted with antiques and breakables, then they may enjoy it here. After all, evening tea is served in CHINA and enjoyed in the PARLOUR ROOM...get my drift?
Barkerville pretty much closes down at 7pm at which point, as a guest of 1 of the 3 B&B's located within the gates, allows you to roam freely and explore the town without the all of the crowds. Barkerville has a ton to offer and I wish we had stayed for a whole 2 days rather than the day and a half we allotted ourselves. Thanks for everything and we'll be seeing you again Saya!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. George Hotel is located smack dab in the middle of Main St in Barkerville Historic Town. Depicted as the once infamous saloon & brothel of one Madame Fanny Bendixon, the St. George provides our guests a flavour of life in a gold rush town, with all the modern amenities. (Gentlemen, you must bring your own women!)Wind down your day in our comfy parlour & meet new friends from around the world & from your own neighbourhood. Our breakfast is sure to satisfy every appetite, from our famous omelettes to the homemade granola & fruit plates, served a la Carte. Make your accommodation part of your vacation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St George Hotel