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“Could not be better--THANK YOU Doug and Joyce :)”

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Riddle Road Retreat
Ranked #8 of 19 Penticton B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

I believe my co-guest wrote the below review, but here is mine, written before I knew:

Staying with Joyce and Doug was fantastic! We booked with them very last minute due to a mix-up with our previous reservation elsewhere, and it was the best thing that could have happened. The place was very cute and well put together. Also, before I forget, I must say, the bed was SO comfortable. Honestly the best sleeps I have had in ages, if not ever. The BnB itself, I believe, is three rooms on the ground floor and a washroom to share. This was more than comfortable, however, Joyce and Doug were happy to show us the washroom upstairs to use as well. The breakfast every morning was absolutely lovely-- talk about world class! Lots of fresh coffee, a fruit and granola cup, orange juice, and a scrumptious and fresh hot dish to top it all off. Doug and Joyce ate breakfast with us on the outside patio (surrounded by hummingbirds!), and chatting with them was so lovely, we sat for quite a while every morning just to enjoy the fantastic conversation. They also own a very sweet dog. The location was great—nice and quiet, and right along the old KVR trail—if you like to run or go for long walks, it would be perfect for you. I’ve stayed in several bed and breakfasts in different countries, and Joyce and Doug are by far the most welcoming, warm and generous hosts I have ever had. They really almost felt like family by the end (only three days!). I could not recommend staying here more, you will be so glad you did.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Our hosts were phenomenal! They took us in basically last minute and were extremely welcoming. They toured us around the house, gave us a solid history of the area, and even offered to take us mountain biking! The stay included homemade, delicious breakfasts on the patio with a lake view and hummingbirds, was within walking distance of multiple wineries, the bed was very comfortable, and all of the clean linens and towels are provided.

The house and surrounding area is very quiet. All of the guest rooms are located on the main floor and the hosts' living quarters and kitchen are upstairs. There is a shared living space with TV and free wifi for the guests as well as a fridge and free tea, coffee, etc. at all times in a side room. Our bathroom was a shared one with the other guests, but were given access to the upstairs one if busy. The hosts allowed us to come and go as we pleased with the main entrance being downstairs, so not to disturb the house.

Clean house with a cat and dog, which never trekked near our rooms. Parking available. Just remember to bring cash to pay for the stay.

Overall, I would re-book here in an instant!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

This modern yet cozy establishment on the eastern slopes above Naramata overlooks the KVR trail and ultimately Lake Okanagan 10 minutes walk from the renowned Hillside Winery and restaurant. The friendly and helpful proprietors kept an eye on our car while we biked the KVR from Christina Lake and the bed and bath were eagerly anticipated on arrival. It is a perfect venue from which to bicycle tour the Naramata wine country and we spent the better part of the week based there. The breakfast balcony is lush with flowers and hummingbirds. The summer Olympics were on that week too. No pool, but the Lake is readily available, and lots of tennis courts in Penticton. If you like summer vacations that combine great weather and views, activity, good wine and food, and relaxation, this is your place.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

My husband and I had amazing time at this B&B. All thanks to the hosts - Joyce and Doug. They are such a wonderful couple who went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable and worry free. We were fortunate to get to know them better through a little incident - our room got accidentally double booked. Joyce and Doug solved the problem within no time by offering us their own bedroom.
We spent 3 nights there. The B&B is in the heart of numerous wineries, on a hill. Each day would start with delicious breakfast prepared by Joyce herself (and served by Doug, they make a great team! and they've been married for 40 years!), on the patio with gorgeous views. First, would be a variety of local fruits with yogurt and granola, followed by savory scrambled eggs or fritata with toasts and variety of jams to have with tea or coffee. I can not have dairy or gluten, so Joyce was kind enough to cater to my needs, so I never felt left out. Both her and Doug would join us later for some interesting conversations.
Doug showed us the vineyard, gave us lots of suggestions on which trails to do and told us about the history of the place (Doug is a local historian). We borrowed bikes from him one day and went to the Little Tunnel (the path was at a slope so we were exhausted by the end of 10 km and didn't make it further, left it for next time) with some absolutely stunning views of the valley.
By the end of each day, we would have our dinner on the patio sharing the views with the hummingbirds and relaxing. Doug and Joyce joined us a few times for some long and entertaining discussions.
We never at any point felt like we were restricted in any way or unwelcomed. We felt so at ease and so homey that if we could we would have definitely stayed longer. We couldn't expect a better ending to our road trip. Would recommend this B&B without a heart beat!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

My family and I had a wonderful time at the Riddle Road Retreat! The innkeepers Joyce and Doug were knowledgable and helpful about seeing the area. Additionally, when my sister injured her back on the trip they helped in every way they could including providing remedies and magnet therapy tools. The breakfasts were delicious, conversation was wonderful and the scenery was breathtaking. I will definitely return to the Riddle Road Retreat :)

Room Tip: Ask which room stays the coolest at night, there is no AC
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Joyce C, Owner at Riddle Road Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

I appreciate all the wonderful reviews and amazing guests we have had the honour of hosting over many years. I would just like to clarify the above review comment regarding A/C in our home. We enjoy a unique and amazing natural cooling location at the base of a gulley coming off the mountains behind our home. In the summer Okanagan Lake gives off a lot of heat at night, & draws incoming cooling breezes off the mountain & down the gulley. We have lived here for over 40 years & enjoy this phenomenon every year. Also all our guest rooms are on the ground floor which keeps them pleasantly cool. So please do not let A/C concern you as we have found it unnecessary.

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Reviewed 25 July 2013

My boyfriend and I ended our 3 week tour of B.C. with a 2 night stay with Joyce and Doug in Penticton. We were thrilled that we decided to stay with them as they were kind, welcoming and hospitable! The room was nice and comfy, the views were incredible, and breakfast was very tasty! Doug and Joyce were very helpful, recommending wineries, restaurants and things to do in the area. As budget travellers finishing up our trip it was a great find, relaxing, great value and an overall excellent stay!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Joyce C, Owner at Riddle Road Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

I appreciate all the wonderful reviews and amazing guests we have had the honour of hosting over many years. I would just like to clarify the above review comment regarding A/C in our home. We enjoy a unique and amazing natural cooling location at the base of a gulley coming off the mountains behind our home. In the summer Okanagan Lake gives off a lot of heat at night, & draws incoming cooling breezes off the mountain & down the gulley. We have lived here for over 40 years & enjoy this phenomenon every year. Also all our guest rooms are on the ground floor which keeps them pleasantly cool. So please do not let A/C concern you as we have found it unnecessary.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We stayed two nights at Joyce and Doug's. They were very accommodating, as we had to arrive at a very late hour unexpectedly. Breakfast was great, and the view from the patio is amazing. Doug and Joyce are great hosts - Joyce is on the ball with everything and made sure our stay was relaxing, including a great recommendation to a nearby restaurant and even going to the extent of making our reservation for us. Doug is the local historian - his anecdotes, stories, and books added depth to our stay in the Okanagan. Would definitely return to stay again, and recommend without hesitation.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1275 Riddle Rd, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8X2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Penticton
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Penticton
Price Range: £51 - £60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riddle Road Retreat is a secluded quiet B&B within the city limits of Penticton, but on the edge of crown land with amazing biking & hiking, & a quiet nearby beach. The view from the B&B is referred to by our guests as our "million dollar view".There is a wonderful restaurant/bistro within walking distance along the Trans Canada Trail, which runs directly below the house. The B&B also includes Classic Country Cottage, which will sleep 4 comfortably. It has a full kitchen for self serve meals, amazing view, bbq facilities, and a private bathroom. It is situated in our vineyard with city & crown land behind it. There are special rates for weekly & monthly bookings of the cottage. The 3 house rooms range from $110 to $115/night & the cottage is $199/night. All prices are based on 2 people, including breakfast for house rooms. Discounts for repeat customers. Cottage has weekly & monthly special rates. Extra beds are $40/night extra. We have rental mountain bikes & a kayak available to our guests. ... more   less 

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