What an incredibly magical place for a romantic weekend getaway! My girlfriend and I visited Hastings House during a rare winter snowfall and seeing the grounds covered in a fresh blanket of snow was a real treat. The staff were incredibly attentive to our needs and we received a tour of the grounds from General Manager Kelly McAree upon checking in that included some history of the property (it was a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post before becoming a farm and then a manor house for British expats). The suites, tea room and dining room all have spectacular views of Ganges Harbour and the grounds.
We had missed our ferry and checked in about 2 ½ hours late and unfortunately missed afternoon tea, but the staff were kind enough to put a plate of the fresh scones in our room for when we checked in, they are some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The bed was incredibly luxurious, large as a small country and unbelievably comfortable. We stayed in the Hawthorne, and greatly enjoyed the heated floors, standing barefoot on the carpet, or by the fireplace and staring out at the falling snow. The bathtub was a real treat, at 6’3” I don’t often find tubs large enough to soak in, but I was so enamored with this one that I took a bath each day of our stay. Waking each morning to delicious warm fresh baked muffins delivered to our doors (still warm despite the snowy weather).
When we checked in our dinner reservations for the following night were confirmed, and we found a printed copy of our itinerary in our room. The dining room staff were courteous and attentive and provided an excellent and relaxed dining experience. The kitchen produced delicious breakfast specials and an elegant afternoon tea with fresh baked goodies, definitely something to do if your schedule allows. We were fortunate enough to stay the weekend of the dining room dinner service resuming after a break for winter. All three courses were elegantly plated, I had a wild mushroom bisque starter, excellent seared scallop entrée, while my girlfriend had the beef tenderloin, which were absolutely delicious, and the dessert of apple-blackberry crumble served with fresh vanilla ice cream was the perfect finish to our meal.
General manager Kelly McAree made sure to confirm with us throughout our stay that we were enjoying ourselves and that we lacked nothing, he also proved an invaluable source of information of locations around Salt Spring Island to visit. We nearly filled our room’s fridge with cheese from the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company.
We had a fantastic visit and can’t wait to visit again in summer to see the gardens in full bloom, and to wander the grounds more extensively. Thank you Hastings House staff for a phenomenal experience and incredibly relaxing romantic weekend, we will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hastings House Country House Hotel is a small waterfront luxury country resort, spa and restaurant sitting on 22 acres on the waterfront of Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Enjoy luxury lodging, fine dining, wellness and relaxation in a casually-elegant atmosphere. Explore British Columbia’s natural beauty, Salt Spring’s mild climate and the warmth and creativity of its people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hastings Hotel Saltspring Island