Arcturus is just what a b&b should be: a clean and private room with an ensuite in a big house with hosts who strike the right balance between discretion and friendliness.
The owners, a young personable couple, care about this place and it shows. Everything is clean and modern and well-considered. All three guest rooms are good and the common areas warm and well-furnished. The main floor guest room is large and features a big ensuite with a luxurious heated floor. The bed was perfect. Since the owners retire to a suite on the lower level when guests are present, and two of the rooms are on the upper level, separation between all is excellent. Cleanliness is guaranteed since one of the hosts is a pest control professional.
The deck off the main floor is well finished and a delight to sit out on. The view of Howe Sound is excellent. Since it is east facing and protected by the house, this is an ideal location for breakfast in summer. Around the side of the house there is a large hot tub that is well set up for lounging after dark.
The location, on the hillside above the ferry terminal, is well away from town. One would need a car to get anywhere except the forest. Nevertheless, other houses are close by on this cul-de-sac. While hedges and trees make the large yard feel private, noise is another issue. A neighbour's backyard party was a problem on the weekend of our stay -- a stereo blasted all afternoon and into the evening. Things didn't quiet down until close to midnight. This was unfortunate since the location seemed very quiet otherwise. Our hosts assured us that the neighbour's party was an anomaly and did what they could to solve the problem.
The breakfast was delicious and and elegantly presented. However the main dish was on the sweet side: custard-filled crepes with jam. Healthier offerings such as oatmeal or a spinach omelette even if offered on the side, would suit us better. But that is a small thing when so much about this B&B is just right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning mountain and water views from our spacious deck. Relax in our quiet coastal setting. Stargaze from the hot tub or your private balcony. Home baking and warm hospitality our specialty. Full breakfast & afternoon snack. Walk to ferry, bus, beach & trails. 5km from Gibsons Landing and many shops, galleries & artisan studios. ... more less
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