We have been B and B-ing and ocean kayaking in the Gulf Islands for 20 years, and have always tried to stay at accommodations on the waterfront. This year we couldn't find such a one on Pender Island, so we decided to go inland, and found Corbett House. What a gem! The house is a large, 111-year-old country farmhouse, lovingly restored by its owners, set in a wide, peaceful valley with grazing sheep. We felt immediately relaxed as we were greeted by Eve and John, had a quick tour of the house and then stepped into the orchard where we settled into comfy chairs in the shade and let any remaining tensions drain away. A little later we were invited for wine and cheese (beer for John) in front of Eve's studio -- she is a photographic artist whose work is shown on the island -- which borders the orchard and where we met the two sheep and three goats, including Gertrude, a Nubian goat who stands on her hind legs and "prunes" the lower branches of the apple trees. We had a lovely large room with king-size bed, with our own bathroom and tub. The shower a few steps down the hall is shared with the two other guest rooms. There is a large, well-furnished guest lounge which is the original living room, with many books, games, flat screen TV -- and good floor lamps to read by, which is important for us; most B and Bs we've been to recently don't have adequate lighting for evening reading. Our room had it's own small deck with a valley view, and one can sit/read etc. in wicker chairs on the front verandah, or in the orchard. Delicious, full breakfasts are served in the dining room.
The real treasures of this place are Eve and John. They are warm and gracious, enjoy meeting people, and do whatever they can to help you enjoy your stay. My wife has some dietary limitations and Eve provided her a special breakfast every day (four days). On our last night, Eve brought tea and cookies into the lounge for us. They are a great source of island knowledge, including where to eat, the best beach accesses and viewpoints, etc.
When we go back to Pender Island, Corbett House Country Inn will be our first and only choice.