We stayed at Arrow's Run cottage (upper portion) and were extremely impressed by the updated, luxurious condition of the cottage. It's pretty much a regular home away from home. You won't find yourself wanting for anything here. Everything is tastefully decorated, the kitchen is fully stocked with all your gadgets and updated appliances, the beds are super comfy, and the setting is peaceful and relaxing. There isn't much here that you won't like. Rocky and Ralph were friendly and helpful, and we even got to sample some of Rocky's blueberry pie while there - yumm (our boys gave it a 10/10). Galiano itself is a great place for nature lovers. It is much less developed than Salt Spring, so be sure to bring enough groceries to last the trip. You will find the two markets on the island good for last minute supplies, but neither are suitable for large grocery shops. The island is what you would expect - much of the natural beauty has been preserved and there are no safety fences on high bluffs or carved out trails - so bring proper footwear and take care with young kids. The restaurants were hit and miss for us - the diner was good the first day, and we thought good enough to go back the last day, but obviously there was a different cook working the second time around, and we were less than impressed. The pizzeria was only average for us - we've had our share of wood-fired pizzas so our standards were probably quite high. The pies at the Hummingbird Pub were very good, but we didn't try and of the other food there. They have a nice patio and area for kids. All in all, you will feel like you've gotten away coming to Galiano, and S&S cottages is a good choice since it's far enough from the shops but not so far that it seems like too much effort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- STICKS and STONES COTTAGE (ARBUTUS GROVE) is a self contained accommodation that is located in a quiet wooded setting that is home to wandering deer and 150+ types of birds. ARBUTUS GROVE is a 500 sq.ft self contained cottage with a master bedroom (Queen bed)+ 4 piece en suite bathroom. It also has a pull out sofa (Queen) in the living room, suitable for another couple or 2 children. Heat is supplied by either baseboard heaters or a wood fireplace (wood supplied). It also has a galley kitchen, with full amenities (coffee grinder + coffee maker). Quality linen and towels are supplied. It is most suitable for 2-4 people. Hiking trails and sandstone shore access points (#53 and #55) are close at hand. FREE Satellite TV and WiFi are included in the rental price. ... more less