I was lucky enough to experience many of Diamond Willow's activities - a yoga class, painting class (Karin Huebhold is the paint whisperer who can turn anyone into a watercolor artist), and a house concert. Loved the setting and the intimate, homey feel of the building. Pizza in the outdoor oven made for a fun supper (everyone in our group got to make their own).
The rooms are comfortable - many are single beds for people attending retreats and events but there are double or queen rooms suitable for a romantic weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just west of Turner Valley in Alberta’s lovely foothills, Diamond Willow Artisan Retreat offers spacious studio space, comfortable accommodations and wholesome meals for guests. This guest house is where you can be pampered by the owners, who provide the meals and look to ensure your stay is a wonderful experience.Our home has been designed and built with you in mind. Our love of the land and the region’s spectacular views were instrumental in the layout.As you enter the front door, the grandeur of the great room with its wood-burning fireplace and westerly vistas will greet you. The large country kitchen is a favourite gathering place where all meals are shared. Cooking demonstrations and wine pairing classes are also held here. The wrap-around deck is accessed from the great room, kitchen or from the hall.The spacious studio is complete with in-floor heating, bright windows and sink facilities. Special electricity and lighting have been built in to accommodate a wide range of needs.The walkout level has a large rec room with a fireplace, access to the cedar patio on the west side and the hot tub and fire pit on the south side. The rooms on this level are kept cozy with in-floor heating. There are 4 bedrooms here, each furnished for double occupancy.The upper level consists of a reading or conversation area, and an attractive dorm room. This room sleeps 4 in single beds, has a fireplace and full bathroom with a jetted tub. This spacious room has a private entrance via a stairway from the south-facing deck.Groups of up to 12 can be accommodated in the 4 double rooms on the walkout level and in the 4 single beds in the dorm room.When group sessions are not booked, or if they’re not full, rooms are available for bed and breakfast guests.We are honoured to host individuals, groups and artisans of all kinds or come for a bed and breakfast experience and enjoy the hospitality of local towns.Our 11-acre site is peaceful and embracing. Lineham Creek, which bubbles through the landscape of mossy creek beds, open fields and thick forests, is sure to inspire you. ... more less