We enjoyed our one night stay at Arbutus B&B on Gabriola Island. Located away from the 'hub' of the island, in a gorgeous forested area with beautiful views. There is a long, shared driveway leading to two homes (could use a sign pointing to which one is the B&B). The hostess was welcoming and professional. IOur room was beautifully appointed and decorated, skylights, gas fireplace and with a very comfortable bed ! Very nice bathroom with over-sized shower, the tile work throughout the accommodation is amazing. TV and WiFi internet worked without any problem. We enjoyed a soak in the hot tub, located on the deck between the 2 guest rooms and the host residence. The view through the trees to the water was breathtaking, large grass area along the whole back of the house. The guest rooms are located in a separate wing which is part of the main house, with a home based business in the middle part.There is a separate shared entrance from the B&B parking into a large common room, where you will find a fridge, microwave, water kettle, guest desk, coffee and tea cups plus supplies, and a dining table for 4 people, with a large window overlooking front of property.
Cons: We were fortunate to be the only guests that night, so that we had the common room and guest patio area's to ourselves. For people who have to share the guest patio however, there is no privacy provided whatsoever. The luxury wooden deck chairs are placed close together and there is no privacy fence or outdoor plants to give a sense of privacy. The dining table is also fairly small to share breakfast with other guests, even though it has 4 chairs.
This B&B would work best if both rooms were booked by 2 couples/families traveling together.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to afford guests privacy and comfort our spacious rooms feature queen size beds, fireplaces, top quality linens and down duvets, en-suite washrooms and more. The hospitality area adjacent to the rooms provides access to refrigerator, microwave, kettle, tea & coffee. Enjoy gazing at the view or the stars from the hot tub. Full breakfast features fresh organic island produce. Relax in our rural setting minutes from beaches, art studios, marinas, restaurants & shopping. ... more less