We live in White Rock, part of Metro Vancouver, and a leisurely two hours from Rowena's Inn. Take Hwy. 7 from Mission to wind down, stop for lunch at a local pub, to de-pressurize for arrival at Pretty Estates, Rowena's Inn and Sandpiper Golf Course.
The golf course is a walk in a park of 180 ft. Douglas firs, river and mountain views and a video feed of an eagle nest. Check out Hancock Wildlife Foundation, Harrison Mills Nest. The course is good couples or family golf and challenging enough for the low handicapper, very walkable.
The inn is the original Pretty family home, that has been renovated and contains all the original furniture and decorations. There is a lot of history here and the delightful Betty-Anne, still a resident and original family member will gladly share it. Antique furnishings mean not modern therefore if you must have the latest accoutrements, book a big resort. On the other hand, my wife was touching, sitting and mesmerized by every piece. To sleep in Betty-Anne's room with a big antique bed designed for a late British opera singer surrounded by real closet, sitting area and make up table plus a very modern and functional bathroom is an alternate universe to today's hyperactive pace.
The restaurant, Rowena's Edge Restaurant, is small, well appointed with a lovely heated deck overlooking the river. The food is better than country inn fare. In fact, we grazed through the sinfully addictive baked local brie, a house made tomato bisque to bring tears, wild salmon cakes and butter chicken. We are not big entree eaters, but there are tremendous local options from lamb to pork to duck available. Deserts are large portions and just plain bad ... for your waistline, diet discipline and resolution to never overindulge. The house made cinnamon fried chips dusted with sugar, drizzled with house made caramel and a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream is adult food designed by ten year olds. Great fun. Besides the view, the large HD TV constant stream of the eagle nest on the 10th hole keeps diners mesmerized.
Breakfast for inn guests is served at a communal round table in Betty-Anne's spacious kitchen, complete with marble prep. surfaces, and is solid, beautifully presented country start to the day. My hot cakes were light, the sausages meaty with a bit of spice, and eggs perfectly done sunny side up. Coffee, muffins, all the condiments and juice are part of this substantial inn complimentary breakfast.
Cost for golf, dinner, room at the inn was less than my previous week's stay at a large resort up the road. But, Rowena's requires that to truly enjoy this oasis by the river ... you must exhale.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old world opulence blends with new world convenience. Secluded on a 160-acre estate Rowena’s Inn on the River is a grand, English-style manor that was converted into a boutique resort. The rooms offer waterfront or garden views, and sumptuous king-size beds, dressed in deluxe duvets, feather pillows and crisp linens. Large windows bathe the European-infused elegance in natural light, and the furniture exemplifies a timeless stylishness. The cottages have heated-slated floors, deep-soaker jacuzzi tubs for two, glassed-in showers and handcrafted, river rock wood-burning fireplaces.Rowena’s outstanding personalized service and attention to detail is guaranteed with only five rooms in the Inn, a two-bedroom gatehouse and four luxurious cabins. Professional, courteous staff has become an unquestioned hallmark of Rowena’s Inn through a commitment to responsive and attentive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rowena`s Hotel Harrison Mills