We spent 4 nights in this charming, well-appointed cabin and the experience could not have been more pleasant. The cabin is situated in Crawford Bay, just a couple of miles from the Kootenay Ferry Landing, so it is a perfect base for exploring both sides of spectacular Kootenay Lake.
The cabin is one of 2 that sit in a lovely forest clearing on the lands of the historic Wedgewood Manor. Hostess Joan was wonderful; she was welcoming and available while giving us plenty of privacy and permission to roam the estate, it's gardens and pretty ponds.
The cabin is perfect for a couple. There is a large, comfy loft bedroom (high ceilings!) with an old-fashioned soaking tub perched beneath a window--perfect for soaking after a day of hiking or sightseeing. The bedding is lux, and the bed is very comfortable. Each side of the bed has a nightstand and lamp (you would not believe how important that is!), and the room has several windows to allow for light; one of the large ones facing the back of the cabin, opens and is screened, allowing for cool mountain air to flow down the ridge and through the bedroom. There's a small open closet with hangers and a large chest of drawers for unpacking.
Downstairs is a room eat-in kitchen/living area. Again, lots of windows to allow for light and air flow. The kitchen is pretty well-equipped for your basic cooking needs: A mid-sized fridge.freezer, full electric stove, microwave, dishwasher, double sink, and dining table. Pots, pans, flatware, dishes, glasses, etc are all there, even a few really thoughtful items like a wine bottle opener and a cheese grater. The living room has a comfy leather sofa and matching chair and ottoman, perfect for hanging out to read, play cards, etc. There is a TV and DVDs, which we never used.
There is a first floor bathroom with toilet, sink, shower and plenty of towels and storage for your toiletries. Shower had nice water pressure. Note: I brought my own travel hair dryer and did not see one in the bathroom, so if you need one, check beforehand with Joan. We also brought our own shampoo, but Joan had a bottle in the storage drawers.
Joan also provides a compost bucket under the sink and a recycling bin in the large and well equipped broom closet.
In addition to the cabin being perfectly laid out and clinically clean, it's beautiful as well. The exposed beams, the handmade stair railings, all of the gorgeous woodwork make the cabin so light and bright and homey. This space just has a very inviting, comfortable feel to it--you feel at home immediately. This is an achievement for a rental property, which can often feel like...well, a rental property! Robin's Nest feels like you belong.
The cabin has a great covered porch with table and chairs for dining or relaxing, and a good sized grill with propane and all the utensils neatly hung nearby. We used it to grill steaks and sausages, but I regret we did not use the porch much, in spite of the fine weather, due to the ferocious mosquitoes.
This was the only issue with our stay, which has nothing to do with our hosts or the property! Some years are just buggy, and some people, myself included are just "crack" to mosquitoes. Despite our bug spray (which was non-Deet), I was unable to sit outside without getting numerous bites, to which I have a fairly allergic reaction. If you go during bug season, I suggest long sleeves and pants, and a good repellent. Again, this is a comment on the area in general, not this property, which is beautifully maintained with landscaping, ponds, and that wonderful mix of manicured lawns and virgin forest. It really is amazing.
The other cabin, a 2 bedroom, is nearby but not uncomfortably close, and they share a grassy "tennis court" lawn and a firepit. There was a family staying in it while we were there, but other than to say hello in passing, we felt very private and heard no noise across the property. You don't hear anything but the wind in the trees and the birds. It's fantastic.
A couple of things to note: Don't miss Red's Bakery as you go into Crawford Bay--the most amazing cinnamon rolls and pastries, and they are so friendly and inviting. The Crawford Bay grocery store has most of what you may need, but it's a tiny market and quite expensive. We did better at the Safeway in Nelson, so if you're on a budget, consider bringing your supplies or heading over there (it's across the lake and 30 mins from the ferry landing, so a good hour trip, but handy if you're heading that way to explore). Joan provides the basics: coffee, tea, sugar, powdered creamer, vegetable oil, salt & pepper, even some Montreal Steak Seasoning, which we totally used!
I could do a travelogue on the area, but I won't. I'll just say, if you come across this property in a search for a relaxing, luxurious, private getaway, you've arrived! I highly recommend Robin's Nest Cabin at Wedgewood Manor.