Beautiful, older, clean, hand-built log cottage on 15 acres. Stunning lake and mountain views and lake access. We are surrounded by crown forested land. Trails start right on our property. Free use of canoe, paddles, life jackets. Pets welcome (fee due upon arrival please). All appliances, wood stove, BBQ and outside fire pit. Small boat rental available. See house rules for complete pricing information. Most pets welcome: With pets please don't direct-book but contact me first.
This is a large, older property and unlike many places you will find along kootenay lake, we are on a clearing in the middle of crown forested land with no direct neighbours. Our own home is on-site too; we leave you be as much as you desire but are there to assist, suggest outings or a place to buy that widget you need. The cottages are older and comfortable but it is the setting, space, tranquillity and views are what makes people fall in love with it. Many people return or extend their stay. We frequently host monthly renters. We are set back from the highway further than most so it is quiet and a lot of wildlife visits us. There is lots of room to wander, on and off-site. For pets too; although they need to be on-leash on-site, as soon as they are on the driveway or in the forest and the beach they can run until they drop! The forests behind us stretch all the way back to Cranbrook, with no one in between. We have created some clearly marked trails and more are planned. Although a clean and tidy property, this is not a new-built sterile second home; our place lives and breathes and has deep roots, we live on-site full time, host year round, chop our own firewood, grow our own fruit and enjoy/ deal with all seasons as they come. Our skies are so dark you can see the Milky Way. Our water comes from a spring right out of the mountain. We love hosting and will try to make your stay as stress free as possible. You're welcome to help out on the property as well.
Price based on 2-person occupancy.
Additional adults 13 and over: $20/night.
Pet fee: $10/night/animal due upon arrival please
We will ask you to sign a waiver, stating you are here at your own risk.
Our driveway is a paved former forestry road. To avoid damaging it we cannot accommodate trailers with more than 1 axle or trucks larger than 3/4 tonne.
Please keep dogs on leash upon arrival, usually our chickens are out and about. Off-site (driveway, surrounding forest, lake shore) is all off-leash.
Steffen is a professional Biologist who started in Calgary as Environmental Consultant, spending most of time there with the Orphan Well Association. He still teaches part-time at the University of Calgary. He has his private pilot’s license but lacks the time, the money and the plane to fly. He emigrated from The Netherlands in 2000, speaks Frisian, Dutch, English, German and some French and is ecstatic to now live as he used to imagine all Canadians did, when he was a child in Europe, save the pet moose..
Charlotte is a yoga instructor and Dutch too, even though Steffen and her met here in Canada, one dreary late afternoon in a park in Okotoks…Charlotte lived in Switzerland for a number of years and helped run her parents health store in Sneek, The Netherlands. She lived in Ontario for some years too. She needs an active lifestyle to be happy so Boswell is perfect. She loves traveling, hiking, snowshoeing and snowboarding and speaks several languages too.
Lewis goes to school in Crawford Bay. He enjoys the outdoor life as much as we do, loves all animals and wants to be a Marine Biologist. Lewis is looking forward to his next project of building a chicken coop with Steffen. Chickens make such great pets and he wants to eat his own eggs. Both Charlotte and Lewis don’t eat meat and do eat fish, eggs and dairy.
We only started hosting this year and it has been a super experience, meeting interesting people from all over the map, geographically, professionally and socially. People have been so sweet in leaving kind reviews and making us Superhosts . We know too that they've cut us some slack; our place isn't perfect yet but we work hard on upkeep and upgrades to make it so as fast as time and budget allow. We truly are in
a remote area and welcome all people who treasure nature, peace and quiet and gently reconnecting with nature and eachother. We hope to see you here one day!