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Hastings House Salt Spring Island - Hotel Review

Island Idyll in British Columbia

Island retreats don't always have to spell palm trees and azure waters. Salt Spring, the largest of Canada's Gulf Islands with a population of 12,000, is home to Hastings House, an exclusive waterfront country estate designed to resemble an 11th-century Sussex-style manor house. This pastoral setting features 22 acres of tasteful, tranquil charm, with gorgeous blooming gardens, the freshest air, ever-changing seascapes and old-world tastes.

Drinks and meals are served in the main house, which overlooks Ganges Harbour, but the eighteen unique guest rooms and suites, each with its own décor and history, are situated in seven buildings scattered around the estate. Every morning, guests are delivered a hot beverage and freshly baked muffin, and there is also a daily complimentary afternoon tea.

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The gorgeous gardens

Many of Hastings House's sumptuous suites are appointed with country antiques, fireplaces and deep-soaker tubs. Guests spend their time taking strolls through rambling meadows or the Saturday morning markets and quaint retail shops, relaxing on the flower draped patio, dining on roasted leg of Salt Spring lamb with Gruyère potatoes and Savoy cabbage and hot orchard quince soufflé for dessert, or exploring the community which is home to a diverse population including many artists that were lured here by the scenery.

For explorers, Salt Spring Island offers shops, galleries, as well as farm, garden and winery tours. Active types will appreciate the  biking, hiking, fishing, sailing, diving, kayaking, tennis, golf, and horseback riding the island offers, then rejuvenate at the Spa at Hastings House.

Hastings House
160 Upper Ganges Rd.
Salt Spring Island
B.C. Canada, V8K 2S2

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