What We Love
- Chef Marcel Kauer’s stellar menu and dedication to local, seasonal ingredients
- Luxury treatments in the spa, or in front of your room’s fireplace
- A Relais & Chateax property
What To Know
- Children 11 and under are not permitted in the dining room for dinner service
- The island is fairly large; if you want the convenience of a car, rent one on the mainland and take a car ferry over (be sure to make car ferry reservations in advance)
- The hotel is popular for weddings
- These are historic buildings, and WiFi service in guestrooms can be sporadic
- Pets are permitted for a fee of $50 to $100 per stay, depending on the room type
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
About two hours by ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Vancouver, Hastings House rests at the end of a leafy, winding drive on British Columbia’s picture-perfect Salt Spring Island. Overlooking the marina from one side, it’s bordered on the other by a long meadow filled with grazing sheep. Hastings House’s sprawling collection includes a Manor House, cottages and other historic buildings turned into luxury accommodations. Seven Deluxe Hillside Suites are housed in a 1997 building that mimics the property’s barn, which has a batten-wood and shake-shingle aesthetic. Each is uniquely furnished and decorated, but each has heated slate floors, a fireplace and a bathroom with a large soaking tub and a separate shower. The focal point of each suite is the view of Ganges Harbor through the expansive picture windows or from the private balcony. Expect fresh muffins delivered to your door each morning, as well as a full English breakfast in the dining room. Dinner is in the rustic dining room in the Manor House; the menu, which changes seasonally, incorporates products from the island’s many farmers and artisanal foodmakers.
In the Area
Salt Spring Island has long been a respected colony for artists, so head out on a self-guided tour to check them out; there are established art routes to help you navigate the many galleries and workshops. If birdwatching is your thing, you’re in luck. Salt Spring Island is home to a multitude of songbirds, birds of prey and waterfowl. Rather do something a bit more romantic? Request a gourmet picnic basket from the inn, add a bottle of wine from one of the island’s vineyards and head for one of the many secluded beaches. For active types, the island offers prime hiking and cycling, or you can sail and paddle the waters; day or moonlight kayaking is available (book in advance).
How to Get There
In years past we have stayed at Hastings, and it was fine with great service; but new management has turned this Relaise & Chateau hotel and kitchen into a horrible place. We stayed for a week, but the first night with dirty utensils and hair in our food caused us to not use the restraunt again during our stay. But the topper was our room had rats come into it and eat thru the wrapper on the chocolates left on the cabinet, one night; and the next night, we came in at 10pm and found a rat sitting on the bed eating the chocolates left by the housekeeper as a present. The rat ran across the room right in front of us. We got no satisfaction from the night staff that bought new linens, but they saw the mess. The next morning we checked out and complained to the Office Manager who argued with us that the place did not have a rat infestion problem, and refused to call a pest control company. He essentially called us liars. Super rude. Do not stay at this place!!!
Hastings House is beyond charming and the staff was so warm and friendly! Everything was perfect! You begin to relax the moment you arrive! Just walking around the grounds was a delight and the breakfasts were amazing! They start your day with a savory surprise each morning in a basket outside your door! Just an wonderful experience!
Clean, professional, and awesome. A place to call home, but will all the benefits of not lifting a finger. Could not have asked for a better getaway. Even the weather cooperated ... SaltSpring Island is now checked off the bucket list. But would go back in a heartbeat.