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
- 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
Hastings House is a lovely getaway.
20 min plane ride from Coal Harbour Van.
The accommodations are fantastic and the food is over the top great.
The gardens and surrounding property are beautiful.
The staff are very friendly. Shout out to Arisa in the dining room.
Thanks to all at Hastings House Hotel who made our 3 day getaway a very memorable one.
And thank you also to Sharon.
Family dinner last Thursday night in the Bistro was the highlight of our visit to Salt Spring Island. Incomparable setting on a forested bluff overlooking Ganges Harbor below; classic English Country House which the founder, Mr. Hastings, built in 1937, modeled after his family home in Sussex, England. Think leaded windows, quietly elegant classic furnishings, rich woods, immaculate grounds & gardens. We arrived early and happened to meet Josh, the Head Gardener who manages this constantly evolving - completely organic - farm-to-table acreage estate to insure a steady bounty of healthy produce for the Kitchen and fresh flowers for the guest rooms. We then moved to the terrace overlooking the Harbor for cocktails & hors d'oeuvres while our server Brett talked us through the menu. Following another round of drinks, Brett announced that dinner was served so we adjourned to the newly re-modeled Bistro dining room to enjoy expertly prepared dishes from the Hastings House cookbook. Personal favorites included Swiss-born Chef Marcel's parmesean-crusted halibut ("simply divine"), and if they have the famous Salt Spring Lamb, don't miss it! Sadly, we stayed elsewhere as part of a wedding, but other guests who were staying there raved about the cottages & suites, and particularly liked getting their fresh baked "wake-up hamper" muffins in the mornings. Afterward, we all agreed: Hastings House is in a class by itself; a real treat to experience. If you can only visit, do so; but stay there if you can! Kudos to everyone involved!!!
We don’t often stay at a Relais et Chateaux property but this was a special occasion so off to Ganges for two nights.
The accommodation was very nice with private deck looking into Ganges Harbour as well as a wonderful and comfortable king sized bed. Thankfully we had asked for a room with air conditioning because it was very hot during our stay.
As an aside if you have mobility issues this may not be the place for you. Make sure you do your research.
We ate two breakfasts and one supper (in the Bistro) on site. The supper in particular was well prepared and well served. We finished our bottle of Garry Oak Pinot Gris outside after supper as the sunset. Mucho Romantic.
We had a couple of small issues with the room that were taken care of very quickly, I think no small feat in Ganges on a summer weekend.
Now my rant. I am well into my senior years. The older I get the prouder a Canadian I am.
This being the case, on the property’s flag pole when we arrived was a puny little Canadian Maple Leaf flying above this massive Relais et Chateaux flag. Come on Hastings House -which is the more important? We have a lot to appreciate in Canada, especially when we look at what is happening politically in some other countries so please get your priorities right. Shame on you!
Today I met an angel named Johan at the Hastings House Spa on Salt Spring Island. Johan helped release years of muscular pain from a strenuous professional dance career and gave me tools to help with migraines and muscle spasms. She not only gave an incredible service..she also walked us around the property and gave us an in detail run down of the history of the land.
Best spa experience yet!
Enjoyed an incredible meal at the Bistro with my sister, the Artisan Garden Salad with parsley vinaigrette was a great start! My sister had the halibut (the special that evening) - it was melt in your mouth delicious. I had the grilled New York steak that was so tender and yummy - I don't usually order steak out because it's something I cook rather well myself but I thought I would try it and was very impressed and not disappointed - I highly recommend either of these dishes for a very enjoyable dining experience. The chocolate desert and cream brûlée was just right to complete the meal. And the server and manager did a fantastic job of making sure our experience was perfect! Thank you!!