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
This place has a great position in Ganges, and lovely views over the harbour. The rooms are big and comfortable with gas fires. The decor is a bit dated, like a mix of 70's and 80's. All in really good condition and very clean, but they are either waiting for this decor to come back into fashion or become timeless, or they will need to spend some money to upgrade.
The restaurant is old fashioned too. Not bad, but it felt like fine dining circa 1985.
Overall the position and size of the rooms make it worth the visit but beware - it is not cheap, and I was offended by the $250.00 (!) deposit for any 'damages' - this is a rort.
We rented a house near Ganges and part of the family needed to catch the evening ferry to Vancouver. Hastings House has a formal dining room that would not have been suitable for a quick meal but also has a wonderful pub style restaurant which allowed us to have an early meal. Our waiter was excellent, understanding our time constraint. The meal was outstanding- I loved the smoked trout starter and the schnitzel was enjoyed by all including our seven year old twins. This was the best restaurant experience of our time on Salt Spring!
My husband flew us to Salt Spring Island by seaplane to celebrate a special anniversary as a surprise to me. I was so impressed with everything. We were greeted at the dock by a lovely young gentleman named Tai who gave us a brief tour before bringing us to Hastings House.
We stayed in the beautiful Post Cottage which offered a personalized welcome and a congratulations basket. Our own private hideaway on the most beautiful grounds landscaped with artistically planted flowerbeds and mature fruit trees. We had several garden strolls… the vivid colours and aromas added to the wonderful aesthetic experience. It was so comfortable... it felt like home but even better because of the 5 star service. Everyone was friendly and always smiling. You could tell they wanted nothing more than to make our stay as pleasant as possible.
A deer and her young ones showed up outside our windows every evening. We slept so contentedly every night. Hot muffins delivered discreetly by hamper to our front door in the morning. Afternoon tea with relaxation on the patio overlooking the harbour along with the gentle breeze and the sea air. They even prepared a picnic lunch for us which we found the perfect spot to enjoy on the grounds. Delicious dinners with the freshest ingredients picked from their own garden along with impeccable presentation and service. My mouth waters to think of that chocolate pate. A romantic weekend would not be complete without spa treatments. We walked away from those massages so completely relaxed.
For those who like to explore, there’s a path just outside the dining area that leads to a short walk to town. We also rented scooters just around the corner and explored the island even further.
My husband must have done his homework, because he sure picked well with this place! This had to be one of my most memorable experiences as it encompassed every romantic detail. It sure was hard to leave… I really hope we can come back!!!
We loved the place . Very old English feel .Wonderful room very comfortable.Excellent dining.great food and very attentive staff. Beautiful grounds and flowers.Easy access to the town of Ganges.We'll be back.
The Andrew Harper guide has never let us down. Hastings House is a unique and beautiful spot. One could argue that our cottage was dated, but it was a spacious, and after all it is supposed to be a country house environment. Be forewarned, some of the cottages are an uphill trek, but it scored well on our Fit Bits. The views of the Harbor are spectacular and you are close enough to town to walk, but far enough away to have escaped most reality.
The grounds are beautiful, flowers everywhere, and you can tour the garden which is the source of most of your dinner!