Hastings House Country House Hotel (Salt Spring Island)

I was invited to be witness to the 12th Annual Salt Spring Documentary Film Festival this past weekend and I will fully confess I had an amazing time. Not only because Deirdre Rowland was amazing at taking me everywhere and showcasing Salt Spring Island for me, but also because every single element of my stay was phenomenal. The community in Salt Spring Island welcomed me as one of them and I was able to have very in-depth conversations with them.

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

One of the key one elements that made my stay so pleasurable was the amazing service of the hotel where I stayed, Hastings House Country House Hotel. A wonderful hotel with a variety of suites, that operates much as a bed-and-breakfast, Hastings House provided me with much needed respite from the craziness of urban life in Vancouver.

In 1937, Warren Hastings, an English naval architect with a gift for story-telling, moved to Salt Spring Island from Sussex, England with his new bride Barbara. According to Hastings, he and Barbara “decided to build on Salt Spring Island because we love the sea and we think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a lovely climate.” Hastings built the Manor House in 1940 to resemble his 11th century Sussex-style family home because their “furniture was suitable for a house of this type.”

In 1980, Warren Hastings sold the property to Shan and Donald Cross of Calgary, Alberta, who turned the estate into an elegant hotel with ten guest suites and 30 seats in the dining room. Fifteen years later the current owners Bonny O’Connor and Jerry Parks purchased the property with the goal of maintaining the courtesy and charm of Hastings House. The new owners added seven new Hillside Suites overlooking Ganges Harbour in 1999. In 2000 they built the Verandah over an outdoor patio to increase dining capacity and provide an all-weather spot for weddings and other gatherings. The former manager’s residence has been refurbished as a 3-bedroom guest cottage overlooking the hotel grounds and harbour, bringing the total number of guest accommodations to eighteen.[History of Hastings House]

I stayed in the Manor (the main house), which houses 2 beautiful suites, The Snug (a little alcove underneath the main dining room that allows you to work on a stand-alone computer, watch TV or have afternoon tea and some treats) and the main dining room. My room was pretty huge.

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

My room had a fireplace, a desk and a fabulous bed and everything I could ask for. On top of that, I had a fantastic experience with the service provided to me, both in regards to food and everything I had there.

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

At 3:30 Kelly (the general manager) organizes afternoon tea at the Snug so that he can get to know the guests. Overall, an amazing experience, and I will have to try it again next time I am in Salt Spring Island.

Hastings House (Salt Spring Island)

Disclosure: I’m in Salt Spring Island to experience the 12th Annual Salt Spring Island Documentary Film Festival March 4th through 6th. My stay at Hastings House and my flight on Salt Spring Air have both been complimentary. Entry to the film festival is by donation and I’ve happily paid for that out of my own pocket. It’s a fantastic film festival and you should experience it next year.

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Comments (3)

Nancy (aka moneycoach)March 12th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I am completely and utterly sold. It looks gorgeous and just the kind of place I could unwind … and blog for a while. Thanks for featuring this and for including the beautiful photos.

KellyMarch 12th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hi Nancy; You are welcome anytime to our piece of paradise!

Kelly McAree
General Manager

Terra DimockMarch 13th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

the tulips are starting to peek from under the ground…… by May the gardens of Hastings House will be a stunning display of color and beauty……. Breathtaking. I invite you to share a walk on the property and breathe the salt air + gaze upon our beautiful gardens. Spring is upon us and there is nowhere on the island more dazzling than the gardens of Hastings House on beautiful Salspring Island!

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