Thursday, June 27, 2013

HERITAGE HOUSE, HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC

Entrance to Riversedge cottage
I found a new and delightful place to stay in Harrison Hot Springs that I never knew was there.

Harrison Heritage House and Cottages is tucked off Lilloet Road, the main east-west road in the town. On an acre, it sits on the banks of the Miami River (see image below). Sloping lawns lead from the house and cottages to a pair of kayaks and a canoe that guests can paddle along this quiet river where kingcups bloom and Canada geese swim.

Miami River from Heritage
 House's garden

This accommodation is B&B in the main house and self-catering in the cottages. I stayed in Riversedge cottage, a very well-equipped one bedroom and two-bed loft, with a peek-a-boo view of the river. It's a little dark inside due to the tall trees that surround it, but it has a modern bathroom with a big soaker tub and a fireplace in the living room. The kitchenette does not have a full sized stove, offering instead a two-ring hotplate, a huge toaster oven, and a microwave. I found it more than adequate. WiFi is free and delivers a fast, reliable connection. The small deck outside the front door is raised up and is sheltered by a porch. (See image above)

As the town of Harrison Hot Springs is small and compact, almost everything is within walking distance—the lake, cafes, pubs, and restos, and the boat tours' dock. The long-established, nine-hole golf course is a short drive away.

Harrison Heritage House provides an oasis of tranquillity in high season when the Esplanade is full of tourists and often noisy in the evenings.

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