About this listing
(Note: my room is already booked for September 2015 even though my calendar shows it as available). Queen size bed, private bathroom & garden entrance. Mini kitchen (barfridge, microwave, etc). Wifi/tv/netflix. Wineries, skiing, mtn biking all close. 1-2 blocks to beach, coffee, sports rentals, shops, grocery, restaurants. 1.3 km to hospital.
Ideal location, neighborhood is best in Kelowna, trending from small war homes to town homes and boutiques.
Kelowna in the summer is a playground for golf fanatics, beach lovers, downhill and cross country mountain bikers (check website for Mountain Bike Central Okanagan), road biking (bike trails everywhere!), easy to difficult hiking and rock climbing, casual nature and lakeside or Mission Creek Greenway walks, and roller blading on the recreational pathway . Kelowna's #1 voted yoga studio is just behind my house (Moksha). Public tennis courts 3 blocks away, bird sanctuary 4 blocks. And don't forget the winery tours -- this is Napa Valley in the North! (website hidden)
Downtown you can rent ski boats, jet skiis, paddle boards, kayaks. Sports Rent is one block from my house for bikes, roller blades, etc.
5 minute drive from windsurfing and kite surfing beach. family beaches, "body" beaches, and 2 minute walk to small neighborhood beach -- beautiful sandy shallow weed free swimming. Rent my kayak and walk it to lake on wheels - you're paddling within 10 minutes. 30 minute drive to small boat club for rowing/sculling and sailing lessons.
In the winter, skiiers and snowboarders couldn't be happier. Virtually guaranteed fresh powder every few days. Affordable ski rental 2 blocks from my house. 1 hour to Big White Ski Resort (or 2 blocks to shuttle bus!) and Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Club (McCullogh), 30 minutes to Telemark Cross Country and snowshoe trails or Crystal Mtn 'junior' ski hill, 70 minutes to Sovereign Lake Cross Country (national training centre) and Silver Star Ski Resort, 90 minutes to Apex Mountain. Yes, that's 4 ski mountains within 30-90 minute drive.
Skate on downtown's public free outdoor skating rink, or check out a Kelowna Rockets hockey game, where NHL players Shea Webber, Josh Gorges, Luke Schenn and more got their start as teenagers.
Restaurants with 1-3 blocks: Zabb Thai, Chutneys Indian, Misu sushi, Original Joe's, Mission TapHouse, and of course Subway! Within 3-6 km: RauDz (deluxe!), The Keg, Earl's On Top, Bichon, Eldorado, Cabana, and for the best breakfast in town The Bohemian Bagel Cafe. Or save money with groceries: Lakeview Market (2 blocks), Urban Fare (3 blocks) or Save On Foods (4 blocks). Coffe shops: Good Earth (1 block), Marmalade Cat Cafe (2 blocks), Blenz (2 blocks), Starbucks (3 blocks).
Knit/crochet? Best yarn shop in I think all of the northwest is 1 block away.
Weather - in July/August you'll be thankful I have air conditioning. We are the only semi-arid desert area in Canada, with temps around 30-38 celsius (80-100 F). In the winter you can tolerate my 22 celsius gas heated house, or boost the heat with your personal electric floor boards. Temps outside are typically -5 to 10 Celsius, but have been known to hover around -10 or dip to -30 for days to satisfy the ice wine gods. I knit so I have extra toques (hats) and scarves if you need them!
Haved I missed anything??!! Ask me.
Private entrance with house key via relaxing, treed, backyard garden. Deck, patio & comfy deck chairs right outside your door. Adjoining laundry room (washer/dryer is shared with me) has mini fridge with tiny freezer, toaster oven, kettle, microwave, electric skillet, hot plate, & some dishes for your use (I don't provide breakfast). Those staying for a week or more can have occasional access to my full kitchen.
$25 cleaning fee waived for stays of at least 3 nights. I don't clean during your stay, but have spare bed sheets if you need a fresh set.
Must tolerate my two cats, but we can close the door so they don't go in your room if you prefer.
Interaction with Guests
I work full time, and prefer my privacy, but I'm very friendly and happy to check in with guests a couple times a day to make sure everything is going well.
I've personalized a number of maps for my guests showing bike routes, beaches, restaurants, shopping, and suggested driving/winery route.
I prefer independent guests but am always excited to introduce people to my favourite spots, and so are my neighbors! I've lived here 25 years and done it all (almost!): road bike, mtn bike, hike, backpack, snowboard, cross country ski, roller blade, and kayak. And knitting! If you golf, I've got friends who can give you inside information!
Up and coming neighborhood with lots of small shops, grocery stores, and restaurants/pubs. Mostly small older homes but new high end condo beside my newly renovated war-era bungalow. Wonderful neighbours who watch out for each other, including my guests! Dog park behind house. Moksha Yoga studio and quiet small beach 1 block away. Large beach with amenities 6 blocks away. Excellent mountain biking trails nearby (Knox Mtn, Myra Bellevue, Smith Creek, Wildhorse Canyon). 30 minute drive to famous Kettle Valley Railbed (Myra Canyon Trestles) with stunning views including the regrowth from the 2003 firestorm. 30-70 minute drive to your choice of 3 cross country and 3 downhill ski areas (McCullogh Nordic, Telemark, Sovereign Lake; Silver Star, Big White, and Crystal Mtn respectively). 1 km to Hospital in case skiing doesn't go so well! Wineries everywhere! See my Guidebook for some of my local favourites.
2 blocks to bus and groceries. 10-20 minute bike ride on flat road to downtown, to large mall, or to Farmers Market (Wed and Sat). Free parking on street with guest pass.
Other Things to Note
Willing to discuss accomodating pets, but my cats take priority :)
Parking on street with provided pass (there's always a spot).
Non-smoking in house and property. (Nice quiet park just outside my gate if you want to smoke there but please shower before sleeping to keep bed/pillows fresh for future guests.)
Quiet between midnight and 7 a.m.
Prefer shoes off in house but soft soled clean shoes acceptable.
If I'm in backyard please respect my privacy, otherwise enjoy the yard. Guests staying more than 1 week may use the barbecue in summer months.
I'll check in twice a day initially to make sure all is well and give tips on bus, wineries, beaches, ski hills, etc, otherwise you're on your own.
Cathy is a very friendly host and really cares about your experience. She gave lots of info about the area. The location is great, just a stone throw away from the lake and settled in a quiet residential neighbourhood. We enjoyed the garden and having our own entrance. The room is spacious and clean. Highly recommended.
Cathy is obviously an experienced host. There is a desk in the room with folders full of maps (with notes added) and other useful info. The room is clean and tidy, and the bathroom and mini kitchen give you everything you need for a self contained stay.
Our stay at Cathy's was awesome. We were politely greeted upon arrival and she gave us a tour of a very clean and inviting space with nice touches like chocolates on the pillows, toiletries, beach towels etc. We appreciated the air conditioning and the detailed maps about the area, and loved the location- so close to the beach and restaurants with great bike trails connecting to even more wonderful beaches, parks, & restaurants! We were grateful for the use of the washing machine as we had just finished a camping trip. Overall we wouldn't have changed a thing and when we return to Kelowna we will definitely stay here again! Thanks Cathy.
Cathy was a fantastic host, and the space was excellent! We really appreciated the guidance on what bike routes to explore and which wineries to visit. Being just steps away from beach access was a great bonus too.
Cathy has created a lovely space to stay in. The room is clean, cool and quiet -- fitted with all the necessities. The backyard is filled with fresh raspberries, herbs and flowers. She's attentive, but never intrusive. The house is located in one of the nicest parts of Kelowna, minutes away from a great swimming beach, along with a stretch of nice shops and restaurants. Would happily stay here again, thanks Cathy!
Cathy was a great host! Everything just run perfect. The house was great, clean and comfy. We loved the backyard as well as the park in the back of the house. Lovely neigthbourd, very safe, close to everything!!! Beach in two minutes walk, and restaurants and groceries around the corner.
Cathy is a fantastic host. The suite is great. The neighbourhood couldn't be better - 1/2 a block from the lake, lots of good restaurants and boutiques.
About the Host, Cathy
I love living in the sunny Okanagan. We get all 4 seasons here, and I live right by the lake, surrounded by mountains. I mountain bike, kayak on the lake, cross country ski, and used to snowboard. I'm a rabid knitter at this point in my life.