A character straw-bale cottage nestled in the forest next to a brook. A peaceful setting 12 minutes from Nelson, a vibrant arts and outdoor community with boutiques, cafes, and beaches. Two bedrooms, 1 full bath, a country kitchen and dining area with sitting room and fireplace.
A short and scenic 12 minute drive to Nelson with boutiques, cafes, restaurants, museum, theatres, artists, outdoor activities, markets, and many more attractions.
Nearest Beach~ a two minute drive
Hiking trails nearby
Hot springs ~35 minutes
Kaslo ~ 1 hour. A beautiful town nestled beside the lake with shops, cafes, hiking, beaches and the SS Moyie museum.
Fletcher Falls~ 10 minutes before Kaslo. Picnic area, beach and impressive falls.
Kokanee Creek Park- Hiking, Nature center & beaches. Try the canyon trail or go up into the park 16km for the Old Growth Trail.
Crawford Bay ~ Take the free ferry from Balfour and sail across the lake to Crawford Bay where artisan studios, cafes, beaches, & trails await. Hike to the light house or to the pebble beach.
Other Things to Note
*THERE IS A SMALL OWNER COTTAGE on the property. Your enjoyment and privacy is assured.
Please respect the cottage and treat it with love and care. Thank you
Just returned to California the other night! Again, staying at your cottage was one of the most enchanting and memorable highlights of our road trip this time. We were saying how you are like Tinkerbell and your cottage is so fantastical in nature. Thanks so much for the all the tips of things to do in beautiful Nelson. We enjoyed dinner ideas on Baker Street and hikes in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. The salmon spawn was amazing. We hope we can keep in touch and look forward to exploring more of Nelson and the Kootenays again in the future :)
Fanny & Kevin
We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay at Ivory Thistle Cottage. The house is furnished and decorated with obvious attention to detail, and the result is a cozy, peaceful, rustic experience. In the evenings we made a fire in the fireplace (the weather was cool), cooked dinner (the kitchen is well outfitted with utensils, pots, and pans), and played board games. Colleen was a thoughtful host. She texted us before coming by and offered suggestions for good beaches and hikes nearby--we followed them and loved them all.
We stayed 6 days at the Ivory Thistle Cottage and it had been an extraordinary holiday. This is really a very special house, full of charm and the owner has made it a real little heaven. Everything was perfect: very well equipped, perfectly clean, very comfortable beds, etc. Just trust the photos, they show exactly what the house looks like.
Ivory Thistle was a wonderful location, ideal to relax a few days in the middle of a demanding road trip through Canada. During our stay, it happened to rain a lot. No problem, even when it rains, the view when sitting on the porch is nice. Moverover, the kitchen equipment is outstanding (never had better pans and knives in a accommodation rental - so all culinary interested travellers: set this cottage on your short list)- and the cosy atmosphere of the living room. In all, one really notices the love Colleen has put into this place.
Contact with Colleen during stay happened mostly by texting. Face to Face contact was very pleasant, she is a wonderful host.
During the our trip, we stayed at six different commercial accomodations (next to some family visits). This one was our best experience and by far the best value for money.
Please note, that, with the exception of the city of Nelson, this accomodation is quite remote from other sights. However, this cottage combined with the Highway 3A drive along the east shore of Kootenay lake, is worth the detour alone in a West Canada trip
The Ivory Thistle Cottage is undoubtedly a sweet mecca. The space is charming in it's design and the aesthetic, decorative details lend themselves to the overall experience of the cottage. The calming vibes leave you feeling relaxed and coaxed into a serene state of gratitude and awe of the specatacularness that is Nelson, BC. The Ivory Thistle is a treasure and those who have the opportunity to bask in it's gentle spirit will long to return as soon as you have left.
My family and I had a lovely time at the Ivory Thistle Cottage. We were enchanted by the beautiful cob house decorated in French Provincial style. Everything was provided down to the smallest detail including raspberries for our breakfast in the morning. Colleen was a friendly host who respected our privacy and made us feel very comfortable. We would love to come back to Ivory Thistle Cottage and would recommend it to anyone.
We had a great stay at the cottage. Nelson is such a beautiful town; I hate spoil such a well kept secret but I highly recommend a stay at Colleen's cabin. Super clean and very cozy.