About this listing
Come stay in our lovely straw bale house and enjoy the hot Okanagan summer!
We think our house is beautiful! It is a post-and-beam structure with thick, undulating strawbale walls. The top floor, which has views throughout of the vineyard, lake, and Okanagan Mountain Park, has an open concept with a big kitchen.
The bedrooms are downstairs, both with one king size bed in the master bedroom and a queen size bed in the second bedroom. There are the two main bathrooms. Other amenities: laundry, internet, fridge space, lawn, in-ground trampoline.
In order to keep our energy consumption down we don't have central air conditioning, but the 16 inch walls keep the house fairly comfortable and downstairs is consistently cool in the summer. That being said, with this heat wave we have currently been having, we have installed a "window-shaker" air-conditioning unit for the upstairs living space. Downstairs, where the bedrooms are, stays pretty cool, and opening up the windows at night helps keep out sleeping space cool.
In the winter you have access to a thermostat to control the temperature of the in-floor heating.
We are located above Westbank's town centre (restaurants, groceries, coffee etc.) in a residential–agricultural area of orchards and vineyards. The main attractions here are the lake, which is 5 minutes by car, and wineries ( 2-15 minutes to about a dozen of them). World class mountain biking is 5 minutes from our place, and there are a number of good local hikes. 15 minutes to cross-country skiing. 15 minutes to downtown Kelowna. A little over an hour to Big White Ski Resort. Our local farmer's market (July – October) is a 5 minute walk through family property. Public transit is a further 5 minutes (10 min total) on the road. We are located on a vineyard, so whatever you are driving you will find space to park it here.
Our's is the first strawbale home in West Kelowna. We built it in 2011 and have been living here since Christmas 2011. It is one of a kind. FULL DISCLOSURE: the house is approximately 98% complete. If things like floor and door trim are very important to you, then this is perhaps not your best option. We're working on it. Having said that, we have been living here in comfort for almost four years and everything is fully operational.
A word about us: Lisa is an elementary school teacher; her family has been living in Westbank for a century plus a few years. Philip is a PhD student and tender of grapes. Eloïse (6 years) is a negotiator. Oliver (3 year old) is into everything... as such, our house is child friendly.
You will have access to the entire house, except the kids bedroom.... where we pile all our stuff into.
You will have 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, full kitchen, living room , deck, vinyard, in-ground trampoline and lawn.
Interaction with Guests
You will be checked in and out by either ourselves, or Lisa's parents, who live near by,
We live in on an operational vinyard in a rural area, that is only a 5 minute walk to downtown Westbank. Just up the road from us is Kalala Organic Winery and a 5 minute drive down hills takes you to the beaches.
The maximum number of guests is flexible. You are welcome to bring your own air mattresses to put on the floor, or sleep under the stars on the deck. Smoking is 100% out, and pets too (if you are desperate to bring your hypo-allergenic dog with you, let us know and we can discuss it). Dinner parties are recommended. Conscientious use of power and water is appreciated.