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Nelson, BC. Love travel & nature.
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We had a lovely time at Colleen's Ivory Thistle Cottage in Nelson. The cottage was much more adorable than the pictures show. It was spotless and we felt right at home within an hour of being there. Everything that we needed was in the cottage, we didn't want for anything. It is located out of town in a peaceful area so was nice and quiet. A five minute drive to the beach with walking/biking trails just down the driveway. The front lawn/patio area was cool and breezy as we were there in very hot weather - so it was refreshing to play croquette and chill out in the shade of the trees. Colleen was great in giving us our space and privacy which was kind. There was nothing wrong with this vacation spot. Love love loved it! Karen and Steve Evans
We rented out this amazing and beautiful cottage for our wedding… It was a wonderful and enchanting experience. Recommend this spot to anyone who needs to get away to somewhere special. The ambience this cottage provided was magical.
Thank you very much for the generous comment and for taking the time to write a review. Best wishes, Colleen
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.
We had a lovely stay at Ivory Thistle Cottage. The cottage is fully equipped and truly feels like a home away from home. Colleen thinks of every last detail and was always quick to respond to any questions we had. We'll for sure be back!
Colleen and Fannuel were very nice and discrete hosts.
We barely saw them, and unfortunately, did not have enough time to chase them a bit more! But when we saw them, they were very kind and polite.
They maintained the place very well and were friendly.
We hope they had a good stay and wish the best future!