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The newest and oldest accommodation in Wells. The Mountain Thyme Getaway is a restored 1 and 1/2 story wooden clap-board house typical of the mine workers of the 1930s and 40s. Relaxing atmosphere, Cozy rooms, simple-world charm, comfy furniture, modern baths, DVD players and LP turntable, WiFi, and other conveniences for the modern traveler. Across from the 'Best Cafe' in the entire Central Interior, and within walking distance of everywhere, including theaters, art galleries and stores. Balcony view of Mountains and Meadows. 6 minutes from Barkerville, and 25 minutes from Bowron Lakes.
Upstairs is a master bedroom and landing with pullout twins as well as a deep soaker tub. Downstairs is a large side room with two entrances, and a double and two twin beds. It has its own bathroom with shower and an outside door to the deck. The main area reflects the historical era of the 1940's with furniture, photographs and even an operating phonograph. Hidden, but available, are DVD players, an LCD TV and WiFi services. The kitchen has all the necessities from microwaves and coffee machines to grills, fridge and a BBQ.
The elevated front deck commands the street and the valley, while the private back deck even boasts a dog-house and fenced area for pets.
In the town, but overlooking the meadows, and Slide Mountain. Situated in a beautiful valley, surrounding by hills and mountains....moreless
The host-town to the ghost town! Adjacent to Barkerville Historic Park, home of the largest Gold Rush in Canada, and gateway to Bowron Lake Park, one of the 10 best canoe circuits in the World...moreless
In the Cariboo Mountains, in a quaint historic mining town, with a strong artistic, musical and theatre component...moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$35 per night, per additional guest
Spring Mini-Rental May 1 - Jul 23, 2015 1 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
Summer Jul 24 - Sep 13, 2015 2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 1 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage DepositC$200
WINTER USE FEE: One-time $70 surcharge plus tax. In the winter we add a single plowing, heating and shovelling fee for our additional expenses. Note that this fee will be added to the quote that you receive from VRBO for bookings between December 1 and May 15.
SPRING MINI-RENTAL: Minimum 2 nights stay on weekends in July.
SPRING WHOLE HOUSE FEE OFFER: Add just $70 and take the whole house(two baths, 6 beds), plus $25 per person over 6 people.
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Experience the Gold! Barkerville, in 1862, was the home to BC's largest gold rush, which led to our incorporation in Canada. It has over 120 buildings, live interpretation, operating period mercantile, guided tours and displays. It is a BC Heritage site, a National Historic Site of Canada and contains two additional National Historic Monuments.
Wells, in 1933, became the largest town in BC north of Hope, with 4,000 people, all night grocery stores, 3 bars 5 churches, a giant community hall and even a train station office. Fred Wells wanted a prosperous town with a community spirit, and his goal live on today. With only 280 full-time residents, Wells is dominated by tourism and gold mining still. In the summer, there are two operating live theaters, constant concerts in other venues, and one of Canada's 10 best Music Festivals (Artswells). In addition, there are a variety of shops, restaurants and galleries, and our historically unique architecture is proudly maintained in the colorful residents preserved from the original mining construction.
Wells is also the gateway to 100's of km of trails, mountains, and canoe routes. It has an extensive hiking and Mountain Biking system, ATV and snowmobile trails, and the scenic Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, a one week canoe trip, rated one of the 10 best canoe trips in the world.
Summer offers endless entertainment and cultural opportunities in a community set in a remote mountain valley, with some of the best large wildlife viewing opportunities in North America.
Winter offers some of the deepest and driest snow in Canada, unlimited groomed and off-piste trail riding for snowmobiles, and every type of skier or snow-shoer.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: We've lived and loved Wells since the last century! We came here for the outdoor life and started an outdoor adventure business and a cafe. We've since expanded to own a gift store and now, recently converted this building into a guesthouse(summer of 2013). We love tramping and skiing in the mountains and lakes, and our passion is evident in everything we touch. Our ski tours have been featured in a variety of outdoor and travel magazines including Westworld, BC Magazine, and Air Canada's Enroute Magazine. Our Cafe has won numerous awards including Best Cafe in Northern BC, and our Gift Store has been called one of the most unique stores in the Cariboo! Expect Mountain Thyme to give you the same.
We think Wells is one of the most touching and unique places in British Columbia. It's a tiny town with more power and culture than places 100 times larger. We love being part of it.
Why the Owner Chose Wells: We made the Mountain Thyme what it is because we're so proud of the working man's history of our area, and the heritage value of our architecture. It has been a labour of love to restore it to its simple structure, and celebrate its location and value.
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow: Mountain Thyme is a beautiful wildflower, that grows in alpine areas, and it's also a play on the word 'time'. You can't help feeling like you're on a holiday, or 'Mountain Time' when stay here, and also, this building and the entire community of Wells is like a wild mountain flower discovered on a ramble. You will feel the magic of Wells, as soon as you step into the Mountain Thyme. On the living room wall is an old photograph from 1898 showing our valley from that time, and as you look out the window you see the connection with the space, and also the changes and growth that have come and gone like seasons in our community.