|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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If you want privacy, serenity, a private natural swimming pond, and an awe-inspiring view of a glacier, then you will feel right at home at this log house in the picturesque Squamish River valley. The Squamish River valley is off the beaten path between Vancouver and Whistler, with only about one hour to Vancouver and 45 minutes to Whistler. The valley is a broad, sunny oasis of lush cottonwood and alders in the flat valley bottom surrounded by steep slopes covered by ancient cedar, hemlock and fir. The mountains precipitously rise over 8000 feet to culminate in snow and ice-clad peaks of the Tantalus Range.
The cabin is nestled on a high terrace on five private tree covered acres. Depending on the season your arrive at the log house you will encounter a plethora of colorful ornamental trees, flowering magnolias, roses, lavenders, Japanese maples in beautiful oranges and reds, Persian perogias, beeches and many other tree species. The large surround deck features a pergola in which you can hoist a hammock and swing yourself to sleep in the lull of a nearby waterfall.
In 2013 we built a natural swimming pond and regeneration pond. This technology that has been developed in Europe uses natural filtration in which water is circulated through a volcanic filter substrate and then pumped back into the swimming pond via a 2 m high waterfall. Both ponds are surrounded by some 200 water plants which provide further water quality improvements. There are no chemicals in the water and it thus feels like swimming in a mountain lake. It also requires a minimum of maintenance.
The log house has 3 bedrooms total, an upstairs loft and two downstairs with two bathrooms. There is a wood burning sauna in its own separate log cabin. Unlike many log homes, this one has been designed to let a maximum of light filter into the cozy wood interior with 4 skylights, large picture windows and oversized tilt and turn windows in all four directions. You can heat the house with baseboard heaters, or better yet, by lighting a fire in an Austrian style ornamental tile fireplace. In 2012 we installed a floor heating system. Water is heated up in the fireplace in a heat exchanger. Once a critical temperature is reached, the water is pumped underground through insulated Pex pipes. When you have the fireplace roaring, you'll eventually hear a creaking and that means toasty toes.
The cabin is child-friendly though children will have to be supervised when playing outside because of bears (black bears), and cougars (never seen one but they exist), plus there are large boulders that are not to be climbed by children.
As of March 2013 there is a 12 m x 5 m fenced-in unheated natural swimming pool (no chemicals). A small play cabin is located in front of the house for 1-5 year olds and by March 2011 there will also be a tree house 7 feet above the ground.
Besides simply relaxing you have the entire spectrum outdoor activities at your feet. You can hike to a beautiful waterfall, some 8 km up valley, swim in Alice Lake while gazing at the Mount Garibaldi volcano. A 20 minute drive will bring you to the Squamish Chief, Canada's foremost rock climbing Mecca, or you can kite surf in Howe Sound known for its never ending winds. You can ride your mountain bike on the vast trail system that Squamish has to offer from beginner to extreme. A 40 minute drive will bring you to Callaghan valley, the cross-country and biathlon centre for Whistler. Another 10 minutes will bring you to the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, where you can enjoy skiing from November until June. If you prefer canoeing, you can start right in Pillchuck Creek which borders the property and paddle a romantic creek to the broad meandering Squamish River that winds its way through untouched wilderness towards the ocean. Or go wild water rafting or kayaking on the wild Ashlu and Elaho Rivers. For anglers, the Squamish and Mamquam Rivers are famous for their salmon runs, with hundreds of bald eagles amassing in the fall to get their share of the protein.
A fifteen minute drive will get you to Brackendale where you can buy groceries or enjoy a hearty meal in a restaurant. Whatever your hearts delight, you will be sure to find it here.
Keywords: Lodge, Wilderness Resort, Finca, Casa De Campana, Blockhaus, Blockhuette, Cabin
Together with my wife and daughter we live in Vancouver. Over the course of 5 years we mostly built the log house ourselves, starting with clearing the lot, then built the wood shed, then the sauna. I work as a geoscientist for a Vancouver consulting firm. My wife is a financial planner.
The Owner purchased this chateau / country house in 2001
This property I stumbled across when doing a rock fall hazard assessment for the original owner of the quarter section. Despite it having been densely forested, I knew that I wanted this place. The scenery is divine and the tranquility is amazing. Glacierized mountains rising steeply almost 9000 foot (2700 m) from the valley bottom, bald eagles, salmon, black bears, hiking, rafting on the local rivers make this a very special place only an hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver.
The five acres allow one to roam freely and to hang out on the porch without been seen by neighbors. There is a creek on the western perimeter of the lot that leads into Squamish River. Salmon can be observed in the fall as well as abundant bald eagles during salmon season. Turkey vultures circle during the summer. You can back country ski right from the property up Mount Cloudburst, come back and enjoy the wood-burning sauna. Jumping in the snow and nobody but the odd bird will watch you. There are plumb trees, apple trees, and cherry trees on the property, help yourself if you feel like it. Hiking trails are nearby and you can test your strength biking up a steep gravel road right behind the house. As of April 2013, an eco swimming pond, roughly 20 m long and 12 m wide awaits those of you who like to swim in water without addition of any chemicals. This pond has been constructed by a German pond-maker. It is naturally cleaned by an intrictate filtration system and through the bacterial action of a large variety of water plants in the regeneration pond that borders the swimming pond.
We had a wonderful stay at the cabin. The cabin and surrounding property are rustic and natural but very well cared for. My children loved the treehouse and outdoor swimming pond, and there were lots of fun things for them to do on the property. The view of the glacier from the deck is amazing. The cabin was well outfitted with everything we needed, and Monica was very helpful in communicating any time we had a question. The location is ideal as well, close to Alice Lake, the gondola, hiking and rock climbing. We hope to come back for our next family vacation.
We stayed at the log house with friends from Australia and we were just captivated by the house and its setting. It was beautiful with the glacier view from the decking and the lovely garden and natural swimming pool (very cold but refreshing at the end of a busy day). The house was extremely comfortable and well equiped. It was really nice to sit down at night in front of the fire.
We enjoyed the feeling of being away from the "madding crowd" but the location was still close enough to enjoy visits to Whistler, Alice Lake and The Chief. The Gondola to the top of the Chief was a really good experience
Monica and Mathias were really helpful with the booking arrangements and information about the house and places to visit.
We really hope that we will be able to return to the Loghouse and would recommend it for a very relaxing break
From the moment we drove up, it seemed like we had been transported into a fairy tale. The setting was hard-to-believe gorgeous, with lovely natural gardens and swimming pond, beautiful trees and mountain vistas off the deck of the handsome cabin home. A convenient location for trips to Vancouver and Whistler, and a very peaceful place to relax afterwards! Monica and Matthias were most accommodating; not getting the chance to thank them in person for their hospitality was our only regret.
We spent a full week at the cabin. Absolutely everything we expected and some. The views of the glacier were spectacular. The property was secluded but close enough to town to get everything we needed. Great location for day trips to Squamish, Vancouver and Whistler. The cabin had everything you could possibly need and the owners were just an email away if we had any questions. The property is well maintained and definitely a unique vacation destination. We would recommend it in a heart beat!
Just the respite my kids and I needed to recharge in this peaceful and serene setting with stunning views. Easy drive to hiking and lots of options to choose from. Feel like you are so far removed from the hustle and bustle but close enough to town if you need something from the store. The house is stocked with pretty much everything you would need. Our only recommendation would be to add a microwave to reheat leftovers quickly or for popcorn. :) No complaints though because we thoroughly enjoyed our time at this beautiful home!
I recently spent just over a week at Monica's Loghouse Lodge with my wife, two kids (6 months and 2 1/2 years) and my parents. This is a phenomenal location with great views of glaciers from the back deck hammock as well as a much needed swimming pool (the early part of our stay had temperatures in the mid-high 30's). It was exactly the kind of break that we were looking for. Close enough to Vancouver that we didn't have to take extra vacation days to get there, but far enough removed that there is spotty cell access and you are truly disconnected. Monica was very helpful both prior to our trip (making sure she accommodated our young children) and while we were there (questions about garbage removal, etc). Overall the whole experience from booking, to arriving and enjoying our stay was very personal and welcoming. If you are looking for a place that's a true getaway I highly recommend Monica's Loghouse Lodge.
wilderness hiking, tenting
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 9 2017
3 night minimum stay