|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
The Goat's Head Gatehouse is a quaint, stone chalet designed in the image of National Park Gatehouses and is surrounded by the wilderness of Mt. Robson Park. The unique two story structure offers a sun room with floor to ceiling windows and a massive natural stone wood burning fireplace.
French doors open to a flagstone patio from which to enjoy a morning coffee or, for an evening barbeque to grill that perfect fresh caught trout. The patio overlooks a lovely flower garden with hummingbirds and butterflies and in the background, the glacial peaks of Mt. Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
The post and beam structure of the Gatehouse was made from pine-beetle killed trees that were cut on the property. Stones for the exterior and interior were gathered locally from quarries and cliffsides but one stone from each of the mountain national parks of western North America were also embedded within the walls.
The wood furnishings and woodwork in the gatehouse were made locally by artisans using reclaimed and recycled wood.
The kitchen contains all the amenities needed to make complete meals and make your stay comfortable. It will be equipped with many staples and pantry items so you need not purchase bulky products to carry around e.g. coffee, tea, condiments, spices, oils, vinegars, etc.
There are two baths, one with a free standing large tub in a cedar plank spa-like bathroom---a perfect way to relax and refresh after a day of sight-seeing or hiking. A walk-in shower with stone walls for that ‘au natural’ feeling is on the main level.
The two bedrooms in the loft each contain a queen, custom-made platform bed---both bedrooms overlook the sun room from a balcony. Each bedroom opens to the upstairs bathroom.
Take a gentle hike right from the front door into pristine meadows (a short trail has been mapped out for you) or walk around the twelve acre private property to find the best view of Mt. Robson and Swift Current Creek. A natural waterfall on Swift Current Creek is 300 meters from your door. Sometimes the view is so stunning it's difficult to know which direction to point your camera!
There are many walks and hikes within 5 km of the Gatehouse. Rearguard Falls is the furthest point of travel for Pacific Salmon and they can be seen in late summer by driving a few km and taking a short walk to the waterfall. Overlander Falls and Hargreaves Canyon are scenic short hikes that are also staging areas for raft tours and high level kayaking. The Trail head for the Swift Current Creek trail starts within walking distance of the Gatehouse and leads up the Revelation Valley (Swift Current Creek) to the headwall of the 91st highest waterfall in the world (currently inaccessible except for real adventurers). The world famous Berg Lake Trail and the start of the 110 km long north boundary trail are also within 5 km.
There are restaurants and shops in the nearby towns of Valemount and Jasper---a 55 minute drive---that offer additional amenities, recreational activities and, world renowned mountain vistas.
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We are anxious to offer our gatehouse to guests to enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas and diversity and abundance of wildlife in Mt. Robson Park. The Park sets an example of how wildlife works best i.e., left alone---allowing nature to take its course---little doubt that wildlife thrive in the Park. Ask to see our vast array of wildlife photos caught on our trail cameras: grizzly and black bears, cougars, lynx, wolves, coyotes, deer, elk, moose and the illusive wolverine along with a myriad of small mammals. Also of interest are the many birds and wildflowers that abound in this microclimate, one of the few inland rainforest areas in North America.
Carmen Ottaway purchased this house in 1978
The owners are long time residents of the area. The property borders Swift Current Creek and offers a spectacular view of Mt. Robson---people say our view is unique in Canada.
Perhaps the most exciting part of living here is the wildlife---almost daily a black bear or a deer munching on new shrub growth can be seen in front of the sun room windows. The view is spectacular. The sound of Swift Current Creek is relaxing. The spring water (Norlander Springs) is the freshest and cleanest anywhere---makes for a great cup of coffee and, the air is always filled with the freshness of vegetation.
Hosts were awesome in keeping in communication with us with the winter weather and road closures. When we arrived at the Cabin it was nice to be greeted with fresh flowers and a bottle of local Merlot (Much needed after a long drive) The cabin is well stocked with just about anything you need or want. Coffee beans and the massage soap bars were a bonus! I can't express how gorgeous the cabin is with all the stonework and windows in the sunroom. After a long day of exploring the region this place was so nice to come back to. I practically lived in the sunroom by the fireplace! I've stayed in several rentals around the world and this is now one of my favorites! We hope to be back in summer 2018!
Overall the Goat's Head Gatehouse was simply lovely. We stayed in Feb/March 2017 and while the weather was as expected for winter - overcast and snowy - the pines, the fences and landscaping made for a storybook romantic setting. Inside, I always expected the room of windows to be cold, but it was far from with perimeter radiator heating and a fireplace we enjoyed every afternoon and evening. The kitchen was easy to use and had everything we needed to prepare dinners and breakfast.
Our only complaints are minor and more of a matter of personal preference. The bathroom setup is a little more dreamy and less functional - the soaking tub could fill without running out of hot water but the room is chilly. The shower - as someone else said - is in the second bath with no shower walls and we were too paranoid to just let the water flow over everything! While located in the woods, the cabin did not seem as private and secluded as we wished. The owners live down the drive - which they of course needed to use to enter/exit the property. They never made us feel like they were intruding on our space, we were just always aware of the possibility of a passerby. And as others have said - we could hear and often see the traffic from the highway from various places in the house and on the property. This being said, we explored all neighboring towns in detail and literally every public cabin rental was closed for the winter - so without the Gatehouse, our winter escape wouldn't have happened.
The hosts were very easy to work with and very accommodating - thank you for the bottle of wine on arrival! Mt. Robson never made an appearance but his presence was definitely felt. Overall, we would return.
My wife & I stayed at the chalet in wintertime, & every aspect of the property was excellent. Views of Mt Robson from the windows, a plethora of cookware, a fireplace, and seclusion were a few of our favorite aspects. Stable wifi was a definite plus. Jasper National Park was a very scenic & short hour drive, & Mt Robson Provincial Park was a stone's throw away.
We are already thinking of visiting again to get a second-season perspective.
This is a delightful building. There has been a lot of thought in the layout, the choice of materials, and the furniture, and it has been well maintained. The kitchen was stocked with staples so we did not have to bring anything but main ingredients. There was even a bottle of wine left for us . The BBQ was all set, with the path shoveled. Likewise the kitchen was well equipped with pots, pans, appliances etc. The only shortage was in cutting/chopping knives, so make sure to bring your own. The building layout was such that you could get away from others if you needed some space. Every window had a view of the surrounding woods, especially in the living room with lots of windows. The lighting for reading there, however, was not so good at night, so the dining table was best for that. However, the fireplace with lots of wood made the living room hard to ignore. We were there in the winter. The trees were ladened with snow. We could walk to the frozen falls easily. At night the house looked magical with the snow and Christmas lights. Jasper is an hour away, so we stocked up there so we did not need to go back. Valemount is 35 minutes away. We enjoyed skating at the arena there. The manager was super friendly, and the ice was excellent.
Bottom line for us was that this was an excellent place to stay and we can recommend it highly to others. It was perfect for the four of us.
What a delightful property! We sadly did not have the best of weather, but that failed to dim our enjoyment. The house is wonderfully stocked throughout. Just one point to highlight is the bedrooms lay-out, which might come as a surprise to some people. There are two double rooms on the balcony over-looking the living room with only a wall between each room and the soaker-tub bathroom is shared by the two rooms (Might be a little difficult if parents travelling with two teenage children, one boy, one girl or travelling with newly married daughter/son and spouse!).
Sadly most wildlife had taken a vacation, but we seem to suffer this problem for much of our seven weeks travelling through Canada.
Carmen and Glen have created what is perhaps the perfect VRBO. The wooded glen where the Gatehouse is located could not be more idyllic and its proximity to Mt. Robson is thrilling beyond the telling of it. The Gatehouse is *perfectly* oriented toward Mt. Robson. That lovely hulk of a mountain fills your heart with joy. I don't need to review the house - read the other reviews and look closely at the photographs - it's all there and accurate and right. I want to talk about the details. The log fence, for instance, must have cost a fortune and it makes the place seem so much more snug and secure - it is literally a "hug." The kitchen is the best supplied that I have ever seen in a VRBO. It sports an electronic instant-read thermometer (a must have in my kitchen) a potato peeler, a bamboo cutting board, a roasting pan w/rack, other pyrex baking dishes, tupperware, dish clothes - rare in other VRBOs - really all the things you'll need to create just about anything your heart (stomach) desires. There are small appliances: a powerful hand-mixer, a stick blender and a regular blender and a full-sized electric griddle with oil catch. Happily there is an electric tea kettle and a nice (clean) tea pot that is big enough to serve 4. I mention again that this is so rare in most VRBOs that it must be noted and applauded - loudly - Tea Drinkers Rejoice! The shower is less than ideal to me. It was chic a few years ago to place your shower - often surrounded by river rock - anywhere you took a fancy. I don't like to have water splashed about, I always feel I am damaging the sills - "sill"y, of course - but the bathroom does have ambient heating in the floor so that it dries quickly. We passed through Jasper and took advantage of the terrific Bear's Paw Bakery and went a few times into Valemount. They have a full-sized (somewhat unfriendly) IGA but they also have another terrific bakery - The Swiss Bakery. Sylvia - the owner - is an adorable creature and Dave's Funky Goat Food Truck served the VERY BEST poutine we had this trip! No contest! The mountains surrounding Valemount are stunning. Other have mentioned the noise from the nearby road. You can't see it really - there are trees between you and it - and I slept in the loft on the right - away from the road - so I could not really hear it either. But my partner - in the left loft - heard the traffic a bit. If you travel with a Marpac Dohm DS Sound Machine - every traveler should - then you'll have no problem at all...
heli-skiiing, heli-hiking, helicopter tours, dog sled tours, salmon spawning rivers, gold panning
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay