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Stone Gatehouse in Mt. Robson Park Near Jasper Nat. Park, Ab

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 4

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 barbecue 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 cliff sides 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.

Keywords: mountain chalet, chalet in the rockies, Rocky mountain cabin, Mt. Robson vacation home rental, Jasper vacation home rental, Valemount vacation home rental, cabin at Mt. Robson, cabin at Jasper

More Details

Owner
Carmen Ottaway
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Carmen Ottaway

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

Why Carmen Ottaway chose British Columbia Rockies

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Amenities

Valemount House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) one queen size bed in each bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
Notes:
Both Mt. Robson Park and Jasper National Park are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Along with breathtaking mountain vistas both Parks have world renowned features e.g, Berg Lake Trail and Maligne Lake, Maligne Canyon as well as an exceptional diversity of flora and fauna. The drive between the Gatehouse and Jasper is spectacular and parellels several beautiful mountain lakes and follows the headwaters of the Fraser River crossing the Continental Divide at the entrance to Jasper National Park.

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Stone Gatehouse in Mt. Robson Park Near Jasper Nat. Park, Ab
average rating of 4.866667 based on 60 reviews
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fabulous house, but please understand a couple things

  • 3 of 5

This is an absolutely gorgeous house! the inside of the house looks like something from architectural digest. There is beautiful wood work and stone throughout. The downstairs bathroom/shower is very upscale and even has in floor heating which was luxurious. All the amenities are terrific - wonderful towels, and linens, the kitchen is extremely well stocked. The cookware is top quality and the array of condiments is the best I've seen in a rental. The yard is lovely and the grill is very high quality. There is a fireplace in the living room and wood is available.

Carmen is very helpful and supportive.

However one should be aware that this house is a bit remote. It is an hour west of Jasper and about 20 miles sort of east of Valemount. The nearest grocery store is 20 miles away in Valemount and there are not many places to go out to eat other than hamburgers or bar type food. We expected this and were looking forward to a more remote mountain experience. What we didn't expect was the constant highway road noise that can be heard through the bedroom windows.

Also, if there are two couples sharing, as we were, one should know that the bedrooms are upstairs in a loft divided in half and sharing the tub bathroom. The bathroom sharing isn't an issue. There is not a real door on either bedroom and the privacy is from a movable screen. No sound privacy is available. There is also no storage for clothes so you'll be living from the suitcases on the floor.

Carmen has internet in the house and a land line phone with a No American plan so you can call the States if needed for a short call. The minutes are limited so it's not for longer calls. We used the land line to arrange for horseback riding in Valemount (very fun!),

The information centers at Valemount and at Mt Robson are excellent.

The yard is very nice but unfortunately the weather prevented us from using it much. The shrubs either side of the front door needed to be trimmed and were hitting us in the face. it seem picky to mention but it was just annoying when bringing in groceries, etc in the cold rain. In warmer days I'd probably not even notice.

At the end of the day, what I just can't forget is how beautiful this house is.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, clean, private

  • 5 of 5

The house looks exactly like the pictures and the kitchen is well stocked with basics. Plenty of great hikes in a 1 hr radius and if you are willing to go 2, sulphur ridge has an amazing payoff. Only negative to this house is that it is set back just a few meters from the road. It's well screened by trees but the noise continues throughout the night, albeit with less frequency. Be advised, although this is two bedroom, the bedrooms are in the loft with no real privacy. So if you were looking for a romantic getaway with another couple, you might want to look elsewhere. We went on our honeymoon and were the only couple so it was a delight :)

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that you experience some intermittent road noise. Fish and Wildlife set up a temporary invasive mussel inspection station (June-Sept) on the Highway, near the Gatehouse not knowing that the Gatehouse was nearby and within earshot of watercraft vehicles braking to turn in (as well as those behind them). While our complaints for our guests has resulted in the Agency expanding the reduced speed zone, the narrow Robson Valley corridor still reverberates noise. We are again in discussions with this Federal Agency and hope to have a solution---moving their temporary Station away from residential areas--- by 2018.
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5

Perfect House for 4 Person in great Location

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at the gatehouse. Fully equipped. Didn't miss anything. Great contact with Carmen. Perfect Host.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Place!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, peaceful place. Lovely flowers and a bottle of local wine waiting for us when we arrived. The fireplace was set up and we thoroughly enjoyed it on the cool mornings. The kitchen is the best equipped we've ever seen. Great shower. The owner, Carmen, was a delight to work with and very responsive to our questions. A bit of a drive to Jasper but a great escape from the crowds. Valemount is a delightful small town with everything you could need. Be sure to check out the kitchen supplies before buying anything from the grocery store.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The setting of property in woods was great.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house and property were awesome. Carmen is a gracious host and is close by if needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation home in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved being able to leave the crowds in Jasper and drive back to our "own" private getaway. Plenty of things to do nearby for the days we didn't want to drive far. We hope we can come back one day!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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heli-skiiing, heli-hiking, helicopter tours, dog sled tours, salmon spawning rivers, gold panning

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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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