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Stanley Street House, urban heritage, easy living, superb Whitewater skiing

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom fully equiped house w. additional sleeping areas.

A spacious heritage home, central to all the amenities of Nelson; can accommodate up to 8 adults, with 2 bedrooms each with queen beds, one pull-out sofa-bed and a private nook off the 2nd bedroom perfect for kids. The home has been totally updated with large living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, two new bathrooms, and new laundry, plumbing/electrical service, energy-efficient furnace and water heater. Lower level is suitable for entertaining as kitchen w/island opens onto large dining room which opens into the living room w/gas fire-place and TV. There is an private outdoor patio and BBQ off the kitchen. Free Wi-Fi. The Stanley Street House has plenty of room, is very comfortable and completely equiped.

Baker Street and downtown is a five minute walk featuring street entertainment, festivals, cool shops, art outlets, lively bars, live theatre, great restaurants, a bright new recreation centre, and the marvelous Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery. Family parks (e.g. Gyro and Lakeside Parks) are close by.

Comfortable, relaxing, easy living in the Kootenay; Endless outdoor recreational opportunities. Awesome skiing.

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Brian Fairbank
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2017

About Brian Fairbank

Brian Fairbank and Grace Mickelson: Brian grew up in Nelson in the 50's and 60's and studied geology and engineering at UBC. Marriage partner Grace from Hagen Sask. is a health education professional. We live in North Vancouver and have 5 adult kids between us and three grandchildren. We love time with family and friends, travel, hiking and biking in summer, and skiing in winter.

Brian Fairbank purchased this house in 2003

Why Brian Fairbank chose British Columbia Rockies

We love Nelson and particularly the residential area above iconic downtown Baker Street and below Latimer Street because of the heritage architecture, rich history, easy walk for youngsters and oldsters alike to downtown, and quick access to the great outdoors.

Renovating the original heritage house was a labour of love with local architect Chris Fairbank (brother), and master builders Chuck Beaulac, Max Fairbank, Wilson Fairbank, and Ben Decoste. Completed in Spring 2008, we had lots of good times.

We hope guests will appreciate the Stanley Street House for its comfortable surroundings, space for entertaining guests, easy walks around town, morning exercise runs to Lakeside Park, carefree living, and central convenience as a base for an amazing variety of hiking, biking, water sports, and the best skiing anywhere.

What makes this house unique

Stanley Street House is a relaxing home-away-from-home with lots of room to move and a perfect layout for entertaining. It is a nice walk to shopping, fine dining, lively bars, morning coffee, and other Nelson ammenities.

The Nelson area is a recreation mecca. Some suggested WINTER ACTIVITIES:

1) Ski open powder, tree-glades or groomed family runs at Whitewater, the #1 small ski resort in North America; 20 minutes from Nelson, no lift lines, excellent food.

2) Ski Rossland's expansive Red Mountian Ski Resort, a one-hour drive to the birthplace and home hill to Olympic Champion, Nancy Green-Raine.

3) Relax in soothing waters of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort; experience mysterious caves, stalagmites and hot springs.

4) X-country ski at local Cottonwood Lake track at Apex (toward Salmo).

5) Check out Baker Street, the Rec Center, Touch Stone Museum, Capital Theater

SUMMER day trip activity suggestions:

1) Easy day hike to spectacular alpine lodge in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park starting from trailhead at Gibson Lake (above Kokanee Park). Or try for Monica Meadows, Blue Grouse Basin, Idaho Lookout, Drinnen Pass (best July- October).

2) Bike along the eye-achingly beautiful West Arm of Kootenay Lake (good shoulders).

3) Trail-bike on converted rail bed from Mountain Station to remote Troop Point beach, or Apex to Mountain Station.

4) Descend exhilarating mountain-bike tracks in sacred woods southwest of Nelson.

5) Picnic at Kokanee Park's fabulous sandy beach on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

6) Fish the awesome Main Lake for Rainbow trout and land-locked salmon from Jones Boys' Marina near Kaslo.

7) Take the longest free ferry in the world from Balfour to Crawford Bay and discover craft shops, the Kokanee Springs Golf Resort, or Riondel's orchard golf course and sheltered public beach at the north end of town.

8) Golf excellent courses in Nelson (Granite Point), Balfour and Castlegar.


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Stanley Street House, urban heritage, easy living, superb Whitewater skiing
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

We can not say enough about how great our stay was at Stanley House. The house was very clean, newly renovated and very tastefully decorated. The location is awesome! Our family stayed here for a month and we honestly walked almost everywhere. It is just uphill from Baker Street and everything it has to offer. Brian was extremely easy to work with and seemed genuinely concerned that we enjoyed our stay and got the most out of Nelson. His contact when not around was Bill who was equally responsive and helpful. Hands down recommend Stanley House!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous house in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful, cosy, immaculate home in downtown Nelson, BC for three nights. The house was very comfortable and a perfectly located (close to restaurants and coffee shops) which was very convenient. We had excellent communication with the host before our arrival and were welcomed with a lovely bouquet of flowers in the kitchen and a very kind note. We highly recommend this home and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my husband and another couple for a week. It was everything we could hope for! A warm and welcoming home, immaculately clean, comfortable beds - even a kitchen garden that offered fresh herbs! Great location too. Brian was very accessible and quick to respond to our questions. I'd definitely book again and highly recommend this listing to anyone headed to Nelson.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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I would highly recommend this rental it was perfect

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect, it was such a beautiful space to enjoy our stay. It had everything we needed plus more. Brian the owner was great to work with. I absolutely loved the place and the location. I would definitely recommend this space for anyone looking to stay in Nelson. I was extremely happy with the place and loved the whole experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Quaint Craftsman style

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Stanley Street House. The house is a quaint heritage suite with every amenity one requires, including a bbq, vegetable garden and nice outdoor sitting area. The location allows for an easy walk to town, and communication with the owner was excellent.

It was our first visit to Nelson which is a perfect base for day trips to the surrounding areas. We highly recommend the hike up Idaho Peak which we did as part of a loop to Winlaw, New Denver, Kaslo and back to Nelson. Be sure to stop in at Oso Negro Coffee. It serves up some of the best coffee and treats we have had.


  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks L&M. Welcome back to Nelson anytime for endless hiking opportunities and road biking along Kootenay Lake. Nelson-Balfour-Kaslo-Meadow Creek; Balfour-Crawford Bay-Creston can't be beat. Best Regards, Brian
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location. Walking distance to downtown and the railway trail. Beautiful home. Brian was helpful and great with communication. Nelson is such a fun, friendly little community. Had a great brunch in the cafe at Packrat Annie's bookstore. We highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Castlegar Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
on Baker Street
Nearest Ferry
32 Kilometres
Kootenary Lake Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Granite Pointe Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway 3A
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
on Baker Street
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Whitewater Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Lakeside Park
Car: recommended

Whitewater Ski Resort noted for deep powder and lack of lift line-ups.

Kokanee Glacier Park is prime backcountry hiking July to Oct. Day hike from trail head at Gibson Lake to Kaslo Lake shelter/cabin (14 km round trip).

( Valhalla Provincial Park - serious hiking

Kootenay Lake ( - beaches, boating, fishing


Rates & Availability

Nelson House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 16 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn Leaves/Hiking
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

A cancellation charge of $80 applied to cover costs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Nelson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , brand new bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms, one up and one down. The upstairs bathroom has a tub/shower, new tile floor, cabinets and fixtures. Downstairs bathroom has a shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , large closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Nook - 1 double , Nook off the 2nd bedroom, finished attic space with skylight
  • Large master bedroom and 2nd bedroom. 2nd bedroom has a nook that is great for kids (see picture).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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