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1940's Miner's Cottage In Historic Wells.

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type bungalow


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 8

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.

More Details

Dave Jorgenson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 2, 2018

About Dave Jorgenson

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 great experience.

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.

Dave Jorgenson purchased this bungalow in 2010

Why Dave Jorgenson 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.

What makes this bungalow unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great place in a fantastic little friendly town! We used Wells as a 'jump off' point for our family paddle thru Bowron chain. It was perfect! visited the town, visited Barkerville and we loved it all! Everyone in town is super friendly and helped gather a few last minute supplies:-) Thankd you for a wonderful time.
Jun 2014
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Wells Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , Deep Soaker Tub.
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , Private Bedroom with adjacent Bathroom
    Upstairs Landing - 2 twin/ single , Semi-private bedroom area in upper storey.
    Side Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Two entrances, one from the porch, and its own bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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1940's Miner's Cottage In Historic Wells.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

One of our best getaways

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 adults (and 1 dog) stayed for 3 nights and couldn't have asked for a better time. Dave and Cheryl were so friendly and helpful. Let us know of an area to run the dog & even a place, for us to eat on the way home. We had dinner at the Bearspaw Restaurant and enjoyed the food and such welcoming hospitality. Everyone so friendly. The Mountain Thyme Getaway is a great relaxing place to stay. Our adult children thought it was one of the best places we have stayed in years!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First Class Stay at Mountain Thyme Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the MTG for a couple of nights in November 2015. It was a very comfortable, cozy and warm experience in both the temperature and the ambience. Highly recommend this for everyone, families included. Best place in the area I'm sure. The food across the street at the Bear Paw Restaurant (in season) is delicious as well. Hosts Cheryl and Dave couldn't be more hospitable. Will definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Robson Valley, BC Canada

Mountain Thyme Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just spent two nights here and really enjoyed the welcoming, friendly atmosphere of our hosts, who had obviously put a lot of thought into making this cabin a fun and relaxing place to stay. Nice touches, like a hidden flat screen tv with a varied collection of movies, an old record player, complete with many vinyl records, and, for us, a very nice touch - a small fenced back yard complete with dog house, to let our woof out into. We even had a delicious meal sent over, which was very much appreciated.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prince George

We Loved It!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully relaxing 3 days at the 1940's miner's cabin. So unique, filled with history, a truly memorable stay! Our special meal one evening made by the owners was delicious. We will return!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Heather....looking forward to your return, ... next time, for a guided ski or snowshoe tour!
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North Vancouver

Bowron Canoe Base

  • 5 of 5

Dave and Cheryl are amazing hosts and have created a wonderful paradise with the Mountain Thyme. We loved being here and enjoying the atmosphere. Thank-you for everything. T and D.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. The Bowron is an amazing place and so is Wells, so it's nice to hear that the Mountain Thyme reflects those values. See you on your next canoe trip. Dave and Cheryl
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Quesnel, BC
Nearest Barpub
The Jack O Clubs General
Nearest Train
80 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Highway 26
Nearest Restaurant
The Bear's Paw Cafe
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Troll Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
11 Kilometres
Wendle Lake Provincial Park
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19.36 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $154.85

WINTER USE FEE: One-time $80 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/FALL MINI-RENTAL: Minimum 2 nights stay on weekends in July and September.
SPRING WHOLE HOUSE FEE OFFER: Add just $70 and take the whole house(two baths, 6 beds)(Required for groups larger than 4 persons), plus $25 per person over 6 people.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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