We had never used VRBO before, so we weren't really sure what to expect… but, let me just say that we were blown away by how fantastic this cottage was! I could go on and on, but thought I'd try to capture our main thoughts in a few key areas to help keep it short-ish. Here goes:
The owners were fantastic to deal with throughout the entire process. They were friendly, professional, prompt, helpful and courteous. Excellent customer service, all-round.
The cottage is about 40 minutes outside of Kelowna in a beautiful gated resort overlooking Okanagan Lake. The road to the cottage is quite narrow and twisty, so give yourself time. Within the resort, the cottage is located within easy walking distance to the pool, clubhouse and restaurant; however, it is quite a hike down to the beach / water.
As I mentioned earlier, we weren't really sure what to expect, how much we needed to pack, etc… No need to worry: the owners have really thought of everything! The whole cottage is impeccably clean, nicely decorated and incredibly well-stocked with all the comforts of home. As soon as you walk in the door, you feel welcomed and ready to relax!
The resort has a pool, hot tub, mini golf, restaurant and many other amenities. We only stayed for four days and had other plans, so we didn't make use of any of it; however, everything looked very clean and well-kept. You could easily stay for an entire week and not leave the resort!
There's also lots to do in Kelowna and the surrounding area. During our stay, we went bird-watching with Chris Charlesworth from Avocet Tours (a local company). Chris was a fantastic guide and we saw close to 100 species of birds during our day with him. It's amazing how much biodiversity the Okanagan has to offer!
We also booked a winery tour with Experience Wine Tours. Our day included stops at 7 different wineries in Naramata, as well as a gourmet picnic lunch. Everything about the day was perfect… Highly recommended!!
We are so glad we decided to book this cottage instead of a hotel – the value really can't be beat. Now that we're no longer VRBO "virgins," I think we're definitely converted to this way of travelling.
Whew – I think that's it! Hope you found it helpful. Don't hesitate to book – you'll have a great time!
We stayed (two seniors, couple and 6 year old daughter) here for three nights and really enjoyed the whole experience. The cottage is super clean and full of little fun details. You can tell the owners put a lot of energy and effort to make this place a comfortable stay away from home. My daughter loved the games and puzzles available to her. We really enjoyed the view on the deck with the BBQ.
While we were there we were able to use the swimming pool on the upper level. The water was just the right warm temperature! One of the other days we went to the wineries which was just a half hour drive.
We would have loved to stay there to explore the area a bit more - so much to see.
Our stay was complete after we saw a mountain goat on our way out and that was after we saw the ground squirrels and three deer the day before.