Warm hospitality, beautiful surroundings and comfort contribute to the ‘Aaaaah’ factor at Duncan’s Stone Wood B&B

Exterior of Stone Wood B&B

Even in winter the beautiful surroundings at Stone Wood Bed and Breakfast shine thorugh

Over the years my husband and I have stayed at many bed and breakfasts around the world – they are one of our favourite accommodation options when we are on the road.  We have experienced many styles of B&Bs, from isolated farmhouses in England’s gorgeous Yorkshire countryside to oceanfront cottages on the California coast. We have been fortunate enough to stay in numerous wonderful facilities here on Vancouver Island, too, all of which have supplied that ‘Aaaahhh’ factor to varying degrees. One of our very favourites, though, has to be the Stone Wood Bed and Breakfast in the Duncan/Maple Bay area.

Adirondack chairs
A quartet of colourful Adirondack chairs beckons to visitors from a rocky outcrop in the garden

            Although we stayed with hosts Rob and Susie in February – not the most photogenic of months on the Island, with gray skies, the deciduous trees all naked and the weather less than splendid – the warmth of this generous couple’s hospitality and the beauty of their purpose-built lodgings knew no bounds.

            No sooner were we through the front door than Rob suggested that we join them downstairs once we got settled in for ‘a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, or a beer – if we wanted to.’ We did join them; for us a good part of the ‘journey’ when it comes to staying at a B&B is getting to know new people and finding out more about the local area.  Rob and Susie certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard – they are enthusiastic supporters of everything Cowichan. We only wished we had more time to take in all of their suggestions.

View from King Room

The view from the King Room includes pond, gardens and forest

The house itself is a beautiful modern structure, purpose-built with guests in mind.  We enjoyed the King Room, a spacious area that had a walk-in closet, large bathroom with separate shower and tub, a comfortable sitting area complete with a small fireplace and a spectacular view of the pond and gardens below. The room and everything in it was sparkling clean, nicely appointed and very comfortable in every respect. On the landing at the top of the stairs there is also a cozy common sitting area for guests.

 The pond is a gorgeous azure colour, a natural occurrence as a result of the copper in the rocks that line much of the waterscape. There is a man-made ‘beach’ and the pond, 30 feet deep, serves as a great swimming hole for guests during the summer months.

Stone Wood sitting area
Thje cozy common sitting area on the landing at Stone Wood offers a small regrigerator, crammed bookshelves and a comfortable space to sit and relax

            Breakfast didn’t disappoint either.  We arrived downstairs to a crackling fire in the great room, freshly-brewed coffee, fresh orange juice and Susie’s ‘starter’ – a drool-inducing parfait featuring Susie’s most excellent home-made granola and vanilla Greek yogurt.  I could have stopped right there, but the first course was followed up with a tantalizing plate featuring bacon-wrapped fresh asparagus, eggs Benedict (with the orange-est yolks I have ever seen – the product of a neighbour’s chickens), grilled cherry tomatoes,  tiny potatoes and toasted English muffins. It was enough to keep us going late in to the afternoon and may well have taken us right through to dinner if we hadn’t felt obligated to stop and try another new restaurant for a late lunch on the way back up-Island.

Hot breakfast

The yummy and very ample hot breakfast

For us, Stone Wood is the epitome of what a bed and breakfast should be – welcoming, comfortable and friendly. We loved Rob and Susie’s warm reception and their respect for the fact that not everyone may be as gregarious as we are – they have hit a happy balance there. Their lovely home and the serene surroundings, combined with that respect, make for the ultimate ‘Aaaahhhh’. You have to love that!

            Stone Wood Bed and Breakfast is located at 7338 Walton Mountain   Road, Duncan.  Finding the place can be a bit of a challenge (especially in the dark) so be sure to print off driving directions before you leave home.

Granola parfait

Susie’s delicious granola parfait

Further information on rates and room availability can be found at the website:

 

www.stonewoodbandb.com

 GPS Co-ordinates are:

Lat.  48.836419  Long.-123.64997

     N 48 50.185 W 123 38.998

Shirley

About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.
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