Cowichan Bay’s Dream Weaver Bed and Breakfast offers comfort and calm in a Victorian setting

The Rosewood Suite - exquisite in every way

The Rosewood Suite – exquisite in every way

There has been a lot of stress in our lives the past few months, and a weekend trip to Cowichan Bay was about the last thing I wanted to do after going to the mainland three times in a week, returning home on the Friday night.  But, interviews for Tourism BC needed to get done so off we went on Saturday morning, me dragging my heels and reluctant to leave the comforts of hearth and home (and garden and dogs) when I had only just returned to the Island.

Fresh fruit salad with vanilla yogurt - a healthy start to breakfast

Fresh fruit salad with vanilla yogurt – a healthy start to breakfast

That all changed, though, when we stepped into the quiet sanctuary of the Rosewood Suite at Dream Weaver Bed and Breakfast in Cowichan Bay. In retrospect it was one of the best places I could have been, even for a single night, after the madness of the mainland and the craziness that has been my life for quite some time.

We arrived at Dream Weaver three hours before check-in, desperate to find a place to park (always a major issue on a summer weekend in Cowichan Bay) and hoping that even if our room wasn’t ready our hostess would at least allow us to drop our vehicle and walk to our interview appointments.  We were delighted when Jo welcomed us, showed us to our cozy room, made arrangements for breakfast the following morning and left us to it.

Dream Weaver is situated right on the edge of the charming village of Cowichan Bay, walking distance to all the lovely shops, restaurants and the waterfront. So, it was a happy location for us, for a lot of reasons.  Created in Victorian style, the rooms reflect the grace and comfort of that era, with extra perks that made this a special haven for us.

The main course for breakfast was hearty and delicious

The main course for breakfast was hearty and delicious

Although the Rosewood suite is small, it comfortably accommodated a comfy queen sized bed, a couple of pretty wing chairs, a lovely fireplace and an immaculate small bathroom with a jetted tub and all the extras anyone could hope for – not just shampoo, but toothbrushes, toothpaste, artisan soaps, shower gel, bath accessories.

Tucked away in a small closet we discovered more than the usual coffee maker. There was a small fridge, a complete set of bowls, cutlery and plates, pretty ceramic mugs, and a kettle.  There were a couple of wine glasses on the fireplace mantle, and chocolates on the bedside tables. Essentially, there was everything that could possibly make anyone happy and comfortable, and as soon as I entered the room I felt the stress begin to melt away.

The exterior of Dream Weaver is every bit as pretty as the interior

The exterior of Dream Weaver is every bit as pretty as the interior

The following morning we headed upstairs for breakfast.  The pretty water view and good company enhanced the fresh fruit salad with vanilla yogurt, fresh orange and grapefruit juices and the hearty main dish of baked eggs in bacon cups, pan fries and toast that were served for breakfast.  The coffee was endless and we lingered for quite some time talking to the couple who were thanking their lucky stars that their reservation elsewhere had been double-booked, which had landed them at Dream Weaver. By then I was thanking my lucky stars, too, that I was there – with no cooking or other responsibilities, no dogs to feed or garden to tend.  It was the perfect antidote for an exhausted body and soul.

            Further information on Dream Weaver Bed and Breakfast can be found at the website:

www.dreamweaverbedandbreakfast.com

 Dream Weaver is located at 1682 Botwood Lane, Cowichan Bay

 GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 48.73974949999999  Long. -123.61728210000001

N 48 44.385 W 123 37.037

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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