Weekend In the Countey

Idyllic. Enchanting. Pastoral. These are the words that come to mind as we cruise up the gravel lane leading to historic Hastings House Country House Hotel. Upon arrival at the Salt Spring Island inn, one immediately swoons over its character and charm. Set on nine hectares overlooking Ganges Harbour, the luxurious, award-winning estate houses the island’s first Hudson’s Bay Post, along with a turn-of the-century farmhouse, a lovingly restored barn and an 11th-century Sussex-style Manor House. Outside, sheep graze on the emerald-green fields next to well-manicured lawns and artfully designed landscaping. Every morning, guests awake to a hamper outside their door filled with fragrant coffee and warm-from-the-oven muffins while an English breakfast awaits in the Manor House. Dinner is expertly crafted from local ingredients such as island-raised lamb, artisanal cheese, and herbs and vegetables from Hastings House’s extensive garden. In the Snug, guests may curl up with a book, watch a British comedy or help themselves to a night cap. Simply put, it’s a little piece of the English countryside in the Gulf Islands—and the perfect autumn getaway.