I’m surrounded by trees; a roaring fire crackles in the hearth, and I’ve a glass of wine in my hand. I am enjoying a moment of Zen as I sink into the comforts at Salt Spring Islands Lost & Found Guest House. Part cabin and part art gallery this is a fantastic place to stay on Salt Spring Island and call home during your adventures. Located just ten minutes by car from Ganges Harbour or Fulford Harbour it is both isolated and accessible to the wonders to Salt Spring Island. It sleeps six+ by why not have it all to yourself and treat yourself to a woodland escape while on the Island.
Innkeepers Jocelyn Ferguson and John Bateman have created a place to stay on Salt Spring Island for visitors that want to escape the hectic pace of town yet still be close enough to nip out for a day hike, shopping or to grab a few groceries for a quiet night in by the fire. The guest house is situated on Jocelyn’s and John’s property, so if you need anything they are close at hand, but you can’t see the main house from the cottage unless you peek through the tree branches.
As I expected when I arrived the door was left open for me. A welcome binder with all the info I needed plus keys to the house. The fireplace was stocked with kindling and wood for a fire, and the fridge had cream and milk for my morning cup of coffee. This is Salt Spring hospitality.
Lost & Found Guest House is broken up into two levels. The main floor contains a bathroom with laundry machines, a bedroom with a Queen sized mattress, and the kitchen, living and dining rooms.
The second floor is a loft with three single beds and a TV viewing lounge. Bring DVDs or a cable for your laptop as there is no cable TV here. I didn’t spend much time up here as I had the entire place to myself but perfect if you travel with people, and you need a little separate time.
Very well laid out the entire place is very comfortable and efficient. Jocelyn furnished the guest house with finds from the Island while John did all the interior woodwork and finishing. It is a labour of love and skill that doesn’t end there. The walls are filled with paintings from local artists and even some from Jocelyn and John’s family. During my stay, there are pieces by Deirdre Tessmann and John’s brother Allan Bateman. When you stay here who knows who will be hanging on the wall. Perhaps a piece by John’s father, Robert Bateman.
The best part of staying at Lost & Found Guest House for me has been nighttime. When I get back from exploring the food scene on Salt Spring, I pour myself a glass of wine and start building a fire. Once it catches I sit back, sip my wine and lose myself in the dancing flames.
The WiFi is fantastic here so if you feel so inclined you can snuggle up to some Netflix & Chill time or perhaps you could pick a nook, there are two, and read a book.
I feel like I have completely escaped my life in just two short days here. Cell coverage is non-existent so there is no buzzing phone to distract from the peace and quiet of the woods and the crackling fire. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee looking out onto the lush greenery and maybe write a story or two.