“This feels all Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” said David as we opened the door to our gorgeous room in the Guest House at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery.
We’ve loved the Sonoma Room restaurant for a few years, which overlooks the pool and Guest House rooms, and always wondered what it would be like to stay here. It’s not cheap (during the summer a room is about $349 Canadian per night), but it is completely worth the price and pure heaven!
First of all, there is the view. The estate is quite secluded towards the top of a large hill on Black Sage Road outside of Oliver, surrounded by rock and vineyards and a view for miles. We took a walk out to a gazebo among the vines, and it is truly spectacular.
There are 10 guest rooms, including a penthouse, so it is quiet with only a few guests. Our room was on the main floor with a walk out to a private patio and a gate to walk right out to the lap pool. We were a bit worried it would lack a view (it didn’t), and it was really great to just head out to the pool directly from our room when we felt like it. We thought we would spend more time lounging out there, but the prospect of burning in the 40 celsius heat kept our swim time to a minimum.
The room itself is large and welcoming. A comfy bed, nice seating area, and a fridge (with a complimentary Burrowing Owl white wine) were really great for our two-night stay. It’s also a sturdy building, with wonderful stone floors, so you don’t hear a peep from other rooms around you.
I love a great bathroom, and this one was really large, with a great big tub and shower area. The complimentary robes and toiletries made it seem quite decadent (like everything else here).
The service was friendly and prompt, and the breakfast that comes with the stay was delicious with a tasty egg’s nest, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and pastries (the chocolate croissant was our favourite). The burrowing owl tiles that were scattered around the property were fun as well.
Overall, this was a real dream come true for David and I, that came about a bit of a hard time for us personally. Our beloved cats Karma and Minto each passed away over the past three months (Karma right before this trip). In the midst of our sadness, this “lifestyles of the rich and famous” moment helped us feel lucky and blessed again… which is really what this blog is all about.