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Hastings House

Salt Spring Island, Canada

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Hastings House

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Excellent wellness hotel. Close to the city center. Great room. Awesome vibe.

Peaceful and beautiful any time of the year, Salt Spring Island is one of Canada’s premier vacation destinations. The heart of the seaside resort is a magnificent 11-th century Sussex-style Manor House overlooking peaceful Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island, BC. The Manor House is where guests gather for cocktails and conversation, before dinner. Eighteen unique guest rooms and suites, each with its own décor and history, are situated in seven lovingly maintained buildings around the estate.

Enjoy breathtaking harbour views, acres of vibrant lawns, gardens, and forests, abundant wildlife and a lively arts community. Salt Spring Island will lure you from the estate with a range of shops and galleries, and many choices for outdoor and water activities, such as biking, hiking, fishing, sailing, diving, kayaking, tennis, golf, farm, garden and winery tours.

Indulge your palate from morning to night, starting with a complimentary wakeup hamper of steaming coffee or tea and a freshly baked muffin delivered to your door. Follow at your leisure with a hearty English Breakfast served in the Manor House, and an exquisite multi-course dinner in the Dining Room or Verandah, featuring Salt Spring Island lamb, fresh local seafood, and herbs, and produce from the estate gardens and orchards. European-trained Chef Marcel Kauer’s daily menus are complemented by an award-winning wine cellar focusing on the best of British Columbia wines and gems from around the world.

The Spa at Hastings House pampers each guest with beauty and wellness therapies including relaxation massage, purifying facials, rejuvenating body wraps. Guests may also indulge themselves with essential oil massage, in the comfort and privacy of their own fireplace suite.
Hotel Address:
  • Hastings House
  • 160 Upper Ganges Road
  • Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S2
  • Canada

Location Summary
Hastings House Country House Hotel—a small waterfront luxury country resort, spa and restaurant - sits on 22 acres on the waterfront of Ganges Harbour, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Enjoy luxury lodging, fine dining, wellness and relaxation in a casually-elegant atmosphere. Explore British Columbia’s natural beauty, Salt Spring’s mild climate and the warmth and creativity of its people.

With more than 12,000 permanent residents and a total area of 180 square kilometers, Salt Spring is the largest and most populated of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. It was explored by the Spanish and British in the 1700s and was settled in the 1850s. The island's name comes from a series of fourteen briny springs at the island's north end. Its major communities include Ganges, Fulford and Vesuvius. Salt Spring Island has much to offer including many recreational activities from sailing, sea kayaking, hiking, countryside touring, golf, tennis and fishing. Local merchants are known for their artwork, and annual events and festivals that attract world-class performers.

Directions to Hotel
By float plane: From the south terminal of the Vancouver Airport,. Harbour Air, Seair, Salt Spring Air, all have scheduled flights to Ganges on Salt Spring Island three times a day This is a short cab ride from the main International Terminal. The flight s approximately 30 minutes. Note: Luggage on scheduled flights is limited to 25 lbs. per person, except SeAir (35 lbs.), or purchase an extra seat for more luggage.

Harbour Air and Salt Spring Air have scheduled flights from Vancouver Harbour. They depart just below the Bayshore Hotel, a few blocks from downtown. Flying times can be viewed on their websites. Luggage restrictions are 25 lbs per person. All three airlines also offer charter flights.

Hastings House will provide shuttle service to and from Ganges Harbour, about a 5 minute drive.

By car and ferry: If you arrive at the Vancouver International Airport you will need to either rent a car at the airport or take a cab to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal which is located approximately 30-45 minutes from the Airport, depending on traffic You will have two choices for reaching Salt Spring Island: 1. The Gulf Island Ferry - this ferry will make several stops at some of the other Gulf Islands. The last stop is Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island. From this terminal you are about a 7 minute drive to Hastings House. These trips will vary in sailing time depending on the number of stops the ferry makes. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Reservations required. 2. Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay Ferry - this is a larger ship that sails between the mainland and Vancouver Island, Swartz Bay The sailing time is one hour and thirty minutes. Depending on the time of year you are traveling there will be a departure every hour or every two hours. Reservations available. Then, get in line for the smaller ferry from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island - The departure times from Swartz Bay is every two hours on the odd hour. The sailing time is 35 minutes. You cannot make a reservation on this ferry, it operates on a first come first serve basis. Once you arrive at Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island you will drive north on the Island about 20 minutes, and through the village of Ganges. Just past the village, with the harbour on your right you will see Upper Ganges Road where you will turn right. Hastings House is on your right about a block, just past Salt Spring Marina and Moby’s Pub.
Conde Nast Award Winner
Biking, Mountain
Complimentary use of hotel's mountain bikes
Ecological Tourism
Kayaking by daylight or moonlight
Two and a half miles from the hotel
Tennis Courts Nearby
Two and a half miles from the hotel
Recommended Rooms
The original Hudson's Bay Post building on Saltspring Island has been converted into a 2-room garden cottage with wood burning stove, deep soaking tub, and French doors opening to a huge lawn with an ocean view. The cottage is very private, and popular with honeymooners.

Guest Review Highlights

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Fine Dining On Site
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Biking Mountain
    - Boating
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Ocean
    - Golfing
    - Hiking
    - Jogging Running
    - Sailing
    - Tennis Courts Nearby

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