My husband and I spent two wonderful days at God's Mountain. The all white, adult-only estate is reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, perched on the side of a mountain overlooking Okanagan Lake. The grounds are lovely, filled with flowers, private sitting areas and a lovely pool. The rooms feature antiques and white linens, curtains billowing in the wind of open windows, and fully renovated bathrooms. A highlight is the outstanding gourmet breakfast spread, that includes freshly baked flans, savoury pastries, puffy omelet with sausage, cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit, etc. All of it is the result of Sarah's unique vision, who purchased the property years ago and transformed it into a haven where people could relax, be free to mingle with others or have a quiet romantic stay, and leave after a few days feeling like they've travelled to a faraway place. It's no surprise guests return every year, and we've already reserved our room for the same time next year!
We had 2 glorious nights here...it was early in the season so it was quiet - the hotel is spacious and open...it melds with the hills and the water just like a Greek villa. We were spoilt with the penthouse - what a view! Sarah is a fabulous host she is gracious and connects so well with the guests but then she leaves you peacefully alone. There was much to see - like a museum of really interesting artifacts. The breakfast was really good - lots of fresh fruits, fresh baking and cereals, eggs, juice and coffee. I am going to book us a return trip soon!
Words and pictures cannot do God's Mountain justice. It is just beyond lovely and relaxing. I booked the penthouse suite for my 3 adult daughters and I to celebrate my eldest daughter's birthday and for some bonding time for the 4 of us. I found Sarah (the owner) to be very responsive to my email questions (and I had quite a few so it was nice of her to respond each time), we also spoke on the phone once and had a lovely conversation. She also met us when we arrived and showed us around (I did email her to let her know when we would arrive). In terms of her communication, there are no issues at all. The penthouse suite is 2 floors with a sitting room, bathroom (tub and shower) and a second smaller room with a queen size bed. We all agreed that the beds were great for us and that the room was amazing. The views of Lake Skaha are incredible. We spent a lot of time just looking at all the antiques and historical curios that Sarah has collected over the years, everything is eclectic and interesting. We also all really enjoyed being able to cool off in the salt water pool (which was very clean despite being outside and surrounded by trees and plants), reading books on the many chairs that are set up around the grounds, and playing games at night by candlelight in the courtyard or on the terrace. She has many games for guests to choose from. We loved making dinner each night in the group kitchen and enjoyed visiting with the other guests who were also cooking or eating or just relaxing. We also really enjoyed the amazing breakfasts . . . such an incredible amount of food and variety. One of my daughter's is vegetarian and another has food allergies and both were able to find lots of choices to accommodate their needs. I'm an early riser so I really enjoyed being able to get a coffee at 7:30 and take it outside where I could read for a while before breakfast. Breakfast is at 9:00 and everyone is there at 9:00 sharp. Do not be late or you will be disappointed. The staff also eat after the guests are finished serving themselves.
Some things you need to know before booking at God's Mountain. This is not a typical B&B. It's a working farm with a lot of open areas. Like most farms, it is not spotlessly clean so you will see insects and cobwebs and dust . . . it would be impossible to clean this place like you would expect to see in a hotel. Like most farms, there are also animals. Sarah has 2 dogs and at least one cat who roam the property. They are really well behaved dogs and don't really engage with the guests. They do bark sometimes but are not frightening or aggressive at all. I loved them and after 3 days, one of the dogs finally befriended me and let me give him more than a pat on the head. There is also a rooster who is trying valiantly to learn to crow. We absolutely loved hearing him each morning but some may not. He's just trying so hard, it's hard to not love him. There are birds, spiders, wasps, mosquitoes, and flies . . . it's a farm. Don't stay there if you can't handle that reality! It's also very hot as there is no AC in any of the main areas and again, I'm not sure how Sarah could even put AC in the main areas because of the sprawling openness of the estate. The penthouse had AC which worked really well and at night we were able to open the many windows and get a beautiful cool breeze coming into the room. I can't speak for AC in the other rooms because I didn't see them nor did I ask but if you need AC (which I do) be sure to ask before you book. It's also not really an appropriate place for young children. Teenagers are probably fine but there's not much for kids to do here and a lot of things for them to get into.
I definitely want to come back to God's Mountain in the future and Sarah has many, many repeat guests who come every year. Like I said, just do not expect the service and cleanliness, etc of a Delta hotel. I get very frustrated reading negative reviews of B&Bs on TA from people who expect hotel standards in someone's home. If you want a hotel, stay in a hotel. If you want a unique experience in a lovely, relaxing setting where you get to know the owner and other guests and you are willing to put up with the idiosyncrasies of being in someone's home, then God's Mountain might be the place for you.
So here's our experience:
We booked 3 nights in June with God's Mountain based on two family and friend recommendations, pretty pictures on the website, and a serious lack of other decent looking options in Penticton within this price range.
We initially booked the "roofless room" since again, the pictures looked stunning. As we got closer to our stay, the forecast was for rain and I contacted the owner, Sarah to look for confirmation we'd be ok. Maybe it was foolish of me, but I do think when we booked Sarah, should've mentioned she doesn't have a canopy or other accommodations in the case of rain. I guess I just assume if you're paying close to $300 a night for shelter, the shelter part is included! But it wasn't, in fact she asked (after days of not hearing back) if "we were used to sleeping outside". Luckily in this circumstance she had another room available.
When we arrived, we both found the grounds to be beautiful, and Sarah very sweet and welcoming which was a relief after some hesitation I was feeling from lack of communication. I love gardening, farming, dogs, quiet, tranquil settings and for sure all those boxes were checked! We wanted to make this trip special and asked if the penthouse might be available and could we see it - it was truly lovely and Sarah told us it was available for two nights but on our third we would have to move. We arrived around 5 pm and made the choice to stay in the much more expensive room since we'd really be able to unwind and relax with two full nights there. We also made this decision knowing that if we stayed three nights in one room there was a price break, but we really wanted to have a good experience, and it seemed to be working out.
When we woke in the morning Sarah told us she made a mistake and we couldn't stay in the penthouse and we'd need to be out by 10AM. This was of course disappointing and inconvenient since we'd already unpacked, and wouldn't have taken the room if this was what we were initially told, since we didn't get to enjoy it at all. It also bit into our morning as we had to hunt her down to find the room and move all our belongings over, delaying our plans for the day. Making things more disappointing we were put in a very small, dark room with broken blinds, beside a workshop where someone was banging til 9PM until we started banging on the wall back. Anyway we were determined to enjoy our trip and enjoyed exploring the region, and still were able to at least enjoy the views of the grounds when we left our gross room.
In the end Sarah did nothing to accommodate the mistakes she made and treated us like we were lucky she had something with shelter for us, which was really disappointing since I always assume people, especially in the hospitality industry will want to make your stay enjoyable and be accountable for any errors on their behalf. She charged us full price for the penthouse even though we barely got to use it, and got really defensive when I said I was surprised by this. My take is that she is a lovely person in many ways who wants to be living in the country, and resents needing to have guests to support the operation; so if you align with her expectations you're fine but otherwise don't expect her to be understanding or respectful. I would take your money elsewhere personally.
Wow, where to begin! For starters... the people
Sara, the owner was delightful! She welcomed us, from booking, through the stay, to our farewell. Peter was great to chat to, had great suggestions for wineries, restaurants - even made our reservations.
The breakfasts! Oh my, such amazing homemade food! Lilo, you are truly amazing! Flans, tarts, eggs, pastries, muffins - we can't say enough. Breakfast is served promptly at 9 so don't be late!
In addition to the wonderful people, the place itself is like a Mediterranean villa! Yes, our room was smaller, but we were only in it to sleep. The soaker tub was such a treat.
You can use the various sitting rooms in the villa, the kitchens, the outdoor areas. We spent hours in chairs, overlooking skaha lake!
Another huge positive was the opportunity to mingle with the other guests, share a glass of wine, chat about life.
We would love to return! Book early as she fills up!