On a recent trip to Vancouver, BC, I was invited to tour a lovely homestead called FarmHouse Lifestyle, about an hour north east of downtown, in the suburb of Maple Ridge. What a truly delightful property to visit, especially since it was just beginning Spring there and not in Ontario (where my own property still has 2′ of snow). Of approximately 10 acres, there are 7 acres of organic blueberry bushes and 3 acres of land for several small scale buildings. These buildings range from a main house, to a guest bed & breakfast building, a couple of the cutest little farm buildings and a very large entertaining facility that can seat over 100 people for corporate retreats or weddings. There is also the sweetest pond with a tiny island in the middle that new couples often prefer for their wedding vows, if the weather is good.
All the trees and plants were installed by the owner over a period of 11 years. The land originally was almost bare. Initially there was strong resistance from the local city council with what she wanted to do with the property to the point that they threatened to fine her daily. Those early years were rather stressful and she had to get legal representation to protect herself. Now, she has been redeemed and acclaimed, as her property is often referred to as an example of innovative and pioneering ways to be self-sufficient. I might also add that it is also extremely beautiful to experience.
Here is a quote from their B & B listing;
“Enjoy our pastoral environment and relax in one of our luxurious bed & breakfast rooms where every comfort is provided. Listen to the coyotes at dusk. In the autumn, watch the geese as they fly back to the river at night. At FarmHouse Lifestyle, morning begins by collecting your own eggs if you wish and a stroll around the three acres of display gardens while your breakfast is prepared in our country kitchen.”
Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? You can also get lots of organic blueberries too! To contact the owner directly, click here.
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