Hartmann House...and their English Country Garden
By Chris McBeath
Snuggle up together in the private double garden swing on the upper terrace. Relax under an arbor of wisteria beside the lily pond. Sit back in the wooden Andirondack chairs and enjoy the Sooke Harbour view
We were welcomed by the climbing clematis which embraced the front porch archway when we arrived at The Hartmann House. Hydrangeas, peonies, rhodos and azaleas also added to the colourful array and sweet aroma of this magnificent perennial garden. Yes, The Hartmann garden is quite spectacular...but wait till you go inside!
Out of labour and love, The Hartmanns have worked together to create this special getaway. Ray’s fine craftsmanship coupled with Ann’s decorating expertise has transpired this once ordinary home into a delightfully inviting B.& B..
The wooden cedar finishing throughout the home permeates warmth and character. We enjoyed relaxing in the living room’s overstuffed rattan couches. The offer is always open to help yourself to a brandy night-cap while the Count Rumford fireplace provides more entertainment than any T.V. show.
Touches of lace complimenting fine wood furnishings create the romantic ambiance in the two main floor guest rooms. Both The Garden Room and The Bay Window Room will pamper you with eiderdown quilts, soft terry robes, televisions, and all the amenities to make your stay an intimate one.
For a real treat, we booked into the newest addition of The Hartmann House...and we highly recommend it! Behind the private French doors, this 700 square foot luxury Honeymoon Suite has been created with lovers in mind. Divinely decorated, this space is instantly inviting. Its decadent focal point is Ray’s original creation of a Barley Twist king size bed. We felt enveloped by the canopy’s warm cedar panels while we snuggled under the eiderdown chintz duvet. Enjoying the glow of the double-sided fireplace from both the bedroom and the double Jacuzzi, we enhanced the mood by adding a few lit candles. Every amenity has been considered here for romance. Wine is chilled and waiting when you arrive. Fluffy terry robes are conveniently hanging next to the Jacuzzi. T.V., V.C.R., C.D., complete with a selection of movies and music are available for your enjoyment. To top it off, you are made to feel right at home by the Hartmann’s genuine hospitality.
In the morning, we woke to the wonderful aroma of home-baking. A full course breakfast was delivered to our door through the ingenious creation of the butler’s pantry. Like everything else at The Hartmann House, the breakfasts are outstanding. Enjoy home-made pastries, platters of fresh fruit, and a selection of waffles, omelets and other surprises.
As far as activities go, you may want to take along your bikes, or a good pair of walking shoes to try out the Galloping Goose Trail which is accessible across the street. The town of Sooke is also full of interesting shops and galleries to browse through.
...or if you feel like we did, you may want to find a quiet spot, relax together, and enjoy this exquisite English country garden...for at least another day!
If You Go:
The Hartmann House B&B
5262 Sooke Road
Sooke, B.C. V0S 1N0
Web site: www.hartmannhouse.bc.ca
Hosts: Ray & Ann Hartmann
Vancouver and other lower mainland travelers: B.C. Ferries accommodates travelers from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay terminals to Swartz Bay. General Information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779)
For our State-side Neighbors: Either the Victoria Clipper, The Princess Marguerite, or the Washington State Ferries will meet your needs
Sooke is a 40 minutes drive west of Victoria
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