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Alderlea Farm and Café provides a 2 bedroom loft above the organic cafe on a 10 acre organic farm. It sleeps six, with two queen beds in two separate bedrooms on opposite ends and two pull out couches, located in the common space. The spacious 1,200 sq. ft, sunny, and comfortable apartment has lots of room with a large living room and dining area to spread out and relax in. The reviews on Airbnb are five star and guests always comment on the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. As our guest, you can stay for one night, two weeks, or two months, or whatever you please. The space has some games, a 65 inch TV, a sonos sound system, that will also play music from your phone or wifi. There is free parking space, too.
Only 5k from Duncan, we are surrounded by pasture, vineyards, bike, horse, and walking trails, river swimming, and the best, highest quality food ever. Because we grow and raise it here for ourselves and you! We keep are rates affordable. The current rate is $88 Canadian per night for the first 2 guests. $20 per extra guest after 2. The cleaning fee is only $30. We charge an extra $15 for a pet cleaning fee. There are reduce rates available for longer stays. To help keep our calendars straight, we do all bookings through airbnb at this link.
Pop into the Café on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning and we will give you directions to the nearest access to biking and hiking trails or river and swimming hole. You are welcome to walk around the farm and meet the animals.
Alderlea Farm guesthouse is located in the heart of the Golden Valley of Glenora, in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island. From the balcony of the apartment, you can relax and enjoy the pastoral paradise.
The Cowichan Valley is Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climate zone. The British Columbia Ministry of Environment describes the region as, “The Best Place on Earth with a cool Mediterranean-type climate of mild winters with and abundance of moisture but little snow, warm relatively dry summers, and a long growing season.
This area experiences some of the greatest annual sunshine hours in British Columbia, and has the mildest climate in Canada.” How’s that for terroir and growing great tasting food? In fact, Vancouver Island has been named the West Coast’s “new epicurean mecca.”
A Rural Gem in the Cowichan Valley
Alderlea Farm and Café makes you feel at home while offering a European warmth and country-side ambiance. The drive to Glenora is definitely worth it—like stumbling across an exquisite eatery unexpectedly in Tuscany or Provence. Katy and John are the “real thing,” offering a warm, gracious welcome, a delicious home-cooked, farm-to-table, organic meal, a selection of award-winning local wines and beers, and a stunning view of their farm. This is definitely one of our favourite places to eat!
Nadine Cruickshanks, Vancouver Island University Faculty of Education
The Cowichan River is a stone’s throw away from the farm. It meanders like a magical, mythical serpent through the Cowichan Valley providing fish and water fun for visitors and locals. It is part of the aquifer that feeds the farm’s deep well.
Duncan is called the City of Totems. Each totem pole tells a story. The totem poles tell the stories of the Hul’qumi’num Mustimuhw and Cowichan First People who are part of the Coast Salish First Nations.
The Cowichan Valley is home to the warmest year-round temperature anywhere in the country. It is not surprising that the First People of the Valley called it the Warmland or Cowichan (Quw’utsun’). Hul’qumi’num is the first language in which the first legends were told and the language to which the word Quw’utsun belongs. These supernatural and magical legends are told with the help of the natural signposts or ancient rock markers—the creatures or the people who were transformed into rock. Through its connection to the land, Cowichan’s history stays alive.
The Alderlea Farm and Café face towards Swuqus, known to some as Mount Prevost. The stone boulder that sits atop the mountain is an ancient marker of the oral-based Cowichan people, and is a reminder of the ancient flood. It draws the spirits near and shines light onto all that we do. In the true spirit of appreciation, we say “Huytseepq’u.”
N.B. The Café is closed from Nov-mid March. Duncan is less than 5k with over 25 restaurants to choose from.