Early this August, my family and I were guests at Natasha’s
Russian Guesthouse in Grand Forks, B.C. The drive had been
long enough on our way home to the coast for us to be ready
for a restful stop over at a peaceful ‘oasis’,
and this is what we experienced at Natasha’s home for
The lodging was comfortable, well-maintained, and placed amongst
the broad outdoors. Our introduction included an extraordinary
garden from which much of the guesthouse’s produce was
cultivated. A short walking distance away had us swimming
in the beautiful waters of the Kettle River, just the medicine
for unwinding and relaxing without the sound of traffic or
noise of industry.
Our morning had us sitting around the table of bounty for
our breakfast. We were fortunate enough to sample home made
preserves, garden smoothies, and an assortment of Russian
Our hostess was hospitable and kept her guesthouse in wonderful
condition for her guests.
Our family would recommend this stay for anyone wishing a
place to unwind and relax.
John, Lil, and Charlotte Cumberbirch
August 9, 2017
We had a wonderful stay with you at Grand Forks in the first
week of August 2017. The cottage was roomy and bright and
your yard and garden were a pleasure to enjoy. A short walk
to the river swimming beach added a touch of refreshing coolness.
We loved your hospitality and friendliness and appreciate
all you did to make us feel at home.
For Vladimir this was like his experience visiting his aunt
in Belarus at her country home. Very warm feelings came up
for him. With other guests and family members coming and going
it made our stay more rewarding. The town is very rich in
Doukhobor culture. Be sure to sample Russian food at the Borscht
Thank you for everything.
Nancy and Vladimir
The hospitality of the hosts is outstanding. Natasha make
you feel so welcome, and she is very helpful. During our stay
Natasha helped us with very good information about area that
made our visit and unforgettable experience. The room and
the house are simple but very comfortable, this is not a fancy
location but rather a cozy home feeling stay. Garden is beautiful,
full of flowers and hummingbirds.
My daughter and I were on the first day of our road trip.
Due to fires in
the interior, we needed to change our route, so we had to
arrangements for an overnight stay. We called Natasha a couple
away from her B&B hoping she would have a vacancy - she
did! She sounded so
sweet on the phone that we felt at ease right away. We got
description of the local history of her place and enjoyed
an evening stroll
to the river, seeing deer and an owl along the way. It was
a beautiful way
to end the first day of our road trip. She made a delicious
breakfast for us
in the morning, made from fresh ingredients from her garden.
Our brief visit
was a memorable one.
In search of my Russian/ Doukhobor ancestors (this summer)...
I made my way (by car) from North Vancouver to Natasha's Russian
Guest House. She greeted me with warmth & a chipper smile.
Natasha graciously upgraded me to the carriage house suite
at no charge. Her charming little house & property cusp
an amazing backdrop of high grasses & greenery. Her surrounding
rustic gardens are a palette of bountiful flowers, herbs &
home grown goodies- all within walking distance from the river.
Natasha made endless calls (in Russian) around town on my
behalf ...in attempts to connect me with elder family members.
She really tried her best. The trip was not wasted; I thoroughly
enjoyed staying at Natasha's clean, PEACEFUL, organic home.
I didn't find my family here, but I found a friend with a
big heart, in Natasha.
As a note; she also offers an adorable little rustic cabin
on her property; Hotels and motels cannot replace the homey
, safe & convenient feel and experience of Natasha's Russian
Ps. Grand Forks is very clean, quiet, scenic - but it is
a touch sleepy- VERY laid back; although there seems to be
a lot of buzz here with the real estate market. Realtors paradise.
++ I ended up finding more info about my Doukhobor family
at the heritage museum in Castlegar.
21 July 2016
I stayed with Natasha and my other sister in laws for 4 nights
and 5 days. We were greeted by Natasha who is the sweetest
woman you will ever meet. Her property is magical. Her veggy
garden fresh as we walked and picked berries. She used her
fresh veggies and served us the most amazing traditional breakfast
you will ever have! Her house backing the Kettle river is
just steps away from a secluded beach area. We walked and
took photos everyday. We stayed in her summer house which
is a stand alone cabin. The place was adorable, clean and
organized. We pretty much felt like family and were so sad
to leave. Her place is a little bit of heaven and I recommend
her place! We will be back!
A few years ago my wife passed away unexpectedly.
We lived together for 50 years.
I was and still in shock, depressed and feel lonely.
I did not want neither to see friends or talk to anybody,
to listen to advises. And believe me, I was getting a lot
And one of them: to change surrounding for at least a few
I decided to give a chance to B&B, because it's a family
business and maybe the family warmth will make some difference.
I went on the internet, looked through the list and stopped
because Natasha is the name of my wife's best friend. (I believe
I decided to give it a chance even still feeling indifferent.
But, when I came to your place and saw your house, flowers
garden, something changed inside of me. I felt easy right
It was so peaceful, relaxing - it reminded me of my childhood,
house I used to live.
Then you came out, introduced yourself and somehow I felt
Your hospitality, empathy, tasty home cooking and attitude
may me feel
like part of the family.
I was there for 3 days and enjoyed every moment of it.
A Big Thank You Indeed
I wish all the best to you and to your business. Thanks again
P.S. Some people lucky - they are doing what they love and
can do with
all their Soul and Heart - and you, I'm sure, are one of them
Just a note to tell you how very much we enjoyed your hospitality,
the lovely and sweet Patty, your beautiful home and gardens,
and the sweet, rustic cottage. It was a wonderful three days,
and I enjoyed cooking and it was so lovely to utilize your
wonderful food, that was so very generous, and you are a marvellous
cook. I wish we could have met, perhaps another summer.
Tara Lei Royer
For more than half my life I have lived on Vancouver Island
where we raised our sons in a peaceful rural home. I never
was anxious to leave the rock but our youngest son and his
wife moved to Grand Forks, bought a home overlooking the town
and recently delivered our latest grandson so we had to come
for a visit.
We found Natasha’s Guesthouse on the internet and
saw she had a small cabin for rent. It was a marvelous discovery.
The cabin itself was cozy with comfortable beds, a small kitchen
and a nice screened porch for dining and lounging. Though
within walking distance from a grocery store, it was quiet
and very similar to the atmosphere we are used to. Nearly
every day Natasha brought us a fresh bouquet and vegetables
from her luxuriant gardens. One evening she made a delicious
dinner of Russian food to share with our family. She is a
Harold and Judy from Vancouver Island