What a wonderful place to call home for a night or two - or 8 or 9 if you have the time!-. Natasha is an excellent host, she went above and beyond with my last minute request for lodging. The property and cabin are absolutely beautiful, and she treated me to a delicious and healthful meal at her table. It was as if all the stars aligned, I would recommend it to
Thank you so much, Natasha! We really enjoyed our stay in your Summer House on June 20, 2018, especially the food you cooked! Both dinner when we arrived, and breakfast the next morning were the most delicious meals of our whole two week trip! Your cozy kitchen and the many ingredients fresh from your garden were wonderful! Staying in the Summer House was very special, quiet, clean and private. We liked the comfortable beds, washroom with shower, kitchenette and eating area. I loved the beautiful setting in the garden with the big shady trees. Your friendly hospitality and the quiet rural setting, though not far from the centre of town, really made for a memorable stay. I wish we could have stayed longer, and I have already recommended your place to my friends.
Mary Peters, Nanaimo, BC, and Lesley Catling, Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England
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 travellers.
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 food.
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 Bowl.
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 make quick
arrangements for an overnight stay. We called Natasha a couple of hours
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 a little
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 Guest House.
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, even
to listen to advises. And believe me, I was getting a lot of advises.
And one of them: to change surrounding for at least a few days.
I decided to give a chance to B&B, because it's a family running
business and maybe the family warmth will make some difference.
I went on the internet, looked through the list and stopped on yours,
because Natasha is the name of my wife's best friend. (I believe in fate).
I decided to give it a chance even still feeling indifferent.
But, when I came to your place and saw your house, flowers and
garden, something changed inside of me. I felt easy right away.
It was so peaceful, relaxing - it reminded me of my childhood, the
house I used to live.
Then you came out, introduced yourself and somehow I felt at home.
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 marvelous hostess.
Harold and Judy from Vancouver Island