What is(are) your name(s)?
Leta and Phoenix
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Since the spring of 2010
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
1 Of A Kind B&B Sculpture Studio is a newly opened Bed and Breakfast in the home we have built and lived in since 1996. This has been a comfortable happy home that also accommodates a basic home sculpture studio. I create finished sculpture only by commission, so the studio is not always in use. I like to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for three dimensional art, and have felt that it was time to do more of that. I have had years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality, tourism, and healthcare industries, and a genuine interest in people from around the world, and from all walks of life. I love to travel but have not been able to do so for many years. I have made many friends from my travels and miss it very much. So I am very excited about about my new B&B, and look forward to welcoming new friends from around the globe, and offering them the best hospitality, food, and service, at the best price I can offer.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
What makes 1 Of A Kind B&B Sculpture Studio unique is that one can experience a taste of a simple home sculpture studio and how if functions. They can also learn more about sculpture in general, and even gain more knowledge with optional mini courses or workshops if that is something they are interested in. However one does not have to be especially interested in the sculpture. They may still enjoy a clean, comfortable, casual, and friendly home while away from home where they can relax without breaking their budget.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
My guests so far have been exceptionally happy with our hospitality, the comfort and cleanliness of their accommodation, the good food, and the amount paid for that.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
1 Of A Kind B&B is all about being happy because you have what you need when you travel. A comfortable bed, comfortable chairs, a freshly re-tiled bathroom with a comfortable wide bath tub to relax in, and a shower for someone who is tall. Lots of hot water, fresh air, and a quiet nights' sleep. A yummy healthy breakfast to set the day off right, and a friendly welcome from someone who will also respect privacy. There is a TV and movies for entertainment. The guest area also has a bar fridge, coffee maker, and dishes. Wireless Internet access and a fax machine is available. Breakfast i s served in a new library/sunroom off the kitchen. The accommodation and grounds are simple, but also tidy and pleasant. There is a level entry near to the car parking for easy loading.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
There is one suite with two bedrooms with queen size beds. There is also a guest area with a table and chairs, sofa and other previously listed facilities. There is accommodation for up to four adults as a single group, so they don't have to share with
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The rooms are bright and cheerful, freshly painted and simply decorated without a bunch of fancy frills. The look is fairly contemporary and elemental in design. This B&B is not rich but it is not shabby either.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
The guest rooms are located in the cool part of the house and there is air conditioning controls. All the usual conveniences not listed are happily provided if requested.
Which room is your personal favorite?
Our favourite room is the new library/breakfast sunroom.
What do the room rates include?
The room rates include everything mentioned.
Do you offer any special packages?
Special reduced prices are available for week long or longer stays, especially if accommodating extended sculpture workshop guests.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
We are a B.C. Gov't Approved Accommodation and FoodSafe Certified. One can expect different menus for the days of their stay, including things like delicious omelets and other egg dishes, special whole grain French toasts and fruit pancakes with bacon or sausage. If desired, smoothies, yogurt, whole grain cereals, fruit juice, fresh coffee or a selection of teas.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served at a time the guests prefer provided there is ample time before checkout. The breakfast room is the best place for a hot breakfast but it can also be served at the guest's bistro table if there are special needs.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Special dietary needs are met on short notice if possible, however they can not be guaranteed without prior arrangement at the time of making the reservation.
Do you serve other meals?
Some snacks or beverages may be available on request, but are not offered as included.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
There is a bar fridge, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, and dishes.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
1 Of A Kind B&B Sculpture Studio is adult oriented. Mature or teenage children are welcome.
Do you accept pets?
We have a very small resident senior dog who stays to himself. Unfortunately he prefers not to share his home with other animals.
What is your smoking policy?
This B&B is for guests who prefer to enjoy a smoke free, and fragrance reduced environment.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
There is ample parking space on the property.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
People with disabilities are welcome. Our B&B has level access that may be of benefit to those with physical handicaps, however there are no special facilities, and someone with a wheelchair may have difficulties with a tall bathroom sink and cabinet.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
1 Of A Kind B&B Sculpture Studio has smoke alarms, a fire extinguisher, and a fire hydrant at the edge of the property. We also have a security system for the doors and windows. One can sleep easy! There are also handrails where required, and a safety rail for getting in and out of the bath and shower.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in is between 4-6 p.m. later arrival is by arrangement. Check out is 11 a.m.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
There is a minimum two night stay for long weekend holidays.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Guests may make reservations by phone or email.
What is you cancellation policy?
The deposit is fully refundable 4 days prior to arrival. After that a refund less $25.00 will be issued if the room can be booked.
What types of payment do you accept?
Traveller's cheques and cash is accepted, and PayPal may be used from a computer for credit and debit cards.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
The only etiquette is common courtesy, and respect and being fully clothed at the breakfast table. Other than that relax, be yourself, and make yourself at home.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
We have beautiful scenery, great hiking, and biking, great golf courses, oodles of wineries for touring and wine tasting, and many many more sights and events in the area. One can find more information by going to my website and clicking on the links from the sights, events, and activities page.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
1 Of a Kind B&B is located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley over the Coastal Mountain Range from Vancouver, B.C. Oliver is in the south section of the valley about a half hour drive from the U.S. border. You will find directions and maps on my website: www.oliverbedandbreakfast.com
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
Guests are welcome to 1 Of a Kind B&B like part of the family. You can just be yourself and not worry. What ever you prefer with regards to socializing or privacy are respected. Guests can feel comfortable staying in a friendly home atmosphere instead of a lonely hotel room. They can also enjoy a great breakfast instead of the same old restaurant food or snacks. The guests sleeping areas are separate and not in the same area as the hosts rooms. Guests use the entrance close to their accommodations and do not have to go through the main area of the house.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
Guests are encouraged to ask any questions that may be of concern to them without worry of offending. Other than that, welcome, relax, and make yourself at home.