Gardenview Estate Bed and Breakfast Welcomes Guests

By Brandon Hansen / For The Statesman



Alberta Newspaper Group


Located off of Highway 395 just before you get to Kettle Falls, Gardenview Estate Bed and Breakfast gives travelers both a comfortable stay overnight and a historical setting to do it in. The B& B was once a mission that was constructed in 1873 and served as the home to the Sisters of Providence, and then later as a convent for Dominican nuns. People spending time at Gardenview Estate Bed and Breakfast will enjoy the main house, which was one the Mother Superior’s quarters and office. A twostory- high living room welcomes guests and a beautiful brick kitchen is a great place to spend some social time. Upstairs, Gardenview has three rooms for the Bed and Breakfast: The regal Winslow room, the modern Rigley Room and the rustic Curlew Room which provide views of the entire estate. “The feedback from the community has been great,” owner Jenelle Cruz said. “We’ve hosted a couple public events including our one-year anniversary celebration in May and a fun haunted version of our historical property tour for Halloween. I think the community is still learning we’re here but we have hosted many locals celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or just wanting a peaceful break.” The estate has a gazebo built in the 1930s, many non- native trees that were actually transplanted to the area, and places to sit and spend time and soak in the views of the Colville Valley. A gymnasium across the yard from the house also includes the Bed and Breakfast’s fourth room - the Mingo Mountain Suite which is actually three rooms and is pet friendly. The owners, Jenelle and Tom Cruz moved to Northeast Washington a few years ago from Vancouver, Washington to be closer to family. They’ve taken the Bed and Breakfast and made it their own with minimalistic decor to make the rooms expansive, modern flatscreen TVs and Jenelle’s breakfast menu of sweet and savory vegan dishes. Jenelle is also a gardener and uses the grounds for vegetables, fruits and berries. The grounds have berry bushes, six varieties of apple trees, apricot, pear and plum trees as well. “Our opening practices have proven to work well for guests and us,” Jenelle said. “We continue to upgrade including adding a propane fire pit in the gazebo and convertible chair to bed allowing the Mingo Mountain Suite to sleep three or two who prefer not to share a bed.” The Cruz’s also provide birdwatching books and binoculars in each room for birdwatching as well. While Gardenview is not a big event space by design so the Cruz’s can provide a relaxing environment for guests, they do allow retreats to be organized when all rooms are booked. “We’re hosting our first early spring but hope to welcome writers retreats, book clubs, knitting groups and other activity focused groups,” Jenelle said. Even though there is snow on the ground, the bed and breakfast remains open, including during winter holidays. Gardenview Estates has also added inroom massages, performed by a local massage therapist. For more information, go to gardenviewestatebnb. com/ or to their Facebook page at facebook. com/ gardenviewestatebnb