We just finished our 3 night stay at the ranch. From the moment we arrived, to the time that we left, we were treated like royalty.
The Location - simply superb. Nestled away in the BC hillside, deep in the country side, a prime location for taking long rides.
The Ranch - Very new and fresh, excellent main lodgings/saloon, games room upstairs, excellent rooms with en-suite WC and shower, etc.. Great view. A lot of care has gone into this place.
The People - Amazing bunch of folk. The proprietors Bernadette & Martin made us feel so welcome, and mentioned we were "part of the family", which we definitely felt while there. The very talented and hard-grafting staff/wranglers; Jessica, Kim, Rosie, Franzi and Josie ensured that our every need was taken care of. We were lucky to have some great co-guests at the same time, and everything fit together great! I would be remiss to not mention the other two members of staff - Molly & Daisy, the super duper doggies on-site! It was Molly who came running up to intercept us, tail wagging with excitement, as we drove in, barely giving Jessica and Josie the chance to greet us!
The Rides/Horses - an enourmous array of horses (27) - all looked after with personal care and attention. Each one's personality fully understood by the staff. We were assigned two perfectly-fitting horses for our respective skill levels, and the staff ensured our own personalities/energy levels also fitted to the horses. The riding was excellent - some serious trails, even in the rain - we felt at all times very secure and looked after. The half-way cookies were a great touch ;) Slicks, gloves, helmets and boots were made available.
The Food - I must admit, I am more of a "Foodie" than a "Horsie", and so I was simply blown away by the cuisine that Chef Martin put together 3 times a day, with a personal charm that i've not often seen. Coming back from our first ride in the rain, we were delighted to find a fresh pot of coffee on, and some culinary delights ready for us for lunch. The whole format of: Wake up, breakfast -> ride; Lunch, chill -> ride; Dinner, worked extremely well, and was very welcome after each ride.
There is really nothing negative about this place - everything more than exceeds expectations. I don't think i've ever given such a review, but I honestly cannot rate this ranch highly enough.
Thank you Martin, Bernadette, Jessica, Kim, Franzi, Josie, Rosie - it was the highlight of our entire trip.
We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campbell Hills Guest Ranch offers the perfect seasonal horseback riding Vacation, close to Kamloops. Our cozy facilities are nestled amidst open meadows, and timbered mountains in the heart of Cattle Country BC. Come and enjoy horseback riding with a natural horsemanship approach for beginners and the more advanced riders. We offer different levels trail riding based on skills. We set you up for a pleasant and enjoyable ride. We also encourage guests to participate in getting the horses, grooming etc. For the non riders we offer hiking or mountain biking in the wilderness, bird watching, kayaking on Campbell Lake or just take advantage of plain rest and relaxation! Enjoy beautiful views of gleaming Campbell Lake and the Monte Hills right out of your window. Don't miss out on the scenic morning sun rising above the lake. As a small all inclusive resort we can accommodate up to 16 guests. We also offer morning or afternoon packages and a variety of horseback riding tours for 8yrs and older! Trail rides combined with either lunch or dinner plus natural horsemanship introduction! Quality, comfort and safety are very important to us. Decorated in a Western motif, you'll see Bernadette's care for detail in every room. All beds have premium quality mattresses, pillow, duvets, towels plus complimentary toiletries. The main lodge is very intimate and welcomes you to make yourself at home, with its family style dining area, the kitchen of every cook's dream, overstuffed couches and river rock fireplace in the Wild Horse Saloon. The inviting reading loft has many Western novels, and other best sellers. Many Gourmet Buffet and Barbeque dinners are served on our wide-open deck that looks out over Campbell Lake. ... more less