A dreamy white shiplapped lake cottage at Cultus Lake, BC
For those following me on Instagram stories, I KNOW you are waiting for this tour. And I’m finally delivering!
I needed a getaway. Quickly.
I scoured the internet for a condo in Maui first. Of course…
When that didn’t pan out with my yesterday timeframe, I decided to snoop around somewhere a little more local. And that’s when I browsed Cultus Lake, a mere 12 minutes from my place.
I’ve blogged about this area before when camping. However I haven’t been there lately.
I’ve checked out cabins or cottages for rent before, however nothing found ever inspired me enough to book it.
Until I found THIS ONE. (link to VRBO listing – cabin is located in Cultus Lake, British Columbia, Canada)
The cottage exterior
This beautiful waterfront cottage sits right in the midst of a gorgeous community of other cottages dotted along the edge of the lake.
Steps to Cultus Lake
And while the lake was most certainly a big feature, it wasn’t the main one.
The cottage was.
Once I spotted the white rustic shiplap in the VRBO listings, topped with being right ON the lake, I was immediately sold, and was walking through this place 2 days later.
The lake cottage entry
When you enter from the road side of the cottage, this spacious brick and shiplap infused entry greets you.
Which fit my bike perfectly, thank-you. It made me feel right at home.
The cottage is housed with two bikes, so if you’re travelling, you won’t be without. SUCH a nice addition! And honestly, a must in this area.
So come on in, up these short steps into the main part of the cottage.
Are ya feelin’ it yet?!
Lake cottage kitchen
Yeah. Join the club.
At this point, I pretty much dropped to my knees and just stared.
The cottage frames the lake so perfectly, doesn’t it?
This lovely pipe and reclaimed wood table and rustic chairs warmed up the place perfectly.
As soon as I got around to closing my jaw (I don’t think it closed all 3 nights I stayed) and got off my knees, I opened up the door so I could hear the gentle lapping sounds of the water against the shore.
When I came here, I needed straight out down time so very much, so I told myself I would not check social media, blog, nothing.
The moment I got there, that all hit the fan. I was instagramming like crazy in order to share how my heart was simply in overflow mode!
A view of the lake from every window!
By the 2nd day, I needed to release what I was feeling.
So I spun the table to face the lake, and wrote to my heart’s content in THIS post.
How could you not?!
I don’t remember ever staying in a place I’ve loved every square inch of. It one really did a number on me.
Every single inch was infused with daylight. It was a photographer’s dream.
And everything in white, including this quaint kitchen, simply embraced that.
My own woodsy kitchen cupboards came dangerously close to a white paint brush once I got home.
And the upper cabs removed for shelving.
So I quickly painted a white wall instead before I got into big trouble…
In a cottage filled with white, there it was, a special woodsy wall just for me I’m sure.
Living Room with rock fireplace
This cozy little spot came in handy one evening when it was a little too chilly to sit on the deck.
Candles flickering inside the fireplace provided the perfect ambiance to just sit and read a book.
I’m borrowing this one for home!
And then there’s those ceilings… goodness.
I have always adored vaulted ceilings so I certainly got my fill during this stay.
The cozy bedroom
Up a few more stairs landed you into this sweet bedroom with pretty ceilings once again.
Watching a pre-recorded reno show or 3 on TV was such a nice way to finish the day off.
It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I had both windows open behind me while I slept and nothing woke me up.
All the quaint costal touches were lovely.
So, let’s head out to the deck!
The deck facing the lake
If I wasn’t on my bike, I was on this outdoor sofa. It was so comfy I must have looked like I was glued to it. It was exactly what I needed. To just sit, stare, listen, watch, rest. The power of a lake I tell ya…
I also found the different moods of the lake fascinating. It changed every few minutes. Ranging from a sheet of glass, to rolling waves when a boat passed by, to suddenly choppy waters when the wind picked up.
I also closed the lake down each night long after everyone head indoors for the night.
One of my fav times of day was sitting here at night when the lights along the shore from other cottages cast these shimmery orange reflections on the black water. It was spectacular. It reminded me of being in New York at night.
(I never did share this newly uploaded New York video with you… check it out in THIS post)
There’s that mirror lake once again.
Could you imagine taking in your first cup of coffee each morning while gazing out at this?!
I did ask a lake resident if being in front of the lake stalled her productivity, as I had a hard time not staring at it all the time.
She vowed that it did. That you had to intentionally look away in order to get anything done.
How fascinating that this never gets old.
Watching water is much like a fire pit, there’s movement, always different, and always something to notice, see, hear, etc. Water movement was the very first thing I missed once I returned home as I sit on my outdoor patio frequently.
The local gal also mentioned the water traffic sounds were calming. The hum of a motor boat, the odd splash from a fish, the waves lapping against the rocks.
I would most definitely agree.
While I love my tropical ocean shores of Maui, there is nothing quite like a quiet, pristine lake!
I did some other touring near the lake, which I’ll share in another post soon too.
But I will admit, this dreamy white shiplapped lake cottage at Cultus Lake, BC was a total win I will NEVER forget!
Video – take the tour!
Here’s a little video tour so you can capture what I did… sigh…
Thank-you owner Julie, for the lovely stay, and for allowing me to share your cottage with everyone! I hope to be back one day soon!
Now… where can I visit next?!
I’d love to seek out other unique getaways! So if you own a unique cottage or cabin you’d like promoted, you’ve found your blogger…
Here are some other super unique stays from the past…
A cottage infused with thrift store delights in Salmon Arm, BC
Lovely jungle infused cottage in Nahiku, Maui while venturing along the Road To Hana
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