Opening a secluded lodge was their life-long dream! However, when they settled on their ideal location – the southeast corner of British Columbia they couldn’t find their ‘dream’ property to purchase.
So they decided to build it themselves. Keeping it deliberately small-scale and private, they set about constructing four luxury cabins on 17-hectares (42-acres) of private forested land, with its own creek and plenty of wildlife passing through, bordering a vast expanse of easily accessible but seldomly visited backcountry-terrain sprinkled with the odd old gold mine.
Dutch founders/owners and former diplomats, Paul and Annelies, opened the Logden Lodge in Ymir (25-minute drive south of Nelson, BC) in the summer of 2014. Each unit cabin is set part from one another so no matter if you’re the only ones there or not, you feel secluded.
Equally rare, each comes with its own individual lay-out, design and furnishings, blending the truly rustic (think; large beams, hardwood flooring, antiques, wood-stove) with the truly luxurious (large soaker bath, high quality bedding, soft robes). Last but not least, you get to enjoy a great variety of decorations from the owner’s private collection of world artifacts. All in all, quite the departure from the image one has in mind when thinking about a “mountain cabin“!
~ Take extra time to research and plan your trip in advance. Many of our tourism businesses and services have adopted new COVID-19 protocols and changes to their schedules or policies to ensure your safety. You’ll want to become familiar with them ahead of time.
~ If you normally travel with extended family or with several friends, consider travelling in a smaller group this summer. Travelling with fewer people makes it easier for you to practise physical distancing in public, and may have less of an impact on the destination.
~ Consider a slower travel pace this summer to help curb the spread. Instead of checking in and out of multiple destinations during one trip, choose one or two destinations and one/two accommodation properties for your entire trip (and explore all the things to do & see nearby).
~ Fishing Kootenay Lake: A Story of the Catch
~ Hike, Pedal, Roll & Ski: Our Kootenay Rails to Trails
~ Out Your Back Door: Kootenay Community Treks
~ What’s Open in the Kootenay Rockies (2020 Summer/Fall)
Story by Destination BC. All photos courtesy of Logden Lodge.
(Original published date in August 2015.)