Tantalus View Retreat

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Proprietors/Owners/Hosts:

The Tantalus View Retreat & Chalet are a creation of vision and hard work. Warren and Rochelle Brubacher diligently and continuously care for every aspect, as is needed for an off grid life. They are available throughout guests’ stay for assistance, advice or want of local knowledge. They will provide maps and information about activities in the area. After the check-in orientation, the hosts will be as available or invisible as guests might choose.

tantalusretreat@gmail.com

Mailing address:

Box 215
Brackendale, British Columbia
V0N 1H0

Telephone Number:

1 (250) 634-1442

Location Address:

Tantalus View Retreat
451 Swift Creek Forest Service Road
Squamish, British Columbia

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Where will you leave the key?

The proprietors live in a log house below the rock bench on which the chalet sits. They will be there to greet guests. Luggage can be moved by “cable-tram” up to the chalet. Once guests and their belongings are settled in, an orientation to “off-the-grid living” is given and the key is provided.

Can I have visitors during my stay?

Guests expecting visitors will need to inform management of their intent prior to check-in and agree to the Visitors Policy.

Is this a yoga retreat?

No. This is a nature retreat in the truest sense of the word- a shelter from the world, clandestine and secluded, a peaceful sanctuary away from the hectic day to day grind. You will not find a lodge and out buildings; there is only one rental cabin for one party of guests. However yoga on the deck is most gratifying…Namaste.

Can I bring my children?

The chalet is located on a rock bluff surrounded by cliffs. The deck is 14 feet off the ground with artistic railings (not child-proof). With safety in mind, children older than 12 are welcome to come to experience nature in a stunningly beautiful setting, however this place is best suited for adults and parents who need a break.

Do I need a 4X4 to drive up the road?

No! We maintain the road year round and it is easily accessible by most vehicles. If you are in a very low car, drive slow over the 2 well marked cross-ditches.

Can I drive the road in winter?

Check with the proprietors for a road report if you are not sure. From October 31 to April 1, the provincial highway laws require snow or ice tires on vehicles proceeding past Squamish. The police will occasionally stop cars for a tire check during winter weather conditions. Do not fear though- there is always a way to get you to the chalet, no matter the weather!

What does living “off-the-grid” involve?

Off the grid means living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on public utilities. It requires a heightened awareness of the use of resources, as well as diligence in maintaining utility systems on a daily basis including a “run of the river” micro-hydro system.

 

Are there other cabins on the retreat?

No. There is only one rental cabin. It is completely private. The owners live on the property but not in view of the chalet. This is not a commercial “rack ‘em  & stack ‘em” accommodation. There is no place like it!

What do you mean by “total / complete / uninterrupted privacy?”

Privacy - the rare commodity unbeknownst to most and rarely available at accommodations today; the state or condition of being totally free from being observed or disturbed by other people.

Do you provide any food?

The chalet is self-catering, in other words guests bring and make their own food. The chalet is equipped for the making of almost any meal guests wish to create. There are also many excellent restaurants only minutes away.

Why do you say you have a low-carbon footprint?

Carbon footprint is the direct effect our actions and lifestyle have on our environment in terms of CO2 emissions. Here at the retreat we strive to reduce our footprint on an ongoing basis.

You say the chalet is wifi-liberated…what’s that?

No internet connection provided; no cable or satellite television; no land-line telephone; no interruptions; no problem! Please note: cell phone reception is full bars!

What is earthing?

Earthing, also known as grounding is the act of standing, sitting, lying or walking with direct skin contact with the ground. Connecting to Earth’s electrical energy promotes physical well-being. The act of Earthing refers to a physical connection between the electrical frequencies of the human body with that of Earth’s (think barefoot in the moss or creek).

Can I have an outdoor fire?

We have an outdoor potbelly stove for fires. You can roast hot dogs and marshmallows on it.  We provide a roasting stick and the fuel. The stove can be used year round except during a fire ban.

How do we turn on the jets for the hot tub?

The hot tub is just that- a hot tub. There are no jets to disturb your silence or interrupt your serenity.

"We are locals to the area but were looking for a nice romantic getaway with a hot tub… well we got what we wanted plus much more!!! Everything was amazing, from the cottage which felt like home the minute we walked in, to the breathtaking views, our hiking adventures, to the warmth and generosity of the hosts. Warren and Rochelle were gracious and attentive hosts as well as wonderful dinner companions and talented musicians – they entertained us with our own private concert and made that evening a memorable one. The only negative comment that I could possibly find is that we didn’t stay long enough. We are looking to repeat the experience in the near future – thank you Warren and Rochelle for sharing your little paradise with us and the heartwarming memories!"

Patrick N

"I thought that perhaps there was trick photography used in advertising this place - they seemed unreal. But the photos are accurate - the views of the Tantalus range is as advertised...amazing. The chalet is cozy, and the hot tub is great - especially when the temperature is in the 30s. The property is completely "off the grid" - all electrical power is generated by water power from the nearby stream. We hope to return someday!"

David E

"We spent our honeymoon here - and we wish we stayed longer! Every little detail of the cottage is so personalized by Warren and Rochelle. It was beautiful. We can't wait to go back!"

Jenna Hilchey

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