There are those times where and when you least expect it that you find a total unexpected gem. Those times are the best. Those are the places I am always on the search for.
Here I am enjoying some time in the Quesnel, BC area, and I was suddenly made aware of one such unique place – Petty Catwater.
This little property turned chic farm style home and Bed & Breakfast, offers these incredible Farm Table evenings of culinary delights and wine. Umm, yes please!
Owned by a very lovely couple, Bruce and Jenn have put their heart and soul and 17 years of building to make this little slice of heaven a reality.
With all ingredients being local, and Jenn, whom is also the chef, having trained in France, you know you are going to be in for a treat. I truly had no idea what kind of unforgettable treat I was actually in for.
Upon arriving to the property you pull in by an honesty stand.
I love the concept of honesty stands! I see them quite a lot around British Columbia, and I just think they are great. Honesty makes the world go round and having integrity makes a persons life so much more rewarding.
As you walk into the yard its hard not to be immediately enamored by the elegant farmhouse design and landscape.
As you walk around you can even get a glimpse of what is in store.
There is a garden where in the summer they grow the majority of their produce, and some lush little sitting areas for the guests whom are staying on property at the BnB.
Not only do they have the Bnb, but they also accept Wwoofers(willing workers on organic farms) where they have volunteers come and exchange work for food and accommodation.
I enjoyed a lot of wwoofing experiences around the globe in my backpacking days, so this spoke straight to my heart.
The Bed & Breakfast is located in a separate building to the house. Which is nice as it feels very private.
I was pleasantly surprised at the warm and inviting atmosphere of the BnB, and the chic decor. It was done in such a way that you feel quite luxurious up there. To me it felt as though I was back in Europe again.
The dining area is in an addition, with a long table with proper fine dining settings. Once again the decor was spot on in the house as well.
I really have to give kudos to Bruce and Jenn for how well their interior and exterior designing skills are.
I was loving the long table concept as well. Again bringing me back to Europe. As you sit at a table among strangers, it doesn’t take very much time for the conversation to flow as good as the vino. I had the best date in the room though – my darling sister! Some of the best dates are the ones you take your sister on.
My kinda party, if I do say so myself.
The food. Oh my the food. Where to begin really.
The starters were home made French Onion soup accompanied with a divine fluffy crusted pizza. Seriously, every bit I took was better then the last.
As we moved onto the main course, the culinary journey of grand proportions did not slow down.
There was plenty of slow cooked, perfectly seasoned, melt in your mouth meats to choose from, a beautiful array of roasted vegetables, and a superb mash of combined potatoes.
One must be careful not to over do it on dinner as there is still dessert on the menu. Trust me, its hard not to have seconds, or thirds. Loose fitting clothes perhaps are a good option.
Coffee and home made cakes for dessert seemed so fitting to complete this divine experience. There was a fresh fig cake, and a pear cake made with Guiness.
Every single guest at the table had pure satisfaction beaming out of their faces.
Bruce and Jenn do this amazing job of opening up their home and making you feel so comfortable, and transport you to a place of class and spoiling. You feel and taste their passion in all that they do here. I would go back simply to be in their company once again. But really, I need to go back and experience a night in the Bnb. If their dinner is that good, I bet the breakfast is something to write home about too. It is a place not to be missed.
This truly was a one of a kind and unique experience. Happy culinary adventuring!