We simply want guests to enjoy the spirit of nature, the luxuries of life and the utmost in hospitality – in beautiful Central Alberta, no less!: for sale


We simply want guests to enjoy the spirit of nature, the luxuries of life and the utmost in hospitality – in beautiful Central Alberta, no less!

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

NEGOTIABLE

3 800 000 CAD

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Inn
Bedrooms: 16
Bathrooms: 16
Showers: 15
Parking: 30
Yield: Not Disclosed


Rocky Mountain House

Rocky Mountain House is a town in west-central AlbertaCanada located approximately 77 km (48 mi) west of the City of Red Deer at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Saskatchewan Rivers, and at the crossroads of Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail) and Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway). The surrounding Clearwater County's administration office is located in Rocky Mountain House.

The town has a long history dating to the 18th century with the presence of British and Canadian fur traders during the westward Canadian expansion. In 1799, the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company each established the Rocky Mountain House and Acton House fur trading posts. Trade with the local aboriginal peoples continued until 1821 when the companies merged, they continued to trade until 1875 and closed the Rocky Mountain House post. The name of the settlement however remained.

The Rocky Mountain House settlement also served as a launching point for many explorers such as David Thompson, in search for a passage west to the Pacific Ocean. Many travellers used this location as a stop on their way further west or northwest, just as they do into the 21st century.[6]

The next wave of adventurers entered the region at the beginning of the 20th century in search of opportunities presented by lush farmland and the abundance of natural resources. Rocky Mountain House became a firmly established town by 1912. Settlers of Scandinavian origin made up a significant part of early 20th century settlement in the region.

Fur trade

Rocky Mountain House and Acton House were a pair of fur trade posts from 1799 to 1876. Rocky Mountain House belonged to the North West Company (NWC) and Acton House to the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). When the two companies merged in 1821, the name Rocky Mountain House was retained. The posts were opened and closed seven times.

Rocky Mountain House was the westernmost post on the North Saskatchewan and was within sight of the Rocky Mountains. The fort facilitated trade with the Blackfeet and Piegans as well as the Kootenays across the mountains. The Kootenays were prevented from reaching Fort Edmonton by the Blackfeet and Piegans who wanted to profit as middlemen and keep them from getting guns. The fort also served as a base for finding a pass across the Rocky Mountains. The post also produced pemmican and York boats.

The posts were built at the confluence of the Clearwater River and the North Saskatchewan River. They were on the north bank just above the Clearwater and strongly built for protection from the Blackfeet. During low water there were rapids near the post. Around 1980, only two stone chimneys were standing. An interpretive centre was subsequently developed at this location.

Timeline
  • 1790: Peter Pangman of the North West Company marked the site for the future company fort.
  • 1799–1802: In September 1799, a group of Nor'Westers (North West Company employees) under John McDonald of Garth travelled upstream of Fort Augustus by canoe and horseback and established Rocky Mountain House. James Bird of the HBC followed and built Acton House. David Thompson and Duncan McGillivray of the NWC were wintering partners at their House. The Kootenays did not cross the mountains in significant numbers and attempts to find a pass failed. Therefore, both posts were closed in 1802.
  • 1805–1807: The two posts were reopened without much success. In 1807, David Thompson of the NWC went up the North Saskatchewan, found Howse Pass and built Kootenay House on the Columbia River. The new post made Rocky Mountain House unnecessary and the posts were closed again in 1807.
  • 1810–1812: Reopened in 1810, Alexander Henry 'The Younger' of the NWC found that the route over the mountains was blockaded by the Piegans. He and David Thompson set out overland north to the Athabasca River. After ascending it for five days, they abandoned their horses for snowshoes to cross Athabasca Pass for the first time and reached the Columbia River at Boat Encampment. Athabasca Pass was clearly superior and attempts to reach the Columbia shifted north. In 1811, a group of Gros Ventres planned to attack the fort but were threatened away by the Piegans who preferred to trade at Rocky Mountain House rather than at Fort Edmonton near their Cree enemies. The two posts were then closed to consolidate trade at Fort Edmonton.
  • 1819–1823: Attempts to get the Blackfeet to trade at Fort Edmonton failed so the forts were reopened. With John Rowland in charge for the NWC, the two companies were merged in 1821 and the combined fort was called Rocky Mountain House. In 1823, George Simpson decided to close the post since there were few beaver and the post was losing money.
  • 1825–1832: The post was reopened at Piegan request, and it prospered due to a new source of beaver. In the winter of 1830-31, a group of Piegans were attacked by the Crows, who killed 57 Piegans and stole all their furs. After this disaster and the opening of a closer American post, the Piegans stopped trading and the post was closed again in 1832.
  • 1835–1861: A new post was built to the south somewhere on the Bow River in the Piegan country, which failed after two years. In 1835, J. E. Harriott built a new post down the river but in sight of the old post, where it remained as a wintering post for 26 years. The Piegan trade having been lost to the Americans, the HBC tried to concentrate the Blackfoot trade at Rocky Mountain House away from their enemies at Fort Edmonton. With the escalating violence on the frontier, the HBC decided to stop the liquor trade. In retaliation, the Blackfeet refused to trade and prevented buffalo hunters from leaving the fort. With starvation a real possibility, no one was sent upriver in the fall of 1861 to trade. Finding the fort empty, the Blackfeet burnt it to the ground.
  • 1864–1876: Gold was discovered in Montana and the American traders shifted their attention from Indians to prospectors. The HBC reasoned that this made a new opportunity for the Indian trade and a new Rocky Mountain House was built next to the ruins of the old one. The trade did not prosper because the Blackfeet preferred the Americans' whiskey which they got from places like Fort Whoop-up. Arriving in 1874, the North-West Mounted Police drove out the American whiskey traders, and the HBC built a new post somewhere to the south making Rocky Mountain House redundant. It was closed permanently in 1876.

Geography

The North Saskatchewan River borders Rocky Mountain House to the west where the Clearwater River flows into the North Saskatchewan River.

Crimson Lake is a lake approximately 17 km (11 mi) northwest of town. Crimson Lake is home to Crimson Lake Provincial Park.

Climate

Rocky Mountain House has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc) that borders on a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb). Daytime temperatures are in general representative for the latter, but the larger diurnal temperature variation with the high elevation ensures frequent frosts. The January average high of around −4 °C (25 °F) is actually much milder than clear continental areas further east in Canada on similar and lower parallels.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Rocky Mountain House was 35.0 °C (95 °F) on 23 July 1928. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −55.6 °C (−68 °F) on 12 February 1936.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Rocky Mountain House recorded a population of 6,635 living in 2,599 of its 2,954 total private dwellings, a -4.3% change from its 2011 population of 6,933. With a land area of 12.71 km2 (4.91 sq mi), it had a population density of 522.0/km2 (1,352.1/sq mi) in 2016.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House's 2012 municipal census counted a population of 7,300,[15] a 1.0% increase over its 2007 municipal census population of 7,231.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Rocky Mountain House had a population of 6,933 living in 2,651 of its 2800 total dwellings, a 0.9% change from its 2006 population of 6,874. With a land area of 12.99 km2 (5.02 sq mi), it had a population density of 533.7/km2 (1,382.3/sq mi) in 2011.

Economy

The economy of the Rocky Mountain House area is driven by petroleumagriculture, and forestry. Tourism also plays a role in its economy due to its location at the crossroads of Highway 22 and Highway 11, and its location midway between Red Deer and the scenic Alberta's Rockies region.





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About

The owners chose to create a luxury getaway experience that matched some of those they enjoyed on their travels to inns around North America and started their journey as innkeepers.

In an effort to learn all things innkeeping, the owners joined PAII and partook in the many conferences, courses, and online resources the organization offered. In their 2-year quest to find the ideal location for their new venture, they chose the Rocky Mountain House area in Central Alberta as it had all the beauty and attributes they envisioned for a true getaway. It was easy to get to and offered a much quieter, intimate and genuine getaway experience than the crowded, commercialized mountain park tourist regions.

The property was a run-down 150-acre horse ranch when they bought it in 2002 but the owners saw a lovely, private oasis in the rough. A long-time DIYer at heart, the owners designed all the cottages and buildings themselves in keeping with the rugged natural beauty of the area. Her philosophy was to focus on simple, timeless design, organic materials and textures, earthy colours and warm, casually elegant interiors.

After a lot of hard work, determination and passion, they have created an outstanding mix of luxury accommodations and services that rate highly with Canada’s top getaway destinations. Their ingenious foresight in transforming a somewhat nondescript property in an unconventional Alberta tourism region that now attracts thousands of guests yearly proves that visions do come true if the purpose, will and passion is there.

The Inn now exudes this spirit in everything it is and stands for. It has become that secret getaway place the owners envisioned where people from around the world come to escape, relax, recharge and realize their own dreams and passions in life.

After 17 years in the field, the owners continually relish in surprising people with their hidden gem and seeing their growing clientele of raving fans keep coming back year after year.

Accommodation

You’ll instantly be wowed when you step into your luxury suite or cottage. It will be softly lit, jazz music will be playing and your stress and day to day pressures will quickly melt away.

The Inn offers 16 luxury guest rooms – 10 suites, 4 self-contained cottages and 2 studio cottages.  They are privately spread out amongst the 7 buildings on the property. 

All rooms are well-appointed and individually decorated with custom made bedding, unique furniture, artwork and accessories, fireplaces, personal outdoor spaces and many special touches that make all the difference. Every room showcases the rich landscapes and characteristics of the surrounding area using natural design elements of wood, stone, slate and twigs, earth tone colours, and lush fabrics that create a warm, comfortable ambiance.

Executive Guest Cottages

1 & 2 bedroom self-contained cottages complete with fully equipped kitchens, large living spaces, covered decks, BBQs, and luxury décor. Dog friendly. 

All Rooms Feature:

  • Gas fireplaces
  • Outdoor decks/patios
  • Soaker tubs
  • High-quality pillow-top mattresses
  • Feather duvets and pillows, and rich bed linens
  • Bath robes
  • 32” LED flat screen satellite TV and DVD
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Clock radio with IPOD docking station
  • Bar fridge
  • Complimentary coffee or tea
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hairdryer, make-up mirror
  • Luxurious towels and toiletries
  • Unique decorating, accessories and artwork

Creekside Cottage

Executive 2-bedroom guest cottage

This popular self-contained executive cottage is only a short stroll from the main Inn. It has 2 bedrooms with 1 queen bed in each, sleeping up to 4 people (double occupancy), and is richly decorated with warm western decor, antiques and designer details. It has a wood-burning fieldstone fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, gas barbeque, soaker tub, and large covered deck with Adirondack chairs.

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen with Gas BBQ
  • 2 bedrooms w/ 1 queen bed each
  • Single soaker tub/shower combo
  • Sleeps max of 4 people
  • Dog friendly

Fireside Cottage 

Executive 2-bedroom guest cottage 

Built in 2013 beside Creekside Cottage, this executive guest cottage has 2 bedrooms with 1 king bed in one and 1 queen bed in the other, sleeping up to 4 people (double occupancy). It is richly decorated with warm country decor, antiques and designer details, a gas fieldstone fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, gas barbeque, soaker tub/shower and large covered deck with Adirondack chairs. 

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen with Gas BBQ
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 w/ Queen bed and 1 w/ King bed
  • Single soaker tub/shower combo
  • Sleeps max of 4 adults
  • Dog friendly 

Owl's Nest Suite 

Executive 1-bedroom guest cottage 

Our latest self-contained executive cottage in the forest offers everything you would want for a luxury getaway experience – a free-standing double soaker tub in front of a large window overlooking the trees, gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, king bed in the spacious bedroom, large covered front porch, dedicated outdoor fire pit with all the firewood you would need, and exquisite décor.

  • Full Kitchen
  • Freestanding Double Soaker Tub
  • Glass Shower
  • Private Out Door Firepit

Birchside Cottage 

Executive 1-bedroom guest cottage 

Completed May 2016, this fabulous self-contained 1 bedroom executive cottage nestled in the forest offers all the luxuries and amenities you need for an ultimate escape. It features upscale furnishings and décor, a fully equipped kitchen, king-size bed, fieldstone gas fireplace, dedicated fire pit, large covered deck with Adirondack chairs, and a rain shower and free-standing double soaker tub overlooking the trees. Forest bathing at its best!

  • Full Kitchen with outdoor gas BBQ
  • 1 bedroom w/ 1 king bed
  • Freestanding double soaker tub & separate rain shower
  • Sleeps max of 2 adults
  • Private Outdoor Firepit

Aspen Treehouse Suite

Treehouse Studio Cottage

This spacious studio cottage has a custom made ‘barnwood’ style king bed and furniture, large en-suite with double whirlpool tub and walk-in shower, gas fieldstone fireplace, covered deck, private outdoor fire pit, large windows with views of the forest and a short stroll from the main Inn. It is privately attached back to back to the Spruce Tree House.

  • Whirlpool Tub
  • King Bed
  • Personal Fire Pit
  • Microwave & Bar Fridge

Spruce Treehouse Suite

Treehouse Studio Cottage

Spacious studio cottage with a custom made king log canopy bed, large en suite with a double whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, gas fieldstone fireplace, covered deck with Adirondack chairs, private outdoor fire pit, large windows with views of the forest, a short stroll from the main Inn. Privately attached back to back to the Aspen Tree House.

  • Double Whirlpool Tub
  • King Log Canopy Bed
  • Private Fire Pit

Stables Suite 

Coach House Suites 

Named after the horses that roamed this property, this beautiful romantic suite features a king-size canopy bed with a double corner soaker tub next to it, a gas fireplace, a large ensuite with a huge walk-in shower and big windows overlooking the property. Private entrance off the large deck with outdoor seating.

  • Private entrance
  • In-room double soaker tub
  • Large shared deck
  • Dog friendly (1 small dog only)

Explorer's Suite 

Coach House Suites 

Explore a life of luxury in this lovely junior suite featuring a custom made queen log bed, Canadiana antiques, Hudson’s Bay blankets, fieldstone fireplace,  and a large ensuite with a double soaker tub, granite vessel sink and walk-in shower. It also has a microwave, bar fridge and coffee maker and a private entrance off the large deck with outdoor seating.

  • Queen Log Bed
  • Double Soaker Tub
  • Private Entrance w/ Large Shared Deck
  • Dog friendly (1 small dog only)

Loft Suite

Coach House Suites

A beautiful one-bedroom suite on the upper level of the Coach House building. This Suite features a queen-size bed with a single soaker tub, a gas fireplace, full kitchen, living room, pull out couch, two decks, BBQ, and large windows giving you sweeping views of the property.

  • Full Kitchen with outdoor BBQ
  • 1 bedroom w/ 1 queen bed
  • Pull out bed in living room
  • Single soaker tub/shower combo
  • Sleeps a maximum of 4 adults

West Country Suite 

Main Inn 

For an ultimate romantic getaway, this outstanding luxury suite is our largest room with a king-size four-poster bed, in-room double Whirlpool tub, steam shower, double vanity with vessel sinks, towering gas fieldstone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a large private balcony with a view of the creek.

On the upper level of the Main Inn

  • In-room Whirlpool Tub
  • Four Poster King Bed
  • 40″ LED TV
  • Steam Shower
West Country Suite
Main Inn
For an ultimate romantic getaway, this outstanding luxury suite is our largest room with a king-size four-poster bed, in-room double Whirlpool tub, steam shower, double vanity with vessel sinks, towering gas fieldstone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and a large private balcony with a view of the creek.
On the upper level of the Main Inn
  • In room Whirlpool Tub
  • Four Poster King Bed
  • 40″ LED TV
  • Steam Shower

Brown Trout Suite 

Main Inn 

Contemporary meets nature in this lovely deluxe ground-level suite that is inspired by the main inhabitants of the area. It features a king bed, double soaker tub, large walk-in shower, gas slate stone fireplace, spacious sitting area and private walk-out patio.

  • Double soaker tub
  • Corner walkout suite
  • Glass shower

Woodlands Suite 

Main Inn 

Inspired by ‘all things wood’, you’ll immerse yourself in nature in this deluxe king suite with a king-size log bed, double soaker tub, corner shower, gas fireplace and private walk-out patio.  

Located on the lower walkout level of the Main Inn.

  • King Log bed
  • Double soaker tub
  • Glass corner shower
  • Walkout deck

Golden Meadows Suite 

Main Inn 

Pamper yourself in the rich colour of Alberta’s Fall landscapes in this warm and luscious room featuring a king bed with custom made headboard, double corner soaker tub with separate shower, double vanity, gas fireplace and private walk-out patio. 

Located on the lower walkout level in the Main Inn.

  • Double soaker corner tub
  • Corner glass shower
  • Walkout patio

Home on The Range Suite

Main Inn

Shower lovers will adore the huge walk-in double shower in this upscale western-inspired suite. It features a king bed with custom made leather headboard, double vanity with granite vessel sinks, a gas fireplace and a private deck. There is no bathtub in the ensuite but you might get lost in the large shower we call the ‘Horse Stall’.

On the upper level of the Main Inn.

  • Double Walk In Shower
  • No Tub
  • King Bed
  • Private patio

Bird's Nest Suite 

Main Inn 

Named in honour of its first guest (a Robin in its nest on the patio), this dramatic deluxe suite on the walkout level will wow you with its king bed and custom made headboard, roomy sitting area, gas fireplace, oversized single soaker tub/shower and private walk out patio. The room also has a double sofa bed that sleeps up to 2 more.

  • Corner room w/ patio
  • King bed
  • Single soaker tub/shower combo
  • Double sofa bed in the room

Come dine with us! 

Heartstone, our casual fine dining restaurant, overlooks the Creek and our beautiful grounds and is always a special experience for guests of the inn and locals alike. Savour our Chef’s fabulous Alberta cuisine, groove to jazz tunes, and sip a glass of our fine wine as you relish in one of Central Alberta’s most memorable dining experiences. 

Events 

What can be more romantic than getting married at a lovely country inn surrounded by towering trees, beautiful grounds and the vibrant energy of the Creek serenading your affair? Or spending your honeymoon night in an exquisite suite with all the luxuries and indulgences you deserve for your special day? Or, better yet, sharing your special day with your family and friends who get to experience all of this and more with you? 

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man. (UJ). M.P.R.E.)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Emailcliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Skype: cliff.jacobs

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