For Judy and Calvin Germann, retirement means slowing down, not stopping.
Calvin, a well-known chef, and Judy, have owned and operated their own restaurant, A Break in Time Café (now owned by their daughter and son-in-law) and worked for others, too.
Last year they opened the doors to a portion of their beautiful West Creston home to visitors, who have the choice of three bedrooms in The Nest.
Calvin Germann grew up in the hospitality industry, born to a family that built and operated Chalet Edelweiss, a 24-bedroom conference and retreat centre in Isetwald, a small village in the heart of Switzerland, near the Alpine city Interlaken. That facility is now under new ownership and is operating as a bed and breakfast.
The Nest also exudes a sense of Calvin’s Swiss heritage. It was built by his uncle, with the help of a local contractor, and finished by Swiss carpenters. It has been in the family for more than 30 years.
“Down a country road, hidden away above a beautiful valley you will find our Country Lodge Bed & Breakfast called ‘The Nest’,” Judy writes on the web site.” This Swiss-style chalet overlooks the Skimmerhorn Mountain with a spectacular view of Creston Valley from every room. You and the birds will watch the earliest sun and moon risings!”
The aptly named bed and breakfast is nestled into an acreage on Simmons Road, with a mix of forest and meadows, and views that are sure to inspire. Guests looking for a quiet retreat to relax and rejuvenate have come to the right place—no bedroom televisions to break the silence, no heavy traffic roaring nearby. It isn’t surprising when Judy says that it isn’t unusual for visitors to extend their stays once they settle into the rural setting.
Constructed in the Germann home’s second story, the B & B has its own patio and staircase, allowing guests a measure of privacy and seclusion.
The Nest’s bird theme carries into the naming of the rooms—The Robin, The Dove, and The Chickadee—each with different configurations. Two shared bathrooms include rain showers, and a lounge and kitchenette are homey and functional. Larger groups can rent the entire space and truly enjoy a sense of home away from home.
Light continental breakfasts are included, and guests are also welcome to use the barbecue, picnic table and lawn chairs adjacent to the deck.
The 10-minute drive to Creston is surprisingly short, given the property’s seclusion, and guests can enjoy walking, canoeing, and kayaking in the Wildlife Area and river channels just down the hill.
Since opening the doors to guests last year, Calvin and Judy say they have been pleasantly surprised at The Nest’s popularity, and they enjoy the interaction with visitors from far and near. Return bookings have already become common.
For more information visit https://thenestbandb.ca/.