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Large, modern, ski-in home, hot tub, sauna, media room,great views,heated floors

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3500 sq ft, 5 bedrooms + loft, 3 bath home, floor to ceiling windows, sleeps 15

Contact me for mid-week discounts, last minute discounts, small party size discounts, long stay discounts, filling in a calendar gap discount - basically any if you want a reasonable discount, contact me.

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The Pioneer Retreat is a large, relaxing family home with a panoramic view on to the mountain. The house prides itself on having luxury amenities to combine a wide range of needs from those looking for a peaceful, idyllic experience to those who wish to keep in touch with the 21st Century. The Pioneer Retreat offers both rustic charm and modern essentials including internet access, hot tub and sauna.

The Pioneer Retreat, which is ski-in, is located on Dogtooth Close approximately 700m from the Day Lodge/ Gondola and adjacent to the start of the Nordic/Cross-country ski trails.It is also situated near to the resort facilities including restaurants, shops and general store.

'What I like about the chalet the most is that it has the feel of being a mountain dwelling. The windows make it very light and you almost feel as the sun rises that your sitting outside on the grassy slopes of the mountain' (The owner's comments).

The centre piece is the living room with high vaulted ceiling, two sided wood burning fireplace with views across the mountain and valley; an ideal place for entertaining. There is a well stocked modern kitchen, the central feature of which is a magnificent granite table; sit at the table,especially when the sun rises, and soak up the view through the large windows.

The property is efficiently heated by Geo Thermal with radiant heat on all floors.

Relax in the large private hot tub and enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery.Other superb amenities include the wet-dry Finnish sauna, satellite HD TV and Home Theatre, high speed internet including wi fi, telephone (local calls only), BBQ, Washer/Dryer.

Lay out

First Floor comprises:

• A large open plan living space including kitchen and dining area.

• Master Bedroom: King Size bed (sleeps 2) and ensuite.

• Bedrooms #2&3: Each bedroom has “Split Kings” which enables the bed to be used as large spacious doubles or singles. Each bedroom sleeps 2.

• Bed room#4: The bedroom has bunk beds with the bottom bunk double size. (sleeps 2)

• Second Bathroom

Loft Space (sofa bed sleeps 1)

Ground Floor comprising:

• Ski storage; Entrance into large hall; Media Room including gas fire; Third Bathroom and:

• Bedroom #5: There is a Queen size bed (sleeps 2)and also a sofa bed.

Activities: Skiing: The resort has one of the longest vertical drops in Canada and 2,750 acres of big mountain terrain. Try the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant on the summit. Cross Country Skiing is accessible at the rear of the chalet- 20 km of maintained trails at the Dawn Mountain Nordic Ski Area.

Summer is also full of activity including mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting, horse back riding and golf.

Keywords: ski, chalet, summer, house

More Details

Property Manager
Gabriel Higham
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, spanish, mandarin
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Gabriel Higham

I am a hard working 40 something who loves visiting Golden and Kicking Horse.

Gabriel Higham purchased this house in 2005

Why Gabriel Higham chose Golden

Kicking Horse is a fantastic ski resort. It is also a great place to stay in the summer for those who enjoy exploring the the great out doors or just chill.The Pioneer Retreat is also well located for visiting the National Parks.

This part of Canada at Golden is very accessible for a British Visitor via Calgary.

What makes this house unique

What makes my property unique is that it has the feel of being a mountain dwelling.It is very light and airy; as the sun rises in the morning you feel at one with the mountain.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Golden, British Columbia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All guests must be out of the hot tub, off external decks and off external house grounds by 11:00 pm. $500 fine for noise complaints after 11:00 pm.
  • No outside shoes on wood stairs or carpet. We provide knit slippers at the entryway to keep your feet warm. Minimum $200 CAD fee for damaged floors.
  • No bachelor or bachelorette parties.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Ensuite - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Ensuite bathroom in the master bedroom
    Mainfloor Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Located between mainfloor bedrooms
    Lower floor Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Sauna!!! Located off of the second master bedroom
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Ensuite full bathroom
    Loft - 1 sofa bed/futon , Double futon bed
    Mainfloor bedroom #3 - 1 double bed , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed, double below, single above
    Mainfloor Bedroom #2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , King bed that can be split into two singles
    Mainfloor Bedroom #1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Split king that can convert to 2 singles
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 large double bed
  • 3 king beds - two can split into single beds (2 per bed), 2 queen, 1 double bed with single bed above, 1 double futon bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Large, modern, ski-in home, hot tub, sauna, media room,great views,heated floors
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews

Great location .

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay there was 10 adults and 5 kids . The house had everything we needed the location was great . We enjoyed the activities around the area (Cedar Lake was a highlight )and also the Golden outdoor pool . We walked and hiked and visited and tasted the local beers . The house was lovely accommodated all of us . If I had to pick one thing about the house I felt it was noisy due to the high ceilings and wood/tile flooring . We loved the view enjoyed our morning coffee on a deck .

  • Review Submitted: 29/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

As advertised. Great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 30/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful kitchen space, very well set up for ski trips for large groups

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights, and had a great time at the property. The house is well laid out for a large group with soft seating for 6-9 upstairs by the fireplace and another 6 or so on the large sectional downstairs by the TV and pool table. The kitchen table was big enough for 12 adults fairly comfortably, and the bar seating at the gigantic kitchen island was excellent for breakfast on the go as people head out to the hill.

Huge bonus was the boot/glove dryer (I think room for 12 pairs of boots + 12 pairs of gloves?) with timer, as well as the plethora of bench seating by the front door for everyone to spread out and take off their gear before coming upstairs.

All of the beds were noted to be comfortable by our group and came with sufficient linens/pillows, although the top bunk of the bunk beds doesn't have a ladder so you need to scramble up the slats on the end to use it. For anyone sleeping in the loft note that the stairs are quite steep to get up there, and like any loft space the sound carries extremely well from the rest of the main room into the loft.

Hot tub worked well, maximum capacity of 6 so we had to rotate through but turned out to not be a problem at all. Had an issue with water cloudiness but the service company came out early the next afternoon to shock the water so it was ready before we all got back from the hill. Several people also really enjoyed the sauna!

Overall extremely satisfied with our experience and our host, and we're already talking about coming back.

  • Review Submitted: 29/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Place!

  • 5 of 5

Was a great spot for our annual boys trip. Might bring the family next year. Great layout!

  • Review Submitted: 25/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home with everything you need for a relaxing weekend in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

This place is gorgeous. A group of 10 of us fit comfortably in bedrooms and around the dinner table. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing mountain escape.

  • Review Submitted: 14/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place that we returned to for a second year

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time that my friends and I have stayed at this property. The house has a lot of space and it is beautifully decorated and laid out. Dealing with the host was super easy and the place is stocked up with all the necessities you may need for a getaway. Little touches like hot tub towels and flip flops are greatly appreciated. The views from the place are great and the outdoor space is just as comfortable as the inside. Definitely one of the best I have stayed in Golden!

  • Review Submitted: 31/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
291 Kilometres
Calgary International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Nearest Ski
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in the Golden, British Columbia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
21 May 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
July Long Weekend
29 Jun 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
2 Jul 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
30 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer
4 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
5 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Season
7 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
21 Dec 2018 - 26 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
New Years
27 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
Powder Days
6 Jan 2019 - 7 Feb 2019
4 night minimum stay
Peak Season
8 Feb 2019 - 13 Feb 2019
4 night minimum stay
Family Day
14 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
5 night minimum stay
Peak Season
20 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
4 night minimum stay
Regular Season
24 Feb 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
Spring Skiing
24 Mar 2019 - 13 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
May Long Weekend
17 May 2019 - 19 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
20 May 2019 - 27 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
Canada Day
28 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
1 Jul 2019 - 28 Aug 2019
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
29 Aug 2019 - 2 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer
3 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
4 Oct 2019 - 6 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
Early Season
6 Dec 2019 - 19 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
20 Dec 2019 - 22 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
23 Dec 2019 - 26 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
New Years
27 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$356.77 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,019.34

Contact me for discounts including $100 of nights above the minimum stay requirements.
*****DO NOT CLICK THE BOOK NOW BUTTON IF YOU WANT A DISCOUNT! I CANNOT PROVIDE ONE AFTER YOU HAVE CLICKED THE BOOK NOW BUTTON**** - once you have clicked the book you have agreed to book at the price shown and when I accept it the booking is final.
Minimum Age Limit for Renters - 25 Years
Damage deposit of $1000 required.
Saturday to Saturday stays are not allowed during the ski season.
Save up to 12% with cash payment.
No bachelor or bachelorette parties.
Maximum of 12 adults.
Parties & Events are allowed only with approval from owner/manager.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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