Retreat Wilderness Inn – A Masterful Lakefront Inn on the Shores of Nimpo Lake, BC
- Select Property type: Active
- DESCRIPTION: Retreat Wilderness Inn is an established and iconic inn nestled on the shores of Nimpo Lake. Offering 8,000 ft2 of living space, a summer cabin, shop, sauna, lake front beach house/sauna/deck and 300 ft of gentle lakefront. The property is the perfect lakefront escape with business income potential. Turn-key.
- LISTING NUMBER : 22057
- PRICE: $1,750,000
- SIZE: 5.58 acres
An elegant masterpiece crowning the shores of Nimpo Lake, BC. This one-of-a-kind inn offers luxurious accommodations against the pristine back drop of the wild Chilcotin. Situated on the eastern shores of Nimpo Lake this 5.58-acre jewel offers 300 ft of gentle lake frontage perfect for swimming, fishing, and launching boats and float planes. The property is flat with a grand driveway entrance. The front yard has a large roundabout for easy access/egress for all sizes of vehicles. There is ample parking for both owners and guests.
Highlighting the property is the 8,000 ft2 inn complete with four self-contained guest rooms and private owner quarters. The guest rooms provide revenue options to run the property as a bed and breakfast, Airbnb, or simply as a getaway retreat. If a new owner would prefer to enjoy the property only amongst family and friends, then this is an option as well. Each guest room is private and separated from the communal portion of the lodge and each room provides elegant luxury and convenience. Each guest room comes complete with a gas fireplace, full bathroom, lake views, private outdoor area and ample sleeping room. All of this luxury is provided with a unique sense of rustic charm.
On the main floor of the Inn there is restaurant and bar seating with booths and tables available for guests and family. All restaurant seats offer stunning lake and mountain views. Complete men’s and women’s washrooms are located down the hall from the restaurant seating area. The Inn has a full kitchen and liquor license to serve guests. There is a sunken bar with fridge, bar sink and ice machine. Adjoining the bar is the commercial kitchen complete with gas stove (with hood fan and hydrants), walk-in cooler, commercial sink, ample storage and staff bathroom.
If a new owner is not interested in running the kitchen and bar commercially, they are well set up to enjoy the many amenities available with just family and friends. The property and home offers excellent flexibility and utility permitting a new owner to rent out rooms on a need be basis and at their own whim.
The main entrance to the Inn is designed as a check-in/lobby area adorned with a free-standing gas fireplace and reception desk. Entering the bar area from reception you will find the main living area. It is set up as a living room presently with couches, tv and a dining table, all with a commanding view of the lake and coast mountains with floor to ceiling windows. A new owner may set up this room as behooves their intentions with the property. Heading towards the restaurant dining area you are first greeted by a cozy gathering area/reading nook. Again, this room is adorned with a free-standing gas stove, which creates a warm and inviting ambience.
Past the dining area is a separate room currently used to house workout equipment. This was previously utilized as a gift shop and can be converted to fit any variety of usage. There is a second front entrance in this wing of the home where guests who are already registered may come and go. A second bathroom off this entranceway serves as an escape/family room for the owners when the lodge is occupied with guests. This is an excellent room to relax with views of the front yard to keep an eye out for incoming guest arrivals. There is a spiral staircase in this room, which ascends to the second-floor owner living quarters.
Finishing the main level is the industrial scale laundry room with center folding table 2 washing machines and 2 dryers. Built in shelving allows you to store linens for all of the guests and residents. There is also a bathroom at this end of the home. Lastly, is the large utility room with overhead door access. This room extends off the laundry room and houses the home’s critical infrastructure including pressure tank, hot-water tank, in-floor heating boiler and electrical panels.
The upstairs level of the Inn constitutes the owner’s private quarters. There is an office space and walk out roof deck with hot tub. There are 3 bedrooms on the upstairs floor including a spacious master with ensuite and walk-in closet. All 3 bedrooms offer full views of Nimpo Lake’s clear, blue water.
Outside of the Inn, on the lakeside, is an expansive brick patio. Guests and owners alike can sit and enjoy a morning coffee, or evening glass of wine on this fantastic outdoor living space. There is a ringed gas fire pit on the patio where adventure stories can be told late into the night. Off the patio is a rustic log cabin. This cabin could be easily converted into additional guest quarters, but is currently being used to store materials. Headed down towards the lake you are shaded by imposing trees, which slowly rustle in the breeze coming off of the lake. At the shoreline you’re greeted by a beach house/deck area immediately on the water. This beach house, with seating area and live edge bar, is the central hub during warm summer months where you can enjoy a cocktail and listen to the loons. A dock extends into the lake for launching your kayaks, paddle boards or boats.
The lakefront beach house is completed with a cedar built electric sauna complete with lounge area and private outdoor shower. You can imagine enjoying the heat of this sauna followed by the outdoor shower, or plunging into the cool lake water. Completing the property is a log constructed storage building, 4 raised garden beds, 2 serviced RV sites and a wired shop with lean-to storage.
Ultimately, the flexibility of this property to derive an income coupled with the property’s ability to serve as an ideal residence, or summer getaway provides a new owner with numerous options. The groundwork has been laid and this opportunity is turn-key. Do not miss this out on this wonderful Inn style property and your opportunity to carry on its legacy, or create your own. The current owners have called this property home since 1979 and have raised their family here while lovingly caring for and improving this property for 43 years. They feel it is now time to enjoy the next chapter of their life.
21145 Highway 20 – Nimpo Lake, BC
From Williams Lake head westward on Highway 20 for approximately 300 km. The property will be the first left hand turn after the Nimpo Lake General Store where you’ll see a large sign for Retreat Wilderness Inn.
Notable Travel Times
- 1-hour flight from Vancouver via Pacific Coastal Airlines to Anahim lake airport, a 15 minute drive from property
- 2-hour approx. flight via float plane from Vancouver to the dock at property, or Anahim Lake airport if on wheels
- 2-hour drive from Bella Coola ferry terminal
- 3-hour drive from Williams Lake on Highway 20
- The property also has lots of room to land a helicopter
Nimpo Lake is over 11 km long with numerous sheltered bays throughout. The lake is known for its float plane access and is considered a major jumping off point for back country exploration throughout the Chilcotin and the coast. Nimpo Lake sits in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region. The region is a high plateau stretching from the Coast Mountains in the west to the Fraser River in the east.
Ranching and tourism are historically the region’s primary industries. Open grasslands provide ample summer pasture for large herds of roaming cattle. The Gang Ranch lies in the Chilcotin and is one of the largest beef producers in British Colombia. The region is home to members of the Tsilhqot’in and Dakelh peoples.
Nimpo Lake is also known for its fantastic wild rainbow trout fishing. People come from vast distances to fish these rich and abundant waters. Fishing using fly tackle and by trolling from motorized boats can both be effective. Nimpo Lake has a General Store for basic necessities including fuel. There is also a restaurant and post office. For larger grocery shops Williams Lake or Bella Coola is a scenic drive with a wide variety of shopping options.
The outdoor recreation across the wider area is limitless. There are hundreds of lakes across the Chilcotin for you to explore. Nimpo Lake is known for its water activities particularly fishing and float planes. You can explore the lake by kayak, or paddle board in the summer and by snowmobile or cross-country skis in the winter. Ice fishing is a popular sport during the winter months. Sought after experiences include the Turner Lake Chain, Hunlen Falls, (estimated single drop of 260 metres), the Rainbow Mountain Range, Monarch Icefields, Tweedsmuir Park. From the lake, float planes can provide flightseeing tours and access to several high mountain lakes for alpine camping, hiking and canoeing. Nimpo Lake is the gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest and the Bella Coola Valley.
There are trails throughout the region ideal for snowmobiling in winter and quadding in the summer. There are also designated trails for hiking, mountain biking or non-motorized winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, all accessible from the property. During the winter you can explore the lake and surrounding countryside on your snowmobile directly from the property. With thousands of acres of nearby Crown land, the exploration opportunities are endless.
If you are more into relaxing, the property itself is ideally set up to simply sit back relax and enjoy the scenery and serenity of the area. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows at the campfire by the chuckwagon, or enjoying a glass of wine at the beach house, you will never tire of the scenic beauty and endless outdoor recreation.
The Chilcotin has long been settled by indigenous peoples. More recently, the wide-open grasslands has created a ranching industry and the numerous number of lakes teaming with wild rainbow trout has been the origins of the tourism industry, which has now expanded into limitless back country recreation opportunities.
52°20’35.09″N and 125° 8’55.88″W
- Latitude North 52 degrees 20 minutes 598 seconds
- Longitude West 125 degrees 08 minutes 966 seconds
This property has long been operated as retreat/inn. The building and structure are designed to accommodate both owner/operators and guests. There are 4 self-contained guest units attached to the main structure. All have separate entrances, gas fireplaces, a basic kitchenette, satellite TVs and full bathroom. The main structure has an elegant lobby for greeting guests.
- Commercial kitchen with bar, gas cook stove, ice machine and walk-in cooler
- Lounge/restaurant set up with booth seating
- Liquor licence transferable if required
- Established website and social media platforms along business goodwill with numerous reservations slated for upcoming season
- 2 serviced RV sites
- Equipment list available upon request
- Propane – cook stove and free-standing fireplace
- Electricity – 400 amp
- In-floor hydronic heating
- Water drawn from Nimpo Lake
- Septic system
- Main lodge is approximately 8,000 ft2 – built 1985/2005
- Detached shop with attached lean-to storage
- Guest cabin (presently used for storage)
- Log constructed storage building
- Lakefront beach house/deck/sauna
- Anchored dock system
Tourist Commercial (C2) with Special Exemption Rural 2 (RR-2)
- DISTRICT LOT 1618 RANGE 3 COAST DISTRICT EXCEPT PLANS 16931,PGP39720 AND BCP25962
- PID 016-942-591