Mulvehill Wilderness Inn
1. What is The Mulvehill Creek Wilderness Inn and Wedding Chapel?
The Mulvehill Creek Wilderness Inn is a traditional cedar home (7,700 sqft, presently adult oriented B&B) on a secluded peninsula on Upper Arrow Lake with a lively creek and a 100 m accessible waterfall, 8 suites and rooms, all with ensuite bath, a heated saltwater pool (Easter to Halloween), hot tub, game room, bar, sun deck, romantic wedding chapel (also seminar room), awarded organic garden and orchard, canoes, trails, birds and wildlife at your doorstep, all summer and winter sports, national and provincial parks, hot springs and many attractions nearby.
2. How did you get started working there?
We chose this area for the most distinct four seasons on the planet, proven in the more than 20 years we live here, away from all the climate, weather and men made rigours you watch every day on TV, just plain nature. We started with 3 rooms and changed zoning to Resort Commercial (any development possible) to be able to have space for 18 guests.
3. What have been your favourite moments over the years?
When we got awarded for all our environmental efforts such as shoreline re-enforcement, tree planting, our own micro hydro and water system, unique septic, organic garden, forest management, building quality and René’s trouvails, art from what he finds on the property. But also appearance on TV, top rankings in magazines and guides.
4. What direction would you see the Inn going in?
We (74/60) plan to retire and sell our paradise, planning to travel again. Of course we would like to have successors who keep the high standard up, as a boutique hotel, a spa, a clinic, a sport centre, a management retreat - the possibilities are endless.
5. What is your typical customer like?
Our guests are all ages and from all countries, the average is 1/3 Canada, 1/3 US and 1/3 overseas, many are returning guests which stay up to 3 weeks. The property and the area offer that much in every season.
6. How many weddings have their been over the last 20 years?
In the years we run “full speed” we had up to a dozen, from 2 (we were the witnesses) to 110 guests (we have heatable BBQ tents on the beach). Impressive were the international ones, such as Africa/Canada and Japan/Canada and Guatemala/Canada/Germany! 7. What is the sales price and how soon could someone take over - would there be training? What would be the suggested experience you would recommend they have?