The Cowichan Valley is located on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. It is between Victoria and Nanaimo and is named after the Cowichan First Nations for whom it means “land warmed by the sun”. Between the mountains is some of the best agricultural land on the west coast, which has proven attractive to hobby farmers and many organic crop growers. Wineries and local food eateries are in abundance inviting you to sip and savour.
Once a busy bed and breakfast in the 1970s, the "Black Rose" was purchased in rough shape by the Stewarts in the early 1990s. They have done their best to fix it up as they go and are in the heart of Cowichan wine country. Extensive gardens and their own production of wine, beer, and mead from their hives keep their guests occupied when they can find enough to fill the rooms. Business just isn't what it used to be and they struggle to keep afloat.