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    Willow Springs Ranch - Christian Valley, BC

    Kootenays Listing No. 21090

    500 acres, 2 titles, 2.2 miles on the Kettle River in a warm southern BC valley, is a trout fishing, wild game, & entertainment recreational paradise w/ spectacular 5,575 ft2 log home, manager’s home, bunk house, 7,200 ft2 party barn, fully serviced yurt, 3 RV sites & much more.


    Price
    Reduced $5,995,000

    Size
    500 acres ~ 2 titles

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    Description

    Willow Springs Ranch in BC’s magical Christian Valley has been transformed by a dedicated owner who spared no expense creating the perfect venue for entertaining personal and corporate guests. The quality of the improvements and condition of the property are testimony to the fact that it was built as a masterpiece legacy property not to sell.

    The property, 500 acres in 2 titles, with over 2.2 miles of frontage on the Kettle River in a beautiful warm southern British Columbia valley, is a classic trout fishing, wild game, and recreational paradise.

    The land is a mix of hay land, pasture, and timber with about 108 acres in production with water rights to irrigate 74± acres and one pivot that covers 44± acres. The hay field, on the east side of the river, has not been cut for many years, is fenced and has been used for grazing cattle.

    The owners dream included construction of 3 magnificent homes including the main “KUDU” house a spectacular 3 level, 5,575 ft2, 5 bedroom, log home with an enormous great room presided over by a massive 2 storey stone fireplace. The 2 master bedrooms with en-suite baths are exquisite and the 3 other bedrooms all have en-suite bathrooms. A theatre, games room, office, kitchen with walk-in pantry, bar, den, wine cellar, many decks, patios and outside cooking and entertainment areas are among its many features.

    The Manager’s House is a 2 storey open style 3,000 ft2, 3 bedroom, 4 bath home with patios and awesome views. The name “Manager’s House” is somewhat misleading as this is not a basic living quarters for a ranch manager, but a high-end home all on its own with space for a ranch manager and family or as a spacious home for accommodating ranch guests.

    The Bunk House, a 2 storey 2,800 ft2 home with master bedroom and bath, large luxurious kitchen/great room on the main floor, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and den on the lower floor, provides deluxe accommodation.

    The 7,200 ft2 multi-faceted Party Barn, has a 2,220 ft2 dance hall/auction room, raised stage, oversized kitchen, walk-in cooler, full bar with commercial icemaker, state of the art office with 3 workstations each with 6 monitors and TV, exercise room, huge covered patio that opens to the main hall, 1,739 ft2 workshop with lofted office, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and more.

    The 4,500 ft2 calving barn has a veterinary room, 10 livestock stalls and storage room.

    The 800 ft2 yurt, set in a secluded location, allows guests a wonderful camping experience with 2 bedrooms, bathroom, great room with kitchen, wrap-around deck, running water and power.

    The attention to detail and level of organization on the ranch is not something commonly seen in large rural properties in BC. All the ranch servicing is organized on a detailed interactive PDF map. Every water line, power line, gas line, communications line, shut off valve, sprinkler head . . . down to every bird house and all items in between are detailed on the interactive map. This is truly a dream for any new ranch owner to receive, knowing in a glance the complete overview of the ranch’s operation.

    Willow Springs Ranch is a perfect place for a rodeo or any event, the owners have hosted BBQ parties for over 200 guests. The 15 bedrooms, almost all with their own bathroom, and 3 fully serviced RV sites provide high end accommodation for a lot of folks.

    Until 2014 the ranch operated as a cattle ranch with 200 head of Black Angus cattle.

    In addition to being picturesque, the Christian Valley is well known for its fishing and hunting opportunities. This ranch is home to healthy populations of whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, wild turkeys and the surrounding Crown land full of many species including moose, cougars, wolves, bears and grouse. In fact, anyone who knows the valley well, will tell to that there are only a select few places that the elk like to frequent . . . Willow Springs Ranch being one of them.

    The riverfront on this property stretches for over 2 miles with several excellent swimming holes and riffles to place a carefully laid fly. The flyfishing for rainbow trout is excellent. It’s a true for season outdoor recreational playground.

    Please view this document for detailed descriptions of the buildings.

    Location

    5760 Christian Valley Road the ranch gate at 22 km is 133 km from Kelowna, 35 km from Rock Creek and 498 km from Vancouver.

    Access

    The ranch is at the 22 km mark on the Christian Valley Road. An appointment must be made to view the ranch.

    Area Data

    Westbridge sits at a point on Highway 33 where a bridge crosses the West Kettle River. On the north side of the bridge is where you'll find the junction point to the Christian Valley Road and the Kettle River. Christian Valley is approximately 49 km (31 miles) away from Westbridge, northeast along a section of paved to a gravel forestry road.

    Westbridge is a very small unincorporated community that has some ranching and farming. At one time there was a general store located here called the Westbridge General Store and Post Office, which was near the site of the old original hotel and post office. The store served for a number of years as the main hub and meeting place for people living in the area.

    For people living in Westbridge and Christian Valley area—or if you're camping out—other local shopping, services and entertaining can be done in Rock Creek or in Beaverdell. Here you can find grocery stores, gas, pubs and accommodation. In nearby Midway there is also McMynn's Foods which has a liquor store and lottery sales.

    Located only a short 2 minute drive from Willow Springs Ranch, back towards Westbridge is the Double E Sportsman’s Camp & General Store, which has three small stores, one is the Black Cauldron General Store with everything from treats, spices, ice, bottled water, snacks, toiletries, ice cream, gifts, outdoor gear, hunting supplies, and so much more. The second store is the New Moon Tea Room, with Tea, Tea, and more Tea. Gifts, pots, mugs, cups, sugars and spices and much much more. Worth a peak for sure. The third is coming soon. Introducing the Samsquanch Eatery. A brand new food trailer has arrived and will be offering wonderful goodies and beverages, from sandwiches to burgers, coffees and teas and daily mouth-watering specials.

    Recreation

    Rainbow Trout Fishing

    For rainbow trout fishing, you have a number of options available in the area. There is the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers located right on either side of Westbridge, up the Christian Valley 64 km (40 miles) at Copperkettle Lake—requires a 3 km (2 mile) hike—and Conkle Lake about 16 km (10 miles) away from Highway 33, just north of Westbridge on a steep rough forest service road.

    Tubing the Kettle River

    A really popular thing to do in the summer is for people to tube the river from the bridge at Westbridge to the Kettle River Provincial Park. Along the way, near the beginning of the route, you'll pass the confluence of the Kettle and the West Kettle Rivers. Just remember while tubing past farmers' fields that this is private land, so please respect their privacy.

    Backcountry Road Adventure

    If you do decide to go up the Christian Valley Road and want some adventure, the very remote backcountry gravel road continues to the north. It will eventually reach Highway 6 near the headwaters of the Kettle River approximately 172 km (108 miles) away, just east of Cherryville. There are lots of rustic forest service campgrounds along the way that feature fishing holes.

    The area offers much more than fishing and is very well known for:

    • Hunting
    • Hiking
    • ATVing
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Skiing—Mount Baldy is only a short drive away
    • Wildlife observing—moose, bear, deer, elk, waterfowl, wild turkey, wolf, marmet, mink, jack rabbits to name a few
    • From golf to gold panning it’s not far away!!

    Boundaries

    Please see maps and plans included - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49°20'51.18"N and 118°51'45.43"W

    Services

    Hydro, telephone, internet, road access.

    Water
    • Main well for drinking water, lawn, flower beds, stock watering in the barns, services the three homes, 3 RV sites and all the buildings around the home site
    • Well 2 is a high volume well for the pivot
    • Well 3 is for the yurt
    Septic Systems

    4 septic systems service the yurt, shop, bunkhouse and one for the Main KUDU House and Manager’s House. RV sites have power, water and holding tank system for waste disposal.

    Water Licences

    2 water licences for irrigation and stock watering.

    Tax Details

    • Parcel 1: $5,832.12 (2020)
    • Parcel 2: 99.22 (2020)

    Total: $5,931.34 (2020)

    Zoning

    No zoning but sections of the land are within the ALR (see map included).

    Legal

    LOT C DISTRICT LOTS 1442S, 2312 AND 3145 SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN 32904 EXCEPT PLAN 39982
    PID 003-275-515

    LOT 3 DISTRICT LOT 3637 SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN 1191 EXCEPT PLAN 43527
    PID 011-775-971

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.

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