Magical Forest Getaway
“By far, the ultimate fort!”
Our full-facility kitchen allows guests to stock up with goodies, and enjoy all the luxuries of home.
Climb up to the loft, and there you will find a faerie’s bedroom… or sleeping accommodations for three people.
The Living Area
Enjoy leisurely meals in the dining area
Where “cozy” gets its name.
Or curl up with a good book on the couch.
Bathe in the luxury of faerie sunlight. Enjoy this full-facility bath house, with the added attraction of a built-in sauna.
Nestled in the woods, the bunkhouse is barely within sight of the main building at The Dome. It accommodates up to five people.
See our reservations page for rates, and to book your holiday at The Dome.
Courtenay Cressy painted ‘The Dome’ as it was when Roisin (pronounced Rosheen) and Phil moved to this property in 1994. It was built in the ’70s (at a time when Lund was a haven for conscientious objectors to the Vietnam war) and it was looking pretty sad. Not knowing what to do with it, they sought advice of neighbours, family and friends.
The advice was mixed:
“It’s part of local history.”
“Naah, pull it down and bulldoze it.”
“Where’s the treasure buried?”
“Too weird!” …and on and on.
Everyone had a different opinion. Roisin and Phil procrastinated. They hoped, maybe, it could be restored enough to become a funky guesthouse.
A friend, who was also a creative artist/carpenter said, “I’m tired of working on square, architecturally planned buildings. If I’m not too busy in the spring I’ll come and have a go at it, as long as I don’t have to do anything square!”
So, spring came and so did Rik Tacoma, the artist/carpenter. He and Phil got to work and the magic began. Rik thoroughly enjoyed himself, lovingly restoring many unique details. He spent six hours putting in a window at a strange angle. He hand-carved window sills, and placed original carvings and glass-work in odd places.
The frame of the old Dome was surprisingly strong. They took out all the rotten boards. Phil found a local man who was salvaging old telephone poles and got a great deal on yellow cedar. A neighbour was putting a road through and offered some fir trees which could be milled and used. Treasures from Phil and Roisin’s old home in Burnaby and stained glass from garage sales became incorporated in the building. An Arbutus tree which had blown down across the road during a winter storm was used for the railings in the loft.
All the right materials showed up at just the right times. The tradespeople magically appeared when it was time to do their work.
Every time it seemed like the work would come to a standstill because of lack of material and/or funds, whatever was needed magically materialized. Hence the name “Sidhe Comhairle,” pronounced ‘Shee Corla,’ which is Irish Gaelic and means “Faerie Wysdom.” Phil and Roisin believed the good faeries had an interest in seeing the old Dome restored.
Both Phil and Roisin come from Ireland originally, where ‘Faerie Circles’ are a common occurance in farmer’s fields. They believe the circular shape of ‘The Dome,’ the natural forest site, and undisturbed evidence of the Coast Salish First Nations people, made this a special place for the faeires.
Since the original settlers in the Lund area were Finns, ‘The Dome’ called for a Sauna. It just happened that Roisin and Phil had a cedar sauna in pieces, waiting to be used.
The bathhouse was built separately and the sauna found a home. The bunkhouse is also a new building.
Phil and Roisin invite you to experience for yourself the magic of “Sidhe Comhairle’s” (pronounced Shee Corla).
Monday, April 13, 2009 11:21 AM
To: Roisin Sheehy-Culhane
Hello my friend, I hope your week-end is relaxing and peaceful. Mine is full and busy with the boys, as usual. The knee is sloooowwwwwllllyyyy getting better.
Look what Mulan received in her facebook the other day…. She has not yet
responded, actually she does not know what to say, so I suggested we’d toss the ball to you, as it’s now your chair.
How’s the puppy?
– Original Message —–
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 11:04 AM
Subject: Letter from Willow
Willow sent you a message.
Subject: blast from the past
You just have to love facebook. We used to be neighbors many years ago living on west 11th (was it??) across from that school. You lived with your sister Sunya and little brother Che, I lived with my sister Rachel and our mom, Sharon and my mom’s boyfriend, Norman . We used to play barbies and have many adventures…I wonder if you remember me?
I remember thinking how interesting your family was with an asian dad and dutch mom, now I am married to a Japanese man so I guess you folks set the standard!
I know this is a crazy question (if you even remember little blond Willow from next door) but when we moved to Lund and left Vancouver my mom sold a beloved family chair to your parents. It was green and had claw feet and was huge. If your parents still have it, tell them I would love to buy it back if they are ever wanting to let it go. I have never forgotten about it, lots of memories and have in fact been scouring antique stores in Vancouver looking for it-thinking it might be back in circulation. I hope that’s not too crazy for you!
I am living in Vancouver, are you? I am a social worker with two kids, 12 and 9, I am also an artist. I would love to find out how you and your family are doing.
Please be in touch!
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