Our story - Earl Grey Lodge and Greys Restaurant
Voted as one of the best places to stay in Western Canada by Ski Canada Magazine and Tripadvisor, Earl Grey Lodge caters to a wide variety of clientele, including corporations seeking an exclusive retreat, couples and families on vacation, reunions, and wedding parties.
The Lodge’s interior is designed to maintain an authentic cabin feel while incorporating an art deco influence, including the use of oak, cedar, granite, slate, and leather to provide a natural yet luxurious mountain ambience. Sleeping up to eleven guests, the Lodge contains five guest rooms, which have been designed to blend the rustic log walls with modern luxury amenities. All rooms feature a private bathroom with shower, bath, granite and oak vanity with well lit mirrors, hairdryers, and heated floors. There is a guest kitchen and lounge with satellite television, DVDs, a fully-stocked library of books, WiFi are also available.
The Earl Grey Lodge is owned and operated by Clare and Phil Marshall, expats from the UK who opened the hotel in 2003, effectively attaining their goal to “live the ultimate lifestyle.” As Phil explains, “Back in the UK, I was a corporate director, immersed daily in the demands presented by the job. However, Clare and I had always dreamt of pursuing something for ourselves and our two children (Charlotte and William) that was more satisfying; less material focused and ultimately more fulfilling. Somewhat impulsively I resigned and after traveling for two months, we decided to relocate to Panorama. Where better a place to enjoy the outdoors, socialize with a wider variety of people.”
We recognised from the start that the resort needed a small intimate restaurant with great food and wine and Greys Restaurant was born.
The facility also includes a wedding gazebo, which is positioned in the grounds, next to the woods and alongside a lawned area. Truly, the Lodge’s expansive and beautifully manicured grounds are ideal for wedding photos.
August 2014 update
Well at present Charlotte (23) is living in Calgary with her boyfriend Cam and works for a wealth management company, Will (20) is in New Zealand coaching for the Mt. Ruapehu ski team and will be out of the country until December before he comes back to work for Team Panorama..
Clare and I are working in the newly refurbished restaurant which has taken on a new lease of life with the Happy Hour between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm each evening. All the bedrooms and bathrooms have been painted in the off season and the stair carpet is about to be replaced, so Earl grey Lodge looks brand new again.
Many people ask us if the lodge is for sale and the answer is "it is not on the market", however we would sell if approached with an offer of the fair market price for the property (business would be free). We feel that as pioneers we have created a world class lodge and restaurant and as the business shows the lodge needs to move forward to phase 2 of development now which needs some fresh blood. Clare and I would still live at Panorama and would look to open another business here (or work for new owners) - so the answer is, no we are not going anywhere.
This summer season has been crazy, with many repeat customers and a strong increase in room nights and restaurant, it is great to see all the friends return each year.
The lodge is not on with any agents so if you are interested in continuing the dream contact us, there is plenty of scope for the next people and we are more than happy can discuss ideas and future expansion possibilities - the lodge is profit making and open 7-8 months a year, 4-5 months off to play