Michael Coughlin, the General Manager of Stonehouse B&B, is something of a modern Renaissance man. In addition to vast experience in quality hospitality and fine dining, he has a wide range of interests, both cultural and academic, making for fascinating conversations and connections with our guests.
Michael is an accomplished painter, has performed in musical theatre, and has travelled extensively. Fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, he loves learning about and experiencing international cultures.
Michael's academic pursuits include a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry and a BA in Italian and Hispanic Studies. He is a Master of the History of Art and has just completed a PhD in History of Art and Architecture.
Michael has spent much of his life in the Hospitality Industry, and served as Maître d' at a prestigious Relais & Chateaux property for 17 years. He has studied with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a certified instructor with the French Wine Society. Michael offers French Wine Scholar certificate courses on Salt Spring Island.
Calling Salt Spring Island home since 1996, Michael loves to welcome guests from around the world to his island, ensuring that they have all the insider knowledge they need for a great vacation.
Michael's Assistant Host, Milly Sinclair, has lived and worked in the culinary and wine world on Salt Spring Island since 1980. For over 20 of those years, she honed her hospitality skills working in fine dining, as both dining room manager and wine director at Hastings House.
She also works in education as a teaching assistant in the culinary arts program at Gulf Islands Secondary School, instructing students on eating healthy and local, growing their own food and preparing budding young chefs for post secondary and the culinary world abroad.
In continuing her own education, Milly has become a French Wine Scholar, WSET Advanced certified, studied with the Court of Master Sommeliers and at The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Well versed in international and BC wines, she founded a 50 member wine appreciation club, hosting numerous wine tastings and seminars, coordinating two BC wine and local food festivals.
She has also worked as a crafts person, caterer, chocolatier, and along with her husband, Paul, raised two children who share her passion for great food and wine.
At Stonehouse, she welcomes meeting guests from around the world, sharing with them her knowledge of the island's artisans, farmers, food and wine producers, hiking trails, special places and local history.