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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Vancouver Island reviews

  • Wonderful escape from the city

    "We have just returned from a 2 week stay at this wonderfully set and appointed cottage. We booked a year in advance after a work friend's high recommendation. We were not disappointed! The cottage is charmingly rustic yet has every modern amenity required for a comfortable stay with fully equipped kitchen, laundry, entertainment and wifi for your use. The owners are very warm and friendly and go about their animal/garden chores quietly in their adjacent property, making it easy to communicate any needs or to ask for any recommendations on local sightseeing etc. We enjoyed every chance to chat while relaxing in the back garden in between activities we had planned. We had beach days, lots of walks and exploring around local and further afield island areas including day visits to Victoria, Parksville and Nanaimo...all reasonably close car rides. For us, honestly it was one our best vacations ever. Living far away from island and area family it was a joy to be able to invite family for dinners and host- something we have not been able to do from standard hotel rooms. While very hot days saw the West facing kitchen/dining area heat uncomfortably, it was only at late afternoon and bedroom and livingroom areas were much cooler with options of microwaving or bbq to avoid heating kitchen for those times. Our teenage sons both really enjoyed their stay and were enthusiastic about returning for a future vacation. Our 10 month old puppy probably enjoyed his vacation the most, making friends with the family's small dog, and getting tons of walks in the bucolic countryside. Undeniably the best value for your vacationing dollar, our visiting family members loved the setting and thanked us for such a relaxing and pleasant time! We definitely plan to return and highly recommend staying if you are looking for a restful, enjoyable getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life."
    Guest: Dana Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014
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  • Fantastic experience!

    "Great location, friendly staff, beautiful gardens, clean and very comfortable place to stay. We would highly recommend and look forward to coming back!"
    Guest: Jenn Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 23, 2014
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  • Amazing experience in every way!!

    "The only negative thing I can say about our visit was that we only stayed two nights here!! This is the type of place that deserves a much longer stay. This property has to have one of the most spectacular views I have seen in a very long time. The unit itself was immaculately clean, with heated floors in the bathroom (amazing in the morning!), a huge and comfortable bed, and a microwave, kettle, water cooler, Tassimo coffee maker, panini grill/griddle, as well as a fridge. We also got the added bonus of finding the fridge stocked with basic breakfast/lunch supplies, although we didn't really take advantage, it was really a nice addition, as was the bowl of fresh fruit when we arrived! The view from each of the several outdoor patio areas, including the hot tub, was definitely the highlight of the stay. We literally spent one entire day outside on the patio just reading and taking in the view. We unfortunately got there for the two most overcast days of our trip, but would return just to see a sunrise. The doors going outside offer a spectacular view to watch the sunrise from bed, and we woke up early both mornings but unfortunately were clouded out. Our hosts, Char and Bob, were fantastic as well. Very warm and friendly on arrival, and then we barely saw or heard from them unless we needed something. It may be a shared property but it certainly felt like we had the place to ourselves. Do yourself a favor - stay here, and stay for as long as you can, it's worth the trip!!"
    Guest: Aran Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 22, 2014
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  • Our stay at the Sooke River Cottage was nothing short of amazing.

    "As soon as we stepped onto this property, our breath was truly taken away. The outside of the cottage has a spanning yard space and a wraparound deck that is fitted with a picnic table, a barbecue, some lounge chairs and even a hot tub! The far end of the yard has steps that lead down to the Sooke River. We spent many days trekking up and down the river or just sitting near the bank admiring our incredible surroundings. I hesitate calling the Sooke River Cottage a cottage at all because it is more like a dream home! Seriously, Gary and Meredith, I want a copy of the blueprints ;). The house has one master bedroom with a washroom just off of it, a spacious sitting and dining area and a loft with another bed and sitting area. The kitchen was fully-equipped with everything we could ever need. All we brought along were a couple spices and we were set for a week of good food! The decorating was impeccable and was filled with all kinds of subtle details that made the cottage feel like a real home. I certainly could have gotten used to living there! When we weren't taking advantage of the amazing home and yard, we ventured out into the charming town of Sooke that has all the necessary amenities and some very friendly locals. If you go to the Village Foods Market, remember to mention you're a tourist - they give you a discount! We also found an off sale liquor store called Buffy's which we used when the provincial liquor board store was closed. The cottage was about an hour's drive from Victoria, and we enjoyed doing some sightseeing there as well. One of my favourite things about the trip was visiting the Sooke River Potholes. It was only 1.5 kilometres from the cottage, and we were pleased with all the hiking we got to do there. We spent almost an entire day at the Potholes, hiking around, swimming, and just enjoying the scenery. It's a picture perfect place that is just steps away from the cottage - what could be better? For beach-goers, we were about a 30-40 minute drive from the Juan de Fuca straight/ West Coast. We visited the popular French Beach, but my favourite spot was Sandcut Beach. It wasn't as busy, had a small hike from the parking lot to the beach, and we spent an entire day going up and down the beach enjoying the mountain view - fantastic! Our stay in Sooke was truly phenomenal. Gary and Meredith were amazing hosts who were incredibly welcoming and kind. I hope we will be able to return again soon. You gotta stay here! :)"
    Guest: Kate, Leo, Seth and Jordan Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 20, 2014
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