About the property
- Cottage1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
3 bedroom+ loft, wood fireplace & hot tub near many West Coast hikes & beaches
Handsome Dan’s at Otter Point (Pet Friendly)
Our log home at Otter Point is about 7kms (4.5miles) west of Sooke on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Located, about 45 minutes drive from Victoria, and few minutes drive for many beautiful hikes in the west coast rain forest, ideal for people that like to explore both world.
Our traditional (3 bedroom + loft) Log home can accommodate 8 persons comfortably. It features a fully equipped kitchen with gas cooking stove, cable, flat screen TV, DVD player, and full bathroom, with bath, shower and laundry facilities. The 17 foot high stone fireplace will gather friends and family around for memorable cozy evenings. Outside you will find and a large deck with hot tub, propane BBQ, table and chairs and only a few minutes walk to beach access.
All utilities, firewood and free call anywhere in Canada and US are included.
Upstairs: 1 queen bed in master room/ 1 double bed in 2nd bedroom/ 1 double size futon in the loft/ 1 ottoman that open as a single bed
Downstairs: 1 single bed in the 3rd bedroom.
Sooke also offer, fishing, Wale watching, kayaking, hiking, beachcombing and fine dinning at Sooke Harbor House and Point No Point
What is near by: Only 4-5 min walk to a beach access. 1Km will bring you to a local convenience store & small dinner. French Beach (10 min drive from the house) has a nice play ground with picnic table and direct access at the beach , 10 min further west (20 min drive from the house), will bring you to Jordan River, great for surfing. If keep on driving another 5-10 min west and you will be at China beach/ Mystic Beach (30 min drive from the house) it has both the camp ground area/beach and the hiking trail area which is one of my favourite about (40 min hike in the beautiful west coast rainforest) and you end up at the beach with wonderful waterfall. Another 15 min drive further west will be Sombrio Beach (45 min drive from the house) also surfing and hiking trails and finally 1hr drive will bring you the the community of Port Renfrew well known for it's famous West Coast Trial, Botanical beach known for the tidal pool at low tides and storm watching in winter time and Avatar grove (Canada's largest gnarliest tree).
France (aka The French Girl)
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 03, 2018
About France (aka The French Girl)
About twenty years ago when I was still living on the farm in Saskatchewan I suggested to my Dad that we should turn our farm into a vacation farm. He liked the idea but unfortunately due to change of life events that never happened. A few years later, I found myself living here on Vancouver Island, but operating a small vacation rental business stayed on my radar. A few years after arriving on the Island I met this charming little French Girl. I turned my available charm into high gear and eventually convinced her that I was a prime candidate to become her main squeeze. Two years after we bought a log house on an acre, 7 km west of Sooke. The place needed a lot of work inside and out. Since the summer of 2004 when we moved much of our spare time and money has gone into repair and rebuild. We are both self-employed so it has not always been an easy nut to crack. But each of us had the same vision of eventually turning our home into vacation guest home.?? After many years of talking and preparing us into buying their home and us dreaming of the day it would happen, it was Christmas Eve day (24 Dec) 2011 that our neighbor Angelo & Frances finally announce us they were ready to sell. We then sold some land I had committed myself to sell to make this dream of us come true. We officially started to rent July 2013. We named it Handsome Dan’s at otter Point. Handsome Dan is the French Girl’s pet name for me. France, but known by almost everyone as The French Girl is an accomplished artist and skilled craftsperson. She’ll not admit that though. You will see the unique work she does with concrete when you stay with us at our log home or our cottage in Port Renfrew. Her oil paintings of Handsome Dan hang proudly on the high walls of our home too. Like me the French Girl grew up in a small farming community. She is from North Central Quebec; an authentic Quebecois.
France (aka The French Girl) purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why France (aka The French Girl) chose Juan de Fuca
When we purchase our neighbor's house, many people asked us why we choose to move out the Log home and not rent the other house instead. The answer is simple, after all the years living in it, and preparing it for the day it would become a vacation rental, we both agreed that the log home has much more character & charm and wanted to share it's rustic coziness with many people from all over the world.
What makes this Cottage unique
When Dan and I decided to purchase this house, we new that a lot of work would be needed to put this place ship shape. Being a home owner, we were able to express our artistic ability. We love this house as it is our creation, everything we made ourself, from the 17'foot stone fireplace (each stone was handmade and individually painted by me) along with the kitchen and the spiral staircase (this one our friend Didier made for us). We gave our heart, our time and our money to make it what it is today and plan to make many more beautiful water and garden features in the years to come on the one acre of land this house is sitting on.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Friendly, cozy & tidy
An oasis for recharging. A fire, book, and cozy couch with options for hot tub and a nice kitchen to cook in. Friendly and helpful hosts ... what more do you need? :)
We love guest that enjoy their stay :). Thanks for sharing your experience. It was a pleasure having you.
Well equipped, beautiful views, very comfortable beds and the owners were great
Many thanks Debbie, for taking the time to write a review and share your experience with us. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay, and were happy to have you.
Well equipped beautiful log cabin.
Had a wonderful time relaxing at this beautiful cabin after beautiful hikes to and along the nearby beaches.
Thank you Eli, it was very nice meeting you and your family. We love to hear it when our guests enjoyed their stay at our Log Home in Otter Point. Thank you, and we hope you can stay with us again soon. France
Beautiful Cozy Cabin on the Coast
We had a wonderful 3-night stay at Handsome Dan’s at Otter Point over New Years weekend. The location was perfect for day trips exploring the west coast. The cabin was very comfortable, well-appointed and just plain gorgeous. We had everything we needed to prepare meals in the large kitchen and greatly enjoyed the hot tub. It was an extra bonus that it’s a pet-friendly rental and our pup felt right at home!
We love to hear it when our guests enjoyed their stay at our Log Home in Otter Point and all of its amenities. Thank you, and we hope you can stay with us again soon.
Ian @ Handsome Dan's
We loved it!
Great experience. Beautiful log cottage. Loved our time.
It is wonderful to hear of your experience and thoughts on your stay in our Log Home. We truly do appreciate that and hope you stay with us again soon.
summerholiday by 6 dutchies
We had a very pleasant time in Sooke. there was a very warm welkom by France, a very complete house and kitchen (we've even made cupcakes).
Sooke is quite but has lovely places en beaches to go, trails to walk, rivers to swim and the sooke basin to kayak (very interesting kayaksysteem with kind of cycling system!).
Of course Victoria is nearby and so does lots of other stuff.
It is always a pleasant feeling when people from other country visit us and share their experience. We had a great time meeting you.
Many thanks for taking the time to share with other.
Our Log home in Otter Point is 45 minutes form Victoria and only minutes from all the popular hikes and beaches of the west coat rain forest of Vancouver Island. Only 4-5 min walk to a beach access. 1Km will bring you to a local convenience store & small dinner. French Beach (10 min drive from the house) has a nice play ground with picnic table and direct access at the beach , 10 min further west (20 min drive from the house), will bring you to Jordan River, great for surfing. If keep on driving another 5-10 min west and you will be at China beach/ Mystic Beach (30 min drive from the house) it has both the camp ground area/beach and the hiking trail area which is one of my favourite about (40 min hike in the beautiful west coast rainforest) and you end up at the beach with wonderful waterfall. Another 15 min drive further west will be Sombrio Beach (45 min drive from the house) also surfing and hiking trails and finally 1hr drive will bring you the the community of Port Renfrew well known for it's famous West Coast Trial, Botanical beach known for the tidal pool at low tides and storm watching in winter time and Avatar grove (Canada's largest gnarliest tree).
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Free cancellation up to 24h prior check in time (4pm). If cancel within 24h prior check in time, a one night rental will charge.