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“Like coming home !!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Orchard House Bed & Breakfast
9646 Sixth Street, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2W2, Canada   |  
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Ranked #8 of 8 Sidney B&B and Inns
Hameln, Germany
1 review
“Like coming home !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

We love to stay at B&B Orchard House, which is for us like being at home, perfect breakfast, always a pleasure to stay there !!! Kitchenet and fridge available, next shooping / supermarket only 5 min by feet. Very close to the seaside, excellent for a short walk. Gerry and Gaye try to arrange everything you need, help where they can. Of course, we will be back at Orchard House for our next visit to Vancouver Island.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2009

Never left a bad review before but in case you'll get depressed as we are now...we'd love to share our horrible experience at this Orchard House in Sidney and help other possible victims:

Worst B&B experience ever, totally ruined our good holiday mood and great impression on B&B gained from our previous B&B experiences based on 10+ B&Bs in Europe and North America...:

1. Smelly room with poorest facilities (we stupidly picked it for the fake beautiful photos but the only experience there is hard to breathe and the floor is dirty; there's even no sockets in the room to recharge our camera battery; the door is hard to lock&open so you may very possibly get locked out if you return late;you'll knock your teeth loose easily if you're taller than 170cm when walk in/out the door) if you're given a basement suite (which they forced us to accept it and cheating it's more valuable). We had to accept only because we can hardly breathe in the "beautiful-pictured) room and we got 4 ppl...and never expect this so totally no preparation for another option and it's late

2. Worst host ever met (not even a word like welcome, just remind us repeatedly the rules to use this place...feeling we're not treated as guests but criminals; endless nonsense chatting (not even know standing up to greet us but sitting there like a boss during the long time-wasting chatting), such a big waste of our precious time on the island....

3. very tiny amount of breakfast and worst coffee ever drinks in my life...after the breakfast we rushed to Starbucks to comfort&fill our stomach

And last but not the least: you'll enjoy the loud noise from planes passing by from time to time when you're indulged in the smell

And you might be interested to know that we're not the only one got the bad feeling....we can see the dissatisfaction of another guest in the same house.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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oldorchardhouse, Owner at Orchard House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, May 17, 2010
We are a classic heritage house and have been in business for over 20 years with many repeat happy guests. In order to accommodate this couple who arrived late in the evening when are two regular B&B rooms were full we provided alternate accommodation which we no longer offer. We are known for our hospitality. We appreciate these guests comments and have made improvements where necessary and possible. Gerry is delighted to welcome new guests offering suggestions as to restaurants and other local attractions...he is also a knowledgeable Penninsula realtor. Most guests are delighted with the healthy breakfast
which includes a fruit compote, egg dish with toast and fresh, home made baking and delicious coffee.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2008

The Orchard House is only 3 blocks from the main street in Sidney, a short walk to a very nice downtown area. It is an older house with lots of charm and very reasonable rates.

We stayed in the Duck Room, which was, well ... "Ducky" ... with duck odds and ends here and there, including a cute stuffed duck between our pillows. The room was interesting and clean. The toilet, shower, and wash basin were all separated. The toilet and shower were in small rooms that may have been closets at one time. The wash basin was in the bedroom. This was okay with us as it seemed to fit this 1914 house. But, the bed slumped in the middle, which was not okay. The age of the house should not have affected the quality of the bed. Also, there was room for only one open suitcase. My wife used a chair for her suitcase. Fortunately, we pack light, with only a travel-on suitcase each.

Breakfast. Well, breakfast is a big deal at a B & B. At this B & B it was indicative of the attitude of the host owners. To begin with our hosts announced that breakfast would be at 8:00. This did not work for us as our traveling partners needed to leave by 8 a.m. to meet their transportation. With some reluctance and also some complaining, we got breakfast at 7:30.

Picture this. I sat down at breakfast (in a very nice room with attractive place and table settings) to the tiniest little fruit bowl I have ever seen. It was no more than one inch in diameter, just enough to hold 2 raspberries and 3 blueberries. Along side it was the smallest glass of orange juice I have ever seen—a 4 ounce glass, half full—which was immediately whisked away by the hostess after I drank my two sips, without asking whether I wanted more. Since I don't eat eggs, I had asked for a substitute. No problem, said the host. I then got one of the smallest bowls of granola I have ever seen, with just enough granola for 4 raisins. At this point, I figured I had a total of eleven (11) calories. Good for my waist line, but not what I was looking for. My wife said her tiny little folded over portion of an egg was generally without flavor. She also was served 1/2 slice of toast. We did have home made blueberry muffins, however, which were pretty good.

The breakfast was indicative of much of the service we got at the B & B. No tea or coffee, no cookies, no "welcome" into the (cozy) living room, none of the items that indicate that the operators are glad to have us as their guests. Not only that, but the host indicated to one member in our party that they lost money when they had only two guests, and they probably should not have taken in anyone at all. This might be the reason for their somewhat tightwad approach. All of us in our party felt more like unwelcome interlopers into the lives of Gerry and Gaye, rather than like welcome guests. We were happy to leave.

  • Liked — Historic and interesting old house near downtown; reasonable price.
  • Disliked — Less than welcoming attitude of host owners, itty-bitty tiny and tasteless little breakfast, saggy bed
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9646 Sixth Street, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2W2, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sidney
Bar / Lounge Free Parking
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Ranked #8 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Sidney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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