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Birds of a Feather Ocean Lagoon Bed & Breakfast & Vacation Rental
Ranked #7 of 92 Victoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 31, 2008

This place was more than what I had expected, then when i booked it. We did go here on our honeymoon for 2 days, and had a great time. There were some really nice hiking trails a few miles down the road, and we had a good time taking out the kayaks to play with the swans. It is true that the view is tainted by a semi busy 2 lane road, but past the road is the olympus mountains. We also had room #2 that people walk by, but it had some sweet shades. And if your looking for a more private location than i suggest hitting up hotels and staying away from most B&Bs.

My favorite part was the overhead shower head. It made for a nice shower for the two of us, I am definitely putting one of those in my house. The other sweet part was the price, from my searching I found it to be the most reasonable for that time of year.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2008

We went to this b&b in Victoria expecting to be on oceanfront property like the name in the advertising says, but were disappointed to find that the inn is not on th eocean but on a lagoon! There is NO BEACH ! The rooms were nice but not very private as people from other rooms walked by ours and could look right in the window. For anyone looking for a romantic getawy this is not it.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank WestyBritishColumbia
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Birds_of_a_FeatherBC, Owner at Birds of a Feather Ocean Lagoon Bed & Breakfast & Vacation Rental, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2008

We are frankly at a loss as to what more we could do than we already do with words and pictures on our web site to clearly show we are on an ocean lagoon; hence ocean front. Open since 1997 this is the first time this issue has ever been raised by any guest. There is a typical sandy beach on the other side of the lagoon - a short walk or canoe ride away. Our shoreline is natural and we have an 80' dock from which our guests may launch our courtesy canoes, kayaks and peddle boat. Our rooms are ultra-private, however, room # 2 does not have it's own private balcony like the other 2 rooms do. Room #2 is also priced the least expensive to reflect this. The blinds are the up-down type allowing room 2 to leave them part way up to see out the windows while not allowing anyone to look inside as they walk past the room on the common roof-top patio. Other rooms were available for the guest to choose from. In fact upon reading their review we sent them an email offering them a future complimentary stay in one of our other rooms. We have not yet received a reply to this offer.

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Reviewed December 16, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the "Birds" for several nights in August because my husband was best man at a wedding. I had a chance to chill out on the large deck and enjoy the beautiful setting. We loved the modern decor of the very spacious rooms and appreciated the hosts who were helpful without being constantly in your face (as some B&B hosts are). We also had a rental car, so the distance from Victoria didn't matter much but it could be a problem for some. One can go for long, relaxing walks or bike rides (I wish we could have had our dogs with us). My only suggestion for improvement would be a greater variety for breakfast including some savory dishes, and some handy maps with directions to the nearest grocery store.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2007

Our honeymoon at Birds of a Feather was an absolutly marvelous experience! We got the luxury of staying in each of the three rooms available and would reccomend them to anyone interested in going to Victoria.
We will never again stay in a hotel in Victoria, only this B&B. Why stay in a noisy hotel when you can have the peace and quiet of this ocean side location?
The breakfasts were very tasty with a great variety.
Thank-you for everything!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2007

We've stayed here 4 years in a row and we've never tired of it! So many activities right on the doorstep, canoeing, kayaking, bike riding, peddle-boating all provided. Excellent walks on the nearby beach and woodlands - amazing local wildlife! We even saw a seal in the lagoon when we were out in the boats! Great variety of breakfasts that will keep you going till dinner and very infomative hosts that are happy to help with anything and everything! Peaceful location with fabulous views of the water and the mountains yet short distance to main roads to take you to all the major attractions.
The rooms are very modern, comfortable and have everything you could wish for. Even binoculars to get close up views of the wide variety of wildlife.
We highly recommend this B & B .

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 23, 2007

Our family just returned from a trip to British Columbia. I had the good fortune of finding the Birds of a Feather B&B online and booking 4 nights. The house was remodeled a year ago and a 2nd floor was added for the B & B rooms. It was a beautifully done renovation and no detail was overlooked - from the spa size tub with rainshower head to the lovely individual terrace areas with views of the lagoon. My 10 year old daughter loved the loft sleeping area that was her very own.

Host Dieter was gracious and helpful and served lovely breakfasts. The rooms were spotless and had every convenience. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding forrest and lagoon and had fun with the canoes that Dieter makes available without charge.

Victoria is only 15 minutes away and Butchardt Gardens, 20 minutes. But we especially enjoyed watching the Canadian Geese, swans, and many other bird species on the lagoon just a few steps from our B & B. Don't miss the gardens at Hatley Castle a half hour stroll away. Perfect spot for a picnic.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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6  Thank TucsonLovestoTravel
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Reviewed July 17, 2007

My family have spent time at this B & B each year for the past 3 years and each year the service and quality of breakfasts just gets better and better.
My husband and father stayed here when they visited me while I was in residence working on my Master's degree at RRU.
When I graduated this spring we took over the whole B & B! The new renovations suited us perfectly - 8 adults!! - modern, well appointed and beautifully fresh and welcoming. Dieter even took the time and care to include my father in a suitable way.
The view from the front suite is absolutely wonderful - could even see the tent in which I convocated as well as the terrific view of the ocean.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone wanting a private, caring place to stay - the delightful, quiet Bassett hounds will greet you!
Great location from which to explore a beautiful part of BC as well.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled on business
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5  Thank BevinHA
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Address: 206 Portsmouth Dr, Victoria, British Columbia V9C 1R9, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Victoria
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
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Ranked #7 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Victoria
Price Range: $138 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Birds of a Feather Ocean Lagoon Bed & Breakfast & Vacation Rental 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nature lover's nirvana on protected ocean front lagoon located on Victoria's west shore neighboring Fisgard Lighthouse and Hatley Park Historic site. Moderate year-round temperatures with a micro-climate that gives it the warmest winter temperatures anywhere in Canada! Hatley grounds include a castle, Japanese, Italian, and Rose gardens. Private dock, courtesy canoe, kayaks, peddle boat, and bicycles. Affordable luxury suites with cathedral ceilings, oceanfront terraces, kitchenettes, soaker tubs, gas fireplaces, widescreen TV. Completely rebuilt in 2006. ... more   less 
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