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Ocean Wilderness Inn
Ranked #2 of 24 Sooke B&B and Inns
Vancouver
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“Absolutely amazing inn and hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

We had such a lovely time at the Ocean Wilderness. The warmth of the hosts, Lori and Andy, was a true delight, and the inn itself is beautiful. It is NOT a rustic cabin, nor is it a hotel. It hits the perfect "sweet spot" between. We stayed in the Pacific Panorama, which has a fabulous view overlooking the ocean (but through the garden). The bathroom was lovely and had a shower, but the tub (large) was in the bedroom, with fluffy robes and huge towels.

The breakfasts were not only tasty, they were clearly prepared with a lot of caring and desire to make "breaking fast" an actual experience rather than a plonking down of a few dishes and juice and hoping everyone's happy. We also had a mead tasting (mead from Tugwell Farm and delicious) with cheese and some completely yummy granola on our departure. I don't think anything was left out of it. Loved the chocolate bits and, seriously Lori, were those wasabi peas???

There is a guest kitchen too for ambitious souls to make something with the local produce.

During our 4-day stay, we came back one dark and windy night to find Lori and Andy holding storm lanterns and obviously quite concerned for our safety. They escorted us to our room, left the lantern and made sure the candle was lit. Lori came back with a flashlight and water. How very thoughtful...and that's what this place is all about—thoughtfulness.

Loved the pod coffee and tea maker in the hallway/library. We took advantage of this many times over our stay. We also recommend the EdGe for lunch and/or dinner. It's a funky-looking place serving absolutely wonderful food. My husband raved over the pork chop dish (looked more like an elephant chop) and my Arctic char was just brilliantly prepared. The dessert - apple spring roll with black tea jellies - was mouthwatering. The EdGe is in Sooke.

Back to the Ocean Wilderness Inn: Throughout the year, they run workshops and concerts and this is worth checking out on their website. They have a FB page so you can see what's happening. I am so happy we found this place. Had we not received a Living Social email featuring it, weI might never have known about it. And that would have been a very great loss!

Room Tip: Pacific Panorama and The Captains' Quarters are upstairs. We looked at some of the downstairs ro...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2011

Found Ocean Wilderness Inn via a LIvingSocial deal and are glad of it. Stayed 4 nights in their 3 Cedars Suite and enjoyed every bit of it. Rooms are immaculate, beds were firm and comfortable, bathroom is enormous (to allow plenty of room around the jacuzzi tub). The inn is situated just off the main road so, at first, I was concerned about road noise at night. Didn't need to be. It was quiet and peaceful as can be. Hosts Lori and Andy are delightful friendly people who know how to care for their guests. Breakfasts were served family style around a beautiful old (and gigantic) wooden table and were very tasty. Pancakes with berry compote, frittata with bacon, grilled peaches with ricotta. The inn is alittle bit (8 miles?) outside Sooke so yes, you do need to go into town for other meals but there is much to see and do in that area. Excellent kayaking in Sooke Basin or its many coves and bays! Several lovely beaches where you can just sit and watch the waters of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Note: Traffic through Victoria during rush hour is terrible so, if you can time your trip to avoid it, do. Otherwise, know that it's worth it because the inn is well worth the traffic to get to. And, when you leave, Lori & Andy will give you a bag of their custom blend Trail Mix which may be the best I've ever had.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

We went to this B&B through a LivingSocial deal, which made it a great value for the money. For full price we might not stay there, though if you can afford it it's really nice. It's out of town, so you may have to do a bunch of driving around depending on outdoor activities planned (and definitely for restaurants). But this also means that right outside your room door there's a tree where bald eagles nest and a stair path to a fossil beach (mind the slugs :)). There's also a pretty little garden with chairs to rest and enjoy the ocean view framed by the lush forest. In the evening we used the binoculars in the room to watch lit-up cruise ships pass by. Hosts friendly, good hosts, entertaining guests for breakfast, which was cooked and served fresh, something different every morning.

Room Tip: Definitely go for the ocean view rooms, it's why you go to a location like this.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

After a long trip we were very pleased to find such a friendly place to rest. The B&B is a bit far from any town center and restaurant but this is what we were looking for. We appreciated the quality of the home, the warm welcome of the hosts as well as the surrounding nature.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

The owners are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The breakfast is a pleasant sit-down affair at a large table with the other guests. The rooms are clean but a little tacky. You have to drive to town to find a restaurant.

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Comox, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

Little Gem hidden out of town...but well worth the drive. Nice walk down to the beach, clean, comfortable beds...and the BEST breakfasts...EVER!!! I will be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

we stayed at the Ocean Wilderness Inn in September for two nights (we got a good deal from livingsocial.com) The rooms are very clean (which is always important to me) and the breakfast is also delicious :) What I also liked about this B&B that they have a binder with all the Restaurants from Sooke in it so you can read through their menu and decide where you would like to go for lunch or dinner.
Oh, and what I also liked and prefer even when I go to a B&B is that every room had their private entrance!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Ocean Wilderness Inn
Address: 9171 West Coast Rd, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 1G3, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sooke
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Sooke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ocean Wilderness Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront B and B. Perched above the Salish Sea (Strait of Juan de Fuca) overlooking the Olympic Mountains, between Sooke and Jordan River, this serene, comfortable, seven suite ocean-front bed and breakfast retreat is perfect for your holiday get-away. Located about 60 minutes from Victoria on the Southern coast of Vancouver Island. All rooms have refrigerators, as well as coffee and tea. Our English cottage garden is surrounded by majestic old-growth forest and a lovely brook that runs along our beautiful trail to the beach. Book your room overlooking the ocean or the rain forest. Our Inn is within the Pacific Marine Circle Route next to Muir Creek beach. Lots of fun things to do here, geocaching, hiking, birding, fishing, biking, surfing, seaweed gathering, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, whale watching, beach combing. Looking for lower key? Then soak in the hot tub, read, gaze at the waves. Or for something completely different do nothing just sit and gaze at the spectacular views! ... more   less 
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