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“Unwelcome Feeling and Disappointing Stay”
Review of A Harbour House

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A Harbour House
Ranked #22 of 30 Ucluelet B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 9, 2011

My husband and I were looking forward to visiting the raw west coast (Long Beach area) after many years away from our favorite place. So on a whim we took a ferry to the Island and decided to stay in Ucluelet. I booked the room based on the BC Accomodation Guide. We expected that $150 + tax would garner us a beautiful place, and according to the write-up it had great promise. But, alas, it was not to be.

Arriving at A Harbour House around sunset, we were shown to our room in the walk-out basement of a house, by the owner, Ursela, who was not overexuberant at our arrival.. The harbour view from outside the room was lovely, as sunset was in progress, BUT the minute we entered the room we were greeted with a mildewy smell, even though the room looked clean and bright.

As the evening progressed, several things happened to make our stay unpleasant; I asked for an extra roll of toilet paper, for that just in case moment. There were two 1/2to 1/3 rolls but they looked low. I was met with a chid remark to the effect of "I don't know what you people do with the" at which point I exclaimed surprised 'excuse me' and Ursela stopped, said 'never mind', and promptly fetched me an extra roll, which we did not touch.

That evening, Ursela did try to be hospitable by offering us and three other guests a glass of wine, marshmellows and an evening fire. It was Very Nice to sit by the fire and chat. When just Ursela and I remained, she decided to go to bed so she put out the fire, explaining that there was no fire department available. I wanted to stay a little longer to enjoy the fire, the view and the west coast calm and offered to put out the candles and fire when I went to bed, but she persisted. I understood her point of view, but found it rather harsh.

As I went to bed, I discovered that there was NO WINDOW TO OPEN to the fresh ocean air. Only the patio door opened, but not wanting bears as bed mates, we naturally had to leave the door closed. The bathroom was just okay, a plexiglas piece was screwed to the wall to cover an open alcove leading into the bathroom. There was an old claw foot tub, but the rest of the room was London 'Drug style wood shelves, a fan switch that was very difficult to find and no window for air circulation,

The breakfast room was also WINDOWLESS and tight for the six chairs surrounding an old table. It was a do it yourself affair; two cereal types, fresh fruit (bananas, apples and cherries which unfortunately had mold). Coffee you had to make yourself and warmed up croisants were brought down at around 9am. The room was done very cheaply and felt crowded as it seated six guests with no room even for slim people to scoot around chairs to fix your own breakfast. In the fridge there was milk, and two sets of yokurt, one set was outdated by a full month,

Perhaps, because of all these deficiencies, the note for checkout was just too much; Curt, with Before underlined, adhered to the sink wall - Checkout BEFORE 11am. Unfortunately, another note on the toilet stated Ursela is on a well water system, (not ideal for a B&B), and she requested that water be minimally used for flushing and washing. Needless to say we felt uncomfortable, not wanting to cause her added expense, we did not use her well water other than for minimal personal hygiene. No enjoying that big clawfoot tub.

We left the next morning BEFORE 11am and hustled ourselves to the Information center, were we spent the next hour or so finding another place to stay. At this point I was willing to look at expensive Resorts. But for only $60 dollars more we got to stay in a 4 Star Resort, with a room on the wild ocean front, just meters away from a fabulous sandy beach, with windows that let in air and ocean sound. Thank goodness Pacific Sands Resort saved our Pacific Rim Park stay.

To bad that Ursela closes the B&B in the winter time. Not heating and airing out the house during that damp interval is certainly the cause of the mildewy smell. Her setup is not ideal for a B&B, especially since breakfast is not served or does not take place in a room with a view.

This is what happens when there are more guests than accomodations. I fault BC Accomodations more than Ursela; they should be making certain that their approved accomodations meet required standards for set prices..

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

Harbour House is in one of the loveliest settings my husband and I have ever seen. In fact, the abundance of natural beauty is stunning. Great views in every direction and, as a bonus, the chance to see some serious wildlife! The host and her adorable dogs are warm and welcoming. Our room, with private hot tub, was clean and comfortable. The self-serve breakfast was a good start to the day. The fire pit and wine, at the end of a long day, was a wonderful touch, a great way to meet the other guests, exchange stories and adventures, and relax before heading off to sleep. We really loved our stay, and if we are ever fortunate enough to return to the area, would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank dmiller347
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights and Loved the view over the bay. We were thrilled to see the bear coming through for breakfast in the morning. The hostess is very friendly and accommodating. Breakfast is a serve-yourself affair, which is nice for people like us who don't adhere to a schedule. We were able to take it outside to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the place. It is around the bay from town, so it is very quiet and out of the way. The hot tub is bonus.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Birders75
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

This is a pleasant home across the inlet from Ucluelet. Beautiful view, friendly host, standard help yourself breakfast. Rooms have private bathrooms and comfortable beds. Don't walk down to the shore at low tide as that is when we encountered the bear coming for his food. Lots of loud yelling and clapping scared him away.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank tessa79
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Reviewed February 4, 2010

We had really looked forward to our trip to Ucluelet. Unfortunately, once we got to our Bed and Breakfast and realized that we had to stay there for our scheduled two days, we were sorely disappointed. The room was in the basement of a house and had that mildewy basement smell to it. The mattress needed to be replaced and the sheets had hair on them that wasn't ours. The towels in the bathroom had holes in them. We decided to get over the smell and such, and just relax and enjoy the view. We got in to the hot tub - which was an inflatable "soft-tub" and were overwhelmed by the slimy feel of the interior of it. The breakfast room was a windowless room in the basement, and it was "self-serve" - Ie. drinks in the fridge, make yourself cereal or toast, make your own coffee, grab a muffin, and the owner brought down some warmed up croissants and fresh fruit. We wished we could have found a cleaner, nicer place for our second night stay, but with the cancellation policy and lack of places available that time of year, we unfortunately were stuck there for the two days. Suffice to say, we skipped the second breakfast and spent as much time as we could in the local towns.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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ukeeharb0ur, Owner at A Harbour House, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2010

This review is false - Harbour House is always closed in the winter from October to mid-April

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Reviewed August 31, 2009

A Harbour House B&B is a 10 minute drive from Ucluelet. It is in a very peaceful setting away from any hustle and bustle which was perfect for us. Our bedroom was very clean and comfortable. We had beautiful views over Ucluelet harbour from our balcony - which had its own hot tub!! There was a nice self service breakfast with cereal, toast, hot croissants, fresh fruit and yogurt. On the 2 nights we stayed the host lit a fire in the garden and invited the guests to join her for a drink. We loved our stay here and would definitely go back!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank carlydog
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Reviewed August 15, 2009

We spent here only one night. This B&B is far away from the city, it is in a bay. The view is beautiful and the place is calm and quiet. Unfortunately our stay wasn't perfect. There were no hot water (only really cold) at that night and the smell in the room was a bit musty, but it was clean. The breakfast compare to our other breakfasts in Canada was really poor. Our host was fair as she gave us some discount because of the hot water.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank HektorHungary
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Additional Information about A Harbour House

Address: 1451 Port Albion Rd | Box 627, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Ucluelet
Hotel Class:2 star — A Harbour House 2*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual, waterfront B&B on the Ucluelet inlet. All rooms have private entry and private bath, flat-screen TVs, and are decorated with West Coast art. Self-serve continental breakfast included. At low tide "our" beach is frequented by bears while bald eagles circle overhead. Weather permitting, our guests can sit around the fire pit in the evening and share stories about their day's adventures. Pacific Rim National Park is just a 15 min. Drive and Tofino is 35 min. Away. ... more   less 

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