This is not your typical B&B - and I mean that in a good way. If you want to stay in someone's spare bedroom and sleep on a frilly Victorian four-poster, this place is not for you. But if you want a first class experience in a warm, contemporary inn with awesome views and attentive but respectful innkeepers, Snug Harbour is where you want to be. My wife and I stayed there for 6 nights and loved every minute.
First, the inn was designed from the ground up to be a B&B. That means that the 4 guest rooms in the main house are intentionally separated from the living quarters. Innkeepers Drew and Sue only wander into the main inn when dealing with maintenance, breakfast, etc. The rest of the time, the common rooms are for the guests alone. It's a great arrangement...no one ever feels like they are invading the others "space." The inn has been impeccably maintained...no small feat given the weather it receives in winter.
Another result of this purpose-built house is that the rooms are clearly designed for guests. Since we were the only visitors for a couple days, my wife and I got to view all the guest rooms in the main house. We can recommend any of them equally - they all have great views, decks, fireplaces, and space. We stayed in the Atlantis room and really liked it, although it is the only room without a stand-alone shower (it has a soaking tub only). Personally, since we "shower more than soak," next time we'd take a room that included a shower instead. But we really liked the large sitting area in Atlantis.
By fluke we ended up staying an extra night, and ended up in one of the forest cabins (Ferris). These are separate from the main house and do not have ocean views, although you can see the forest out the windows. These are very nice and newly built, but clearly a step down from the main house rooms. We missed our ocean views and being able to stay indoors to get breakfast, etc. We think it's definately worth the price to stay in the main house.
The photos on the website do a good job showing the various rooms. One thing not necessarily noted in the photos or descriptions is that small flat screen TVs and DVD players have been added to all rooms. We found this useful to check the weather and watch a movie on a rainy evening in. They are subtle additions and don't ruin the ambiance.
As others have noted, Sue and Drew are friendly, knowledgable innkeepers. They engage you when they are around but also are smart enough to disappear in the evenings and leave the guests alone (unless they are needed). They gave us great recommendations on everything from restaurants to activities.
Breakfast was a smoothie and egg dish and toast and bagels were always available. We never started the day hungry. Also - Sue bakes a new treat every day (like a cake) and leaves it out all day...very tempting at all hours!
One nice touch is that there is a kitchenette available for guests in the common room. Each room even has a shelf marked in the refrigerator. This was handy for our leftovers, to chill wine, that sort of thing. A very useful touch!
Finally, the views were awesome. We thought the view from Atlantis was better than anywhere else we went on the whole island! Not too shabby from the hot tub on the main deck, either.
I wish I could find any negative at all, but really I can't - and I'm pretty tough on B&Bs! Maybe some extra hooks in the rooms for wet coats? Nah, too picky. Really, it was a genuinely wonderful experience. We recommend it without hesitation and look forward to a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a cliff overlooking the rugged Pacific coastline and surrounded by a private old growth forest, The inn is an intriguing romantic experience. Purpose built to be different and dramatic the setting offers privacy and elegance to its adult clientele. There are six rooms, four have awesome ocean views. Whales, sea lions and eagles are often visible from each of these rooms. The other two rooms are in our forest view cottage cozy and very private. ... more less
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