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Soule Creek Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Port Renfrew B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
347 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Different”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed in the yurt, which was a first for us. It has character - being late May the temperature outside was mild but not hot, so with the heather inside it was perfectly warm at night and never hot during the day. I'm not sure it'd be as comfortable if the outside temperature was a lot colder or hotter, but that didn't concern us this time.
The view was fantastic, and the whole set up quite pretty. We needed blindfolds for the morning as there's a lot of light coming through the door, windows and glass at the top (the curtains didn't keep the light out).
Breakfast is made to order, choosing between eggs pancake bacon smoothies and toast.
Dinner is set and tasty, they take into account food intolerances which is good. The dinner was virtually identical both nights we were there.
The wifi was free but feeble. There's no mobile reception here, so I guess it was good to have at least some internet.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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SouleMan, Owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Thank you for your review and comments. I'm happy your stay was good overall. We are going to get some better curtains for the front door as you pointed out. As for the Wi-Fi it is a bit slow but this is the result of being in a town of 250 people and we are just happy to have it. We installed 2km of fiber optic cable to be able to receive Wi-Fi for our guest but the connection into town is what it is. It is fine for emails but if you are trying to download movies or Netflix you are bound to be frustrated if used to city speeds. Also your dinner did share some similarities from one night to the next. We usually change things up a bit more but we were uncertain that you were having dinner as your wife said you were in bed all day with the flu which you picked up on your plane ride over to Canada and you were our only repeat guests. We do serve salad for our first course every night but the vinaigrette was different as was the cheese and nuts. We did serve seafood both night. Halibut, wild shrimp and rockfish the first with a bouillabaisse sauce and Halibut, ling cod and crab the second with an organic yellow tomato saffron and vermouth sauce. We served rice to you both nights because we thought with your flu it would be the best option for your stomach and you do not eat any dairy. I should have talked to you more about dinner option and found out for sure whether or not you would be dinning with us, my apologies. Hope the rest of your trip is going well.
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is a retreat on top of a mountain. SO quiet and a beautiful view of trees and water from up high. A gazillion stars at night. The room was very comfortable, the surroundings inspiring and definitely worth the 2 km of gravel road up the mountain.
Outstanding dinner, all made from scratch with great care and artistry using local ingredients where possible. Highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We stayed in the lodge itself which was very nice. There are several yurts available, they all look...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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SouleMan, Owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thanks for the review! We really appreciate your comments and hope to see you again. You will have to try a Yurt next time. We have just completed our newest addition Yurt of the Salish Sea. The views from it are extraordinary and as the new suggests you can take in all of the Salish Sea from the deck. The star gazing should be awesome as well.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We stayed here at the end of our week on Vancouver island and had wanted to stay somewhere that was a bit more off the beaten track and Port Renfew and Soule Creek lodge certainly fitted the bill!

We stayed in the cabin rather than the yurt, but both looked nice. The accommodation was clean and had everything that we needed (ensuite, balcony, fridge in the lounge area). If you're looking for a hotel type resort, this is not it. It's a lodge with most accommodations separated from the main building (very close by though). If you're looking for seclusion with beautiful scenery, no mobile phone signal (but wifi) and sublime food then look no further!!

We had breakfast every morning and we had dinner in the lodge one night. All of the food was fantastic and we'd say it is definitely worth eating in the lodge at least one night while you're there. The staff we always happy to give advice on local trails, tide times etc, and generally how to get the best out of the area.

Now that road between Lake Cowichan and Port Renfrew has been paved it makes the journey (in that direction) far easier and you've no excuse not to go! Our advice, get there soon while it's still a small, quiet location!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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SouleMan, Owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Great review Jay. Thanks. You covered just about everything we like to hear and try to achieve. Happy travels, Jon.
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Victoria, BC, Canada
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Nine of us, all hikers, just stayed 2 nights at this picture perfect hideaway. We actually heard about it on top of a mountain in Kauai and had to check it out right in our back yard. We were NOT disappointed. Welcoming atmosphere, sumptuous meals, views to die for, totally relaxing. 3 couples stayed in yurts, I was in the main lodge in the Juan de Fuca Suite : ( just take one look at that bathroom......Woweeeeee!) I have never tasted such delicious herbs: these guys are professional chefs. While there do visit Avatar Grove, Botanical Beach and see black bears from your vehicle. We watched an eagle dining on mussels from only 15 feet away.

Room Tip: Try a yurt................!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Wow! What a beautiful place! You can stay in the lodge or a yurt, which we would love to try next time.

Jon and Tim, who are brothers, are the owners, and are very friendly.

We (son, daughter-in law, husband and I) booked this wonderful place (found online) on our way to Nanaimo from Victoria. The road up the mountain is long and windy but well worth it! The lodge is very rustic and quiet, and the scenery is breathtaking. In the large upstairs area, which serves as the dining and living room, there is plenty of reading material, as well as a beautiful view.
We rented the upstairs beside the dining room. There is a living area with a large balcony attached, a bedroom and huge bathroom. The living room (with a fridge and kettle, coffee and tea provided) was converted for us by opening up the sofa-bed, where my son and daughter-in-law found their night a bit uncomfortable, but in the bedroom we slept very, very well.
It was so relaxing and beautiful there that we didn't feel the need to go anywhere else, so we spent the whole afternoon on the balcony enjoying the peace and quiet, and the views.

We reserved for the supper and are we ever glad we did! It was all delicious, the service was excellent. 2 of us had birthdays, so our decadent dessert came with a sparkler, a very nice touch!

We would definitely recommend this lodge, and will be back!


Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

We came across this great place thanks to our GPS that led us there when we asked it for nearest accomodations. Don't let the road up the mountain scare you off because when you get there you will find a beautiful lodge with beautiful scenery. Very laid-back and relaxing place. You have a choice of a guest room in the main house, a wooden cabin or a Yurt. All are very clean and comfortable. Breakfast comes with your stay but if you want evening dinner you have to pre-order it the day before. I hope to return one day

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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SouleMan, Owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this review, April 12, 2014
So glad you found us and had a great stay. One word of caution when using GPS in this area. It can sometimes lead you off course when going to Lake Cowichan (or coming from there.).
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White Rock, Canada
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Wow!! I would recommend Soule Creek Lodge to anyone looking for a great quiet peaceful stay. When my wife and I travel, we don't really plan anything or book overnights in advance. While at Port Renfrew BC this week, we saw a sign on the highway guiding us to Soule Creek Lodge. We turned left, followed the rocky road to the top of the mountain and what did we find. A wonderful place.We stayed in the Lodge, were fed breakfast each morning(even a choice of what you wanted).The owners went up and beyond, even assisting when things were not going well,(as a result of 14 KM Juan de Fuca Trail hike). Next time we will stay and experience one of the Yurts and bring appropriate dress for the hot tub.

Room Tip: All rooms and yurts looked very comfortable and nicely furnished
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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SouleMan, Owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thanks for the kind words and glad you made it back OK. I have sent your left items in the mail so you should see them shortly. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
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Property: Soule Creek Lodge
Address: 6215 Powdermain Rd, Port Renfrew, British Columbia V0S 1K0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Port Renfrew
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Port Renfrew
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Soule Creek Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on top of the San Juan Ridge with stunning ocean views and 160 private acres. Guests can choose a newly remodeled Yurt, cabin or lodge suite all with en suite and balcony. A short drive to Botanical Beach, WCT, day hikes, world class fishing and some of the largest trees in the world. Chef/owners offer guest a three course local organic dinner option and warm hospitality. ... more   less 

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