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Ocean Wilderness Inn
Ranked #2 of 24 Sooke B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
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“Family getaway”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

We stayed at this lovely B&B in August. The hosts were very friendly and accommodating and the trail to the beach was just beautiful. We really didn't expect the beach to open up and be as big as it was. We took a day trip to Botanical Beach and enjoyed the scenery immensely. The breakfast's were well thought out and excellent. My husband probably could have even a bit more but he finished off the kids :) Overall, it was a nice holiday at short notice...felt like going to Grandma's house to relax.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Thank you for the gift of this review. Even though we have little to do with how wonderful the beach is, except for maintaining the trail on our property to get there, we love knowing that our guests enjoyed it. It may be one of the first wilderness beaches on the trip out from Victoria.

We were very pleased to host your family getaway.

Lori & Andy
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Nice place; bed and room and bath very nice. Loved the touch of high powered binoculars in the bedroom to be able to look out into the straits and shore of Washington. Breakfasts tasty and a bit offbeat. Nice hike down to the beach. Area is a bit remote, so come here for relaxing. A few nice restaurants in town; you gotta find 'em. Some good hikes in the area, too. Potholes, the boardwalk, China beach trail.....

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Thank you, Bob, for the gift of this review. We love hearing that you had a 'peaceful and relaxing' stay: enjoyed the view of the strait; the trail to the shore; your breakfasts; found some nice restaurants (it does take a bit of looking); and good hikes. We continue to look for ways to convey to guests that we are a bit remote, so they are not surprized that we are at the edge of the wilderness beyond Sooke. It was our pleasure to be your hosts.
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We spent a week at this wonderful Inn! The highlight was the delicious breakfasts each morning. I travelled with my mother law and her gluten free diet was accommodated with expertise and a major yum factor.
Location was peaceful, and serene with great views. I loved the hot tubs with a view of both wilderness and ocean. Beds were made up into 2 twins and were exceptionally comfortable with feather duvets and pillows. Very clean, bar fridge in room, a Krueger down the hall, and friendly service. Hope to go back.

  • Stayed August 2013
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 1 September 2013
Thank you for the gift of this review and of knowing that you had 'delightful and delicious stay.' Over time our breakfasts have changed to meet guests diets and expectations. Having feedback is greatly appreciated.

Safe travels,
Lori
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

We have been back twice now, the second time as part of an impromptu family trip using 3 different rooms. We arrived early and were allowed to check in without any problems. The rooms were clean and bright, we were a bit "rowdy" at night (the family who laughs together ... ) but we were directed to a games room where we could enjoy the laughter and special time together without bothering other guests.

We had two small dogs with us and the garden entrance to the room was very appreciated for middle of the night "urgencies" for our senior girl.

The breakfasts were spectacular! Lori accommodated everyone's quirky dietary needs with absolutely scrumptious offerings and directed us to local restaurants which would meet our needs for the other meals.

We had a great time - a mix of young and old family members - and had both quiet times and good laughter. We'll be back :-)

Room Tip: If you have pets, the back rooms have direct garden access and are great! The view from the upper f...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 3 August 2013
Thank you, Lynn, for the gift of your review. I hope your "rowdy" family comes back to enjoy the area and our inn again. Thank you for sharing time with us and your experience with other guests.

Safe travels,
Lori & Andy
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

My wife and I have returned to Ocean Wilderness Inn three or four times . We have always been made to feel welcome and special by the wonderful owner/ hosts. The fact that the rooms did not have phones or televisions, for us, was a wonderful benefit as it is for those of all ages that love natural surroundings and romantic settings. There is access to internet and Wifi for those needing or wanting it. Ocean Wilderness Inn, as the name implies, is not in the heart of a large city, yet one of the most wonderful cities, Victoria, BC. is available for sightseeing, etc. just an hour drive away. We are former B & B owners, and we are very selective about where we stay. Ocean Wilderness Inn has it all; beautiful and comfortable rooms, access to natural parks, fantastic food and personable hosts.
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Room Tip: We stayed in different rooms each time and loved them all.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 3 August 2013
Thank you for the gift of this review, for sharing time with us and your experience with other travelers.

Safe travels,
Lori & Andy
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

I lived this hotel with my fiance in the winter. It is quite and has nice surroundings. There is a way easily accessing the sea shore. The only inconvenience is that the hotel is a bit far from the cities. The owner is a couple and they are very nice.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 21 July 2013
Thank you for the gift of this review

Winter is a lovely time to visit. I am glad you enjoyed the surroundings and the shore.

We are a bit out of town, as you say. We think that our location, about 14km beyond Sooke, may be part of the reason guests are able to unplug and relax. Just for perspective, the very popular Point No Point resort is another 11km further down the road.

Thank you for sharing your feedback on your stay.

Lori
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

we were quite disappointed with our stay, but we could see how it might be suitable for a different type of traveler. (i.e. relaxed older crowd who go to sleep early!).

i wouldn't recommend it to young travelers or young couples.

i found the breakfast disappointing and the room bare bones.

we felt it cost way too much for what we got, but we just stopped in while traveling through for a place to crash for the night and were desperate.

to be honest we didn't really feel that welcome when we walked in and felt more like a burden at somebody's home. we kept having to remind ourselves that we paid $200 to sleep there! in order to feel more comfortable.

the view from the grounds isn't that great, but once you take the short hike down the trail and get to the ocean, it is absolutely breathtaking! definitely the highlight of the stay.

it's got some pretty great reviews overall so again, perhaps it was just not the place for us.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ljlecount, Owner at Ocean Wilderness Inn, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for the gift of this review. I regret that you were disappointed with your stay.

We agree that we are not for everyone. Our younger guests sometimes tell us “our parents would love this place”. However, and just as often, our older guests buy a gift certificate for their “kids” to come and stay with us. Regardless of age, most of the guests who choose us come to the area to enjoy active days and quiet nights. We are not usually a party-till-the-wee-hours place (unless you rent the whole inn, then you can make your own rules).

The rate on the room was $155 plus the $25 pet fee plus tax. There are places in the area to stay for less. We would have assisted you in finding somewhere else to stay had you let us know that you were not satisfied with the room you were shown or the rate you were quoted.

Again, thank you for the feedback and we wish you satisfying stays wherever your travels take you.
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Property: Ocean Wilderness Inn
Address: 9171 West Coast Rd, Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 1G3, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Victoria Capital Regional District > Sooke
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre 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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