No visit to Vancouver Island is ever complete without a trip to the West Coast. As we were in Tofino last time, we plumped for Ucluelet and Bostrom's for our 2013 visit.
From our original correspondence with Judy, we just knew that this place was going to be something special, and boy, were we not wrong! You arrive up a short drive , and the front garden is immaculate. Judy greets you with a huge West Coast smile, and you feel like friends already. You go round the back of the house, and its there; that incredible view you have looked at and wanted for so long now. You are 10000km away from home, but you don't want to be anywhere else except here taking in the breathtaking view. Perfection!
We had the Pacific Trail room. Lavishly furnished, tastefully decorated and exceptionally clean, this was just a wonderful room to chill out in. Large doors lead out onto the deck and that view. The rest of the large house is just as good. How many B and B's boast a full size snooker table in the lounge? A huge television is there for those not so nice nights. A well stocked kitchen area offers round the clock drinks, and an seemingly inexhaustible supply of yummy baked goods. Outside is the hot-tub and a new sauna, both looking so inviting. Could things get any better? Well, yes they could. Skip along the short garden path down to the lower ocean side deck and relax with the Pacific Ocean as your neighbour.. A few more steps and into the ocean for a swim, explore the rocky beach or just look and stare.
We sit and relax; a cry from above from Judy. A whale is swimming past, and we just stand and watch its progress, and in that moment, you just know that Bostrom's is so very special.
Judy's breakfasts are the stuff of legends. Healthy smoothies and juices, local fruit, bacon and eggs stunningly prepared, imaginative muffins and lashings of tea and coffee. Judy executes all these effortlessly, yet still has time to sit down for a story, or to answer travel questions etc. The hospitality that we had throughout from Judy and Gary, was just quite outstanding, and certainly leaves all others trailing in their wake.
Ucluelet is getting to be a "must visit" place on the West Coast. It boasts some superb attractions, such as Norwoods and Archipelago Cruises, but our highlight was our too brief a stay with Judy at Bostrom's, and we can't wait to return. It really is that good!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Start your day with a gourmet breakfast served in a timber frame sunroom with a breathtaking view of the bay. Lose yourself in the ever-changing ocean views enjoyed from every room of this ocean front B&B. Spectacular ocean views are also enjoyed in the hot tub, the Finnish sauna, the 40x30 foot common room, and from the 3 levels of decks, each with its own barbecue and teak dining suite. Swim off the lower deck or explore the tide pools. Located on km 3.5 of the Wild Pacific Trail, world class hiking is at your doorstep. Immerse yourself in the luxury and hospitality that you will always find at the Bostrom's. Why stay anywhere else? ... more less