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“A true "get away from it all" spot”
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Soule Creek Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Port Renfrew B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 May 2009

Soule Creek Lodge is a true get-away-from-it-all spot. Owned by two brothers (two of the most hospitable and gracious hosts that I've had the pleasure of meeting) who are also chefs. If you're looking for a four star resort with uniformed staff and a pristine hotel environment you're not going to be happy here....but if you're looking for a wonderfully unique adventure, in a remote area of Vancouver Island, with a hot tub under the stars, creative fresh meals made with local ingredients, a panoramic postcard worthy view with all the amenities one needs, then this is your place.

My husband loves camping, I love indoor plumbing and fluffy blankets...sleeping in the yurts at Soule Creek Lodge is where we make our compromise. Hardwood floors, a gorgeous view, privacy, a fluffy blanketed dream inducing bed, serenity and a luxurious wilderness experience. We've returned three times over the last four years and it's gotten nothing but better with each visit.

The food prepared by Tim and John has always been a high point of our visits to Port Renfrew. Including in the room/yurt rental is a full service breakfast, with pancakes and eggs to order...coffee, tea, juice...the whole bit. (Infact, I'd like to know where they get their bacon). A fantastic 3-course dinner is offered each evening. I love that food was harvested locally...salmon caught that morning, mushrooms picked in the woods, blackberries mixed into handmade ice cream.

Don't be detoured by the 2km long driveway! There is a shining light at the top of the mountain!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2008

First of all I must say that the outdoor hot tub is great! Set on a deck at the back of the property, the view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is excellent. We really enjoyed that.

We arrived in Port Renfrew without reservations and called this Lodge from our list in the Tourism BC Approved Accommodation Guide. There were only two listings in the guide. There are lots of other options once you arrive in town.

The property is 2 kilometres up a dirt road on the top of a hill above Port Renfrew. Great views but the road might deter some. There are cabins, yurts and rooms. We got the last available space for the night.

The Lodge was a former hostel and was changed to it's present use. Our room was nice but basic. Simple furnishings, no tv, no phone but wireless internet. Bathroom was nice and large with a walk in shower.

The owners were friendly and the breakfast served in the morning was good.

The main drawback for us was that the rooms are on the first floor and the common room is on the second floor. The building was not built to be sound proof. We could hear everything going on upstairs and all footsteps. I am sure our neighbours got to listen to me snore as my snoring was much louder than their bathroom fan which I could easily hear. Sorry about that. I slept with earplugs in all night.

The location affords great views but is away from the town. I would have fancied being closer to the pub but our family enjoyed a night of games in the upstairs common room.

All in all it was a good place to stay and perhaps better than any other spot in town. The hot tub really was good. But the transparency of the walls and out of town location detracted from my pleasure in being there.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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SouleMan, owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2009

Thanks for the feedback. The walls and ceiling of these two rooms Dave talked about have been filled with blown insulation. These are the only two rooms in the Lodge which have shared walls and are priced accordingly. We also now have quiet hours after 10:00pm and the Common Room is also closed after 10:00pm. They still are not soundproof but are better. Our "out of town location" is the reason many guests choose us . No other houses or buildings are visable from our property which sits at 600 ft above sea level and we are removed from the noise of the bars and marina where they start reving the engines at 5:00am to go fishing. As for the road we do our best to keep it in good shape and most don't seem to mind once they see the view of the mountains, ocean and inlet. This year we have also had it widened and graded.

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Reviewed 26 May 2008

Stayed 3 nights in the Juan de Fuca suite. Very comfortable bed and the bathroom is huge. Extra large tub and 2 sinks. Perfect for 2 people. There is a sitting room with a couch, small fridge and tv, The sitting room opens onto a semi private deck with a great view overlooking the Sraight of Juan de Fuca and the Juan de Fuca river. Breakfast is served every morning 8-9am in the main lodge. There are only 5 tables so you will get to meet the other people staying at the lodge. I learned a lot from talking with the people that know the area. The owners are chefs and also cook your breakfast to order. Eggs,bacon,sausage,pancakes, all the good stuff. Dinner was also very good. Local fish was on the menu for our dinner. You have to bring your own beer or wine for dinner. They are not licensed to serve beer or wine. Just stop in Sooke or Victoria on the way up. Great proximity to trails, rocky beaches and the river. Overall the price for the stay and food was comparable to the area. Breakfast is included, dinner was extra. The room was simple but comfortable. The view was fantastic and the service made the stay.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 October 2007

In August my husband and I stayed for two nights at Soule Creek Lodge located in Port Renfrew, BC. The drive is two hours from Victoria, BC, and you definately feel like you are getting away from it all. The 2 km driveway up the lodge was a little bit rough, but that added to the escape and the view from the top was well worth it! We arrived to discovered our accomodations, a yurt with a comfy leather sofa, fully plumbed bathroom and a magnificent view to enjoy with our glass of wine. The yurts look over the Strait of Juna De Fuca and the Olympic Pennisyla. Our hosts provided gourmet meals and we brought our own wine to enjoy with dinner and finish off at our yurt later in the evening. The hot tub provided some much needed relaxation after our daily walks on the local trails and beaches. Botanical beach was our favourite. All in all, It was a weekend my husband and I will remember.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2007

Soule Creek Lodge is owned by two chefs turned hoteliers. My husband and I stayed there on our recent trip to Vancouver Island because of its location near Botanical Beach Provincial Park and because one of the lodging options was staying in a yurt. We've stayed in hotels, motels, B&Bs, cabins and tents, but never a yurt. The cost of this adventure was $160 a night, but how often does one get the chance to stay in a yurt?

The yurt was very nicely decorated, but it was cold that night, as it often is in this area, and the space heater was inadequate. The dimly lit bathroom was a poorly constructed addition made with plywood walls & flooring.

The saving grace of the Soule Creek Lodge is a 3 course gourmet dinner offered to guests for an extra fee. It was superb.

  • Stayed: July 2007
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SouleMan, owner at Soule Creek Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2009

Thank you for your comments. We have since added a second heater to the yurt as well as fully insulated them with the same material as used on the space shuttle (aryfoil). They are now carpeted and renting as early as April with the upgrades. The finishing work in the bathroom has been completed and the floors tiled.

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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 6215 Powdermain Rd, Port Renfrew, British Columbia V0S 1K0, Canada
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Region: 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: 10
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 and some of the largest trees in the world. Chef/owners offer guest a three course locally sourced dinner option and warm hospitality. ... more   less 

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