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Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage
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Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage
Port McNeill, Canada
1 review
“Relaxation”
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Soooooo relaxing. The hosts, Dan and Lauren are warm and welcoming people. The deer in
the yard, the ocean out front, the sounds of the country, all lead to a retreat style vacation.
The sea cottage is well equipped so one can pack a suitcase, pick up some groceries at the
local Co-op and make your way to Dunroven.

My husband and I stay here when ever we can find the time to fit it into our schedule. We walk the beach, watch for whales, and take numerous pictures or in the fall/winter we build a fire in the wood stove and curl up with steaming cup of Chai and read one of those books that we always planned to read. Always a wonderful experience for us.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port McNeill, Canada
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

We (wife and I) have stayed at the cabin semi-regularly for a number of years. The landscape is beautiful, the owners friendly, and the atmosphere is great at encouraging relaxation. Definitely a wonderful place to recharge the batteries, read a good book, and explore the island.

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

We have stayed at Dunroven a few times now, The Sea cottage was our home and Dan and Lauren are great people. We opted for the breakfast each morning and always had wonderful food and fun, friendly conversations. Malcome Island is small, exactly what we were looking for and the local people are quick to recognise you and always helpful. Learning to blacksmith with Dan in the Forge has led to a new hobby for us and each visit has been educational. He has the patients of a saint dealing with two girls and a guy all in the forge trying to do more than thier skills will allow but made everyone feel good about thier project. Great location, Great views and even better people.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and really enjoyed the island and the Sea Cottage.
The Forge was lots of fun and enjoyed learning how to bend steel.
The cabin itself could do with a little better housekeeping and newer towels but Being how isolated the area it was still good.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

We stayed in the Sea Cottage for just under a week and quickly ran out of things to do on the island due to rain and overestimating the time it would take to see points of interest (two full days is plenty, three if you intend to do a bit of hiking), so we seemed to spend an above average amount of time in the cottage itself.

The hosts are wonderfully friendly and if you get the chance, you should definitely wander out to the forge and take some blacksmithing classes - it was one of the highlights of our trip. The lesson was extremely safe, we got some great information about the history and evolution of smithing, and we were utterly proud of our creations. We actually wish we had opted to do more projects.

The location is stunning. There is absolutely no denying that. The resident deer have a very small flight distance (the distance they will allow you to get near them before they start to get anxious or run away) and we saw a minke whale a few hundred metres offshore our first day. We also saw a number of turkey vultures right on the property.

On to our stay itself.

We wish that there had been a change of towels and a change of sheets done in the middle of our stay, but we managed with what we had. Not having a fan in the bathroom meant that nothing got completely dry, so that was definitely noticeable.

The very first night, I wandered into the bathroom only to discover a giant wolf spider on the floor the size of my palm. From that point we noticed spiders *everywhere* inside the cottage itself. It was only the next day that we discovered that the windows had all been left open a crack and none of the windows had screens on them so spiders had been crawling in out of the rain for who knows how long. Needless to say, we closed the windows and kept them that way until we left. We had countless run-ins with smaller spiders, but it was our experiences with the two wolf spiders that ensured that we were never really able to relax.

Having a kitchen was fantastic, but we noticed right away that some of the small appliances were in a condition we wouldn't use at home (for example, the toaster oven had a layer of crumbs an inch thick). We stuck to the stovetop.

If we hadn't made concrete plans in the area, we would have moved on much sooner. Had there been screens on the windows, a fan to disperse of some of the moisture, a change of towels and bedsheets halfway through our stay, a vacuum to dispose of the spiders efficiently (you try working up the nerve to pick up a wolf spider the size of your palm to get it into the toilet. twice), and a cleaner environment, our stay would have improved ten-fold. I feel badly about not finishing up washing the last few dishes before we left, but reaching in the drying stand to grab a plate to put away netted me a spider and I had finally hit my tolerance limit for the year.

I really wanted to love the place, and I certainly liked it well enough, but the reality was that it was simply outside of our comfort level and our expected experience.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2010

We booked for 3 nights B&B but only stayed for one. The owners seem like nice people and the house really is in a beautiful location but - well...

In short: not clean and a TERRIBLE smell in the guestroom. Bathroom grubby and musty.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lillooet, BC
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Reviewed 1 October 2005

My wife and I recently visited this remote waterfront B&B and had a wonderful restful time. The B&B is near the end of the road from Sointula on Malcolm Is. (off Port McNeil). Lauren our hostess trains Oxen and has four cute young ones at present. Dan has a well equipped forge and has great blacksmithing abilities. If you like you can make a project in the forge while you are there. There are very tame deer all over the property.
The cottage where we stayed is self contained and you can cook yourself or eat at the main house. There is also a B&B room in the house.
The town is small and there is only one restaurant and a pub.
A great spot to get away from the city for a few days.

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Property: Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage
Address: Box 94, British Columbia V0N 3E0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Malcolm Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Malcolm Island
Number of rooms: 2

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