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Sooke Harbour House

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Please note that this guide was last updated over ten years ago (2003), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Sinclair and Frédérique Philip
1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, British Columbia

Tel: + 1 250-642-3421; toll-free 1-800-889-9688
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Tel: + 1 250-642-6988

Hallelujah!, I thought, lost in gustatory rapture, I love my job. As course after delectable course was delivered with relish, I succumbed wholly to the spell of the Sooke Harbour House.....

.... With its reputation sprinting before it, the place had a lot to live up to. Tales of the artwork, a 14,450-bottle wine cellar, infamous edible gardens and sensational food had set the picture… and I wasn’t disappointed. I doubt anyone ever is. Beauty and talent abound here and Sinclair and Frédérique’s passion for what they do pervades everything, their inspiration still the life-blood after 23 years at the helm. Inside, a gallery of local talent adorns every surface (including the elevator), while outside the two acres of gardens tumble down to the ocean in a festival of scents and colours, their contents all being groomed for the dinner plate. Everything eaten here is organic, seasonal and local; the latter to the extent that olive oil is eschewed and replaced by locally pressed nut and seed oils. Culinary wonders aside, the rooms are artistic and luxurious. My Passionflower room - its namesake trailing over the window - had a bath you could do lengths in while admiring the ocean, and a bed de luxe. As I sat on my lush private verandah at breakfast, contemplating the Olympic Mountains emerging through mist in the distance, I decided that the rumours were definitely true. A very special place indeed.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    Good Hiking or Walking    Full Wheelchair Facilities    
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Rooms: 28: all with ocean view, kings or queens, local art, private deck patio, en-suite bathroom and fireplace.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Breakfast is included. Packed lunches are complimentary in summer. Dinner by reservation $75 per person without wine.
Directions: From Victoria take Hwy 14 to Sooke. Thru’ Sooke, pass 3 stop lights. About 1 km on you will see a big blue ‘lodging’ sign saying Sooke Harbour House. Turn left down Whiffen Spit Rd. Inn at the end on the right.

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