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“Port Renfrew ... a hidden gem!”
#17 The French Girl's Lair / 1BR / Pet Friendly
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#17 The French Girl's Lair / 1BR / Pet Friendly
Kitchen, living area. Sofa can be open as sofa bed if needed. Cozy gas fireplace.
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#17 The French Girl's Lair / 1BR / Pet Friendly
Kitchen, living area. Sofa can be open as sofa bed if needed.
Cozy gas fireplace.
Cozy gas fireplace.
Full fridge and gas cooking stove.
Queen bed in the 1BR
Full bathroom with bath and shower
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Amanda C
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Port Renfrew ... a hidden gem!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed in the Port O'Pierre cottage and it was wonderful. An amazing cottage, that when rented with the bunk house, fit my husband and I, as well as my parents and our 3 pre-teen boys. The cottage had everything you could want/need and we didn't lack for anything. We stayed 7 nights, eight days and would have been happy staying forever! The outside was just as nice as the inside, with a deck and a fire pit and more than enough wood for s ‘mores every night! We spent tons of time on the beach at the ocean and even went swimming several times. A beautiful little fresh water lake is Lizard Lake and the boys spent hours there, two days of our trip. We also hiked Avatar Grove and the Botanical Beach loop trail. Everything was just heaven on earth. The locals at Tomi's and Trailhead were amazing and friendly, and Bob Fassl over at the little gift shop spoiled our boys with paintings that they thought were just too cool. We bought fresh caught salmon down at the marina by the Port Renfrew hotel and have never tasted salmon like this!

Just a couple of things we would mention to guests planning a trip to Port Renfrew:
1) Allow yourself ample time if you are traveling from Sooke to Port Renfrew. The road is (obviously) very twisty and slows to 20, or 40km in several places. Being that we have never been, we didn't really think about this, and didn't account for the extra time it would take. We saw two vehicles in the ditch, one with the boat attached completely smashed. The police pulled us over at the second vehicle and reminded us that the road is not for the faint of heart and we need to be very cautious at all times. My husband, who is a great driver, said he was exhausted after it.
2) Our son fell out of the top bunk on our second to last night’s stay. It is high, very, very high. Although I was concerned at first look as there is no railing at all, he has never fallen out of bed so I sort of let it go. But he was pretty banged up when he did fall and would only sleep on the floor the last night. He is a trooper and although he doesn't complain at all, both my husband and I, and my parents agreed he could have been much more seriously hurt. The owners might want to think about installing even a half railing on the top bunk for the little guests who stay at their cottage. Just a thought :)

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Liked best: The beauty of nature surrounding us was just spectacular and the cozy cottage combined with that was awesome!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
8 Aug 2014
Thanks Amanda for sharing your great experience in Port Renfrew. I will be sure to share your comments with Tomi's. Trail head and Bob Fassel.
I will also relay to the owner of Port O' Pierre's cottage the message about putting a half railing on the tops bunk beds.
Thanks
France
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LianeArc
Edmonton, Canada
1 review
“Blondie's Hideaway- Amazing self-catered holiday rental”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Of all the rental's we've stayed in over the world, this is the only one so far to have decent knives. Everything you could want is there. (coffee press, slow cooker, all pans, baking things etc.) Many basic groceries (coffee, tea, salt, herbs, sugar) there as well. Interesting books, great cd's. Home clean, efficient, but space a little tight for 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Pull-out bed had a nice mattress, but would say the only negative is the quilt they have for it was very hot for summer. A few blankets as substitutes would be perfect. Photos are accurate, outside space is wonderful.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Aug 2014
Hi Leanne, I just received your review that you posted on FlipKey/Trip Advisor. Many thanks for your time, it is grandly appreciated. I relayed the info to the owner of "Blondie's Hideaway" cottage and she was very pleased. You made her day :)
Thank you
France
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Tarla1971
Campbell River, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Birthday Getaway”
Reviewed 25 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

My husband and I stayed at Chris' Cove Cottage for my birthday weekend. The cottage was adorable with so many added features - an IPod, dvd player & movies, stocked cupboards with essentials like coffee and tea. Bed was comfortable with warm blankets and there was even a couple beer in the fridge. What more could you ask for?? Lovely, lovely place for a romantic getaway.

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Liked best: The IPOD with tunes
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Jun 2014
Hi Tarla.

Many thanks for your review on Trip Advisor, we really appreciate it :)
I am glad you enjoyed yourself.

Regards
France
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941jeanne...
Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
“perfect little cabin”
Reviewed 19 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We stayed at the French Girl's cabin super last minute and it was great - totally set up for us and clean. A kitchen stocked with everything we needed and a perfect little porch with a fire pit. There's no gas station or ATM in Port Renfrew, and the Co-op doesn't offer much but there are tons of little towns on the way - just a heads up!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Michael P
Nanaimo
2 reviews
“Beautiful cabin in a awesome area”
Reviewed 21 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

We were planning a get-away to one of our other "regular" locations on the west coast, but decided to take a chance on Port Renfrew based on reading about Avatar Grove and the giant old trees cedar in the area.

Wow. Are we ever glad we decided to come here! The cabin was great. Very clean and modern. It's tucked into a tiny little "community" of other small cabins. Even better was the ability to explore the wonderful beaches and forest in the surrounding area.

We have already booked a return stay for next month (my birthday).

Highly recommended!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Feb 2014
Tony, we just got your review. Thanks it is very appreciated.
France & Dan
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