The weathered façade that spread open before us as we rolled through the leafed canopied driveway down to Heron’s Rest B&B belied the warmth that was to envelop us.
Everything about Heron’s Rest B&B suggests home and hearth.
On arrival, we were welcomed and given a tour of the facility. Don was busy in his wood-working shop known as Santa’s Workshop, while Virginia escorted us to the suite we would be staying in for the night.
She led us down a flight of stairs on the side of the building into a garden area, complete with hummingbirds. A veranda at the foot of the French Doors was home to a small, round table with two chairs as well as a barbeque grill.
The doors slid open at her touch and the interior beckoned.
The first room held a queen-sized bed, a table, two night tables with lamps and an armoire. All the furniture had the appearance of being antique or artistically created. The ambience was cordial.
Moving through the next door, another small room containing the kitchen and a futon opened up to us. It housed a microwave, bar fridge, toaster and coffee maker. The breakfast at Heron’s Rest is a self-catered affair with all the foodstuffs and amenities waiting for guests.
There was a pound-cake with fruit, a loaf of bread (seemingly baked in the earthen flower pot that held it), muffins, eggs, yogurt, seasonal fruit, coffee, assorted teas, cereals (both hot and cold), jams and, I’m sure, some things I am neglecting to mention here. It was a virtual feast for the mind and body.
Another door led to the bathroom area where a vanity sink, tub, chest of drawers and toilet were provided. It provides privacy and plenty of room.
Heron’s Rest welcomes pre-approved pets, so let them know about your canine or feline family member.
The notations in the guest book, from all over the globe, indicate the pleasure and coziness the guests to Heron’s Rest have felt. The space has been described by many of their visitors as the “Romantic Suite.”
Nearby Gordon’s Beach is a beautiful spot for relaxing seaside. The area is well known for its salmon fishing. The boats could be seen from our balcony as they trolled back and forth, parallel to the shore, in search of the finned fare.
The rates for this accommodation are reasonable, especially considering the inclusion of such a varied breakfast menu. We paid $85 for the night. They have another suite that is slightly higher and offer winter rates as well as special rates for longer stays.
Things to do in the area include whale watching and visiting the Sooke Potholes, well known by swimmers and sun worshippers alike. These wonders of the Sooke river are located about 30 minutes south of Sooke. It is also a very photogenic location.
The best way to find Heron’s Rest is to continue heading north out of Sooke, B.C. toward Port Renfrew. The highway is called West Coast Road at that point. Travel for 10 km and then turn right at the Heron’s Rest sign onto Otter Point Road. Take a short ride up the hill, then turn left on Otter Point Place. Take the third right at Randy’s Place and the B&B is the third house on the left. A word of caution – some GPS will guide you to Humpback Road as the shortest route. Do not follow that advice as it is a narrow, one-lane road with many blind spots and can be quite dangerous.
The civic address for Heron’s Rest Bed and Breakfast is 8821 Randy’s Place.
Norm Hamilton is a freelance writer and photographer based in Whitehorse.