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#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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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Joyce H
Victoria, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A blissful, quiet getaway in a cozy cottage by the sea -- just what we needed!”
Reviewed 1 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Dave and Morley's cottage was sweet! It was clean and cozy and very well appointed with everything we needed. It had a generous, congenial aura about it -- walking in for the first time was like greeting a dear friend, as though the cottage was giving us a warm hug. The electric fireplace is so much more evocative than an ordinary space heater. The firepit outside on the deck invited us to sit and watch the flames under the crescent moon. The Wild Coast Cottages development, of which Handsome Dan's Cottages is a part, is beautifully designed and was quiet and peaceful. Although we never met the French Girl (or Handsome Dan), she responded quickly to our inquiries, both before we arrived and during our stay. And Dora the Dog loved the place. Go, stay for a few days, and leave refreshed and relaxed.

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Liked best: The bed
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
People with pets
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Management Response
2 Mar 2015
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It always gives me a warm feeling to know how much people enjoyed their stay with us.

Thanks for the great review.
France (The French Girl)
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Mike M
Victoria, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing view in a cozy modern-style cabin.”
Reviewed 15 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My friends and I were the very first to stay in the 2 floor cabin villa #108. Everything was set up wonderfully and the location is perfect!

The best parts of the house were the comfy beds, speakers built into the wall that you can connect your phone to via blue tooth, and the amazing view of the ocean.

The hosts are very friendly and down to earth. We lucked out getting this place as it had said the lot was sold out online, but I sent an e-mail anyways and they managed to finish this cabin just in time for us.

I will definitely be making this an annual visit.

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Liked best: Built in speakers
Liked least: Living room could be a bit bigger but that's just wishful thinking!
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
15 Feb 2015
It was our pleasure :) I am happy we were able to get this brand new cottage ready for you.
Thanks for your review.
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Sharon901...
Vernon, Canada
2 reviews
“Fabulous Cozy Cottage”
Reviewed 5 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We loved our stay at Handsome Dan's - we stayed in the French Girls Liar over Christmas and it was so quiet and lovely there. The cottage came equipped with everything you needed to do "gourmet" meals if you were inclined. The bed was very comfortable, the stove and fridge were full size and held all our food for the week. Pack light as there isn't much storage for too much stuff and its all there! The outside campfire was fabulous- we took wood into the cottage in a tupperware container to dry as of course it never rains in Port Renfrew! The trails were magnificent....the rain forest at Avatar 15 minutes away was stunning...the beaches and hikes through Botany and Botanical loop beautiful and we found the hidden waterfall on another beautiful beach. Close by is the camping beach which was flat and wonderful for our older chocolate lab to swim and hike and to go beach combing. Most places closed at this time of year...so pack the essentials and get gas before you head up there...! Wonderful quiet vacation and I would strongly recommend Handsome Dan's to anyone and have already passed all our pictures along to all our friends! Thank you Dan and France!

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Liked best: The quiet and peace at Christmas time!
Liked least: Forgetting to get gas before we left Sooke and having to make another trip back
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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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Colen H
Nanaimo, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
“Love this place!”
Reviewed 2 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We stayed at Rod's Roost a pet friendly cabin. The cabin was clean and had everything we needed. Nice to have a fully enclosed deck for our dogs. It made it a lot easier for drying them after a walk in the rain. Love the way the place was landscaped by using native plants and. Beautiful!!! It would have been nice to have cable as nightfall comes quick. Although there was a good selection of DVDs. A gas fireplace would have been nice to help dry our rain drenched clothes. Did some hiking and took lots of pictures. We are already planing to go back next year.

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Liked best: The cabin was fully stocked.
Liked least: Wish it had cable tv.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
5 Nov 2014
It is always good to know what people enjoy and to get suggestions too. Each cabin has different features and is a little different to please the most people. Two of our cottages have a gas fireplace and some have an electric one.
Thanks for sharing.
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maggie48...
Parksville, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“French Girl's Lair - everything you could need for a little R n R”
Reviewed 15 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

What a delight this charming cabin was. So attractively furnished and supplied with all you could possibly need to enjoy a stay. The bed was super comfortable. The deck heater a real treat as evenings were chilly and there was the option of the fire pit too . I was most impressed by the care and customer service given by Handsome Dan, French Girl and their delightful housekeeper Laura (?).

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