Cons: This is a very old house with some dated amenities, and cell phones do not work here.
Pros: This is a very old house with some dated amenities, and cell phones do not work here. Malahat Farm is the type of place that people will either hate or love. For us it was love. It is not often that one gets a chance to stay in an original Arts and Crafts style home, especially at these prices. Emily Carr's name is in the original guest books for gawd's sake. For the most part the house is original, solid, and has that old time character so important to those who relish the workmanship, room and comfort inherent in arts and crafts design. The modern beds are terrific, as is the wood-burning fireplace. If you really have to make a phone call, you can go next door where Roy and Veronica will gladly let you use their landline. No continuous beeps and bells, no constant phone calls, no time wasted on your or your children's cell phones. At night it is dark and quiet with the spring peepers the main background noise. There are several walking paths nearby, both in the forest and on the beach. In close driving distance are several provincial parks with fantastic walks to the beach and, at Port Renfrew, unbelievable beach walks and old growth forest. Watch the surfers at the Jordan River floating with the seals in the background. The village of Sooke, which has all of the shopping that one could wish for is only a fifteen minute drive and Langford/Victoria about half an hour past that. My wife and I spent the month of February here on our trip of discovery around Vancouver Island. All of our lodgings were terrific but Malahat Farm was unforgettable. The owners, Roy and Veronica, are down to earth, interesting people who will go above and beyond to make your stay more memorable. It was with real regret that we moved on to Parksville. The nearby Kemp Lake Cafe, especially if you are a rock guitar music buff, is a must be experienced destination. Unfortunately we found it in only our last week. -
– Tom & Barb W.
"Dear Roy and Veronica, thank you so very much for making our short stay at Malahat Farm such a wonderful one. The children loved the cows, cats and chickens (and the eggs!), as well as the opportunity to explore with relatively few limits. This is truly a magical place and obviously where you two belong. We'll definitely be back."
– The Crespi's
"Thank you so much for making us feel so wonderfully welcome and for making our 2nd wedding anniversary at Malahat Farm a beautiful one that we will always remember. I think we have a new tradition... we'll be back... it's been a sheer pleasure & oh so relaxing. Thanks again for the treats and warm hospitality."
– Peter & Trina
"Thank you Roy & Veronica for your wonderful hospitality. From your open arms welcome to our children, the fresh farm produce and bread in the kitchen to your lively conversation, we have thoroughly enjoyed our time with you and hope that we'll be back soon!"
– Caroline, Doug, Sarah & Katie
"Although we were only here for one night, we had a lovely stay. Very comfortable and inspiring. Nice old farm. It was a great chat we had with you about the history of the farm and the area. We will return again and enjoy the most delicious eggs."
– Deb & Randy
"We came for Bob's 70th birthday party and wished we had more time for something other than 2 days of eating, drinking and laughing! It is very hard to leave for Portland... next time! Thank you so much for your beautiful house & help with everything."
– Keith, Karen, Chris, Dane & Marcia
"Hello Roy and Veronica -- Thank you so much for a wonderful stay at the cottage. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The hike to Sand Cut Beach, feeding the chickens, a campfire, seeing eagles and bears, the geese with their new-borns -- it was all so magical. Malahat Farm is a delightful place to stay, and I will heartily recommend it to everyone I know!"
– Bruce Batchelor (editor, author, publisher)