Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage

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Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Malcolm Island, offering a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a kitchenette.

Should time allow, Pulteney Point Lighthouse is a popular lighthouse that is relatively easy to get to.

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TPT_Traveller wrote a review Sep 2015
Vancouver, B.C.685 contributions210 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Malcolm Island is very quiet, and this end of the island is the epitome. It's near the end of the road (an unpaved one). The Sea Cottage has everything you need for a quiet, reflective retreat. But bring all the food you'll need--there aren't really any restaurants on the island. Deer wander around the property. We spent an afternoon sitting on the beach from which we were able to watch humpback whales, orcas and a sea lion. One humpback came within 100 yards of the shore, and the sea lion was much closer.

The hosts were very friendly and welcoming.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bev B wrote a review Aug 2012
Port Moody, Canada6 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My sister and I stayed in the Sea Cottage and it was clean, comfy beds, and ever so quiet. All conveniences yet a natural experience. We saw whales from far away and one evening, up close. Great hosts, knowing when to engage us and when to let us enjoy the peace. Dancer the horse gave us some entertainment and the deer were often there to add to the peaceful experience. We stayed a week and there were two good hikes, lots of visits to the bakery to enjoy the view and coffee, the free bike loan program gave us a great afternoon to explore. The Finnish culture is worth exploring and the museum was interesting. Beautiful Bay hike is really invigorating and a major highlight (challenging, mark where you leave the trail to go to beach as we did not and had trouble getting oriented after the beach walk), with Big Lake hike being easier and please do take your camera and swim suit! Another cool thing to do is take the ferry to Alert Bay to see the cultural center, or just for a day adventure, it's no cost. Dan and Lauren have a very nice way with people, authentic and interesting. I loved the rocky beach and took a coffee and chair down there often, to enjoy nature and peace. I recommend Dunroven to ground yourself, away from city life.
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Date of stay: August 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Darren D wrote a review Jul 2012
St. Albert, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have stayed at Dunroven a few times now, The Sea cottage was our home and Dan and Lauren are great people. We opted for the breakfast each morning and always had wonderful food and fun, friendly conversations. Malcome Island is small, exactly what we were looking for and the local people are quick to recognise you and always helpful. Learning to blacksmith with Dan in the Forge has led to a new hobby for us and each visit has been educational. He has the patients of a saint dealing with two girls and a guy all in the forge trying to do more than thier skills will allow but made everyone feel good about thier project. Great location, Great views and even better people.
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Search the internet to find all Malcolm island has to offer, enjoy and relax.
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lovemyholibobs wrote a review Aug 2010
a place10 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked for 3 nights B&B but only stayed for one. The owners seem like nice people and the house really is in a beautiful location but - well...

In short: not clean and a TERRIBLE smell in the guestroom. Bathroom grubby and musty.
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Date of stay: July 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CapriciousAngel wrote a review Sep 2010
Edmonton, Canada7 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Sea Cottage for just under a week and quickly ran out of things to do on the island due to rain and overestimating the time it would take to see points of interest (two full days is plenty, three if you intend to do a bit of hiking), so we seemed to spend an above average amount of time in the cottage itself.

The hosts are wonderfully friendly and if you get the chance, you should definitely wander out to the forge and take some blacksmithing classes - it was one of the highlights of our trip. The lesson was extremely safe, we got some great information about the history and evolution of smithing, and we were utterly proud of our creations. We actually wish we had opted to do more projects.

The location is stunning. There is absolutely no denying that. The resident deer have a very small flight distance (the distance they will allow you to get near them before they start to get anxious or run away) and we saw a minke whale a few hundred metres offshore our first day. We also saw a number of turkey vultures right on the property.

On to our stay itself.

We wish that there had been a change of towels and a change of sheets done in the middle of our stay, but we managed with what we had. Not having a fan in the bathroom meant that nothing got completely dry, so that was definitely noticeable.

The very first night, I wandered into the bathroom only to discover a giant wolf spider on the floor the size of my palm. From that point we noticed spiders *everywhere* inside the cottage itself. It was only the next day that we discovered that the windows had all been left open a crack and none of the windows had screens on them so spiders had been crawling in out of the rain for who knows how long. Needless to say, we closed the windows and kept them that way until we left. We had countless run-ins with smaller spiders, but it was our experiences with the two wolf spiders that ensured that we were never really able to relax.

Having a kitchen was fantastic, but we noticed right away that some of the small appliances were in a condition we wouldn't use at home (for example, the toaster oven had a layer of crumbs an inch thick). We stuck to the stovetop.

If we hadn't made concrete plans in the area, we would have moved on much sooner. Had there been screens on the windows, a fan to disperse of some of the moisture, a change of towels and bedsheets halfway through our stay, a vacuum to dispose of the spiders efficiently (you try working up the nerve to pick up a wolf spider the size of your palm to get it into the toilet. twice), and a cleaner environment, our stay would have improved ten-fold. I feel badly about not finishing up washing the last few dishes before we left, but reaching in the drying stand to grab a plate to put away netted me a spider and I had finally hit my tolerance limit for the year.

I really wanted to love the place, and I certainly liked it well enough, but the reality was that it was simply outside of our comfort level and our expected experience.
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Date of stay: September 2010
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Voyage694397 wrote a review Oct 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! Stayed at this place, it is breath taking! It is right there on the beach and has bald eagles everywhere and wales swimming just outside our little cottage! Beach view. Saw a hump back wale and her baby. Breakfast was excellent with farm fresh eggs. Beds comfy. Has full kitchen. The couple that owns it was so hospitable and kind. They even accepted our dogs. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Ryan M wrote a review Dec 2014
56 contributions85 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Got in late after a long day of driving, what a great little find. Super hosts, great views, total relaxation sitting by the fire waitng for dinner in the oven. We'll be back for a blacksmithing lesson soon.
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Date of stay: November 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
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OSIGirl wrote a review Sep 2013
Powell River, Canada25 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful hosts made us feel welcome and cared for from the moment we arrived. We stayed in the Sea Cottage which has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a great room (living/dining/kitchen). Beautiful setting amidst a forest of trees with excellent views of the ocean for whale watching. Comfortable, roomy layout of great room with interesting art that lets your imagination run wild. Themed bedrooms with comfy fresh sheets and easy access to lamps everywhere for task lighting. Enjoyed the spacious kitchen but spent quite a lot of time outside on the deck, listening to the whales and watching them in the distance. A short walk through the horse pasture puts you right on the beach with expansive views to Mitchell Bay. We enjoyed the island as a whole, went hiking, checked out the museum, library, thrift store, ate at the burger shack and spent an afternoon at Bere Point. Dunroven is "out of town" which is nice as you feel that your really getting away. The directions were great and fun to follow as they're not the typical directions you'd get. If you plan on staying for a few days make a stop at the Co-op store when you get off the ferry, stock up on supplies and support the local economy and then settle into a quiet, relaxing stay at Dunroven. I'm looking forward to my next stay there already!
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Date of stay: September 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Roger L wrote a review Jul 2012
Oak Harbor1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you looking for a B&B downtown fighting the crowds or antique stores on every corner, this is not the place. We wanted to find a quiet place to relax and found this at Dunroven B&B. Almost wilderness like at the end of the island, with endless places to walk and explore. Beautiful scenery with deer, an occasional eagle and some breathtaking sunsets over the beach. We stayed in their Sea Cottage which was clean, well kept, and very comfortable. The food was excellent and the tour of the grounds and blacksmith shop was very interesting. Something from the times of old.
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Date of stay: May 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Claudette P wrote a review Jul 2012
Edmonton1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're looking to "get away from it all" . . . Dunroven B&B & Forge is a gem of an escape!!
A quaint, clean, and comfortable cottage awaits you at the end of a private lane, with
a perfect ocean view from your front deck, surrounded by towering fir forests,
foxglove in bloom, and gentle deer that graze through the yard - a haven for those who
seek quiet, calm, and relaxation. . .
Your cottage has electricity, plumbing, and a wood-burning stove, a fully equipped
kitchen, comfy furniture, two bedrooms, and deck that is perfect for catching some afternoon
sunshine or watching the night sky. There's a wide expanse of beach to explore. . . fresh air and
quiet abound, sunrises on the beach are breath-taking, and you may even see some
bald eagles and whales in their perfect habitat.
Hosts Dan and Lauren are always happy to chat, but will respect your desire for
"quietude". You really should try their wonderful breakfasts, even if you're staying at the
cottage, - Dan's special omelettes, Lauren's home-made biscuits or waffles, fruit salad,
pulla bread and homemade jam, tea, coffee, juice . . . you'll be fed right, for sure! And
you'll learn alot about the area over that 2nd or 3rd cup . . .
Be sure to take a lesson in blacksmitting from Dan, and gain some pointers
on horsemanship from Lauren, - either way, you'll learn something interesting and
rewarding . . . so then, no phones, blue-tooth. or wi-fi needed for the time being - it is
simple, quiet, island life at it's best . . . and it will sustain you long after you leave!!
(p.s. you can get your grocery/beverage supplies at Port McNeil's IGA, or
the local Co-op store and the Bakery in Sointula. Bere Point makes a nice day
hike to watch the orcas and the local museum is interesting as well. Enjoy!)
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Darren D wrote a tip Jul 2012
St. Albert, Canada2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Search the internet to find all Malcolm island has to offer, enjoy and relax."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage
Which popular attractions are close to Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage?
Nearby attractions include U'mista Cultural Centre (6.6 km), Alert Bay Ecological Park, Alert Bay, British Columbia (7.9 km), and Culture Shock Interactive Gallery (7.6 km).
What are some restaurants close to Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coho Joe Cafe, Devil's Bath Brewing Co., and Gus's Pub.
Are there any historical sites close to Dunroven B&B and Sea Cottage?
Many travellers enjoy visiting U'mista Cultural Centre (6.6 km) and 'Namgis Traditional Big House (6.5 km).
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