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Don and Melanie Fast

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Oceanside family friendly suite, Nature trails, whale watching, charter fishing

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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850 sq ft suite with loft, Spectacular Ocean, Garden, Sunrise and Sunset Views

Acre By the Sea Guest Suite, Sooke BC

Bright, cozy and spacious. 850 sq ft, two-floor suite on a Beautiful Oceanside garden Acre in serene West Coast setting at Otter Point.

Suite sleeps 4-5 and includes private entrance, private three piece bathroom, kitchenette, dining table, couch, deluxe queen bed and comfortable Murphy Bed. The Large loft bedroom has spectacular ocean and sunrise views and is accessed by Murphy stairs.

Cable TV and parking included. Breakfast and gourmet dinners optional for additional cost. Non smoking.

Located near town amenities and 1 min walk to ocean. Close access to beach combing, nature trails, charter fishing, horseback riding, whale watching, and kayak/paddle boarding opportunities within minutes.

One hour by car from ferry or 45 minutes from international airport.

5 minutes to Sooke

20 minutes to Jordan River

Visit us on social media for updates, local events, and area highlights, and foodie pics of our Closed Door Dining offerings (advanced booking required). Follow us @AcreByTheSea.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Don and Melanie Fast (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english

About Don and Melanie Fast

Don: Public servant +40 years; Semi retired deputy minster; Work part time as govt relations and strategic consultant; My wife, son and I enjoy living by the ocean near Sooke, BC. Abundant walking trails and wildlife make everyday a pleasure. Gardening in our 1.6 acre yard keeps us busy. My wife and I enjoy hosting and meeting others when we are not traveling ourselves.

Melanie: I’m an entrepreneur at heart with a Marketing and Communications background, and a degree in Asian Studies and Business minor. I’ve started and operated several of my own businesses, including an import business and vacation and property rentals in Rossland and Sooke.

But my true passion is nurturing my family through good food and home cooking. You can often find me in my kitchen playing in my spice cabinet, cooking up an ethnic feast, baking artisanal breads, or learning another cheese to add to my repertoire.

Two other soul-satisfying, restorative places you will find me most, are in my studio drawing and painting scenes from our Wild Westcoast landscape, and on my paddleboard where I go to become part of that landscape.

Don and Melanie Fast purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Don and Melanie Fast chose Vancouver Island

When Don retired we moved to this area from Vancouver to be close to the ocean and nature. A clean environment with some of the best scenery in the world. We love the close proximity to old growth forests, the diversity of the many nearby beaches, the quietness of being away from a city and the complete lack of light pollution in the night sky.

We love watching the fog roll in over the water, hearing the sound of the waves, smelling the fresh sea air, and spotting whales from the comforts of our front deck.

What makes this apartment unique

A unique one of a kind house custom built around recycled 150 year old fir beams. The views from the front deck of the nearby ocean and Cascade mtns are breathtaking. Hearing the sea lions in the ocean or the frogs from the pond near the back of the yard make watching the stars at night special.


2 traveler reviews

Oceanside family friendly suite, Nature trails, whale watching, charter fishing
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Peaceful getaway

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here with our six and nine year olds and it was very nice - indeed there were some bonuses that we had not expected - notably a big back yard with a trampoline, and their ten year old son (not a guaranteed part of the rental experience I am sure but a big bonus for our kids). Both of the owners were friendly and helpful. It's far enough from city lights that (clouds permitting) you can do star-gazing. Bring binoculars for that and for whale-watching from the porch! The stairs to the loft bedroom are steep but our six-year-old was able to get up and down them without difficulty. Lots of beaches are available. On the downside, it's fairly close to the nearest town but you definitely need a car to get here and aside from the back yard and a beach 1/2 hour walk away everything requires you to drive up and down the windy coast highway. For self-catering, the fridge (pictured) is quite small, and there are two induction hotplates but no oven.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. So glad you guys enjoyed your stay and the area. You have a lovely family and we enjoyed the chats. Remember to check us out on Facebook and 'like' our page so you can stay connected. There's also an album for guests to share their photos of their visit if you'd like.
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Otter Point Vacation Property

  • 4 of 5

My family and I just returned from our wonderful stay at Otter Point. We were within walking distance to Otter Point beach and could easily drive to many others. Our hosts Don and Melanie were pleasant to talk to, helpful and very accommodating. The property was super clean, comfortable and private. Our kids stayed in the comfortable loft bedroom which overlooked the ocean however I'm not sure this would accommodate small children or older clients. Melanie is an awesome cook and for an additional fee she made a tasty, high end dinner for us. We would recommend this to others.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lynn Thanks for the review. We really enjoyed hosting your lovely family for the week. Just one point of clarification for others looking to book, we do have a queen bed on the main floor as well as the queen bed in the loft. Kind regards Melanie.
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Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Gordon's Beach


Rates & Availability

Sooke Apartment Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $19
Refundable damage deposit $76
Standard Cleaning Fee $38

Bookings with Pets will require a $200 Pet Damage Deposit. Pets must be pre-approved at time of booking.

We ask guests not to let their dogs on the furniture, or bedding and not to leave them unattended in the suite.
Pet owners are also asked to walk their dogs off site to do their business, and not to let their pets wander freely in the yard.*

This is a non-smoking, family-friendly property. We invite clean, respectful, and considerate use of our property.
Smoking, drugs and loud partying are not permitted anywhere on site.

Although we are social, love to host, love to share our knowledge of the area, and endeavour to create a welcoming experience for you, we do enjoy our privacy and will also make sure to give your space and privacy.

As Food Enthusiasts we love preparing and sharing dishes that tantalize the taste buds. So as part of the Closed Door Dining experience that we offer, for an additional fee, we invite guests to join us for a culinary adventure in our home. Advanced reservation is required.

*Note: We love our pet and we know you love yours. We get a lot of questions regarding our pet policy so we feel the need to clarify it further. We take great care with our suite and guests, and we put a lot of effort into providing the same quality service and high standard for all. Initially we started out as a pet-free guest suite in order to accommodate guests with pet sensitives, allergies and cleanliness concerns. Now we try to accommodate pet lovers too because many people like to travel with their pets, and just take extra care.

For the enjoyment of all our guests we do need to keep up our high standard of cleanliness and care of the suite and property. We realize that everyone has their own pet policy at home, and You may decide not to stay with us, either because we do accommodate pets, or because of our policy. But please remember this is our home and our investment and you are only one of many guests that will stay here in a season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Vancouver Island Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • three piece bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
For a further special touch, we offer our guests a complimentary Wine or 1st Morning Breaky Welcome Package. Details at time of booking. Guests have access to parts of the yard that we call our 'Wildwood', a grassy section with mature alder and fir trees, blackberry bushes, and our favourite mossy rock that is home to a fire pit and pergola, overlooking stunning ocean views. Guests also invited to enjoy the sitting area in the spacious front yard with garden and ocean views. We are happy to provide info about the area and suggestions for activities during your stay. We are social, love to host, love to share our knowledge of the area, and endeavour to create a welcoming experience for you, though we do enjoy our privacy and will also make sure to give your space and privacy.

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