Bedroom #1: 1 Queen Bed
Living room: 1 Sofa Bed
The Cat's Pajamas just got its own private hot tub! It is also one of our pet friendly accommodation in Port Renfrew. With it's large private wrap around deck surrounded by trees and nature, it is sure to please nature lovers. The Cat's Pajamas can accomodate two comfortably or a family of four. It features a fully equipped kitchen with a gas cooking stove, queen size bed, double hide-a-bed in living area and full bathroom. Flat screen T.V. with DVD player and some movies & WiFi also available. Outside an outdoor propane fire table on a large wrap around deck with propane BBQ.
Exceptional Pacific Northwest Rainforest natural experience, hiking, beachcombing, surfing nearby, storm watching at Botanical Beach, world class salmon and halibut fishing, abundant wildlife and the magnificent forest of Avatar Grove; a photographer's dream. Chateau de Gino is right next to the French Girl's Lair.
Five minutes of walking from the cottage will get you to the Pacific Gateway Marina if you’re going fishing or you want to take in the sea air. Tommy’s Home Cooking (The THC Diner) and The Coastal Kitchen Café are a five minute walk away if you get tired of your own cooking. And the pub at the PortRenfrew Hotel is maybe a fifteen minute walk. They have food too.
You can get a few basic groceries including beer, wine and the hard stuff at the General Store on Parkinson Road. It’s a good idea though to stock up on groceries on your way to Port Renfrew in Sooke or Cowichan Lake if you are travelling from the other direction. Of course everyone takes credit cards, debit cards and that ancient currency, cash.
As of June 01, 2020 and due to the health and safety concerns brought on by the corona event, please be aware of these changes we have made to our cottages:
SUNDRY ITEMS: All condiments and staples have been removed from the cottage. This means sundry items like coffee, tea, sugar, salt and pepper (and their shakers), cooking oils and other handy things that help round-off a nice meal have had to be removed. Be sure to include these kinds of items in your list of things to bring to the cottage. Most of these are available at the San Juan Market (in Port Renfrew), but we never know if the supply will keep up with the demand under the new rules. And please, take home with you all the condiments you brought;
LINENS: Of course, ALL bed linens, duvet covers, bath and hand towels, shower curtains and kitchen towels and dish rags are professionally laundered between each Guest’s visit. But we have had to remove all the extra blankets that each cottage had earlier provided. Please pack your own favourite blankets from home to increase the cozy factor during your stay at Handsome Dan’s;
DISHES Although the cottage remains fully equipped with all serving dishes and plates, glasses, cups, cooking pots and pans and utensils you will need to prepare a fine meal, REMEMBER that these items will all have been used, cleaned and stored away in their respective location by the previous Guest. With this mind, be sure to re-clean each re-useable piece of kitchen equipment before your personal use (there is plenty of dish soap and clean dish rags in the cottage)
GUEST INFORMATION BOOK: All the information for the cottage, including where things are, and how things work are in the welcome binder in your cottage. Please review the binder and email us when you arrive to confirm your arrival.
Wi-Fi: There is not cell service in Port Renfrew, but all cottages are equipped with Wi-Fi. So you will have access to internet and emails. You will find the wifi login and password in the Welcome book binder in the cottage, and below here:
INTERNET SERVICE IN PORT RENFREW: It is important to know that, in the summer months or very busy weekends, when many people are visiting Port Renfrew, streaming services like Netflix, Crave etc.. may be slow to watch due to the high demand on the available bandwidth of internet service that serves Port Renfrew.
NO CELL SERVICE IN PORT RENFREW This means you will not be able to make and receive phone calls, as there is no cell reception. You will be able to make phone calls if you go to your settings, and enable “Wifi calling” if your phone plan and phone provider support this feature, Remember you will only be able to make and receive phone calls as long as you are in proximity of wifi. Wifi is provided in all cottages, so you will be able to have access to your email and internet.
NO GROCERY STORE IN PORT RENFREW: Port Renfrew only has a General Store, open daily (11AM to 7PM). Although it is a very well equipped little store, you will not find fresh meat, and only a small variety of fruit and vegis. You can expect a good variety of dry goods, coffee, spice, along with bread, milk, eggs, bacon and other sealed pre-packed meats and liquor, wine and beer. You may also visit the grocery stores in Sooke or Lake Cowichan, depending from which way you will be travelling.
SHEETS AND TOWELS: There will be 1 set of sheets for every bed including the sofa bed, and 4 towels as per maximum occupancy of the cottage. More towel can be available at additional cost ($5/each) or you may bring some form home if you judge you will need additional ones.
COFFEE MACHINE: The coffee machine is a regular 12 cup drip coffee maker. Please bring you own coffee.
DISHES: All dishes in the cupboards are used and cleaned by guests. To be considerate of the guests following your visit, please ensure to clean your dishes properly.
- There is parking for 1 vehicle in the cottage driveway. Additional parking is available in extra parking area. Parking is limited. Carpooling is suggested.
- Boat and trailer may be parked at the marina for a small fee. Please call (250) 412-5509 for reservation.
- RV's and camping are not permitted anywhere in cottage community.
WOOD BURNING OUTDOOR FIRE PIT: There is a wood burning fire pit for guest enjoyment, that can be use only when no fire bans are in effect. It is suggested to bring with your: paper, fire starter, kindling and wood. Some cottage owner may provide some firewood, if so, it is kept outside and may be damp. There is a couple locals that sell firewood by the bundles, or the Gas Station and General Store also sell some.
OUTDOOR PROPANE HEATER:There is an outdoor propane heater on the deck for guest enjoyment. A propane tank is supplied, but guest must purchase their own propane. Propane can be purchase at the gas station open daily.
POWER OUTAGES: Port Renfrew and the south coast of Vancouver Island are subject to powerful windstorms that can cause extended power outages. The Guest is advised that neither Handsome Dan’s nor the Owner will be liable and no partial or full refund of the price of rental will be offered for power outages, however caused. This cottage is equipped with a gas cooking stove and will be able to cook to prepare meals.
NOISE: EXCESSIVE NOISE AND DISTURBANCE OF OTHER COTTAGE OWNERS AND RENTERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. ANY GUEST CREATING A DISTURBANCE IN THE COMMUNITY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY WITH NO REFUND. IF A FORMAL COMPLAINT IS FILED WITH THE PROPERTY MANAGER AND A FINE IS LEVIED AGAINST THE COTTAGE OWNER, THE OFFENDING GUEST WILL REIMBURSE THE COTTAGE OWNER THE FULL COST OF THE FINE AND ANY ASSOCIATED EXPENSES. IN ADDITION, THE GUEST’S BOOKING INFORMATION WILL BE FLAGGED, AND HANDSOME DAN’S WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT BOOKINGS FROM THAT GUEST. BOOKING.COM, EXPEDIA AND OTHER BOOKING AGENTS WILL ALSO BE ADVISED, IF APPLICABLE.
** A $300 FINE WILL BE CHARGED TO THE GUEST IF A DISTURBANCE COMPLAINT IS RECEIVED.
NO SMOKING INSIDE: Please enjoy your smoke outside. Smoking is not permitted inside the Cottage and a $300 fine will be applied.
PETS ARE WELCOME IN THIS COTTAGE
⁃ Guests will supply their own bedding for their pets.
⁃ Pets are not permitted anywhere on the furniture, (specially beds and couch.)
⁃ Outside, pets must be kept on a leash on the Cottage property or anywhere in the Cottage Community.
⁃ Guests will ensure that any deposits made by pets on the Cottage or its adjoining structures, property and Community are duly and properly disposed.
⁃ Damage and/or extraordinary soiling to the Cottage or its adjoining structures committed by Guest’s pets will be subject to additional charges to Guest’s credit card in amounts at the discretion of Handsome Dan’s.
⁃ Pets are welcome only in cottages designated as Pet Friendly.
⁃ BEFORE VISITING A FRIEND AT ANOTHER COTTAGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO VERIFY IF THAT COTTAGE IS ALSO PET FRIENDLY. A $300 FINE WILL BE CHARGE FOR BRINGING A PET IN A NON-PET FRIENDLY COTTAGE.
EQUIPMENT: While every attempt will be made to ensure that television, phone, internet, BBQ and any other appliances are in working order for the Guest’s visit, should any breakdown or other situation occur like, but not limited to, power outrage whereby these items are not available for the term of the rental period, Handsome Dan’s is not responsible for replacing or refunding the Guest for the lack of use of these elements.
DON’T LEAVE ANY GARBAGE BAGS ON THE PORCH OR DECK: especially overnight. You’ll attract a variety of critters…raccoons, crows, ravens and bears. Please take your garbage to the waste management compound on Parkinson Road just this side of the General Store (about 1 kilometre from the cottage on the highway back towards Victoria).
CHECK-IN TIME IS 4PM *Check-in and Check-out times are to be adhered to, unless otherwise arranged in advance and confirmed by email. Early arrival and/or late departure may result in additional charges. Late departure may result in additional charges.
CHECK OUT TIME IS 11AM: To be able to ensure that the cottage will be clean and ready to go for our next guest's arrival, it is important that guests respect the 11am check out time.
** If you are going fishing on your check out day and will not be back for 11am check out time, please be sure you pack and bring all your belonging with you in the morning. GUEST WILL BE CHARGE AN EXTRA NIGHT RENTAL FOR ANY LATE CHECK-OUT THAT IS NOT PRE-ARRANGE IN ADVANCE WITH HANDSOME DAN’S.
ON YOUR DEPARTURE:
- Please be sure to wash your dirty dishes, and start the dishwasher.
- Put all soiled linen and towels in the in the laundry bag provided
- If you used the BBQ, please ensure the BBQ is clean, valve or tank is turned off, and the cover is back in place.
- Turn down the heat to 10
- Take all your belongings
- Please take your garbage to the Waste Management compound on Parkinson Road just this side of the General Store (about 1 kilometre from the cottage community).
- And lock all doors in the respective matter.