One of Victoria’s most acclaimed resort hotels has been listed for sale, with a price tag of $5,632,000.
Sooke Harbour House overlooks Whiffin Spit, Sooke Harbour and the Salish Sea, and has been a dining and lodging destination for many years.
Owners Frederique and Sinclair Philip opened the picturesque waterfront hotel 37 years ago, creating a 28-room resort and restaurant that quickly became a popular spot for locals and visitors alike — including movie stars — earning multiple local and international tourism awards.
But by 2014, the business was in danger of defaulting on nearly $3 million worth of loans from the Business Development Bank of Canada.
The property, though still under ownership by Sooke Harbour House Inc., is currently managed by Timothy Durkin.
The Canada Border Services Agency claims Durkin is currently the subject of an arrest warrant in relation to an alleged Ponzi scheme in the United States.
Building space totals 33,405 square feet and the listing includes a nearby parking area, restaurant, and in addition to all of the structures on the property, 2.5-acres of waterfront land are part of the sale.
The sale is court ordered, according to the online real estate listing.