In response to a recent Times Colonist article predicting their imminent foreclosure (“Sooke Harbour House faces foreclosure action from bank,” June 19, 2015), Frederique Philip, co-owner of the Sooke Harbour House, assures its customers and Sooke supporters that business will proceed as usual.
“We are maybe a week or two away from paying the BDC back their loan and restructuring the deal to go on with our expansion project with a group of investors we have been working with for the last few months,” notes Philip in correspondence with Sooke PocketNews. “Things always take longer than expected, a few glitches happened also during that time that have slowed down the process.”
She requests that people “believe in the Sooke Harbour House,” and trust in their capacity to go forward. This is another “little hiccup” they have grown accustom to in running this business.
“Everything is going forward as predicted,” Philip says. “Business, life and stress are all one thing after 35 years.” She is getting used to it.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The Sooke Harbour House has been owned and operated by Sinclair and Frederique Philip since 1979. The facility cooks with produce from their own gardens, they have a green parking lot, and has a water reclamation system that saves millions of litres of water every year. They are renowned locally and internationally for their high quality dining experience and accommodations, and pride themselves on their ethical practices including recycling, efficient heating and reduced fuel consumption.
They are custodians not just of their inn and restaurant but of the environment as well, and they won’t be closing their doors any time soon.
– Britt Santowski
- Article: Sooke Harbour House faces foreclosure action from bank – Times Colonist
- Report prepared by the Sooke Harbour House, responding to the TC article (pdf)
- Sooke Harbour House website
- A history of the Sooke Harbour House