Oceanfront Escape - 3 BR with Spectacular Ocean and Mountain Views
3 BR with Spectacular Ocean and Mountain Views

Oceanfront Escape

Oceanfront Escape is a balance between the natural west coast ocean and forest surroundings, and being close enough to enjoy the small town country charms of North Saanich and Sidney or city amenities of Victoria BC... read more

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Oceanfront Escape is a balance between the natural west coast ocean and forest surroundings, and being close enough to enjoy the small town country charms of North Saanich and Sidney or city amenities of Victoria BC. The views from this sunny-side south-facing vacation home and property are incredible and can only be appreciated in person since photographs will only provide a taste of what you will really experience while staying at the Oceanfront Escape.

The Oceanfront Escape is a three bedroom, 2200 square foot house situated on an acre of prime oceanfront property in one of Victoria's most sought after communities. There are two bedrooms on the main floor, both with queen beds. The third bedroom is located on the ground floor which is set up as two twins or can be combined into a king bed if required. The main floor boasts spectacular bay windows that provide 180 degree views of the ocean, mountains, Gulf Islands, and harbour. From these windows you can view the sea mammals and birds in the area swim or fly by. Take in the majesty of the resident eagles as they perch themselves on the tree tops outside the windows of the property or watch them soar along the bluff side on patrol hunting for fish from the ocean below. The living room, dining room, and kitchen open plan make it a perfect place to socialize, cook, and eat together without being separated from each other. There is direct access to decks from the main floor as well as from the ground floor. A hot tub is located on the ground level deck which is accessed from a large family room that includes a large wide screen TV, snack kitchen, and wood burning fireplace. Washrooms are located on both floors. The upper floor washroom has a bathtub shower combo while the ground level washroom has a walk-in shower, hand painted wall murals, and a washer and dryer for your convenience. There is exercise equipment located in the car port entrance room for those who need a work out. The grounds are graced with little pathways that take you to the outdoor fireplace area, private contemplative sitting areas and down to the ocean side deck. The pathways get you to experience views, natural flora and fauna and geological rock formations on the property.

The Oceanfront Escape is conveniently located close to many attractions and important transport access points into Southern Vancouver Island. The BC Ferries Swartz Bay dock is only a few minutes away by car where you can come in from, or return to, Vancouver BC. Sidney is only a 5 minute drive away where you can access Washington State Ferries to Anacortes or the San Juan Islands. Victoria is only a 25 to 30 minute drive away where you can access the Blackball Ferry Service on the Coho to Port Angeles Washington. The Victoria International Airport is only a 10 minute drive from the property. There is public transportation leaving from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and from Sidney. Many attractions are located nearby such as the World Famous Butchart Gardens, Butterfly World, The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, and the many curio shops, restaurants, and pubs that dot the streets of Sidney BC. During the late Spring through until the early Fall you can take advantage of the many farmers street markets or street side stands to sample the locally grown produce. There are companies that provide tours of the local waters where you can take a whale watching tour, fishing charter, eco-cruises, kayaking, or boat shuttles to Sidney Spit Island Park which is part of the fairly newly created Gulf Islands National Park. The downtown city of Victoria is a short 30 minute drive where you can experience one Canada's jewels in the crown. Victoria has fantastic restaurants, shopping, and many more attractions for visitors to explore.

The Oceanfront Escape will provide you with wonderful memories and experiences. While visiting Victoria or Sidney BC, make the Oceanfront Escape your home away from home.

Amenities

Kitchen Amenities
Dishwasher
Fridge
Microwave
Oven/Stove
Coffee Maker
Toaster
Kettle, pots and pans
Cooking and eating utensils
Blender
Garburator
Food Processor
Barbeque Utensils
Convection Oven
Indoor Grill
Coffee Grinder
Espresso Machine
Barbeque
Unique Amenities
Exercise Room
Hot Tub
Outdoor Fireplace
Ocean Access
General Amenities
Cable T.V.
CD Player
Washer and Dryer
Gas Fireplace
Internet Access
Parking
Patio
Patio Furniture
Stereo
Sundeck
Television
Binoculars/Telescope
Wide Screen T.V.
Water Filter/Cooler
Answering Machine
Blow Dryer
Covered Deck
Iron and Ironing Board
Telephone
Wireless Internet
Blu-ray DVD
Towels and linens

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Testimonials

What Our Guests
Say About Oceanfront Escape

I enjoyed my stay in Sidney. The view was to die for the location made sightseeing a breeze. Watching the boats come and go from the marina was entertaining. I thought fishermen were out earlier than they actually are. The house had lots of room and was comfortable.

The house was amazing with an incredible view! Only complaints are that the sofa bed was not comfortable as a bed and the chemicals in the hottub were overwhelming. Fortunately we came back when the hottub service person was there and he brought them down to an acceptable level.

Re the greeting service, Nina was very kind, but I personally found the service unnecessary. I would suggest you use a keybox and code system. The extra cost for the greeting service should also be mentioned upfront in the contract, because we did not appreciate learning afterwards of the extra 75 due to our arrival and departure times.Or that when I questioned this via email, I was also told we would only have to pay 25. It doesn't leave me with a good impression of your company.

Kind regards,
Susan Koswan

We all enjoyed our stay very much, beautiful view, miss it already. We would stay again. Just a couple of things, lack of big bowls and platters, not a big deal. The beds where not really comfortable especially the sofa bed,we would bring our own pillows too. Overall for what we paid we really cannot complain. We enjoyed the hot tub very much. Great location and awesome jets. Thank you for a memorable weekend!!!

We enjoyed out stay at this home. It was spacious and the view was everchanging. we would consider staying here again if we visit the island. Only thing, it was a very hot summer for this area, unusually hot and upstairs was difficult to sleep until about 2.00 in the morning. then it was ok. No one has ac on the island because it usually never reaches these temperatures. But august is getting hot everywhere.

Nice location, close to the butchart gardens and victoria. mill bay is only 35 minutes away if you catch the ferry right so good reason to stay here.

nice folks in the neighborhood to talk too and lots of rabbits.

Dear Brenda. Thankyou so much for assisting us in our home rental. We had a great stay and the property is stunning. Couple of comments. Your online booking for arrival time and departure time does not give any confirmation that the info has been received. I dealt with this issue on a home rental in New Zealand who used the same type of system. For some reason they did not get our info and we were standing outside for some time after we called them. Hence the reason I emailed you to confirm you had our info. The other thing - small - there were no big beer mugs or cups at this property to have a beer and clam. Maybe you could let the owner know. Other than that, there was every possible thing we required. Thank you again for your help.

Terry and Howie Beamish

Not quite what we'd hoped

This house is fine, it was clean except for a few dishes that weren't spotless, the view is FABULOUS and the location is good, beds and baths are okay. But, the pictures imply access to the water which there absolutely is not, and the stairway there is broken and dangerous and then drops off about 15 feet up, so this was extremely disappointing. Also, the hot tub was green and it took them several days to get someone there and the tech told us not to use it for another day because he'd had to shock it very hard, so that was also a disappointment and the oven was broken the entire time. We were in contact with our concerns immediately, and eventually were refunded some money, but we lost use of the stove for our whole trip big problem with a family, the hot tub for all but the last day, and felt it was a bait and switch with the water access. They did try to make it right, and I thought the rep from EMR cared but the owner didn't. It didn't wreck our vacation, but it certainly wasn't fun to have to deal with it everyday. I wouldn't rent this again.

Fantastic property in a superb locatiom

This was the perfect holiday rental, a real home from home with superb views. Close to Sidney and easy reach of Victoria. We are a family of 4 with two young adults and we all found this so relaxing. Close to the water with views across North Saanich sound and eagles landing outside. The hot tub and gym were great additions and we could not imagine a better place to stay.

Richard W.

Million Dollar View

Excellent setting and perfect for spending time with our 87 year old mother. With the bedrooms on the main level with the gorgeous views and kitchen, it was perfect for someone with mobility issues. Windows offered fantastic natural lighting for jigsaw puzzles and reading. Wonderful nearby restaurants and activities too.

Sherry S.

Impressive location

For location, view and privacy, this rental is A. However, we were not impressed with the cleaning, or we should say the lack thereof. For the fee charged, oversight is needed.

Beautiful home in great location.

We enjoyed our stay in the very nice, sunny home with beautiful views. The furniture was comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped. The deck and surrounding area are enclosed which is handy for pets and small kids. The neighbourhood is very nice and quiet and the town of Sidney is a 10 minute drive away. We will certainly try to book this home whenever we want to visit the area.

Spectacular views, comfortable accommodations

This house is very comfortable and well equipped, especially if you are intending to cook family meals. We really liked that it had a bar fridge for wine and beer so that we could store plenty of food in the main fridge. The hot tub is very well maintained and in a private but beautiful location. The convenience of the ferry terminal and the town of Sidney nearby are added bonuses, since Sidney is one of our favourite places. Everything in the house was as described and photographed, was well maintained and clean, with good support from the property management company. We would certainly recommend this house for others to stay in. There is a charming pub about a 5 minute drive away, the Stonehouse.

Susan E.

Excellent place with great views

Love the views from the upstairs and deck. Very enjoyable place to relax.

Tim H.

Nice house with beautiful views

Nice house with beautiful views. The inside of the house was not cleaned or well stocked. We had one garbage bag for 5 days with 4 people. One roll of partially used paper towels, and the garbage outside was completely full when we arrived. We ran out of toilet paper thankfully right before we left.

The hot tub was green and cloudy.

We loved the house but just be warned to bring your own supplies.

Also the person who was suppose to come check us out at 11 never showed.

Rebecca B.

Great vacation!

This house is in a perfect location, out of the way enough to feel secluded yet close enough to shops & only a 30 minute drive to downtown Victoria. It's a bit creaky & squeaky so late night trips to the bathroom or fridge are not taken frivolously!

Oceanfront escape

Ideal. We have already booked our fourth stay for next year.

Bruce H and Catherine D W.

Beautiful location

The location and view were incredible. The house wasn't very clean, and the furniture upstairs is pretty worn out. I would recommend for the location, but the house is just ok. There was mold in the downstairs shower, the switch for the fireplace stopped working, there were ants in the kitchen and the frill was dirty.

Girls Weekend

Wonderful house

Carol V.

Great house! Great location!

Perfect! the location was so convenient to sidney and all the restaraunts, the airport and the ferry stationhouse was fully stocked with everything you need. they discourage you from taking the path down to the deck on the water but it really is super easy to walk down to-and should not be missed. Low tide allows you to sit on the rocks below-an amazing experience and chance to watch the harbor come alive. I would suggest clearing the path a bit better and taking care of the deck so it can be more easily accessible-really a great feature of the house. only regret is that we were not there longer -

Susan K.

Wonderful location and view!

Our stay here was almost perfect - the view of the water and mountains in the distance - wow. However, the upstairs heated up quite a bit during the day investment in sunshades would be wise. The beds were all a bit too soft, and the couple in one queen nearest the kitchen rolled toward the middle all night. Also, the greeter had turned on all the heaters, which were not needed on a 72 degree day. It took us a while to cool things down. Kitchen well-equipped, bathrooms lacked shower soap but otherwise fine.All in all, a great place to stay.

Lisa S.

A Very Memorable Vacation

We purposely chose this vacation home due to its proximity to our relatives and and the rental pictures and description. Our family of four from Florida was wowed from the moment we arrived! The home exceeded our expectations. Our greeter was very knowledgable about the house and we were able to settle in quickly. The home was neat and clean and contained everything we needed for the week.....linens, towels, kitchenware, paper products, etc. The views of the water, mountains, nature, and the surrounding area were amazing. We enjoyed walking down the path behind the home to sit near the water. Relaxing by the fireplace was also a special treat after sight-seeing all day. We saw a hockey game, had tea at the Empress Hotel, saw the view from atop Mt. Douglas, visited the holiday festival at Butchardt Gardens, enjoyed the shops and restaurants in Sidney, toured downtown Victoria, walked at the beaches, hiked the trails to the waterfalls at Goldstream Park, saw Beacon Hill Park, visited many Tim Hortons, and much more. And we won't forget experiencing our first earthquake on 12/30, too! We definitely will recommend this property to friends and relatives and won't hesitate to stay again in the future!

Andrea G.

Summer 2015

Was a wonderful holiday! The only complaint is that the furniture was not comfortable and the carpet was not clean there were red wine stains on the carpet and couch. Other than that the location was fantastic and the kitchen was to die for! Will definitely book again.

Gloria J and Greg M.

holiday in Victoria

Very happy. We were sick for the first day back from our cruise, but the view was great and we felt as though we didn't miss a thing. Beds being put together downstairs made a nice king. But beds upstairs were not as big as advertised. Kitchen was great.

Only one hair dryer and that one broke on the fifth day. The overhead light in the entry foyer was out as was the light in the entry closet which made it too dark but manageable. The advertised path leading to the shoreline was an exaggeration with a sign which said use at your own risk and it did not look passable.

However the house was in great condition and very comfortable. The furniture could have been firmer.
A little hard to get out of.

Great location.

Gerald A.

Beautiful and Peaceful Retreat

This property has a fabulous view and was a great home base for our Vancouver Island stay. It is only a 30 minute drive to Victoria and a 5 minute drive to the ferry to Vancouver, so the location was very convenient. The only negative for this location was related to wifi and the fact that we didn't have access periodically during our stay. Because we were traveling internationally and did not have cell service, this occasionally hampered our ability to plan our days in advance. Regardless, we really enjoyed our stay and recommend this location.

Dennis and Cheri S.

Oceanfront Escape

Breath-taking views from a very secluded location. Always something to watch on the water. Close to everything. House was great. Coming back next year.

Bruce H. and Catherine D. W.

oceanfront escape

A great property for entertaining!

Ron and Monica Z.

Fabulous Views

Great---Loved it!

Karen and Barry S.

Oceanview Escape

Breathtaking views. Our second year to stay there and are booking again for next year.

Bruce H. and C.

Beautiful home

We had a wonderful time. The view is specttacular, the home is very spacious. It needs some maintenance and the exterior needs cleaning. The only real complaint was the septic tank company came to pump the tank out just as we were having breakfast and it was very smelly.

Beautiful

If looking for seclusion and beautiful scenery this is it, most definitely worth it.
Will definitely come back in future.

Robin S.

Wow, what a view!

My family and I had a wonderful in Sidney. The house was fantastic and the views were exceptional. The unobstructed views of the water were amazing. The house has everything you need for a very enjoyable stay. Very private and peaceful. Just a short drive into town for restaurants or groceries. The only maybe negative was the downstairs bedroom. The twin bed on the left needs a new mattress and the window needs blinds or thicker curtains.

A wonderful thanksgiving

We had a wonderful 3 days at the cabin to celebrate thanksgiving with friends. The house had everything we needed except no dishwasher tablets and enough toilet paper we ran out on day 2!
Location is ideal so close to the ferry. A nice quiet area and 10min drive to the shops.
Will be back again I'm sure!

A Relaxing Retreat

Started out stressful for our flight arrived late night and had no clear directions to get to the place. To top it off, my GPS did not initially work and it was our first visit to the island. Thanks to our greeter, Richard, he met us right off the highway and led us to the place which had quite a few twists and turns. The rest of our stay was great and we really enjoyed the time just looking at the view. One noticeable thing was that the main floor got almost unbearably hot whenever we arrived late afternoon from sightseeing. None of the heaters were on as we checked repeatedly. Another minor thing was the bed sheets,cover and pillow covers could use a fresher scent as it had a sort of musty odor where my wife and I stayed. This is the bedroom next to the bathroom. Like, I said, these are both minor issues and we still enjoyed the house immensely! I would definitely rent the place again. Thank you to the EMR staff, especially Judi and Richard, our greeter who was so patient with us. Can't wait to schedule another trip to the island.

Roman S.

Sisters Weekend Oceanfront Escape

My sisters and I have a weekend getaway once a year. This year we choose the Oceanfront Escape just outside of Sidney as my sister was having her convocation from UVic. We were extremely pleased when we walked into the home, there was everything we had asked for and more. The home was clean, well equipped, the hot tub overlooking the ocean as well as the entire open concept top floor. The fireplace added a cozy touch for the rainy day. We were on a dead end road perfect for our morning and afternoon walk. We were extremely pleased with the overall location and wonderful layout of the home. Beautiful. The downstairs fridge was not working properly and the bbq was dirty so we didn't use it. Otherwise no complaints.

Kelly (Geraldine ) C.

Oceanfront heaven


A wonderful place to retreat to. Who needs a TV when there's ocean activity and a huge variety of birds right outside the window.

Leanne B.

Beautiful Location

All in all I enjoyed my stay at Oceanfront. I have re-booked it.
It has THE most beautiful view imaginable! As a single woman travelling alone, I felt safe and secure.
I so appreciated access to Sirius radio.
'Ray our greeter was a wonderfully informative man with an easy friendliness that put me so at ease and set my vacation off on just the right foot. He was still the same guy when he had to get up to check me out at 500 am.

My only suggestion is that the kitchen could use a little overhaul. as it were.
A non-stick fry pan would be a great addition as would a grouping of plastic lidded container for food storage in the fridge.
These are little things but when one stays in to eat most meals , convenience is imperative for a good experience.

I mentioned these little thing to Ray and he promised to bring attention to the appropriate people.

My experience was a good one and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Oceanview to my friends.

Maxine H.

Awesome first visit to Vancouver island

Our 8 night family stay at Oceanfront escape was amazing. We loved the views, the space, the general location close to everything and the proximity to the water. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable. We spent a lot of time down at the lower deck and near the water. Only issue was the condition of the access route to the water, but the children loved the adventure. We would certainly consider visiting again.

Fay C.

Fantastic view

The best location possible. With the view overlooking the bay with boats and otters it was easy to overlook the little updates and finish that was needed. I would go again.

Neil H.

Fabulous Place!

We arrived and were greeted by Jeanette. She was lovely.
The house was on a spectacular piece of property overlooking the ocean. The house had everything you would need except for your food. I highly recommend it!
Maria Manna

Maria M.

Spectacular Time in House with Sweeping Ocean Views!

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My family and I were overwhelmed by the breath-taking beauty of Oceanfront Escape. The panoramic views of the water and neighboring islands was astonishing.

The outdoor hot tub is why we chose this property. We found it secluded and lovely, with the added plus of having a view.

The property was clean, bright, fresh and equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay.

We come to Sidney at least once a year, but this location was new to us. We found it quiet and convenient to all we chose to do.

We had a very memorable stay at OceanFront Escape and would definitely like to enjoy coming again in the future.

Shirley G.

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We thought the location was great and the view was amazing. The house was in poor condition. Walls needed repainting, couches were old, bedding was stained, carpet in poor condition. The greeter Solange was great as well as Ray, who checked us out. I felt the person whom I booked the house through Brenda was very inflexible. I almost canceled the reservation given the fact that I was so disturbed by her lack of flexibility. I requested that my parents be able to meet the greeter since my wife and I were not arriving until late but she would not allow this. We could have rewritten the contract in my parents name or found a solution as it was a major issue but apparently she could not go the extra effort to try and help us. I thought it was very poor customer service and for that reason I would not book with EMR again. I can look past the issues with the house as it is not a big deal but the grief that was caused with Brenda really made our vacation start off poorly

Dwayne C.

Stormy weather

Lovely location. Could do with some upgrades.

C Douglas and Judy P.

View and so much more!

We had the pleasure of staying in this home over Christmas. It has a breathtaking view,always something happening on the ocean and the home is lovely. We extended our visit by two days as we did not want to leave.The neighbourhood is friendly and great to take walks. Short drive to amenities. We loved this trip mostly due to this accomodation.

Lynda M.

West Coast charmer

Our visit was during the month of March. We have visited the area most winters but this was the first four week stay and we found this home to measure up to its claims with amazing views of the water with abundant marine traffic, birds and even squirrels to entertain. The weather cooperated, spring came early to Vancouver Island and even had occasion to sit on the deck and catch some rays.
Liked Open space living area, Deck, Views, SIRIUS Radio, Hot tub, Friendly Hostess addressed concerns
Dislikes obstructed views - several of the sealed picture windows on one side of the living area have become opaque because they have lost their seals
Suggestions bring your own fry pan and muffin pan oven does not show actual oven temp, being it is an older cook top/stove, so bring an oven thermometer
First time using VRBO/EMR and found the experience did not disappoint. If opportunity allows us we would come back.

An amazing place to relax and enjoy unbelievable scenery

We enjoyed 5 wonderful days at Oceanfront Escape. The view was spectacular and the home comfortable and clean. It isn't often possible to be snuggled up on the chesterfield and still enjoy the view. We wished we could have stayed 1, 2 or 3 weeks more! We were sad to leave but have wonderful memories of our time together, part of it with our family. The resident squirrel taunted out dog kept him entertained and we also met the baby raccoon who lives in a stump on the property. We were able to celebrate our 61st Wedding Anniversary with a delicious lunch at Sea Glass Waterfront Grill in Sidney. We also had superb halibut and chips at The Pier Bistro highly recommend it. Shopping was fun with so many boutiques and we loved the feeling of being in a quaint small town. We owe a special thank you to Kari at the management office who was extremely helpful, going above and beyond what she needed to do. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone.

Vera and Donald W.

Great Vacation

PROS
-THE VIEW
-5 mins from ferry
-8 mins to Sidney
-Quite location, no through traffic
-Comfy living area
We would stay there again

CONS
-I would say that if you are going to show pictures of the lower deck, the stairs should be cleared from the plants and once down..The stairs going to the ocean were taken down/broken. Disappointing but would not keep us from coming again.
-BEDS bedroom near to the upstairs washroom, the bed caved in with two people. And the downstairs single bed near the door was on a slant!
-Bring your own laundry soap/dryer sheets, because there are no starter kits.
-No cushions for the patio dining set

Lovely!

Mu husband and I brought family for their first ever vacation outside the U.S. The house was wonderful. Fantastic views. We thought it might be a bit too far from
Victoria, it wasn't, and since we ventured all over the peninsula, it worked out great. EMR provided great customer service and we would highly recommend this property to travelers to the area. The local Thrifty Foods in Sidney had wonderful seafood,for cooking in,it was quite the surprise. Hyland,s Fish & Chips was a wonderful surprise, best fish and chips we had on the island. Also, don't miss the crab cakes at the Muse Winery.

Barbara M.

Happy Travellers

The view from the deck was magnificent, the only concern we had was with the outside side deck area and path to lower deck. This area was not cleaned and the paths were overgrown with vegetation,unsafe for use by anyone.

Perfection!

Beautiful house, perfect setting, and the views are awesome.

Wayne G.

Amazing views

We had a fantastic time at Oceanfront Escape. The views are amazing and the house is relaxing and comfortable. Although the home is in need of some updating it was still more than perfect. Everything was very clean and the beds were comfortable.

The property's proximity to Sidney and Victoria is great. We were able to do a lot of exploring. Had a few fantastic hikes and an amazing guided kayaking tour. We also visited a couple of vineyards and the Butchart Gardens.

Brian & Nancy B.

Great view!!!!

Our favorite was the view from all those windows !! Sitting by the fireplace with cup of coffee watching daylight emerge. The hot tub in the evening with a cool mist falling was the best! A great house....one of our favorites in all our travels.

Tanya B.
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