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The Kye Bay Beach House was perfect for our birthday getaway. It's even better than the photos on the website. It is a nice quiet location on the waterfront with gorgeous views, has a great fully-equipped kitchen, comfy beds..... everything one could want! Thankyou for a great stay!
Loved staying in this beautiful basement apartment, walking distance to downtown, the art museum, Craigdarroch Castle, across the road from the Government House and parkgrounds. The neighborhood is wonderful, quiet, with beautiful gardens. Bob, the owner, was very helpful with recommendations. The kitchen is well stocked with most anything you might need, quality items not typically found in vacation rentals. Know that it is a basement apartment, and insulation between the floors is very thin, you can hear the sounds of people walking around upstairs, it wasn't a big issue for us because we appreciated everything else so much.
The only thing that was disappointing was that from the photos we thought we'd have beach access from the property. The public access was such a close walk 1 min but it would've been great if our kids could've ran to the beach right from the front door.
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.
My daughter and I were so pleasantly surprised at the very high quality amenities and furnishings in this apartment. It was clean and easy to live in, with a wonderful balcony over the mature gardens.
Overall it was really good. A few items to note
We were missing some items which would have been good to have. We ran out of toilet paper on the first day and there was no spare. We ran out of washing up liquid and there was no spare. We couldn't find spare garbage bags. The kitchen could also be better stocked - no saucepans, no good knives, no tea towels.
The property management process was also a real pain. I had to fill out 3 separate forms and then send back signed documents. I also had to email a few times to sort out the arrival. VRBO is super straight forward - it would be better if you could just use their system.
This was our fifth visit to Pendray House. We enjoy the ocean side location and the close proximity to our family. Our grandchildren love the access to the water and exploring the beach. We had excellent weather for our stay and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets over the Saanich Inlet.
The property is in need of some repairs and maintenance and we have some suggestions to make this home more enjoyable for guests.
The back fence is in need of repair as the rails are rotting and the pickets are falling off. The stairs to the water are showing signs rotting and some of the steps are separating from the stringer. This is potentially dangerous. The dining room chairs, although recently reupholstered, have many stains on them and the sofa cushions are spotted and are in need of a cleaning. The silver wear needs to be cleaned. The kitchen recycle and garbage containers should probably be replaced or at least the inside of the lids and containers should be thoroughly cleaned, pretty grungy. The dishwasher doesn't dispense jet dry and the dishes end up spotted and many had to be rewashed by hand. There is perhaps a lot of crud trapped at the bottom of the dishwasher.
The yard and the decks are well maintained and quite enjoyable.
The highlight of this property is the fenced it garden which was great since we were travelling with our dog and it provided a great space for him to run and play. Other than that we found the property disappointingly basic - its a pretty old property and our first impression was it smelt damp and musty and unlived in. The main bed is low. Furnishing is to minimum standard. The kitchen cabinets are very old and basic - though the appliances are new and more than adequate. The cottage is supplied with everything you need for a stay. The laundry is located through what seems to be an old garage and definitely damp and smelly. If it wasn't for the garden it would have been hard to enjoy this cottage - and I'm not someone who generally complains about stuff. We cut our stay short and moved on. The location is fine in a very quiet area of Sidney a short walk from water and about 25 minutes walk from main town and shops. Bit too basic for our tastes..
We came from Innisfil, ON and Winnipeg, MB for a family wedding. We had a big group of adults and a youngster and baby. It was a lot of room for all of us with lots of sitting areas. We loved the beach access and the glassed in sitting area. The management company was very helpful. Thank you for the lovely stay.
The Manor Suite was comfortable and in a lovely area in Victoria. It was great for walking. The suite was clean and nicely decorated. Both the owner and the manager were pleasant and helpful. We would happily repeat a stay there.
Best apartment rental we had on the 30 day trip to the west . Bob and Elizabeth are great hosts and the space they have created is Primo. Location to events and place could not have been better. Charles & Diane
Over all the house was great.We spent time in Sidney as well as Victoria and all the way yo Cambpell River. We went Whale watching ,caving,fishing,attended the fire works in Victoria. Lots of fun. See you next time.
The place is beautiful, spacious and has a great feeling to it! The views are stunning, and it is close to shops and lots of good hikes. We appreciated the design, the lighting and the sound system. It is a great place for families. I highly recommend it.
We spent the month of March in Sidney and were very comfortable at Heron's Landing. The house is comfortable with two gas fireplaces, comfy beds, a well equipped kitchen and lots of room. Our daughter and her family visited us there for a week and the accommodations for six of us were very good with plenty of space for everyone. EMR were efficient and helpful with everything ready for us when we arrived. We would recommend this rental to families and two or three couples to share.
We enjoyed our stay in Sidney , the rental was very accommodating and the owner seemed nice. Sidney itself is a cute little town we ate out at a few lovely restaurants. The location was great just a 20-25 mins drive to downtown victoria lots to do and see. We would recommend this cottage to any of our friends or family that would like to visit victoria. The only thing that we regret is that we didn't stay long enough a week would of been great. Thanks again the Wardley family
The property is terrific! Very well maintained and equipped with everything you'll need and more to enjoy this comfortable and functional space. It is warm and inviting with books, games, puzzles, TVs and stereo. Location is excellent very private and a nice walk to Sidney's seaside, shopping and restaurants. EMR greeter Jeannette was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. We had a wonderful 29 day stay and would highly recommend this property!
Beautiful house, beautiful view, just the perfect experience! The home is located just a few steps from the beach, and is handicap accessible which was fantastic for my father. The home is also well-stocked, the owners have though of everything! Location is between Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Major grocery store within 5 min drive. Quiet neighbourhood - perfect location to explore the surrounding areas.
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.
The property description was accurate and seemed to be well maintained. We loved Sea Glass Waterfront Grill, which was right next door and enjoyed walking the beach when the tide was out. The kitchen could have been stocked a bit more with items to cook with, etc. I think a small oven would be a great addition, although we enjoyed using the BBQ in the common patio area.
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!
It was a comfortable house across a double yellow lined street from a private dock & beautiful lake. The street is noisy & busy & treacherous. The house driveway is hidden so each time you leave it you feel lucky there wasn't any traffic.
We enjoyed ourselves & liked the area. The only criticism of the house is the table only had 4 chairs which doesn't work when it's supposed to be for 8.
The cottage was perfect for our family's needs. Even more spacious than it looks. Well situated, well equipped and comfortable. If you're cooking meals there you'll find the kitchen well-equipped too, from blender to salad spinner, but bring your own cooking basics like olive oil, seasoning, sugar, etc., because they are not supplied.
The cottage was delightful! Peaceful and calm - just what these Americans needed. Walked to town and strolled the quaint village. The cottage was clean and decorated such that you felt at home ! We will be back. The owner lives next door and was very informative.
We shared Christmas with all the family and have a great time walking on the forest, on the beach and visiting interesting places in the surrounding. Incredible views, deers coming to our door and nicely mantained house. An experience to repeat.
We have stayed in this unit in the past -when a management company was onsite.
We saw the key handover when we arrived -then left the key in the unit as he was busy in the garden when we left-rest of the time -we were entirely alone.
The unit is showing it's age -already! Paint chipped ,curtain has a stain and furniture has water marks, some of the dishes are missing, three light bulbs had burned out, needed replacing we made due as my husband was in a back brace and I don't climb anymore.
This time the niceities were missing-no extra toilet paper roll a half one in the hook no cleaning supplies windex tub cleaner etc. no bar of soap etc. if these are no longer being supplied-a warning should come with the booking.
The yucky part was - there was garbage left in the bathroom can.
For the positive part-the silence really is golden the location is perfect for a quiet stay-and we never heard anyone...until the Friday night Meet and Greet-we all brought our own and stayed to chat with the other mostly owners-that was fun.
The bed is wonderfully comfortable, all the appliances work well as does the TV -for the rainy days.
We had a wonderful rest-but you really are on your own.
An older home so an old design and finishing etc.but the location makes up for that. This rental is well stocked with dishes, cookware, and some spices. The beds were comfortable. You can walk to the beach. If you want a location right in Sidney that doesnt cost a fortune this could be your spot.
This house was great for our family of 9 adults who were visiting Victoria for a family wedding. The view from the dining room, living room and deck was stunning. The fireplace in the living room made for comfortable, relaxing evenings for visiting and the little extras throughout the house made it very inviting and feel like home. As we all arrived at different times from various points in Canada and the US, we truly appreciated the convenience of access to the airport and the ferry. Although there were only 3 queen size beds, the bunk beds in the 2 other rooms were big enough that for a few nights, young adults were able to sleep comfortably.
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.
Very nice location if one is ok being a bit removed from the city. Lots of sleeping space and great views from the dining room. Excellent home to just hang out in and soak up the view and play by the water even in the water in December. Good for older kids, games, big meals. Good fit for us.
It was clean on arrival, rental quality cookware, lots of bathrooms, good beds, and great location. Driveway is a little tight but not really a problem.
The binoculars could use replacing. Overall a good rental.
We arrived at Heron's Landing and within a few minutes Richard was there to greet us and show me around the house. What a beautiful spot, tree-lined, yet so close to the Sound. It is in a great neighborhood with friendly people and dogs who behaved so well. We were definitely impressed. The glass front house was so beautiful.Having a downstairs proved a blessing as some of us got tired and were able to go to that floor, watch tv, eat, sleep, etc.without bothering others. This is what I would call the kids floor. Games, books, etc. everywhere. We are all over 60, but still enjoyed the bedroom downstairs with two bunks. Everyone slept very well, and those who gave recommendations to us of places to see, eat and go to visit, were so helpful. Buchart Gardens wowed all of us and we were totally impressed. If there was one negative about the house, it was all the spiders and webs behind the tv's and some of the furniture. But overall, we would certainly recommend Heron's Landing to those visiting Victoria. Hope to return.
With six bedrooms and four bathrooms near the top of a suburban mountain on the outskirts of Victoria, BC, this spacious, well-equipped home was indeed perfect for our extended family vacation. Ten days were just not long enough!
This is a beautiful house that has been very well maintained. It's also on a large, private lot with a gorgeous view of the ocean. There is the odd truck that drives by, but otherwise, it is exceptionally quiet. This is a perfect spot for those that want access to Victoria, but don't want to be in a busy, noisy area.
This home was very clean, well kept, management was very easy to work with and pleasure. The house is perfect for a large family with children. We were two families with 7 children combined and this home was everything we needed. The beach and water front had incredible views and made our stay very relaxing, even with that many kids. We would stay here every weekend if we could!
This was our third stay in the Manor Suite off Rockland. We feel very much at home there. The suite is nicely furnished and very comfortable and the location is ideal, close to shopping, tourist attractions and all the amenities of the city. Yet the neighbourhood is very quiet and peaceful. Government House is nearby, and we enjoyed early morning walks in the beautiful gardens. The Manor Suite is a very good base for a vacation in Victoria.
The house was located close enough to Sidney for shopping convenience and yet far enough away for early morning runs. The kitchen was well equipped with dishes, etc., and bedding and towels were abundant. Our vacation was relaxing and stress free!
Overall the Condo was great. Did not expect the Marina having a boat body shop so close with loud noises off and on Mon-Fri. The Condo Patio was never cleaned. We cleaned hand rails and cob-webs when we arrived. But the railing glass panels and windows have dirt, which shows they have not been touched in months. Tried to use the Vacuum cleaner on the carpets, but it was so clogged up, not having been emptied in months. Very disappointed not being able to use the gas fireplace when we arrived. Coming from the Desert at a 112 degrees to 65 degrees, it would have been nice to use it for a couple of days. This should be changed in the web site for amenities the dates it can only be used. Being at the condo for so long, only left for 5 days you notice more little problems then folks coming and going for shorter periods.
The Heron View cottage was perfect for our family get-away. A short drive into town or the beach. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything you could need. And the laundry was a huge bonus when travelling with kids.
We planned this holiday almost a year ago and my family had one very specific request. That the house be right on the beach. We had 6 adults and one infant. so it was hard to find. Thanks you for lmaking it all possible! From the moment wea arrived until the time we left it could not have been better. The accomadations were fantastic, the view awesome I would recommand this rental to anyone who was looking for a special getaway. The wildfife was outstanding from the bald eagles to the seals at night. The area is peaceful and enviting.
A beautiful house surrounded by beautiful scenery for my staff team getaway. The rooms were perfect for what we needed and the kitchen was well stocked. My team enjoyed having easy access to the beach and the not too far drive to Victoria for outings.
Unfortunately, neither the WIFI or cable TV worked during the entirety of my team's stay and everyday there were phone calls asking for the owners which got a bit annoying.
Manor Suite was perfect for us as we escaped the snow and cold of Toronto what was the first time but not the last! The suite was well appointed and there was plenty of room for my husband to set up and work remotely he moved the dining table into the bedroom and for us to enjoy cooking and relaxing. The bed was very comfortable and the pressure in the shower was great. The bathtub was a definite bonus and luxury. Being able to use the backyard BBQ and sit outside and enjoy the sunshine helped us enjoy Victoria's lovely weather. Bob and Elizabeth were wonderful hosts and available to answer any questions. They also had a lot of great suggestions for sightseeing. The neighbourhood is walkable to everything and also is close to major bus routes. We highly recommend this suite to anyone who wants to enjoy Victoria and its environs.
This apartment has everything guests need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The owners have provided everything guests need in order to relax after a busy day of exploring Victoria. Everything to prepare a meal simple or complicated can be found in the well stocked kitchen. The location is convenient and the decor is gorgeous. Just make sure you set your alarm clock/phone alarm - with the blinds closed, the bedroom is wonderfully dark for sleeping until 230 in the afternoon if you forget to set an alarm!!!!. The bathroom is spa-like and wonderful!! The garden which is primarily for guests is luscious and beautifully kept. I would HIGHLY recommend this apartment to anyone visiting Victoria.
The place was much more than expected. The house was clean, the supplies ample, very spacious and the location was great. The only complaint was that the master's bedroom upstairs was very hot on a 30 degrees day in July. Even the ceiling fan and the portable fans did not help much. Except for that, our family enjoyed our stay at Heron's Landing.
The location was great, as it had a post card type view that was amazing. We saw whales, owls, seals and dolphins from the patio on multiple occasions. It had plenty of seating, so our party of 10 had lots of room to stretch out. The kitchen had far more accessories then most home rentals do with plenty of room to cook, and dine.
However, it did have some areas that should be addressed. The living room sofas were seen as very uncomfortable, and the area was over flowing with unneeded furniture and dusty nic nacs. It was hot, the location was void of fans, and some rooms didn't have a few window screens. So we left with mosquitoe bites everywhere. Additionally, there were areas that really are needing a deep cleaning, that are beyond what a house keeper would be expected to touch between rentals.
There is a old junker car in the front yard, and a old rotten empty shed. So the front view was less desirable. Further the grill is in bad repair and has to be manually lit.
All in all, we did enjoy our stay. The amount of room was perfect for us. Looking through the available rentals with enough room for 10 plus, it was a easy choice. We could see our selves hoping to return one day. Everyone we spoke to was nice and helpful. Sidney BC, was a hidden gem. Further the short drive from the ferry and airport was excellent.
There was some confusion about wheel chair access. This was definitely NOT accessible. There were two stairs at the front and none of the bathrooms were accessible. As a result two of our party received injuries as a result. But it seems there was some confusion between sites on how it was advertised. The property itself was very nice and comfortable. The hostess was helpful and really tried to meet our need for a ramp. I would also consider removing the white carpets as they are not a great idea in a rental advertised for families. Other than those issues, the property itself I think was great and if you have no mobility issues, it's very comfy and close to both Parksville and Nanaimo.
We had a great stay at Heron View Cottage. It was an easy walk to downtown Sidney, the beach and relatives. It had all the amenities that we were looking for. We even met Jim, the owner, and he described the rebuild that he had completed on the cottage.
Very nice home in a nice neighborhood/location. The only thing I would suggest to add would be an outdoor propane heater so we could sit out in the evening and enjoy and sounds of the ocean.
This house was very nice and located within minutes from the Victoria airport. We had plenty of room for our group of 9 people. The trip into Victoria was quick and easy. The group really enjoyed your rental. Thank you.
The house itself is beautiful, no question. It suited our needs nicely in terms of #of beds, amazing kitchen etc. The location is great only minutes drive to Westin Hotel. The view off the back patio is stunning.
Our stay was disappointing from 2 perspectives. Firstly, there was a lot of construction going on right behind us. This made it very dusty and we were awoken to the sounds of heavy machinery 100yds off our bedroom window at 7am every morning.
The second disappointment was that the house had no air conditioning. The day we arrived the outside temp was 30 deg celsius and it stayed that way for 4 out of our 5 nights. In the evening we were sweating while having dinner. You didn't really even want to cook inside in that beautiful kitchen. At night, everyone had very poor sleeps, waking up several times due to the heat in the house.
I understand that nothing can be done about the construction aside from perhaps a drop in rates and that eventually the work will be complete, but a house that large and that expensive without A/C is a surprise. I didn't even think to check about that when I booked but I will be sure to check for A/C in all my future rentals.
If I were coming back at a cooler time of the year and when construction is complete I would for sure stay in that house again. If I were coming back in the summer at all I would not rent this house again because of the lack of A/C. If a friend asks me about the house I would have the same advice for them.
We rented the suite while we were renovating our townhouse. It was the perfect loction for us at this time. After a hard day's work it was lovely to sit comforably in our home away from home.
We appreciated the efforts of the caretaker, Bryan to take care of any of our concerns.
We were here for a family wedding & thoroughly enjoyed our stay - morning walks along the beach, lots of cycling paths nearby, close to Sidney & the airport,a beautiful home with everything we needed and more. Great for any group up to eight people. We would definitely stay here again.
This was our second time staying at this relaxed, cozy garden cottage by Roberts Bay. The cottage is more like a little 2 story house. It is super clean, bright, airy and well stocked with very good bath, bed and kitchen supplies. The on-demand baseboard heating through the cottage works very well. The private garden patio is lovely. The owner takes pride in his garden and it shows. Most importantly bring binoculars to see the majestic bald eagles and such in the bay and surrounding trees!
This rental turned out to be a longer term, 6 month rental versus a short term stay. The condo is small but well laid out and worked well for 2 people. Top floor is a bonus as it the outside deck space with seating and a BBQ. There were a few minor things that needed to be sorted out at the front end of the rental time with the EMR staff very efficiently and effectively addressing. The location for our needs was outstanding being central with easy access into downtown Victoria, the airport and ferries, going over to Sooke or heading up Island but having a vehicle is a must. Right across the street is a shopping mall with all the services you need to complete the stay - grocery, liquor and a few take-out food options. The complex that this unit is in well kept, and for the most part, quiet. As with all condo complexes, there was the occasional noisy neighbour issue but nothing that was tolerable as it seldom lasted.
House was a little outdated. Lawn needed to be mowed and had a lot of weeds. The beach had a run down shed with glass on the beach. A lot of space in the yard and house. Everything in the house worked. The driveway was very steep.
We had a lovely stay, and the house had everything we needed. The check in process was unnecessarily complicated by having someone meet us at the property, despite there being a simple key code to enter the property. Due to covid restrictions my very young children were required to stay outside in the cold and dark until I had been given any necessary tour of the property. It would have made far more sense to email us the key code in advance. Otherwise, it was a lovely stay.
This house is very cute and close to town while not being in town. Very bright with a slim water view. Recommend walking the neighborhood at night to visit the shoreline via all the road-ends. Only issues were with the kitchen - non-stick pans were worn out and garbage can so tiny it barely functioned. Garden is beautiful. You have to park on the street if you have anything larger than a compact car since the unit's parking is in the garage. You share the property with the Owner who lives in the house between the cottage and the waterfront - you will see each other frequently.
I was extremely disappointed with the check in and check out process. The 'greeter' assigned did not respond to any phone calls and the new greeter arrived late. On check out the 'greeter' was stuck in traffic so also arrived late. The property BBQ area had an open can with cigerette butts in and trash scattered on the patio area.
What a fantastic property! Perfect for a large family. Four nice sized bedrooms and a great kitchen. Very clean. Moreover, great assistance from the rental company. Good and quick communication. Overall, a super experience. Thanks!
Our family had a great time staying in this lovely house set in a quiet semi rural area near the sea. The house is very well equipped with everything you need while on holiday from patio tables/chairs, BBQ to an abundance of clean towels. There are short and long walks to and along the sea shore and through the countryside.
Heron View Cottage was a wonderful place for our quiet vacation. The cottage is beautiful and comfortable. The village of Sidney, where it is located, is a clean, happy place for shopping or walking by the sea. We visited in early October, and morning walks around the cove behind the owner's home were filled with a foggy quiet broken only by bird calls and distant fog horns. The cottage is located about 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, and the route there is simple. I would highly recommend the cottage.
We had several small issues upon check-in but EMR took care of most of them right away. Great location and with a little TLC, this home would be awesome. Furniture and carpet are worn, patio door does not lock, lots of smudges on the walls, missing artwork & light bulbs, cracks in the master bath tile, broken master bath drawer, etc. We did have a wonderful time in Victoria!
A beautiful location. Gorgeous oceanfront property, Great hiking nearby.
The home was very clean, but a little tired. Kitchen and bathrooms are older. Fairly well stocked kitchen.
Accessed by a winding country road and then a steep driveway into property. Neither was a problem because they were well maintained.
Exceptional property management team, went out of their way to accommodate us at the last minute.
This is a very nice house in Metchosin. It takes a little time to get there because of the slow speed limits on the rural roads in Canada. The house was completely stocked with everything needed for a great vacation including golf clubs and tennis racquets. Kitchen had coffee and spices and enough settings for 12 guests. Our family of 7 enjoyed the stay.
It was a nice place and near the hospital as in our case. Very well kept and well stocked with spices and towels and other accessories. It was nice to have a printer and also paper for the printer.
We had a great trip to Vancouver Island and our stay in Sidney was wonderful. The Resthaven Cottage we rented was as advertised and everything was neat, clean and tidy. The rental company EMR Vacation Rentals was on top of all the details probably a few too many emails but overall and excellent experience.
We spent 6 days here on a family get away with 8 ppl, including a very elderly Grandma, so we spent a lot of time at the house. The backyard setting and views of the water and wildlife bald eagles nesting nearby & seals are truly spectacular. There is a lot of comfortable outdoor seating, which was great, because this is where we spent the majority of our time. My daughter loved taking the stairs down to the beach to collect shells. The water here is quite calm. We also enjoyed all being able to eat dinners at the large dining room table. The kitchen is updated and well stocked with the equipment you need to cook your own meals. We had a couple issues with the pool temperature and the BBQ, but this was due to us being the first guests of the summer season. The management company and owner were great about addressing the issues immediately.
A beautiful well equipped spacious property spotlessly clean with spectacular views from most rooms deck and spa.Very peaceful location. Our children and grandchildren enjoyed biking and hiking kayaking and beach combing all within a short distance from the property. We would love to return next year.
Very clean and safe condo. The staff very helpful and accommodating. Nice to have the little things like soap and paper towels in stock so you do not have to run out the first day.
Would recommend this to anyone.
This was our third time at Heron View! That alone says it all......we LOVE this place. Great location, every item imaginable one could ask for, comfortable etc. etc.. Oh yes...we will be back! Thanks Jim and EMR.
The property was absolutely gorgeous, well appointed, and spotless. It was a perfect rental for our group of three young families. We travel every year together, always booking through the two big vacation rental sites. HOWEVER. The rental company pestered us so often from booking through to access to the unit that we would NOT recommend booking this place. I have 42 emails in my exchange with this company. We had to provide our credit card number FOUR times AFTER booking through the rental site. We had to arrange to meet a greeter onsite on arrival, rather than use a code for the door, which they HAD but did not provide for us. Instead, we had ONE key to share amongst three families. All of the parties we encountered were very friendly, but it is completely unnecessary in 2018 to have to have this much interaction for a vacation rental. I've booked dozens of places on VRBO and Airbnb and the amount of interaction with this particular company was more than all the others COMBINED. They also used a combination of signed and scanned forms, website forms from multiple sites, which seemed very disorganized. I was a bit skeptical that the rental would actually work out, so I was pleased when our friends arrived and there was actually a greeter there. To summarize gorgeous property that is horribly managed by seemingly nice people that have no clue how vacation rentals work in this decade. I'd be happy to book again if the owners decided to use the VRBO or Airbnb platform as they're meant to be used - it would be 100x simpler, easier, and likely less expensive for them.
Outstanding location with a beautiful view. Everything you need is there. Very quite neighborhood. Beach is not sandy, but quite rocky. Even though, a wonderful place to stroll and explore.
Two things I think could use some improvement are, the bed in the Master BR really needs to be replaced, and the CRT televisions need to go in the trash.
There were just the two of us so we only used 1 of the two bedrooms and bathrooms. Loved the cottage, it was in a quiet residential street but not far from downtown. A partial view of the ocean but that didn't bother us too much. Very comfortable and clean.
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!
This is a perfect location very close to the #1 and only 15 mins to downtown Victoria. Perfect for a family that doesn't spend all of their time downtown. Easy access to up island activities and excursions.
Very clean, modern and quiet residential building.
A comfortable and efficient house in a quiet neighborhood. Some nice upgrades since the photos were taken for the website. Town center is 3 minutes away. The best fish'n'chips are at Salty's... All you can eat on Tuesdays. Nice people all around. Lovely 20 minute drive to Buchart Gardens 30 minutes to downtown Victoria in morning traffic. The greeter was on time for both check-in and check-out, which took less time than our pleasant chatting with the greeter. Nicely done.
Relaxing spring get away in a wonderful location. Beautiful view of the beach! The golfing was great. Enjoyed the restaurants, pubs and shopping. People were very friendly and helpful. Thankyou EMR and thankyou to the owners for sharing such a wonderful house!
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.
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.
This little cottage on North Lake is a gem. Brilliant, refreshing and clean lake made for perfect swimming. ?Cottage had all the conveniences from home and private too. We are already fantasizing about going back next summer but next time for a week!
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!
As other guests have stated the kitchen is very outdated, old wall mounted oven, small fridge etc. Overall though we were satisfied with the rental however I would prefer if the master bedroom had a real box spring and mattress bed. Great location, nice backyard and deck. Easy 20 minute walk to Beacon Avenue. This wasn't an issue for us but the TV is not HD and the stereo does not work. Good selection of books to read. Property management was a half an hour late meeting us upon arrival, other than that all was well.
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
We enjoyed our stay as the condo is centrally located and close to great walking locations and shopping. The condo was quiet with secure, safe parking and is generally well-equiped but could use some updating for pots/pans and furniture. Although the unit is non-smoking, people smoking in the hallways and neighbouring balconies can be an issue when the windows are open.
Very much enjoyed our stay. I did want to let you know that the propane tank on the barbecue was empty and we did not find the time to refill it. Kathryn was very pleasant to work with and it was nice to have the computer center and printer. Over all, everything was great.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The apartment was tastefully decorated with all kinds of local art and quality furnishings. We loved the private back yard and took advantage of the grill and the outdoor eating area. The location was very convenient especially since we had a car. We enjoyed walking in the neighborhood. Bob and Elizabeth were good hosts and Bob provided us with lots of helpful suggestions. This was our first time in Victoria and the apartment was like a home away from home. We would certainly recommend this unit to anyone looking for a place to stay in Victoria.
The location of the Pendray house was amazing. Our group of nine women loved sitting on the deck overlooking the ocean or strolling the beach. The 3 queen rooms were very nice with comfortable beds. Downstairs bunk beds were adequate. Bathrooms were clean and well stocked. We cooked in most nights and it was great to have a BBQ, seating for 10 and plenty of dishes etc. Enjoyed exploring nearby Sidney, Island Beach Park and Butchart Gardens was close and worth the visit. A lovely 4 days catching up with old friends!
Our party of 7 stayed here for a weekend and we found the home stocked with all the comforts and supplies needed during our stay. The house was large, comfortable, clean, great kitchen to cook in, and the neighbouring area quiet, scenic and peaceful. I would highly recommend anyone stay here during a visit to the island.
Wow! We just completed an amazing vacation to the Victoria area and on the top of our highlights was being able to stay in this spectacular mansion! Because of the space and the features of the home, we were able to easily have 2 families and a couple friends 11 people in total stay together in complete comfort and style. My friend told me that rented vacation homes never quite live up to your expectations but this place was exactly what we had hoped for and completely as it is pictured! We actually had so much space that we didn't use every room to its full potential and there were a lot of us trying to use every feature! I have to mention some of our favorite features we did use to their full potential which were the perfect hot tub on the deck that we all enjoyed the view from while watching the sunrise or the sunset or an afternoon soak, the complete kitchen where we had everything we needed a gas stove, appliances, kitchen utensils, cutlery, endless glasses, serving bowls, etc. to whip up some excellent meals, the dining room table where we all gathered to eat and chat and play games, and I have to mention the beds that everyone said were fantastically comfortable, inviting and exactly what anyone would want. I also want to mention the management company was great to work with, easy to contact, very friendly and helpful. This was our first time renting a vacation home and it will NOT be the last time! If you are looking for a great experience, this home is truly as it says SPECTACULAR!
We enjoyed a 30 day fun-filled family vacation at Resthaven Cottage in Sidney. Resthaven Cottage was clean and well-maintained and its location was perfect for shopping, walking and trips to the beach. The layout of the cottage was great for family visits and the yard and barbecue were used for family dinners where the grandchildren and our small dog could play outside in the fenced yard. Our only complaint was the bed in the master bedroom which was only 6 inches off the floor. We had to sleep in the two twin beds in the second bedroom as my husband could not get in and out of the low bed. I feel the height of the bed should be specified in the rental information so Seniors know this before renting the cottage. Otherwise, I would recommend this property for a great vacation!!
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.
We enjoyed our stay. The property is very spacious and in good condition. The location is very convenient for Sidney and the surrounding area. Our only issue was that the house,particularly the upstairs bedroom ,was unbearably hot. I know the weather has been exceptional but stronger fans are required for when the weather is so good. I am also not sure why the sprinkler system has to come on in the middle of the night as it did disturb our sleep for the first few nights. However despite these two points we would recommend the property.
We were2 families,2 parents, 2 children & 2 grandparents
The home was fabulous, the view of the ocean awsome situated in a quite neibourhood where we didn't have to worry about the children.
The tidal pool in the back of the house gave us all hours of exploration & a safe place for the children to swim, even at high tide.
The home was close to everything & there is lots to do and see in the Parksville area, we especially liked the sand castle display on the beach & of course Coombs.
We would recommend this rental home & your company to anyone interested in spending a wonderful holiday at the ocean.
Miraloma 209 was a beautiful and large luxory condo. The toilet ran continually, though, and the bathroom racks were not ptoperly fixed to the wall. It would be nice to have a few kitchen supplies e.g. salt and pepper in the kitchen. Otherwise, it was
perfect, although next time I might reserve a water view condo.
Great house with lots of room. We had 4 young kids and 3 couples and most had their own space. The location of the house is awesome for a quiet getaway with easy access to the ocean. The house is quite unique and different with its decor and items. This did become a little challenging with 3 babies. My only hope was to have more practical items- especially in the kitchen ex. small knifes, oven mitts, dish clothes. Everyone enjoyed their stay- especially the little ones!
We had a wonderful time in the cottage, while we were vacationing in Sidney. The house is lovely, very cozy and in a great spot. We enjoyed the quiet neighborhood, the beautiful back yard, the easy access to the beaches and the vicinity to Sidney.
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.
We loved the suite and the location! It was quiet, but not too far from everything. The fenced yard worked well for our dog too. We also enjoyed meeting and interacting with the owners of the property. If we return to Victoria for another vacation we will definitely try to stay there again!
Overall, we were satisfied with our vacation rental. However, there are some simple things the owners can do to improve their guests stay. I would highly recommend using an unsented laundry product the bedding was almost unusable because of the strong smell of laundry products. Our greeter mentioned the BBQ probably doesn't work, so we didn't even attempt to use it for our salmon. Please just get a new one! Coffee maker works, but the filters were for a different type of coffee machine. Duh! Loved the outdoor furniture and the deck down by the water. The livingroom sofas were very uncomfortable, maybe invest in some new ones. The bathrooms were very clean and nicely done and we loved the diningroom table overlooking the water. A big thankyou to our greeter for bringing a blender for us to use for smoothies!
Rest Haven Did not quite live up to its descriptions,
The outer pictures show it quite well. The only discrepencies were that the front and rear landings were not in the condition shown. Both front and rear landings had holes from rotting timbers and the stain was in quite poor conditions
Internally, the house was also in quite adequate condition.
Discrepancies were There was no dish washer as stated in manual. BBQ was in extremely poor cleanup
shape, Master Bedroom bed is not satisfactory for
Seniors as it is virtually on the floor. Beds in second bedroom appear to be Child Beds and not suitable for an adult.
Compared to our last Rental in Tofino, the price per day was the same, while the quality of the home was considerably less. As an additional item, we paid for Pet Friendly, and did not consider that having to clean up from the Neigbourhood Racoon was kosher!
The location was easy to find, close to the water and Down Town.
Exactly what we were looking for. Nice, clean, well kept house. Loved the access to the lake. Our dogs were in and out of the water all day. Only downside for us was the lack of WIFI and cell phone reception. Hope to return again next summer.
Very nice stay the owner and later the friend of the owner staying in the main house were very friendly and helpful.
The only problem that we had was the drawer face on the right hand of the stove kept coming off, finally we left it off.
It would be handy to have a few luggage racks - where you could set suitcases off the floor for access.
My family had a wonderful stay. If would have been nice to have had someone meet us when we left to hand the house back. We had to leave a key with Alex who was staying in the owners home. Had he not been there we would not have had anyone to leave a key with.
Below - I would like to be described as a Canadian guest coming from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Cottage was comfy and cozy, and right on the bus route to Sidney and downtown Victoria so we didn't need a vehicle. The only things lacking were bedside lamps for those who like to read in bed the cottage had everything else. We would certainly stay again.
This is the cleanest nicest property I've ever stayed with my family. This property has it all. Simply amazing and will definite visit again. The wildlife in the yard is amazing the furniture is clean and amazing. Truly perfect.
Our guests gathered at Pendray House for 4 nights to attend our son's wedding and travelled from the USA and England. We knew it would not be easy to accommodate 14 adults when we started our search for a vacation rental in the Sidney area, but feel extremely lucky to have found this beautiful rental property right on the water. The rental procedure was easy and straight forward with good communication between us and the managers, who responded to questions and were very helpful on arrival. The house is quite spacious and has 3 very good bathrooms, with ample hot water and towels. The kitchen was large enough to cope with group breakfasts and lunches. The real advantage of this property though is the delightful outside space and access to the little beach. Our guests were able to spend a lot of time on the deck and beach, enjoying the incredible views across the inlet with the ever changing light reflecting different colors and moods on the water. The large table out there was used for lunch and dinner and would be the perfect spot for a BBQ. We saw an eagle and seals and enjoyed the tranquility of the neighborhood and easy access to shopping in Sidney. There is adequate on street parking outside the house and some little trails to take a walk and explore the coastline. This house was a perfect vacation rental and none of us wanted to leave. What a wonderful experience for our family and friends in beautiful British Columbia!!
We found the home to be very comfortable and well cared for. The view of water and access were good...stairs might need a little help in the future. Its secluded and yet you're close to Sydney and Victoria is only a short drive away. We enjoyed out time.
We were surprised we had to supply our own toilet paper and paper towels. Unusual.
Property photos do not do this property justice! Although probably from the 90's the finishing quality is above average and well maintained. Very spacious with ocean view from every floor-to-ceiling window and direct access to miles of beach walking! Close to everything - but why would you want to leave!!!!!
Good location. Close to golf, wineries and diners. We are owed 24 for a propane tank that we had to fill. Previous reviews mentioned empty propane but the greeter pointed out 2 tanks beside BBQ. But that did not stop them from proving to be empty. Even one of those tanks was well beyond expiration date
Everything went well with our 1 month stay. We enjoyed the open layout of the cottage with the view of the bay. It was in a great location. Everything worked well. Loved the view, patio and gardens. We did speak directly to the owner about the need of blinds for the cottage to provide some privacy especially at night. All went well until we checked out. We received an email accusing us of putting tinfoil in the oven and which apparently caused some damage. We did not put tinfoil in the oven. The EMR rep did not ask us if we did this, but assumed that we did. We are not happy about how EMR communicated with us on this matter. We would have appreciated a phone call asking us whether we had used tinfoil, instead of accusing us. We are currently waiting for an appology.
The loss of several thousand dollars - attempting to partner with EMR / VRBO is just one of the significant losses to our family, because of Covid. In the end, compared to the grieving of loved ones, it's little more than worthless money.
The Lakeside Cottage was everything we could have wished for - quiet, private location, beautiful lake views, two decks and a dock to relax on and everything we needed for easy self catering - a well stocked kitchen and BBQ on the deck. The lake was clear and warm and we took full advantage of the paddle boat and row boat and our dog who loves to swim could not have been happier. We will be back for sure!
Heron's Landing is a 5 star resort home. The linens are very high quality and the beds are extremely comfortable. The home is located in a beautiful neighbor that is 1/2 block from the water. The home has many amenities such as new dishwasher, washer and dryer.
Four of our adults daughters and one infant granddaughter along with my husband and myself stayed in the home. Everything we could possibly need was there. We would able to invite our extended family back after my father's funeral. It was such a blessing to be able to do so.
Restaurants, grocery stores etc are located within a 5 minute drive.
We would all HIGHLY RECOMMEND this home to anyone. It is very affordable priced. We hope to have the opportunity to stay again in the future.
The Management Company was excellent as well.
The Condo met our needs to a T. It was in a great location and my kids could walk where they they wanted to go. The complex was very nice and quiet. It was easily childproofed as I had a 2 year old with me.
Of the many vacation rentals we have used this one was tops. Great facility. Terrific owner. Ultra-clean. Lots of little walks to ocean views. Central to every thing. Need a car though- a little far to walk to main street and restaurants although there is a reasonably convenient bus stop to take you to Victoria or elsewhere. This is a must stay cottage- we hope to return.
We had such a nice relaxing time at this Oceanfront Lodge. The infinity pool/hot tub is perfect. Getting to the beach was super easy, just a short walk and we got to take the kayaks out on the calm waters. The house had everything you could need including a den/game room with pool. Most rooms also have their own bathroom. Property management team was available to let us in and give us a tour of the place and even left a basket of goodies. We loved it all.
The photo of this beautiful home speaks for itself. When you stand on the balcony upstairs, you have a view all the way to Victoria. On a clear day it is really quite spectacular. Stores and restaurants are just minutes away. There were six of us, so with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it was perfect. Everyone got what they wanted. Due to the stairs from the ground level to the second level, it can be a little challenging, but not impossible for those with mobility issues. There is no shortage of entertainment since there were several TV's, a large screen media room and a hot tub. It would be helpful to have better instructions for operating the various televisions. We were all seniors so it took us a while to figure out how everything worked. This would probably not be a problem for younger folk. The garbage disposal instructions could be clearer as well. Folks from the island might know what needs to be recycled, separated, disposed of or composted, but we did not. These were minor annoyances and in no way did they affect our enjoyment of this wonderful vacation home.
Every thing was very good except the way the cleaning person was organized We had to wait 15 minutes for the check in person to arrive. There was an obligatory cleaning time half way through our stay and this was poorly organized the agreed times to clean the cottage were changed 4 times by the cleaning person and in the end we complained to the EMR staff in Vancouver who gave us a return on the cost for the halfway cleaning which we undertook ourselves.
Our group had a great stay at Heron's Landing and it was perfectly located for the event we were attending at Elk Lake. The close proximity to Sidney was also really useful for groceries, etc. The only minor negative aspect was some aspects of cleaning or lack of it. For a 200 fee, I would not expect to have to re-wash a lot of items in the kitchen perhaps they shouldn't trust the dishwasher to do the job and one of our party also found a neat pile of toenails on one of the nightstands. Heavy dust on top of the fridge and ceiling fans is easy to deal with, so there's not really any excuse there either. Get your cleaning company to earn their money!
Home is well equipped and a nice place to spend as a family 7 of us and is well priced - it's got space, it's got games / movies, fully equiped kitchen / bbq / laundry. Location is great, nice places to run and stroll right out the door, relatively close to gas/groceries. Would definately rent again if I was in the area and have no problem to highly recommend to others. Would have been nice to have access to the garage - but really quiet street, so was ok w parking outside.
The house surpassed the pictures. It was very clean and open and the view of the harbor was spectacular. The quietness and location were perfect to get away from the city. EMR communications were excellent in providing good customer service. Sidney is a great little town. The Butchart Gardens are amazing. Victoria is close enough to go for dinner at 10 Acres. Plenty of historical things in Victoria to see. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we look forward to coming back again soon.
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.
This property was extremely comfortable and well equipped. Exactly as described, we were not disappointed in any way. For a winter stay, it was well heated - in summer it may be too warm. Great location close to the highway. Although we did not investigate public transport a car would be an advantage.
While house was lovely, the access road was very steep, as was the path from house down to lake. Plenty of outdoor furniture to make the most of every area.
Saw lots of deer, squirrels and humming birds. Only caught one fish.
I am very picky about cleanliness and I was pleasantly surprised. We really enjoyed the space, the comfortable beds, and the perfect views. We found a lot of fun activities nearby, lots of great hikes, zip-lining, etc, and the drive to Victoria was easier than I thought it would be. All in all, this rental was a great choice.
Our family of 14 adults, coming from all corners of the US, found this home a perfect accomodation for all of us. The outside dining table as well as inside dining was a wonderful surprise. The home was stocked with many games to play - we loved the Cribbage Board/Table. You made our 7 day reunion special. Thank you!
This is a beautiful home with every possible convenience. Very comfortable beds, lovely linens, and an extremely well equipped kitchen. We were disappointed with the quality of the towels but other than that it's all first class. It was difficult to enjoy the view due to the smoke from the forest fires but that was the case everywhere in BC and Alberta this summer.
This was a lovely stay. The residence was great, the area was great and overall we liked it very had a great restaurant within walking distance and all the amenities we needed. The small town was a short distance and had everything we needed there too. The view was a bit more limited than the description buy still nice. My experience with the EMR staff was excellent in finding and setting up this stay. My only complaint was that there was a gouge in the wall in the bathroom which the greeter pointed out to us and was no issue.But after our stay, I received an email asking us what we had done to cause this.I pointed out that it was there and even pointed out by our greeter. EMR said they would contact him but I never heard back that all was resolved even after two emails from me.
We 12 of us from 4 families from Seattle area stayed for 3 nights in May. We enjoyed our stay a lot overall. Gorgeous view and sunset. The facilities were good. The house has a character. We did backyard bbq. Kids loved playing in the rocky beach. Only negative things I can think of WiFi too slow, microwave oven too small and under-powered, and some of the cooking pans are too worn out.
Well, with it being difficult to know where your clients come from and what their experiences are, you have set up the vacation home listing in such a way that for those of us who live life simply, we were delightfully surprised at the size, spaciousness and set up of the home so that we could all be close and yet be involved in our own activities. Some needed to relax while others wanted to be engaged in games, puzzles or visiting. The sites from the balcony, living room and master bedroom were simply stunning, with many a time where wild deer were walking and grazing thru the yard. The venue and ambiance was amazing. Thank-you so much for caring about the smallest details to the overall needs of family living!
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.
We brought our entire family together from the US and Western Canada to celebrate Christmas. We had a great time. It was a great location, with a pretty view. The construction next door was stopped over the holiday so didn't impact us at all. The house was well stocked with dishes, appliances and cooking utensils as we did a lot of cooking and eating! The large living spaces were great for our gatherings and the well appointed bedrooms were great for each of us to have some downtime! Lighting was low in some of the bathrooms and bedrooms but otherwise awesome!EMR did a great job hosting us!
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.
Great house. Our kids loved walking down the steps to their own private tidepool. So many beds allowed each to have their own for the night and not share a queen. The internet didn't work when we arrived but it was a blessing because we spent more time enjoying the beach and playing games as a family rather than watching TV. It should be back up by now. One of the upstairs couches was a little wobbly but clean and may need to be replaced down the road. The piano could be tuned but was enjoyable to play. We felt very comfortable here and the kids said they want to come back every year! Very satisfied and glad we came. Much better than any hotel. Having a full kitchen allowed us to cook in the morning and evenings with ample seating and a great private ocean view. Cast iron skillets and hot cocoa in the cupboard made it feel like home.
We loved our stay at the Pendray house. With 10 of us in all, there was plenty of room to spare. The beach and deck were used every day even swimming in October. The deck was great for entertaining friends. The master bedroom with ensuite were luxurious. We loved the community and would love to call the area home one day.
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.
There were 12 of us adults, celebrating my parents 60th wedding anniversary! The home and location was perfect! Would highly recommend this property.
Our only suggestion from the ladies was they wished there was mirrors in the bedrooms as they got ready in the morning.
PROS We are a family of seven, so there was plenty of room for all of us and then some. It was wonderful to be able to stake out our own areas for some down time. Awesome kitchen with everything you could possibly need. The openness and amazing views of the San Juan de Fuca Strait is lovely. The billiards table was fun to play with. And we did take a dip in the hot tub one night. We love all the arbutus trees and seeing the deer relaxing by the house. A few from the family walked the trail behind the house and said it was nice and quiet and could go on for quite a while. A/C was a huge plus and it worked amazingly well. It was surprisingly warmer than we thought it would be in Metchosin.
It gets very windy at night here. So, expect trees blowing and the wind howling at night. But by morning, it was down to a nice breeze. The town of Metchosin was quiet and mellow. We went to its Farmers Market. It took us about 30 minutes to get to downtown Victoria and close to an hour to get to the Victoria Airport.
CONSThe one thing, though, that bothered us was trying to find the trail to the beach. The person who met with us on our arrival date, said that it was just across the street and five minutes down. He didn't provide a map, because as far as we could walk - we didn't see any trails that would lead us to the beach without actually going through someone's property. We tried for 2 days to look for this trail and could not figure out where it was. That was a huge disappointment because the 5-minute walk to the beach was one of the biggest reasons we rented this house. The grand kids love water and would have loved an opportunity to just cross the road and head down there to play. The beach that we did find was about a ten-minute drive - by car. So no big deal but a walking map to the beach would be super helpful!
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 -
We had a wonderful month at Manor Suite Off Rockland. Very well situated, both for getting around in a car, transit, and walking our dog. A lovely, safe neighbourhood, and very gracious hosts. Well equipped unit with a lovely yard. We will be back!
We had an excellent time at Columbia Beach House.
Our greeter Charlotte was very friendly & welcoming.
The home was quite expansive and there was ample room for everyone, even those that wished a little quiet time on their own. My sister and her husband flew in from Whitehorse to meet us at the beach house for our father's 80th and our mother's 75th birthdays. The house is amazing as are the views and the rancher style was perfect for my father's mobility issues. The massive kitchen is stocked with all the cookware and dishes needed to prepare gourmet meals for a group. Coffee every morning on the deck with breathtaking views was fantastic.
Would we come back? Absolutely we would, we never wanted to leave!
This property was everything it claimed to be. We came from 4 different locations but the airport made it so easy. We would come back again. Even the weather was perfect.
Thank you for the family memories.
The house was beautiful and clean, although the beds could use upgrading as they aren't very comfortable. It was stocked with more than everything you would need during a stay away from home and having the laundry facilities available is a wonderful luxury. The fenced yard is also a great treat. The description of a beach nearby is misleading, it is just a small little public area sandwiched between private property, not able to even walk to coastline a bit -- you have to drive past downtown Sidney to do that. Overall it's a GREAT vacation home and we would definitely consider it again if ever out that way!!
We had a great week with friends and family. The house was very clean and well appointed with everything we needed. The hosts were friendly and efficient. We will definitely stay again!
Another family joined us and we had a fabulous time! Lots of hiking in the area. Made use of hot tub and the were able to walk the kid to Bear Mountain resort to use the heated pool. Parents were able to have a nice night to them selves with personal chef in the wine cellar, which was amazing!!! Great location with lots to do.
in July 2016 we stayed in this Condo for 5 nights and there are only positive things to say about everything. We have been fully satisfied with and enjoyed our stay there. For hope to have the Chance to come back somedays.
Location was great and pleasant fenced in yard but the home needs some upkeep. The master mattress was terrible-it had two mattress pads-making it evident that owner knew mattress was inadequate when we discussed with EMR we were advised by owner to bring in our own. There was serious damage in the bathroom tub and we were told it was being fixed, then once we were in owner opted to drop off tape instead and agency indicated she didn't want to spend the money There were a lot of personal belongings throughout the home, leaving ltd space for our own clothing and toiletries. Good size and lots of potential but needs to be attended to properly if being operated as a furnished vacation property.
Easy booking, in all questions quick response before our trip, nice greeter at our arrival, spacy house in good conditions, very clean, spectacular views to Victoria and the sea.
The location was great and the room was clean. Two electrical plug did not work on either side of the bed and the toilet leaked causing it to refill regularly.The refund of the damage deposit took over 2 weeks to receive which is far too lond
1310 Manor Road is a good place to stay for a visit to Victoria. It is comfortable and in a quiet neighborhood with a great private backyard for relaxing. It is near a bus stop and it was easy to go downtown to all the interesting activities and restaurants as well as to Butchart Gardens and Sydney. Also it is just two blocks from the Governors Residence with its own beautiful gardens. We walked and used inexpensive monthly bus passes not a car for our adventurous daily travels. Bob is very friendly and promptly took care of any problems.
Lovely modern condo with lots of space and big windows. All the amenities for a comfortable stay. Easy to navigate to Highways for all areas of Island. Close to Sooke, Royal Roads University and other attractions in area.
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.
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.
We had such a great time staying at this adorable cabin. The cabin is right on the lake with your own dock and paddle boat to use. We brought our kayaks which was perfect for the lake, swimming was also absolutely perfect as well. Lots of beautiful wild life around, from the painted turtles that live in the lake to the humming birds dancing around and blue herons nesting at the end of the lake. I loved this place and cannot wait to go back.
Rather than buy gifts for everyone for Christmas we decided to rent accomodations for our family of 13. Was a wonderful interlude from winter-28 degrees in Central B.C. for five days!With a 15 passenger van we were able to explore the area and cityand both grandkids and adults found the beach fascinating! The weather co-operated too so all in all it was a golden moment in time for our family!I heard many times Grandma,this was better than opening any gift!We will savor our pictures and memories for a long time to come!!!
Very nice, clean home with a fabulous view. Very well stocked kitchen. The hot tubs water needed to be balanced better lots of foam so we did not get to use it. Had fun playing pool. Overall very enjoyable 3 days.
We have had several vacation rentals all over the world and this vacation rental is by far our top rated experience. The suite, and particularly the kitchen, was very thoughtfully equipped we are a chef family with everything we needed. The owners and their lovely dog were wonderful caring hosts. The rental was cozy and the beautiful yard and gardens are very private. The rental was centrally located and walking distance to every place we needed to be. Our walks through the quite friendly neighbourhood were such a pleasure with all the beautiful homes and gardens. We would love to return to this very spot for future visits to Victoria. Dealing with EMR Vacation Rentals was great very professional, efficient and courteous. We would definitely consider additional vacation rental opprtunities with this company.
Our experience was great. Everything we needed was provided and there was more than we expected. Loved sitting by the fireplace and listening to music on satellite TV. Will definitely consider renting again.
For our stay of 5 months the unit was wonderful. A few problems at first were solved by EMR and the owner. The internet was spotty and caused the land line to not be reliable. Unit was as described and was quite roomy.Excellent location but parking was so so--public parking on street or across street. Local traffic was noisy in mornings.
Heron view cottage was just what we needed for our stay in Sidney. The proximity to the town centre and Roberts Bay was a bonus for us. The home was beautifully decorated and well stocked with the necessities for both a short or long term stay. The property manager worked well with me to ensure a seamless check in and out due to the late arrival and early check out times. I would definitely recommend this location to my friends and family. Thank you
Just wonderful. Nice 2/1 condo walking distance to the Harbor, restaurants etc. Being located in a quiet historic neighborhood was very refreshing. Secure underground parking was a plus. The only negative was no AC. Although we didn't need it most of the time, would have been nice on occasion. Would definitely stay there again.
Natures Gate was a wonderful venue for my husband's 60th birthday getaway. In total there were 4 couples there the entire week, and 2 fellows who came for part of the week. Plenty of room for all in this well-appointed private home. The view of Greater Victoria, the ocean and the Olympic Mountains from the patio was nothing short of breathtaking, both during the day and in the evening. Everyone was comfortable, the beds were great and the location was quite convenient for both shopping and golfing. We were out most days which was good, because there IS construction going on during weekdays in the lot beside the house, but because we were only home in the evenings the noise was not a huge problem. Lots of wildlife, with deer in the yard beside us quietly grazing. Overall a lovely stay in a lovely home. Highly recommend it.
We enjoyed our stay very much. The owners were very nice and the property was in a great location. Our experience was everything we had hoped it would be and if the property is available when we plan our next trip we would very much like to stay there again.
The unit was very well equipped with all cooking and bbq utensils that one could ask for. Very tastefully furnished and comfortable. Internet modem did not work, nor did the telephone. Not checked by greeter and not fixed during our stay with no accomdation offered to offset this inconvenience
The property is located a bit out of the way, Not close to downtown Sidney. Parking is an issue, with a very small garage and a long way to street parking. No internet service or TV was working. Many windows are without curtains and privacy was an issue for some of us.
Very cute, clean, quiet place. Owner very nice and helpful.
The location of this property was absolutely amazing. Your own private little beach area where you can walk or swim!! It was very quiet and relaxing. The house was set up perfectly and we had lots of room!!
We will definitely look at staying again! Thank you!!!
We rented this beautiful home for an all adult family reunion. Loved having the granny flat available for privacy. The views were exceptional, and we loved having the large yard and fabulous long dock to ourselves. Because we enjoy meals together, they arranged a 7-person setup for dining that worked well for us. We observed several families of river otters, a pair of bald eagles, and a harbor seal in the bay. Wishes more than one set of towels per person and a large salad bowl. Leaving the driveway to turn onto Sooke Road was always a challenge because of the vehicles that can come along too fast. If the county would install mirrors that would help. Great memories of the home and area!
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.
My family and I enjoyed a two week stay at Heron's Landing in Sidney, BC. The layout of the house made it easy both for our group to be together for meals and visiting, and for individuals to have private time. The beds were comfortable the linens of good quality the kitchen functional the laundry facilities very convenient. The weather was not quite warm enough for us to enjoy the decks and garden although we did use the BBQ.
Arbutus Hill was described appropriately and did not disappoint us in any way. We searched for a home that could accommodate 4 couples with 4 baths. One couple had to cancel so each of us had their own bathroom. Master suite lottery was won by the Georgia couple and they loved the luxury. We were all comfortable in our private spaces. The common areas were anything but common. We've never seen a wrap around couch so big and the dining room table is fit for a large gathering. Comfortable patio furniture allowed us to view the water and relax. Loved our time there. Candice greeted us like we were old friends and we were invited to contact her on her cell phone if we had any problems!
All in a good place and convenient. Owners belongings made storage space a premium. Had trouble with neighbours being over sensitive re my small pet. Gave wrong impression while he was adjusting. Had feeling of being spied on by cameras. No neighbourly contact.
Depending on your requirements this rental may by perfect or just average.
1. Booking through their portal is buggy and annoying.
2. Meeting a greater sounds great but waiting for them again is annoying.
3. The deer gate is not Impossible to open and close. But after the 15 or 20 time doing it, one really wishes for a motorized gate.
4. Being a pet friendly house there is obviously going to be pet hair in the rental. If you have issue with pets this rental is not for you. It's clean, but any pet owner knows you can't ever get it all.
5. They have several large rugs that are deadly to step onto as they slide extremely easily. Obviously they have identified this issue as some parts are tapped to floorWITH CHEAP packing tape. A much better and complete solution should be used. Do not bring Grandma here. Everyone in our party slipped on the carpet over our stay. No one fell, but we had a bunch of close calls.
6. The dinning room table is decent but the chairs are old and some of them have almost no cushion left. The chairs are mismatched and of multiple heights and styles. The dinning room also has one of the tripping spots as the rug edge from the kitchen is not tapped, even though it's a high traffic area. The rest of the furniture is good.
Lastly the neighbor has multiple roosters which start at 430-5am and go all day untill about 9pm. It's kinda cool and unique for the first day or two but then it gets old.
The pictures are accurate and give a good description of the home. It is worth noting this a very rural property. But shops and restaurants are 5-10 minutes drive away. Skip doesn't deliver but door dash did.
We picked this property due to it's size and proximity to the commonwealth pool. Which we made 20 trips to for a swim meet.
I wouldn't recommend this property as ocean view or frontage can be found in the same price range.
We stayed here for 2 months. This Property was perfect in every way. Stunning views, spotless, spectacular recluse location, beach at your fingertips. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Thank you for having us.
We had a wonderful time staying at this beautiful property. The view was priceless the house perfect for our group of 7, everyone had their own room.
One small disappointment, we were not able to use the deck at the bottom of the stairs by the water since it was being used to store firewood.
There were 7 of us, it was like our own home. Very clean with plenty of towels, pots and pans and dishes and very spacious, we were never on top of each other! And the location couldn't have been better - located within a 45 minute drive from everything we did whale watching excursion, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, golfing both regular and miniature, peaceful walks, wineries, beach walking and much more we didn't do! The weather was also wonderful. We highly recommend this beautiful house and vacation spot to anyone!
This condo is in a great location. It is a block away from a fabulous park, not far from the water, and near a respectable grocery store. Since it is on the fifth floor it is fairly quiet. We had a car and a designated parking spot in a covered garage. We opened the patio door and got a wonderful breeze. Certainly a reprieve from the heat of our hometown.
This rental was just as advertised. It was great for our large extended family and friends. It had plenty of rooms/area for privacy along with a large great-room upstairs for everyone to gather. There were also several TV's, a media room and a hot tub which we didn't have time to enjoy with a wonderful view of Victoria. Very welcoming and comfortable too.
Great Stay, fabulous time, property more than lived up to every expectation, however confusion on part of EMR regarding advance access required greeter to wait, and us to pay ridiculous penalty - bad start - and EMR fault
Heron View Cottage was a great place for our girls trip and the owner was very kind and accommodating. The cottage could still use more window coverings as we felt a little exposed at times. Overall we had a wonderful experience and would certainly stay here again. The cottage was very comfortable and the location was excellent.
This house was perfect for our annual ladies get together we all graduated high school together. The house provided us with a very comfortable living room to hang in and chat when we were not sitting outside on the deck. The kitchen was well stocked and the house was clean. EMR was very helpful and provided great customer service. The house was exactly as described in the property description and definitely met our expectations. The view exceeded our expectations! I would highly recommend Eagle Wing Tours in Victoria for whale watching and visiting Butchart Gardens. The location of the house is about 15 minutes to major shopping areas for food go to Langford and about 40 minutes depending on traffic from Victoria. I would also suggest visiting downtown Victoria - it's a beautiful city. This house/location was a great place for the six of us to stay for our annual vacation. I would highly recommend renting this home!
We spent a wonderful week staying at the Columbia Beach House. Firstly, the home it's self is perfect. Spacious, the location, the breath taking views from each of the rooms and the walks on the pebbled beach. Secondly, the home is so close to all of the best sandy beaches Parksville and Qualicum Beach offer. The fenced backyard and dog washing facility were enjoyed by our dog. The sunsets and sunrises were exceptional. The kitchen was fully stock. The personal touches throughout the home made it special. A real home away from our home.
Overall our weeklong stay was very good. Loved the lay-out, large kitchen well-equipped, superb setting, especially for children. Comfortable beds, efficient bathrooms, more than ample supply of linens, cottage temperature easy to adjust, effective. Dining room furniture was expansive and in good shape. We were eight - adults and children. Good ease of access, services, facilities nearby. Approachable, engaging neighbours.
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.
Our family recently spent three nights at Heron's Landing and enjoyed everything about the house. We have rented homes for vacation stays many times and thought this was one of the best. The location close to Pat Bay is appealing and the neighbourhood has a great feel to it. The proximity to the airport is handy and we weren't troubled by hearing the occasional airplane overhead. The house is attractive and very comfortable, but what particularly impressed us was how immaculate and well organized it is. The house is very well stocked with dishes, cutlery, pots and pans etc. and since we like to cook this was important. The binder of information we were given was the most comprehensive we have ever seen, with an inventory of where to find anything we needed. We were warmly welcomed by Jeanette of EMR Vacation Rentals who gave us a thorough tour of the house so we felt secure that if we had any problems we didn't Jeanette would sort them out. All in all, it was a great experience and we hope to go back.
It was necessary to arrive one day later than planned and that was easily arranged with a call to our greeter Richard. Arriving after dark it would have been helpful to have better lighting by the house numbers as it was challenging to see. Richard greeted us as planned and walked us through the property. He had put on the fireplace which was a nice touch on a rainy night. The property was quaint and cozy like a beach cottage. The place looks like it could use some refreshing painting outside and a walkway to roll luggage to the front door. The fridge is making noises intermittently that were loud enough to wake us the first night guessing it needs to be leveled. Over all we enjoyed our stay.
We spent a week here, 7 of us, 3 generations from Ontario visiting our family in the area. Everything was perfect & beyond our expectations. It felt like home. The house had everything we needed & was very well equipped for making our meals. The cottage was clean & comfortable. Location couldnt be better! It is a short drive to all the attractions & a few minutes from the airport.
We will definitely plan to return.
everything about this house was perfect.....except the BBQ.
i was hosting 30 people for a BBQ dinner and was unable to cook the meat fast enough. replace the BBQ it is worn out. I had to cook the chicken in the oven.
Our 3 generations of family had such a wonderful stay at Pendray house. The home was clean and cozy and had everything that we needed for our 2 week vacation. We loved hearing about the history of the home and talking to the neighbours about the beautiful surrounding area. We beach combed, canoed supplied our own, wandered the quite neighbourhood and basked in the magical view. It was wonderful to be able to bring our four legged family member along with us too. Although we come from different parts of the world we definitely hope to be back one day to add to the amazing memories made.
Good sized accommodation for two people. Condo was well stocked with all the amenities. Only suggestion would be to provide more information in the property binder. I.e. Some basic info on how to use the television, how to turn off the AC, things to do in the area, local restaurants, etc. Also, just a suggestion, update the travel magazines in the condo, most were over 3 years old. But other than those minor details this unit was great for the two of us.
This is a very nice property. It was the first time it had been rented and we found a few things it needed. Very pointed this out to the property managers and I expect it will be perfect for the next renters. I would rent this property again and will definitely work with the management company. They were very good.
A very pleasant stay at the beach. The house was very comfortable and had everything one would need for a lovely vacation. The additional private room was especially nice when travelling with two couples. Easy access to town, golf and parks. My only negative comment would be about the internet that required rebooting at least 3 times a day.
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.
Beautiful location, roomy house, very clean and tidy. Could use a few more basic amenities in the kitchen, easier access to Netflix/Prime difficult to work the Apple TV. Would definitely stay here again with a group of friends.
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