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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.
This property has everything you would ever need to feel like you are at home. We loved the comfort, and the quietness of the area. What a joy to have a private back yard with a patio. The house was spotless, and the beds were comfortable. My family members were happy to discover it was right on the bus route, and with fares at 2.50 to go to any zone including Victoria that is a deal indeed. For those who like to walk, and to stay fit you will find some new outdoor exercise amenities just by the library on Resthaven. This is about a 15-minute walk away from the property. They are actually exercise machines, set up in a bit of a circuit. For those who demand quality in their clothing both ladies and men's Beacon Ave is THE place to shop. Amazing selection of the BEST clothing and accessories. If a person is looking for a 'beach' with nice sand you might want to drive to Parksville or across the island to Long Beach Tofino. But if you enjoy walking along the water and viewing colorful starfish and other sea life you are in the right place. Sidney Pier is a short drive from the house and there is a great walking path that will take you a few km's along the water from there.
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.
I would not recommend the property to anyone else because of the limited parking. The parking on the street greatly crowds the passing cars. Also because of scrutiny from neighbours you feel like you can't have visitors, raise your voice above a whisper, etc. I felt unwelcome the whole time.
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.
Having stayed for about three weeks in November, we enjoyed our stay very much. The owner, Bob June, was very hospitable and helpful with information and with providing whatever supplies we needed. The suite is very comfortable, clean and fully stocked. Its location is ideal as it's only a ten minute walk to the ocean and shopping and is situated in a quiet, mature, gorgeous neighbourhood with lovely old mansions lining the streets. We really had no complaints about the rental, but could offer a more expanded and robust offering of TV-programing.
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.
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!
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.
The property and its owner who lived next door was lovely. The management company sent too many redundant email notifications. Check-in is too late at 4 PM. Check out greeter did not show up and the information about this check out person was wrong as it turned out to be the name and number of the cleaning staff.
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.
We stayed for 4 nights and had a fantastic time in Victoria. The suite is very well maintained and a super location close to everything. Great area outside to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. The Rockland area is close everything and can walk to all the attractions in Victoria. Great for you pet and close to the Cook street waterfront dog park. Defiantly will re-book this unit when we are in Victoria again.
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.
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.
We enjoyed staying here very much while in Victoria and area. The condo was well equipped and very comfortable. It was well located to Esquimalt, View Royal and points west as well as to Victoria. The condo was very good value. We appreciated how helpful the EMR staff were in meeting us and being available. We'd definitely consider staying here again.
This house is very comfortable and well equipped, especially if you are intending to cook family meals. We really liked that it had a bar fridge for wine and beer so that we could store plenty of food in the main fridge. The hot tub is very well maintained and in a private but beautiful location. The convenience of the ferry terminal and the town of Sidney nearby are added bonuses, since Sidney is one of our favourite places. Everything in the house was as described and photographed, was well maintained and clean, with good support from the property management company. We would certainly recommend this house for others to stay in. There is a charming pub about a 5 minute drive away, the Stonehouse.
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.
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 suite was great. Easy parking in and out. Location was within walking to groceries, downtown and good restaurants. The room worked really well with good beds, clean room and everything needed in the kitchen. Living room furniture was comfortable and casual so I didn't feel too uptight. There is a lot of light coming in with a large balcony for getting some good outside fresh air inside. Only downside was a small bathroom but overall I guess that's a non-issue.
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.
This home is exactly as described in other reviews & photos it was perfect for our group. Beautiful bay & ocean views, spacious rooms, comfortable beds, private beach, dock & gazebo all on a large private lot you don't see your neighbors. Minutes to the most amazing hiking trails East Sooke Regional Park. An older home but, well maintained. NOTE This is in a rural area about 10-15 minute winding road to get there and a steep driveway but, worth it. Closest town is Sooke, about 20-25 minutes...Victoria is about 50 minutes. Butchart Gardens about an hour. Sooke is a great little town offering many amenities restaurants, tours Kayak, Whale watching etc. Best vacation!
Great views great weather lots of wildlife and sea life Very peaceful and a nice vacation spot. Kitchen table was a little wobbly to say the least. It should be changed. Otherwise a good vacation experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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My family and I were overwhelmed by the breath-taking beauty of Oceanfront Escape. The panoramic views of the water and neighboring islands was astonishing.
The outdoor hot tub is why we chose this property. We found it secluded and lovely, with the added plus of having a view.
The property was clean, bright, fresh and equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our stay.
We come to Sidney at least once a year, but this location was new to us. We found it quiet and convenient to all we chose to do.
We had a very memorable stay at OceanFront Escape and would definitely like to enjoy coming again in the future.
Had a great stay at the Heron View Cottage. The management company was great to work with, and the owner checked in on us to ensure everything was okay. This became a great base of operations for exploring the greater Victoria area. So nice to be able to walk to things nearby, including the BC Transit to downtown Victoria. Thanks for helping us have a great and memorable vacation.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Wonderful quiet property . Spectacular ever-changing ocean front views with eagles, herons, sea lions & seals. Great kitchen, dining room and living room for entertaining. Visit the farmers market in Quallicum and Goats on the Roof in Coombs. The Francis Barkly day cruise out of Port Alberni to Tofino is memorable as are the fish & chips at Bare BonesPort Alberni. Endless opportunities for day trips to parks and beaches in the area.
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 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.
Started out stressful for our flight arrived late night and had no clear directions to get to the place. To top it off, my GPS did not initially work and it was our first visit to the island. Thanks to our greeter, Richard, he met us right off the highway and led us to the place which had quite a few twists and turns. The rest of our stay was great and we really enjoyed the time just looking at the view. One noticeable thing was that the main floor got almost unbearably hot whenever we arrived late afternoon from sightseeing. None of the heaters were on as we checked repeatedly. Another minor thing was the bed sheets,cover and pillow covers could use a fresher scent as it had a sort of musty odor where my wife and I stayed. This is the bedroom next to the bathroom. Like, I said, these are both minor issues and we still enjoyed the house immensely! I would definitely rent the place again. Thank you to the EMR staff, especially Judi and Richard, our greeter who was so patient with us. Can't wait to schedule another trip to the island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Property updates were great. Only comments would be that the equipment in kitchen could be updated, path to dock should be corrected including the removal of dead trees one fell close to dock and boat while there.
Well maintained 1 bedroom suite with huge bathroom and lovely soaker tub plus separate shower. Situated 2 blocks roughly from Craigdarroch Castle and 1 block from Govt House. Lovely area for walking. Owners live upstairs and are very congenial. Dog friendly with fenced back area. Little darker than expected as unit is partially underground. Not a lot of insulation between floors so can be a bit noisy. Bed mattress needs to be replaced. Did NOT like EMR's return of deposit policy and inflexibility with same. Will deter us from using them again.
We enjoyed our stay however the stairs were a bit too much for us and especially for Adam. They were more of a inconvenience than anything. The parking was inconvenient as well. And there was no handicap parking in front of the building. The garbage situation was also a hassle having to separate everything before placing it in the recycling bin. We also found the beds to be quite hard and both my daughter and I woke up with sore backs everyday. Other than we enjoyed our stay. Convenient area and close to all amenities. But, again the stairs and the parking are something to deal with if you have groceries and sometimes had to park way down the road.
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 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.
We enjoyed the shade over the front deck for eating dinner and using the hot tub.
Location is less than 10 minutes from Lk Cowichan town.
Could not view our boat moored at the dock from the house.
Property management team were responsive to our calls.
We been in a lot of rental home before ,We are four people come to stay in this place for a week .. i mention to the greeter that the toilet paper would not be enough and he absolute say you can buy your own the store is not that far.. not coming here again...
Overall the vacation with the family was great with a beautiful location. The house needs new pots and pans. It would also be helpful if basic paper supplies like dish soap, paper towels and kleenex were available.
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.
Our stay was one of the most enjoyable getaways we've had. The view, seclusion, warf, crabbing gear along with many other amenities made our stay perfect.
Would book again.
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.
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.
We had a great time & beautiful weather for our full week of vacation. Loved the community, found the people to be very friendly. Recommend J&V's burger & pizza. Excellent food & service, have great halibut & cod as well!Didn't have any luck fishing the lake, but still had fun trying. The rental property really needs new frying pans, had to go out & buy one!
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.
This was the perfect vacation rental for our family vacation. We were three families six adults, 2 kids and 2 babies and the house provided ample room and entertainment for all age groups. The house was exactly as shown in the pictures and we were not disappointed from the moment we walked in. The kitchen was well stocked with spices and other odds and ends. We used the BBQ most nights however it could use a good cleaning or upgrade. The location was ideal, being right on the ocean and provided endless hours of entertainment for the kids, playing in the sand, hunting for seashells and other sea life, watching the sea lions and flying kites. The house is very close to grocery stores and central to many attractions on the island that can be visited in short day trips. The property management staff were very easy to deal with and prompt in replying to any questions or concerns we had. An unforgettable vacation at the Columbia Beach House!
Really enjoyed the stay. I suggest that the property description includes greater detail about the separate residence on the property... it should be made clear that this refers to the basement had we have known this we would have chosen a different location. Trying to keep our two your children quiet and respectful of the occupants of the basement suite was a full time job and really took away from our enjoyment unfortunately. That said there weren't any complaints from the tenants... but as a respectful and mindful renter it just didn't turn out to be a good fit for us. I wouldn't recommend this property to families with toddlers unless they are very calm and quiet unlike ours!or unless the parents simply don't care.
I stayed at the Heron View cottage for 4 nights with my elderly parents. The cottage is located on a quiet lane close to the water in the pleasant seaside community of Sidney. We enjoyed the convenience of a full kitchen and a nice view of Roberts Bay from the second level. Having two bathrooms and bedrooms on two levels gave everyone privacy and convenience. The beds and pillows were comfortable and everything was well supplied. Check in/out was simple and quick. The location was great for us as we had easy access to the airport, the ferry terminal, Butchart Gardens and only a half hour drive to the Victoria inner harbour. We could easily walk to restaurants and shops in the centre of Sidney and we enjoyed the walkway around the marina. Overall this is a great place to stay for a short or longer term stay.
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.
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.
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.
This is a small but lovely unit. Very comfortable and clean. Incredible views and a great location.
I had a couple of issues while I was staying there that were promptly handled by the female employees of EMR.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Another reviewer said it before, I should have actually listen.
The property is fine and we had a great time.
The process through the property management called EMR or smth was awful. Worst that I have seen yet.
First I booked through VRBO so I was expecting to be done with it as I did many times before. Far from it. I received emails after emails with tons of instructions, phone calls, paperwork to fill out, send back, my credit card needed to be entered everywhere and in clear. Security whole all the way. I put in my CC once in VRBO, once I had to write it clear on the contract that I'm sure ends up in a file cabinet somewhere where the neighbor kid also has access, then I had to give it again on a 3rd party website that the property management uses to actually get your money less their vrbo listing fee, that I paid separately when I thought I was done with it. Then I had to show my cc to the greeting person which was a very nice lady btw.
What's up with the greet thing? Welcome to 21st, leave the key under a locked pin. I had to communicate my arrival hour and set it up instead of just showing up after 5pm whenever I liked! Wake UP! It was also suggested in one of the many did I mentioned? tones of email instructions and remote web site instructions that they would also appreciate a tip, you know, if I wanted a hotel, I would go to one. They also asked to give them my complete itinerary, which I didn't. What?? Why??
The property and the greeting lady were great, the booking process was not, by far the worst!
It couldnt have better. Great we were able to rent entire house. Parents got perfect basement suite and adult children had upstairs. Place was well equipped and ideally situated for beach walks, bike rides, golf, wineries and exploring the area. Easy access to ferries and Sidney. It was very quiet didnt even notice nearby airport. Highly recommend.
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.
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..
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!
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!
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.
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.
We were only here for 3 nights but the location was great. Minutes from the ocean. Because of our short stay we hardly spent any time in the house/yard but it was nice to have the space and morning coffee on the deck
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.
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.
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!
My husband and I stayed here with my parents and our two young daughters. From the moment we checked in to when we had to say good bye, we we're happy with the home. We made good use of the hot tub and theatre room as well. They have a pull out couch in the main living room that we didn't use but wasn't advertised so if you do have an extra person they can always crash there. There's a beautiful office as well if you happen to have to work on vacation. And the back deck is perfect with a Webber BBQ, tons of seating and a gas fire pit. Lots of sheets and towels and really everything you need, it was set up like a hotel. We feel like we were one of the first groups to stay here and really hope those after take care of the place so we can come back one day and enjoy it the same. Yvonne the property manager that helped us was always very helpful and responsive. Thanks again.
House was a great location and well appointed. Some minor issues....old coffe filter and grounds were found in the coffee pot which required cleaning. Hadnt had a good cleaning in some time. Carpet on the stairs in need of cleaning or replacement. If appliances are turned off, doors should be left open.
Our group consisted of 9 people, ages 5 to 70, for a family get together of 4 different households. I had never rented a vacation home before so it was a new experience. It was an easy process. The staff was very helpful. Our greeter was helpful in directing us to a place to eat & a grocery store that first night. We had an issue with the BBQ girl. It was quickly resolved. We enjoyed ourselves we decided we need to do family get together more regularly & would certainly prefer Pendray House if we return to the area and use EMR if looking elsewhere.
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.
EMR staff was waiting when we arrived. We had one small issue early on and EMR were on it right away. Beautiful cottage setting. The property was a bit tired looking but fit the cottage appeal. Great beach access perfect for groups with kids. Our granddaughters spent many many hours exploring the beach and water. Accommodated our group that had people from 7 to 87. Large patio with huge table and lots of deck chairs was our favorite spot. Great bird watching. Easy access to Sidney and Victoria and all the sites in the area. We would definitely rent this property again.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The house is in an excellent location close to restaurants and coffee shops in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Great ocean views with seals and eagles passing by. We appreciated the cosy gas fireplace during our winter stay. There were some recent upgrades flat screen TVs, new carpet, new coffee maker and toaster, but a couple of minor maintenance issues that need to be taken care of fridge leaked on defrost cycle, patio door sticks while closing, smoke alarm too close to oven!. But overall perhaps the best house we have rented in the area. We would rent it again.
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 -
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 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 found the cottage to be a very pleasant, comfortable, relaxing space. We could see the ocean from our large windows and enjoyed our morning coffee gazing at the view. We would love to visit again when the spring flowers are blooming as the gardens looked like they would be beautiful. Thanks for making our vacation enjoyable!
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.
Mu husband and I brought family for their first ever vacation outside the U.S. The house was wonderful. Fantastic views. We thought it might be a bit too far from
Victoria, it wasn't, and since we ventured all over the peninsula, it worked out great. EMR provided great customer service and we would highly recommend this property to travelers to the area. The local Thrifty Foods in Sidney had wonderful seafood,for cooking in,it was quite the surprise. Hyland,s Fish & Chips was a wonderful surprise, best fish and chips we had on the island. Also, don't miss the crab cakes at the Muse Winery.
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.
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.
I was taking my daughter to University. The property had an excellent kitchen with everything we needed. I would highly recommend this property to everyone. Thank you for a wonderful place to stay while in Victoria. Nancy
WE thoroughly enjoyed our stay here with our 2 grown sons. A very comfortable and well appointed cottage with everything you could possibly need in a quiet peaceful setting. It greatly enhanced our vacation.
We enjoyed our stay in the very nice, sunny home with beautiful views. The furniture was comfortable and the kitchen was very well equipped. The deck and surrounding area are enclosed which is handy for pets and small kids. The neighbourhood is very nice and quiet and the town of Sidney is a 10 minute drive away. We will certainly try to book this home whenever we want to visit the area.
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
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.
Enjoyed the quietness of the lake, which I find so restorative, year after year at North Lake Waterfront Home. Cleanliness much improved, thanks. And glad to have the rowboat and paddleboat in working order. Great new dock too!
One suggestion....for the main floor bedroom....perhaps extra bed linens could be stored elsewhere, thus leaving the wire racks in the cupboard avaiable to unpack your clothes so you don't need to live out of a suitcase during your stay.
I appreciated having access to extra bed linens since I didn't know whether I would have guests come for a day or two....but wonder if a different storage space could be found????? eg. hall closet??
Our greeter was great and so helpful to help carry bags in for in my friend who has a mobility disability. Thank you !!!!
Will return as often as I can!!!
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
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.
Rented property for 5 weeks May/June 2016. Excellent location and great for families. Our only disappointment was that the kitchen oven was not fully functional and even though we complained during the first week, the management company was unable to organise a replacement or get it fixed.
However, that said, we will definitely book this property again.
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.
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.
The house was exactly what it looked like in the photos and the private dock was closer than we thought. The house was clean and tidy with plenty of room for 6 of us. The hot tub was in great condition and we used it alot as the lake was cold. We ran out of BBQ gas on Wednesday. Didn't find a second tank anywhere. The Roman blinds in the bedroom downstairs were not strung properly so we didn't try to use them. Also, my father in law was very disappointed that there was no cable to watch the Olympics on and the news, it was stated there was cable tv provided on the website. For this I feel that the vacation enjoyment was short of our expectations but the rest of the family enjoyed the house and lake immensely.
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.
We had a wonderful time. The view is specttacular, the home is very spacious. It needs some maintenance and the exterior needs cleaning. The only real complaint was the septic tank company came to pump the tank out just as we were having breakfast and it was very smelly.
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Perfect little bungalow for our family with 2 small children, didn't have to worry about them falling down stairs or getting into anything as there wasn't much breakables down for them to get into. House definitely has that cottage feel for the island life experience. Great backyard for them to play in & all fenced in. Perfect location for being close to the marina to sail. Lots of things to do with the kids all around within 10-15 mins away. Only downside is no dishwasher haha. Floor could've definitely used a wash as well but wasn't terrible.
We arrived and were greeted by Jeanette. She was lovely.
The house was on a spectacular piece of property overlooking the ocean. The house had everything you would need except for your food. I highly recommend it!
Somewhat pricey, however, it was Xmas & prices for hotel/rental places tend to increase. Although, it was a great value.
The kitchen had all the amenities you need to make a variety of meals.
The house was sufficient for grandparents & family of 4 as there 2 bedrooms & full bath on 2nd for, and another bedroom on main, with access to another bathroom.
No open fires allowed wood burning, but propane fire pts are acceptable.
The inside fire place was unusable, and the Apple TV was not user friendly. The TV is a Roku Samsung which is not indicated in the listing & probably helpful for people to know.
The solarium is a nice added touch, had the weather co-operated it could have been used as an extra sitting/play area for the kids. As a suggestion space heaters would have been added bonus to sit & watch the birds and seals in the ocean.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our stay.
If you are looking for peace and quiet this is the place for you. There was no wifi but for our family that helped us to totally relax and disconnect .We would definitely return.Thank you for sharing your wonderful unique vacation home!
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 vacation home at Heron's Landing was absolutely amazing . The location truly felt like home rather than just a place to stay. After staying there , I don't think any hotel , no matter how fancy , would have even come close.
Although it rained for most of the month of March, we had a fabulous time staying at Heron's Landing. The home is located close to Pat Bay with lots of cycling/walking paths nearby. And it was kind of cool having coffee in the living room and looking out at the horse traffic walking by. The rental is by far the best equipped we've stayed at. Also, there were lots of good restaurants within 10 km to choose from when we got tired of eating in. We'd definitely stay here again and would recommend it to our friends and family.
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
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!
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.
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!
The location, amenities, access to ocean walkways and convenience to restaurants and stores made for a very
pleasant holiday. Even on rainy days, just staying home made for a restful day. 1st class
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!
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 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.
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 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!
A beautiful, clean, fully equipped property with everything you could need, including a little garden. Details did specify DVDs and CDs which we were unable to locate - however this did not alter our views that it was excellent. Lovely quite location within walking distance to beaches. Walking distance to town and amenities not as close as expected but not an issue as we had transport. It is close to both the ferry terminal and the airport. Only negative was the management personnel, the greeter appeared disinterested and in a hurry to get away. She handed over one key the other was apparently missing - we later learned that this had been taken home by a previous occupant although the owner of the property was not aware of this and pointed to a book on the table. When we emailed them re check out they asked what time would we like, we replied and they didn't confirm whether that was OK or not. On the morning of check out they telephoned to request we check out ourselves as they were short of staff etc! However, management aside, we would definitely recommend this luxury property as a base for exploring Vancouver Island.
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!
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.
Beacon Hill condo in Roberts House is perfectly located for not needing a car to walk the harbour, Dallas Road waterfront overlooking the straits and Olympic Mountains of WA state and Beacon Hill Park. It is a great place to spend July and August.
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.
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!
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.
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.
As we were in a very akward position, EMVR managed to give us a perfect house, near the golfcourses we already booked, on a very short notice, the same day! Very fine and comfortable
Enjoyed our stay - helped by fabulous weather the entire time! Nice tidy property with lovely deck and garden. Very well equipped and comfortable, nice to have a bit of beach a short walking distance. Company very helpful when there was a problem with the Wi-Fi, got it sorted out promptly. Bit of aircraft noise during the day due to proximity of airport.
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.
Bryan the manager was great and very helpful,a good man.
Carpet needed cleaning,the whole condo could have used a good cleaning
The dishes were sparse a few more would have been nice
We enjoyed the gym.
We were here a month in the fall. Lovely garden close to the beach/bird sanctuary, bus line. A 1 km walk to restaurants, grocery, etc. It was perfect. The only possible negative is the parking. We had a small car,so we could use the small garage next to the cottage. If you have a large car, you will have to park on the street about a block away. Any visitors will also have to park a block away.
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!
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.
The home and setting were very nice. The general condition was clean and ready for use. The rental staff weren't very knowledgeable about the property and what was included but overall our experience was positive. If you're looking for a quiet rental within short driving distance to amenities then this is an excellent location...
Nice house with beautiful views. The inside of the house was not cleaned or well stocked. We had one garbage bag for 5 days with 4 people. One roll of partially used paper towels, and the garbage outside was completely full when we arrived. We ran out of toilet paper thankfully right before we left.
The hot tub was green and cloudy.
We loved the house but just be warned to bring your own supplies.
Also the person who was suppose to come check us out at 11 never showed.
The house was exactly what we needed. The only negative feedback would be is the greeter told us that we had to give an exact check out time. When I questioned him about this he stated that he didn't make the rules that it was company policy. Other than this little hiccup I would definitely use EMR again for finding a vacation home.
it was the perfect home for our Christmas family reunion. it was clean, the kitchen was well stocked with cooking appliances, the bedrooms were cozy and comfortable and the living space was relaxing. we loved having the lower level for games and TV. the children loved all the great toys and adults played some board games. I would definitely do it again and would love to rent it during the summer if available. the back deck and yard are beautiful. it is a short walk to the water and there is a nice walking trail.
Heron View was a wonderful place to stay. Close enough to Victoria to make easy trips into the city, but also close to must see places like Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly garden. the Butterfly Garden is wonderful for kids, and adults love it too. Best of all, the charming, small town of Sidney is only a short walk away, and we loved strolling the main street which is filled with wonderful shops, TWELVE bookstores, and numerous cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. The marina is right next to the town and is a good place to see some amazing yachts! Or you can go whale watching! The cottage itself is private, spotless, and just a beautiful refuge to return to after a busy, bustling day in the city of Victoria.
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.
Patricia bay beach house had everything we need, was cozy, comfy and was right by the water. Would recommend this stay. Our only concern was the lack of airflow in the house. Adding some ventilation around the bathrooms and house would be a great addition.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoyed the row boat crabbing and oyster fishing with our brother in law from the area.
Grand Children had fun with each other 7 under age 4. Excellent location. Lamp in the living room is getting rather worn out should be replaced. We were unable to find the remote control for the upstairs TV but had nice weather so didn't really need it
I was very pleased to have a house where my family and friends could stay over the day before and day after our wedding. We were happy with the space and location. The only downside was that I had prefaced my reservation asking if it would be ok to have an open house mid afternoon the day following our wedding as I wanted to b clear about our reason for renting a house and the property management company left me a voice mail an hour before my wedding saying they needed to speak about it right away. It was disappointing that they didn't have all emails I sent on file as I tried to be as transparent as possible about the open house and someone calling to tell me it might be a problem was a bit stressful. The property management was very professional and it was a non issue as it was roughly 20-30 people who stopped over the course of 5hrs mid-day when noise was not an issue. Overall the property was beautiful and we enjoyed our 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.
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!
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.
As with everyone else we have been unable to travel or see family for almost 2 years. Thanks to Canada we were finally able to gather together. The Patricia Bay House was perfect! Beautifully situated on the bay. A lovely 2 story house with great views. We enjoy cooking together and I cant say enough about how well equipped the kitchen was. Everything a cook could think of. I cant think of a more perfect place to spend time!
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!
Myself, two other board members and out spouses all travel to a house near the city our annual meeting is held to decompress for the rest of the week. We have been doing this for several years and this is one of the nicest houses and the most scenic area yet,
Good location- neighbourhood and town of Sidney wonderful. Walked back into the 70's--kitchen needs upgrade and orange shag rug in entry/storage room smelled. I accept that the house is pet friendly. Lots of owner paraphernalia around. Bed mattresses very comfortable but futon like and VERY low. we are 6 feet tall and 70 yrs, old Sump pump bubbling sound in tub was fairly constant as we rented in Feb. New reading lighting in living room would be helpful. Expect renting in sumer would be delightful to enjoy lovely back garden.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
We recently spent 4 nights at North Lake. It was our first time but will not be our last. We loved the peaceful paradise that is North Lake. We watch the hummingbirds and painted turtles and swam in the pristine lake. It was magical!
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.
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.
A lovely home for a family gathering weekend, with children and grandchildren. Kids in particular love Pendray for the tidal pools and the bunk bed rooms. We will continue to come back regularly.
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.
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!!!!!
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!
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!!!
This property has an amazing 'homey' feel to it. This property is less than 5 minutes away from Victoria BC International Airport, less than 10 minutes to Sidney by the Sea, and about 30 minutes away from downtown Victoria BC. We were able to see so much during our stay and we always looked forward to getting back to the house. Had my coffee in the backyard every morning watching the birds - humming birds, herons, osprey, bald eagles, woodpeckers, and rabbits running through the yard. So peaceful, relaxing, and everyone in the party was happy.
Clean unit. Quiet location. Pretty gardens. Secure parking garage. Comfortable furniture with recliners. Kitchen small with two small stovetop burners and a convection microwave oven. Comfortable kingsize bed and see through fireplace to bedroom was welcome on cool evenings. Property maintenance staff readily accessible.
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.
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 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!!
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 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.
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