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James Swiss

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Super Cozy Home Minutes From Everything

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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1400 Sq Ft Home With 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 6 Very Comfortably

This incredibly cozy, inviting home is just one block from Sidney's main street (Beacon Avenue) and only six blocks from the ocean. The house is quiet and fully equipped to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. It provides the perfect opportunity to gather with family and friends for a shared getaway in a home setting where the beds are comfortable, the showers are warm and the living and dining rooms encourage conversation and relaxation.

The house is in great shape and is well cared for. You'll enjoy quality bedding and towels, cookware and furnishings. The open concept on the main floor offers lots of natural light and creates a warm inviting atmosphere. You'll rest easy and deeply on high-quality mattresses in all the bedrooms.

Use the house for a quiet, restful getaway or as the base for exploring all the wonderful attractions just outside the door. Sidney and the surrounding area have much to offer so every day can bring new adventures.

Traveling to and from Sidney is easy. The Victoria International Airport is 5 minutes away as are ferry terminals for US and BC destinations.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James Swiss (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

About James Swiss

We are Cari Chernichen and Jim Swiss of Calgary, Alberta Canada. We run a successful consulting business that focusses on worker safety and environmental protection. Our work has taken us around the world, but we are constantly drawn to Sidney. It has been our goal to live at least part time on Vancouver Island and to our good fortune, this house came available in early 2013. We jumped at the chance to own it and are thrilled to know it is there for us. It has become our oasis.

James Swiss purchased this house in 2013

Why James Swiss chose Vancouver Island

Sidney has been a second home for Cari since the early 1970s. She watched it grow from a tiny fishing and retirement village to the bustling elegant vacation destination it is today. We both love spending as much time as we can in Sidney visiting family and friends who call it home. We have travelled to many places around the globe and have rented vacation properties through VRBO on several of those trips. We have always been more than pleasantly surprised with the accommodations we've found on VRBO and we look forward to sharing our VRBO rental with visitors from around the world.

What makes this house unique

We love walking and this lovely little house allows us to park our car in the garage and leave it there. Everything we need for day-to-day living is no more than a few blocks away. And if we just don't feel like venturing out the door, the house is so warm and cozy, we can lose ourselves for days in books, movies and home cooking.


based on 29 traveler reviews

Super Cozy Home Minutes From Everything
average rating of 4.827586 based on 29 reviews

Great Stay!

  • 4 of 5

This house was the perfect retreat for our mini family vacation. Great location - close to stores & ferries and the quaint town of Sidney. The house had a really cozy atmosphere - we loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home close to shopping (2 grocery stores, Tims, etc) with all the amenities. We enjoyed the quiet neighbourhood, the high ceilings, the floorplan layout with 3 bathrooms, the small garage, and the overall cleanliness and quality of the furnishings.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

The best part of our stay was the convenience to almost everything and a wonderful well kept home.....and they were so accommodating to all our needs and concerns........ On a rating of 5 stars I give it 6>........don't miss this delightful place for your next stay.....biking, hiking, ferries, ocean and VANCOUVER ISLAND's great hospitality.....we"ll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 3nights at this property for a family reunion. The house was perfect for family gatherings with a large open kitchen and living area. The kitchen is modern and well equipped to make cooking for a large group very easy. Located close to grocery store and within walking distance to everything in Sidney, makes it an ideal location if you don't have a car. Everything was exactly as described on the website and pictures gave a good idea of what to expect. The house was very clean and beds comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would definitely stay again. Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation in Sidney BC

  • 5 of 5

The home is very cozy and comfortable with everything we needed during our stay. The location is perfect for easy access to shops and places to eat in Sidney and an easy drive from there to Victoria. Had a great time and glad we picked this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy Home

  • 5 of 5

So glad we decided to rent a home rather than stay in a hotel. The home had everything needed including a nice quiet patio and barbecue. Close to grocery stores and main shopping area. Beautiful walks and everything within walking distance. Would recommend staying here to young and old alike.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Butchart Gardens
"An absolutely magnificent display of flowers and gardens."
The Fairmont Empress
Victoria Bug Zoo
Beacon Hill Park
Royal BC Museum
The Parliament Building
Sidney Pier
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre
Deep Cove Chalet
BC Ferries Swartz Bay (Victoria) Terminal
Washington State Ferries
Cordova Bay Golf Course
Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Victoria International
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Beacon Landing Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Washington State Ferries or BC Ferries
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Cordova Bay Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Patricia Bay Highway 17
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Many great restaurants within a 5 minute walk
Nearest Ski
265 Kilometres
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Beacon Landing
Car: not necessary

Sidney by the Sea is a fantastic little town where you can wander at your own pace and enjoy all the gems it has to offer. Stroll down the main street (Beacon Avenue) and stop at one of the many friendly restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops. Take a water taxi across to Sidney Spit and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Book into kayaking and canoe tours or go whale watching. The waterfront around Sidney is great for beach combing and dog-walking. Plan day trips to Victoria, the Butchart Gardens or one of the many Gulf Islands. And when you're done for the day, come back to your cozy home-away-from home, cook a great meal, share your stories around the dinner table and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Then do it all over again the next day.


Rates & Availability

Sidney House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $208
Refundable damage deposit $379

Cancellations. Written cancellations received more than 30 days prior to check in date will be eligible for up to a 90% refund of fees paid and will be calculated based on the Owner’s success in rebooking the unit for the same dates. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to check in date will be eligible for up to a 75% refund of fees paid and will be calculated based on the Owner’s success in rebooking the unit for the same dates.

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Sidney House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main floor powder room - toilet
    Master Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Master bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom is on main floor.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This is a very quiet home just minutes from all of the quaint shops, restaurants and tourist attractions that Sidney, Victoria and the Island have to offer. There is a complete separate lower floor suite that is occupied by a full-time renter. Sound proofing between the units is exceptional.

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