First-class 2 BR, 1 BA furnished seaside Suite rental ( Sleeps 4-5 )
Scott and Mary Alice
About Scott and Mary Alice
We started coming to the Island over 6 years ago and with each visit fell more and more in-love with it.
Scott and Mary Alice purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Scott and Mary Alice chose Sidney
Mary Alice had a strong visceral reaction to the Lochside ocean walkway and said ' This is it !!!' So, here we are. The Lochside beach walkway is one of the longest, private and most beautiful stretches of oceanfront on the Island.
What makes this Apartment unique
Ever been crabbing? Sidney and Sidney Pier (500 meters away ) is one of the best places to catch large red rock crabs. There are Dungeness crabs too. Just lower your crab trap off the pier, tie it off and come back in a couple of hours. Other than crabbing, the fishing in Sidney is quite decent ... you may be able to catch some good-sized soles right from the pier.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
Really enjoyed staying in Sidney; buying fresh seafood at the pier and cooking it in our fully-outfitted kitchen. We slept exceptionally well in one of the most comfortable beds ever! This apartment is cozy, comfortable, convenient and very clean. Thank you, Scott and Mary Alice!
Perfect spot. Comfortable had everything we needed
Really great spot. Central location. Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Only reasons why we gave it 4 not t stars is the people who live upstairs heavy on their feet and a bit on the loud side
Thank you for your review and comments. The tenant upstairs which is over part of the Suite has been sent a Notice about the rules of their lease ( Quiet period from 10pm to 8am ) and to be more respectful of our Guests. If that doesn't fix the situation for our upcoming guests, then the tenant will lose their lease with us.
Scott & Mary Alice
Relaxing home away from home
The place was lovely .It was very clean, well equipped with anything we needed. We enjoyed that it was not too close to downtown but close enough that we could walk everyday. The patio at the back is spectacular. We would certainly consider staying there again.
A great location, but......
If you've never been to Sidney and are now considering a visit - book your flights now! This is a beautiful and peaceful seaside community where people smile and make you feel welcome.
In making this review, I am considering what my expectations are - and want to try to make a potential renter aware of both the good and the bad.
What are the best things about the unit?
1. Very comfortable beds with appropriate linens.
2. Well equipped kitchen.
3. Excellent location only a few steps from the ocean walkway and only 4 blocks to downtown Sidney.
4. A pleasant outdoor patio, although I didn't use it because it was too early in the season.
5. A small washer/dryer was in the unit - a nice and convenient feature.
There are some pretty significant downsides to renting this unit, however.
1. The couch (and to a lesser extent, the rest of the furniture) were VERY uncomfortable. If only staying for a night or so this may not be a concern.
2. The rest of the house is rented to tenants. Noise transfer from them was very disruptive. At times, vulgar language was quite offensive. Arguments could easily be heard. Their footsteps, water running, etc., was obvious. I want to note that they were not unreasonably loud - it's just there was no sound proofing and the noise came through the walls.
3. The house is located on the flight path to the airport. Depending on the wind and time of day, the planes can be pretty darn loud. If this is going to bother you, please be advised.
4. The couch and carpet were stained and could do with a shampoo (or replacement).
Overall, I loved my time in Sidney. Some of the highlights were:
1. I got a short term gym membership at the Sidney Pier Hotel - a great way to stay fit in addition to all the walkable locations in the area.
2. The Sidney Bakery is full of irresistible breads and treats.
3. The Butchart Gardens is a MUST SEE.
4. The Stonehouse Pub near the Schwartz Bay ferry terminal is a lovely place for lunch.
5. The Fickle Fig is an interesting little farm-table deli on Mill Road - about a 7 minute drive from the rental property.
In summary, I spent a wonderful month in Sidney and will most definitely comeback, but I do not recommend this property.
Thank you for your comments and updates.
The upstairs tenants who are partially above the Suite have received formal notice and have given us their assurance that the noise complaints will not repeat themselves. I suspect that will rectify the issue, as it never came up when we lived upstairs. If not, they'll be evicted.
The carpet was new in 2016, I suspect the winter months took a toll. Our apologies. It has now been professionally cleaned.
The pull-out couch has been an issue when Guests need to use it beyond the 2 bedrooms provided. We are considering replacing it this summer. I've never slept on a pull-out that was very comfortable anywhere ... but we're going to try to make this one better.
We can't do much about the airplanes as they can be heard all over Sidney regardless of where you are staying. Fortunately it isn't a very busy airports, there are only a couple of Jumbo Jet flights a day but it might interrupt conversation for a few seconds while the jet passes.
We will be adding more Patio furniture to the large Garden Patio this summer and the flowers that are there are stunning. Sadly, their dormant in the winter months.
I'm glad you enjoyed Sidney and am sorry that you had these issues. We really wish that you would have called us while you were here about them so we could have addressed them at the time.
Scott & Mary Alice
Wonderful home. Perfect for party of four.
We stayed for a week. It was a good size for the four of us and it was nice to have a grocery store and bus stop nearby within walking distance.
With the fully equipped kitchen, I was able to cook almost everything I wanted to cook.
We hope to come back soon.
Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again.
Scott & Mary Alice
We really enjoyed our stay!
The place was perfect for us. Good location and very comfortable.
Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Scott & Mary Alice
Thank you for taking an interest in our picturesque town of Sidney-by-the-Sea. Situated amidst the Gulf Islands with Mount Baker in the distance, you will quickly discover why we are fortunate to live, work and play in this community where you can experience the relaxed atmosphere of a small seaside town and enjoy all the advantages of the big city.
Sidney is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the Saanich Peninsula - just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria. Sidney is home to the Sidney / US (Anacortes, WA) Ferry Terminal and just minutes from the Victoria International Airport as well as the Swartz Bay BC Ferry Terminal. Wide-ranged local bus service is available to all areas of the Peninsula and downtown Victoria. Our weather is the mildest in Canada with prevailing westerly ocean winds moderating both summer and winter temperatures.
We are a year round tourist destination with 3.6 kilometres of waterfront and many wonderful activities to explore including: a Historical Museum; the Ocean Discovery Centre; whale watching; street statues and murals; a Mineral World; and our 420 ft. Fishing Pier with a thriving marine life Artificial Reef. Our waterfront location allows for many other water related activities such as boating, sailing, kayaking, diving and fishing.
Our pedestrian friendly downtown offers an excellent variety of stores, specialty shops and businesses providing unique products and personalized service. Sidney is Canada's only Booktown where you can enjoy many hours of browsing through new and used books in a large number of bookstores. Sidney’s restaurants offer a diverse assortment of excellent meals and cater to all tastes.
Sidney is alive with culture and entertainment, boasting its own exciting 310 seat multi-purpose Theatre for stage productions.