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Super Cozy Home Minutes From Everything

Sidney, BC, Canada
  • House1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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.


James Swiss

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within two days
Calendar last updated:
Dec 18, 2017
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 Sidney

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Master bedroom
        1 queen
      • Master bedroom is on main floor.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Main floor powder room
      • Master Ensuite Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            Majestic Mount Baker stands tall across the Georgia Strait - stroll down main street and it is sure to come into view.
          • Ocean View
            Minutes from the front door enjoy ocean and mountain views.
          • Village
            Sidney by the Sea is a lovely quaint and very walkable town with everything you need for a great vacation. It's very close to Victoria and other great Vancouver Island attractions too.
          • Waterfront
            Is only a 10 minute walk away.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Garage
                        One Car Garage
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Fireplace
                        Gas fireplace in living room
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        On street parking in addition to garage
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Prepare simple to gourmet meals. You'll find lots of counter space, cookware and utensils to work with.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Table expands to accommodate 6 to 10 people
                              • Dining Room
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • Books
                                    A wide assortment of paperbacks for young readers and adults.
                                  • Games
                                    Board games and puzzles
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Shaw Cable, Apple TV and Netflix
                                  • Television


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • museums
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • churches
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • synagogues
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • 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

                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • 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.

                                                                40 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Amazing Happy Place

                                                                We absolutely loved our stay. The home is truly a "Happy Place". Extremely well appointed, great location, very clean, comfortable beds and linens. We virtually walked everywhere, and would be happy to recommend it to our friends and family. We will definitely be back, hopefully soon.

                                                                Dave and Donna

                                                                A home away from home

                                                                Ric N.Calgary

                                                                Well-equipped, comfortable, close to shopping and harbour. Be prepared to park away from the front of the house. It would seem that Sidney lacks bylaws for excessive noise created by motorcycles and pickup trucks

                                                                We may return to the area . . .

                                                                Fantastic holiday at "Our Happy Place"

                                                                Dawn D.Calgary, Alberta

                                                                Such a warm & welcoming place to stay, we felt at home right away. The house is so well set up and everything we needed was provided. Soft sheets, luxurious towels, all the kitchen utensils you could need, not to mention such beautiful surroundings. Cari & Jim were fabulous and made sure we had everything we needed...including fresh cut flowers and some local produce and chocolates!

                                                                We started off the days with a glorious walk down to the water and along the walkways, heading home along Beacon Street with some fun window shopping. Whether it was a 60 km cycle trip, a beach combing day, or just relaxing in the sunny outdoor lounge area in the back yard with a good book - this was the perfect place to stay. Thanks Jim & Cari!!

                                                                Great host, location and books

                                                                Ankush G.

                                                                Stayed in Sydney to explore the area with our small kids. The owners were very friendly and accommodated all our requests. The house met all our needs and had easy access to the town and main roads. Definitely recommend to others.

                                                                Practically perfect in every way

                                                                Tessa H.Spanish Fork

                                                                Beautiful home in great location. Clean, comfortable. Owners were welcoming and responsive. Home equipped with everything needed for a pleasant stay. Tried some of the owners' recommended activities and they turned out to be highlights of our trip. I've no reservation in recommending this rental.

                                                                Sweet place

                                                                Ann M C.

                                                                Really liked the location....close to grocer, shops, restaurants and the sea.....the House is wonderful.....quiet neighborhood, cozy living area to gather with family, bright, cheerful and well equipped kitchen/dining area, beds were firm and the linens were very nice, great w/d, read part of Janice Joplin bio......really liked Sidney and area.........the House is wonderful.......would like to come back......thanks, Jim and Cari.......fresh flowers were lovely, chocolate excellent.....did not make use of the phone too much but would next time.....Ann Cumpton......


                                                                Sidney, BC, Canada

                                                                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.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                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.

                                                                40 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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