Quiet Home on Marsh; 10 Secs to Swim, Canoe in St. Lawrence R.
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- Minimum stay:1-2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Montreal house description
Two story house newly and completely renovated near Montreal in one of the prettiest spots in southwest Quebec, a hudred feet off the road that runs along Lake St. Louis, a widening in the St. Lawrence. Ten seconds to the water (good swimming), superb view of a large marsh via six patio doors at back of house. House set one row back from road, which makes it still more peaceful. Small residence next door (on same property and also owned by me) is occupied by quiet elderly lady. Beautiful wide-plank white maple floors throughout, with stained wood support columns and ceiling beams on main floor (see pictures). Central air-conditioning. A rear corner of the living room ceiling has been removed to give a view to the angled walls of the roof and the mezzanine's natural-wood beams and walls. This opening (protected by a strong see-through railing) bringss light from below to the upper areas of the house and vice versa. The mezzanine (queen bed) is the most beautiful part of the house with its mood-setting natural-wood floor, walls and rafters. There's a toilet and sink here set off by curtains, a desk, a sitting area, and a tv, and the large windows give a fine view of the lake in front (at least in winter, when leaves don't interfere) and of the marsh behind. An immense sense of space on the main floor, the line of six patio doors giving a marsh view marsh from all corners. All-new galley kitchen (stove, fridge, toaster, microwave), and a large glass-top dining table to work on. Three large couches in semicircle face the marsh and make for a pleasant rest or tv-viewing area. A corner by the windows with another glass table for eating breakfast or other activities. An antique pump organ (1880s) in fine shape stands along the far salon wall. Staring at it from the opposite wall is a 1950s status symbol: a large radio console with stereo controls and record player. At the front of the salon pocket french doors lead to a bedroom with double bed, desk, dresser, and tv. Beside it is a small room (size of a large cupboard) for the washer and dryer. Also nearby is a desk with telephone and wireless internet apparatus. Mirror doors adorn the six-foot wide clothing cupboard at the entrance and a ten-foot cupboard/storage area at the opposite end of the house that reflects the marsh view and adds to the sense of space and the pleasing effect of light entering the main living area from multiple angles. Garden well on its way to being done, with flowering plants in front and a band of grass all around house. A six-foot high privacy wall around the sides and front of the property will soon be completed. A cabin beside the house is equally sumptuously finished with natural wood, where persons needing private space can go to read a book, have a snooze, or whatever--(perhaps a good place to send the kids while sanity recovers). When there are no guests, I use it as a study. A huge deck permits barbecuing and dining outside while enjoying the peaceful marsh view--sundown mosquito alert in summer.
The property comes with a stretch of ground along the edge of Lake St. Louis that is shared with a neighbour, so guests can sit there and enjoy the sun, go for a swim, or launch our canoe. The water here is not deep and children can easily play with supervision. The bottom is pebbly so wear sandals or gymshoes to wade in. A small one-story house sits next door just ten feet away (I own it as well) but one does not notice it when inside, and the lady who lives there is quiet. She has a small dog that plays with mine and is pleasant. The large parking area can accomodate up to five vehicles. Montreal downtown is thirty minutes distant if you go during non-rush-hour traffic. Shopping for food, etc is five minutes away in Chateauguay, which has a sprinkling of specialty restaurants. There are excellent French and Italian restaurants in Beauharnois, ten minutes away, where you can also see ocean going ships coming through the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Those vessels follow Lake St. Louis to get to the Atlantic Ocean, or Chicago in the other direction, so there are often one or two in sight when you're by the water near the Lery house. The layout of Lake St. Louis is such that the sun goes down straight across from Lery, and people often gather in the evening at nearby spots to watch. Lery residents often come out for a walk along the Chemin du Lac (the Road of the Lake) to enjoy that special moment. Lery consists of just one main road, and along the water's edge there are few homes, so it is very quiet. Since it's so beautiful here, there are visitors on the weekends and on evenings who drive by to see the sights, but even then it is tolerable. So if you want to install yourself in a charming home with unrivaled atmosphere and warmth, where you'll love relaxing and reading a book after a swim or walk in nature, this would suit you well. Without exception the guests we've had have loved the peaceful setting, the magnificent view of the marsh, the proximity to Lac St.Louis, and the happy contrast of all that with the busy to-and-fro of a visit to Montreal (though that is fun is well). The neighbors make a point of meeting our guests (even those who speak little English) and several during extended stays have been invited into their homes for a meal. So even if you speak no French, you'll find friendly people to help you with whatever. Jacques, one of the neighbours, has put out his ball and basket for youngsters of all ages who like to play at basketball--and he usually offers his kayak to guests--in that and other ways he is one of the local people who make our guests feel most welcome.
Keywords: Comfortably furnished two-story log-siding house in divine setting, with beautiful internal woodwork (including the ceiling) and white maple floors. Beautiful all-wood mezzanine loft/sleeping area; one bedroom downstairs, plus double duvet couch-bed, and a couch that opens into a double bed. Six patio doors and vast deck (barbecue provided) give a breath-taking view of the marsh. Ten seconds out front door to water's edge and swimming and canoeing (we supply the canoe etc.) in Lake St. Louis, a widening in the St. Lawrence. Beautiful sunsets on far side of lake. Quiet, peaceful, and immensely spacious--main floor one large open area with dining, reading, resting areas (three couches make for a cozy tv-watching or reading area and an extra place to sleep. Galley kitchen area in corner--stove, frig, toaster-oven, etc., with lots of top-grade cookware (do tell us what's still missing). One of the most beautiful spots in southwest Quebec, with delicious walks along the lake along the Chemin du Lac ('the road of the lake') , two nice little coffee-and-soup places on a beautiful island ten minutes walk distant, with astounding views of the lake and of Montreal, and fabulous nature trails in a protected nature area. Thirty minutes to downtown Montreal off-rush-hour, but it's so beautiful here you won't go often.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
wide open spaces, no rugs to worry about. Creatures can run and joust without concern. Floors are wood (wide-plank white maple), so ok to come in with wet/muddy feet --as long as you clean up....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 4-10
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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propane, enclosed. lovely view of flames. great to quickly heat the house in the morning or to enjoy the warmth from a nearby chair or the dinner table. style is victorian, i.e. it looks like a traditional wood-burning fireplace....moreless
- Air Conditioning:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
though minutes from built-up suburbia, a Wal-mart and shopping malls, the view is of a huge marsh in back with not a house or road in sight, and in front, a short driveway distant, a beautiful lake. ...moreless
view of Montreal's West Island across the wide St. Lawrence, often an ocean going vessel near far shore; ancient Isle des Soeurs (the Grey Nuns' Island) with its nature paths and centuries-old mill ...moreless
- Water View:
- Medical Services
- Freshwater Fishing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Scenic Drives
- Gambling Casinos
- Live Theater
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Paddle Boating
- City of Chateauguay water-sports centre is a ten-minute walk away on beautiful Lac St. Louis--boat, canoe, etc. rentals, sailing lessons, etc. The Heritage St. Bernard manages a large nature area next to it from St. Bernard Island,where there are nature trails for hiking. There is an apple orchard with public access on the former grounds of the Grey Nuns on the island, whose summer home and meeting center has become a simple hotel. This facility operates a small restaurant near the orchard, and the city has a large theatre for live plays next to it, with a coffee house that is open daily. The protected nature area includes a large wood with walking paths just five minutes away, across a victorian iron bridge that spans the very pretty St. Jean creek, which runs into the marsh that extends behind the house. Many giant herons, white egrets, and other birds. Lake (Lac) St. Jean is a widening in the St. Lawrence, so one sees ocean going boats crossing far off. A gorgeous setting. ...moreless
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Wonderful family stay.
Wonderful family stay.
We stayed in this house for the Christmas week, and is was one of the best Christmases we've ever had. We were a family of four plus a family of three and one extra kid -- a very full house, and although it was snug the arrangement worked out wonderfully. The house has a lot of charm, and the location by the lake is extremely pretty. Despite the rustic charm and marvelous quiet of the house and its environs, there are plenty of amenities very close by, including a full-service supermarket only a five-minute drive away. Downtown Montreal is 20 minutes away. We have a lot of family in Dorval and Lachine, and they were also about 20 minutes away. Walter and his various helpers were incredibly hospitable and helpful. As it happens, we had some unusual needs and they found a way for us to meet them -- cheerfully and resourcefully. Our kids were pretty much in heaven, and want us to go back to this house every Christmas from now on. It is a highly recommended rental.
- Guest John (Charlottesville, VA, USA)
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 06/23/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Owner response: This family's stay was for us the first Christmas rental, and it made the holiday extra special to learn how comfortable they found the house, and how easily they could visit back and forth with relatives in and near Montreal. To have them decide to conduct the annual family Christmas gathering at the house was an extra compliment, and it warmed our heart to know it was all working out well despite the presence of a large number of adults and children. The place keeps amazing in its accommodation of sizable groups, adding intimacy without a sense of crowding (though at times, with enough people present, it certainly feels "snug") We were able to bring in means for the guests to make their own music, and the thought of people singing in that space to the season's tunes lit up our Christmas as well. We're thrilled the families liked the house this much, and even more so that the children are insisting they come back. When we began renting out this house, given its beautiful, quiet location, and its easy access to nature in its various forms, we had no idea that it would bring us wonderful experiences such as this family's stay. 'Hard to believe, but knowing we'll see them again makes us look forward to December.
Must Stay Here!!
Must Stay Here!!
I recently stayed in Walter's charming house for a bachelorette party. We had a group of ten family and friends, and the house still managed to fit everyone comfortably- with beds for all. The views from the house are absolutely gorgeous! Even though the weather was not ideal, we still managed to have a wonderful time. Walter is very friendly and accommodating. He had a delicious cake waiting for us upon our arrival. Walter is willing to do anything to make sure his guests are comfortable. He provides more than enough amenities and brought us fresh filtered water each day. The way the house is decorated makes it feel just like home. The decorated beach area on the waterfront is also adorable. If you are looking to go downtown, it is not far at all and very easy to get to. We only wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the lake and surroundings more! We are hoping to come back again to explore the area more! It was truly a lovely weekend that we will never forget!
- Guest madeline B.
- Date of stay 06/07/13
- Review Submitted 06/12/13
Owner response: When I saw four sizable vehicles parked outside the house, I worried that the space might not be adequate for all the guests, but it turned out that all ten had found a spot to sleep and that even with the entire group in the living area there was much room to spare. These visitors were all most friendly, and grateful for the smallest gesture. And despite the poor weather, they found the views out the back over the marsh, and in front (down the driveway) by the lake breathtaking. They've promised to come back, and I'm looking forward it to it immensely. Meanwhile if other groups ask to stay, I'll be able to tell them with confidence that the house will take good care of them and provide them with a warm embrace. The canoe, too, can't wait to tell of all the fine nearby spots it has come to know.
Anodyne's international adventure
Anodyne's international adventure
We once again hit a winner with our VRBO experience. My husband and I travel with our sheltie dog Anodyne. On this vacation, she became an international traveler when we vacationed in Canada. While it did rain a bit...luckily most of the rain was at night. We were able to get in many walks around the neighborhood. The accommodations were great! The pictures on the VRBO website did not do this place justice. The place is much larger in person…and very light and open. Most important, it was very relaxing. To sit on the back deck on overlook the marsh, watching the birds as you drank your morning coffee…very calming. The walk to the river out front was just down the driveway. It was May for our visit…so the wind provided quite a cool breeze. It was wonderful sleeping with the windows open (on the non-wind-driven rain nights) and go to sleep listening to the sounds of nature and water. The living space was well suited for relaxing. There were three couches in the living area that invited one to chill out with a great view to the outside. There was a throw cover on the one couch that encouraged our Anodyne to come lay with Mom while she watched TV. What a joy as a dog owner to know that my pooch was as welcome as I was. Plus a huge dining room table that seemed a waster for just two of us. It would be a great place to have a family gathering. There is plenty of space. The kitchen is well equipped. Walt, the most gracious owner, asked if there was anything missing to let him know. The kitchen is small, but efficient. Walt also had a cake for us when we arrived. Yummy. I even got to help plant some of Walt’s summer flowers when I was there! The neighbors were congenial…the one even offering me some fresh rhubarb from her garden. We did have a language barrier as we do not speak French. Having Walt around helped with directions and a friendly English speaking person. A smile is international though, on our walks…be it Good Morning or Bonjour…a smile always worked. (OK…maybe our well-behaved, adorable dog helped too!) Our transactions at the local markets were stressful for us…but almost all service related folks were bi-lingual. We hopefully will be able to return to this charming local. Maybe even in a colder month...so we can try out the fireplace!
- Guest Anodyne (Pennsylvania)
- Date of stay 05/18/13
- Review Submitted 05/30/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Although I have always found the house's siting breathtaking, with its long view over the marsh to the horizon, not a house too see (and that with acres of blah suburbs within a few miles), this couple's stay brought home more than ever its magic in sending us some of the world's finest people. How amazing to feel at once as if one has known them for years, to entrust with complete confidence this much-loved structure and its contents to them, and to leave them to themselves to the point of almost abandoning them so as to ensure they can truly relish the peaceful setting and never worry about having to be ready for company. When I broke that last precept by alerting the guests that one of my siblings from far away wished to have a look at the house, they cleaned the house better than my cleaning staff had ever done--and how graciously they managed the fact that the sibling in the end decided not to disturb them. In that same spirit, this couple regularly watered all the house plants, which were just then all fabulously blooming, and planted the many boxes of petunias etc delivered at that time of year for the many boxes that sit along the patio edge. What a relief it was to see that despite a rainy week these guests felt so comfortable in the house, and so content to spend much time there relaxing, that the adverse weather hardly had an impact of their holiday --and that despite the long distance they had come to stay here (eight hours' car travel distant) to visit nearby Montreal. Though I said so in other words above, I must again tell how this couple's visit made me aware that the Marsh House's value is not in the funds it might some day put in my bank account (none so far because of the massive renovations) but in the marvelous people its beauty and setting spirit our way. It brings sadness when fine guests such as these leave--one wishes they had been able to stay longer, that one had learned more about them, and most of all, that they would come back some day (with Anodyne the dog, of course; mine insists on it) to again enjoy the Marsh House, Léry, and Lake St. Louis experience. Walter
We had a family friend coming to visit us and we wanted to show them how we can enjoy staying in a house close by Montreal. Before we rented the house, Walter was giving us all the information we needed in order to plan our one night stay, close by Montreal. Walter’s detailed information about property and the places which we can see in our short stay was excellent. Walter is an amazing host and we really felt welcome and liked to chat with him. We were sorry because we could stay just one night in this beautiful place. We follow Walter advice and arrived at the cottage early in the evening in order to see the sunset on the Lake Louise. The view was breathtaking and this quiet village made us to forget any city noise and stress. When we enter to the house we were welcome by a nice classic music and the sound in the house was excellent. We loved the house, its open concept full of light at the main floor as well as in the mezzanine. The house is very spacious, light, clean, equipped with all you need to feel like home. I can say that was a wonderful experience in a very quiet village, the property is as it is described by the owners and the owner is very happy to answer to any question and give suggestion. We are looking to coming back. Thank you Walter!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 05/17/13
- Review Submitted 05/24/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Owner response: What a delight to have guests who are friendly, open, enthused about their visit to Quebec, and delighted with the local setting--and these couples instantly made us feel we were part of the group and of their adventure. They made some fine suggestions as to how to make the house still more lovely for guests, ensured us they would be back, and left the place in pristine condition. How unfortunate they could only stay one night.
A fabulous spot - wonderful view of the marsh, and a comfortable house
A fabulous spot - wonderful view of the marsh, and a comfortable house
We spent a week here exploring the area with our son, dog, and bikes. The area is fabulous for biking - if a bit flat, the city is great fun, and this was a perfect spot to call home for the week. The house is still under construction, but it is very comfortable, and further along than the pictures would indicate. Walter, the owner, was always helpful with suggestions for shopping, and possible bike routes. During our stay, our pet dog had an infection. Walter immediately led us to his vet, and helped us out while she recovered. With Walter's help, all was well. My favorite part: late-afternoon, on the back deck, looking over the marsh after a great day's ride.
- Guest Andy (Newburyport, MA USA)
- Date of stay 06/24/12
- Review Submitted 10/04/12
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, pet owners, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Feels Like Home
Feels Like Home
We stayed July and most of August, so I can say without reservation that we got a full picture of what the house and the area had to offer. The house itself is still in renovation, but is further along than the description on the VRBO website. Walter, the owner, has had some beautiful floors installed downstairs and it makes a lovely impression and is easy to keep clean. The walls still need finishing and he has plans to completely renovate the kitchen. He installed a new air conditioner while we were there and were so impressed by the lack of noise and the efficiency we are thinking of buying one for our home. The recent addition of a toilet and sink in the loft made life so much easier for us. As far as the setting goes, I can only say that the Marsh to the back of the house is one of the prettiest views I've ever seen. It goes as far as the eye can see and is filled with cattails, flowers, and more marsh plants and trees than you could dream of. I'd love to see it in the winter when it's frozen over. Out the front, about one minute's walk, is the Lac du St. Louis with a landscape of water. The sunsets are breath-taking. Around the house, recent plantings have been done, including charming flower boxes around the deck. Walter gave us direction, information on shopping and even led us out in his car to show us some of the more difficult-to-get-to places. Our favorite activity was to drive the short distance to the Isle du St. Bernard Nature Preserve. From there, you can catch a boat on the weekends and go to Lachine, across the lake, to see the many attractions there. If you go to the Preserve before 9:00am, when the trails open, you can go in for free and walk through the most beautiful natural setting you can imagine. We saw deer, fox, badgers, and numerous birds on our walks. At other hours, the cost of admission is very reasonable, but, of course, we liked going in for free! We then donated what we would have been charged in the donation box at the front door. My least favorite thing about the whole area was the Montreal traffic. It is abominable! When we could, we drove to the Metro station and rode the subway all day, but even getting there could be a pain. Since we were there for so long, we were careful to choose our times going into the city and actually enjoyed the attractions close to hand. We found the prices in the grocery markets to be very high and drove to Champlain, New York (40 miles) to do our major shopping.
- Guest Taylor (Houston, Texas USA)
- Date of stay 07/01/12
- Review Submitted 08/30/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Owner response: I could not have asked for more pleasant or more thoughtful tenants. Some things always go wrong or need fixing or installing in a house over a two month period and they were most gracious about letting the workers in--and in chatting with them despite the (far from complete) French-English language barrier. Somehow both sides made themselves understood and the jobs got done. To see their pleasure at discovering the delights of the nature trails on nearby St, Bernard Island was to make me even more proud of this beautiful area of Quebec and to make me realize yet again how privileged I am to own a spot in the midst of it and to be able to share it with others. The house was kept immaculately clean by these guests and when they left there was almost nothing for me to do. Their warm personalities made them friends with neighbours, and an exchange of meals and many a story followed. Great fun all around, and we all felt this couple's departure keenly. They truly felt like family, and we hope they will think of us that way by letting us know what new journeys they undertake how they are faring in their hometown with its summer heat and the maelstrom of American politics. How tame Canada must have seemed to them in comparison--yet just now new conflicts about French language priority and "better" choice of immigrants (i.e Francophone ones) is creating harsh feelings. No matter, the incredible beauty of Quebec, and especially of little corners like ours (so close to the city, yet seemingly far off in the country) will be there for us Léry residents and our visitors to relish. May they all be as kind and open-armed in their friendship as were these two.
Group of 6
Group of 6
On our arrival at the home in Lery we found a lovely cake welcoming us to Lery. The home was situated overlooking a marsh. The area was lovely. Pleny of deck space to enjoy the views from the back of the home. The home met the needs of our group. The lake was just across the St which was perfect. We had the disposal of a canoe and all appropriate life vests for adults. If you bring children bring live vests for them. We did just that. Walter came by early in the eveing to welcome us and offer things to do in the immediate area. We did take him up on visiting the Isle of St. Bernard which was lovely and peaceful. The sunsets were spectacular. Montreal was not too far and very manageable from Lery. Definitely take the metro in as alot of traffic coming and going from Montreal. We hope to stay in the area in the future and would recommend this home to others.
- Guest Family of 4. (Manchester NH USA)
- Date of stay 06/09/12
- Review Submitted 07/05/12
Recommended for: People with disabilities, families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Welcome to Lery
Welcome to Lery
"Welcome to Lery" is what was written on the delicious strawberry cake that welcomed us as we entered this bright home that sits tucked away up a long driveway, across the street from the St. Lawrence. We had a long weekend gathering with four adults, a five-year old and two black labs - we were not short on space. The home is well-equipped - while the kitchen may seem small, it was perfect for us to cook all our meals throughout our four-day stay. Take advantage of the spacious, well-placed deck - it'll help the time go by slowly. To say that Walter is a great host would be an understatement - not that we were needy or found ourselves without, but Walter was at-the-ready and willing to assist with providing information or making our stay more comfortable. As mentioned in the property description, this home is under renovation so adjust your expectations - without a doubt you will be comfortable, content and able to see the potential in this cottage where you can walk down the driveway and swim across the street, or take a short, 30-minute ride to all that Montreal has to offer.
- Guest Peace seekers (Massachusetts)
- Date of stay 05/26/12
- Review Submitted 06/01/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Somehow the house continues to attract the most wonderful of people (along with the canine members of their family, who proved equally friendly). I was happy to hear that the traffic into and out of Montreal had been relatively easy and that in half an hour in the afternoon they'd returned from having some excellent downtown experiences (the downtown "mountain" with its view over the river, the Biodome) and were back enjoying Lery's gorgeous evening setting by the lake (down a driveway at the front) and the wide view of the marsh from the deck behind the house. We got along so well I felt as if I'd lost family when they returned home--and they left the place in immaculate condition, with little cleaning for me to do. I had never imagined that renting out a home could bring me such wonderful contacts. A big thanks to all five--and a wish that the dog with the gait disturbance manages to live yet many a year--he was bright, happy to be along, and relishing the strong bond of love with his human parents. I am more and more aware that allowing dogs in the house has made renting out the house a positive experience--it has never caused damage and instead has brought me owners whose gentleness, and warm approach to strangers such as myself continues to astound. I do hope they'll come back some day: by then the renovations (gyproc to paint; new kitchen cupboards and light fixtures to install) should all be completed. At least the new white maple flooring was in, which brightens up the place and makes the downstairs living area seem even larger. All great fun. Walter
Family of 5 plus 2 dogs loved staying at the house
Family of 5 plus 2 dogs loved staying at the house
We stayed for 3 days in the middle of July after our reservations elsewhere fell through. My teenagers loved canoeing in the river, playing basketball with the hoop the neighbors put up for them and going in the water & wading as far as they could. We were able to leave the dogs alone in the house while we went into Montreal for the day, which was wonderful. I haven't seen any other rental that allows you to leave pets alone. The dogs were very content, and didn't bark at all when we were gone, since there were no other people around. When we did see the neighbors they were all very nice to us, lending life jackets & basketballs, as well as speaking french to my oldest who was just learning the language. Today when life gets stressful, we find ourselves wishing we could go back to "Walter's little house" and escape from the world.
- Guest Lisa O. (Oak Creek, Wisconsin, US)
- Date of stay 07/12/11
- Review Submitted 11/17/11
Recommended for: Pet owners, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Charming neighborhood wonderful setting!
Charming neighborhood wonderful setting!
We are a family of four with two small girls aged 12 and 9. We swam, we canoed, we went fishing, we went paddle boarding (on the neighbors paddle board who were kind enough to lend it to our daughters), did cookouts, lazed around, spent a day in Montreal -- it was wonderful. Walter is a charming host and is very response to all needs of the guests. A truly wonderful host. We plan to visit his other property in Nova Scotia next summer. This place is ideal for a quiet getaway. Thanks again Walter. The deck came out real nice. I am sure all the new guests are enjoying it very much.
- Guest Saibal (Boston, MA USA)
- Date of stay 08/05/11
- Review Submitted 09/11/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Owner response: These guests were so pleasant and receptive (inviting me in for a chat several times) )that they felt like family at once. It was a joy to see parents guide their children so well, and to find father and daughter sitting side by side on the couch as lessons were given such that studies at school this fall would be somewhat easier. The mom had hoped to get some serious writing done, and the house is conducive to it, but got so busy enjoying Montreal and the surroundings that all that went up in smoke. To see the dad appear at my place in the canoe--which comes with the house--and see the elder daughter's pride at showing me the fish she had caught (before throwing them back in the water) made for a highlight of my summer. I have no children, and at times like that realize what I've missed. Having these four stay at the house a number of days let me share the warmth and confidence that was so evident between them. I was unhappy when they left, but pleased to know they planned to enjoy my other guest house, in Nova Scotia, next year. I already imagine them there having a grand time.
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Sep 3 - May 23
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May 24 - Sep 2
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Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning Fee $80 per stay of 3 days or less. Rates listed above include all other charges and taxes.
- cleaning fee (3 day stay or less): C$80 + tax
- Pet Fee: C$0
- Tax Rate 15%
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- Nearest Airport: Dorval at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: to cross lake to Lachine's parks+fur trade museum at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: via rail at 20 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: 132 (2 km), 138 (3 km) , 30 (2.5 km), 20 (10 km) at 0.5 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Lac St. Louis (a widening in the St. Lawrence) at 20 Metres
- Nearest Golf: In Lery at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: porte du village at 3 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: neurologist-historian employed at the nearby Mohawk Indian reserve of Kahnawake, owner of two dogs (who love visiting the guest house) and a number of cats. Lives two minutes away from the guest house in a tiny rented cottage on the edge of the St. Jean creek on a former farm that faces the St. Lawrence. One of the most beautiful spots on earth, where a number of full-length films have been shot.
Why the Owner Chose Montreal:
I like Lery and Lake St. Louis so much I hope to always remain here. And though since 1997 I've rented a small cottage (at the edge of a wide creek and facing the lake) the owner may someday ask me to leave. Hence my delight at acquiring the guest house--then a horrid warren of tiny dark cigarette-smoke-drenched rooms. It was a joy to conceive of ways to make the place feel spacious and to maximally open the inside view to the marsh panorama. I wanted a spot to get away should it be necessary (thus the enclosed bedroom), but also an area to relax on a couch and still enjoy the view. The place had to look modern while retaining a sense of country, hence the log exterior, the wide-plank maple floors and the all-woodwork mezzanine. There a curtain hides the toilet and basin, but lets through light, further adding to the sense of space. The loft offers me (or my guests) a large work area, a queen size bed and a lovely view of the marsh and of the lake. Finding that friends and visitors loved the feel of the place, it seemed a fine idea to pay for the renovations in part by sharing this lovely part of Quebec with outsiders. The furniture was chosen such that it adds to the atmosphere, yet allows rough use. It is all second hand, cleaned and repainted, with large glass table-tops to let through the light, and stand-up lamps with shades that add warmth to the place in evening. One quarter of the mezzanine floor has been removed to make an open space through which one has a full view of the stained- wood rafters and ceiling. That makes for less privacy upstairs, but adds immensely to the sense of openness and space. A strong glass barrier upstairs keeps guests safe, but lets the light from below play through. Accoustics are great (my preference is classical music) and songs played here sounds divine --we must someday get a piano (an 1890s house organ--a harmonium--is present, but needs repair). Finally, a propane fireplace offers warmth and atmosphere.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Utter peace and silence; a breathtaking view of the Lery marsh; a delightful corner in which to eat meals; a large glass table to entertain guests; a spacious all-wood loft with a warm atmosphere and a fine view of the lake; the road along the lake seconds away; the sunsets over the lake's far shore; the magic of ocean going vessels passing by in the distance; the walks in the nearby woods;the white egrets at the water's edge; the giant turtles that emerge to lay their eggs near the marsh; the deer that pass nearby; the wooded properties (some with enormous Victorian and Georgian homes) nearby ; the kindness of people when I don't speak French well, their offer to help whenever I need anything, and their justified pride at what is here called the 'nation' of Quebec; the thoughtfulness of neighbors; the quick access to downtown Montreal while living in a setting that seems hundreds of rural miles away.
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view along house to marsh; 2 patio doors here, 5 at back; bbq+ seats not seen
main living room area as seen from entrance area
(west side of main salon) futon bed; bathroom door and kitchen to left
1890s Thomas pump organ on salon east wall (one can almost hear the hymns)
the sunroom / --tv watching area. The far couch opens to a double bed.
main floor bedroom desk area, tv, and mirrored cupboard
view from kitchen area to mezzanine, front window at left
mezz'ne sitting area, tv; to right, barrier around area looking down to kitchen
Cabin east of house; a study for me and a storage space for my books.
May 2012, deck from southwest side; cabin at rear was then still being renovated
the west side of the house. main entrance on left
the dining area, house entrance area far right (dog on floor)
sunroom/tv area couch; dining table behind; propane fireplace to right
galley kitchen on main floor, seen from mezzanine light-bay.
downstairs shower; heated tile bathroom floor
mezzanine wash area; to left: barrier around light-bay onto kitchen +living room
June 2012 guests fishing, house canoe, Lac St. Louis, Montreal Island at rear.
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