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Quiet Home on Marsh; 10 Secs to Swim, Canoe in St. Lawrence R.

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view along house to marsh; 2 patio doors here, 5 at back; bbq+ seats not seen

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Property 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.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    22...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    removable ramp to front door...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No exceptions. $500 fee for cleaning drapes, bedding, etc if smoke detected....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    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

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 4-10

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

    ...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) On the mezzanine (see photos), Double Beds (1) IN enclosed downstairs bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) single sofa-bed upstairs near queen bed (see photos) . 
 double sofa-bed downstairs in open lounge area
 double futon bed/couch in open dining area...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    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

  • Beachfront:

    strip of beach along beautiful Lake St. Louis (a widening of the St. Lawrence). Fine swimming (though bottom rocky, so wear sandals). Canoe, lifevests provided. Excellent fishing. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    There is no downtown, just a single road along the lake with the more affluent houses to the west, and the smaller, more charming ones on our side. There's only a convenience store, and a gas station....moreless

  • Lake View:

    As above under beach view...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    10 secs to lakefront strip of land that goes with the house; fine place to sunbathe, swim, go canoeing. ...moreless

  • Oceanfront
  • Resort:

    The city of Chateauguay maintains an aquatic center (boat rentals, sailing lessons) minutes away, and also a theatre and two pleasant small restaurants on an adjacent island. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    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

  • Village:

    Lery is a one street village along the St. Lawrence, with many small older houses that tell of the day when full-time fishermen still lived here and Montreal residents came by boat to spend the summer...moreless

  • Water View:

    In winter only; trees obscure it in summer. The St. Lawrence (here called Lake St. Louis) is ten seconds out the front door--with a patch of grass and beach for guests. Great swimming. . ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    full view of the Léry Marsh through 6 patio doors at rear of house. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    large glass table with six seats. many any seats availabe. Separate smaller glass table in breakfeast corner with four seats. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    central, with heat-pump...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    propane...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    several overlapping and back-up systems: 1. high-efficiency heat pump, 2. electrical convection, 3. propane fireplace. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Huge, open-space concept, continuous with dining, tv-watching, and breakfast areas. Natural wood supporting beams and columns, white walls. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    up to six vehicles...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    No long distance calls except by calling card etc....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Kitchen:

    entirely new galley kitchen near dining area (see photos)...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    propane for easy, quick, well-controlled gourmet cooking ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Enormous, great for family meals outside, barbecuing; lovely view over marsh. ...moreless

  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    huge deck overlooking marsh--great spot to dine outside...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    canoe; paddles + safety vests...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
high
May 24 - Sep 1, 2015
2 night min stay
C$220 C$220
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
C$1,480 C$4,920

Discounts: 7 nights or more: C$200 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded; 30 nights or more: C$100 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded

off-season
Sep 2 - May 5, 2016
2 night min stay
C$140
C$850 C$2,600

Discounts: 7 nights or more: C$121 Nightly; 30 nights or more: C$87 Nightly

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
C$175 C$175
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
C$1,120 C$3,780

Discounts: 7 nights or more: C$140 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded; 30 nights or more: C$70 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee C$0
  • cleaning fee (3 day stay or less) C$80 + tax
  • Tax Rate 15%

Notes:

Cleaning Fee $80 per stay of 3 days or less. Rates listed above include all other charges and taxes.


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Location

25 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Dorval
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
to cross lake to Lachine's parks+fur trade museum
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
In Lery
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
via rail
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
132 (2 km), 138 (3 km) , 30 (2.5 km), 20 (10 km)
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
porte du village
20 Metres
Nearest Beach
Lac St. Louis (a widening in the St. Lawrence)

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.

 

Owner info

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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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • view along house to marsh; 2 patio doors here, 5 at back; bbq+ seats not seen

    view along house to marsh; 2 patio doors here, 5 at back; bbq+ seats not seen

  • May 2012, deck from southwest side; cabin at rear was then still being renovated

    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 west side of the house. main entrance on left

  • Fireplace, daytime; mirror-doors on cupboard reflect couch area and rear window.

    Fireplace, daytime; mirror-doors on cupboard reflect couch area and rear window.

  • (west side of main salon) futon bed; bathroom door and kitchen to left

    (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)

    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.

    the sunroom / --tv watching area. The far couch opens to a double bed.

  • galley kitchen on main floor, seen from  mezzanine light-bay.

    galley kitchen on main floor, seen from mezzanine light-bay.

  • view from kitchen area to mezzanine, front window at left

    view from kitchen area to mezzanine, front window at left

  • mezz'ne sitting area, tv; to right, barrier around area looking down to kitchen

    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.

    Cabin east of house; a study for me and a storage space for my books.

  • June 2012 guests fishing, house canoe, Lac St. Louis, Montreal Island at rear.

    June 2012 guests fishing, house canoe, Lac St. Louis, Montreal Island at rear.

  • main living room area as seen from entrance area

    main living room area as seen from entrance area

  • the dining area, house entrance area far right (dog on floor)

    the dining area, house entrance area far right (dog on floor)

  • sunroom/tv area couch; dining table behind; propane fireplace to right

    sunroom/tv area couch; dining table behind; propane fireplace to right

  • house guardians

    house guardians

  • main floor bedroom desk area, tv,  and mirrored cupboard

    main floor bedroom desk area, tv, and mirrored cupboard

  • downstairs shower; heated tile bathroom floor

    downstairs shower; heated tile bathroom floor

  • mezzanine bed

    mezzanine bed

  • mezzanine wash area; to left: barrier around light-bay onto kitchen +living room

    mezzanine wash area; to left: barrier around light-bay onto kitchen +living room

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