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Charming home in Old Town centre: boutiques, dining, pubs, parks all close by

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Vacation rental home, 3 Bedrooms + roll away bed, 2 full Bathrooms, Sleeps 2-7

A charming cottage, in the very centre of Niagara on the Lake, no long walks to get to town, you won't need your car either! once you arrive at the cottage, you can park, and from then on walk to everything you need! Its located on a quiet residential street where horse drawn carriages clip-clop past, showing visitors the beauty of the homes, gardens and historic sites in Niagara on the Lake!

Designed to be the ultimate vacation home. Abel Thomas House has an excellent reputation for very good reason, and is bound to please the most well-travelled guests with its first class amenities, its perfect location on a mature tree lined street, in the heart of Old Town Niagara on the Lake. It offers everything required for a relaxing, tranquil visit to this lovely town.

This immaculate home is charmingly renovated, located just a stone throw (0.2 kms 100 yards) to shops, theatres, dining, Lake Ontario, parks etc. With a fully fenced back garden, it has lawn and flower filled beds, surrounded by mature trees, which helps to keep it comfortably cool on hot days during the summer. It offers to a group of friends or family a wonderful spot to have a get together.

Decorated to a very high standard it is an eclectic mix of antiques and modern furnishings while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. Our guests make the comment on arrival that they are very pleased, because it is exactly as it looks on our web site.

There are two bathrooms and three bedrooms, one on the ground floor (queen size bed) with ensuite bathroom and french doors leading out onto large 2 level deck (perfect for anyone with slight mobility problems, everything needed is on one level), and two bedrooms (one with queen beds and one with 2 twin beds) on the 2nd floor. All with luxurious tempur-pedic pillow top mattresses, the ultimate in comfort. Accommodates up to 6 people . It offers two sitting rooms - one on the ground floor with ample seating for six people, a real log burning fireplace, also with a flat screen HD TV plus various games. The adjoining dining area accommodates a group of 6-7 people for those wonderful family/friends meals together, where you can enjoy the food, the company and maybe some Niagara Wine!

The second family room is on the lower level complete with a fireplace and space to relax and watch TV or curl up with a good book, plenty of reading material plus games are available.

The fully equipped kitchen, stove, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, etc. offers everything needed to prepare meals, for a group of friends or family, there is also a cappuccino machine for a delicious cup of coffee - everything you could need in a kitchen. All you need are groceries (which are available from the local supermarket, a 10 minute walk away or 2 minute drive)

You can relax in the secluded manicured English-style garden, with its large two level deck overlooking flowers all summer long. There is also a gazebo with seating if you want to just relax with a glass of wine or a good book, or sit on the cute front porch watching the world go by.

WiFi: Telephone; bedding and towels; hair dryers in each bathroom; complimentary toiletries; washer and dryer, laundry supplies; iron and ironing board, propane barbecue are all supplied -- the list goes on and on!

Minimum stay required is three nights*.

Discounted weekly rates

One mature, well behaved dog may be permitted. Please contact owner regarding this option.

0.1 km from town centre (100 yards)

Fully licensed as a cottage rental by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Vacation Rental Association.

Keywords: Vacation Rental, Vacation Cottage, holiday rental, holiday let, Cottage, 6 people max. Heritage District in Old Town NOTL, Real log burning fire place, two tier deck for outside dining, barbecue.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About julie

Born and raised in Niagara on the Lake. Like everyone that visits we just love it. It's history and the uniqueness of the architecture, its sense of community and beauty are all major attractions to us. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

julie purchased this house in 2008

Why julie chose Historic Old Town

Ideally suited property, in the “prettiest town in Canada” .We had seen several beautiful homes, but none of them offered quite what we were looking Eventually we found this one. We knew immediately that this was the one we wanted. It was cute, the location so close to the town centre couldn’t be better, and our guests would be able to easily walk to everything the town has to offer – theatres, restaurants, shops, the lakeshore, etc.

One day, after several months of renovating and tidying up the exterior, a lady knocked on the door to introduce herself. She explained that she had been watching the progress with keen interest because she had lived in the house as a child, along with her 5 siblings (she still lives close by)!

We invited her inside of course so that she could see her 'old' home. She became quite emotional and tearful, gave us big hugs, and said how pleased she and her sisters were that someone loved this house again. It held so many wonderful memories for them all. She went on to tell us that it was always filled with music and laughter when they were children. Her father used to play the piano and they would all sing along while he played. We were so pleased that she was able to see her old home again, and that she liked what we had done to it. As she left, she asked if we would mind if she brought another of her sisters to see it. She did, and her sister’s reaction was the same as her own - she loved it.

We were thrilled by their heartfelt pleasure and delight. Our first impression had been right, we sensed it had been a happy home. It had a good ‘feel’ about it when we first looked at it - and it still does! There is something warm, cozy, re-assuring and welcoming about it, sensations which many of our guests have commented on when they arrive.

You're sure to feel it too

What makes this house unique

As realtors always tell us; location, location, location is crucial, and Abel Thomas House has it!

Park your car when you arrive and you don't need to drive again until you go home! No long walks into town, although so close to everything the house is on a quiet residential street, so its very tranquil.

One of my pleasures on an early summers morning is to pick up a cup of coffee and walk with Bailey our dog, to Lake Ontario (five minute walk) and watch the sail boats racing or people out in their fishing boats. There is something wonderfully tranquil about that scene.

Its a two minute walk to the local coffee shop, where you can sit and read the paper or chat to the locals.

Its a couple of minutes walk to: boutiques, restaurants, groceries, locally owned bakery, post office, golf course, parks with children's play area, outdoor community swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball field, volley ball court, convenience store, liquor store etc.

No driving unless you want to. Many cycles paths for safe cycling, bikes can be rented locally and delivered to the cottage.

If you have a dog, a 2 minute walk to the 'common' will get you to the off-leash park, they have a marvellous time there!

We have many coupons from local wineries for free wine tastings.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We very much enjoyed our stay in your cozy accommodation. It was a perfect location to celebrate our sister's 60th birthday. Janet and Eric were very accommodating and made our stay effortless. We found the cottage to be very well appointed and very comfortable. It is the ideal home away from home.
Mar 2012
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Historic Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , This bathroom is ensuite to the ground floor bedroom, jacuzz
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Full 3 piece bathroom
  • Two - 3 piece bathrooms, one with whirlpool tub - both with in tub showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , upstair queen bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , upstair across from upstair queen bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , queen size bed with ensuite bathroom
  • Queen size Beds (2 with 1 located on main floor) New luxurious mattresses, Clock radios in all bedrooms, Twin or Single Beds (2) New luxurious mattresses with luxurious tempur pedic pillow tops. Clock radio in bedrooms, one portable baby crib is available please bring own bedding. Also a childs booster seat is available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Fully fenced back garden. With gazebo providing a shady spot to relax.


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Charming home in Old Town centre: boutiques, dining, pubs, parks all close by
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Great little cottage...perfect for 2 couples and 2 small kids/doggies

  • 5 of 5

We stayed during wine & herb weekend....and it was GREAT! Super close to town...and the coffee shop!! My favorite part!! Working fire place!! And wonderful backyard to sit during the day or night!! The kitchen is nicely redone & as all the stuff you need!! Beds are comfy!! 2 bathrooms. 1 in the master and a second one on the 1st floor (second bedrooms are upstairs). It was perfect for 2 couples!!! We will be back!! Cozy, close and super cute!!! And bonus - we arrived at night & they had motion sensor lights! So nice for a new arrival!! Thanks...nice touch!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location, Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for an extended weekend at the end of October and had been to NOTL many times before. We loved the location of the cottage-an easy walk to Queen, the park and an easy drive to any of the wineries and breweries. The house itself was immaculate and the style was lovely. It was just 2 of us, but we brought our dog who enjoyed squirrel watching from the front window and she loved the fenced in backyard. Julie was easy to connect with before and while we were there, and when we booked she offered recommendations and talked about the town in a way you could tell how much she enjoys it. NOTL is one of my favorite places and we certainly would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Liverpool England

Fantastic Cottage Fantastic Location

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage is absolutely gorgeous with all the comforts of home and more . It was immaculately clean and very well organised .Lots of extra touches (toiletries bathrobes and slippers ) very welcoming. The outside area was beautiful with a decking area and lovely lawned area with an abundance of flowers and plants a fabulous setting and very private. The only negative we have (and its a small one) is that the second bathroom is on the lower floor from the bedrooms. Was not a problem for us. The location Niagara on the Lake is fantastic is a beautiful place to visit and the cottage is central to everything . We hardly used the car walked everywhere so you dont miss any of the beauty of the place. Plenty of shops bars and restaurants all within walking distance. Will definitely staying again on our next visit. The owner is very easy to deal with answered our messages promptly and answered all our questions .( We were travelling from the Uk so this was important to us ) A very pleasant stay look forward to the next time.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Middletown, New Jersey (USA)

Awesome Home!

  • 5 of 5

The house is excellent. Great location, with many restaurants and good places to go near by. Upon arrival the house was immaculate and very well organized with a bunch of nice touches. Easy check in and everything we needed was there. Fantastic experience all around! Niagara-on the-Lake is a ridiculously beautiful location, and the house, quite honestly, had the nicest curb appeal on the street. What more could you ask for?

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great property, great location

  • 5 of 5

Once again, we had a most enjoyable stay at Abel Thomas house.It was well equipped and clean. beds comfortable, air conditioning fine.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aline Nguyen

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! The house was just like we hoped and expected. Very clean and well organized. The kitchen was well-stocked with dishes, pots/pans, cleaners,... We did not need a car at all. We walked to town 4-5 x during the weekend stay. We loved the fenced-in yard for the dogs. The only negative thing was the lack of FREE cable channels. Not enough variety. we plan to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are extremely happy you enjoyed your stay and wish to return to The Abel Thomas House. Upon request, we can increase the range of cable channels. Thank you.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
At the foot of the Street!! Irish Harp
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club
Nearest Train
12.68 Miles
Niagara Falls
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
World class, too many to list!!!!
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Kissing Bridge
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lake Ontario
Nearest Point of Interest
Queen Street, main shopping street
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Shaw Festival Theatre
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Veteran's Memorial Park
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Historic Fort George
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Queen's Royal Park
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Valu Mart Super Market
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Zoom Bike rentals
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Horse and Buggy rides
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Niagara on the Lake Historical Museum
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Niagara on the Lake Golf Club
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Queen's Landing Hotel
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Old Angel Inn
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Tim Hortons
Nearest Point of Interest
LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario)
Nearest Point of Interest
Pillar and Post Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Gas station
Nearest Point of Interest
To Niagara Parkway the route to Niagara Falls
Car: not necessary

Live Theatre, jazz concerts, classical music, outdoor concerts, volley ball courts, wineries, historic sites, off-leash park, outdoor community swimming pool, football pitch, paddling pool, helicopter rides, horse and buggy rides, nature trails, behind the scenes theatre tours, fruit festivals, Christmas Candlelight Stroll, fruit stands, children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, Butterfly Conservatory, Botanical Gardens, Luxurious spas where you can pamper yourself, have a massage or maybe a couples massage, manicure, pedicure, lots of different services offered. Take a Whirlpool Jet Boat ride up the mighty Niagara River, a real thrill, be prepared to get wet! If you’re not keen on getting drenched there are covered boats but that’s missing half the fun. Cycle rentals are available, they’ll deliver them to the house. Cycle along the Niagara Parkway, a beautiful ride all along the river, a cycle path runs the full length, so its very safe for cyclists. Cycling on side streets in the town is also safe, they’re very quiet, and no one is in a rush here. The horse and buggy rides will pick you up at the house if you like, or you can start your ride outside the Prince of Wales Hotel, which is just a minutes walk from the house. Take time to walk around the town, off the main street, you’ll see beautiful homes, English style gardens and be in awe at the variety of flowers and plants. No matter what time of year its just the prettiest place to visit.

We’re blessed with a ‘micro climate’ in NOTL, where our winters are not as cold and not as long, and our summers are longer than the surrounding area. Our gardens are in flower earlier in the Spring, and we don’t get such an early frost so our gardens are in bloom longer. We have thousands of acres of vineyards where different varieties of grapes are grown, producing world-class wines and a specialty of the area ‘Ice Wine’. This region is also the fruit basket of Ontario growing strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots, pears, apples, plums and vegetables etc. You can stop at one of the many fruit stands by the side of the road and pick up some wonderful locally grown produce, it tastes sooooo good! Take some ‘home’ and make a strawberry milk shake, or have peach French toast for breakfast, a real treat.

From gourmet food to family friendly we have restaurants to offer the best of the best. Or do you like to cook? We have amazing farmer’s markets offering artisan breads, cakes, etc. and many other items, and boutique food stores that will inspire even the basic of cooks!

I am always surprised by what our guests do in our town that I have never even thought of! Photographers, gardeners, birders , geo-cashers, vintners, cyclers, antiquers and geekers… seems we have something for everyone!

If you visit during January and February you're in for a treat, the Ice Wine Festival is in January, very popular and loads of fun. Also available are Snow Shoe Wine Tours, the shoes are provided and you'll get instructions on how to walk in them (they're easy), you'll have a guided tour through the vineyard with plenty of tastings of the different varieties of wines and when you think you can't possible consume any more, you'll be given a great bowl of delicious soup which can be enjoyed while sitting beside the fire!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $78.36
Tax Rate 13.0%

When booking a 50% deposit is required. Balance is due 35 days prior to arrival. If cancelled more than 35 days before arrival date, deposit is refunded minus 10% admin. fee. Cancellations received within 35 days of arrival date, full amount is forfeited. 7th person, rollaway option $ 25/pp/night. CC# required before arrival for security.No charges unless damage. Cleaning fee for less then 3 nights, allowed in low season. $ 85.
Holidays-High season rates apply

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.