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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-10)

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.

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Walter Vanast
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2017

About Walter Vanast

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.

Walter Vanast purchased this house in 2007

Why Walter Vanast chose Quebec

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Léry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 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
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Quiet Home on Marsh; 10 Secs to Swim, Canoe in St. Lawrence R.
average rating of 4.783784 based on 37 reviews

Welcoming Accommodations, Gracious Host

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Marsh Retreat. Our party of three found the property to be clean, comfortable, quiet and very spacious. Located in a neighborhood of beautiful homes on Lake St. Louis, the home is just steps from the beach. The neighbors we met were very friendly and accommodating. We thought this was the perfect way to see Montreal - just a 30 minute drive to the Metro terminus. And, Walter, our host, was more than helpful, both with learning the ins and outs of the local area, selecting restaurants, shopping, and many other issues were had to address as visitors to this lovely province. We would stay "chez Walter" again without hesitation and probably will next year as we were enthralled with Montreal and want to experience more of this vibrant city.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntingdon valley

a wonderful location to be active! While on the Levy, we cycled, kyaked and walked...a lot!

  • 5 of 5

This is a piece of heaven, hidden away from the busy Montreal City, yet close enough to enjoy city life too! The dogs really enjoyed their morning walks into the marsh...and daily swims at the lake. I just got home and am in full afterglow of an amazing vacation. Thank you, Walter!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully situated, tidy and uncluttered

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully situated, tidy and uncluttered.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walter was a great host and the house is nice.

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place to stay if you don't want to stay right in Montreal. It was easy to get to, and we loved the city. However, the Marsh House was so peaceful we ended up only going in once, opting to stay at the house and enjoy the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The home was as advertised. Spacious and had great views of the bio system just off the porch. Walter, although we didn't meet him personally, was very engaged and helpful. Fabulous stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed!

  • 4 of 5

My entire family and I share the same sentiments about our stay in Lery; we are all VERY happy. This home was so welcoming and charming. We loved it from the moment we walked in the door. The location is fantastic. It's only about 30 mins from Montreal & 10 mins from Chateauguay which was close enough for us. Chateauguay contained all the essentials we required (grocery store, SAQ, Spa, etc...) and we ventured into Montreal for the unique stores/shopping and such that we desired. This house is marvelous.

Walter, the owner, was VERY hospitable and kind. We didn't need much but we felt welcomed to call him if we had questions or concerns. He checked on us while we were enroute and he made himself available to ensure we arrived safely at the house in the wee hours of the morning. We truly appreciate him for that.

The only reason we are not giving the house 5 stars is due to the mattress in the main floor bedroom. The memory foam mattress leaves MUCH to be desired. We were still able to decompress at this lovely home because it was calm and inviting and we'll appointed. However, the memory foam mattress is really hard and de-stressing would have been easier on a super comfy bed.

Overall, we know we are highly likely coming back to this house in Lery in the coming months.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're grateful for the comments about the hard mattress, and will replace it.
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
to cross lake to Lachine's parks+fur trade museum
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
In Lery
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
via rail
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
132 (2 km), 138 (3 km) , 30 (2.5 km), 20 (10 km)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
porte du village
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $64.84
Additional Guest Fee $8.1 per person per night

Cleaning Fee $80 per stay. Extra charge of $10 per day for each person beyond six. Rates listed above include all other charges and taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.