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Stunning Home Along Hiking Trail, Walk to Ski Hill, Minutes From City Centre.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Home With A Forest Out Back, Situated Along Hiking Trails

PLEASE MESSAGE US BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO SECURE A RESERVATION

Given a recent unfortunate experience with a group that misrepresented themselves, we require a person to person phone call and/or a face book friend request to Jennifer Farquhar Papastergiou to confirm identity before we accept reservations.

In addition, during the summer we prefer 4-7 day bookings but given we will accommodate varied turnover days (and the occasional 2-3 night weekend reservation) this inevitably results in 2-3 day vacant periods between longer reservations which we need to allow at certain points during the summer. Hence we have set our minimum stay at 2 nights although in general we prefer longer rentals.

Certainly, inquire if you are interested in a shorter stay, but we can not guarantee we will be able to accommodate those request.

In addition, there is a cleaning fee which we do not include in the VRBO charges as we do not apply a fixed rate, but it varies depending on the size/nature of the group.

We do encourage potential guests to message/email through VRBO to clarify our availability prior to using instant book.

This home is unique in several ways. It is a custom built chalet-style home, built primarily using old-world materials (lots of reclaimed wood and stone). Our backyard is landscaped as a small oasis, and borders on a hiking trail that goes for kilometres through the forest and along the Grand River. Two minutes from our home there is access to the Grand River, where you can canoe or kayak enjoy the peace and beauty of the river (we provide 2 canoes, 1 kayak, and a means to transport them). There are also several beautiful biking trails close to our home, and again, we offer the use of 1 mountain bike, 1 hybrid bike, 2 road bikes, as well as children's bikes. Our home's location offers the best of both rural and urban features, however, as we are also located just minutes from a commercial area that boasts all of the amenities of a large urban centre, such as a good shopping mall, many restaurants, a children's museum, art galleries, etc.

For a day trip, we are a 30 minute drive from the idyllic, artistic town of elora. This town is built around the river, and boasts gorgeous old stone buildings and a myriad of artisan shops----amazing shopping to find unique home décor, clothing, and jewellery.

We are a 30 minute drive to Stratford, a beautiful town which hosts the renowned Statford Shakespearean festival.

We are a short 1hr drive to Toronto.

We are also a 1hr 40min drive from the beach town of grand bend. Here you can swim, jetski, shop along the boardwalk, and generally pick up the relaxed, fun vibe that goes along with a beachtown.

We are also located 1 hour and 15 minutes from niagara falls, as well as one hour from niagara on the lake, which is wine country, where you can take vineyard tours and enjoy the wines this lush region has to offer.

As of the end of June 2015 we will have added a double/queen bunk bed in one of the lower level bedrooms (the one currently depicting a log bed). The available beds will be 2 king, 1 double and 1 room with the double/queen bunk beds. High end inflatable nylon (as opposed to vinyl) mattresses (both queen and twin) available on request.

More Details

Owner
Jennifer & Thanos Papastergiou
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Jennifer & Thanos Papastergiou

We are a family with two young children. My husband is a busy emergency room doctor, and I am a primary school French teacher. Our daughter is 7 years old and is very artistic, and our son is 3 and loves to smash things.

I grew up on an island in Lake Huron in northern Ontario, and we return there to vacation on the water and visit my family for two-three weeks every summer (the benefits of being a teacher!).

Jennifer & Thanos Papastergiou purchased this house in 2009

Why Jennifer & Thanos Papastergiou chose Kitchener

It is the perfect blend or rural and urban----the view from our windows is a forest, the feel inside our home is of an upscale chalet, and yet we live within 15 minutes of absolutely all of the cultural and entertainment amenities that a large city has to offer.

What makes this house unique

There are hardwood floors throughout, all made from reclaimed barnboard, there are stone mantel fireplaces both upstairs and down, and a beautiful gourmet kitchen. We have a home theatre in the downstairs rec room. A backyard sauna is planned for late 2015 and a small above-ground pool has also recently been added. We also have a built-in fire pit in our backyard deck----perfect for mellow evenings around the fire roasting marshmallows (without the need to sleep in a tent afterwards!) The view from the rear of the house is a forest with large willow trees. Please see our photos, as text does capture the beauty of our home.

Amenities

Grand River South House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 bunk bed , queen/double bunk bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Stunning Home Along Hiking Trail, Walk to Ski Hill, Minutes From City Centre.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
4

Lovely property great location

  • 4 of 5

We had a great weekend very relaxing, we were a little disappointed with the size of the pool, but we would definitely recommend staying here

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Family Fun

  • 5 of 5

This place is stocked. We had several young children with staying there, and they were very excited to see an entire wall filled with bins of different kinds of toys. The yard was also great for kids, with a sandbox, swing and some room to run around. We were also pleased to see a babygate, which made things easier, but couldn't find the highchair (luckily we had brought some booster seats). For adults, the decor was gorgeous, spa- Iike and welcoming (we put a few breakable things away for our stay). The upstairs bathroom in particular is huge and has a beautiful large tub set in the floor and a waterfall shower. The bedrooms easily fit each of our families. The kitchen made it easy to cook our own meals, which was a huge plus since two of my sisters have food allergies. The neighborhood is quiet and yet the house is close to grocery store, church and parks. The owners were fairly easy to get a hold of, and left instructions and contact numbers in a binder on the kitchen table so we had all the information we needed. It is a lovely setting to vacation in!!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Abu Dhabi, UAE
5

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Jennifer and Thanos's place is by far the best place we had stayed in on this vacation. It is comfortable, clean, and has everything one needs. The bottom floor is a walk-out into the back yard which is simply beautiful- the pool, all the plants and flowers are so relaxing. I eventually got the kids to jump into the pool and they enjoyed their time splashing around and cooling off from the summer heat.

Jennifer snd Thanos used reclaimed wood for the floors and much of the inside which gave the house a cottage-like feel and provided for the most cozy living environment. The house has a great entertainment system which in 10-days we couldn't explore it all- Thanos being a gamer has equipped the place fully.

The kitchen was great and had all that we needed. The same goes for the bedrooms and the living areas. As soon as we settled in, we all relaxed from our long flight and later loved the walks around. You will need a car to get to grocery stores which are less than 3-5 minutes away.

I highly recommend staying there- we missed it as soon as we left!! We would definitely come back.

Salah and Susan

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Family Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We needed a four bedroomed property in Kitchener so that we could attend a family wedding.

This is a really wonderful home and was absolutely perfect for our needs. It was all that we had hoped for and a lot more. The house is very spacious, immaculate throughout and very much a home from home.

The owners were very easy to contact, very efficient and everything was done in a most courteous and friendly manner.

Perhaps we will be back in this area and if we are then we will check to see if this rental is still available.

If you stay here I cannot imagine how you will not be completely satisfied.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chatham, Ontario
5

Beautiful, spacious home, with something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of seven women thoroughly enjoyed our “Girls Weekend” at this beautiful home in Kitchener. As we enjoy cooking and a good bottle of wine, we really appreciated the well-stocked kitchen! The layout allowed all seven of us to eat together and spend time talking together and yet gave us lots of options if anyone wanted some quiet time to read or nap. So close to everything, we shopped in St. Jacobs and downtown Waterloo, went out for dinner and drinks on Saturday night, enjoyed the walking path behind the house, did some kayaking and of course relaxing in the beautiful backyard. The owners were easy to reach and provided a binder with all the information we needed and then some! Jennifer and Thanos have thought of everything making sure that everything you need is available in this unique setting. Everything from the layout, decor and garden are beautifully designed. Thank you for allowing us a beautiful space to share some time and a lot of laughs together and create the memories of Girls Weekend 2015.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Our Kitchener Vacation =)

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for our small family reunion. It was wonderful having all the bedding, towels, cooking utensils, etc. already there so we didn't have to bring a lot with us. The walking trails were nice, and it was great to be so close to grocery stores and other amenities. The home is beautifully decorated and furnished and we were really able to relax and enjoy our time together. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Our property is bordering on the Grand River, with a hiking trail along the edge of our property that goes for kilometres in either direction, through forests and along the river. We have the best of both rural and urban worlds, however, as we are only a four-minute drive to a commercial area that hosts great restaurants, a shopping mall, and all the amenities of a large city.

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Rates & Availability

Grand River South House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 29 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
$179
From
$377
Fri,Sat
$1,567
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$313
From
$393
Fri,Sat
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $396.7
Cleaning $75.37
Pet Fee $39.67

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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