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Cheerful Inner-City Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

A Break From The Big City But Close To Everything You Need!


Play and Chill is a cheerful, freshly furnished inner-city cottage nestled in a popular community. A scenic five minute walk along the Avon River connects you to quaint shops, flavorful cafes and restaurants, world class theater and bustling pubs.

At your home away from home, enjoy your own private parking, two bedrooms with en-suites and smart TVs, a third room with sectional pullout sofa and 1/2 bath. Should you want to cook, the kitchen is well equipped with what you will need including a gas range. Relax in the living/dining area warmed by a gas fireplace. On warm summer nights, lounge on the front porch or outside garden patio.

Bruce Whitaker
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Bruce Whitaker

We are a family of five who moved to Stratford from Toronto in 2010. After living in big cities from Oslo to Accra to NYC, we needed a break from the noise and smell of the big city. At times, we miss the city but we do love the benefits of a small place including easy access to beaches.

Bruce Whitaker purchased this house in 2014

Why Bruce Whitaker chose Ontario

Stratford provides visitors an oasis from the big city while offering many of the comforts of a big city - great restaurants, music and live theatre. Play and Chill, a five minute stroll to the action, is cozy like a cottage while offering a jacuzzi tub, expresso machine, smart t.v, gas stove, gas fireplace, air conditioning, BBQ and many other comforts. You can either shut the door and stay inside, play in the city or head out mountain biking or to the beach. Even better, take advantage of all three.

What makes this house unique

Parking is easy, the house is large enough to accommodate a full family, the location is perfect - close to downtown, the conservation area, the Shakespearan Gardens, a river for fishing and a sports field and running track.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cheerful Inner-City Cottage
average rating of 4.9 based on 30 reviews

Perfect house, perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We were five women coming to Stratford for a weekend of shopping and plays. Our stay in Bruce's house was just perfect. The house is immaculate. The beds are comfortable, the bathrooms and showers wonderful, and the kitchen well equipped. The location was perfect as we could walk to all that Stratford had to offer within five minutes. We could not have asked for anything more. Bruce was very helpful, and suggested a wonderful stop for us on our way home. We would highly recommend this house and hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cheerful Inner City Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Are there enough words to describe our fabulous experience in this house??

Location-Terrific. A beautiful neighborhood and a short walk to downtown and the attractions.

Layout and Decor-Great to have an ensuite bathroom with both bedrooms upstairs and a third bathroom downstairs. Comfortable living space with the living room, dining room and porch. The kitchen was really well stocked with nice cookware, dishes, flatware and glasses. Every-thing was in top notch condition. The house is beautifully decorated.

Communication-The owner was terrific at communicating with us ahead of time and was so welcoming and helpful during this stay.

I would highly recommend this property. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful stay. I loved seeing your joy especially during the wedding. Just hearing you all having such a wonderful time singing together on the Friday night was lovely. Sorry that I wasn't able to see the bride. Hope to see you back one day. Perhaps, on the occasion of an anniversary.
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great place to stay and Bruce so helpful

  • 4 of 5

Great property close to everything

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage, well-equipped, great location, attentive & helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay with Bruce and again, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We walked to plays at several Stratford Festival theatres, as well as restaurants and shopping. The kitchen is well-equipped and we like having a barbecue. Bedrooms with ensures are terrific: comfy beds. Bruce and Sean were very helpful in answering the few questions we had. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and inviting

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed staying in this charming spacious house with another couple. We've been to Stratford dozens of times over the past 30+ years and we all agreed that we will make our theater plans as early as possible from now on to ensure that we can stay here!

I don't even know where to begin. First of all, Bruce was a great host! He was accommodating and helpful without being intrusive. Booking and check-in went very smooth. He lives in the house next door and is quite knowledgeable of local information with great suggestions for Stratford restaurants and activities, as well as ideas for day trips. We all enjoyed our conversations with him!

We loved having the entire house to ourselves with a beautiful private garden in the back for morning coffee and early evening libations. The front porch was another nice option. We found everything we needed in the kitchen and enjoyed breakfasts at the dining room table. The furniture throughout the house was very comfortable. High quality linens are plentiful and two upstairs bedrooms, each with a private bath, is perfect for two couples. The back porch downstairs could easily and comfortably accommodate another guest or two with their own half-bath directly available.

The location of the house is perfect in a quiet, residential area. It's an easy walk to the beautiful Shakespearean Gardens and all that downtown Stratford has to offer. It's just a few minute drive to a great new grocery store (sorry, I can't remember the name.)

To reiterate; staying in this lovely private home substantially enriched our Stratford experience and we will plan our future visits around it's availability.

Thank you Bruce!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome house & Host!! Bruce was very welcoming & accommodating! Wonderful stay! Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Down the Street
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Stratford Railroad Station
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pazzos Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
73 Kilometres
Goderich, Bayfield,


Rates & Availability

Stratford House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Stratford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Jacuzzi tub.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Smart television + en-suite full bathroom with jacuzzi tub.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Smart television + en-suite bathroom and shower.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedrooms come with high quality sheets and a full set of towels.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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