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Your Niagara Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,085 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

An inviting 3 bedroom woodland home near Old Town NOTL and Niagara Shores park

Bracken House is located on the outskirts of Old Town; close to wineries, theatres, parks, biking trails. Ideal for groups of friends, families or small staff retreats; this newly renovated, 1,085 sq.ft. bungalow is pleasantly situated on 2/3 acre. Bedrooms: Master has queen bed w/ensuite bath, North has a queen bed, and South a double bed. Fully equipped kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, patios with BBQ and dining table, fire pit. WIFI, and TV/DVD players in living room and basement meeting room. The basement room has 2 queen-sized hide-a-bed couches for additional guests and a third bathroom adjacent, upon request. Use of the basement room for overflow is available for an additional surcharge. Further accommodation options include 2 full suites at our adjacent property, Bushy House B&B. Relax, kick back, and slow down. Aaah.

Jodie Godwin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Jodie Godwin

When we moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake from Calgary, we were drawn by this beautiful town, its architecture and environs. We purchased an acre property, designed and built our house (my husband, David, is an architect). We have successfully operated Bushy House B&B since 1999, and have enjoyed the many guests that have come, quite a few of whom come back every year to their Niagara home away from home. We are raising our family here, and love living where we are close to the town, but surrounded by parks and woodland. We have big perennial and vegetable gardens, chickens, and are even trying our hand at beekeeping!

Bracken House is a natural extension of this life we've built, and the two properties merge, separated by a wooded ravine and the path between them. We have enjoyed renovating it, and have come to realize what a gem it is, with its bright and sunny aspect, and mature gardens rimmed by parks and orchards behind.

I am an artist who works sculpturally, lives creatively, and volunteers teaching art at various local elementary schools. We are quite involved in our church, have some great friendships here. I love my book group; enjoy gardening, and our chickens. Life expands even more as we have come to form friendships with some of the Jamaican seasonal workers who labour in the orchards and vineyards around us. We are rather fond of this place we live!

Jodie Godwin purchased this house in 2014

Why Jodie Godwin chose Niagara-on-the-Lake

It has always felt like a gift to live on the lovely green corner, and we feel more like stewards of it, and grateful to be here. I grew up in cities, but now I love being a part of this beautiful small town. Sometimes, when I see a horse-drawn carriage going by, I enjoy a chat with a friend at the grocery store, or I catch a glimpse of the blue-green lake, and wonder at the striation of colour of an orchard in spring - I am so glad to live here. Bushy House has been a place of renewal and refreshment for our guests for years, and now we look forward to extending that to those who come to Bracken House.

What makes this house unique

You can spend your day wandering the Old Town, sightseeing in Niagara Falls, doing winery tours throughout the peninsula, or taking in a show or three at Shaw, and then? Then, you can retreat to the quiet and green space that is Bracken House. One of the last stands of Carolinian forest on Lake Ontario is just down the road, so many species of birds can be seen amidst the mature gardens. Before we owned it, Bracken was home to an avid gardener for years, and so we can all enjoy the fruits of her labours throughout the season. The home is bright and clean, and affords a place to unwind and enjoy time with friends in a casual atmosphere. Because it can be combined with the accommodations at Bushy House, Bracken House can also be a place for small group retreats. If your arrival is going to be a later one, or if you just want a chance to get your bearings, provisions for your first breakfast can be stocked at Bracken upon request. For those at Bushy House, our full breakfasts are still being served, brought to your suite in a large basket. At Bushy House, you can enjoy breakfast in the privacy of your suite or out on the garden deck or porch outside your room.

We strive to serve or make available fresh and local fare - Niagara is a good place for just that!


Niagara-on-the-Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1085 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Access to this bathroom only with overflow basement booking.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Has large bay window overlooking backyard, ensuite bathroom.
    North Bedroom - 1 queen , Has a large window overlooking front yard and parks beyond.
    South Bedroom - 1 double , Has a large window overlooking front yard and parks beyond.
  • There are 2 additional double hide-a-beds in the basement meeting/rec room. There is also a third bathroom in the basement. Access availability is upon request, and for an additional fee. Please inquire, if needed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
Will it be a late arrival? Want to catch your breath first? Provisions for your first breakfast can be provided upon request in advance, for $20/person.


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Your Niagara Retreat
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Cozy and Contemporary

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at Bracken House! The place was spotless and beautifully designed with lots of artwork and furnishings that were just our style. Practically everything you need is provided, from kitchenwares to curling irons, and the grounds were spacious and peaceful. Jodie was a very kind and welcoming host. (only feedback is I would recommend calling her instead of emailing for any questions) Would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient, comfortable and very cheery

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 busy days in Niagara on the Lake, biking, going to the theatre, sight-seeing and sun- set chasing and there was nothing more satisfying/inspiring than knowing we were coming "home" to a bright, well designed and well equipped house. The garden is beautiful, we had a barbecue and "around the table" breakfasts. It is special as a place to the just relax. Jodie is an interesting and gracious host.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing!! A MUST stay!!

  • 5 of 5

This place is PERFECT! Beautiful property and home. Fully stock with anything you need. Stayed with 10 total and was more than enough room and bathrooms etc. Did not want to leave. Cannot say enough about our stay. Pictures do not do it justice.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our extended family get together

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house. Location was good, even though out of town. Easy drive or bicycle to get into town. 3 couples, 3 kids, plus another family at the Bushy House B&B. It worked out very well.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

There were two couples, so we only rented half of the house.

The house was clean and beautifully decorated. Jodie and David were helpful and attentive hosts. If anything, the listing did not do justice to the house. I expected a lot, and our stay far exceeded my expectations.

I will recommend this house, and Bushy House (we stayed there one night too) to anyone travelling to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

By the way, the wine is very good too...

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Above and beyond!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Bracken House with a group of 10 girls and loved every minute. The house was clean, beautifully decorated and equipped with everything we could possibly need (the slippers were especially appreciated). Jodie was friendly and accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure we felt comfortable! Really enjoyed my stay and will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Buffalo International, NY
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Garrison House Restaurant
Nearest Ski
88 Miles
Holiday Valley Ski Resort, Ellicottville, NY
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Niagara Shores Park
Car: necessary

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautiful historic town situated on the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. Home to the Shaw Festival, you can experience world-class theatre, dining, and wineries. Biking is a popular pastime especially along the Niagara Parkway, through vineyards and orchards. There are wine tours available, or you can do your own!

Stroll along Queen Street, do some shopping, and enjoy quaint and flower-filled streets. The Old Town has many beautiful Georgian homes. Is a romantic carriage ride more your speed? How about a jet boat tour? You'll have the opportunity to see things from the river - fast! There are also several places to launch a kayak if you like a slower pace.

Fresh and local food opportunities expand when the food trucks at the Farmer's Market converge on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. It's just down the road from Bracken House. There are many fruit stands around the peninsula - bring some back to enjoy at Bracken.

There are many shops along Queen Street to satisfy that itch, and you can go one further with a trip to the Outlet Mall at Niagara, near the QEW exit. Do come enjoy our peninsula and get some time away!




Additional information about rental rates

Expand Access /Bsmt Room $117.08 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $351.23
Cleaning Fee $117.08 + Tax
Use of 2 HAB's/3 nights $131.13 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

High Season only: Minimum Stay is 3 nights on weekdays, 2 nights on weekends only. Low season only: Minimum stay is 2 nights weekdays or weekends. 50% deposit required to secure the reservation, and the balance is due one day before arrival.
Cancellation Policy: Prior to 35 days before the reservation, all but 10% will be refunded. Within 35 days, the remainder of the deposit will not be refunded unless the reservation dates are rebooked.
Upon request for overflow space, access to the basement can be made available. Additional fees for use of the basement meeting room and/or 1 or 2 hide-a-beds: flat rate $150/reservation + $28/HAB/night + tax, for linens used and extra cleaning. This cost is already noted and calculated within the standard VRBO summary, but may be adjusted to reflect the number of nights required, or if the option of expanded use is not required. The difference in cost will be settled between the host and yourself upon your arrival. The hot tub is available through a local rental company, and must be requested at the time of your reservation. The host will check availability and arrange for the delivery of the hot tub prior to your arrival for set-up, and the rental fee will be paid in cash upon your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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