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Want to get away? Retreat to Bracken House, only 4 min. from the heart of NOTL

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Last updated: 11/07/2016

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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.

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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/07/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1085 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    There's room to ramble around Bracken House! If you require babysitting, our daughter has taken the babysitting course and is available to do so. Please indicate in advance if this might be of interest to you. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    If you need to smoke, do so outside, and away from any open windows/doors. An ashtray will be made available upon request....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Contrary to the enquiries that continue to persist: even well-behaved dogs are not allowed - we have some guests who have allergies. Also, the floors have been newly refinished; a dog's nails marking up the floor, or even a cat's claws on the furniture would be a concern for us. Please respect our policy as stated. ...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Has large bay window overlooking backyard, ensuite bathroom....moreless

  • North Bedroom: 1 queen

    Has a large window overlooking front yard and parks beyond....moreless

  • South Bedroom: 1 double

    Has a large window overlooking front yard and parks beyond....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Ensuite Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Main Bathroom: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Access to this bathroom only with overflow basement booking....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    There are scattered bookshelves throughout the house - feel free to peruse and enjoy a good read!...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD players accompany both televisions....moreless

  • Games:

    We have a selection of board games available in the basement family room ... how about some screen-free group fun? ...moreless

  • Television:

    Televisions in both the main floor living room, and in basement family/meeting room. We utilize an antennae at Bracken House....moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a small collection of DVD's available upon request....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The harvest table adjoining the kitchen seats 6-8. The small kitchen island also has two stools for additional seating. Outdoor dining seats six at the table, with 4 extra casual seats on rear patio....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available to reservations of 1 week or more....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    The wood-burning fireplace is in the living room, and there is wood and kindling on site for your use. The electric fireplace is in the (optional access) basement meeting room. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    propane heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room features a wood-burning fireplace. There is firewood available to our guests....moreless

  • Parking:

    Available for up to 5 vehicles; more if the reservation includes Bushy House B&B. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Available to reservations of 1 week or more....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We've equipped the kitchen with enough dishes for 10 people + extra. There are plenty of mixing & serving bowls & platters, pots & pans, for stovetop & oven. A handmixer, blender, & crockpot complete....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen has been equipped by someone who loves to cook ...me!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    electric oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    electric stove with glass cooktop...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Take a casual ride around the area, perhaps to pick up some relish in the basket provided....moreless

  • Boat:

    The Niagara-on-the Lake Sailing Club is at the mouth of the river, and is available for guest moorage and launching. There is also a public launch site at Queenston....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There are two patios in the backyard: the main one with a BBQ and dining table and umbrella, and an adjoining shaded patio with lounge chairs. The front patio has two chairs and cafe table....moreless

  • Golf:

    Peachtrees Executive Golf Course is just down the road, within walking distance. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course is the oldest in North America, and is a mere 3.5 km away. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    There are several places to launch your own kayaks, one being at Niagara Shores park on the lake, just down the road. There is also a launch site at the river. There are also kayak rentals in town....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    The rear patio has a small gazebo that leads to the rear lawn, in the midst of a mature perennial garden....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Bracken House is on a 2/3 acre lot, with plenty of green space, looking out on woodland parks and orchards....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a gas BBQ for cooking on the rear patio, as well as a fire pit in the backyard to gather around on a warm summer evening. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    We have an arrangement with a local hot tub rental company. With advance notice, we can arrange for its delivery and installation in time for your arrival - additional rental fees apply. (cf. link) ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season / Base Rate
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
$272
$1,630 $4,551
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Base Rate Cleaning Fee $83.94
  • Use of 2 Bsmt HAB's/night $56.47
  • Expand Access /Bsmt Room $116.41
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $228.93
  • Expanded Cleaning Fee $99.20

Notes:

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.

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 $135/reservation + $65/HAB/night, for linens used. Please note the upgraded rate for the cleaning fee when the basement is used.

A 50% deposit is due upon booking, the remainder upon arrival. We accept cash, cheque, e-transfers, VISA, MC, AMEX.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Buffalo International, NY
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Sandtrap
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Garrison House Restaurant
88 Miles
Nearest Ski
Holiday Valley Ski Resort, Ellicottville, NY
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 11/07/2016

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Photos

  • Want to get away? Retreat to Bracken House, only 4 min. from the heart of NOTL

    Want to get away? Retreat to Bracken House, only 4 min. from the heart of NOTL

  • Why not curl up with a good book?

    Why not curl up with a good book?

  • Good conversations happen over colourful meals at the harvest table ...

    Good conversations happen over colourful meals at the harvest table ...

  • It's easy to linger over a cup of something nice.

    It's easy to linger over a cup of something nice.

  • Here's a source for that very 'delish' - the farmer's market is down the road!

    Here's a source for that very 'delish' - the farmer's market is down the road!

  • The South bedroom. Another place to curl up with a book?

    The South bedroom. Another place to curl up with a book?

  • A woodland walk in the parks nearby.

    A woodland walk in the parks nearby.

  • The queen bed in the North bedroom

    The queen bed in the North bedroom

  • The Master bedroom looking to the ensuite bathroom.

    The Master bedroom looking to the ensuite bathroom.

  • The Master ensuite bathroom

    The Master ensuite bathroom

  • The optional basement meeting/family room

    The optional basement meeting/family room

  • The beach at Niagara Shores Park is only a 10 minute walk away.

    The beach at Niagara Shores Park is only a 10 minute walk away.

  • Bright sunlight streams in, and the woodburning fireplace lends its warmth.

    Bright sunlight streams in, and the woodburning fireplace lends its warmth.

  • Relax over a meal on the back patio.

    Relax over a meal on the back patio.

  • Shiny and new: Bracken House kitchen

    Shiny and new: Bracken House kitchen

  • Go ahead! Make something 'delish' in the well-equipped kitchen.

    Go ahead! Make something 'delish' in the well-equipped kitchen.

  • Now, down the hall to the three bedrooms

    Now, down the hall to the three bedrooms

  • The South bedroom double bed

    The South bedroom double bed

  • Entering the North bedroom

    Entering the North bedroom

  • The Master bedroom with a queen bed and bay window. Lovely.

    The Master bedroom with a queen bed and bay window. Lovely.

  • Detail of Master bedroom ensuite.

    Detail of Master bedroom ensuite.

  • The main bathroom also has a shower.

    The main bathroom also has a shower.

  • There are two double hide-a-bed couches in the basement family room.

    There are two double hide-a-bed couches in the basement family room.

  • Further out, it's a a half hour drive to Niagara Falls. Wow!

    Further out, it's a a half hour drive to Niagara Falls. Wow!

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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