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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- 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
- 1085 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 10
- Events Allowed
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:
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
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 6-10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- DVD Player:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Child's Highchair
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
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- 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
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
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
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Low Season / Base Rate
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $64 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $220.35
- Use of 2 Bsmt HAB's/night $54.35 + tax
- Expand Access /Bsmt Room $110.17 + tax
- Base Rate Cleaning Fee $91.81 + tax
- Expanded Cleaning Fee $110.17 + tax
- Tax Rate 13%
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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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!
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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Want to get away? Retreat to Bracken House, only 4 min. from the heart of NOTL
Why not curl up with a good book?
Good conversations happen over colourful meals at the harvest table ...
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!
The South bedroom. Another place to curl up with a book?
A woodland walk in the parks nearby.
The queen bed in the North bedroom
The Master bedroom looking to the ensuite bathroom.
The Master ensuite bathroom
The optional basement meeting/family room
The beach at Niagara Shores Park is only a 10 minute walk away.
Bright sunlight streams in, and the woodburning fireplace lends its warmth.
Relax over a meal on the back patio.
Shiny and new: Bracken House kitchen
Go ahead! Make something 'delish' in the well-equipped kitchen.
Now, down the hall to the three bedrooms
The South bedroom double bed
Entering the North bedroom
The Master bedroom with a queen bed and bay window. Lovely.
Detail of Master bedroom ensuite.
The main bathroom also has a shower.
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!
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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