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Middelshire - 9 Bedrooms 6.5 Bathrooms - Eastern Ontario

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Space 5,600 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

5600 Sq Ft, 9 Bedroom 6.5 bath home with games room, indoor pool, sauna, hot-tub

Enjoy our Lord of the Rings themed 5600 sq ft home with several gathering or meeting rooms. The home can accommodate 20+ guests. When not doing group bookings we also operate as a B&B. We are located near Merrickville, Ontario, in a small Hamlet called Eastons Corners.

Please note that we are NOT a waterfront cottage or an hotel/motel but a large home that's perfect for group bookings. The Rideau river is a few miles away should you be wishing to go fishing. We are a couple who enjoy sharing our lovingly decorated home. Surrounded by farms, including one across the road that sells fresh eggs, goat milk products, and other items we are in the country but close to several towns if you forgot to bring something.

This home is perfect for large family gatherings or other group activities. There are 6 Suites, each with a bathroom. Three suites have two bedrooms, 2 suites have one bedroom and a sitting rooms with a sofa bed that can sleep 2 persons. One suite has 2 beds (one king, one queen) in the same room. We also have an extra air bed available if needed. The Dragons Lair suite rooms is the only suite without an ensuite but shares a bathroom from the hallway. Two other Suites (Knights Rest Suite and Master Suite) share a private bathroom that is located between the 2 bedrooms. There are a total of 6 full bathrooms and 1 powder room. One bedroom suite (Valinor) is located on the main floor and is accessible without needing stairs. Most beds are queen size with memory foam toppers, there are also 2 king and 1 twin bed.

Our large, well stocked 500 sq ft kitchen is centrally located and is often the focus of gatherings and fun. It has an electric stove/oven as well as a gas cook top in a 10 ft long island , and includes two side by side refrigerators. In addition, there are 2 other large rooms, a sun room and sitting room, just off the kitchen, and a games room upstairs for our guests to enjoy.

We provide you with everything needed to make you feel relaxed and at home. We also provide free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. The expansive parking area is big enough to accommodate at least 9 vehicles.

Relax on our front veranda with your cup of tea or coffee and watch the the day go by or hang out on the back deck and enjoy something on the BBQ. Play a game of volleyball, or bocce or croquet or enjoy a campfire when outside; when indoors, a game of pool, darts, crokinole, or hockey or one of the many board games in the games room.

Vacation rental guests enjoy total privacy in the home. There will be only one group of guests at a time. Ideal for a large group who want their own private vacation retreat. Also ideal for wedding groups, reunions or any other group activity. The owners or their replacements when they are away will always call (or ring doorbell) before entering the rented premises (the pool and hot-tub must be inspected daily to monitor sanitization and water levels). We (or our managers when we are away) live in a separate basement suite and are periodically available for assistance and information as needed.

Our indoor swimming pool is available year round (a pool heating charge applies during winter months). The 5 person hot-tub and 2 person infrared sauna are also available year round.

Suitability: Low allergen environment. We rent to families and mature adults. Children are welcome, provided they are supervised and especially enjoy our pool; sometimes for hours on any given day. Adult (over 14 yrs old) supervision required over children as there is no Lifeguard on duty for the pool/ hot tub facilities.

Absolutely no smoking in the house.

Pets NOT ALLOWED due to allergens for other visitors with sensitivities.

PLEASE NOTE: Presently, we do not charge a cleaning fee as we expect our guests to leave Middelshire in a tidy state much as it was when your group arrived. Although we wash the linens, make all the beds wash all the pool towels and sweep out all the rooms, we expect that the dishes will be washed, and all garbage removed from rooms and put in bags.

Additionally the kitchen countertops should be wiped down and the cook tops should be left as clean as they were when you arrived.

As we must pay for each bag of garbage, we ask that our guests use the provided recycling bins to recycle anything that is not garbage.

Should you feel the need/ urge/ want to redecorate or rearrange the furniture during your stay, please take the time to place things back in their original position before you leave. Often there's only a 4 hour window between group bookings and that does not afford us the time to redecorate and do much cleaning for the next group.

We do have numerous decorative items throughout, to give it a genuine "Home" feel; most are on shelves that are higher up, but if you have numerous children that you plan to leave the run of our home with minimal supervision then this is probably not the place for your group.

Our home is located at 223 Main St in Eastons Corners, Ontario. Pubs, restaurants, pizza and ice cream shop and liquor store are 10 km away in Merrickville. We are on Cty Rd 16 west of Merrickville and 15 min South East from Smiths Falls. We are also 30 mins north of Brockville.

In the countryside but within 1 hour of Ottawa / Gatineau, and 7 minutes from the lovely village of Merrickville , called Jewel of the Rideau, which is known for its charm, boutique shopping, many well attended events and its large numbers of artisans.

There are several golf courses within 20-30 min drive.

Linens and towels are provided, all you should need to bring is food for your group and your personal items.

Note: When not doing a group booking, We operate as a B&B so to ensure availability for your large group, you are advised to book early. As soon as we get one B&B room booking for a given date we are no longer available for a group booking on that date.

We occasionally host Murder Mysteries where the guests are the characters. If you're interested in hosting one during your stay, please contact us.

More Details

John Middelveen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About John Middelveen

We are a retired military couple and enjoy meeting new friends from all corners of the earth. Our skills are shared in the building of our home. One of us is more on the artistic side and the other more technical. Building the house for the most, by ourselves, we have learned to compromise with each other (sort of) to achieve something that we are both proud to share with our guests.

John Middelveen purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why John Middelveen chose Ontario

We're in a rural area but close to several major cities and we're close to the Rideau Canal system. We purchased this half built house and spent 2 years renovating/ completing it. It has been a learning experience also very fulfilling because it allowed us to grow and display our talents both in building and embellishing our home. We're so proud of our accomplishment that it gives us pleasure to share it with guests that we hope will become friends.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

This is a fairly large house that has a comfortable feel of home to it. There are many areas that allow you to conduct different activities at the same time without interfering with each other. The long front veranda is a wonderful place to sit and watch the groups of cyclist ride by in the summer while enjoying the peace of the countryside. There are also several garden areas on the property and advice from other gardeners is always welcome.


Merrickville-Wolford Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 5600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Min. age of primary renter: 19
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Valinor Ensuite - toilet , shower
    Main floor Powder room - toilet
    Knights Rest Ensuite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lovers Roost Ensuite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Dragons Lair bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Wizards Keep Ensuite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Masters Ensuite - toilet , tub , shower , Large shower has separate his/ hers heads and controls
  • There are a total of 6 full bathrooms and 1 powder room. Almost all of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, 2 bedrooms (Dragons Lair) share one bathroom via the hallway, and 2 bedrooms in the(Knights Rest Suite share a private bathroom between them. Similarly 2 bedrooms in the Master Suite share a private bathroom between them.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Valinor - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This suite is on the main floor (no stairs needed).
    Lovers Roost - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Suite has a private enclosed balcony.
    Queen Dragons room - 1 queen , Part of Dragons Lair suite and shares Bathroom.
    King Dragon room - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Shares bathroom with Queen Dragon room.
    Knights Rest room 2 - 1 queen , Part of the Knights Rest suite (shares a private bathroom)
    Knights Rest - 1 queen , Part of 2 room suite with a queen bed in each room
    Master suite - 1 queen
    Master Suite Room 2 - 1 queen
    Wizards Keep room - 1 king , 1 queen
  • There are 9 bedrooms and another 2 sitting rooms with sofa beds that can sleep 2 persons.We also have an air bed available. One bedroom suite is located on the main floor and is accessible without needing stairs. Most beds are Queen size with memory foam toppers, also 2 King beds and 1 Twin bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Middelshire - 9 Bedrooms 6.5 Bathrooms - Eastern Ontario
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Fabulous B & B!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful facility! Lots of space for everyone. Absolutely gorgeous kitchen with huge centre island for gathering. Owners thought of everything to make our stay incredible. Lots of spacious bedrooms with either private or shared washrooms. Virtually sound proof rooms. Beds extremely comfortable and very nicely decorated. Indoor pool a huge hit with the kids as was the games room with pool table and rod hockey. It was a great place for our family gathering. You can't ask for a better place to stay!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for Large Groups

  • 5 of 5

John was very accommodating and made organizing my event a breeze.

The house is clean, well kept and spacious.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well appointed, spacious and clean facility!

  • 5 of 5

Felt like a home away from home. Fun for the whole family! Impossible to be bored!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely the best!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 18 (10 adults, 8 children) stayed in this lovely home last summer and I am just now finally writing our review. The home was beautiful, clean, comfortable, and spacious. There were plenty of beds and privacy for all. The pool was fantastic and enjoyed by young and old alike. The area was beautiful with plenty of activities available within a very short drive. John and Adina were tremendously helpful, friendly, and very kind, especially helping us out after we lost the keys to one of our cars during a day of canoeing (two of the nicest people we've ever encountered). Our large family has traveled somewhere every summer for the last 7 years. EVERYONE agrees that Middelshire was their favorite! When we stop roving and begin to repeat locations, this will be our first to repeat.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large Group Perfection

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place that would offer enough space for our large family of 15 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We found it at Middelshire! Lots of room for everyone plus plenty of activities for all ages from the indoor pool to the games room. John and Adina were perfect hosts always available to answer any questions we had. Some of our group even ventured to a great outdoor rink in Merrickville which is only a short drive away.

We would highly recommend Middelshire to our family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Fantastic House with Fantastic Owners

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin? Based on the other reviews, we expected to have a great experience -- John and Adina (the homeowners) somehow exceeded our high expectations. Our group was made up of four adults and seven kids and the house had plenty of space for all of us (a number of the bedrooms went unused). John and Adina managed to maintain the perfect balance of being accessible and friendly while at the same time providing us with our own space and privacy. The game room, the pool and all of the other amenities were great (and even better than they appear in the pictures). The house was clean and welcoming, and the farm (across the street) and the frogs that live in the small frog pond were an added bonus for the animal lovers in our group. All in all, a great experience from start to finish.

John and Adina, thanks again for opening your home to us and for being such welcoming and wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eric, We enjoyed having your group here. Your kids were well behaved, and we were very pleased with your level of cleanup. It appears that the frogs have all happily returned to the fish pond, none the worse for all the holding and petting they experienced. We look forward to meeting you all again at some point in the future.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Ottawa (YOW)
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Smiths Falls Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary

In the countryside but within 1 hour of Ottawa/Gatineau, and 7 minutes from the lovely village of Merrickville, called Jewel of The Rideau, which is known for its charm, boutique shopping, many well attended events and its large numbers of artisans. There is a large set of locks (Rideau Canal) in the middle of the village.

There are several golf courses within 20-30 mins drive.

The town of Smiths Falls is 15 minutes NW and the town of Brockville is 30 minutes south.

In Brockville you can enjoy the Aquatarium, or do a 1000 Islands boat cruise.


Rates & Availability

Merrickville-Wolford Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
Xmas-NewYears 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 2 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
Xmas and New Years
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 5 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

pool heating -Dec to Mar $79.75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $319
Tax Rate 13.0%

$400.00 deposit required: wire/email money transfers, bank/postal orders, credit cards or cash. Half of Rental amount due 30 days prior to check in, the final half is due upon arrival of group. Assuming no damages, other than normal wear and tear, then the $400 deposit will be refunded on checkout.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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