What your guests will love about your home
This is a 4+ bedroom,2 full baths semi-detached house in Old Ottawa South http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Ottawa_South a charming middle-class/university neighbourhood. The house is located one block from the Rideau Canal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rideau_Canal , just at the beginning of Dow`s Lake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow%27s_Lake
and three hundred yards from the main entrance to Carleton University http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carleton_University It is a short (2 mile) ride to all major downtown attractions: Parliament Buildings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_Buildings_%28Canada%29the National Gallery of Canada
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Gallery_of_Canada and all major Museums. It is also a few blocks from Bank Street and the Glebe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Glebe It is an older, (1940`s?) comfortable house - with an extensive art collection - with a small front garden a back yard, and parking for 2 cars. In the main floor, there is a large porch, that gives access to the house: living room with wood fireplace; wide French doors open to the dining room, and eat-in kitchen, where a French door opens to the back room entry - the "mud room" as it used to be called - from whence one exits to the two-car park. In the upper floor there are 3+ bedrooms, but one of them I use as my office. That leaves for the guests my bedroom, with a double bed, and an attaining den, and a full bathroom, and a smaller guest room with a single bed... surrounded by books. In the basement there is another full bedroom for guests with a full bathroom, and the washer and dryer in the storage area.There are excellent swimming pools nearby, and most sports can be enjoyed within 20-30 mins (skiing facilities withing 20 minutes, Mont Tremblant is slightly over an hour) There are bicycles, you can rent a canoe at Dow's Lake a few blocks from the house, or in Summer you can be invited to a polo match where I play!
What your guests will love about your neighborhood
Ottawa is a clean, safe, beautiful and charming city of parks and waterways. Region's population is 1 million . The Rideau Canal that flows a block from my home is navigated by pleasure boats in summer, and becomes the longest skating track in the world, at some 7 miles, in winter. In Summer, you can rent a canoe or a pedal boat at the nearby Dow's Lake. Besides the city attractions, Parliament buildings, museums, etc., Ottawa has literally nature at the doorstep. My home, which is located in a central district is nevertheless 15 minutes away from the nearest ski slopes, 15 minutes away from sailing facilities, and from equestrian facilities, just to name a few. There is also a casino 15 minutes away, and the Gatineau park, again 15 minutes away. Ottawa can be used as a base to visit Montreal (2 hours away) and the Thousand Islands in the Canada-US border, less than 2 hours away. Toronto is a 4 hour drive. Quebec City to the East and Niagara Falls to the West are about 4 and a half. The best times of the year to visit Ottawa are: · beginning of October, for the Autumn foliage colours, in the Gatineau Park and all over the countryside; · If you don't mind cold - real cold - and like ice-skating, January and February, to go skating on the frozen Rideau Canal; · mid-May for the Tulip Festival, · during Summer - it's seldom very hot, and there are plenty of outdoor activities, festivals (from Jazz and dance to chamber music to hot-air balloons and blues). To get more tourist info: www.ottawa.com The National Capital Region is bilingual English-French, so it might afford you the opportunity to brush up your French, if you already know it...
Galleries/Museums, Cultural/Tourist Attractions, Children's Activities, Public Parks, Restaurants/Bars, Clubs, Serious Shopping, Theatres, Spa, Health Club, Tennis, Golfing, Outdoor Biking, Beach/Swimming, Boating/Sailing, Canoe/Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Climbing, Skiing/Snowboarding
The Gatineau Park: follow directions for the different belvederes.
I am open to "unusual' offers: my home for
* a sailboat in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean...
* a houseboat on a Canal in France, Holland or the UK
I am also interested in a long term exchange with accommodations in a German speaking country, and if it is a small town where almost nobody speaks English, so that I can perfect my German, much better!
As the Godfather said: "Make me an offer I can't refuse"