The front entrance. Because of the slope of the land, this is technically the basement.Family Room. TV in this room. Directly beside the front entrance. Lots of books and toys for kids.
Architectural Home Near Dows Lake
Architectural Home Near Dows Lake
8 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
3 baths
8 guests
4 bedrooms
6 beds
3 baths
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A beautiful new (nut-free!) house designed by award-winning local architect John Donkin and built in 2013 by premium custom home builder Crossford Construction. Bright and airy with huge windows and space to relax. Found in the heart of Little Italy.

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A beautiful new (nut-free!) house designed by award-winning local architect John Donkin and built in 2013 by premium custom home builder Crossford Construction. Bright and airy, with huge windows and space to relax. Found in the heart of Little Italy there are dozens of restaurants in walking distance, coffee shops, and the beautiful parks surrounding Dows Lake. The bike path along the Rideau Canal will take you directly down town and a new path along the O-Train takes you to the Ottawa River.

With nine foot ceilings on the second floor, the master bedroom has a view of down town Ottawa with a king-sized bed, walk-in double vanity and gorgeous double-nozzle rain-shower. Two kids rooms with adjoining sliding door, the pink room with a bunk-bed and a trundle bed in the blue room. Note: the kids rooms (Blue and Pink) do not have doors! A bathroom with skylight in the kids bathroom with a full sized deep tub.

The open concept main floor has ten foot ceilings with a large kitchen table that will seat 8 to 10 people easily. The kitchen is large with plenty of counter space for cooking and all new appliances - be warned, however, as we are tall and the counters are 39 inches high! The living room features a shaggy rug for the kids to lie on, sofa, two reading chairs and a gas fireplace for some extra ambiance. Through the patio doors is a large covered deck with lights, table and chairs, outdoor speakers and a bar-b-que. There's room in the yard for kids to play.

Built into a slight slope, the front door to the house is actually in the 'basement' although you'd never know it with so many windows. The family room there is full of toys, books and puzzles for the kids, a PS3 for the gamers and Netflix if you just want to kick back in front of the 42" LCD TV. A spacious fourth bedroom in this lower level has a comfy Queen-sized bed and a large bright window. A third full bathroom serves this floor.

There's wireless high-speed internet and two sets of speakers to AirPlay your own music to through your iDevices. Our VOIP phones means it's no problem for you to make local or even long distance calls in North America.

We have 1 king, 1 queen (the Tree Room), 2 singles in the Blue room and 2 singles (one of which is a bunk bed) in the Pink room. So you can sleep seven adults and one child over six (in the bunk bed), or four adults and four kids or some mix thereof. We've comfortably slept 10 and if you pull out the air mattress or crash on the couches there's actually room for many more.

Come be our guests! It's an amazing space like no other in Ottawa. Don't stay in a hotel! Bring your family here instead. We're sure you'll love it.

Guest access

The house is exclusively yours. Access to kitchen, speakers, telephone, wifi, bar-b-que, back deck, TV, PS3, washer and dryer.

Interaction with guests

Given this is our home, we are very interested in who our guests are and what brings them to Ottawa. We typically exchange many emails prior to your arrival both in making the reservation and while making arrangements. We will do our best to meet you upon arrival but otherwise will not be around during your stay. Once you are here the space is your own to relax in and enjoy. We'll always be available by phone, text, or email.

Other things to note

This is our family home which we rent out to Airbnbers when it is convenient for us. Sometimes this means we have an opening in our calendar without any firm plans to be out of the house. If we can't quickly come up with plans, we'll decline your request. We apologize ahead of time for the inconvenience!

Also, because it is our home, Rachel and I are very interested in you, who you are traveling with and why you are coming to Ottawa. If you have never stayed anywhere else with Airbnb, the less likely it is we'll approve. The more information you can provide us, the more comfortable we'll be, the more likely we'll approve. We hope you understand!

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people $7 NZD / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee $57 NZD
Security Deposit $287 NZD
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed, 1 floor mattress

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)

Our daughter has very severe allergies, and as a result have never brought certain foods into the house. As such, we'd ask that you (and your co-guests) do not bring in anything that contains peanuts, tree-nuts (you know, regular nuts of all types), sesame or poppy-seed into the house. If the package says 'may contain' - that's no problem, but otherwise avoid bringing these items into the house. We appreciate your understanding on this.

Beyond that, treat it like it's a new house you just built for yourself and we'll all be happy! Please no smoking and ask about bringing pets.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Beth User Profile
July 2016
It is a beautiful place. There are 2 queen/king beds to sleep 4 adult. The 4 kids beds are not suitable for adults and there are no doors for those rooms. We also needed eye masks for the master bedroom as there were no window coverings. Excellent location and helpful hosts!!!

Carlos User Profile
May 2016
Craig and Rachel were incredibly responsive hosts, available at any point during our stay. The house is stunning, in a nice neighborhood, and just a short drive from everything. Our family of four stayed with the grandparents, and my brother and sister in law, in total 6 adults and 2 children, and we never felt crowded. The house is large, and the outdoor space is a wonderful quiet sanctuary. It was great to have a good BBQ for grilling too. Arrival and departure times were incredibly flexible and we were very appreciative of that. We wholeheartedly recommend this house to anyone coming to Ottawa.

Joachim User Profile
August 2015
The six of us had a great time at Craig & Rachel's house. The house itself is simply amazing. We really liked the way it's built and furnished! They left us some helpfull instructions and even a self-drawn map with restaurant recommendations! Thank you for having us!

Nancy User Profile
July 2015
Craig was wonderful from the very first communication. Always quick to respond, friendly and informative. There were no surprises when we arrived at the house, exactly as the description stated, in fact, exceeding our expectations. We shared the house with another family of four and the eight of us fit very comfortably. We were greeted with an extensive list of things to see and do, as this was our first trip to Ottawa. We tried to visit most recommendations and they did not disappoint. Location was great, lots to do within walking distance and fabulous bike trails. I would highly recommend this house if you're planning a trip to Ottawa. We felt right at home and had an awesome family vacation!

Jason User Profile
March 2015
Craig & Rachel were great to rent from. Their home was centrally located and easy to find off the highway. There were great restaurants within walking distance. The house was beautiful and easily accommodated our group of 7. Craig was incredibly helpful and made our first family Airbnb rental a successful and memorable one. Thanks Craig & Rachel!

John User Profile
August 2014
The whole experience was great. Craig and Rachel were very welcoming, accomodating and helpful. The home was spacious, comfortable and well equipped and perfect for our families to spend some time together at the end of the day in a home-like setting. Much better than a hotel. Suffering house envy though. Wouldnt hesitate staying there again.

Caroline User Profile
October 2013
Craig and Rachel's house was perfect place to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Ottawa! We really enjoyed the open concept kitchen, spacious bedrooms and the natural light. Craig and Rachel were flexible with arrival and departure times, and made sure all logistical details were taken care fur us. I will definitely try to rent this house again for our next stay in Ottawa.

Ottawa, CanadaJoined in June 2013
Craig & Rachel User Profile

Rachel and I have two lovely kids and have just moved into our dream-home. We think you should come stay here when you're in Ottawa!

We're avid cyclists choosing bicycles over our car any time we can. And our location is excellent for getting on the bike paths of Ottawa.

Languages: English

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