If you are looking to explore the Ottawa Valley or the City of Ottawa, Renfrew is the perfect place to establish your base. Furthermore, if you decide to stay in Renfrew then we invite you to take advantage of our hospitality.
Our home is known to previous generations as 'The Carswell House' and is located on a five acre lot overlooking the Town of Renfrew. A one hour drive to the east will get you to Ottawa or heading west will take you to Algonquin Park.
Historically, this house has played a major role in the town's early development. The horse drawn wagons or sleighs congregated at the gates to the property on Opeongo Road and James Carswell was said to lead the annual procession into the interior of the county. In addition, local legend has it that Robertson Davies in his book 'What's Bred in the Bone' (1985), used this landmark house on the hill as a setting for some aspects of the story.
In honouring it's special place and history within Renfrew, this property has been carefully re-stored to yield some of the experience of 19th century living with tastefully added up-dates to insure a wonderful visit.
South Bedroom: Comes with a queen-sized four poster oak bed with an electric fireplace. Beautiful views through handsome restored French windows to the south and west allow for ample natural light which compliments the venetian plaster on the ten foot high walls.
Please note that in order to maintain the historical character of this room, the washrooms are shared with the other guestroom. However the toilet is located in a separate room from the shower, 6 foot clawfoot tub and marble sink area. This was good planning then and it still works today. Enjoy using the original fixtures dated 1890.
Given the lay-out of this house, there will be discrete interaction between guests and hosts. There are areas both inside and outside the house for reading, listening to music/radio. A television is in the family room and guests are welcome to use it if they wish. Basic kitchen privileges are offered and extra refrigeration is available during the summer period.
Interaction with guests
As hosts we respect your privacy. We do however, enjoy company and lively discussion so feel free to interact. During the warmer months our outdoor casual dining area also includes a regulation dartboard for those who are interested in exercising their arms.
Other things to note
The Upper Ottawa Valley has something to offer everyone. Renfrew in particular acts as a shopping and service hub for communities within a 30 minute drive. In terms of physical activities this area offers everything one would expect from a four-season tourist zone.
Many skilled artists and craftspeople reside throughout the Ottawa Valley. Enjoy our 'Contintental Breakfast' before leaving and note that all destinations can be visited after a short and scenic drive.
Here you can be as active as you wish or relax with a good book.
Sorry but no pets. No smoking (except on the porch) and no high heels on the pine floors.
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We have been residents of the Ottawa Valley since 1975 and have always had an interest in country living and interacting with people. Linda taught physical education and hospitality for many years while David's career was in business. Since moving to Renfrew from a hobby farm in Eganville, we have enjoyed the challenge of restoring this beautiful country home and we look forward to sharing it with our guests.