Fall view from DrivewayOriginal entrance to house
1870 Victorian Country Home - Room 1 of 2
1870 Victorian Country Home - Room 1 of 2

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


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Weekly Discount: 20%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Sorry but no pets. No smoking (except on the porch) and no high heels on the pine floors.


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

1 night minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Amber User Profile
September 2017
We had the absolute best time here. Stayed for one night with David and Linda and our stay couldn't have been better! The house looks amazing, David and Linda were the kindest, could tell us a lot about there home and even got to know them a little better over some glasses of wine! Would recommend anyone to stay here as this is what AirBNB is all about!

Amy User Profile
August 2017
Linda and David were as warm and inviting as their spectacular home. My Mom and I stayed in their main guest room for just one night but I could have relaxed there all day long. We would 100% book again and in fact I am already looking for excuses to travel that way again so that I can! This house is truly special, and Linda and David were wonderful hosts. I highly recommend this Air BnB.

Dr. Katrin User Profile
August 2017
Old mansion with charakter and extremly friendly, sympathetic and helpful hosts making our stay special.

Rob User Profile
July 2017
Sometimes you hit the jackpot and remember what AirBnB is about. Linda and Dave were wonderful hosts. Dave and I had a terrific evening solving the problems of the world over a glass of cold Guiness. If only we were King!! And the house is magnificent! I was thrilled to stay in such a lovely room in such a stately house who's bones spoke of a time when Canada could still be considered a young country full of promise. I hope to come back to Renfrew soon so I can see my country again through the eyes of those who built it 150 years ago and Dave and I can complete our noble work.

Ronak User Profile
July 2017
Awesome experience.

Henrik User Profile
June 2017
We were 2 nights at Dave's and Linda's house. It's an old and big house, which is over 100 years old. We loved it very much! First we wanted to stay only one night, but we took one more night to learn more about this lovely couple! There have a lot of space and rooms. So sometimes in the first night, i didn't find the bathroom, because i didn't know the right way. Also Dave and Linda helped us a lot to plan our activities for the day. That was very nice! So you will have a great time there!

Vincenza User Profile
March 2017
Darrell and I had the best weekend ever! Your home and room accommodations are very comfortable and welcoming, as well as brilliant! The hosts... Linda and David! Beyond words! Beautiful people! Wonderful conversations, would have loved to spend time getting to know you both better! Or even better call you our Freinds! Both Darrell and I felt like we've made a lifelong connection. Renfrew is a beautiful community. You both have a beautiful home and your beautiful people! No one can ask for anything else! Please keep sharing. You have touched us and made it our lives even better! Thank you!Xoxo

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Linda And David User ProfileLinda And David is a superhost.

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.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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