#0428: Canada, Ontario

home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioTower House in Stratford, Ontario.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioMaster bedroom.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioLiving room with a view.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioFruit plate constructed for breakfast.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioRelax, enjoy a martini...
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioDining room available for private functions.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioLocated downtown, walk everywhere.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioLiving room with fireplace.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioProfessional kitchen.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioLooking up...
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioMaster bedroom.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioMaster bedroom.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioGround floor.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioMaster bathroom.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioYour hosts: James & Richard.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioStratford Festival, main theatre.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioDay trip to Lake Huron.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioDay trip to Niagara Falls.
home exchange #0428: Canada, OntarioRundles Restaurant located next door...
home exchange #0428: Canada, Ontario
home exchange #0428: Canada, Ontario
home exchange #0428: Canada, Ontario


    Architects: Shim-Sutcliffe.

    The Tower House is in the centre of a charming Victorian/Edwardian city, overlooking Lake Victoria and the Stratford parklands for the best view in town.

    Tadao Ando was the inspiration for the architecture. The aesthetic is modernist through and through; and materials are poured-in-place concrete, steel, wood (mainly cedar and Douglas fir), cement board, and glass. Completion was in 2001. 

    The beautifully-appointed living room has a wood-burning fireplace; throughout the house are the finest examples of modernist furniture and lighting. In the master bedroom, you get the first light of the day; and the view from the living room offers the perfect sunsets. 

    There are two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, and there is a powder room on the main level. Each bedroom has a queen-sized bed, which sleeps two. There is a large, semi-industrial kitchen; a dining room that seats up to nine, and a living room that comfortably seats eight. 

    At the back of the house there is a water-lily pond, and a small, romantic garden. The house is across the street from an extensive park system. 

    There is parking for two cars.  Daily housekeeping is provided. Room service is available from Rundles when the restaurant is open for business. (40th Season of Rundles: May 27 to September 24, 2016.) Picnic baskets are available for guests, with advance notice.

    The house does not have an elevator, and therefore is not suitable for anyone who cannot climb stairs.

    *Prime Time offer or 7+ night stay, we will provide complimentary airport chauffeur service to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The above offer is for a maximum of 2 guests. Please ask for more details.

    The Tower House was designed by the respected young Canadian architectural firm Shim-Sutcliffe, and was chosen as a "Record House" by Architectural Record in April 2002. (www.shim-sutcliffe.com/info.pdf)


    Car needed no
    Car useful no
    Car available BMW 328i, 1998
    Extra credits for car 5

    "Life moves at a stately pace in the farm town of 30,000, less than two hours from Toronto. Stay a couple of days to rent pedal boats, feed swans, and stroll through verdant gardens, stopping to picnic by the water, and saunter through galleries and antique stores. By night, explore Stratford's culinary and theatrical offerings. This Stratford, like its British namesake, is famed for its theater festival. Running May through October, the festival keeps things delightfully dramatic in this sleepy Ontario town." [Out Traveler Magazine: 2009.]



    bedroom 1: 1 x queen double

    bedroom 2: 1 x queen double

    sofabed 3: 1 x sofa bed

    We have a luxurious, queen-sized air mattress bed that can be assembled if required.


    bathroom 1: bath with overhead shower, shower, toilet

    bathroom 2: bath with overhead shower, shower, toilet

    wc 3: toilet, 'Powder Room'

    Both bedroom bathrooms include soaps by Roger & Gallet; shampoo and skincare products by Aveda; bathrobes by Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen.


    central heating air conditioning fireplace telephone
    fax machine internet access linen towels
    sofa bed baby high chair baby crib hair dryer
    disable friendly computer available wifi sauna / steam room
    gym indoor pool ceiling fans high speed internet
    home security gated community water view lift /elevator
    oven hob / stove dishwasher washing machine
    clothes dryer fridge freezer microwave
    coffee maker toaster iron & ironing board condiments/essentials
    tv vcr cd player/hi-fi dvd player
    cd library video library dvd library cable / satelite tv
    ipod dock      
    parking garden / yard shared pool balcony/terrace
    outdoor grill private hot tub outdoor furniture private pool
    shared hot tub garage beach / water front canoe/cayak
    nanny /babysitting caretaker housekeeper cook
    gardener doorman resort privileges  

    House rules

    Credits 56
    Cleaning included yes

    No Smoking inside

    Pets considered

    Not suitable for the elderly or infirm

    No wheelchair access

    The house does not have an elevator, and therefore is not suitable for anyone who cannot climb stairs.


    The tower house comes with a private chef and housekeeper.



    Swimming (3 minutes walk)

    Horse riding (10 minutes drive)

    Fishing (15 minutes drive)

    Downhillskiing (3 minutes walk)


    Tennis (15 minutes drive)

    Sailing (35 minutes drive)

    Water skiing (10 minutes drive)

    Hiking / Walking

    Bicycling (3 minutes drive)

    Surfing (10 minutes walk)

    Windsurfing (3 minutes walk)

    Cross country skiing (2 minutes walk)


    Shops (1 minutes walk)

    Restaurants (on site)


    Gym / Health Club

    Amusement Parks (on site)

    Wildlife Viewing


    Galleries & Museums

    Public transport


    Country club/Resort facilities

    Bar /Pub



    Place of Interest (on site)

    Spa Nearby

    Getting there

    Rental car, limousine, and airport shuttle services provide the fastest transportation between Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Stratford. Via Rail links Stratford to Toronto (where Amtrak services are available to New York City). During the Stratford Festival theatre season, the ‘Stratford Direct’ bus service is available to and from Toronto. CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORTS: Toronto, Ontario (YYZ), Detroit, Michigan (DTW), and  Buffalo, New York (BUF). REGIONAL AIRPORTS: London, Ontario (YXU), Waterloo, Ontario (YKF), and Hamilton, Ontario (YHM).

    Stratford is a very walkable small country town. Everything you need is within easy walking distance from our riverside and central location in downtown Stratford. Leave your vehicle parked!


    What a delight!

    We are two retired gentlemen who spent our lives in creative endeavors.  We love the unexpected, but we also want excellence.  And that's what we found in this extraordinary home in Stratford. 

    A masterpiece of architectural design, outfitted with the finest of furnishings and all the little things that one never finds in a temporary home.  In a word, wow!

    Oh, yes...and a host whose graciousness had no bounds.

    Mr. Lester Barnett and Mr. Leland Ball (06 Oct 2016)

    Wonderful accommodation, fabulous restaurant and perfect location. If you can imagine having a spacious and well-appointed house (amazing kitchen, great entertainment area, 2 fantastic bedrooms) next door to a restaurant with a superb menu and excellent wine list all in a perfect setting of Stratford to enjoy theatre, local shops and a very enjoyable walk along the river. Plenty of little touches that make this a very special ‘getaway’. A real treat!

    Lawrence K (26 Feb 2013)

    Tower House in Stratford, Ontario.

    In the centre of a charming Victorian/Edwardian city, overlooking Lake Victoria and the Stratford parklands for the best view in town.

    At a glance

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    Credits 56 per week
    Bedrooms 2
    Guests 5
    Min stay 1 days
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