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Private Use of Luxury Home with Indoor Pool, Sauna, Steam Room

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 12-16).

A vacation home for guests who want something special--personal use of a recently redecorated 6 bedroom luxury home with a heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Owners (or their managers when they are away) live in a separate apartment over the attached garage and are available for assistance and information. The house is located on a 2 acre wooded subdivision lot in west Ottawa. The address is 31 O'Hara Drive, Ottawa ON, K2W 1A2.

Vacation rental guests enjoy a luxury home with a fully equipped kitchen, eating room, family room (wood fireplace, TV), dining room, living room (51-inch TV and home theatre system), 500 mb/day of high speed internet (additional usage can be purchased at cost), VIP cable TV package, laundry room, choice of 2 master bedrooms with ensuites or 4 guest bedrooms (2 on 2nd floor, 1 on main floor and 1 in the basement), patio with propane BBQ (in season), exercise room and a sun room with a heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room.

Vacation rental guests enjoy total privacy in the home. There is only one set of guests at a time. Ideal for guests who want their own private vacation retreat. Also ideal for wedding groups, reunions or any group that is traveling together. The owners or their replacements when they are away will always call before entering the rented premises (the pool must be inspected daily to monitor sanitization and water levels).

Minimum rental requirements required for July, August, Christmas, New Years and holiday weekends (see rate chart for details).

Surcharge of $125.00 to $350.00 for 1 day rentals.


Payments can be by cash, cheque/check, wire transfer, bank transactions or credit card. The name on the rental agreement must match the name on the credit card. On check in, the credit card used to book the property must be presented along with government photo ID to verify that the name of the renter matches the name on the credit card.

All emails are answered. If no reply is received, please resend your inquiry.

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More Details

Karen and Rick Paquette
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our 2007 guest book: Truly an amazing place. Quiet, relaxing, all the luxuries you wouldn't expect. Return stay is definite. This is the best I've been to yet. Thank you.
Nov 2007
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Private Use of Luxury Home with Indoor Pool, Sauna, Steam Room
average rating of 4.857143 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a girls getaway weekend. The house was amazing but we really rented this place for the pool and the pool definitely did not disappoint. The water temperature and the room temperature was warm and perfect. When we weren't sleeping we spent most of our time in this room either in the pool, sauna or steam room. We will definitely make this an annual girls getaway weekend location.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your weekend!! Please come again!
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Whitby, Ontario

What a place to call home!!!

  • 5 of 5

We found this hidden gem while trying to figure out accommodations for my large family, while attending a wedding in Ottawa.

We woke up in the morning to 4 large deer feeding in the back yard. We saw several more in the evening. This was in addition to the many well fed squirrels and countless varieties of birds including Blue Jays.

The pool was a welcome treat for all of the family. This was an amenity not offered at the hotel where the wedding was. The beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms very spacious, especially the ensuites.

The property is close by to restaurants, the Canadian Tire centre and several outlet malls. I will say this is definitely not the Kanata I visited last some 40 years ago.

This is definitely the place we would stay again if we find ourself back in the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Roy so glad you and your family enjoyed the weekend. Please come again!!
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Great Family Vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay here over the new years. The places was very big and accommodated all 9 adults and 3 kids very nicely. They had 1 bedroom on the main floor which is great for the elderly that can't go up and down the stairs that often. The basement consisted of one big room with a bed and then another bedroom within the room, which is great if you have kids that want to sleep closeby. Beds were very comfortable and ensuites were fantastic with huge bathrooms and closets. The beds however did seem more like doubles instead of queens. Kids loved waking up and seeing squirrels, birds and sometimes deer outside the window. Place was also decorated very nicely with 3 beautiful christmas trees. The poolroom was the highlight of the trip, the room was nicely heated with both a steam room and sauna as well. Would definitely want to come back here again in the future! Thanks Karen and Rick.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come again!!
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What a Wonderful LIfe!

  • 5 of 5

Well, where to start! This home was perfect for our Family Christmas this year. There were 11 of us in total, some from close by but the majority from the Hamilton area and it was sooooo worth the drive!! Every little detail was taken care of for us, right down to having three beautifully decorated Christmas trees for us to enjoy. This home is truly one of a kind, with its lovely warm pool, sauna and steam room which were enjoyed by many of us, to its well appointed bedrooms with the most comfortable beds. I was amazed how each of our children commented on their comfy beds! The attentiveness given to making sure the pool is maintained and to anything we might require is exceptional and just plain kind. I would highly recommend this home for anyone(s) looking to have a great time with family or friends. We may just possibly visit again! Thank you again Rick and Karen. Oh, I almost forgot, seeing the deer out back completed a lovely stay. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Cheers from Laura & Bob and family.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Laura So glad you all enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure having you all here. Please come again any time!! Enjoy the holiday's and Happy New Year to you & your family.
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Grade 8 Gang - 60th reunion

  • 5 of 5

We are six women in our seventies, who have known each other since Grade 8. For over 30 years we have been getting together at least once a year - reminisce and make new memories.

We used to be able to sleep in top bunks, and on couches and on floors in sleeping bags, but now we look for comfortable beds and separate rooms. Countryside Retreat was just what we wanted - and not only were we comfortable at night, we loved all the open spaces, the beautiful grounds and especially the pool. A perfect temperature, and accessible from the living room. The CD player was a great addition ... we played our favourite CDs while swimming or noodling. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your 30+ years of friendship. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come again!!
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A beautiful house situated in a wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Karen and Rick's Ottawa property for five days in August and had a lovely, relaxing time. The house itself is huge, very well decorated throughout and extremely clean. The kitchen has every kind of utensil you could possibly need to do some home cooking!! There is a lovely garden to the side of the property where we spent many an hour sitting watching the variety of birds, squirrels and chipmunks! There are even little humming birds - an unexpected pleasure!! Shops are conveniently located as long as you have a car. Karen and Rick were on site if needed and proved to be very helpful and kind. We would not hesitate to recommend this property. Maria, Jon ,Hanna and Josh

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Ottawa International Airport
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Ottawa Train Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
417 expressway & March Rd
Car: necessary

Countryside Retreat is located on a wooded 2 acre lot in a west Ottawa subdivision. It is an 20-25 minute drive to downtown Ottawa (historical buildings, museums, restaurants, shopping, seasonal markets, skating on the Rideau Canal & more). Closer to home, there is the Ottawa River (boating, fishing, swimming & sailing), Scotiabank Place for NHL hockey & concerts and numerous stores and restaurants. Just across the Ottawa River is Quebec and the Gatineau Hills- hiking, fall foliage, skiing, shopping and Casino Lac- Leamy (gambling, shows & fireworks).


Rates & Availability

Kanata House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Apr 3 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall 2017
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2017
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $379
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates for 2/3 guests: $350.00/375.00 per night with a 2 night minimum for spring, fall & winter bookings;$375.00/400.00 per night with a 7 night minimum for spring break, summer and holiday bookings. Please inquire directly for prices for 2/3 guests (book it/quote system gives incorrect prices). Pet fee of $15.00/day plus taxes (only non shedding, house trained dogs that must be kept on main floor and not on the couches or chairs).

One night rentals: available for 4-16 guests for a surcharge of $125.00-$200.00 (not for spring break, summer or holiday bookings).

We do not have a fixed changeover day so we sometimes have space available that allows us to accept bookings that do not meet the posted minimum number of nights requirement. Please check our calendar to see if these time periods suit your needs. Discounts are often available for bookings that fill out our calendar and for last minute bookings. These discounts are not applied by the book it/quote system which uses the base rates.

The $500.00 refundable damage deposit can be paid in CASH on check in (CAD or USD) or it is to be included in the balance due payment. The $500.00 damage deposit is refunded by cheque or electronic funds transfer (where available) within 2 days of check out (to allow for the house to be cleaned and inspected) or by credit card if it was paid by credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Kanata House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 2 ensuite bathrooms in the master bedrooms, 1 full bathroom on the second floor, 1 powder room off of the kitchen, 1 powder room in the pool room, 1 shower in the steam room
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Queen size Beds (7)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • Steam Shower
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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