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

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

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Kanata House Rental Photos and Description

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, our phone number is 613-790-6911 and our email is

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).

Call (613) 790-6911 or email ( for prices for 1 day rentals. The Book It system can only be used for rentals of 2 or more nights.


Payments can be by cash, 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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Karen and Rick Paquette
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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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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Private Use of Luxury Home with Indoor Pool, Sauna, Steam Room
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 36 reviews

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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Perfect house for our group

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean, and in my opinion was 7 bedrooms instead of 6 as advertised. The landscaping around the house was immaculate, and the pool / sauna / steam room made the trip. Thanks for a perfect stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your group enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again!!
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  • 5 of 5

We were blown away! The photos definitely do not do this property justice... huge, but comfy!! Felt at home immediately upon arrival. Only drawback... I didn't book it for longer!! From the first welcome tour, to the race for the masters ( although our adult kids beat us up the stairs to get there first, Lindsy and I won the choice as we paid!), to the pool room, to the first sit on the patio... it was all amazing!

It was the first real family holiday that we were all together, and was made more enjoyable by this home. Thank you to Rick and Karen for having the patience to deal with me throughout the steps from first contact to check out! Thank you for being part of our cherished memories of this awesome trip! I will recommend to all... thanks again!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steve Thank you!! we are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. Please come back again, we would be happy to have you stay anytime!
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Aurora, ont


  • 5 of 5

We were excited to have our kids and grandkids at this beautiful house. We were a group of 11. The pool was the highlight of the day. Plenty of towels and seating to watch the fun. The steam room was grreat too. The beds were super comfy and each day started smoothly with so many bathrooms to choose from. We enjoyed meal prep in the well equipped kitchen and use of the high end barbeque. It was nice to have enough room in the dining room for all of us to enjoy our evening meal together. The other large table and chairs was good for smaller meals and of course, card games. The main floor laundry was very handy as well. It is fully stocked. Rick was great with checking the pool daily and removal of household garbage. Grocery store minutes away too. We were close enough to Ottawa to visit museums and Parliament and of course Diefenbunker in nearby Carp. We stayed at the house from July 10 to 17, 2016. We sure made some grreat family memories. Thanks Rick and Karen for your kind efforts and especially personally setting up the new TV during our stay. We very much appreciated it. Cheers!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a pleasure meeting you and your family. So glad you all enjoyed your stay. Please come again!!!
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Great Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 stayed at the Countryside Retreat from June 17 - 20th, 2016. The house was enormous, and much bigger than the photos appeared. The decor was very neutral and the house was fully equipped. The kitchen was incredible, and fully stocked. They truly have thought of everything! There are plenty of dishes, and tools to cook! The bedrooms were spacious, and the beds very comfortable. The house was gleaming and clean and it's clear the owners are aiming to please! The property is well maintained, and the outdoor spaces well kept. The backyard is a tranquil space with lots of wildlife and very peaceful. The bbq is big and works well! The indoor pool area was by far the hit of the family! Its heated to a wonderful temperature, clean and even has a two piece bathroom - so no trailing water all through the house! Pool towels were provided and were large and in great shape! Even though there were 12 of us, it was big enough to allow everyone their own space. We would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing spot to stay with a large family! Thanks again for the amazing stay Rick & Karen!


D& G FAmily

London, Ontario

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall 2016
Oct 31 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Holiday 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
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

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $375
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.

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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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