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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Provincially Licensed: Downtown: 3 Bedrooms

Take a trip down memory lane when you come stay in this nostalgic vacation home nestled in historic downtown Charlottetown. With all the comforts of home, School Street House provides a genuine one-of-a-kind holiday experience that you just can’t get anywhere else. Happily situated in Canada’s loveliest little province of Prince Edward Island, School Street House feels just like your favourite Aunt’s place!

Night at the Museum: School Street House is not only a guest house, it is a living museum filled with stories, historic photographs and artifacts. Some vintage treasures for music enthusiasts include a 1936 model Hammond BC organ with a Leslie 125, an 1880’s Thomas pump organ and a 1940’s record player. The furnishings and floorings date between 1900-1960 and antique china displays adorn period cabinets. School Street House is an honest to goodness old-time dwelling steeped in history and preserved since the turn of the last century.

School Street House is a House with a Heart as Mark Twain spoke of his beloved home in 1896, ' 'We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out its eloquent welcome -- and we could not enter it unmoved.'

Like a Message in a Bottle: Children's signatures discovered on an old plaster wall behind a hundred years of paint and wallpaper revealed that School Street House was the 1904 birthplace and childhood home of world renowned marine botanist, Dr. Constance Ida MacFarlane. Dr. MacFarlane is credited with putting PEI on the map as the “Irish Moss capital of the world.” Irish moss, a form of seaweed, is a major source of carrageenan, commonly used as a thickener and stabilizer in processed foods and products, including ice cream, beer, wine and toothpaste.

Comforts of Home & More!: Having your very own centrally located three bedroom vacation house is perfect for folks who prefer their own special spot. Fully equipped and serviced, School Street House has all the necessities plus high-speed internet connection, free local telephone calls & messaging system, cooking/dining utensils, linens/blankets/towels, main floor laundry washer & dryer, iron and ironing board, old-fashioned outdoor clothes line, tv/dvd, stereo, record player, barbeque, picnic table, lawn chairs, private treed yard, off-street parking, house/groundskeeping service and 24 hour staffing as required.

Strictly non-smoking & no pets property. Sorry, no exceptions possible.

Check-in time is after 3:00pm (to be arranged with housekeeper)

Check-out time is 10:00am.

More Details

Property Manager
Thomas Barnes
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Thomas Barnes

Hi! I design and install sound, light and projection systems throughout Prince Edward Island. I'm also a boom mic operator and recordist for tv & film productions. My love of preservation and restoration projects has led to the operation of my historic guesthouse. Hope to see you here soon!

Thomas Barnes purchased this house in 2005

Why Thomas Barnes chose Charlottetown

'I love this place already. I always heard that Prince Edward Island was the most beautiful place in Canada, and I used to imagine I was living here. This is the first dream that has ever come true for me.' Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is the most perfect city in Canada. It's small and has everything you could ever imagine. Being downtown means that shops, restaurants, theatres, cinema and the waterfront are all within walking distance. Charlottetown is a central location and makes for handy day trips to all the other great spots on this amazing Island.

What makes this house unique

For people who want a one-of-a-kind experience when they visit PEI, School Street House takes you back to yesteryear in the comfort of today. We know its history dating back to 1874 and give guided tours when the House is vacant. Guided tours are complementary for guests and are available upon request. School Street House is a member of the Community Museums Association of PEI.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Walk into School Street House and be transported back in time by furniture, organs, radios, and decor that could have furnished the home of a beloved great aunt. Diane hopes for guests who “have a heart for the place,” and a “heart for history.” She says, “It feels like walking into yesteryear.”

Diane loves to leave history as is, unrenovated, but she can’t help digging around, stirring up the stories in the walls—from finding a signature on the wall of School Street House that led her to the history of Dr. Constance MacFarlane, the renowned marine botanist who was born in the home, to writing a musical set on PEI and inspired by an advertisement from 1907.
Dec 2008
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Charlottetown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Antique Clawfoot Bathtub
  • Take a shower or enjoy a luxurious soak in a traditional claw foot bathtub. Cotton towels are provided with complementary Lord & Mayfair shampoo, soap, moisturizing lotion and shower cap. In addition to on-site laundry facilities, there's an old-fashioned clothes line in the back yard for fresh wind blown garments and towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Comfy beds with good quality linens. Vintage floors feature 1930's linoleum rug edged by Island pine planking with old-fashioned shellac finish and 1957 Rexoleum flooring featured in the Master Bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Strictly non-smoking property. Sorry no pets. No exceptions possible.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 17 reviews

5 days of pure bliss

  • 5 of 5

This place was really spacial to stay in. It really felt like we were living parts of PEI's rich history. Loved the host explaining all different aspects of the house upon our arrival. Charlottetown is charming and located about 20 minutes away from all main attractions. Wished we would haved stayed a whole week.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay! Wonderful hosts and house rich in history. Thanks again for the roses, Tom & Diane.

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay! Wonderful hosts and house rich in history. Thanks again for the roses, Tom & Diane.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very pleasant!

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay in PEI! Very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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School Street House is a True Gem

  • 5 of 5

Situated only a few blocks from the core of down town makes everything so neatly accessible..from the hip coffee houses, arts and cultural events etc. Big exhale and lowering of the shoulders upon stepping into School Street House. I slept in every day ...can't remember the last time that happened. Maybe it was the relaxing soaker tub that I couldn't get enough of or the comfortable bed and linens. School Street House is stocked with everything you need and then some. Very clean and well maintained! The native birds in the back yard were a bonus too! I am already planning a summer stay this year. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best experience!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well kept! The owners were amazing! Would highly recommend staying at School Street House while visiting Charlottetown!

5 stars!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Transported back in time

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place! Very comfortable and extremely well maintained. Steeped in history and Island heritage. Lovely antique clawfoot bathtub made for a luxurious bath. Perfect central location. Friendly helpful innkeepers.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Wood Island
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Cedars Eatery
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Tea Hill
Car: not necessary

With its handy location, School Street House is just a skip away from everything including theatres, galleries, historic sites, churches, repertoire cinema, shops, restaurants, seafood pound, farmer's market, parks, harbour and trails yet it's only a 5 minute hop in the car to the golf course, 15 minutes to the beach and 25 minutes to Anne of Green Gables House! Being based in the Province's capital makes for easy day trips to all parts of the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $157.48

Rates are based on 1-4 guests only. Extra charges for additional guests will apply.
Cancellation is subject to $100.CAD service charge. Should you cancel less than 8 weeks prior to your arrival your deposit will not be reimbursed unless the house is re-booked, in which case your deposit will be refunded less a $100.CAD service charge.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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