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Modernist Gem in Downtown Stratford, Ontario.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Architects: Shim-Sutcliffe.

The 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.

Free parking available for two vehicles.

Daily housekeeping is provided.

Picnic baskets are available for guests to order, with advance notice.

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


Stratford, Ontario is on a human scale, which makes it a walkers’ paradise. The House is in the centre of town, and everything is nearby.

Visitors to Stratford attend the Stratford Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre.



The Rundles Morris House is available for private functions for small groups of 4 to 15 guests. Please get in touch with us, as we would be happy to help you plan your private party.



Gallery Stratford. (Year-round.)

Stratford Festival. (April through October.)

Stratford Summer Music. (July-August.)

Slow Food Perth Co. Market. (Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Stratford Farmers Market. (Saturday: 7 a.m. to 12 noon.)



Lake Huron: Bayfield, Grand Bend and Pinery Provincial Park.

St. Marys, and Wildwood Conservation Area.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls.

St. Jacobs, Elora and Elora Gorge, and Fergus.




Buffalo, and the Finger Lakes, New York.

Point Pelee National Park, Ontario.

Detroit, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Muskoka, and Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario.

Tobermory, and Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario.

Prince Edward Co., Ontario.



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.


Toronto, Ontario (YYZ).

Detroit, Michigan (DTW).

Buffalo, New York (BUF).



London, Ontario (YXU).

Waterloo, Ontario (YKF).

Hamilton, Ontario (YHM).


Small- to medium-sized private jets can land at Stratford Municipal Airport (CYSA).


Toronto = 2 hours.

Ottawa = 6 hours.

Detroit = 3 hours.

Buffalo = 3 hours.

Chicago = 8 hours.

New York City = 8 hours.


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James Morris
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, Irish!
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About James Morris

Details, details, details.

James Morris purchased this house in 2000

Why James Morris chose Stratford

Stratford is on a very human scale, which makes it a walkers’ paradise. Rundles Morris House is right in the centre of town, and everything is within easy walking distance. If you are looking for a quiet getaway, Stratford is one of the best small towns in Canada to retreat to. What makes it unique is that, although it is a quiet country town, it has culinary and theatrical offerings one would expect to find in only much larger places. Stratford is located less than two hours’ drive from Toronto, and three hours from both Detroit or Buffalo. Also, with international airports located all around us, one can easily fly to almost anywhere in the world.

We like the peace and quiet, and the beauty of the town itself. Moreover, Stratford has some of the sophistication of a city without the inevitable rat-race that accompanies it. Gastronomy in Stratford and area is unparalleled. There are many farmers and producers of note located just outside the city limits. Stratford, as a food destination, ranks as one of the best in Ontario.

What makes this house unique

The Rundles Morris House comes with a butler and housekeeper. We also provide personalized concierge service, free of charge. You can leave your car parked during your stay, and walk everywhere in Stratford. Plus, sleep at night with little or no noise!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Is this the most eccentric weird place I’ve ever stayed in? Yes. Is the food fabulous and the welcome its equal? Yes. Would I come here again? I’ll leave my phone number. Thanks!
Jun 2011
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Stratford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom. - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest Bedroom Bathroom. - toilet , shower
    Powder Room. - toilet
  • MALIN + GOETZ bath supplies imported from NYC; THOMAS FERGUSONS linen bathrobes from Northern Ireland, etc. High-powered hair dryers are in each bathroom. If you have any further questions, please call/email us for specific details.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom. - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom. - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) There are two bedrooms in the Rundles Morris House, both with queen-sized mattresses., Baby Cribs (1) We have a portable crib that can be assembled, if need be., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) We have a portable, inflatable luxury twin-sized air mattress that can turn into a nice bed for one extra guest (onetime assembly fee: $100.00 + tax).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
PICNIC: Stratford's parks offer wonderful picnic spots to enjoy a lunch outdoors. We would be happy to pack a picnic, or, a meal 'to-go'. (Advance notice is required.)


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Modernist Gem in Downtown Stratford, Ontario.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Home is incredible.

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at Rundles Morris House was exquisite. The home is incredible. It's all of the thoughtful details that make it so luxurious (the soaps, the linens, the wood for the fire). It was the perfect weekend - we felt so spoiled. Thank you, thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Danielle, Thank you for choosing our property, and visiting Stratford over the Valentine's day weekend just past. We look forward to hosting you again. Warm regards, Richard & James
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This house is brilliantly ridiculous, I love it!

  • 5 of 5

Even the dust pan and brush are a work of art. Thank you so much. We have had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carole B., We are glad you enjoyed your sojourn in Stratford. Cheers, Richard & James
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Our perfect stay in Stratford Ontario

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing experience to find a beautifully designed home in a perfect location, and be hosted by such charming hosts. It made our trip to the Festival even more memorable and we can't wait for next season.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen: Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward to hosting you in 2015! Sincerely yours, James & Richard
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Toronto, ON, Canada

Wonderful family stay

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful rental in Stratford is just the thing to do if you are attending the festival with family or friends! What a delight our hosts were. The place was magnificent, wonderful design and comfortable for all. I would definitely come back again and again...

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Amy, We were very happy you could stay with us, and we look forward to hosting you again in future. Sincerely yours, James & Richard
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Suzie, We were very happy you could stay with us, and we look forward to hosting you again in future. Sincerely yours, James & Richard
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Nearest Airport
98 Miles
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bentley's, Foster's Inn, etc.
Nearest Ferry
108 Miles
Sombra, Ontario.
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Stratford Country Club.
Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Via Rail Station - Stratford, Ontario.
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 7/8, and 401.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Mercer Hall, The Prune, Red Rabbit, etc.
Nearest Ski
97.4 Miles
Blue Mountains, Ontario.
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Grand Bend, Ontario.
Car: not necessary

'This small Ontario city is home to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (North America’s largest classical repertory theatre). However, design lovers will want to visit for the Rundles Morris House. A contemporary residence, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, it’s a sublime combination of materials, in this case concrete, cedar and Douglas fir. The property is spread over four levels, with a central atrium drenching the house in natural light.' [Wallpaper* City Guide Toronto.]


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $39.03 + Tax
Pet Fee $78.05 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Housekeeping, private parking, high-speed internet, and many other amenities are included in our rates.

BREAKFAST IS NOT INCLUDED. (We can recommend unique breakfast eateries nearby.)


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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