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James Ormston

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Charming Garden Suite Steps From Historic Old Charlottetown

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Charlottetown Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Located centrally, just steps from the heart of old Charlottetown, our legal luxury triplex is a former traditional centre-hall shingled house (originally built circa 1880) nestled on a professionally designed recently landscaped lot gently shaded by a stately century-old white ash tree.

Lovingly renovated in 2012, our main-floor 'Garden Suite' has a secluded 'get-away-from-it-all' feel that's rare to find in proximity to downtown. Inside, our freshly re-imagined airy and open-concept space features it's own private marble-tiled entrance, private cedar decked garden, three comfortable bedrooms (our comfy and efficient home office easily converts to accommodate 1 or 2 additional persons) with one queen and two full beds, featuring fresh, quality linens) each with it's own access to full bath or water closet. The suite features an L-shaped Great Room with a handsomely furnished dining and living area featuring hand-hewn beams, wide-plank flooring, art work by noted island artists, and a light-filled vaulted ceiling with operable skylight. The fully-fitted and equipped contemporary kitchen has 4 quality stainless steel appliances and a butcher block island. There is a separate laundry/storage room, a two-piece and an indulgent four-piece washroom with rain shower and deep soaking tub.

The property is situated on Upper Hillsborough Street, and is a brief ten-minute walk to Charlottetown Harbour, and the shops and restaurants of Water Street, Peakes Quay, Queen Street and Victoria Row. It's a few blocks to historic Great George Street and Province House, and an easy stroll to the waterfront boardwalk of 100+ acre Victoria Park with it's walking trails, sport fields, tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool. And we can't resist recommending our favorite independent coffee location, Young Folk and the Kettle Black, on Water Street!

Care to read more about the transformation of our century-old island triplex? It's been an adventure! We'll be happy to send you the link to our engaging blog on the matter - send us a quick email!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James Ormston (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About James Ormston

I own Upper Hillsborough with my long-time friend and business associate, Steven. We're both Realtors with Bosley Real Estate Brokerage in Toronto, Ontario. Steven, who operates his urbaneer division, has been with Bosley for many years, and myself, many fewer! We've been fast and fabulous friends since meeting while attending the University of Victoria.

I'm originally from Summerland, British Columbia, having moved to Toronto in 1988 to pursue my education and my career as an orchestral musician. In the time since, I've performed with many of Canada's finest ensembles including the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, and played music in places as far flung and varied as Charlottetown, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh.

Since 1999, I've been lucky enough to call Charlottetown home during the summer months thanks to my long involvement as a musician at the Charlottetown Festival.

James Ormston purchased this apartment in 2008

Why James Ormston chose Prince Edward Island

12 Upper Hillsborough at time of purchase in 2008 was a true diamond-in-the-rough: solid, tons of character, and well-situated to Old Charlottetown on a wonderful street shared with many fellow artists and artisans! We fell in love with it's quirkiness, it's history, and it's outstanding potential. The Black House boasts close proximity to all the things nearby that make Charlottetown a truly wonderful place to visit. It's our hope your stay with us will be one of your most memorable!

What makes this apartment unique

The Black House provides true comforts of home and the close proximity to all things nearby that make Charlottetown a truly wonderful place to visit. It's our hope your stay with us will be one of your most memorable!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Having the comforts of home here in PEI were greatly appreciated... from the fluffy comforters to the coffee mugs to the washer and dryer! The location is spectacular, being so central to everything. I'm sure we'll be finding sand in our shoes + suits for months! :-)

We loved the beaches here and thanks for making our welcome so hospitable! We're sad to leave but go with happy hearts and a toddler that will forever be a beach bum! Thanks!
Jul 2014
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Charming Garden Suite Steps From Historic Old Charlottetown
average rating of 4.928571 based on 15 reviews

Unbelievable! James went out of his way each day to ensure we had everything we needed!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with two small kids and the suite was perfect! The backyard was the perfect space to relax and bbq and run around!

The kitchen was gorgeous! Well stocked with lots of special goodies - wines, fresh scones, fruit and cheese waiting for us when we arrived!

Honestly this was heaven!!!!

This was a nice location within walking distance to queen st shoppes and restaurants! And a playground close by. Plus a 2 min drive to the wharf for fish and chips! Sobeys was also just a 2 min drive away!

Perfect vacation destination!

Thanks James for making our trip wonderful!!!' We felt right at home!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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The amazing BLACK HOUSE

  • 4 of 5

At first glance, I wasn't sure of this listing. The outside picture doesn't seem to capture the identity of the house. Once inside however, all the pleasures of home surround you. Well stocked kitchen and open area. Bedrooms and bathrooms were great as well. Proximity to the downtown was also very nice. Our travelling companions are already talking about booking it again, in the near future. Thanks James for making it home.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely and very centrally located. It was very easy to walk to everything in downtown Charlottetown. The owners seem to have thought of everything! There was even fresh scones and wine waiting upon arrival!

Thanks for everything. The house is gorgeous!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect Place in PEI

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in the Garden Suite of The Black House. Four of us comfortably stayed in this house for a week and found it an ideal location for touring central Charlottetown and the rest of the island. The home has been thoroughly remodeled with great attention to detail, and the little touches provided by the owners and caretaker such as the fresh-baked biscuits and bottles of wine, extra fridge provisions, the beach bag loaded with towels and pails, etc, were very welcoming and much appreciated. The information and recommendations provided by James just prior to our arrival were also very useful. I'm sure we would have loved our time on the island no matter where we stayed, but The Black House was really the icing on the cake and we hope to return there sometime soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Just the retreat I needed

  • 5 of 5

I needed to spend a week working on a project and booking the Captain's Quarters at the Black House was perfect. As soon as I walked in I was blown away by my surroundings. The attention to detail was inspiring. After making dinner on my first night I delved into the record collection (yes records!), just savouring those gems. I wrote on the deck, ate the best sea food of my life and was thoroughly inspired. If you need a get away from the everyday this is perfect. Your bathroom had such an effect on me, I went home and painted mine. Thank you James & Steve for your amazing hospitality.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Amazing week in an amazing rental!!

  • 5 of 5

For our July vacation week in PEI (2 couples), we were hesitant between staying remotely by the beach for the calm or stay in Charlottetown closer to the action. As the weather in PEI can be unpredictable, we opted for the city. After exploring various locations on the web, we were lucky enough to find the Garden Suites at the Black House property which happened to be available for the exact week we were going.

The pictures, web reviews and reassuring email exchanges with one of the owners, James, were enough to convince us to book this property. Let me tell you that we were not disappointed! The minute we entered the apartment after driving 12 hours, our jaws just dropped. The decoration, furniture and all of the attention to details was amazing. As we arrived late, the owners were nice enough to welcome us with little bakery treats, fresh raisins and a nice bottle of wine which was waiting for us on the kitchen counter!

We found everything we needed to cook nice meals (pots, pans and all kind of utensils) in the amazing kitchen and we also used the big BBQ outside (by the way there is a big Sobeys grocery store not even 5 minutes away by car). The beds were really comfortable and this apartment is just within 10 minutes of walking distance to the waterside of Charlottetown which is full of great restaurants, parks, cute stores and amazing architecture to explore.

We highly recommend the rental of this property for a small family or 2 couples who want to be within reasonable driving distance to beautiful national parks, beaches and fisherman’s’ villages, walking distances to everything a beautiful city has to offer and at the same time enjoy being surrounded by stunning modern comfort and coziness.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Car: recommended

This character 1880's traditional shingled house is located steps from the heart of the Old Town of Charlottetown. Charlottetown Harbour, Victoria Park, Government House, Great George Street, historic Province House and many of our island's finest restaurants are all within a short ten-minute walk!


Rates & Availability

Charlottetown Apartment Rental Rates

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Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $386
Tax Rate 14.0%

Please note that all bookings are on a Saturday arrival Saturday departure basis. Check In: 4PM, Check Out: 11AM.

CANCELLATION POLICY - we will be pleased to provide a full refund of your reservation amount with 30 days advance notice.

We are pleased to offer our guests an instalment payment option, upon request.

The Black House now welcomes guests throughout the year! Please check with us for payment details and availability!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Charlottetown Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1195 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - water closet, shared between bedrooms 2 and 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , queen bed, luxe bed linens, ensuite full bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , double bed, luxe bed linens, ensuite shared water closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , double bed, luxe bed linens, ensuite shared water closet
  • queen beds (1) luxe bed linens, double beds (2) luxe bed linens
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
It would be our pleasure to make your stay more enjoyable! For a modest fee we offer stocking the fridge, pantry and bar with local foods, produce and libations, or with your own favourite items. Our island friends can also prepare a romantic picnic for you and yours, a beach outing for the whole family, or guide you to the island's most cherished, popular and enchanting destinations.

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