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Downtown Spacious Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Jelly Bean Row House in Heart of Downtown

Southcott Award Winning Heritage Home is located on a quiet street in the heart of downtown, with views of Signal Hill and the Harbor, three bedrooms, and a spacious main floor complete with a full dining room and half bathroom. Full description:

During much of the year this is a quiet house for my small family and we decided this year to open it up to people like you to enjoy as well. It is a classic Newfoundland Victorian row house, approximately 120 years old—a real gem given the fires that erased earlier generations of St. John’s homes downtown in the late 19th century. This is a true home to us, and hope it is that way for you during your stay. The location of the house is perfect since it is in one of the loveliest areas of downtown and all the local attractions are just steps away. There are directions below and choice picks of what we particularly enjoy here.

Darryl Wiseman, who has lived in St. John’s for almost all his life, is just a phone call and e-mail away. He can answer any questions about the house, if you wish, and also has a great knowledge of St. John’s, so feel free to give him any questions you have. His phone number is 709-325-6914 and you should feel free to call him anytime during your stay if you should have any questions, or email him at I will be out of the city during your stay, so I’m best available via email ( and will check it often to make sure you are having a great stay in our home and in St. John’s. Also available, directly around the corner, is Stephanie Butera, if for some unusual reason Darryl does not respond immediately. Her number is 905-808-7627.

Let me take you room by room to provide something of a guide to the house, since I don’t want you to have to search for things, and know what to do when checking out. Below we provide three sections: a description of each of the rooms and what you will find there, a selection of the best of downtown, and lastly a checklist for when you leave.

Living Room:

Television: There is cable with most of the popular channels and On Demand television shows, plus Netflix is on channel 556 (just pick one of the names). There are also DVDs you can play, if you take the HDMI off the back of the cable box and attach it to your computer. There is a universal remote. For the sound bar, touch the button for AUDIO-SB button to put the sound up and down. (If for some reason it does not go on, then click input. It will go through sets of “double lights” until you get to the one--it’s the third set.) There is also bluetooth support of the sound bar: just hit the bluetooth button on the back of the soundbar and it’s under Vizio. For TV, click on TV for operating its sound. I prefer to use the regular cable remote for the cable, but the universal remote also works fine for it, too.

Coffee table: here you’ll find mostly travel books and magazines and on top are three books related to Newfoundland and hiking.

Sofas: the leathers sofas and chairs all recline if you should wish. Within the coffee table you will find ample reading materials if you wish to read while doing so.

Fireplace: I have left behind pre-treated logs behind the lounge chair for you to light if the need should arise. The fireplace may be as old as the house, and was once used by the fisherman who lived in them to light coal, not wood. Just light and place in the fireplace for a good three hours of warmth.

Finally, behind the lounge chair is a guitar for those so inclined. Please be careful with it, but I thought I should leave it: nothing is more Newfoundland that breaking out a guitar in the living room on a lovely night.

Dining Room:

Here you will find a full dining room table, along with several folding chairs placed next to the bookcase should extra chairs be needed. You’ll also note the round around the chandelier, as in the living room. These kinds of insets are common in older, downtown homes.

As you will note quickly, as in the dining room, there are books that we use both for pleasure and for work throughout the home. (Most are works of philosophy.) You are free to peruse them if you wish, but I ask that you return them to the place where you found them.

There is a first floor ½ bathroom behind the stairs. Extra toilet paper and paper towels can be found downstairs in the basement near the laundry and behind the door of the bathroom on the third floor.


There is a stove, oven, refrigerator, coffee machine, coffee grinder, dishwasher, and toaster, among other appliances, as well as bar seating around the island, which is perfect for enjoying a morning breakfast or coffee. I have left in the cupboards flour, spices, and other necessities to help you when you cook your meals. You are welcome to any food you find in the pantry, freezer, or fridge. On top of the stove are spices; oddly the labels for them are on the bottom. To the left of the stove on the lower cabinets, you will find frying pans, large pots, and other pans for cooking on the stove (Please clean these by hand). Additional mixing bowls can be found underneath the cabinet in the island, as well as muffin pans, loaf pans, and cookie sheets. Casserole dishes and such are in the cabinet to the left and above the stove. All that you will need for cooking, eating, and serving your food is to be found in the drawers to the left of the sink. Beneath the sink you will find garbage bags, cleaning fluids, and dishwashing soap for the dishwasher. In the right cabinet, you will find ziplock bags, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil.

Coffee and tea are also available for you. (The tea is in the same cabinet as the spices and the coffee is on top of the fridge.) I have a french press as well as a regular coffee maker for your use (filters are with the cups above the coffee maker), as well as an aeropress (if you don’t know it, look it up--it makes a good cup of coffee), and a container for making iced coffee or iced tea; these are in the cabinet above and to the left of the stove. You will also find there the instruments needed for using the mixer.

There are everyday dishes in the cabinets in the corner cabinet, and if you’re feeling more fancy, fine china in the cabinet under the microwave.

When the garbage is full, just put it to the left of the backdoor outside. If you wish to provide some help, garbage days are on Monday and you just place the garbage out by the curb in front of the house. Also near the back door is a broom and dust pan if the need should arise.

Under the microwave you will find some candles as well as materials for handling hot dishes.

In the drawers next to the sink are all the utensils you’ll need for cooking and eating. In the bottom drawer are the utensils to use when BBQ’ing.

Finally, I have left two items helpful if you wish eat on a hike or visit to one of our parks: There is a backpack with the necessary utensils and wine glasses as well as a cooler (ice packs are to be found in the freezer).

Backyard Deck:

Near the backdoor you will find the utensils you will need for grilling and please let us know if there is any shortage of gas in the BBQ. (We keep two tanks on hand to make sure.) There is also a table and chairs for eating outside or just enjoying a lovely afternoon chatting in the breeze. We ask you limit discussions outside after 8:30pm or so, so as not to disturb the neighbors.

1st Bedroom, 2nd floor

This bedroom contains a twin-sized bed. There is a closet and a dresser for your use.

2nd Bedroom, 2nd floor

This room contains a queen-sized bed, a television with cable (again, Netflix is on channel 556), and a closet for clothing. Extra sheets are available in the closet upstairs in the en suite bedroom, and there are also a selection of towels in each of the bathrooms.

On the second floor there is a full bathroom, with extra towels for your needs.

En suite bedroom, 3rd floor

Here you will find a queen sized bed, full closet, and two dressers for your use. A full bathroom, with claw-foot tub is here as well. There are two desks and from the back of the room, there is also a breathtaking view of the “Narrows”—the exit and entry area of the harbor that never disappoints on a beautiful sunny day. The fireplace is also available for your use should you wish.

The Basement

I won’t pretend this is a particularly lovely place in the house to be. But there is a washer and dryer as well as bleach, detergent, and dryer sheets for your use. A wash basin is behind the washer, as well as extra toilet paper and paper towels.

The Neighborhood and Downtown

Gower St. is not far from a walk right up Signal Hill and all the hiking trails it has to offer. On the corner, just nearby, is Coffee Matters, one of the favored coffee houses in the city. Two blocks away are two great stores. On the right one offers international and organic foods. On the left, is a great local butcher, Hallidays, which has operated for some 90 years, and which also offers most anything you need for cooking, especially for a BBQ.

If you walk towards the Harbor, you come upon the two main thoroughfares (okay, the only two) downtown: Water Street and Duckworth. Both offer quaint shops and excellent restaurants (St. John’s is in a renaissance of great cooking). The great thing about Gower St. is that you get a central location and a quiet neighborhood far from the rowdier parts of downtown.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Apr 2013
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Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Ground floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Top floor ensuite - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Three bedrooms. The top floor is an ensuite (there is no door leading up to the floor), with an attached bathroom and claw-foot tub. The room also has a closet, two dressers, a fireplace, and a desk--all with a lush view of the harbor and Signal Hill There are two bedrooms on the second floor. One has a queen-size bed, a television, and closet space. The third bedroom comes with a dresser, closet space, and a twin-sized bed.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • snowmobiling


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Downtown Spacious Home
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 7 reviews
Ottawa, Canada

This is no GEM! - We Refused to Stay in the House

  • 1 of 5

We were looking forward to our week in St. John's (June 21st-28th) in the "Jelly Bean House" but, sadly, we couldn't even stay one night. Space doesn't permit a full accounting of our disappointment but here are just some of the highlights:

- the photo of the house (which has been deleted) was not an accurate portrayal of the condition of it and it's neighbours - the real thing was unappealing - in need of paint and upkeep; the weeds that greeted us when we came up to the house were at least one to two feet high - the back yard was also full of weeds and was mostly stones and contained a rather old and grubby- looking patio set;

- there is a major construction site directly behind the homes (the ower responded to us by saying that was "quiet construction";

- cooking smells wafting in through the living room window from the restaurant on the corner;

- there was a heavy smell of grease and food odours in the kitchen - the kitchen windows do not open as they have been permanently sealed shut - allowing no fresh air at all. The owner suggested the range hood should eliminate these smells - it would not;

- the kitchen was full of the owners provisions - most of which were open and partially used - the cupboards were all full - the kitchen table had a brown cloth on it and the table was unstable - most people would not use such supplies and in many jurisdictions it would be illegal to leave them behind;

- the fact that the property is owner/lived-in full-time by three male persons is not mentioned on the website.- that personal clothes and other items are stacked away in cupboards and boxes within the home;

- there was a shortage of bath towels and we were told they were in a closet/cupboard somewhere!!! The bathroom mats were older and rather threadbare. While the bathrooms smelled strongly of bleach there was dirt and grime in the corners and splashes of something(?) on the doors;

- the house overall emitted a musty smell and the furniture was older and worn and generally uninviting. While this is not a problem for those living in the house, it is not the standard to which we have become accustomed with VRBO properties.

We refused to stay even one night and searched for other accommodation for the week. Unfortunately, we only managed to get hotel accommodation for three nights as nothing else was available for the rest of the week. Needless to say, the experience ruined our vacation and was very costly (extra fees for flights/hotels and only 50% refund)

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Carolina, USA

Historic property, friendly owner & awesome location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really enjoyed our brief stay here. For 4 adults, the pricing was a steal compared to booking hotel rooms downtown. We enjoyed staying in an authentic Jelly Bean house. Just keep in mind that it's quite old so the stairs and floors tilt a bit, but for us that added to the character. We also really appreciated the use of the parking pass. My only request would be to have a hair dryer available for guests!

It really is an awesome location, just a couple minutes away from great restaurants, Water Street shops, and of course the famous George Street pubs! The owner emailed us an extensive document prior to our arrival, walking us through the home and recommending nearby restaurants, etc. We recommend the Duke of Duckworth for fish n chips-- I thought the cod bites were just perfect. We also loved The Reluctant Chef, nearby on Duckworth Street. It's a 5-course chef's tasting menu -- a splurge meal to be sure if you add the wine pairings, but it was absolutely awesome!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Recent stay in Kimberley Row house

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous find! Very central location in the heart of St. John's. Nice to experience living in a real jellybean row house. House was just as it appeared in photos. Very clean. Lots of room. Impressively equipped kitchen for those who like to cook. Nice touch to have teas and coffee on hand. Owner sent an extremely informative email prior, outlining places of interest, recommended dining spots, etc. Very helpful and welcoming. Manager was very available for anything that came up (nothing did). Would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lompoc, California

Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

My Sisters and I spent three nights at this property and had a lovely time. The house is exactly what we expected and met our needs perfectly during our time downtown. The location couldn't be better to explore downtown St. John's and the harbour. Everything is just a short walk away and we loved the proximity to George Street. The one little problem that we had with electricity in one room was very quickly fixed. Lisa, the property manager was very responsive and pleasant to deal with. I would recommend this property to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria BC

The Gem

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful chance to live in downtown St. John's in a most unique jelly bean home. This property has a feel of home, as it is a working home at different parts of the year. The host leaves a

detailed description of the house and also a very handy idea of the neighborhood with great recommendations on restaurants, and the many things to do in the city, we followed a number of

these recommendations never to be disappointed. The description and photo's of the house is exactly what you get with a great host.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, USA

A Great find in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to find this place. I am a travel writer and this was what I was looking for: a historic Jellybean home in the heart of downtown, with nice touches throughout the house (look up in the living room and you see a really great molded ceiling pattern that you’ll want to take a picture of). The accommodations were lovely, spacious and all the beds were clean and comfortable. The office was good for work, and it has a nice view of the harbor. The owner provided pre-treated logs for the cozy fire place, and that was nice to warm ourselves by if it got chilly at night. It’s a beautiful family home and I plan to revisit it next time I’m back in St. John’s.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Downtown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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