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Luxe Vintage Sailor's Suite Steps From Historic Old Charlottetown

Bedrooms 2
Space 930 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6. 2 Bedrooms. 1 Bathroom.

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.

Situated on the second level, with its original centre hall private entrance opening formally to the street, our 'Sailor's Suite' retains authentic vintage detail dating back to the late 1880s when the house was originally constructed. With the patina of old wood floors, wide baseboards, original mill-work window surrounds, beadboard trim and hand-crafted panel doors, this suite has been thoughtfully and sensitively renovated to respect the integrity of the beloved family home it once was, while offering all manner of contemporary comforts including luxury appointments and furnishings.

From the gracious foyer up the vintage staircase, the suite’s rooms radiate off the centre hall. Having a split bedroom plan, each sleeping sanctuary offers ample proportions and high ceilings, with the rear bedroom opening to a covered porch which overlooks the landscaped garden. The separate living room can be converted into a third bedroom as required, and the enchanting newly renovated kitchen with bistro table boasts a sun-drenched balcony perfect for morning coffee or barbecuing. This endearing suite has that special patina unique to a well-loved vintage home, with all the laid-back comfort of a country-escape. That it’s within steps to the heart of Old Charlottetown makes it magical!

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, Receiver Coffee, 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!

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James Ormston
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

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 Queens Square

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 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. Ask us for more details!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Queens Square, Prince Edward Island

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 930 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , mosaic marble tile floor, antique porcelain tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , luxe bed linens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , luxe bed linens, walkout to verandah overlooking back garden
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • 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
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
It would be our pleasure to make your stay at The Black House 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. Ask us for more details!


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A gorgeous home-away-from-home in the centre of Charlottetown!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The Black House (2nd floor suite) went beyond our expectations. We were incredibly impressed with the attention to detail - the team thought of everything we could need to make our stay comfortable (and it really looks just as pretty as it does in the pictures!). We arrived quite late at night and were pleasantly surprised to find the fridge stocked so that we wouldn't have to go out for breakfast first thing the next day - a great start to a great stay. The location is only a few minutes' walk to the main shopping/entertainment area in Charlottetown so it was nice not to have to drive there and worry about parking. The gorgeous back balcony gets a little buggy at dusk, so perhaps bring a little bug spray, but we weren't too bothered and spent loads of time there reading, eating, and playing cards.

Would definitely recommend staying here, and we look forward to returning one day!

  • Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elegant and cozy, luxurious and full of Island charm

  • 5 of 5

The second floor suite of The Black House is at once elegant and cozy, luxurious and full of Island charm. Every artful and practical detail in the suite has been meticulously taken care of, making our stay effortless and refreshing. Not only is the decor exceptionally beautiful, but also comfortable and welcoming.

In fact, we liked The Black House so much that we found ourselves anticipating rainy days so we could cuddle up in its cozy corners and cook in its fabulously equipped kitchen! This was a delightful and inspiring place to come home to during our stay in Charlottetown.

  • Submitted: 30-Sep-2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jennifer! James and I are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at The Black House, and that you found it well-appointed and comfortable. This suite retains a lot of the original charm and character of the original house, such that we were careful to keep our renovations and décor respectful of the original history of the house, which dates from the 1880s. Did you know we had the vintage staircase restored, and renovated the kitchen and bath to feel like they've always been there even though they're completely up to date? While we were wildly over-budget on this reno, we have zero regrets, as it has that curl-up-with-a-book patina that we love when we're staying there. I especially love how all the rooms radiate off the original centre hall, which creates different zones for living and allows everyone to feel like they have their own special space in the house. When I visit, I'm either reading on the covered porch or listening to old vinyl records on our Philco stereo in the sitting room. Either way, time seems to stand still when we stay here, making it the ultimate get-away. Please know we welcome your return, anytime. And thank you for staying at The Black House! James and Steven
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Queens Square, Prince Edward Island

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2017 - May 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$500

Please note that all bookings are on a Saturday arrival Saturday departure basis, 7 night stay minimum. Check In: 4PM, Check Out: 11AM. Visits longer than 7 nights may check in or out any day of the week subject to availability.

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

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