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Cheerful Inner-City Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A Break From The Big City But Close To Everything You Need!


Play and Chill is a cheerful, freshly furnished inner-city cottage nestled in a popular community. A scenic five minute walk along the Avon River connects you to quaint shops, flavorful cafes and restaurants, world class theater and bustling pubs.

At your home away from home, enjoy your own private parking, two bedrooms with en-suites and smart TVs, a third room with sectional pullout sofa and 1/2 bath. Should you want to cook, the kitchen is well equipped with what you will need including a gas range. Relax in the living/dining area warmed by a gas fireplace. On warm summer nights, lounge on the front porch or outside garden patio.

Bruce Whitaker
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Bruce Whitaker

We are a family of five who moved to Stratford from Toronto in 2010. After living in big cities from Oslo to Accra to NYC, we needed a break from the noise and smell of the big city. At times, we miss the city but we do love the benefits of a small place including easy access to beaches.

Bruce Whitaker purchased this house in 2014

Why Bruce Whitaker chose Stratford

Stratford provides visitors an oasis from the big city while offering many of the comforts of a big city - great restaurants, music and live theatre. Play and Chill, a five minute stroll to the action, is cozy like a cottage while offering a jacuzzi tub, expresso machine, smart t.v, gas stove, gas fireplace, air conditioning, BBQ and many other comforts. You can either shut the door and stay inside, play in the city or head out mountain biking or to the beach. Even better, take advantage of all three.

What makes this house unique

Parking is easy, the house is large enough to accommodate a full family, the location is perfect - close to downtown, the conservation area, the Shakespearan Gardens, a river for fishing and a sports field and running track.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Stratford

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Jacuzzi tub.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Smart television + en-suite full bathroom with jacuzzi tub.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Smart television + en-suite bathroom and shower.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedrooms come with high quality sheets and a full set of towels.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Cheerful Inner-City Cottage
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 41 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The home was very cozy for the five of us ladies. 3 bathrooms was great. Lots of sleeping space. Nice to be able to walk to town from the house. Also nice area to just get out for a walk. Enjoyed a show at the Stratford Festival. Great stocked kitchen for cooking. Would definitely recommend this home.

  • Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, cheerful and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

My girlfriend and I met there last weekend (Oct. 6 - 9) to celebrate her birthday and were very pleased and felt comfortable with the 'cottage". The weather was warm enough that we could sit on the screened front porch which was very nice. Beds very comfortable. Kitchen well equipped although we mostly ate out. Owner is next door and very responsive to questions and provided immediate in-person help with TV.

  • Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So many reasons to stay here....

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable beds? Check. Plenty of spaces to relax? Check (indoors and outdoors!) Fully equipped kitchen? Check. Clean and in good repair? Check. Location in a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of historic houses, theaters, cafes, gardens, and swans? Check. Cozy stoves, good sound system, pretty gardens, comfortable smart furnishings? Check. Feeling like you made a great choice? Check.

Will we recommend to friends and return ourselves? Check.

  • Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, beautifully designed place to stay in Stratford

  • 5 of 5

A couple friends and I rented out Bruce's place while we were in Stratford seeing a few plays. The interiors are beautifully designed and clearly recently remodeled. The furniture and beds are very comfortable, and the living room with its little red fireplace is especially cozy. The kitchen is equipped with a good range of dishware, pots, pans, toaster, coffee machine, etc, and we used it frequently to make meals throughout our stay. We appreciated that each bedroom had it's own adjacent bathroom, including the room downstairs with the pull out couch.

My one little suggestion to the owner: there isn't really anywhere to plug electronics in near the beds without unplugging existing lights, and this could be easily fixed by just adding a power bar. It would make it easier for people who use their cellphone as alarms and wish to charge them overnight.

On the whole we had a great stay. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

  • Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely spot in Stratford

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place - cozy - comfortable - all you could wish for. Only one caveat that DID NOT effect us. The cottage is very vertical - my dad who is 83 and did not stay with us (he was at a hotel) was daunted by the stairs. If you are 83 and use a cane heavily - this is not the spot for you.

  • Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a lovely stay in Stratford

  • 4 of 5

Thanks so much for sharing your property with us. We enjoyed the location being within walking distance to town, the house had several amenities and was very clean. The back yard provided us a pretty and quiet place to enjoy our coffee in the morning and wine at the end of the day!

The only changes I would recommend is adding a box of Kleenex and a shelf for personal belongings in each ensuite bath. otherwise everything was wonderful!

Thank you

  • Submitted: 6-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Down the Street
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Stratford Railroad Station
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pazzos Pizzeria
Nearest Beach
73 Kilometres
Goderich, Bayfield,


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Stratford

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In season
Apr 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

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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