La Maison Ursulines in the Heart of Old Quebec
|Rental type||Apartment / Condominium|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||2010 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Romantic, Downtown, Town, Other|
Description from the owner
Spacious (2000+ sq ft), elegant and historic 11 room vacation residence in the heart of Old Quebec's magnificent Upper Town architectural treasures. Located on a quiet, centrally-located street within the ancient city walls, at the heart the Old City's UNESCO World Heritage Site and overlooking Upper Town's memorial square.
Availability Calendar, Rates, Virtual Tour, Festival Information and More at MaisonUrsulines-com
With next door "neighbors" including the 1804 Holy Trinity Cathedral (modeled on London's St. Martin-In-The Fields and the oldest Anglican church outside of Great Britain) just across the square, the 1722 Ursulines...Read more
La Maison Ursulines in the Heart of Old Quebec
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Additional Location Information
With next door "neighbors" including the 1804 Holy Trinity Cathedral (modeled on London's St. Martin-In-The Fields and the oldest Anglican church outside of Great Britain) just across the square, the 1722 Ursulines Chapel, Museum and Monastery right across the street, the world famous Musee d'art Inuit Brousseau at the end of the street, Battlefields Park (the world's tenth largest city park) just up the hill, Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral just down the street ...and the Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens (the oldest building in the province known as la Maison Jaquet) simply around the corner; this condominium home is at the heart of the Ville de QuÃƒÂ©bec's historical treasurers.
Within one block of the Chateau, this 2-level vacation residence provides the ideal "home base" for exploring the surrounding town, for gracious entertaining and casual lounging activities.
Location Type Downtown, Town, Other
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in CAD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$172||$172||$0||$0||3 nights|
|All Dates||$172||$172||-||-||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
As low as $176 plus tax per night for two people. Please click to www- MaisonUrsulines-com for Complete Rate Details and Availability Calendar.
Quebec City's Private Residence Rental Regulation
La Maison Ursulines welcomes several kinds of guests on a regular basis, family and friends, associates and clients of Tetreault Design and Cindy's real estate business, philanthropic and rental guests. Our on-line calendar is a composite of everyone staying at the residence..
The City of Quebec limits the number of rentals allowed for all private residences to one rental per any 31 day period. Obviously, this regulation impacts private residence rental opportunities throughout the Old City. We always encourage our guests to plan well in advance when ever possible; but it's even more important now.
To inquire into the availability of la Maison Ursulines, simply click to the "availability" page and review the on-line calendar for the dates you need and submit an inquiry, both at at www-MaisonUrsulines-com. We will promptly respond with detailed information.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: March 12, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
This was my first trip to Quebec but it will not be my last. After researching other rentals and hotels for weeks, I decided on the La Maison Ursulines and it was great. The home is beautifully appointed and has everything you need. The location is perfect for exploring the old city both upper and lower town. The small grocery is just a couple of doors down which is very convenient. I hope to go back again next year and would not consider staying anywhere else! The only problem with staying here is we had to leave.
Brooklyn, New York
Immaculate Home in a Wonderful City
We stayed at La Maison Ursulines during the Quebec Winter Carnival in February 2013. Never in my life have I been in a home so clean, and I consider myself a "clean freak". The home is meticulously maintained and the decor is a beautiful blend of old and new. It gave us many ideas on how to furnish our future home. If you are into historical architecture and design, then this place will be right up your alley. The mix of old and new worked very well in this residence - original details such as a ceiling medallion but with a modern light fixture hanging from it, antique rugs and pieces of furniture in the same room as a modern chaise and couch. Beautiful framed numbered artwork. Everything was very thoughtfully and tastefully selected. We just loved it!
The location couldn't be better for our family - easy to get back and forth to the Plains of abraham where the festivities are. Restaurants a plenty within walking distance. A little market - Epicerie Richard - right up the road which carries all your basic essentials.
The owner, Paul, was very helpful in providing us with a lot of information about the residence and the area, walking tours, restaurant suggestions, information about transportation, parking, etc. When you are renting a private residence rather than staying in a hotel, it is important that you have good communication with the owners, and we did.
It is with heavy hearts that we leave La Maison Ursulines. A beautiful gem of a home in a wonderful city.
A Great Place to Stay in the Heart of the City
We recently stayed at La Maison d' Ursulines and couldn't have had a more enjoyable stay.
During our stay we had four adults and one 7 year-old girl. The condo was large enough that we never had the feeling that we were on top of each other.
From my first inquiry till the end of our stay, Paul consistently met and exceeded every expectation and/or concern that we had. Before we arrived, he emailed us no less than 15 emailings with Pdfs covering everything- an overview of the Residence Information (the do's and don'ts), Directions to the Condo, Local Restaurants, Local Museums, walking tours of upper and lower town, festival schedules, parking options, and more.
The condo is situated in a fantastic, central location within the Old City, that is within walking distance to everything! The condo resides on a street that is just off of one of the main avenues into the old city, so it is relatively quiet too. But bear in mind- it is a city, so life is going on right outside the doors!
We made extensive use of the kitchen during our stay. It is small and an odd design, but after learning the history of the building and how it was transformed into what it is now- the kitchen layout makes sense. All the same, it is fully functional and capable kitchen. The microwave and the Jenn-Air range are in "like new" condition and there is plenty of pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, etc... Believe me- we used it all!
The bedrooms were comfortable, so much that it felt like you were sleeping in a tomb! The two bathrooms were well stocked and very clean. The main level is very spacious with large windows that let plenty of light in. The house is decorated nicely. Antiques, paintings, and prints are found throughout the residence, and is a nice addition to the condo. The art adds to the overall experience of the vacation. I've been in plenty of hotels and condos that are nothing more than bare rooms that just provide a place to sleep, La Maison d' Ursulines is anything but that.
Too hot in summer, too small for 3 couples
The Maison Ursulines is a 3 story sandstone town house ideally located in the middle of old Quebec. The upper two stories are not included in the rental, which consists of the ground floor and basement. Our group consisted of three couples for a stay of four nights in July. The heat wave that affected the entire Eastern us was past, but temperatures were still higher than is normal for the region. As in most of the old city there is no air conditioning in the Maison Ursulines.
From the website and photos you might think that the Maison Ursulines is a 4 star accommodation. Given the location and property it certainly could be outfitted to earn 4 stars, but in its current condition I rate it two stars. Most of the furnishings could be found at any flea market. While it was clean, there were signs of wear everywhere. Carpets faded and worn, old appliances, cheap and unfastened shower fixtures, and to call the floor plan poorly laid out is an understatement.
The street level has high ceilings which might make it comfortable, even in the heat, except that the windows were jammed shut. The property manager instructed us to not use them as they are painted shut and in need of repair. A single 6 inch fan was provided for cooling the entire living/dining area. Living room was small, providing comfortable seats for 3 and straight back chairs for 2 more. Nowhere for us all to relax? The big chair had brown grime on the arm. The couch was ripped. There is no balcony, garden or anywhere to escape other than the street. Dining room seats 8 at the large table. No parking is included in the rental, but there are other peopleâ€™s cars parked inches from the dining room window, which looks onto a parking lot.
Wireless internet was fast. The kitchen small but well equipped, with a breakfast nook that was one of the best features of the house.
The bedrooms are accessed by a very narrow and steep stair, what youâ€™d expect for a basement. Wait! All three bedrooms are located in the basement, a humid and steamy place during the recent heat wave. Floor fans provided some relief. Basement windows peek up from below street level and are not able to open. The larger bedroom has a comfortable king bed, table, closet and a man sized safe (locked). The second bedroom had a queen bed and seemed adequate.
The third bedroom has an old, hard and sagging queen bed jammed into a corner against a crumbling mason wall, no end table, drawers or closet. Hooks on the wall were the only place to put clothes. Eyeglasses and phone passed the nights on the floor! Room three also contains a squeaky washer and old dryer that took forever. (W/D was convenient but why in a bedroom?) This room might be fine for one or two small children to share, but was inadequate and ill equipped for 2 adults.
This property might be a better destination in cooler months, for a family with children and on a budget. Our group of 6 adults regretted our summer choice of rental.
Response from Paul Tetreault - 09/23/2012
Not sure where to begin, let's start with the weather, yes, it was apparently very unseasonably hot ...unfortunately, not much we (or anyone else) can do about that. We did learn from our managers that you also complained about Montreal's hot weather prior to coming to la Belle Ville de Quebec.
Since you reside in Kailua, Hawaii, maybe you are just used to the island breezes 24/7 ...not so just about any other place in the world.
Most of the windows do open and the breeze through the residence usually provide a wonderful coolness ...as does the three-foot thick stone walls. The few windows that don't open (facing the Ursulines Chapel) had to be permanently closed during the building's renovation ...
Which leads to the floor plan; that was a very important part of the residence's renovation. For us, keeping as much of the original building as possible was critical. Therefore most of the original layout and details were saved and remain intact ...somehow another problem for you. I suppose a NY loft would have suited you better.
As to the residences's furnishings, sounds like you are not an antiques buff; for instance, the "faded and worn" carpet in the living room is antique Persian ...not last year's crop from Home Furnishings.
FYI: the walnut Empire chest of draws in the dining room is over 200 years old and the Victorian writing desk in the living room and the burled maple rocking chair in the second bedroom date back to the late 1800s.
The the residence's Grand Level floors are original, completely refurbished antique Canadian maple (that was not easy), while the servant's level (Lower Level) hard wood floors is new walnut. The kitchen and bathroom are ceramic tile. The only other carpeting is on the "servant's stairway" between both levels; and that's also new.
And yes, parking throughout the Old City is an issue, as it would be for any town that's over 400 years old; even more so for a town that's surrounded with an intact fortification ...hence a UNESCO World heritage Site. We provide guests with a map of parking options; three underground parking garages within a two minute walk. (We think that's pretty good for a neighborhood that was laid-out in the 1500s.)
As to the lack of a balcony or garden, we never advertised those amenities. Most of our guests enjoy the many sidewalk cafes so close by. After all, it's a very French / European environment; not a fiberglass Disney replica.
Sorry your expectations of the weather, Old Quebec and the residence went unmet. La Maison Ursulines Team
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Central, comfortable, perfect.
The only problem we had was negotiating the stairs down to the bedroom level - my mother in law uses a cane and the stairs are narrow and quite steep. But the apartment is beautiful, and beautifully maintained. Paul's recommendations for restaurants nearby were great, as was the 2-block walk to the boardwalk in front of the Chateau Frontenac, and the little grocery 2 doors down. Comfortable reading chair and sofa in the living room, beautiful big table in the dining room, roomy bathrooms, functional kitchen - and having the bedrooms downstairs in this stone building kept them nice and cool, even in the 86 degree heat. High ceilings and cross-breeze through the top level even kept that floor comfortable. We loved it!
Perfect slice of Old Quebec
My wife and I along with another couple just returned froma four day weekend stay at La Maison Ursuline. It couldn't have been better. My wife and I have made many trips to Quebec but this was the first for our friends. They couldn't get over the spaciousness of the unit, the appointments and the sleeping comfort. The location goes without saying. The property is in the heart of the Old City, a short walk to anything you wish. The first floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen and bath. I was a perfect spot for lounging at the end of the day and getting a recharge before dinner. We cooked in one night and the kitchen worked beautifully. It had plenty of equipment and utinsels needed to make a complete meal from scratch. The sleeping arrangements were first class and the thick stone walls in the sleeping area made for a quiet, cool night. I could go on and on but you get my drift. This is a perfect location and a true home away from home.
Location, location, location!
From the very first email requesting info on availability, everything connected to this property went perfectly. The owner, Paul, provided clear directions and detailed information about the rental and things to do in the area. He also responded promptly to emails. Upon arrival, we were met by Ed, who showed us around and gave us some great tips on restaurants. The house itself is lovely and was very comfortable for the 3 couples who stayed there. The location, off the main streets, was quiet and picturesque. We seemed to be a short walking distance from everything! We never took the car out of the parking garage. If I had to think of something this rental lacked, the only thing I can come up with is...Kleenex!
Heart of The Old City
We came across this property through vacation rentals, did some research through other rental sites and decided on this one. I'm happy to say that we made the right choice. Upon arrival we noticed that the Chateau Frontenac is just down the street. There is a little store about 2 houses down and many restaurants nearby.The house has European charm that reminds my wife of her childhood in some way, from the stained glass windows on the inner entrance doors to the old hardwood floors to the cavernous stone walls that encompass the downstairs floor. When you walk into this house, you step back in history about 400 years (minus the hdtv). The kitchen is kind of angled and smaller than expected but surprisingly accessible: my wife and I both cooked together in there and had absolutely no problems. They just installed a new Jenn-air range/oven too, so the equipment is great. the master bedroom is very comfortable and well appointed, with an old fireplace behind the head of the bed, blocked by a heavy drop curtain (gets really warm in there really quick, just fyi). The downstairs bathroom is really cool, with a clawfoot tub and a small glass shower, all lined by the massive stone walls (this room is kind of cold, but has a heater in it). The dining room area is awesome, with a huge, long wooden table running down the middle. You are in walking distance to everything, and the streets that run at the top and bottom of the old district are each about a 2-5 minute walk away, and are both lined with shops restaurants.The only complaint that we have was the parking, we didn't expect it to be so much. 14.00 week days and 6 dollars weekends. It adds up after staying for 10 days. Things you must do when you come here: Dog sledding, visit the Ice hotel, go to the Marche de Vieux Port.The property managers Carol and Ed were very accommodating and even gave us some suggestions on where to go and eat. We loved it so much here that we hope to come again soon.
Pgh, PA USA
one of my top 5 vacations
The location was the best part of this vacation home. We walked most of our time there because a 10 - 15 min. walk radius took us to most every place in the city we could want to go. Located central to the major plazas, fort, historic sites and so many restaurants we never were more than 2 mins. from food, entertainment or beautiful views. The house is a comfortable home, not a sterile hotel. The oversized dining table was our command center for each days activity planning, our game table when relaxing and on evenings when we ate in was more than large enough for our group.
With a small convenience store/coffee shop just 4 doors up we had everything we needed. The weather was most cooperative, with 75 - 85 F days and starry nights we were able to enjoy the many plazas with street performers, art galleries and craft booths and gelaterias. Our luck was strong as we accidentally made our vacation plans to Quebec on the same week that coincided with an international bike race through the cities winding streets and national holiday that brought throngs of young people to the city for a large outdoor concert and celebration in the streets. The city workers and police are extremely polite and efficient. With all of the tourists in town for these major events by next morning after a celebration the towns streets were scrubbed clean and ready to charm anew. Other than a washer/dryer combo located in one of the bedrooms that made it warmer and noisier for that person's lodging, the accommodations were wonderful. Our group would strongly recommend La Maison Ursulines in the Heart of Old Quebec.
Response from Paul Tetreault - 04/10/2011
Rob, Thank you for the kind words and the detailed review. Based on your comment, we have added sound-proofing to the door that shields the washer / dryer from the adjoining room and have also improved the dryer's exhaust vent.. Thank you very much for the insight; it's a need that we had never considered.
We look forward to your return to "la Belle Ville de Quebec" and la Maison Ursulines soon ...especially to its much more quiet third bed room. Best, Paul
Kathy & Jim
Avon Lake, Ohio
My husband and I love visiting Quebec and used to stay in a boutique hotel before we discovered La Maison d' Ursulines. Now we really do feel as though we have a home away from home. The location is outstanding. We can step outside of "our" door and easily walk to great restaurants and shops. The Frontenac and the Vernicular are only 1 block away in one direction. The Portofino and taxi stand are 1 block in the other direction.
We have visited the farmers market during the autumn months but were most delighted to sample the offerings during the Christmas season. Local purveryors from throughout Quebec bring their specialities to this location. Do not miss this if you are lucky enough to be in Quebec during the holidays.
Back to the residence; the furnishings are first class. La maison is comfortable and fully stocked with all amenities and necessities. If something runs short, a convenient store is located next door. Getting your luggage downstairs can be a bit of a challenge but one that is worth it.
During our recent visit, the main floor bathroom was not available for use. A plumber was called to address the situation but did not appear during our stay. Parking is a bit of an inconvenience. We parked our car in the city garage that was under extensive renovation. We don't drive much when in the city but during the winter we would prefer to have easier access. (the other option was to park in the Old Port area). I want to point out that these are minor when compared to the overall experience. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.
We really enjoy our visits to Quebec and highly recommend staying at this home. We can't imagine staying anywhere else.
My girlsfriends and I would go back in a heartbeat
The Villa was beautiful and so convenient to everything. The interior is beautiful and has everything you would want or need.
Paul and Cindy have done a great job with their website giving you everything you need to know about Quebec City and it surronding sites.. Carol and Ed who manage the villa are also very helpful.
Old Quebec is a wonderful place to visit, the history, the buildings, the food, the shopping .The local people were friendly and helpful. We highly recommend the La Maison Ursuline as the best place to stay in Quebec City.
Decent place, but not for those who like to cook.
We stayed here for 8 days in Feb '11 and can compare to many others in N. America and Europe. It is well located in the Upper Town and is quite convenient if you plan to attend Winter Carnaval. We were disappointed, however, by the home itself: it just isn't a place where you can actually live, but rather a nice place to sleep while enjoying all meals out in restaurants. We came to cook: 2 to 3 meals a day, because of our little kids. Many rentals accommodate this, but not this one. There were barely enough dishes for the 4 of us, including only 2 wineglasses! Barely enough gear to cook a meal. We found it ironic that the place is advertised with heavy emphasis on its grand dining room for 12, when in reality, you would have to have the event catered (both food and dishes/cookware) if you actually planned to entertain that many people. The caretakers didn't come to meet us upon arrival, since it was a busy day in the Old Town, and we were surprised to find no binder of information with the house to answer our basic questions. Also, the place was advertised as having Wi-Fi, and it does not. We asked about this and were told that while it once did, it did not anymore. Shouldn't be advertised, then. We were also advised that our dial-up usage would be "monitored" by the owner and charged accordingly, a very inhospitable and unsettling idea, even if we only needed the internet for local information and email! Further, during the course of our stay, the bulb over the bathroom mirror was burned out, without extras, and the main overhead light in the main living room burned out as well. These things happen, but even after we informed the caretakers, they did not come and replace the bulbs. We actually sat in the dark to watch TV for the last 3 or 4 evenings of our stay... bad service for what we paid for this place. I would only recommend it to those who want to do a quick weekend in QC and eat all their meals out. And in that case, you may as well just be in a hotel.
Response from Paul Tetreault - 04/10/2011
Wow James; where to start! My first inclination was to refute your comments line-by-line, but your closing remark "you may as well just be in a hotel" clinched our decision to let the other reviews and images here at the FlipKey, the 50 guest reviews published at HomeAway and the guest reviews and detailed information at www.MaisonUrsulines.com speak for themselves.
By the way, how did the new Jennair stove with the built-in grill-top in la Maison Ursulines' full kitchen work for you? Good luck in grinding that ax down to it's nub. Best, Paul
Great facilities in a superb location
Fantastic location in Old City with helpful caretakers. Plenty of room for a family, tasteful decorations but mostly out of reach of little kids so no worries about breakages! Good kitchen for self-catering. Just watch the stairs going down to the bedrooms, they're steep and a bit uneven so it's easy to trip.
Response from Paul Tetreault - 03/12/2011
Thank you for taking time to respond to la Maison Ursulines' guest review request and for providing la Maison Ursulines with such "high marks"
You mentioned the stairs ..guests have called them "break-neck stairs" a play on "break-neck street" that winds from Upper Town to Lower Town.
The stairs are the original servant's stairway leading between the kitchen (now the Master Bed Room) and the Grand Level. When the residence was totally refurbished, we chose to leave the stairs unchanged ...in an appreciation of la Maison Ursulines' historical significance.
Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to having you as guests at la Maison Ursulines again. Best, Paul