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Welcome to la Maison Ursulines, at the heart of Old Quebec and at the center of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on a quiet, centrally-located street within the ancient city walls, overlooking Upper Town's memorial square and at the heart of Old Quebec's magnificent Upper Town architectural treasures.
The "Grand Residence" at la Maison Ursulines is a spacious (2010+ sq ft), elegant and historic 11 room, three bedroom, two full bath vacation residence with formal dining for 10+, full kitchen and all amenities.
The "Intimate Retreat" at la Maison Ursulines is a private 1100 sq.ft. residence with two bedrooms, one and one-half baths, living, dining, kitchen area and an outdoor balcony overlooking the Ursulines Chapel and Monastery.
Within one block of the Chateau, these vacation residences provide the ideal "home base" for exploring the surrounding town, for gracious entertaining and casual lounging activities. Located on a quiet street, the main entrance incorporates the first and second levels of a keyed building constructed of cut limestone in the Neo Classical tradition known as "la Maison Ursulines".
THE GRAND RESIDENCE
Upon entering la Maison Ursulines' Grand Residence, you are greeted by a pair of carved wood and stain glass entry doors leading to a private interior foyer ... The residence of Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Quebec's Supreme Court judge in the 1890s and the judge in the trial of the King versus Marie-Anne Houde.
The Grand Residences' "Grand Level" has 12 foot ceilings plus restored original Corinthian details and includes a living room with 9-foot high shuttered windows (overlooking Upper Town's charming square), formal dining room (seating for 12), complete kitchen, breakfast area, a full bath and a library/office. Floors are antique narrow-strip polished natural finish Canadian maple.
The Grand Residence's "Lower Level" presents an intimate ambiance with its profusion of rustic stone walls, decorative fireplace and hued wood beams. The three bedrooms all have clerestory windows and polished walnut finished wood floors. The bathroom on this level is inset into a room with exposed stone walls and features one of two contemporary glass shower stalls, ceramic tile floors and a refurbished period claw-foot tub.
Decorated with antiques, "over stuffed" country French furnishings and an eclectic art collection; it's a sophisticated yet very comfortable environment.
THE INTIMATE RETREAT
The "Intimate Retreat" is located one flight up a grand curving stairway. The residence includes two bedrooms, one and one-half baths and an open living / dining / kitchen area. The living area also has a working fireplace; a rarity in Old Quebec.
LA MAISON URSULINES' LOCATION
Shopping, dining, museums and cultural events are less than a block away South to rue Ste Louis or one block North to rue Ste Anne. For the best in fresh meats, produce, a good bottle of wine, fantastic cheeses or a quick snack a great deli (the only one in Upper Town) is just two doors away.
THE QUEBEC SEASONS
*THE SUMMER SEASON
Reserve this elegant home for an unforgettable visit. The summer months are a wonderfully mild season in this magical city with special events daily including New France Historical Celebrations just down the hill and the Changing of the Guard just up the hill in La Citadelle. Throughout the summer, the Old City overflows with window boxes and hanging flower baskets.
It's also never too early to consider a winter fun and ski get-away. This home is an ideal balance between close-by world class ski destinations like Mount St. Anne and Stoneham and great in-town night life ...for a truly French/European Christmas season, reserve this special home in December and have a magical holiday.
Or join in Quebec's famous "Winter Carnival" festivities; the biggest winter carnival in the world. Most events are right in the neighborhood.
*THE "OFF" SEASONS
If art collecting, antiquing, or a quiet romantic get-away's the goal, consider booking a stay during our off seasons. The crowds are gone and the locals "retake" the cafes as Old Quebec slows down to a pace that matches the changing seasons.
The streets and squares echo the horse-drawn carriages' passing as the clip-clop melody passes right by the front door. The quiet seasons also bring the city's old-world charm into focus as church bells harken the passing days. It's a great way to sample the town's timeless European tempo.
Quite Season festivals include "The Festival of Sacred Music, "Ile d' Orleanes Festival", "Challenge Bell (Women's Pro Tennis)", "Le Carrefour International Theatre Festival" and "The Wine, Beer and Cheese Festival" plus others....Read more
La Maison Ursulines in the Heart of Old Quebec Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Property location is approximate) ?
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 Quebec'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.
More About This Location
Nearest ferry port: Quebec City Ferry Port, 0.5 miles Nearest train station: Quebec City Train Station, 0.5 miles Nearest airport: Quebec City Airport, 12 miles Car is not necessary
Left on 04/17/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Ron & GiseleReviewed Apr 17, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
In the heart of the old city walls we got to enjoy the old world charm in a very comfortale and well appointed apartment with two other couples during Winter Carnaval. The local restaurants are amazing to say the least! The location is very central and just steps away from all the popular sites. The local people are very friendly and accomodating. You can not go wrong with the accomodtions at La Maison Ursulines! Enjoy!
Left on 04/24/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 24, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
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.
Left on 10/25/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | EricReviewed Oct 25, 2012Stayed Oct 2012
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.
Left on 03/23/2011 for a stay in June 2010 | Rob M.Reviewed Mar 23, 2011Stayed Jun 2010
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.
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
Left on 03/18/2011 for a stay in December 2010 | Kathy & JimReviewed Mar 18, 2011Stayed Dec 2010
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.
Left on 03/17/2011 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 17, 2011Stayed Sep 2010
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.”
Left on 03/16/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 16, 2011Stayed Feb 2011
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.
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
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Great facilities in a superb location”
Left on 03/07/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 7, 2011Stayed Jan 2011
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.
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
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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.
Renting a private vacation residence in Quebec City: The City of Quebec limits the number of rentals allowed for all private residences within any 31 day period.
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