2011. The patio before it was varnished. The house solarium area at the left. 2011. The deck, then unvarnished, with view of the neighbour's ponds in the marsh.
The marsh house (le refuge du marais), by Montreal
The marsh house (le refuge du marais), by Montreal

Entire home/flat

12 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/flat

12 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
12 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
You won’t be charged yet
You won’t be charged yet

About this listing

Beautiful home in quiet nature setting. Large deck with barbecue + picnic tables overlooks the Lery Marsh to the horizon. Lake St Louis, (swimming, canoeing, sunsets, campfires) 30 secs distant. Log exterior, warm wood-work inside with cathedral ceiling. Open concept 1st flr holds kitchen, living, dining, sun-room and tv zones. Nearby walks,forest trails, bike path. A fine means to combine city forays (30 minutes to downtown outside rush hour) with a relaxing country stay. Heaven.

The space
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: £7 / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee: £48
Weekly Discount: 15%


The space

Montreal: Completely renovated two story home on edge of the Lery marsh (not a house or human being in sight) with access two hundred feet away to Lake St. Louis ( a widening in the St. Lawrence River) in one of the most beautiful spots in southwest Quebec. Open concept main floor with large dining and tv viewing area, solarium-like zone overlooking marsh, enormous deck (with barbecue) at back overlooking marsh, one bedroom downstairs, while the upstairs is an open-space mezzanine with a queen size bed, a bed-sofa, and its own toilet and basin. From here one looks down into the main floor living area and the galley kitchen with its fridge, microwave and propane stove. A propane fireplace, heat-exchange system, and electric baseboards ensure a comfortable temperature year round and the most pleasant of atmospheres. Though all this seems hundreds of miles out in the country, far away from the city, it is in fact just 35 minutes from the heart of downtown Montreal (as long as one travels outside rush hour) and less than that to the nearest subway station, whence it is easy by personal or family pass to quickly make one's way to all of the city's many attractions. There are quiet walking trails through the woods near the marsh house, as also extensive bicycle paths through the countryside to adjacent communities, and five minutes away is a magnificent little island with a small city owned hotel, a superb view of the St. Lawrence, a coffee shop, and more nature paths of the sort that makes one come home astounded t so much beauty is so close at hand. Thus, the marsh makes for a delightful combination of Montreal city visits (with all that means in terms of busy downtown streets, skyscrapers, and the pleasures of a near-European city) and isolated, quiet enjoyment of nature. Families cannot believe how immensely relaxing it is to come home in late afternoon for a drink on the deck , a canoe ride on the lake (canoe, paddles, and life vests are supplied), or gentle repose in Cape Cod chairs by the Lac St Louis edge to watch the nearly always superb sunsets. In winter one can wander out on the ice to the ice-fishing huts on the St. Lawrence, and for much of the year one is time and again surprised and bemused by ocean going vessels on their way to the Great Lakes or back (for what is called a lake here is in fact part of a marine thoroughfare, the St. Lawrence Seaway.)

Interaction with guests

Except when I'm out of province (which happens every one to three months for 4-7 days) I come by daily to ensure all is well, to see if anything is needed, and to help guests choose the best routes to sites of interest.

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

No stays less than two nights. Pets allowed, but must not be left alone except in cage, and must not be left if they bark loudly when lonely. I bring my own two Maltese terriers when I visit the premises unless I am warned that a guest has a phobia or dislike for four-footed creatures. They are friendly and love meeting both human and canine friends, but have a hate on for large black ones--so again, do let me know.
Make music inside as loud as you wish except that it must not seep outside so that the boom-boom or whatever can be heard or felt by neighbours.
Have a fine time on the deck; but not to the point where music or loud voices irritates neighbours. Best not to talk in more than a soft conversational voice after 10 p.m. as sound is amplified and carried far by the marsh. If noise is essential despite the peaceful setting, go inside.
No smoking under any circumstances inside or outside. We do not take smokers even if they promise not to smoke--despite their best intention the smell of their clothes etc invests the house--and we have guests who are highly sensitive to the point of feeling nauseated when exposed. A $500 extra fee if we detect that smoking has occurred, as all draperies, bedding, rugs must be washed before new guests can enter.
Do not play the organ (the 1890 harmonium to be correct) unless you know how and have our permission.
Other than that, enjoy yourselves thoroughly. This is one of the most beautiful spots at which you will ever stay. (I'm still overwhelmed by it each time I go over.)



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide detector

1 night minimum stay

14 Reviews

Check In
David User Profile
March 2017
What an amazing experience! Walter is incredible - kind, generous, and knowledgeable. We were living the house (two teachers) for a week while our students lived with families on farms in the region. It was perfect! The area is gorgeous, the house is wonderful, and it simply couldn't have been better. Thanks so much Walter! I sincerely hope to return with my family (wife and 4 little boys) in the future!

Tara User Profile
March 2017
My gf and I spent the weekend and were primarily looking for a few days of peace and quiet. What a beautiful and restful place! The is plenty of sunlight, a gorgeous view of the marsh, and you will not find a more responsive and cordial host than Walter! Everything was lovely and we highly recommend!

Keyvan User Profile
August 2016
Very quit place.good neighborhood. The house was clean but lots of insects and i think it was because we were near the lake. Overally great experience.really nice owner.

Aimee User Profile
August 2016
The host canceled this reservation 18 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Corinne User Profile
March 2016
Walter is a wonderful host. He coped with my almost complete lack of organization like a true gentleman. And on top of that the place is lovely. Large and just as described - we loved our short stay there.

Nikki User Profile
January 2016
My friends and I had been to Montréal and Québec City for the week and we wanted to spend the last night in a quiet cottage outside of the city. We found Walter's ad and immediately fell in love with it. The booking procedure was quick and smooth which was good because we only contacted Walter a few hours before arriving; he was very nice both on the phone and in person and made sure we would find his place safely. The house itself is wonderful: quiet, warm, spacious and it included everything you need for a relaxing break from this fast paced world (clean linen, bath towels, a fully equipped kitchen, a guitar, a record player, super comfy sofas and beds, etc.). Walter also came to visit with his dogs (who are so much fun!!) and made sure we had everything we needed. Overall, this is a great place to stay at and the host really makes you feel welcome. My friends and I are already thinking about going back in the Spring time.

Aalia User Profile
November 2014
This home is ideal for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. And not far at all from Montreal! We had a fantastic time staying at Walter's chalet, he's extremely friendly, understanding and hospitable. The place has everything you need, towels, extra sheets, etc... The open concept and view of the marsh is so serene and the place gives off an overall very peaceful and positive energy!

Léry, Canada · Joined in December 2012
Walter User Profile

neurologist, historian of the Far North (mainly the early contact period in the Mackenzie Valley and the Western Arctic), owner of guest houses (3 in southern nova scotia, 1 in quebec), each of which in decrepit structures that my team and I stripped and transformed into beauties with a sense of room and light streaming in from many angles

Response rate: 100%
(past 90 days)
Response time: within a few hours

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.