Last Updated on December 23, 2021
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Nestled among 17th-century shops and restaurants in the heart of downtown Old Quebec City, there’s an incredible heritage building vacation rental.
Founded in 1608, the property is located in the historic district of lower town Quebec City. And in this quaint building on rue Couillard, there are six units for rent. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Old Quebec’s Upper Town is walled with ramparts, making Quebec the only remaining walled city north of Mexico in North America.
The vacation rental is located on a one-way cobblestone street inside the fortress wall. Its navy-blue door looks very unassuming, but don’t be fooled by its plain exterior. Once you enter the faded blue door and walk up a flight of curved wooden stairs that creak with every step, you are greeted by a bright and inviting entranceway.
A Warm and Welcoming Old Quebec Vacation Rental
A large window adorned with sheer curtains and pink dahlias welcomes you. The window and decor brighten up an otherwise dark foyer. The entranceway has coat hooks and a large waterproof mat for shoes.
Once you’ve hung up your coat and removed your shoes, make your way up another wooden staircase to enter this lovely two-bedroom apartment. There is no elevator, so hopefully you will have packed lightly!
Historic charm meets modern-day comfort
Exposed brick walls line the stairway, giving the apartment a classic old-world feel. The chandelier and chocolate brown leather furniture pair well with this 270-year-old space. The lovely combination of heritage charm and updated furnishings lend to its appeal and immediately make you feel right at home.
The kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedrooms and bathroom are all located on the main level. Completely renovated with dark wood cupboards and stainless-steel appliances, the kitchen is fully stocked and has everything you need to cook a delicious meal at home should you wish to do so.
Private rooftop terrace
The best part of the kitchen however is its exit to a private terrace. At first glance, it looks as though the kitchen has a large window at one end; however, clambering up the one step and I discovered that what looks like a window, is actually the doorway to the outside rooftop terrace.
Reminiscent of Narnia except that it’s a window and not a wardrobe, one must crouch and hop their way outside. If you’re up for the task, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon glass of wine. Four patio chairs are located here for your enjoyment.
Open living area
The open concept dining and living rooms are not only spacious but made bright and cheery by three large windows. The slanted walls remind you, once again, that this apartment was built hundreds of years ago, only adding to its appeal.
The dining room contains a table with four chairs. After an enjoyable meal and a day of sightseeing, it’s easy to relax on the comfortable leather furniture to enjoy a show. A recliner and a sofa frame a Smart TV, which is equipped with all of the usual apps.
The bathroom has been completely updated with a rainfall shower. With its facelift, it would be easy to forget that you’re actually in a heritage building with old pipes. A small sign kindly reminds you to not flush the toilet while someone is showering. While we’ve all become accustomed to multi-tasking, not following instructions could result in a rather unpleasant cold or hot surprise.
Two inviting and comfortable bedrooms
This Old Quebec vacation rental featured two well-appointed bedrooms. Very similar in size and appearance, they both have queen beds with an assortment of pillows. The beds, pillows and bedding are akin to those found in a five-star hotel.
Each bedroom features an exposed brick wall, wrought iron bed frame, and standing full-length mirror. For your convenience, extension cords with additional plug-ins are located behind the bed, enabling you to easily charge all of your devices. The small windows open for fresh air and are also equipped with black-out blinds, ensuring a restful sleep.
The only thing not located inside the apartment is the laundry, but it’s located just downstairs and shared by everyone in the building. The washer is coin-operated and the dryer is free. A laundry basket, as well as laundry detergent are provided in each unit for your convenience.
In advance of your vacation, the owner sends out a welcome email package to help you plan your stay. Everything is explained in detail from parking and WiFi, to nearby favourite restaurants.
Prestigious Old Quebec City
The location of this vacation rental is absolutely perfect. A short jaunt up the hill you’ll find the famous Chateau Frontenac which overlooks the St. Lawrence River. It’s a must-see spot for expansive views and stunning photos.
Another ideal place for a photo-op is Umbrella Alley, although it seems that every street and alley are picturesque. The city is rather hilly, but easily walkable as long as you’re wearing flats. Everything is so close to the vacation rental that once the car is parked, you’re unlikely to need it again until you leave.
While in Quebec City, one definitely feels as though they could just as easily be in Europe. This vacation rental gives you those same vibes. You have all of the comforts of home with the charm of a brick-laden heritage home. If you’re looking for a wonderful place to stay that gives you the option of going out or staying in all within the heart of the city, this is it.