As I got out of the taxi in the dark, tree-lined street, a passing stranger nodded, said, “Bon soir”, smiled and walked on. It was 11pm and I’d just arrived at the Montreal home I’d be staying in during a visit to the French-speaking Quebec Region of Canada. I was greeted at the door by Ryan, one of the guys I was sharing the house with; he presented me with white paper bag. “Welcome to Montreal. I knew you’d be hungry so we got you a snack from Schwartz Deli – their famous smoked meat sandwich.” It was ENORMOUS – and so delicious … Thank you Ryan!
After a brief run-down of the simple instructions on door keys and security, Ryan gave me a quick tour of this contemporary family home with its sleek, shiny kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and lots of space. First impressions of the house were – light, airy, modern, clean lines, big art, shiny bathroom and luxurious walk-in shower, quality finish and – oh, thank goodness – a big double bed for me to crash out on after a long flight and a VERY long day.
The next morning I had time to for a proper look round the house before heading off into the city for a very special Montreal Food Tour. It can sleep 5/6 comfortably and with a room ideal for children next to the master bedroom it’s perfect for families as well as groups of friends. The large open plan kitchen- dining area means that everyone can be together for meals or just chilling and with well-stocked cupboards there’s no shortage of crockery, cutlery, food basics and the all-important wine glasses.
I love seeing other people’s homes and it was intriguing trying to imagine the owners who live here when the house is not rented out. Stylish, tres chic, food and art connoisseurs with a desire for simplicity and order, is the impression I got. In a little nook down by the kitchen was a seating area overlooking the garden with big leather sofas to curl up on, watch the TV or just relax with a drink. There was a quirky reindeer in the corner which added a quirky touch of whimsy.
My bedroom (second largest) had a little balcony overlooking the main road (see below) and on the first morning I took a chair outside and ate my breakfast listening to the birds singing and people going off to work. There was a decent amount of cupboard space and with a huge bathroom nearby it had the comfort of a luxury hotel room with the flexibility of a staying in a self-catering home.
A big plus was the garden which gets the sun quite a lot of the day, with a decent size lawn and a large gas BBQ which we used one day for lunch. The house is fairly close to Montreal city centre, less than 5 minutes from the Metro and in a quiet residential area. As you can see from this photo, the house has been architect-designed yet fits in really well with the more traditional buildings nearby.
I thoroughly enjoyed this stay. It was really great to come back and unwind outside after some hectic sightseeing and being able to have a BBQ, cook our own food when we wanted or simply read a book on the sofa, added a real feel of ‘being at home’ whilst being on holiday. Plus it was the perfect base from which to explore this vibrant and funky city.
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From Montreal I went on to Quebec City – read street food in Montral about eating out in this beautiful town.