Modernist gem in downtown Stratford, Ontario

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms

Description

Architects: Shim-Sutcliffe. The house is in the centre of a charming Victorian/Edwardian city, overlooking Lake Victoria and the Stratford parklands for the best view in town. INTRODUCTION: Tadao Ando was the inspiration for the architecture. The aesthetic is modernist through and through; and materials are poured-in-place concrete, steel, wood (mainly cedar and Douglas fir), cement board, and glass. Completion was in 2001. The beautifully-appointed living room has a wood-burning fireplace; throughout the house are the finest examples of modernist furniture and lighting. In the master bedroom, you get the first light of the day; and the view from the living room offers the perfect sunsets. ACCOMMODATION: There are two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, and there is a powder room on the main level. Each bedroom has a queen-sized bed, which sleeps two. There is a large, semi-industrial kitchen; a dining room that seats up to nine, and a living room that comfortably seats eight. At the back of the house there is a water-lily pond, and a small, romantic garden. The house is across the street from an extensive park system. There is parking for one car. Daily housekeeping is provided. Picnic baskets are available for guests, with advance notice. The house does not have an elevator, and therefore is not suitable for anyone who cannot climb stairs. Breakfast is not included. We can recommend local breakfast eateries and cafes nearby, as well as casual and fine dining establishments in/around Stratford. Please let us know if we can make lunch or dinner reservations for you, with our compliments. --- --- --- REVIEW: This small Ontario city is home to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (North America's largest classical repertory theatre). However, design lovers will want to visit for the Rundles Morris House. A contemporary residence, designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, it's a sublime combination of materials, in this case concrete, cedar and Douglas fir. The property is spread over four levels, with a central atrium drenching the house in natural light. [Wallpaper City Guide Toronto. ] --- --- --- WEDDINGS / ANNIVERSARIES / BIRTHDAYS / BUSINESS MEETINGS: The Rundles Morris House is available for private functions for small groups of 4 to 15 guests. Please get in touch with us, as we would be happy to help you plan your private party. --- --- --- CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS IN STRATFORD: Gallery Stratford. (Year-round. ) Stratford Festival. (April through October. ) Stratford Chefs School. (October through February. ) Stratford Summer Music. (July through August. ) Stratford Farmers Market. (Saturday, 7 am to 12 noon. ) Slow Food Perth Co. Market. (Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm) --- --- --- RECOMMENDED DAY TRIPS FROM STRATFORD: Lake Huron: Bayfield, Grand Bend and Pinery Provincial Park. St. Marys, and Wildwood Conservation Area. Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls. St. Jacobs, Elora and Elora Gorge, and Fergus. Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge. Toronto. + FURTHER AFIELD, BEFORE/AFTER STRATFORD Buffalo, and the Finger Lakes, New York. Point Pelee National Park, Ontario. Detroit, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Muskoka, and Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario. Tobermory, and Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario. Prince Edward Co. , Ontario. --- --- --- TRANSPORT LINKS: Rental car, limousine, and airport shuttle services (Stratford Airporter) provide the fastest transportation between Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Stratford. Via Rail links Stratford to Toronto (where Amtrak services are available to New York City). During the Stratford Festival theatre season, the Stratford Direct bus service is available to and from Toronto. CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORTS: Toronto, Ontario (YYZ). Detroit, Michigan (DTW). Buffalo, New York (BUF). + REGIONAL AIRPORTS: London, Ontario (YXU). Waterloo, Ontario (YKF). Hamilton, Ontario (YHM). + Small- to medium-sized jets can land at Stratford Municipal Airport (CYSA). --- --- --- APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES TO STRATFORD, FROM: Toronto = 2 hours. Ottawa = 6 hours. Detroit = 3 hours. Buffalo = 3 hours. Chicago = 8 hours. New York City = 8 hours

Amenities

  • Air Conditioner
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • TV/Cable/DVD

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