About This Listing
A holiday hideaway on the South Saskatchewan river, my cosy suite and garden is a prairie retreat in the middle of the city. Close to downtown, Broadway, Prairieland Park-- and the river is steps from your back door. And often there's home baking!
I have a cozy downstairs suite with a private bedroom (queen-sized bed), three-piece bath, den and living area. The suite is comfortably furnished with a mix of new and antique furniture, original art, funky lamps and a large library and DVD collection. It has own coffee maker/french press, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge and dishes. A self-serve breakfast of coffee, tea, fruit, granola is provided on arrival, and you are likely to get homemade cornbread or scones as well during your stay!
You also have WiFi, cable TV, shared washer-dryer and off street parking (with winter plug-in). Summer guests are welcome to enjoy the garden, deck and spare bicycle. Guest access is through the shared back entrance.
My home is on a quiet tree-lined street in the Exhibition area on the Eastside of Saskatoon, 1/2 block from the Meewasin Valley river trails, where you can encounter a variety of wild life (fox, geese, deer, many species of birds) as well as other humans walking, canoing or cycling along the fantastic South Saskatchewan River. Prairieland Park, Marquis Downs horse racing, Diefenbaker Park and the Western Development Museum are a ten minute walk away. Queen's House of Retreats is just five houses down the block. You are also with easy access by car, bike or walking to Broadway shopping district and downtown.
Downtown is 5 minutes away by car, or a 30 minute walk along the river and the mansions of Sask Crescent. The city bus stop less than a block away.
Other Things to Note
Delicious home-cooked meals can be negotiated--I love to cook! I also have two friendly cats who welcome visitors.
Check in time is 2:00 pm. Check-out time 11:00 am. Non-smokers only.
Mari-Lou was a great host! I had a wonderful time and would gladly stay again.
It was my first time using AirBnB and I couldn't ask for a better experience. Mari-Lou was very welcoming, she answered any questions I had and was very accommodating. The suite was perfect and private. I'd also like to note that she made the best Apple Cobbler I've ever had in my life. :)
Mari-Lou welcomed us warmly and was helpful as to places to eat and where to shop. She was friendly and accommodating. Her place is just as described and easy to find. It was nice to relax in the basement sitting room and watch TV for a bit. She had some fresh baked cornbread and cheese for us to enjoy for snack or breakfast.
Without making it at all obvious, Mari-Lou's gentle open welcome made it feel like visiting a close relative, from beginning to end. The facilities are very comfortable, but she also encouraged us to sit on the deck when we wished, and we were free to come and go as we pleased. She instinctively knew which suggestions we would appreciate, and we had a relaxed but stimulating discussion as well. We hope Mari-Lou and her friendly cats can accommodate us again in the future.
Mari-Lou is an exceptional host. He is very nice and polite, an intelligent lady that can hold a great conversation. The amenities at her bungalow are better than any hotel out there. I had a great time and would love to stay there again. I would recommend her place to anymore who is normal and is polite.
About the Host, Mari-Lou
Hello everyone, I'm an author/poet,science writer, nature lover, gardener, traveller and interdisciplinary adventurer in the second year of a PhD program at the University of Saskatchewan, studying how new media is changing our brains and what that has to do with reflection and empathy. When not reading or writing, I love to cook, cycle, dance, explore and wander the back roads of this fabulous province. I've encountered a timber wolf, come between a black bear and her cub, and met several critters along the river trails near my home. Although I love the "wilderness," I love the culture and buzz of the big city--lived in Toronto and Vancouver for many years. My favourite city in the world would be a toss up between Paris and New York. My motto-- "do what you love and your dream will follow."
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