About the Homestay
We live in a cozy house on a quiet street in East Mississauga, a few hundred meters away from the border with Toronto. It will take you 20 minutes by car to downtown Toronto, and we are one hour away from Niagara Falls and fancy Niagara-on-the-Lake. Although Mississauga is a city of almost one million people, for most of its inhabitants it's just a widely spread 'bedroom community', conveniently located among parks and tree lined streets, but close enough to Toronto to enjoy all the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The house is newly renovated, with two comfortable guest bedrooms at the second floor available for short term rent. The backyard is private, with mature trees and a large deck with comfortable chairs, where you can enjoy a glass of wine at dusk, listening to the crickets! The guest rooms have a private full bathroom at the same floor, and there is a newly renovated kitchen at the first floor, shared with us. We have two bicycles that could be borrowed for trips to the lake front of Lake Ontario, which is 15 minutes away, or to go to the numerous parks of Mississauga for a picnic or just sightseeing.
Downtown Toronto is 20 minutes away by car (renting one would cost you in the range of $30/day) or 40 minutes away by common transportation, a 10-minute bus ride to Kipling subway station in Toronto. The local bus stop is at the end of the street, 200 meters away from our house.
There are too many things to do in Toronto and Mississauga to write about all of them, but here are a few: TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival in September), Toronto Jazz Festival at the end of June, Luminato (an extraordinary cultural festival in June, featuring fantastic art shows, most of them free, in public spaces in Toronto), the never ending Harbourfront festivals, music/art shows in Port Credit all summer long, Victoria Day and Canada Day festivities, etc.
We speak English, French, Romanian, as well as rudiments of German and Italian (and rudiments they are, don't expect much :-) ), very sociable, enjoying the company of many friends, and always looking forward to meet new people. If you are lucky, you might be at our house for one of the jazz concerts that our musician friends give here every other month. They are fabulous musical events attended by 50-60 jazz enthusiasts - however, if you don't like jazz, these concerts end at 10 pm, so the comfort of your stay will not be affected in any way (don't imagine them to be wild, boozy events, because they are not! the band is composed of professional musicians, the format is 'concert' not 'party', and the music is truly exquisite - we do believe that there is no way that you might not like it!)
And last but not least, we have the cutest, loveliest pug alive, Mookie, she will win your heart the first minute you see her!
There is enough parking space on our driveway, but if necessary, there is also public parking near the house.
- Bikes for use
- Games Room
- Pets Indoor
- Internet Access
- Non Smoking
- Allow Smoking
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
My house is located in East Mississauga, the main intersection Dixie/Bloor - it's about half a kilometer from the border with Toronto.
Some useful distances (by car):
- 20 minutes from downtown Toronto
- 15 minutes from airport
- one hour from Niagara Falls
- 10 minutes from Square One (the core of Mississauga, with great shopping, restaurants, parks, movie theaters, weekend markets, etc)
- 10 minutes from Port Credit, a quaint area of the town along lake Ontario, with cute boutiques, cozy restaurants and lake shore promenade)
- 20 minutes to Union Station, the main train station in Toronto
- 30 minutes to the main bus terminal in Toronto
Although driving a car would be the most convenient way to go all these points of interest, there is also convenient public transportation that you might want to use, the transit stop is 200 meters up my street.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Horse Stables
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Not many: try to keep it clean, don't destroy anything, and just be kind with people, animals, objects, trees and plants that you will encounter while living in our house.
We wouldn't like you to bring strangers into our home, but you can invite a friend over - just let us know in advance.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Leider wurde mein Flug gecancelled. Aber der Kontakt zu Mariana im Voraus war hervorragend. Danke!
If you want to feel like home even being far away from it you won't regret staying with Mariana and Mookie!! Had an amazing experience during these months, she was very helpful, easy-going and kind. Thank you so much Mariana, I hope we keep in touch! Give Mookie kisses, I miss her!
Mariana was not present but had organized everything perfectly for our stay. Her house was perfect, clean and welcoming. Many thanks to her friends Florin and Luminitza for their hearty welcome and for taking care of our family during these 2 days !
Mariana you're an amazing person as well as a five-star host. I recommend anyone to stay in this house even for the familiar air that you can breathe! We hope to see you again soon and we'll not stop thanking you for the warmth, the advice and the hospitality! Five stars are few!
Everything was fine and Mariana is a good host.
Mookie was especially friendly
Unser Aufenthalt bei Mariana war großartig! Wir haben uns auf Anhieb wohl gefühlt. Ihr Haus ist mit so viel Liebe eingerichtet. Ich würde jederzeit wieder buchen ! Familie Papp aus München
Mariana ist eine so herzliche und offene Gastgeberin, wir haben bei ihr in diesen 3Wochen ein echtes Zuhause gehabt. Wir kommen gern wieder! Vielen Dank.
Amazing place!! I love my stay. Mariana is so kind and made us feel at home everytime :-). Very clean, perfect atmosphere and for new comers like us it was more of positive energy. The best pet Mookie :-) need to mention her because she is friendly and adorable. If you are in Mississauga and you need a "Beautiful Home" to stay, I suggest you this "Beautiful Home".
Elle est entré dans mon coeur! Cette personne est un ange! Un bel exemple d'hôte :)
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.