Au Coeur Urbain
By YP Contributor

A Project Long in the Making

Since the beginning of their life together, Carolle Lévesque and François Tremblay, originally from Abitibi, dreamed about buying a 100-year-old house when they retired and turning it into a bed and breakfast. But first, they spent 25 years working; Carolle worked in the field of education and François used his degree in psychoeducation to manage youth centres. "At 55, we decided to quit our jobs in order to make our project happen," say Carolle. The couple bought a large residential house in downtown Montreal on a heritage site in Mount Royal, and Au Coeur Urbain opened its doors soon after.

"We love to travel to the big cities," says Carolle, who had lived in Montreal between the ages of 17 and 27 and promised she would return. Eventually the couple settled in the city so that Carolle could do her PhD and their daughter could go to secondary ballet school. The couple have travelled far and wide, they're interested in other cultures and they love welcoming people, all reasons why opening a B&B was a project so close to their hearts. "My husband and I come from large families. We're used to having lots of people around in the house," says Carolle.

We like to support smaller producers. It's much better! - Carolle Lévesque, co-owner
At Au Coeur Urbain, there are five bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, Internet access, HD TV and en-suite bathroom.

Eco-friendly with a Local Touch

The couple have put a lot of thought into the comfort of the natural, eco-friendly and ethically-sourced items in the B&B, with mattresses a priority, although the care continues  with the bedding: sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. At Au Coeur Urbain, there are five bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, Internet access, HD TV and en-suite bathroom. "We put comfort first and have been given a 4-star rating by CITQ," adds François proudly.

Au Coeur Urbain promotes food from Québec. "Eighty-five percent of our ingredients and food are produced in Quebec. We like to support small producers. It's just so much better!" Carolle and François are certain that this is why people love the breakfasts they serve.

At Au Coeur Urbain, there are five bedrooms, each with a king-size bed, Internet access, HD TV and en-suite bathroom.

Sharing Quebec Culture

François says because Au Coeur Urbain is a single-family house, it offers a very different experience from other bed and breakfasts. Plus, the owners are proud to be located in the historic and natural area of ​​Mount Royal, so close to everything and the museum district.

Besides the joy of being their own bosses, the couple love the contact with the guests who they say are always very friendly. They love to share the Quebec heritage, culture and food with people. "It also allows us to travel and take the time to chat with our visitors," they say, adding for those who've never tried a B&B, they should — immediately!

Au Coeur Urbain is a bed and breakfast set in a Mount Royal heritage home.
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