Stayed for one night on our way to Elora. We selected this B&B due to glowing reviews from the tripadvisor as well as a magazine called Real-Taste.
We found the place charming and has lots of character. We selected the Trade Winds room on the second floor. We loved the staircase railing which is made of oak with carvings on it.
The room is decorated in such a way that you feel like you are really somewhere in the south Pacific and just enough decor that it is not overpowering...very nicely done !!! The windows are wide enough that you get a very good cross breeze and the ceiling fan helps cool the place.The room is clean.
The ensuite bathroom however needs renovation....it conflicts badly with the room.
The green coloured tiles have cracks in spots, there was a strip of missing tiles,unfinished tiles near the radiator and the bathtub needs attention.
The bathroom is clean though. However, the towels need to be updated as it felt coarse to the touch. Two of the face towels have orangy spots on it. Luckily, I bring my own face towel.
Melanie is a gracious and amiable hostess. She showed us where the common area is and what's in it. She is also knowledgeable as to what's going on in Guelph University.
Breakfast is rather plain....muffin, pancake (plain and ordinary), fruits, coffee/tea.
Will we go back again? Only if the bathroom has been redone and a better breakfast served.
Be advised that the third floor is rented too. We heard people moving around. The Trade Winds room i...
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16 July 2012
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Our luxury cotton towels may feel a little rougher than what you are used to because we have chosen to not use fabric softeners, at our guests’ request. We are finding many people have sensitivities to fragrances, formaldehyde and ammonium compounds found in some detergents and fabric softeners. We apologize for the orange spots, what you saw would be rust marks from hanging towels on metal hooks or radiators instead of placing them the hampers provided. We must have missed pre-treating those when they were in the wash.
The black and green “Vitrolite” tiles in the Trade Winds bathroom are what we chose to conserve from an earlier 1940’s bathroom renovation. Vitrolite was an architectural glass that was used to simulate marble and was chosen for its’ strength and sanitary properties. Unfortunately, the glass tiles are no longer manufactured; hence the few tiles that have cracks cannot be easily replaced. Recently this ‘collectible glass,’ has begun to be available through preservation salvagers, so we’re hopeful. When we renovated the bathroom we preserved the wall tiles, the window, the original cast iron tub and the recessed wall mirror to reflect the 1940’s Art Deco period in the houses’ history, which is probably why this style seems to you to be at odds with the houses’ architecture. However, there are also many of our guests who love this quirky historical feature.
We make a concerted effort to serve breakfasts to our guests that are freshly made with quality ingredients (local and organic where possible), that include healthy options, are tasty as well as catering to diet restrictions. In addition to the fresh fruit salad, home-made granola, freshly baked muffins and our hand-made breads made with natural ingredients, you would also have been offered eggs in a variety of ways. You chose our fresh buttermilk pancakes made with unbleached flour, and genuine Muskoka Maple Syrup. We offer a different specialty on a daily basis. If pancakes are not your preference, please let us know the night before, we would be pleased to offer an alternative selection.
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