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Merlot House
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

The Merlot room was as good as it has been in the past--comfortable king size bed, nice sitting area and good size bathroom.

We came from the Philadelphia, PA area for the Shaw plays, wine, a little touring and also dining. We love the area; it was our 8th trip and we will continue to return to NOTL and stay at the Merlot House.

The new owners are very friendly without being intrusive and very accomodating. The breakfasts were as good as we have ever had at a Niagara on the Lake B&B. We stayed four nights and needed breakfast early one day and they served us an hour earlier (and still served the other guests at 9AM). On our departure day we wanted an early start and they gave us fresh fruit yogurt and mini donuts for the ride!

We talked to another couple at breakfast who had stayed there a number of times in the past and they were as happy as us with the new owners.

We highly recommend the Merlot House.

Room Tip: The Merlot room has a king size bed and the other rooms have two twin beds and a double bed.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

I knew nothing about Merlot House when I booked our stay. What a treat was in store for us. Elegant, immaculate, comfortable and, most of all, welcoming! Merlot House is a lovely brick home in a quiet residential area, minutes from downtown and the theaters. Each room is appointed with an eclectic and sophisticaed mix of antiques and memorabilia from the owners life and travels - quite charming. Beds are comfy, bathes are spacious, and breakfasts are incredible. (Plan on a little weight gain!) Our hosts guided us to one of the best restaurants. We never would have found it on our own. Charming home, delightful stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

What a great place to stay! We were on a side trip from a visit from England to our daughter in Montreal. She had recently visited Niagara on the Lake and recommended the area to us. Having driven from our previous night's stay in Toronto via Niagara Falls, the welcome from Shirley and Mike was greatly appreciated and a good "English" cup of tea in the garden was enjoyed by my husband. The standard of the room we had was excellent and the guests' sitting room in the library and the small kitchen in the butler's pantry were a lovely addition. A highlight of the stay was the fantastic 5-star breakfasts. My husband has Ceoliac Disease and Mike went out of his way to source gluten free ingredients for his signature oatmeal pancakes.

As one of the other reviews has mentioned, this B&B is a little further out from the centre of Niagara on the Lake but this gives it the advantage of being in a quiet location with the busy main street, Lake shore and historic sites only a 15-20 minute walk or short drive away. The two nights we stayed here were a peaceful respite on our whistle stop tour out of Montreal. Thank you Mike and Shirley for your hospitality.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

Mike and Shirley have out done themselves. Pretty quiet garden and a perfect place for and afternoon glass of wine. What a beautiful home. Immediately felt at ease. Short distance to downtown. Great restaurants in town, good golf and yes there are the wineries... Such fun!

We hope to make it back in the near future!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Merlothouse, Owner at Merlot House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2011

Thank you for your great review. We appreciate it and hope to see you again in the near future.
Your hosts
Mike and Shirley

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Reviewed 5 August 2011

We had a wonderful stay at the Merlot House. From the moment we arrived at this picturesque B&B we felt extremely welcomed. Shirley and Michael are warm, knowledgeable and kind. They could not do enough to make us feel at ease. They provided us with suggestions and coupons for local attractions. They gave us restaurant recommendations, and clear, simple directions for whereever we needed to go. Their breakfasts were second to none. The food was delicious, fresh. and impeacably presented. Overall we highly recommend the Merlot House B&B for your next getaway to Niagara on the Lake.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

Lovely house, great breakfast and charming hosts. Located on a quiet street, a pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk to the theatre and shopping area. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Welcoming, friendly hosts and a relaxing, incredibly tranquil inn, especially after a long, sunny summer day of walking and sampling at the local wineries. No stereotypical B&B chintz & tschotkes, either - just tasteful Americana mixed to lovely effect with cosmopolitan Japanese antiques. Mike's signature oatmeal blueberry pancakes on Sunday morning were divine and on Shirley's recommendation, we later visited a local ceramic artist and a new independent winery we hadn't heard of before and both are new favourites. Nathalie & Peter, Toronto

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Merlot House

Address: 619 King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario LOS 1J0, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range: -£1 - -£1 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts, Mike and Shirley McBride invite you to experience Merlot House, an up scale bed and breakfast located in historic Old Town, a short walk to Queen Street shops, restaurants, and theatres. Numerous wineries are a bike ride or short drive away. Our Georgian-style brick home offers gracious accommodation in a casually elegant atmosphere. Merlot House has all of the comforts of home, including an inviting dining room decorated with an eclectic array of antiques acquired from around the world. Guests will enjoy the romantic country atmosphere enhanced by a warm fireplace, fresh flowers, and a delicious, homemade breakfast.Adjoining the dining room is a comfortable reading room and lounge where guests can read, play games, watch TV, or just relax with friends. The attached butler’s pantry offers 24-hour self-serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. Each of our three guest suites features a fireplace, cable TV, wireless Internet and private en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. After a restful night, join us for a hearty country breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade baked goods, local preserves, egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles. With advance notice, we can accommodate any personal dietary requests. Merlot House welcomes room reservations for children over 16 years of age. The house and property are smoke-free; and sorry, we cannot accommodate pets. Merlot House is Service Excellence Certified by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce. ... more   less 

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