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Simcoe Manor
Reviewed 29 September 2012

John and Ally welcome you into their home. Rooms are clean and well appointed, convenient to theatres and town. Breakfast is plentiful, and served for all guests at 9, so you can compare notes on sightseeing, wineries, plays and get ideas for your stay or your next visit. John knows the local wines, wineries, restaurants, sights, and shows at the Shaw. Whatever your interest during your stay, he can offer suggestions or tell you something interesting about how it came to be. Personalize your visit to Niagara on the Lake and its environs with a stay at Simcoe without compromising comfort, cleanliness or convenience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

Myself and two friends have enjoyed our annual visit to Simcoe Manor for, at least, six years. It is a beautiful house and we return because we are treated like royalty, John Gartner, the proprietor is very knowledgeable about the area, theatre and local vineyards. The breakfasts are wonderful and John and his staff take great pride in the presentation of the food. We always have the 'Simcoe Suite', in the basement, and love it's comfortable size, huge bathroom and very private area. John is the most gracious of hosts and we would never stay anywhere else in Niagara on the Lake. I am already looking forward to 2013 and our visit to The Simcoe Manor.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

We (myself and two friends) travel annually to the Shaw Festival and we always stay at the Simcoe Manor in the 'Simcoe Suite' which is in fact in the lower level of this B & B. We will always return as long as John Gartner continues to operate. As our many stays have been wonderful and we have found John to be a gracious host, I felt compelled to respond to this negative review by someone who chooses to be anonymous.

We experienced none of the issues mentioned in the review ... no noises from the plumbing ..... there is a lovely living room adjacent to the Simcoe Suite .... the entrance is at the rear but accessibility in never an problem ... no issues with removal of shoes .... and John is one of the reasons we will continue to return. There is always a lively conversation over breakfast, most guest we have had the pleasure of meeting are seldom there for the first time and we all welcome John's contribution to the conversation.

We will continue to return and I would hope that many others will enjoy the Simcoe Manor!!

Room Tip: This room is excellent, whether you are a couple or three friend travelling together. The room affo...
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank HJWoolvett
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We agree with the comments provided by "Nice room But-." We had the experience of having to remove our shoes to check-in and keep them off throughout our long weekend stay. No slippers were provided and our socks were black on the bottom after a few hours. Our room was in the basement (the "bowels") of the building. Consequently, every flush and every shower announced itself beginning at sunup. Needless to say, sleeping late was not possible. The living room was out of bounds (no food or drink allowed). The front entrance was not accessible short of a fire emergency. Alison and Tanya were lovely. John, however, was obnoxious. We would never stay at Simcoe Manor again.

Room Tip: Do not take a room in the basement.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank PerryP105
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Great spot to walk to town and enjoy NOTL. House is lovely but starting to need work. Pool was locked and filthy although warm temperatures. Owner seemed erratic- helpful at times, treating us as demanding at others. John dominated the conversations at breakfast- and be sure you want to eat breakfast @ 9 AM - no flexibilty there . We felt we were treated as unwanted relatives- signs everywhere.

Room Tip: Avoid the Simcoe Room - lower level means hearing water facilties use day and night.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Elaine1980-12
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

We stayed over the Labor Day Weekend and have done so for the past 10 years. Prior to that we had stayed at another B&B for several years and did a survey of several of the top rated B&B's before choosing Simcoe Manor. John Gartner, the proprietor, is more knowledgeable about the community, the theater, the vineyards and the restaurants than anyone we have encountered during our many visits. The rooms are wonderful, the service is great and the breakfasts are delicious. We would and do recommend this B&B to everyone. Several of our friends have now stayed their and give us similar reviews of their stays.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank IAL_ELL
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

Me and my partner came to stay here at the simcoe manor on the 4th September 2012 and we leave on the 10th. Right from getting to the manor John the owner made us feel very welcome and was very helpful. When we arrived our flight was delayed and we were a couple of hours late getting to manor, we hadn't eaten and there was nowhere near to go for food, John drove us at 11:30pm to go and find some food. We thought This was very kind of him as most hotels would make you wait till breakfast. All throughout our stay John has been extremely helpful advising us on good places to visit and helping with booking Our transportation to visit torronto city.

The Manor itself is out of this world the grounds and the house are extremely beautiful and I've never stayed anywhere like this before. The rooms are very luxurious we stayed in the Henley suite which has a private bathroom and sauna. The beds are made daily and clean towels are provided, the entire house is spotlessly clean. Breakfasts are excellent something different every morning all made fresh by johns partner Allison and there employee Tanya. Who are both extremely helpful and very friendly. Our stay has been wonderful and I would highly recommend coming here, if I was ever to come back to Niagara on the lake again I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Simcoe Manor

Address: 242 Simcoe St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #131 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range: £114 - £165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gracious, friendly accommodation just 50 yds. off the main street in the "Old Town" of Niagara on the Lake with all its attractions. Spacious, elegantly decorated suites with the charm and grace typical of Old Niagara yet with all the modern conveniences (A/C, Jacuzzis, fireplaces etc.).Gourmet breakfasts amidst rich mahogany and crystal. Relax on the verandah or poolside or enjoy the view of our gardens, stately pines and creek. A short walk to theatres, shopping, restaurants, golf and the rivermouth. ... more   less 

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