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River Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 4 Paris B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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“Lovely bed and breakfast in the country”
Reviewed 20 May 2012

Charming, quaint farmhouse in the countryside. Very comfortable nicely appointed room (Master's Den) on main floor with private access to pool and hot tub.The delicious raspberry pancakes and bacon were even more wonderful while watching beautiful horses from the dining room.

Very attentive and gracious hosts.
We would definitely be back and bring friends.

Clayton and Linda

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
These charming guests, confident enough to provide their names helps us know exactly who they are. The fact that this particular guest has the same first name as my grandfather, makes him particularly remembered fondly by me. The highest objective that we set for our guest service model is for guests to leave, not only wanting to come back, but to also bring others, when they do so. As a result of that goal setting, this kind of acknowledgement of that intent from these review authors is humbly appreciated. Many people have mentioned our raspberry pancakes which is our signature breakfast since there are wild raspberries all around our property (from a former owner of this home who had a green thumb that I lack) we chose that fruit among other options…plus this fruit starts with R as in River Ridge…lol For those who love horses, we now have a gorgeous Spotted Mountain Pony as a member of our herd. Her pretty black and white colouring and flowing mane and tail are a gorgeous addition to our horse decor here at River Ridge.
In addition to Patches, the new tiny, cute, black and white coloured, well behaved pygmy goats that we have recently added to our barn occupants are sometimes left to roam around the property and they sometimes climb onto the back deck and sneakily nibble flowers while guests eat their breakfast…not quite as serene as horses grazing but quite country venue and charming in their own way. Please watch our website early next season for promotions designed to help those impacted by the changes in the economy to enjoy a longer getaway at a more economical price.
It was, truly, as with so many others, our extreme pleasure to meet and host this couple.
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rochester, NY
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

My husband, myself, daughter and fiance just returned tonight from River Ridge B&B. Paul and Cathy were wonderful and their rooms were perfect- soft beds, many amenities (+ kitchenette), views of the sunrise and barn horses, and we truly enjoyed staying in their "North Wing" rooms. Breakfast was delicious: raspberry pancakes and thick bacon with juice, coffee/tea,fruit, yogurt. They were both knowledgable about the area and we enjoyed talking with them immensely. Cathy helped us with our booking and went above and beyond the call of duty. We went as strangers and defintely left as friends. Would recommend this b&b to everyone and hope to return there in the future! Rose and Lou Sanfilippo

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
One of the benefits to choosing a B & B over a hotel, is the chance, to make a connection between people, both for the hosts and the guests alike. If you have never stayed in a B & B before, please check out the Resource section on our website where you will find some articles posted for your consideration in helping decide whether or not you other advantages may entice you to want to try to make the switch to this form of accommodation for your temporary housing needs. In this case the connection between these people and us as hosts was genuine and it was a terrific git to us to meet and host them. 'The North Wing' has been newly updated to create a small oasis that can house either a couple, or a family very comfortably. New windows in this suite mean that the views of the animals and scenery are pristine. It is the only one of our suites that has its own kitchenette but all suites have their own fridges. 'The Master's Den' is in close proximity to our dining room so the option for guests in this guest space, to make themselves a cup of tea or to heat something up in the dining room microwave means the lack of a kitchenette in their suite is a non issue.
The horses are on property, now numbering 4 are for scenic benefit only, but the pygmy goats we have now added are in fact quite entertaining.
We hope that these guests/friends are able to return soon so we can hear all about how the wedding went!
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

My sisters and I have been coming to River Ridge for years; we almost feel part of the family! Cathy and Paul are so welcoming and the second floor accommodates all 6 of us with ease. We love catching up on what everyone has been up to over long, leisurely breakfasts. Always a great time!

Christine

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
The author of this review is one of a family of sisters that we have hosted here individually, with her spouse, with one or two sisters or their full group of 6. Their formerly annual visit during Thanksgiving weekend is sorely missed. Over a period of many years, we had the pleasure of hosting these family members. While they did stay with us for their ultimate comfort their choice initially was because of our accessibility to Telfer Place Retirement Residence where their mother resided. We host many family members going to visit loved ones and have been recommended by Telfer Place to people when their guest suite is already booked. The eventual passing of the beloved mother of this lady meant that they no longer have occasion to visit Paris or stay with us, but the gift of their friendship is an outcome of hosting this business, that will forever have great value to me.
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Ontario Canada
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

During the summer this year (2011), I was very fortunate in being able to stay at this wonderful B&B.

My chosen room was the Master's Den and it delivered all that was promised and more. Imagine laying in bed, with tall windows on three sides of this large room, on a night with a full moon making it's arc across a cloudless sky. Magical...

Breakfast was very tasy; conversation with Cathy and Paul, interesting and thought provoking. Their pride in their B&B is obvious and attention to detail, without being annoying, makes you very comfortable and feeling 'at home'.

This would also be a very good venue for a wedding, or celebration where guests can stay on site and enjoy all the property and area has to offer.

This was my first of what I hope to be many visits.

Toni

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 30 September 2011
Once again we are humbled by this guest's complimentary feedback and through her descriptor, and her head's up message sent directly to us, know which visitor she is ~:) Thank you..T.
We do strive to appoint the rooms, with all the touches that feedback suggests we should and encourage our guests to share their thoughts, in an in room, Traveller's Log.
In fact, recently, 2 people within the same short time window, have told us they would like a reading light in this 'The Master's Den' so our next task is to endeavour to solve that deficiency.
It is a bit tricky to do this, given that this room has a murphy bed; the logistic challenges of which is why we did not initially provide one. But if necessary we will provide booklight clips ~:)
The recommendation that this would be a nice place for a wedding is a popular one.
Unfortunately, we realize that our venue would require the cooperation of Mother Nature to have the weather be a cooperative partner in that equation, for it to be viable...which of course is something beyond our control, so we resist promoting ourselves as a wedding venue.
Realistically, we would be more interested in hosting weddings with a short timeline than a long one, as we ourselves have grown children who may or may not have life events in the years to come so that we do not want to commit to such an important hosting, i.e.someone else's wedding, for years or months in advance as we want to have the option to prioritize our own family's timeline for their adult lives and hope that makes sense to those of you out there, with turning wheels as you make important choices.
We do enjoy hosting mini family reunions though and encourage people to consider looking into utilizing nearby Pinehurst Conservation area for a site, and our place as the accommodation provider! This area is managed by the Grand River Conservation authority and online info is available about Pinehurst on their site. Wishing you all well.
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

Even though it's been more tan a month since we (mom and two boys) stayed at River Ridge, I make it a point to leave a review because of the great experience we had there. We had an important appointment in Toronto the next day, and arrived from Ohio around 5 pm. I actually picked River Ridge precisely BECAUSE it is in the middle of the countryside, and I wanted to rest in the middle of nature and away from the urban noise, pollution and concrete. Since I had to drive for 7 hours to get there, with two young boys, I tried to find suitable accommodation closer to our route, but even at the more expensive big hotels the reviews indicated that it was noisy and stressful. So we didn't mind driving the extra 15 miles to get to River Ridge, and I was very happy we did. The boys played outside all afternoon, after the long drive, and were thrilled to watch the horses kept by Paul and Cathy. As the sun came down we actually felt cool outside - a wonderful sensation after the urban sauna we had had to put up with in the previous month. The A/C was on in our suite and room temperature, although not cold - impossible with the sun hitting the outside wall directly - was very pleasant. The rooms were very nicely furnished and the bathroom very modern and stocked with everything necessary. We slept soundly and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast, cooked and served by Cathy and Paul at the precise time we had asked for the night before. We felt relaxed and pampered and I only wish we didn't live so far and could go back there complete with dad, for a longer stay. Excellent job, Cathy and Paul! Thank you!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 August 2011
Given that this guest was travelling alone with 2 young boys, I can actually recall who she is, as well as her polite and well behaved young sons, not to mention the pleasant chats we had during her stay. Specifically I also remember how honoured we were to have a woman travelling by herself, feel that she could take the risk and stay with us out here in the country. We know we are credible and that ours is a safe resting place, of course, but she trusted that that would be the case and we are happy that she found that her expectations were met in terms of quietness and tranquility. The distance factor can be an issue but we are much closer to the 403 than the 401. Many summers ago though, I drove around the province accessing our place from a variety of highway locations...401 west, 401 east, 403 west, 403 east, highway 24, hwy 5 and more so that with my daughter recording as we went, we have generated a repertoire of direction documents that includes landmarks that would be identifiable on each route so that our guests could know for sure, when venturing off the highway that they are indeed going the right way. I am not sure that this guest requested such a document, but we do invite people to do just that, in our confirmation email. ~:)
For this family (or part thereof), we were a reasonable resting place for their trip itinerary, a haven outside of Toronto and a break from the regular hotel chain experience. For those reading this that seek that kind of a break, we invite you to visit the 'Resources' section of our website where we have provided a link to an article I wrote for the traveller considering a B & B as an alternative to hotels, for the first time. It is entitled 'Best Kept Secret'. There are other articles posted there that have been written on a variety of similar topics, by others, including tips for traveling with children and staying at a B & B. We hope those with a lower trust factor than this courageous mother (thankfully bravery was not called for when she got here ~:) will consider using some tips found there as tools in sculpting an enjoyable getaway experience for themselves.
Besides being somewhat geographically convenient for this reviewer's travel itinerary, as it turns out, we are in fact strategically placed between many of southern Ontario's 'hot spots', making us convenient geographically for many itineraries. Indeed, we consider ourselves to be somewhat at the 'hub' (coincidentally my maiden name is Hubbs, lol) of what tourists seek to access during visits to our part of the province. To the northwest of us by about 45 minutes is St. Jacob's, southeast by about 65 minutes is Niagara Falls, 25 minutes northeast of us is the African Lion Safari and about 25 minutes southeast is the Alexander Graham Bell homestead museum and so much more. Downtown Toronto, is just over an hour from our door! You can learn more about our proximity to tourist draw factors, by visiting our website and checking out the Resources section again, this time the 'Relative to' pages. We like to consider ourselves a home away from home for our guests and we invite you all to peruse the tourist options nearby and then, to 'Come to play with a plan to stay'!!!!!!!...with us that is ~:) We'll be so glad that you did and will conscientiously endeavour to ensure that you will be too.
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Markham, Canada
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

We’re pleased to have selected Paul and Cathy’s River Ridge Bed and Breakfast in which to rest after a day of sun and fun on the Grand River.

Paul and Cathy were the ideal hosts. Despite not having met us before, they warmly welcomed and treated us as though we had known one another for ages. As a former teacher, Cathy is a wealth of knowledge and is intimately familiar with the area, its people and its attractions. Armed with an array of menus and brochures from local restaurants and attractions, Cathy recommended that we dine at a relaxed dining establishment where our meal was prepared by an award-winning chef. Wonderful choice! During our after-dinner stroll through Paris’ downtown shops, we couldn’t help but observe the slower pace, quaint charm and friendliness found in closely-knit towns. Coming from a large city, it’s a welcomed change of pace.

At River Ridge B&B, one can relax in the hot tub, take in some movies via satellite, play a variety of board games or read in the comfortable bedroom, which, by the way, is thoughtfully appointed with the personal comforts for which B&B’s have come to be known -- and then some. One could even wander through River Ridge’s expansive property or walk along its neighboring scenic country roads. Having exhausted ourselves from a fun-filled day, we opted to call it an early night. Our only regret is that we couldn’t have stayed longer, as we hadn’t arranged for our cat sitter to visit during our absence. We’ll know better for next time!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Paris and our stay at River Ridge B&B. We’ll fondly remember this brief break as one of our more memorable anniversary events and we look forward to returning to celebrate future events. To paraphrase a quotation, it wasn’t so much the number of breaths we took while we were here but rather, the number of breathtaking moments that we had. If you’re looking for value and a warm atmosphere in which to rest, relax, bed down for the night and breakfast in the morning, then we highly recommend that you choose River Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Paul and Cathy take pains to ensure that your needs are met and that you’re comfortable. While you’ll arrive as their guest, you’re sure to depart as their friend.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 11 July 2011
While the 'format' of Trip Advisor is likely a purposeful attempt to permit anonymity for those submitting a review, we do wish to thank these 'parents of Siamese twins' for submitting their feedback for your consideration as potential guests. We know they are busy people, so appreciate the time that preparing such an extensive review takes.
Even though they're busy, this couple is very respectful of their relationship and the value of finding the right person in your life. I was humbled by their commitment to honour each other and their wedding anniversary which they choose to celebrate in a unique, creative and memorable way each year. This year their plan including kayaking on the Grand River and a stay with us in the county. As with all guests, we learned something from this couple. In their case, it is something that we believe will help make us better hosts.
What we learned is that while we do ask those guests that submit their request through our online booking system, if they wish to share their reason for coming, we do not do that in all 'e-chats' with people, for often we learn that in the introductory exchange of information. Sometimes though our early conversations with people do not go in that direction, whether they be online or on the phone. Yet, had we done so on this occasion, we would have been able to offer them the chance to choose an upgrade to our Romantic package as part of their celebration process. This upgrade, for those of you that may be interested, includes the addition of special decor to your preferred suite, late breakfast and late check out, use of the tandem bike and a special romance themed breakfast menu...all for only $25.00 more. Of course, I am not sure that they would have been interested in adding this dimension to their stay, but it would have been nice had I thought to make the offer....my apologies.
Indeed many people have become engaged here on our property and we are pleased to play a small role in such a large life event.
So, if you are dating someone who thinks that going on a honeymoon to Paris France is the fulfillment of a lifetime dream....when the time is right...be sure to plan to make your proposal here in Paris, Ontario....just to set the tone and maintain the theme. Should you choose us as your hosts for this, just ask us about special touches we could add in order to sculpt the perfect memory of your engagement!
Of course, we are happy to host those getting engaged who are not planning to honeymoon in Paris either lol and indeed people over the years have selected us as their honeymoon home due to the peace and quiet that can find here with us....Romance is alive at River Ridge!
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

We stayed at River Ridge B&B in Paris with our 2 teenage children as we had booked a night rafting tour with Grand River Rafting and this B&B was recommended by them. Our host Cathy was lovely and went out of her way to make us feel at home. It is a spacious country property and a relaxing getaway from the city - including happy resident dogs, a friendly cat, and two beautiful horses. We just wanted to relax and it was the perfect setting. I sipped tea with my book on the patio The kids wandered the yard, playing with the animals and goofing on a tire swing. We enjoyed a walk down a path from the property to the river and rubber boots were even provided for this. The pool was under repair at the time, but an outdoor hot tub was a nice substitute. Cathy's morning breakfast was bountiful, including homemade raspberry pancakes with fresh preserves, bacon, yogurt, fresh fruit and toast. This venue provided just the right balance of privacy and attentive service when something was needed to make our stay comfortable. The rafting tour was also an awesome experience! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Our room had a king bed and a separate sitting area with a sofa bed for the kids. Full bath.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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countryfriend, Owner at River Ridge Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 11 July 2011
Thank you to this gracious lady for submitting her review. Again from her description, I can acknowledge that I know which family was hers although I recognize the privilege of anonymity generated by Trip Advisor and their on-screen name protocol. At the risk of sounding like a 'suck up', they were a lovely family who truly seemed to treasure the chance to spend time together away from the busy-ness of their day to day lives. Sometimes teens 'bedgrudge' family time and that was far from the case with this lovely group. Then again the night time rafting excursion they did while here was very 'cool'..literally and figuratively so maybe that helped, but I respected the integrity of their family unit a great deal.
It is probably worth pointing out to the 'newbies' to the B & B 'industry' that not all B & B's are set up to play host to those travelling with children, well. For those of you considering doing so, we invite you to send us an email and ask us to send you the link to an online article we have found on travelling to B & B's with children for your use as a personal resource. It was not written by us, but by a wise third party 'expert'.
As a former elementary school teacher, I enjoy meeting children in a setting a little different than that of a classroom. The teenagers in this family were delightful and were dignified in handling the disappointment of the pool (which we advised them in advance) well. It is our only hope that the replacement company we have hired (versus the one hired to have the pool opened in early June) will follow their proposed schedule on time and have our pool open and running smoothly promptly.
That will permit those with either a real book, or an one of the 'on screen readers' to sit by the pool and soak up the sound of the birds, combined with their happy children frolicking in the water. Even without the pool, the wifi connection allows reading away from the house, which somehow seems a contrast to the rural setting that permits it...but then again, maybe that is just me, showing my age...as a grandmother now myself.
Since we enjoy seeing families spend time together, because we appreciate it when we get to do so, we invite those who might enjoy a mini family reunion getaway, to consider planning it here with us, and the many attractions nearby that would help make that plan very memorable.
Alternatively, for those planning mini, non-driving holidays this year with their families, we remind you that we are a nice 25 minute cross country drive to the 'African Lion Safari' so that your adventure out of the city can start with the excitement of the roar of a lion, and end with the peace and quiet of the songs of the birds...plan to make River Ridge part of your summer fun with those you love to spend time with!
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Property: River Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Address: 232 West River Rd | R. R. # 2, Paris, Ontario N3L 3E2, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Paris
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An authentic countryside farmhouse, decorated with antiques, that offers the tranquility of nature steeped in rural charm, all hinting at days gone by. Relax outdoors by our pool and hot tub, cycle, stroll, or even fish on site from our riverfront! Inside, en-suite bathrooms, WiFi connection, fireplaces, fridges, TV with DVD/VHS and unit A/C are among the amenities we surprise you with. Lots of parking for cars, bikes, motorcycles or plan to arrive by canoe! New in August 2013, minimum weekend stay of 2 nights..sorry to disappoint. ... more   less 
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