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The Old Rectory
Ranked #6 of 89 Stratford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Howell, Michigan
1 review
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“The BEST & the BEST”
Reviewed 14 September 2012

If you are reading this review, then you already know that Stratford offers some of the best theater in North America. You should also know that it offers a wonderful Bed and Breakfast inn which will accommodate your stay in similar fashion. Kim and Kevin are the most gracious hosts, the food is wonderful, every place you need to go is walkable, and the company you will keep makes for a highlight of the visit. Gourmet breakfast, and gourmet conversation about plays seen and yet to be seen are priceless. We have made long time friends at breakfast, have conversed for hours on the sun-porch, and consider Kim and Kevin as if they are extended family. We go at least once every year. Advice: book early. They are already reserving for 2014. Rick & Kathleen Z.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We stayed at The Old Rectory for one night during a weekend in the Stratford Region for our anniversary. What a delight!

Our room was comfortable and thoughfully arranged for our arrival. Champagne and a personally written note were awaiting us. The bed was comfortable and the room contained lots of helpful information about Stratford and the tourist attractions there. Our hostess, Kim, was so friendly and welcoming. Coffee and fresh Biscotti were in the lounge area for our enjoyment (and enjoy we did!!!). Fresh coffee and bottled water were available in the small fridge in the hall outside our room.

The B&B was perfectly located within walking distance of downtown Stratford's shops and theatres, so we left the car parked and took to our feet. We loved the charming garden behind the B&B complete with a carp pond, nice lighting and lush gardens. The entire yard of the B&B is very well cared for. Breakfast was fabulous. Homemade jams and marmalades to top homemade, delicious muffins or handmade bread. A fresh fruit cup with seasonal peaches and cherries. As an entree, a wonderful breakfast pastry with poached eggs and fresh orange juice, with tea. Our chef and host, Kevin was charming and provided a tour of our breakfast options. We only wished that we could have stayed longer. (Advanced planning is required to grab a spot at this terrific site!).

Our only suggestion is that the backstairs to the garden could really use some lighting for late night arrivals. Navigating the steep backstairs in the dark is a bit unnerving. Also, it would be useful to have a curtain or blind of some kind over top of the door in the room as the hall light which remains on at night makes the room a bit too bright. Nonetheless, all was comfortable and wonderful at this B&B. We wouldn't stop for a moment to consider staying anywhere else on a return visit to Stratford. The service, the room and site are all wonderful. Our favourite though was the food! Delicious!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

We happened to stay at The Old Rectory the first week they were open in 1997. Thankfully we have been able to visit almost every year since. Everything is first class! The location is perfect. If you choose you can walk everywhere. Each of the seven rooms offer all the necessary comforts plus each has its own special something - a claw foot bath or an individual porch. Breakfasts are amazing - a wide variety of choices, something different each morning. The backyard garden with waterfall and pond is tremendously relaxing and peaceful. What really make it completely special are Kim, Kevin & Conor. They are wonderful folks - cheerful, professional, helpful, personable....just downright good to be around. I wish our paths could cross more often.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Beautiful and comfortable rooms, all decorated differently, delicious breakfasts, great location (all theaters and shopping within walking distance). Kim and Kevin will help with just about any request - including adjusting a breakfast menu for a 10-year-old's palate. Fabulous bed and breakfast.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

I've enjoyed the lovely hospitality of Kim, Kevin and Conor for many years now. The rooms are very comfortable and refreshed each year, the breakfasts are marvelous, and I just park my car at the beginning of the week as The Old Rectory is just blocks from theatre and restaurants. Don't miss dinner - be sure to make your reservation in advance as It's one of the finest restaurants in Stratford.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

This was the third year our group of ladies have stayed at the Old Rectory B&B but it won't be the last! We feel so comfortable in the Coach house which accomadates the six of us perfectly. The garden is a beautiful spot to visit and relax during the day and is lit to perfection at night. The food , the service and the friendship of Kim and Kevin are the icing on the cake of a wonderful place to stay in Stratford.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

we have been guests at The Old Rectory B & B for number of years now, only after going from one lodging to another years prior, looking for that magical spot. at The Old Rectory we found it along with 3 of the nicest people Kevin, Kim owners and son Connor who only add to the experience. We love it there and would not consider staying anywhere else when we do our "theatre weekend" in Stratford.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Old Rectory
Address: 218 Ontario St | Ontario, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3H4, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Rectory 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We both share a passion for good wholesome food. Kevin has worked previously for 15 years in some of the U.K.'s and Irelands finest Country Inns and Restaurants before moving to Stratford in 1993. Kim is a native of Stratford and has traveled extensively on a Private Yacht catering to crew and invited guests. Both of us now enjoy life together in the great community of Stratford with our son Conor among family and friends. Together we hope to nourish your body and soul. ... more   less 
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