My wife and I stayed at the Highland Manor in Owen Sound Ontario on 13 and 14 April 2007. We've each stayed at different B&B's over the years, but this was the best yet. From the magnificent home, to the outstanding breakfasts and cordiality of our hosts Linda and Paul, we could find nothing to fault and much to compliment.
Being big fans of architecture, the Highland Manor was our first choice to stay in Owen Sound. Gleaming floors, high baseboards, and even higher ceilings create a fantastic space to the antiques at every turn. Linda and Paul greeted us knowingly by name as we arrived and immediately made us feel comfortable with a short tour, some history on the Manor, and a guiding hand to our room.
The room was fantastic, with an outstanding bed, wood burning fireplace (ready to go with a ready-burn log and matches) and imported chocolates on the towels. We slept very well and enjoyed an excellent breakfast of:
- fresh coffee
- choice of fresh orange or grapefruit juices
- fresh fruit cup
- orange french toast with local maple syrup and fresh blue/rasp berries
Silverware and linen serviettes (linen no less) were de rigeur. Fancy - I suppose, but without any pretension whatsoever and very casual in all honesty.
After our day away, we returned to find Linda & Paul had left us a local map marked up with dinner options (their judgement was excellent by the way) a friendly note asking us about our day and a little treat of chocolates and fresh towels on our bed.
As timing would have it, my wife and I had the run of the house for the evening, so we settled in with some wine and brandy that we had brought along with us, to watch a movie in the library before retiring for our 2nd night. We slept even better that night (the nightcaps perhaps??) and enjoyed yet again a fabulous breakfast:
- coffee, juices, fresh fruit cup
- southern tex-mex flavoured baked eggs (I forget the exact name, but YUM)
- warm from the oven homemade croissants with butter and homemade jam
We felt far less as guests and more like friends by the time we left - we can't wait to return & get to know Paul and Linda better. The Highland Manor raises the bar for what all B&Bs can aspire to.
- Also Known As:
- The Highland Manor Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada