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Haven on the Bay B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Red Bay B&B and Inns
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33 reviews
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“Stellar b&b experience”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

In the past we've camped and rented a cottage in the bruce peninsula but when we want to stay only a few nights I will always go to Haven on the Bay. We discovered them last year and have stayed for two nights on two separate occasions. Once with my husband last year and this year with my mother. We will all probably visit them many more times in the years to come. Very reasonable pricing, terrific hosts, impeccably clean rooms ( and I'm picky) and superb breakfasts. Close to Sauble and Tobermory. Great beach nearby.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our B&B. There is no better compliment we could receive than to have returning guests. We look forward to your next visit.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is one friendly set of hosts at this B&B. Gord and Ruth are highly hospital hosts in their ultra modern and clean B&B. I will also add Ruth makes the most amazing muffins on the planet. Her breakfast is killer. The location is quite incredible with a very close by beach ranking it one of the best sunsets in the world. Also, you get to see the neat moonsets as well. Thanks to them for existing and setting REAL standards on how a ultra B&B should operate. They are very flexible to make your stay happy. Soorry as there is no pool or fitness center as this is a B&B home.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Richard, we are beginning to think you are biased! We have enjoyed your company the few times you have been here hiking with your group. We look forward to many more visits where we will endeavour to add to "awesome"!
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

My mother and I stayed for two nights at Haven on the Bay at the start of July and it was hands-down the best B&B we've ever stayed in. The accomodations are impeccable (so spacious and clean and beautiful!) and the food delicious. (And Ruth's muffins deservedly the stuff of legend... we had apple-pecan-streusel our first day and "peaches and cream" our second... worth a visit on their own!!) The common room is immense with a beautiful fireplace, TV and movies. I'd been to the Bruce before but never heard of Red Bay - turned out it's a very (very!) small little collection of homes and cottages along a shallow bay - wonderfully quiet, and the Bay is great for wading out in, especially if you have young kids. (There's a little playground by the water too, which is just across the road from Haven). We ended up chatting with the other guests at breakfast, too, which was a very different experience for us and really made for a special trip.

The only things I could think of for improvement would be a darker blind in the room (we were in Lakewood, and the sun seemed to come up very early!)

Thank you very much for a wonderful stay!!! Would highly recommend Haven to anyone thinking of traveling up to the Bruce for a restful vacation.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for your review. It means a great deal to us.
As for the darker blind, we have looked into this and it would be at the expense of air flow through the windows. However, perhaps a darker curtain would do the trick. We will look into that. Thank you for your comment and recommendation.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We stayed here this past weekend (July 6) with two other families and I cannot stop thinking/talking about this place. My closest friends would tell you that I am a very "picky" person, but let me tell you...I felt extremely comfortable here with my husband and our two girls (5 and 14 months). The hospitality was A+ - Ruth and Gord truly made us feel like we were at home. This place is extremely clean and had a light airy feel to it. This place is better than some well-known hotels! Ruth and Gord thought of everything (including a diaper pail for my daugther's diapers)...she even had a place to sit at the table in the high chair. The bathrooms were magnificent (I was admiring all the fixtures including the star quality shower). The bedrooms were just lovely - I stayed in the Redwood room. Looks great on the website but even better in person. We thoroughly enjoyed a quality breakfast - and the muffins, just can't beat 'em. This was a great escape from the monotony and we will be going back!!! : )

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
You and your friends are welcome back any time. Thank you for your glowing comments. We are one of the few or maybe the only one (B&B) on the Bruce Peninsula that allows children of any age. Families should be treated special when they are away from home so whatever we can do to make it more comfortable, that is what we strive for. If ever there is anything you can think of that you may need, just let us know. We will do our best.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

What a beautiful B&B, we were 3 young families from the city and worried that we would be treated as such but no way, Ruth and Gord are wonderful, even welcomed our guests that came to roast marshmallows. The rooms are nice and very very clean. Their hospitality was wonderful and we look forward to staying with them next year for a extended stay.

And yes the muffins are to die for.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. We loved having you stay with us and look forward to next year.
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

Red Bay is about 20 minutes north of Sauble Beach, one a string of sandy beaches along Lake Huron. We know this area well as I spent my summers near there at our family cottage. Haven on the Bay, where we stayed for two nights, is an outstanding B&B whose owners, a transplanted Toronto couple, created a superbly renovated, 6 guest room B&B in a large two-story house. The photos on their website do not do the accommodations justice - each room in the upstairs area of the house is themed in a different color, fresh crisp linens, hardwood floors, everything was in pristine shape, unusual for a beach B&B where families come and go and can be hard on the furnishings. Ours came with a nicely appointed en-suite bathroom, though some rooms share a bath (which is furnished in high-end appointments and spotlessly clean). The rooms have excellent soundproofing, important when you have a variety of guests, including children.

The large living room downstairs includes several board games, toys and activities for children (stored away in a chest), and a tv with Netflix and DVDs for those who aren't content to sit on the many comfortable seating areas to read a book. Outside is a peek-a-boo view of the lake, and a lovely English-style garden with a vegetable/herb box. There is also a fire pit for marshmallow toasting.

Breakfast in the table-cloth dining room included a selection of home-baked bread and other goodies, plus a main course and fresh fruit, and was really delicious. Most food is locally sourced from small growers. Our hosts were welcoming to us as well as families with small children, which made this quite a treat given the quality of the accommodations, which included many original art works and lovely furnishings that vacationing adults and couples would appreciate.

Quiet Red Bay beach, a 5 minute walk from the B&B, is unique - island-sheltered, the water is warm, crystal clear, with a sandy bottom. However, it does not have big waves, but a very shallow walk-out for several hundred yards. Perfect for young children, who will see minnows and frogs while they splash about. Also great for wind-sailing or kayaking, and for swimmers who don't mind reaching the deeper water.There is also a kid's play area with swings and slide. If you want open water waves and a more robust experience, take a trip down to Sauble Beach. Downside at Sauble is it is a driving beach with car traffic (and a charge to enter) so you will have to watch your little ones carefully.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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toronto
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed at Haven on The Bay on April 5, 6. We (my wife and 6 month old daughter) were up for a wedding and in fact the place was full of family and friends of the bride and groom. The first thing I want to say is that, while my wife and I have been to many different B&B's over the years, all of them highly rated, this was THE BEST ONE PERIOD. If you are in the area and are looking for a place to stay, this would be the best choice absolutely. The home is beautifully decorated and modern ("no antiquated furniture or frilly lace here" - says Gord). Our bedroom (the redroom) was just amazing, very soothing, the whole place was spotless and clean, the beds were fantastic, best sleep I've had in awhile! The shared washrooms (there are 3 of them) are all modern and decorated beautifully. Honestly, it's hard to describe, but we just felt at home! The breakfast was delicious, filled with beautiful homemade breads and jams and scones and muffins. Also they have hot trays filled with the breakfast of the day, such as quiche or bacon cups with eggs in them, ham etc.. they also catered to everyone's gluten/lactose free needs...the food was just fantastic. On top of it all, the place is kid friendly! or should I say, VERY kid friendly. In the large living room, there are so many toys tucked away in the coffee table/seats (my wife probably knows what they are called, I unfortunately do not! haha) It's incredible. There were many kids there and they enjoyed playing with the crazy amounts of toys, legos, car toys/fire trucks. seriously you have to see it to believe it. They even have a nice acoustic guitar that you can use if you are so inclined. They also provided a bathtub for babies, a diaper dispenser and plastic cups/bowls for the kids. They have really thought of everything. But the real attraction at this place however is the hosts..they bring it all together and is the reason why you want to come here. For example, my wife asked them what time breakfast would be over. The response was amazing - "When the last person has eaten" - See what I mean?!! Like I said, we've been to many b&b's before, which were just as nice in terms of modern decor, beautiful scenery outside, wonderful food and luxury bedrooms, however the hosts were just snobby, almost making you feel like you were intruding on their space. Ruth and Gord are amazing however, they make you feel so comfortable and we really can't wait to be back. Like I told them personally, they are doing B&B's right! You'll have to try it and see for yourself! In fact, I believe we are going back in the summer where I am told the beach is only a 2 minute walk away. We can't wait!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, 9 April 2013
Thank you for the glowing endorsement. We are humbled by your kind words. We look forward to hosting your family and friends in the summer.

We do provide a BBQ and outdoor eating area for guest use. You are invited to use the dining room and the guest kitchen during your stay.

If there is anything we may have missed or you have any special requests, we welcome your input and will do our very best to accommodate any special need.

Thank you for your review. We truly appreciate what our guests have to say.
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Property: Haven on the Bay B&B
Address: 424 Huron Rd | South Bruce Peninsula, Red Bay, Ontario N0H 2T0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Bruce County > Red Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Red Bay
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Number of rooms: 4

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