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Sherwood Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Carling
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary and would definitely come back. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the setting was very relaxed. We stayed in The Boathouse suite and brought our boat with us which we docked right there. Boat launch is just around the corner from the property. The view and the access to the water was wonderful, however could use a few updates. We had the Gourmet package, which was really good value and included breakfast and dinner (lots of selections). The food is very good here.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Linda K
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Hello Linda K,

Thank you for choosing our resort for your" wonderful getaway spot".
I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay at our boathouse and that you had the opportunity to bring your own boat.

Great to hear about your positive experiences with our staff, service and thequality of your meal.
The boathouse suite bathroom is scheduled for a total revamp in early 2014.

We hope to have an opportunity to welcome you back to Sherwood inn and Muskoka again soon.Best EJP

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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The Sherwood Inn is an authentic Muskoka experience that exceeded my expectations. Located on Lake Joseph - the swankiest Muskoka lake - the charming inn rests on a quiet section of the lake with a stunning waterfront.

The setting and activities:
We spent both of our days sitting in the Muskoka chairs on a rocky peek drinking in the gorgeous setting. When not resting, we swam, read, went canoeing, photographed, and hiked on the two paths near the entrance (a 2 km and 4 km easy loop). There are 2 campfires onsite that were wonderful to sit by after dinner on the cold evenings. There really wasn't any reason to leave, since the property is the most gorgeous landscape you could ever imagine. The main lodge is incredibly charming and cozy. It's like a rustic chic retreat and nothing like those massive overwhelming snobby corporate hotels but rather more intimate and comfortable as you'd imagine a Muskoka locale should be. The outdoor property is meticulously maintained where the volleyball, tennis court, and beach property were inviting because they were so well taken care of.

Accommodation:
We stayed in the Maplewood, which had a balcony overlooking the lake, massive tub and separate shower, wood-burning fireplace (wood provided by inn), and a comfy king bed. It was spotless clean. Reviewers have mentioned that the decor in the Maplewood is dated and it may be, but it's been so lovingly taken care of and spotless that it didn't bother us at all.

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I was amazed at how cheerful, warm, and helpful everyone we met who worked at Sherwood were. They all possessed a loyalty towards each other and the inn, often expressing the pleasure they take in working there in a lovely setting and with a great team. The dining servers were wonderful! We especially loved Jeff, Robert, Sam, and Meredith. They were enthusiastic foodies and exemplified a passion for the decadent dishes that the chefs (there is more than one chef) create. Also, Keegan who works at the front desk arranged for us to check out early. His kindness and energy was a pleasure. We didn't officially meet the room attendant, but he/she offered extra thoughtful touches in our room that showed us they also took pride in their job.

Food:
I would describe the food as Contemporary Canadianna. It's gourmet comfort food that is mouthwatering. We both loved the smoked chicken risotto and the smoked salmon. They actually smoke the meat onsite. For dessert, we enjoyed the fried bananas. Keep in mind, the food is rich and decadent so you may want to have a long hike before having dinner! One of the chefs - a lovely woman - visited our table at breakfast with mouthwatering warm cranberry scones and introduced herself. We intended to eat elsewhere the second night, but then enjoyed our evening in the dining room so much that we returned.

In closing, we've been dreaming of visiting Sherwood Inn since we got married. At the time we wanted to have our honeymoon there and couldn't afford it. 17 years later, we've finally been able to go and booked a Fall getaway package that included breakfast and a bottle of wine. I hope they continue to periodically offer affordable packages that are accessible for middle class families who appreciate all the beauty and charm of a classic Muskoka experience, but can't afford the price tag. This getaway has been one of the most special memories of our lives. Thank you Sherwood.

Room Tip: For those who have mobility challenges, there are rooms available on the first floors of the Maplewo...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank NorthTDot
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Dear NorthTDot,

I don't know where to begin to thank you enough for your recent and very detailed review following your visit to us in Muskoka.

I think you have just summarized everything that we try to do every day in serving our guests in pleasant , clean, comfortable surroundings with great cuisine, service, amenities and genuine Muskoka Hospitality.
You review reads like something I should print on our promotional brochure and with your permission, we would definitely like to share it on our soon to be launched newly skinned website and virtual tour of our property.

I was pleased to see your approval of the Maplewood Rooms, that were renovated this spring and I believe your reference to other reviewers calling it "dated" would be mostly for stays in those rooms prior to May 2013.

I was extremely moved to read your comment about this visit to Sherwood Inn being one of "our Most Special memories of our Lives".
Hope to have the privilege of serving you again at the Inn very soon.

Best EJP

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

This was a management retreat/team building weekend:
The rooms are very nice, the scenery is, well, beautiful.
This is not a brand new resort and could use some updating.
The bed is probably the most comfortable I've been on outside of my home.
The food is over the top and the staff are absolutely amazing!
It is rare to find a spot where absolutely everyone is anxious to ensure your stay is perfect... and they are 100% genuine!
There are lots of staff on hand to ensure everything is running smooth, and I'm sure this is part of the expense... but it adds lots of value.
I would go back for this one reason alone.
Thanks to all those who made this stay so nice.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank newbytraveler
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Dear Newbytraveler,

Thank you for your raving review of our resort following your recent management retreat.
I was delighted to read about your comments about the food being over the top, but your comment about finding a resort where 100% of the staff were eager to offer genuine hospitality and service really resonates with me.

Money can buy improvements to bricks and mortar ( and rest assured the needed upgrades are addressed at every opportunity) but it cannot buy the " genuine" service skills and enthusiasm that I am so very blessed to have with each and everyone of our resort team members.

Thanks for your feedback and hope to have to opportunity to welcome you back soon to Muskoka.

Best EJP

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Stayed one night mid-week with 3 friends in Inn Rooms, which are spacious, comfortable and clean. Being mid -September, we were between summer swimming and fall colours but found plenty to do. Kayaks and canoes on the water (even a peddle boat), hike along both trails, spa treatments, hot tub time, chatting with other guests around the bonfire in the evening. Beware the longer hiking trail is much more challenging than the 2 km trail which is an easy stroll. In fact 2 of our group took twice as long as they thought it would take. Staff commented that some guests have reported being somewhat lost on that trail and they are going to review the trail markers and signs.

We had all our meals there and greatly enjoyed every one. Breakfast is buffet style with the usual offerings, including eggs benedict. Excellent menu selection for both lunch and dinner and great wine list.

We found all the staff, from reception to maintenance to dining room servers to be super friendly and over-the-top accommodating on every request.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank gottagosoon2
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Dear Gottagosoon2,

Firstly I wanted to thank you and your friends for choosing us for your mid week September getaway.
I was delighted to read that despite being in the middle of Summer swims and fall colors, you and friends found able opportunities to occupy your time at the resort and take in all the amenities we have to offer.
Yes, our hiking trails will receive fresh markings before the snow flies so Cross country skiers, hikers and snow shoers will have clearly marked paths for their activities; thnak you for your feedback on this.

Glad to see you approved of our cuisine as well as the Amba Spa services and our new hot tub.

"Gottacomebacksoon", look forward to your next visit to our Inn.

Best EJP

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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Not too big, and not too small, Sherwood Inn is just right for a break in the Muskoka Lakes area. Alongside Lake Joseph, with stunning views, the Inn is comfortable and homely. The staff are pleasant and helpful, and the dining room provides first-class cuisine from a clearly dedicated chef. The inhouse Spa is worth a visit. The Inn is just a two-hours drive from Toronto. Bracebridge and Gravenhurst are 20-30 minutes drive away and offer old-world charm with great lake views.

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra for a room with lake view.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Peter10012012
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your visit to the Sherwood Inn and your accolades of "Excellent in every aspect".
Very pleased to read that we were the right spot for your getaway.

Great to hear about your approval of our cuisine; Everett Bell our Chef de Cuisine is definitely a dedicated culinarian and we are privileged to have him at the helm of our kitchen.

Hope to see you return back soon to our resort on Muskoka's Lake Joseph.

Best EJP

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

SHERWOOD INN, MUSKOKA, CANADA ....REVIEW. September 2013

Sherwood inn is an older tradition resort with cottage like buildings spread over several acres with a small beach, watercraft and docks with muskoka chairs

Many of the rooms have been updated with a fireplace, premium linens and a whirlpool bath. Our third floor room overlooked the lake. There is no elevator.

Food is above average with a vast selection of items on the breakfast buffet including premium coffee, eggs Benedict and many pastries or they will cook to order. We never had lunch. Dinner was more limited with one soup of the day, salads and regular items with no special of the day. All items seemed to be we'll accepted. If you crave more variety the town of Port Carling is close with several dining options.

Three people are very memorable, KEEGAN is the go to guy for most Issues, JEFFREY is great food and beverage guy and MEREDITH is a great morning waitress. Everyone else was pleasant and accommodating

In summation, would recommend this property for a relaxed vacation, on a lake, in a beautiful part of the country

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank RONANSKI
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Dear Ronanski,

Thank you for visiting us at the Sherwood Inn and writing about your experience on TripAdvisor.
I was pleased to read that our recently renovated Maplewood Rooms were to your liking and that your overall stay with us was a positive experience.

I will be sure to personally share your great comments with Keegan, Jeff and Meredith; all three great hospitality ambassadors for our resort as well as all of Muskoka.

I was surprised to read about your comment about the dinner menu variety, we have a soup of the day as well as a clam chowder, and our kitchen will cheerfully prepare anything our guests request as long as we have it available. Perhaps you dined from our lounge menu that has more limited option!?

We value your feedback and business and hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back to Muskoka in the near future.

Best EJP

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Reviewed 8 September 2013

The overall experience at Sherwood Inn was excellent. It is clear that the inn is undergoing renovations to provide an updated, clean and tasteful Muskoka experience. The setting is superb with a view right down Lake Joseph complimented by a spectacular sunset view from several vantage points. Because the buildings are spread apart, the sense of being at a cottage or smaller community is reinforced. The inn goes out of its way to make the natural environment part of the resort experience. The outdoor spaces are designed so that they integrate with the surroundings; the huge wrap around deck and the alcoves of sitting areas near the water provide privacy as well as shared spaces. Our room was very pleasant (Cedarwood Premium) and provided the space and amenities we needed. The service was excellent. Of note, were Keegan and Meredith who clearly love their roles at the inn and interacting with the guests. Overall, the staff are professional, friendly and welcoming... including the chefs and kitchen staff who we encountered after breakfast or while walking the grounds. We ate most of our meals at the inn and we were happy with the quality. We particularly enjoyed the Rainbow Trout dinner especially as the vegetables were plentiful and grilled to perfection as was the fish. Our favourite dessert was the Maple Creme Brulee'. (The strawberries with tea biscuit dessert was dry and the apple crisp was a bit of a disappointment.) The option to eat in the Lounge provided a bit of variety as well. It was also a pleasant place to play cards/board games (provided) when the weather took a turn for the worst. Canoeing on the lake was certainly a highlight and the equipment provided was of good quality. Although it was too cold to go swimming, the water looked inviting. Once the resort has finished upgrading all of the rooms/amenities it would be worthy of a 5 star. Our renovated room had a few items that need correcting and we were assured they are 'on the list' to be completed in the near future. They did not impact our stay. Furthermore, the bed was extremely comfortable and the linens of high quality; we loved the comfy bathrobes too! We expect to return again some day.

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1  Thank MiniVaycay
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Esa P, General Manager at Sherwood Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Dear MiniVayCay Waterloo,

Firstly I wanted to thank you for choosing Sherwood Inn for your September getaway destination.
I was pleased to read that you had noticed our continuous efforts to upgrade our property and its amenities. This Grand old lady on Lake Joseph will turn 75 years old next year and it is a constant challenge to keep her "rejuvenated" to be able to compete with the new resorts and hotels opening in Muskoka. As you said it in your review, our locations is like no other and I am pleased to read that the layout of our resort and our buildings met with your expectation.

Thank you for your feedback on the Cedarwood rooms and yes indeed they are scheduled for some moderate facelifts in the next few years.

I will be sure to share your accolades with Keegan and Meredith and its comforting to know that they made a good personal connection with you.

Clearly we need to work on and fine tune our dessert offerings, but glad to see the Creme Brule was a hit.

Thank you for your valuable feedback and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Muskoka very soon.

Best EJP

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Address: 1090 Sherwood Rd, Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Port Carling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Carling
Price Range: £96 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sherwood Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among towering century-old pines at the very edge of Muskoka's sparkling Lake Joseph, Sherwood Inn is a retreat unlike any other. Our charming, authentically Muskoka Inn has 49 rooms and cottages with over 80% of our rooms facing Lake Joseph. We offer a unique and memorable experience for every guest looking to escape to Muskoka. We are well known for our fine cuisine, fine wine selections and superior service. Book a memory filled conference/meeting/retreat/reunion. Golf at two of ClubLink's championship courses - Lake Joseph Club or Rocky Crest Golf Club (just a 15 minute drive.) Among the most authentic Ontario Inns, each guestroom and cottage suite at the Sherwood Inn is decorated to reflect the traditional character of Muskoka, and is complete with every modern convenience you would expect. Many rooms feature cozy wood-burning fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. Open year round for groups, 7 days a week May through October and weekends only November to April. Sherwood Inn guests can enjoy abundant on-site activities as well many Port Carling Attractions. Visitors to our elegant Inn at Lake Joseph experience gracious hospitality, luxurious pampering, and absolute tranquility. Plan a relaxing getaway today and experience life at one of the most majestic Ontario Inns. Find out why we say...visit us once, love us forever! ... more   less 
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