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“Spotless and sophisticated--a perfect choice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Silken Retreat

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Silken Retreat
Ranked #1 of 7 Port Elgin B&B and Inns
Burlington, Canada
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“Spotless and sophisticated--a perfect choice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

I had the opportunity to stay at Silken Retreat a few weeks ago. The purpose of the retreat was to work on a writing project in serene, comfortable and clean surroundings, and Silken was the perfect choice! From the outside, Silken looks like a perfectly preserved Victorian home--there's a wrap-around porch that just begs for you to relax on in the cushioned swing-chair, and a backyard-patio where you can put your feet up and sip a glass of wine. Inside, the rooms feature their own en suite bathrooms, super-high-thread count bedding, and beautiful, big windows to enjoy the view. But the absolute best thing for me was how clean the rooms were. Everything was pristine. And the breakfasts--delicious! For a coffee-addict like me, being able to enjoy a Keurig brew in the privacy of my room, AND a latte with breakfast in the dining room, was pure heaven. All in all, Silken was an excellent choice for me--it was a writing retreat that felt like a luxury getaway. I'll go back again for sure!

MM.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

This B&B is first-rate. Have stayed at many B&B's and this place outshines them all. Located in town within walking distance to everything, including the beach. Hosts Priscilla and Ken are charming, and what a wonderful restoration job they have done on this B&B. Every room is stunning and meticulously decorated, from the fresh flowers to the soothing colours. And the modern amenities abound…..luxurious comfort with all the extras (e.g. personal toiletries, plush bedding, a mini-fridge, and a Keurig). A+ on presentation and cleanliness. The service was impeccable, as was the gourmet breakfast. Had a lovely stay and will return.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

Just returned from a two-night stay at Silken Retreat. This place is perfection. From the feather-top bed to the Jacuzzi tub, this B&B has EVERY modern convenience you could ask for. And it’s charming as can be---as are the hosts (who also speak French). Rooms are quite private, each with (meticulously clean) ensuite bath. Décor is modern, elegant, and serene; it feels like my favourite spa. Spent time sitting on the covered porch, second floor balcony (watching fireworks!), and even in the garden under the trees. There are plenty of places to relax and put your feet up after a day at the beach. Free Wi-Fi, a Keurig coffee station, and a mini fridge are definite perks. Breakfast was top-notch. Had a smoothie, fresh fruit, home-made banana bread, yogurt, and granola, followed by eggs benedict. It was scrumptious! Very peaceful and comfortable with all the amenities of the best 5-star hotel. Highly recommended and will definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2012

My husband and I wanted a B&B in the Port Elgin area with charm and a sense of history but also the modern amenities we like. We found all that and more! The location is good as it's near the downtown area and not far from the shores of Lake Huron. The rooms are comfortable and the decor is soothing. Priscilla is a wonderful hostess - it's clear she loves the home and sharing it with her guests. She has added some unexpected extras that are sure to please - a coffee station with a Keurig, a computer and desk, Wi-Fi, TV, and comfy bathrobes. The gardens are gorgeous and there is a large front porch with lots of sitting areas for reading or chatting. We were particularly impressed with the breakfasts - tasty, generous, healthy, prepared with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. We are already looking forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

My fiancée and I had the pleasure of staying at Priscilla and Ken's bed-and-breakfast last week for two nights. We stayed in the McClung room, which was cozy and nicely decorated, fitted with a comfortable king size bed. The bathroom was large with a double sink and jetted tub. The entire bed-and-breakfast itself was spotless. We had a chance to peek into the other two rooms as we were the only guest staying in b&b at that time, and they too were beautifully decorated and a good size.

Although the place is newly renovated, this bed-and-breakfast is full of character and charm. Every corner of this home has a story, which Priscilla is happy to share with her guests. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with plenty of sitting areas to relax and enjoy the outdoors. This bed-and-breakfast is also steps away from the main drag and only a few short blocks away from arguably the best fine dining restaurant in town, Andres.

Breakfast both mornings was healthy, delicious and quite filling! Our first began with a multi-fruit smoothie, followed by fresh fruits and a couple of slices of homemade banana bread. Then out came the homemade waffles with fresh raspberries, blueberries and sweetened whipped cream and of course, real maple syrup. Our second breakfast consisted of a different but it's just as tasty smoothie followed by berries, granola and yogurt with a couple of slices of cranberry nut bread.
The main course was a beautifully presented plate of bacon, scrambled eggs on toast and grilled cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.

Most importantly, I should mention that the hospitality during our stay was exceptional. My fiancée and I were interested in renting mountain bikes to explore the Bruce Trail. Although she didn't know of a nearby rental shop at the time when we first asked her, she was quick to ask around and find an answer for us within the hour. She directed us to the neighbouring town and sure enough, Martin's bicycle shop in Southampton rented a variety of good quality bikes. She also offered to make dinner reservations for us, and always made sure we felt comfortable and welcome.

To put this review into context, I have had the good fortune to stay at a number luxury hotels and accommodations, including various Fairmont and Four Seasons hotels around the world. Silken retreat undoubtedly delivers top quality and value for the nominal nightly rate charged. Needless to say, we will definitely be returning.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Silken Retreat
Address: 570 Johnston Ave, Port Elgin, Ontario N0H 2C0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Bruce County > Port Elgin
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Port Elgin
Number of rooms: 3
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Silken Retreat Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

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