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“Fantastic Gem in the Madawaska Valley”
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Pinewood Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Barry's Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Combermere, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic Gem in the Madawaska Valley”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Recently, my wife and I found ourselves stranded without a place to stay due to frozen drain pipes in our home. Residents of the Madawaska Valley, we had driven past the Pinewood Inn many times, and decided to give them a try, and 'move in' while repairs were underway.
What a treat!
From the very first phone conversation we had with Mark and Yvette, to the very day we checked out, everything was perfect. The guest room was impeccably clean, comfortable, and offered everything we needed. Mark and Yvette were understanding, and went out of their way to accommodate us as well as our two small dogs. They were respectful, helpful, and courteous. We couldn't have asked for more.
I would, without question, recommend Pinewood Inn to those visiting this wonderful area. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
What a lovely review Adam and Holly, thank you. We were so pleased to be able to provide a comfortable place for you to stay during your....time of need. We have to say that you made it easy to accommodate your dogs as you happily followed our guidelines and never let them on the beds or left them alone. Enjoy your summer in our beautiful Valley, aren't we so lucky to live here!
Yvette & Mark :)
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

I've been hiking in Algonquin Park frequently for 15 years, always staying close to & entering through the West Gate (western side of Algonquin). This past January I decided to explore the east side of the park and stay closer to it. I found the Pinewood Inn on line, found their website to be thorough and booked. My arrival was greeted by Yvette, the owner, so friendly and helpful. My room was clean, cosy and a very good value. The location was perfect for my needs. I could get into Algonquin through the east gate easily and get further up on the north east side of the park as well. Late one night I got stuck in a snow bank on a back road in the middle of nowhere. I called Yvette, she found a towing company for me who was CAA compatible and sent them out to save me and she kept checking to make sure I got back safely. Now that's service. I will stay there again when ever I want to explore that side of the park. Thanks again Yvette! YOU RULE!
R. Wood, Toronto

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 18 March 2014
Ron, thanks so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review! We hope that you will be making more visits to the East side or 'the quiet side of the Park', lol. We are so glad that your little hiccup in the snowbank was just a setback and nothing too serious. I know you will be out exploring again (good for you!!). Looking forward to seeing you again!
Yvette & Mark :)
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We needed a place to stay while travelling to beautiful Barry's Bay. We found this hidden gem that offered a very clean room and a comfy bed. They have many of the amenities of a cottage for a tremendous value. With Lake Kamaniskeg in your backyard and Madawaska Mountain Ski hill just up the road, Pinewood Inn is a true four season getaway spot! We met Yvette and Mark who made us feel at home. They clearly care about the quality of service they provide to their guests and provided invaluable information to help us make the most out of our stay in this charming town.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Thanks for that awesome review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. You hit the nail right on the head when you mentioned the four seasons. There is a real variety of activities and things to do here! We hope everything works out for you guys and we see you again!

Mark & Yvette :)
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kitchener, ontario
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

My 60 something parents booked a room here while we tried other accomodations. Ever since the visit they can't stop talking about how nice the mattress was, how fresh and cozy the room was. When our portable bbq broke down they allowed us to use their full size one. I must say after seeing how nice their accomodations were, in comparison to ours, we definitely know where to stay next time we visit the area. One question... what kind of mattress do you use? Because to quote my mother she "dreams of it often."

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 16 November 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It did gives us a bit of a chuckle. We do get quite a few, very positive comments on our mattress's, although not quite as 'dreamy' as yours! lol. We are so pleased your parents were comfortable and that you will stay with us at some point! The mattress's are Serta Edgecombe. We bought top of the line beds because we wanted our guests to be VERY comfortable...so it worked! Too well maybe? ;)
Thanks again and we look forward to your next visit.

Mark & Yvette :)
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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

My husband and I recently had to travel to Barry's Bay for a funeral, and chose to stay at the Pinewood Inn because of it's location and price. On past trips the motel didn't seem like much as we passed by, however we were working with a tight budget, and the price was perfect.

We got much more than our moneys worth! Yvette and Mark were very accommodating, and the whole check-in process was very efficient. Yvette had plugged in the mini fridge before our arrival, and the room felt like the AC had been ran for a while. After a 6 hour drive, this was such a wonderful feeling. The room was spacious, and very clean. The bed was very comfortable. The room had a coffee maker, microwave and the mini-fridge...the backyard even had BBQ's in case we wanted to use them.

At night we enjoyed the backyard, sitting at the table, staring up at the night sky. In the morning I sat in the backyard enjoying the glimpse of the lake, and enjoying the morning sun. There was plenty of seating.

The Pinewood Inn was a great place to retreat to after the events of the day, and I'm so glad that we chose to stay there. Despite the nature of why we were in Barry's Bay, the stay was very enjoyable. Thank you to Mark and Yvette for a wonderful stay, and all the best in the future. If we ever find ourselves in need of a peaceful place again in Barry's Bay, the Pinewood Inn will be our first call!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Thank you Amanda for taking the time to write a review of our motel. We are very pleased that you had an enjoyable stay, despite the reason for being here. We look forward to seeing you again under happier circumstances.

Yvette & Mark
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Toronto
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We pulled out of Algonquin Park and needed to find a place to spend the night. The Pinewood didn't look like much from the road, but we were weary travellers. Mark was so welcoming and showed us the rooms. Very clean, comfortable, free Wi-Fi. We didn't visit the backyard, but did head up the street for dinner at the Ash Grove. Very happy we stayed here and wish Mark and Yvette all the best. Great innkeepers!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 31 July 2013
Thank you very much for giving us a try! We are pleased that your stay was pleasant and restful. We took on a big challenge when we bought this motel and the rooms had to be addressed first...the 'curb appeal' is coming, lol! We hope you have a chance to stop in again! Glad to hear we are doing things right.
Yvette & Mark :)
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Everett On Canada
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

Once again we had a very enjoyable stay while visiting relatives at the Valley Manor.
The hosts are very friendly and accommodating and remember you from previous visit which was soon after they took ownership.
The beds are awesome!!
The room was super clean and there have been upgrades in fixtures etc since our last visit.
We like the fact there is a rear door from each room to access the relaxing back yard.
Highly recommend it!
Ron & Dorothy Berry

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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pinewoodinn, Owner at Pinewood Inn, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Thank you very much Dorothy & Ron! We so appreciate your positive comments. It is especially gratifying when it comes from guests who have been here before, particularly from when we first took over the motel. Thank you for noticing the changes we are making. It will be a work in progress for awhile yet, and are so please you are comfortable here! We look forward to seeing you again.
Yvette :)
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Property: Pinewood Inn
Address: 378 John St. Hwy 62 S, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Barry's Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Barry's Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Pinewood Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pinewood Inn is a quiet, family owned and operated motel next to beautiful Kamaniskeg Lake. We are the closest motel to town and steps to a public beach, playground, tennis courts and public dock. Algonquin Park is just 45 minutes away on Hwy 60. Downtown Barry's Bay is a short walk (1 km) from our location. There is a Shell gas station with Foodmart next door and a family restaurant is only 500m from the door. There are many accessible trails, including the snowmobile trail which is groomed right to our large parking lot. Our rooms feature premium, pillow-topped beds, carpeting, private bathroom and all our rooms have fridge/microwave and in-room coffee. Also A/C, satellite TV and free WiFi are available. We can accommodate small to larger families, and our guestrooms have a back door leading to our spacious backyard with seating, BBQ's and a relaxing view of the lake. If you are lucky you might see deer travelling through the backyard. A Cozy Place to Stay While in Barry's Bay! ... more   less 
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