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“Modern home, friendly welcome”

Blanshard Bed and Breakfast
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Blanshard Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 6 St. Marys B&B and Inns
Canada
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36 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Modern home, friendly welcome”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

This was our second visit to Owen O'Brien's bright, cheery and comfortable home, built as a B&B less than a decade ago, with its two upstairs rooms, tastefully decorated with Inuit paintings that he collected while teaching in Northern Ontario. Each room has a queen bed (one has a twin as well) and adjacent full bathroom, looking out on to the peaceful flat countryside of southwestern Ontario. Owen makes a point of joining his guests for breakfast, offering his signature recipe of baked oatmeal, along with fruit, juice, bacon and an assortment of jams. He takes a personal interest in his guests, and conversation is always a pleasure. Blanshard B&B makes a convenient stop for visitors to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, at a more economical price than in Stratford itself, and offers the added attraction of St. Marys, with its impressive Victorian stone churches, public buildings and residences.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mount Morris Twp., Michigan, USA
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

what a lovely place to come to after a night at the theater! We've stayed at several B&B's in Stratford over the years, but when our favorite was sold to new ownership, we began to look around for a new "home-away-from-home".

What a pleasant surprise it was to find that we could have a "Beautiful" view, with a peaceful, quiet place of retreat to relax in. Owen O'Brien, the owner built the B&B specifically in mind for the traveler. There are two rooms. One has two queens, the other one King. The beds are so comfortable, you want to sleep in. The delicious aroma wafting up the stairway will lure you down to a breakfast that you cannot resist! (By the way, he is not only accommodating where food allergies and restrictions are necessary, but is creative with his cooking, leaving you "wanting for more" even when you are full!)

It's so lovely to look out the window & see the surrounding fields and woods where there are often deer and turkey. there is a common area that is cozy and comfortable with magazines, a small table to play games on, and a TV if you so desire. A perfectly delightful place to read or write while gazing out at the beautiful scenery.

Owen has mastered the art of "hospitality". His welcoming smile, wealth of information about on-going events, and the history of the area make him delightful at the breakfast table.

If you are wondering where you can stay near Stratford, and are looking for a Clean, comfortable B&B with private baths for each room, and a good breakfast at a reasonable price, you will find yourself "pleasantly" surprised at what you find at Blanshard B&B in St. Mary's... and wishing you could stay just "one more day"!

Room Tip: Both rooms are wonderful. We stayed in the King room, which has a Beautiful view out both the washr...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2011

If you are going to Stratford and don't want to pay a fortune for a B+B but want a lovely place to stay, this is your place. It's about 20 minutes out in the country, outside of the lovely town of St Mary's in farm country. The house is new but in the traditional style, with the characteristic white limestone of the region. Everything is sparkling clean and inviting. Breakfast is hearty, with locally-produced foods and everything fresh. The best thing about the place, though, is its proprietor, Owen O'Brien. He is a retired school teacher who is well informed about the history of the region and all the ins and outs of events and attractions in the area. He is a creative cook and will join you for breakfast. Only two rooms, so it all feels very familial. Every room has a view. So quiet that I suspect that Owen has made a deal with the crows not to caw until mid morning. Can't say enough good about the place. We'll be back! See his website with lots of pictures: blanshardbedandbreakfast.com.

Room Tip: Only two rooms, both spacious and well appointed.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2011

Blanshard B & B offers modern comfortable sleeping rooms with ensuite baths in the middle of Ontario's farm country. Peaceful and quaint, Blanshard B & B is minutes outside of St. Marys, Ontario, a beautiful little town on the outskirts of Stratford, home of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Blanshard's host offers a wonderful, filling breakfast and St. Marys has a full ration of various restaurants. Stratford is only 20 minutes away and full of interesting shops, original restaurants, and gorgeous parks filled with music and art; truly an idyllic setting.

Room Tip: Only two rooms, one with a queen bed and one with a queen and a twin.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

Owen O'Brien, the creator, owner, host and chef at Blanshard B & B, provides guests with delightful accommodations in a pastoral Ontario farm country setting. The rooms are clean, airy, and comfortable; the breakfasts are delicious, where one will encounter well prepared and unique breakfast cuisine; and the conversation is stimulating. If you are in the Stratford/St. Marys (St. Mary's) Ontario, Canada area, this is a great place to stay! It is about a 30 minute drive from Stratford.

Room Tip: There are two rooms on second floor. Both are excellent.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Blanshard Bed and Breakfast
Address: 4959 Line 6, St. Marys, Ontario N4X 1C8, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > St. Marys
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Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in St. Marys
Hotel Class:3 star — Blanshard Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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