I normally don't write a lot of reviews on accomodation, because I have spent too many nights away from home doing business travel. I have to make an exception here; the Cornelius White House, in Bloomfield, just west of Picton in Prince Edward County is a real gem.
There are four rooms in this heritage house; three upstairs and one downstairs. Some have a private bath, others do not. A nice common room and breakfast area, tastefully done in period furniture.
The owners, Bonnie and Frank Evans are also part-owners of the nearby Lift Haus Winery, a boutique winery that specializes in Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc wines.
This gracious 1862 Loyalist home with furnishing and decor which reflect an appreciation of early architrecture in Ontario, and a Dutch settler's rich heritage.
Rather than the traditional "Continental Breakfast", the homecooked meal is just wonderful!
We were welcomed by Julie and John and given the cameo room, which had a huge bathroom (another former bedroom). The bed was comfortable, and there was an added air conditioner and fan. We had use of the living room, TV room and arboretum. One of the other rooms has a lovely balcony. Two other couples stayed in the other rooms, so we joined them for breakfast.
The B and B was off the main street a bit, but still within walking distance. There were quite a few other b and bs around. The breakfast was lovely and yummy - mimosa made with Wapoos peach cider (from a local winery/cidery) and orange juice; and creme brulee french toast with blueberries and papaya. Really yummy. I would recommend staying two days at least. Price was $115 Cdn a night for the Cameo Room (for the room and two breakfasts). The other rooms are the Courtyard Room and the Chantilly Room.
This campground is right next door to the Sandbanks Provincial Park which is booked solid through the summer. The new owners (Scott's uncle and aunt) are restoring this trailer park to a family-focused campground. It is situated on West Lake, a sheltered inlet that separates it from the relative rowdiness of the Sandbanks crowd.
The camp lodge is set up for regular movie nights and other family activities. Showers and bathrooms are clean. After 11pm is quiet time. Many families have been coming here for years.
Fun for all ages with jet ski rentals, swimming and regular program activities.
I don't know how she does it - a highly creative hostess, Linda has redecorated her 1840's era farmhouse along a Provence theme. Yet the atmosphere was hardly pretentious, and our children were welcome to run about the farm.
This reminded me of staying at my aunts' dairy farms way back when - breezy, high ceilinged rooms with creaky wooden floors, but not too rustic! We were there in early spring and the fluffy white duvets, and the silent heater kept us cozy!
Bring your boots! Linda, the hostess, is a down-to-earth person with a great sense of humour. She allows guests to help her with the care of the sheep (even feeding orphaned lambs by bottle), with great attention to safety and the responsibility of caring for animals.
You will want to take a lamb home, and barring that, you may not want to leave. Then you will purchase something from the shop, and an hour into the drive home, your kids will ask how they got the lambskin off the lamb without killing it.
Linda offers ongoing woolcraft-related workshops and a special Shearing Day festival in April.
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