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Elmhirst's Resort

3.0 of 5 Resort   |   RR #1, Keene, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Ontario K0L 2G0, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Keene
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the sheet of paper that is inserted into the envelope with your keys when you check in -- "bed bug policy." Just to be clear, I loved the resort. It is friendly, in a beautiful setting, and a wonderful blend of going to the cottage, but with extra amenities (like a fitness club, pub,... More

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Greg E, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback and we are glad you found your visit to Elmhirst's to be a mostly pleasant experience. The information we have distributed regarding bed bugs was prompted by the considerable inconvenience to travellers affected by bed bugs and the disruption to hotels where they appeared. Because of their hitch hiking nature, bed bugs can appear in even... More

St. Albans, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the positive reviews that appear here we came expecting luxury. We found something out of the 1980s. The cottage was in poor decorative condition and smelled. Furniture was well worn and stained. Bedding had holes in it. Pool had mould and black stains around it. Rice lake was unattractive and I could not understand people wanting to swim in... More

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Greg E, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit to Elmhirst's Resort. We feel compelled to point out a couple of things: Elmhirst's Resort has never portrayed itself as a luxury property; our offering is a uniquely Canadian experience with comfortable cottage accommodation. The cottage you checked into has received in the last few years (4): a new kitchen and... More

Salt Spring Island, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I'd like to publicly thank the staff and management of Elmhirst Resort. My extended family and I stayed in a 3 bedroom cottage in early June for a wedding. We enjoyed swimming in Rice lake, playing tennis and volleyball, and our youngest enjoyed the playgrounds. Breakfast in the restaurant was delicious and our server was friendly and professional. A beautiful... More

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Greg E, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a best of times/worst of times weekend...the joy of a family occasion suddenly highjacked by an unexpected illness. We were sorry to see your stay interrupted in that way and would never want anyone to feel "trapped" at Elmhirst's. Sincerely hoping you are fully recovered and enjoying the rest of your... More

Peterborough, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Fourteen of us attended the Monday buffet lunch and we all enjoyed it so much. We were seated at the window with a beautiful view of Rice Lake. The food was excellent and and there was so much to choose from. The beef was raised on their own farm. After lunch we went for a pontoon boat ride, which was... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We attended a group event for 20 people. Dinner Friday was Coq au Vin which consisted of tough chicken in a broth like sauce (no spoon to put the sauce on the rice). Dinner Sat was a choice of pasta or roast beef. Beef was precooked and sliced with a slicer with slices rolled together and heated- not the prime... More

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

As part of our holiday to Canada we spent a wonderful week at Elmhirst Resort. It is such an excellent base with so much to offer. From sitting on the deck outside your cottage with your feet up to taking a sightseeing tour of Rice Lake in a float plane. From the moment we arrived till the moment we left... More

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Arnprior, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Attended for a conference. Service very polite and genuine. Food quality good and many ingredients produced on site or local. Great to see a family business continue. Bar is neat with sports and aviation memorabilia. Seaport, grass strip.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We attended the 2014 EOAR event - the Food especially the Hearthside Dining Restaurant, Accommodations and hospitality were excellent. Cottages were cozy, clean and comfortable with amazing view of Rice Lake. Enjoyed a day at the Spa, and want to say a special Thanks to Deana for making it a great day. The Elmhirst family were very warm and welcoming!

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Toronto, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Back from a wonderful girls' weekend. Amazing private wine tasting at Elmhirst Resort was the highlight of the weekend. Peter was an incredible host. What a unique experience. Our cabin slept 10 very comfortably. Resort was easy to get to. We will go back.

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Aurora, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This is definitely the place to bring your family for March Break! Every day there were planned activities, and the resort has all of the outdoor activities and equipment one could ask for. Everybody was really friendly and hospitable. We have a child with a nut allergy, so the only downfall is that they use nuts in their kitchen; limiting... More

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Address: RR #1, Keene, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Ontario K0L 2G0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Otonabee-South Monaghan > Keene
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Elmhirst's Resort 3*
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Elmhirsts Hotel Keene
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Lakeside cottage resort open year round. Fully equipped cottages with fireplace, kitchen, TV & DVD, internet; BBQ deck & dock. Dining room & Pub on site; indoor & outdoor pools; boat & motor rentals; fishing guides; golf; tennis; sightseeing flights; horseback riding; walking & biking trails. Massages & Spa services. Guided ATV & snowmobile safaris; wine tasting & farm visits. Ideal for family vacations, getaways, weddings, groups & corporate meetings. Family owned & operated. Catering to international guests. ... more   less 
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