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“Viv-a-voom!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Viv's Front Porch B&B

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1865 Four Mile Creek Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada   |  
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Stafford, Virginia
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“Viv-a-voom!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

July 2012. Our only regret is that this rating system won’t let us give 6 stars to Viv’s Front Porch Bed & Breakfast. We have never laughed so hard, ate so well, or slept so comfortably in a B&B. Key words that immediately come to mind: immaculate, impeccable, laughter, gourmet breakfasts, convenient location, friendly, service-oriented, fun, and comfortable. The jokes were flying within the first minute. Surprise welcome gifts were delivered as we settled in. The king bed was perfect after our long travel day. The morning brought a gourmet sit-down breakfast magnificently crafted by Viv’s husband Les. Les is a formally-trained European master chef who loves to start his guests’ days with a “wow!” Have you ever had crème brulee for dessert after breakfast in a B&B? Viv’s is surrounded by vineyards and orchards – conveniently located between the charm of Niagara-On-The-Lake and excitement of Niagara Falls. If you’re driving into the area for a getaway, Viv’s Front Porch is an ideal choice.

Room Tip: Viv's was designed and built as a BB. Every room is beautiful, has a comfy king bed, ample clos...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I don't often take the time to do this, but my stay at Viv's is one to remember and share. Tucked behind a peach orchard away from down town and the shops had us a little worried when I booked on line. That was soon dispelled when we walked in an saw our room and met Viv and Les.(we found out later that we were closer to all the wineries though:-). A veteran of B&B's our experience at Viv's has set the bar for all others. I wont share all the details because you have to find out for yourselves how truly special you are made to feel while staying at Viv's Front Porch. I will say the three course breakfast is nothing like anything you have EVER had at a B&B. Les you are a genious in the kitchen and I hear Viv can hold her own as well. Already planning another stay and bringing friends!

Room Tip: they are all very nice!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Viv's Front Porch B&B, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Thank you for your review, if people leave our home happy and remember us then we know we are going in the right direction, it's the people themselves that make it happy and interesting.
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Viv
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Guelph, Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

My wife and I stayed recently at Viv's. Viv is competent, enthusiastic and accommodating. She apologized that the breakfast was not as good as husband Les can do - he's retired from the British Army Catering Corps. He was away. Well, if he can possibly do better I'd be surprised; but we'll be giving it a try in future. Viv's breakfast was perfect. Our room was large and well appointed; the bed was as comfortable as could be. The location is about a 5-minute drive from NOTL - we wouldn't want to be right in this tourist town. Viv made a reservation for us at a restaurant about 3 km away in Virgil and her recommendation proved to be reliable. Little touches such as chocolate covered strawberries with our names on them, and roses, made our stay just perfect. Without a doubt we'll be returning.

Room Tip: The Gardenia Room has two windows for cross-ventilation.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Viv's Front Porch B&B, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
We thank you for taking the time to write your review and appreciate your kind words, we are glad that we are able to make our home your home.
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Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed 2 days at Viv's Front Porch Bed and Breakfast located at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. What a pleasant surprise! The B & B is located amongst the many vineyards scattered throughout the peninsula and is not in the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic. The location is perfect for relaxation and yet is only minutes from everything the area has to offer. A 3 course breakfast was served which we found to be the best we have experienced at any B&B. (we have stayed at many B&B's from Sedona, Arizona to many on the east coast of the USA and now Canada) The food was prepared to perfection, and simply delicious. WOW! The Inn Keepers, Les and Viv are fabulous people with a sense of humor and a strong desire to make their customers comfortable away from home. The many stories that were shared resulted in much laughter and even though we were there just a few days, we left feeling like Les and Viv were longtime friends. We will stay here every time we visit the region provided rooms are available.

Ken & Jean Lepley, Lewisburg, Pa.

Room Tip: We chose Bella's room with a jacuzzi tub. The room also featured a shower, a king size comfortab...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

My boyfriend and I weren't sure what to expect as this was our first b&b experience but wow were we impressed! Viv and Les' home was beautifully decorated and we felt right at home! The food was spectacular and we were so full that we never had to have lunch! Viv and Les were so helpful and informative with everything that we needed. They talked at length about which places we should visit and were extremely accommodating and charming. We really enjoyed our stay and wished we would have been there for an extra night. We highly recommend this b&b as Viv and Les will not disappoint!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Viv's Front Porch B&B, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your review we were glad that we made your first experience of a B & B so relaxing and comfortable. We hope that this will not be your last visit and hope to see you again in the near future.
Regards
Viv & Les
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

The moment Les opened the front door, we felt like they were old friends. So cheerful, so funny and warm and friendly. Viv showed us around-every room was spotless and decorated beautifully. Linens were lovely, beds comfortable beyond belief and every detail taken care of, including chocolate covered strawberries with our names written on them! But let's talk FOOD- WOW!!! Les cooked a 3 course breakfast that was pure ART! Beyond description and beautifully arranged, from muffins (scrumptious!) to salmon and poached eggs (done perfectly) with every little detail (reduction sauces were to die for) tended to with care and an artists eye. And served with Viv's fresh herbs! I took pictures or our meals...I'm a self confessed foodie-a fussy one at that- and their breakfasts went beyond expectation. I've been spoiled for all other B&B's. My worry now is that Liv's will become so popular that it won't have openings for our next visit. <sad face> We so love this B&B and suggest you get a room here FAST. You won't be disappointed. You will go home happy like we did, although we hated to leave.

Room Tip: The oriental room is lovely, but the downstairs suite is also. It would be hard to choose!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at Viv's Front Porch B&B, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, it makes us feel appreciated and happy knowing that we have made your stay here comfortable and memorable.
Your hosts Viv & Les
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stoney creek
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Really enjoyed our visit to Viv's and Les's property in Niagara on the Lake. The rooms were spacious and comfortable with large private bathroom facilities. The breakfast was a delightful surprise with a multi course meal prepared by Virgil renowned chef Les. Very attentive hosts and prepared to provide anything we needed. We will be back again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1865 Four Mile Creek Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 178 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Cape-Cod style home with 3 wonderful Rooms with King size beds and en-suites. Start your day with one of our abundantly appetizing breakfasts to get you through to dinner. Amidst all the wineries yet close to fine dining restaurants and the unique town of Niagara on the Lake. Golf, Theatre, Wine Tours, Attractions or simply sit back and relax - the choice is yours. ... more   less 

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