I am a NOTL regular and visit Shaw Festival every year. NOTL is a lovely town for a long weekend because of the many restaurants, the plays, and the lake views.
My room at Lakewinds (Florentine) had lovely views of the lake across the golf course and there is a small parkette just steps away where you can sit and watch the lake. If you need to sleep in a very dark room, the Florentine may not be for you, since it's cream curtains let in some light in the morning, and the sink is in the room, not in the bathroom, which may bother those whose partners wake up multiple times at night; however, it is still a very comfortable room.
The inn itself has a beautiful garden and pool. It has lush, English-style flowers and plants (and herbs that they use in the food!), and swimming in the pool surrounded by these flowers is truly getting away from it all. It is a great place to relax and the inn as a whole is spacious and quiet...I didn't hear a thing during the night and was shocked to realize at breakfast that the inn was full! I though we had it to ourselves! The breakfasts are wonderful: there is a variety of lovely, fresh, delicious food. The baked goods are warm and delicious, the fruit salads are fresh and juicy, and the hot breakfasts are just great.
All in all, my stay was wonderful. The inn is walking distance to many restaurants and the theatres, and I would certainly consider coming back (my friend is recommending it to her family already).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A special and unique experience awaits you at Lakewinds, a recently restored Victorian manor, offering the best of bed and breakfast experiences. Situated on a quiet acre of extensive flower gardens and mature trees, Lakewinds offers you unparalleled views of the golf course beside the lake. A short walk away is the centre of the old town where you will find the theatres, shops and restaurants. Acclaimed by media and repeat guests. ... more less
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