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“Fantastic 1 year anniversary at the Grand Victorian” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast
15618 Niagara Parkway | Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada   |  
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Fort Erie, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Fantastic 1 year anniversary at the Grand Victorian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Last year my sister booked me several places that we could have a romantic dinner for 30 in NOTL, when we stepped into the Grand Victorian Eva was so pleasant. We had it between two places and once my husband (Fiance at the time) stepped into the Grand Victorian I could tell by his smile this was it. We were told there would be a wine makers dinner where the Chef Robin Howe would be cooking so we decided before we made our final decision we would have a taste of his pairing menu. We were delighted that the food matched the ambiance of the Grand Victorian.

We rented the home for our intimate wedding reception and each and every guest said that is was the most memorable evening. They still talk about it!

We pulled up in the evening after our church ceremony to the candle lit home and you could feel the years of love, family, laughs and the guests were immediately astounded with the champagne and appetizers served on the front veranda.

We had our florist drop by and put some arrangements up, Eva was fantastic and got us beautiful gold bamboo chairs, wonderful antique plates and wonderful candelabra’s.

Their were so many quality wines we decided to also serve it at our 300 person wedding which was held a few days later at a Golf Course.

We just stayed at the Grand Victorian for our One year anniversary and are so happy that we have this time together to play cards with candles listening to old records with no distractions. We biked into town on the amazing bike path along the escarpment (Only about 15min), and had a wonderful gelato at Nina's and shared a Crepe from Joe (She was an apprentice there and so kind). Archie at Reif told us to go to this little treasure Cheese Secrets in downtown and we got some Reif raisin/walnut bread, grabbed a few bottles of wine and some delicious cheeses, smoked salmon and jelly and had a wonderful afternoon snack on the front veranda where we chatted with an amazing couple who comes to the GV seasonally. I read a few of the other reviews today and thought - maybe your relationship is doomed to fail if you can not find romance in such a marvelous lovely B&B, however realizing that's not so nice I'm guessing that if you were expecting a pretentious stuck up space than this is not the place for you. We are so lucky to have had discovered such a jewel and look forward on spending many future anniversarys at the Grand Victorian :)

Our Bed was cozy and rooms spotless.

Robin Howe was fantastic with working with our requests Here is a copy of the menu he put together with us:
First Course-
CARROT, GINGER AND ORANGE “CAPPUCCINO” BISQUE WITH BRIOCHE CROUTONS AND SMOKED PROSCIUTTO CRISP
WINE PAIRING: CHARDONNAY RESERVE, Fermented and aged in new French and American oak baroques, this wine has fresh, clean aromas of pear, green apple and vanilla bean that carry over to the palate.
Second Course-
SEARED SESAME AND GINGER CRUSTED TUNA ACCOMPANIED BY A CRIST SUSHI RICE CROQUETTE, BABY GREENS AND A WASABI AIOLI
WINE PAIRING: GEWURZTRAMINER RIESLING, Aromas of peach and apricot and hints of ginger. Tropical flavors with a touch of sweetness.
Main Course-
RACK OF LAMB “CHOP” IN A REIF KILN DRIEN RAISIN, RED WINE AND MARSALA SPIKED REDUCTION WITH CARROTS AND AN ASPARAGUS, MUSHROOM, PARMESAN RISOTTO
WINE PAIRING: THE MAGICIAN-SHIRAZ PINOT NOIR, Aromas of raspberries, cherries, herbs, a touch of Niagara earth and a hint of black pepper and cedar. On the palate, raspberries, big bold cherries and hints of pomegranate.
Dessert-
AN ASSORTMENT OF LOCAL PASTRIES
WINE PAIRING: LATE HARVEST VIDAL, Beautiful aromas of apple blossom, peach and delicate floral notes. The palate is layered with ripe peach, honey and dried apricot. The acidity is fresh and lively which gives a nice elegant finish.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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St. Catharines, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Beautiful B&B with a lot of character. Very close to the main strip of shops and restaurants in NOTL. Right next to Reif Estates winery. We wanted a bottle of wine and the owner just gave us a bottle of hers since the winery was closed. Breakfast was amazing - delicious! Rooms were so cute. We really enjoyed it!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

From the moment I turned the corner and drove into this extraordinary mansion I was extremely impressed!! We were welcomed by Eva the owner and operator and she is very hospitable and charming! The wood finishes and smell of the wood burning in the fireplaces in the family room and dining are Devine and truley makes u feel that you are in a different time zone which is exactly what we wanted ! Our room was decorated very warm and traditional and the stainglass windows and fireplace was a nice added touch!! The Reif vineyard is basically in the backyard and just absolutely stunning views of the Niagara river in the front porch!! The breakfast was served at 9am and everything form the freshly brewed coffee to the fresh fruits and French toast was delicious!!
If you are looking for comfort, warmth and relaxation this is a great gem!!

Room Tip: Take the walk from the home to Niagara on the lake strip!! It's a 45 minute walk along the river...
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  • Stayed November 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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Toronto, ON
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The Grand Victorian was beautiful! We stayed at the River Room which had a king sized bed. The room was very large and the bed very comfortable. The only thing I didn't like was the bathroom had a bit of a mildew smell. I think it was from the bath curtains. But everything about the room was perfect. We really enjoyed being inside and outside of the property.

Our breakfast was delicious! I wish the hot dish was savory instead of sweet. But it was tasty nonetheless! I'm sure if you go at a different date, you'd have a different dish. The host was extremely friendly and helpful. We've been to the area a few times but she made a few good recommendations on where to eat.

Overall, we really enjoyed staying there. The price was fantastic for the property and ambiance. We truly enjoyed our romantic getaway.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My wife absolutely adored this property. We stayed in the Riverview Room. A couple of KMs outside Niagara on the Lake, but right on the parkway, excellent access to Bike paths and surrounded by Wineries. Breakfast was excellent. Would stay here again and again.

Room Tip: Riverview Room was nice.
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  • Stayed August 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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Kitchener, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We got a Smart Getaway from my sonand his new wife for Christmas. It was for anywhere in Canada. We chose Niagara on the Lake because we had not stayed there befor. This place is gorgeous!! Our room had aking size bed,fireplace private bath and sitting area.mBreakfast was awesome,buffet style.We met some people from New Brunswick.We also sat out on the porch the night we stayed there.

  • Stayed August 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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

The Grand Victorian is outside Niagara on the Lake, which is great, because it is away from the chaos of NOTL.
We checked in around 1, and our room was ready. We had the Jackson Room on the main floor and I was a bit worried it would be loud with foot steps above, but that was not a problem.
The house is huge and impressive. Our room was very large, had a big comfy bed and a big bathroom with lots of hot water.
The house has a wrap around porch with lots of places to sit and take your beverage of choice out to and sit and watch the gorgeous sunset over the vineyards of Reif winery.
Next morning we had an amazing breakfast of fruit and cheeses and a tasty egg strata, plus I have to say the yummiest croissants I have ever tasted, jam and breads.
This is a quiet and peaceful place, no TV's, so if you can not be away from this kind of entertainment then you shouldn't stay here.
If you would like to stay in a century home set in a beautiful winery, across from a water view, then this is the place for you.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Jackson room and loved it, main floor at the back of the house and very quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: 15618 Niagara Parkway | Ontario, 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
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Ranked #75 of 178 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Go back on whispering winds of time in this circa 1860's mansion. This very grand Victorian mansion is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway across from the Niagara River. It has a wrap-around veranda, tennis court and over an acre of gardens. This 6 room bed and breakfast's grandiose interiors boast 12-foot ceilings, stained glass windows, fireplaces and is furnished with 4-poster beds and antiques.Guests can enjoy a brunch-style breakfast buffet in the conservatory. Many lovely spaces for relaxing and having a glass of wine. Modern amenities include a guest pantry and Wi-Fi The Grand Victorian is next door to the Reif Estate Winery and offers complimentary tours and tastings. ... more   less 
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