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“Now known as 'The Wandering Pheasant'...can't wait to go back!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Wandering Pheasant Inn
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1060 East-West Road, Ontario N0R 1M0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #6 of 14 Pelee Island B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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“Now known as 'The Wandering Pheasant'...can't wait to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

I stayed at this B&B (now under new ownership, called "The Wandering Pheasant") on Victoria Day weekend 2010, with four friends, and we all had a fantastic experience.
Owner Sandra and her staff are working hard to give the front facade of the hundred-year-old main building a facelift, with a new porch for guests to relax on, but many improvements have already been finished, such as the screened in hot tub under a gazebo (open at all hours) and another gazebo with patio furniture for enjoying time outside. My friends & I stayed in one of the cabins at the back of the property, which were very clean and comfortable, with all the amenities available in a full-service hotel, plus a private screened porch with hammock. The breakfasts we were served on the two mornings we stayed over were excellent, a zuchinni quiche on the first day and buttermilk pancakes with banana compote on the second. Sandra accomodates vegetarians too, if you ask. The property is located close to a beach as well as the Fish Point nature reserve, and would be an accessible spot for a young family with children. A free wine tour is included in the price of the room as well, at Pelee Island Winery, and Sandra is extremely helpful with luggage and people transfers to and from the ferry if you don't bring a car to the island. Awesome weekend all around - I would definitely go back again!

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Westerville, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2005

We just returned from an anniversary weekend at the Tin Goose Inn on Pelee Island. WOW, did we have a wonderful time! Pelee Island is unlike any other"tourist place" we'd ever been. It was so laid back, so NONcomercial, and SO peaceful that it actually took a little while to adjust and appreciate the stillness. We took our car over on the ferry from Sandusky and were glad that we did as things were spread out, though there were bicycles to rent just across the street from the ferry dock. Much of the island is nature preserves which allowed for hiking through beautiful biomes with lots of birds and butterflies and soft sandy beaches, We did have trouble with biting flies, though, near the lighthouse but that was the only time they were a problem.
About the Tin Goose Inn, itself. There are two parts to the inn. The original (circa 1890's) has been restored with 8 rooms on the top floor and two bathrooms to share. These rooms are all individually decorated and very cute but small (pretty much just room for a bed + a chest). Across the lawn and past the enclosed hottub, however, there is a low, one story building that was designed to match the golden yellow with dark red trimmed inn,It has 4 suites, each with a screened porch with a hammock and table with chairs. Inside was a queen sized bed, sitting area furnished with antiques, a refrigerator, coffee maker and a shower bathroom (which was huge.) We estimated the entire suite to be about 400 square feet. It was air conditioned, too.
When we travel, part of our experience is eating good food. The restaurant (called Gooseberry's) is actually on the L-shaped, screened in porch area of the original inn. There were 9 tables which in total would seat 22 people. There are 3 seatings, and both nights we chose the last one (which was at 8:00). The food was absolutely OUTSANDING. Since we ate both our dinners at Gooseberry's we had four of the things on their menu and all were perfectly prepared (Good job, David, the chef!) Karen, the innkeeper treated us throughout our stay with personal attention that was warm and genuine.
We would like to return to this special place again sometime - maybe in the spring or fall when the monarch butterflies are migrating. It is one friendly place!

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2005

This Inn is one of my favorite places. We've stayed here four times now; last in July 2004. The staff is more than helpful and friendly. While the rooms are small and the inn is old, it has charm. Each room is decorated in a different theme. There are three or four bathrooms for the 12 (?) rooms so getting into one of them is never a problem. If you want quietude, this is the place. The rooms have no TVs and no phones. No outlets for the internet either. Our favorite room is the Victorian. It's the largest and quite pretty. It's conducive to sitting and reading and having a glass of wine (you can bring your own if you want or buy it from the inn's bar).

Breakfasts are quite nice and you can get coffee or tea pretty much any time you want. For an additional charge, you can add one of the inn's breakfast specialties.

Children under 13 aren't allowed so that's a plus.

If you aren't into sharing a bathroom, the inn has some suites away from the main house which have phones, TVs, a porch with hammocks and chairs, coffee pot, and, of course, ensuite baths.

The restaurant (Gooseberry's) is great. Food is well and innovatively prepared. The portions are large so sharing a meal is not a problem. The escargots are some of the best and the creme brulee is to die for.

Give yourself a treat and try this lovely island inn.

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Address: 1060 East-West Road, Ontario N0R 1M0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Pelee Island
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #6 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Pelee Island
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
My vintage Inn is on the most southeast shore of Pelee Island, it is set in a unique country setting just a pebbles throw to the beach. It's perfect for a romantic getaway or a cozy overnight stay with a loved one, while enjoying the serenity of Pelee Island. We offer an adult only atmosphere, asking that children be nineteen years and older. ... more   less 
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The Wandering Pheasant Inn Pelee Island, Ontario

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