A really lovely B&B in a Victorian house, and very conveniently located on a quiet street just one block from Albert St., one of the main thoroughfares. Quite a lot of work has been done on the house and clearly with a lot of love and care. The heating is good, the air conditioning works well, the locks are sound and each guest gets a key to the front door, the back door on their floor and to their room. There are four rooms, two on the second floor that share a bath and two on the third floor, each with their own bathrooms. I stayed in the "Serenity" room on the third floor.
Be aware that this B&B wouldn't be the best choice for anyone with mobility issues. There are steps to the front door, a staircase of moderate length and steepness to the second floor rooms and another steeper and narrower staircase to the third floor. Having said that, I'm in my 50s with no back issues and I had no problem getting my suitcase and tote up to the third floor.
My room was large with a very comfortable queen bed, really good linens and pillows (something I'm fussy about). Also in the room was a large armoire for hanging clothes, a slatted bench for luggage and shoes, two chairs by a small corner table with drawers, a small tv and a basin/mirror area. The private bathroom has a very spacious shower (no tub). The towels were deliciously thick and soft. A large window opens out to the street and right outside is a venerable elm tree; I felt like I was in a treehouse.
Also on the third floor is a romantic honeymoon suite. It was unoccupied while I was there so I had to have a snoop around this comfy-looking nest in the sky, wrapping around the northeast corner of the house. Big four-poster bed, a small table/chairs sitting area, a fireplace with glass on three sides that acts as a kind of room divider between the bed area and the soaking tub big enough for two, set in the turret of the house and surrounded by windows. The toilet and sink are secluded behind a door to the side of the tub.
The decor is not Victorian-fussy but rather Asian in flavour and, as they say on their website, the owners have used the principles of feng shui in their designs. I didn't see much of the second floor but on the third floor, colours tend to be dark with cream and white accents.
In between these two rooms is the 3rd floor common area, comprised of a living room with a leather couch and chair, coffee table, lamps, big screen tv with full cable and a galley style kitchenette with microwave, half-size fridge, small sink, coffee machine and all the dishes, cutlery, wineglasses, etc. that you would need to fix a snack. From this room is access to the outside stairs that go down the back of the house. The whole top floor would be great to occupy for a family traveling together.
The outside areas are charming and a work in progress. The front deck has been added in the last year or so; the back features a stone patio (not for high heels!) and a fountain, as well as a hot tub on the first landing of the back stairs. Given the finishing inside the house, I am confident that the outside areas are going to be fabulous in a year or so; all they need is a little time for the plants to fill in.
Breakfast is served at the guest's convenience in the dining room on the main floor. I was served a huge breakfast (had my husband been with me, I know he would have been satisfied with the amount) of a generous fruit salad, two eggs, toast, sausage AND perogies. This in addition to granola, yogurt, milk and juice that is available early in the morning for starters!
The owners of the house live there but were away on business during my stay so all my needs were attended to by Brandy, who stays in and oversees the operation in their absence. She was very helpful and accommodating as well as being a pleasure to chat with.
Dragon's Nest is within walking distance from the Saskatchewan Legislative Building (make sure to go inside for a tour), the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the gorgeous Wascana Lake and surrounding park, and charming older neighbourhoods, curving crescents lined with elms and lovingly maintained homes, perfect for an evening stroll. As for restaurants, La Bodega is a block and a half away and I really enjoyed my dinner there. If I'd been there another night, I would have tried "The Fainting Goat"; the menu in their window was intriguing and it was just another block away. Also within a couple of blocks is Viet Thai that offers cheap, fast and tasty (you guessed it) Asian fare.
What I noticed more than anything about this B&B is the attention to detail, all the little things that they thought of--like a binder in the room full of personal recommendations of nearby restaurants, the sumptuous robes that are provided for every guest, the handy instructions for operating the electronics, the dozens of DVDs in the TV cabinet (I was THRILLED to find the first season of The Mary Tyler Moore show...so fun!), the near-blackout curtains in case you want to sleep in, the internet access provided.....I could go on and on. I just wish I travelled to this area more often--I'd go back and stay there at any time.
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