We enjoyed a summer sisters wine weekend in Prince Edward County and we chose Bells & Whistles as our home for 2 nights. I must admit we are typically hotel guests and so when we pulled up and Bill came out to greet us I thought he was another guest whose car I was blocking in. Very much my mistake....he and Debbie and their daughter (The Chef!) are just that nice. Their B&B is off a main road and we had no troubles using the directions from their website. I will say their B&B is great for Waupoos Winery but quite a distance from the majority of wineries and some dinner spots so not very central but a good location. The circular gravel drive ended at about 6 parking spots. The stairs up to the screened in porch are a bit short so be careful as you bring in your things but Bill certainly offered to help with that as well.
The home's decor is a bit dated but it suits the country feel and is comfortable. We were given a tour of the LR, kitchen, eating area, new deck and swimming pool. We were excited to also see a screened in gazebo, a firepit (boo on the fire ban) and Bill's chicken coop. Debbie had plenty of local attraction, restaurant, and activity materials and knowledge at hand and she even sells local soap from their foyer! I noticed DVDs in her office and that's a lovely service considering the cable is only on the LR TV and not in the guest rooms. Each room does have a DVD player though. Needless to say unless you have children with you or you visit in the winter you might not even touch the TV - we certainly didn't.
Our only issue and something we didn't ask about during our tour was security. Ask for a room key if you like. They can be provided as there are no safes in the room but we didn't ask. We would have been fine b/c we never expected our beds to be made but when we returned from being out our room door was wide open. It was for ventilation (some guests rooms were hot) but it left us feeling exposed as we had left some valuables in our room assuming no one was entering. Debbie later apologized after we mentioned this on our comment card upon check-out.
We stayed in the suite at the end of the hall in a Rejoice Suite. 1 Queen in the main room with an armchair, dresser, TV/DVD and large closet and 2 twin beds in the 2nd room with side tables, dresser, I think another TV. The twin room adjoined to the full bath. There was a door to the hallway but we locked it. The room was clean, the beds very comfortable, and the shower pressure great! We 3 ladies could have used a couple more hangers but we made due as it was only 2 nights. The A/C and the ceiling fans were cool enough for us and when we did get hot from being out we returned both days to a great pool. Easy to share with other guests as the deck is fairly large. It was quite refreshing!
I've left breakfast to the end of the review as my favourite! Not only is it lovely to have someone cook for you when you are normally the cook but it was the best part of our stay. OJ and coffee/tea at the ready, fresh fruit, yogurt and homemade granola (To Die For!) as the 1st course. You could eat this with a fresh pastry - day 1 was muffins and day 2 local turnovers - apple and cherry. As you are enjoying that maybe eggs any style, toast and bacon come your way or sour cream/honey belgian waffles with warm berry compote. OMG! I swear between our 2 great dinners in the area and these 2 breakfasts I gained at least 5 lbs. Sooo worth it though.
It was very interesting that we heard no other guests in this large home although we say people coming and going so we knew they had no vacancy. Also, the variety of guests (families from far and near, girl trips) was great. It was well worth the adventure out of the 'hotel box'. Well done Bells & Whistles!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amidst a serene county setting, Bells & Whistles Family Inn specializes in making your family vacation a memorable and fun experience.Located only ﬁve minutes to both downtown Picton and Waupoos wine region, you can start your day with a sumptuous, full country breakfast, made with fresh eggs and produce from our garden accompanied by our homebaked goods, in our dining room or on the screened veranda.With several beautifully appointed suites and rooms from which to choose,whether you are a couple, a group of friends or a family, our inn is the perfect spot to enjoy some family fun in our inground pool or enjoying our screened in Veranda. We not only accept young children but also cater to the whole family by providing booster chairs, toys, a playground, as well as baby monitors so that you can enjoy some adult time, possibly by our ﬁre pit.At Bells and Whistles Family Inn, it is all about providing you with best of everything from great hospitality to wonderful amenities and services for a truly great County experience. ... more less
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