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Elmhirst's Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   1045 Settlers Line, Keene, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Ontario K0L 2G0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Keene
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“in major need of some money spending”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2007

the place is living in a time warp in major need of total face lift acually you cant bring the dead back to life i cant say any more without geting to upset so i leave it there

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — how dirty it was
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ely, Cambs., UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2006

Came across this resort on the web, looked up their website and everything about it seemed perfect for what we wanted.

Having stayed in a cottage previously in the Haliburton area we knew what to expect but we needed to be within an hours drive of Oshawa and 2 hours from Toronto and this place was just perfect.

We booked in for 5 nights (Mon - Sat), the 3 bedroomed detached cottage was well equipped with everything you could possibly need and if the weather gets cold enough (which it didn't) then there is a good old fashioned wood burner to keep you warm, just help yourself to the logs (No Charge). This is in addition to electric heating.

The cottage was right by the lakeside (Rice Lake) with its own jetty, overlooking a central island and the views were stunning. A heron decided to go fishing by our jetty one evening, there was an Osprey that regularly went hunting over the lake and on 2 evenings we even had a pair of Beavers come to see us which appeared to have no fear of us whatsoever.

The first day we arrived here we hastened to the bar for liquid refreshment and a meal. There were 2 other familys in the bar at the time and to our astonishment, they were all English and it turned out that we had all originated from within a 20 mile radius of each other back in the UK - Unbelievable!

Although the resort is in a pretty isolated area there are plenty of things to keep you and the kids occupied. There are canoes, kayaks & pedal boats (No Charge). There is motor boat rental, fishing equipment hire. The girls loved the horse riding which costs $40 (less than 20 quid ) for an hour and the greatest thrill of all was a sightseeing trip in a boat plane which takes off and lands on the lake, holds 2 people at a time (plus pilot) and also costs $40 - what a bargain for that experience. Take off to landing takes around 25 minutes.

All in all, a wonderful experience and highly recommended to everybody - the only downside, the games room and equipment looking tired although this too is free to use as are the tennis courts.

  • Liked — The location, views, the facilities on offer plus the fact that a number of them were free to use - Great!
  • Disliked — The tired games room and the bed seemed a bit small - but we are used to a king size!
  • Tips/Secrets — Just seek it out, only 2 hours from Pearson International - Oh! and don't forget the boat plane trip Ab Fab!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Elmhirst's Resort

Address: 1045 Settlers Line, Keene, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Ontario K0L 2G0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Otonabee-South Monaghan > Keene
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Keene
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Elmhirst's Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lakeside cottage resort open year round. Fully equipped cottages with fireplace, kitchen, TV & DVD, internet; BBQ deck & dock. Dining room & Pub on site; indoor & outdoor pools; boat & motor rentals; fishing guides; golf next door; tennis; sightseeing flights; horseback riding; walking & biking trails. Massages & Spa services. Guided ATV & snowmobile safaris; wine tasting & farm visits. Ideal for family vacations, getaways, weddings, groups & corporate meetings. Family owned & operated. Catering to international guests. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Elmhirst`s Hotel Keene
Elmhirsts Hotel Keene
Elmhirst's Resort Ontario/Keene, Canada

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