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The Breadalbane Inn
Ranked #1 of 8 Fergus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Wouldn't you wonder if the people writing the reviews on the Breadalbane were actually all at the same establishment??? Unfortunately, I believe they are all correct. I have been going here for about ten years and the lack of consistency is unbelievable. There are very good servers and very bad servers, but rarely will they be there when you return the next time. One time your meal will be excellent and the next a comedy of errors. Imagine ordering a snowpea salad which arrives with no snowpeas on it!! Meals plunked down in front of you but no utensils. Needless to say, I don't go as often as I would if I knew I could count on consistent food and consistent service. It's really a shame as it should be and could be such a great place. Surely it must be a complete lack of proper management.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We booked a play in Stratford, Ontario for the Saturday afternoon and had left it too late to find a hotel to stay in. We starting scouting the nearby areas and landed on The Breadalbane Inn in Fergus. Fergus is a lovely 50 minute country drive from Stratford. We had never been to Fergus and it is a lovely town. Loaded with gorgeous stone buildings all along the river. Very nice for an afternoon of exploration!
The Breadlabane Inn was built in 1850 and they have tried to maintain much of the original detail There is a bit of an old building smell to the place.
We stayed in the two suites at the top of the stairs – one was called the Master Suite and I cannot recall the name of the other one. Both rooms were a good size and were decorated in period pieces. Given the “historical look” of the decor, I expected the bed to be uncomfortable – it was anything but! We had a wonderful sleep in a very comfortable four poster bed. The owners have tried to think of everything to make your stay comfortable. The rooms come with plush bathrobes and an in room Keriug coffee/tea service. There is a gas fireplace in the room which you turn on with the flick of a switch. There is a towel heater in the bathroom. There was no closet in our room only hooks upon which to hang your clothes. Worked well for an overnight stay. Would have preferred a closet for a longer stay.
The bathroom was a good size with a large tub and shower.
Breakfast was included and was excellent with a range of innovative offerings – not your traditional eggs and bacon breakfast. Definitely more fine dining.
We also enjoyed dinner downstairs in the fine dining room the night before. We sat the solarium area which was lovely. The food, presentation and service were superb. The focus was on local farm to table ingredients and the servers were knowledgeable about the selections. We had several food allergies at our table and the wait and kitchen staff were terrific at accommodating our needs.
We got a special weekend deal which included breakfast and $75 coupon per room for dinner. Made dinner very reasonable.
Overall, good value for money.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Just stayed 2 nights in deluxe king suite. Yes, bathroom was in our room, we didn't share with other guests, however it was IN our room!
No door or wall separating bathroom from bedroom was just not appealing.
The rugs smelled everywhere we went throughout the inn. Time to upgrade folks!
On second day we were given a wastebasket full of ice. Ugh!
A small bar fridge should be in each room in this day in age. No wifi either.
Room has virtually no place to put luggage on, or our toiletries. Everything on smelly carpets :(
Room could use a good dusting too.
A/C was a wall unit that sounded like jet engine, and there wasn't screens on windows, so a bit tricky with lack of air flow...
Bed was comfy, coffee good, but not enough of it.

Food was extremely good, and service fantastic. Just needs a shot in the upgrade department and I might think of staying again, but as is, it's not worth the $$$. Go for breakfast and dinner in a heartbeat though!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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5  Thank BEchirrey
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed 4 nights here on business in April. Not our first time. We reserved the McCattie Suite which is in a newer building separate from the original stone inn. Very quiet and private. However the room needs updating in a big way. Decor is knotty pine with country accents, which is tired nowadays. TV was the old big tube type. Bathroom vanity was quite satisfactory - good lighting, reasonable counter space, etc. The separate shower/toilet room is cramped and out of date. On the plus side - room was very clean, King bed was comfy, and the gas fireplace warmed us up nicely. A Keurig which did not work was replaced right away with a working one.

We ate several meals in the Inn. Breakfast, included in the rate, was excellent every morning, with a very good selection, ranging from healthy to the farmer's platter. One of us went healthy, the other went to the farm.

Dinners come from 2 different menus - the Pub, which has a great and long list of more casual styles of food, and the fine dining menu available in the separate and very pleasant courtyard dining area. We tried both and had great results from each. The Inn has made a commitment to sourcing local foods and has done an excellent job developing good meals, and also informing the diners of the contents of their meal.

We'll go back again next year, looking especially forward to the great food, and hoping that the room gets a makeover in the meantime.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

The reviews were mixed so I wasn't sure what we would find, however, we had a really nice stay.

The Room: stayed in the Ariel Dyer. This was a free upgrade as we are VIP members of Ontario's Finest Inns. Very nicely furnished and clean. Even had a little fireplace. Didn't find it noisy at all.

Reception: I agree that something needs to be done with meeting guests in a timely manner. It's fine that the desk doesn't have someone 24/7, but then there needs to be a better way for guests to let someone know they're there. I found the staff to be very friendly.

Food: had breakfast here and it was very good and portions were a good size too. Definitely didn't need lunch!

Other: came back from a day out and found the housekeeping staff had refilled our ice. Thought it was a nice touch.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank LilMissTravels79
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

we stayed in the McCatty Room which was very nice ,cozy, relaxing. However on arrival we threaded our way, with luggage, through a crowded pub and found the register desk. There we stood for 15 minutes in an empty room. After returning to the pub area , a head waitress( I think), said she would be with us soon but was very busy due to Tarton Day. Twenty minutes later she returned and escorted us to our room stating the manager wasn't there and they were understaffed. We had booked the room a month in advance, and as Tarton Day is an anual event..no excuse for being under staffed. That evening we went to the dining room with another couple for supper. The waitress came after about 15 minutes and we ordered apps. She left without filling the water glasses, and again we hear about understaffed. The apps were very good , and we ordered our main dinners. It took all of 45 minutes( no exagerating here), and our dinners were cool. They seem to have a very good chef whose meals are ruined by poor management, again not the servers fault as she was srving the pub and dining area. They seemed to have the idea that the pub was making more money than the dining room and we came in a far distant second. The waitress in the morning claimed to be the manager, but she was so matter of fact and unapoligetic that it was obvious she honestly couldn't have cared less. At the previous dinner I was really considering walking out while awaiting our main meal, but didn't know how our guests would feel about that, so I persevered. The second breakfast was horrible, I had eggs benedict and there is no way that evrything except the eggs werent left overs. Dried ham, dry and burnt home fries, and the english muffen was absolutly stale.
I was particularly angry about our "package" as there was an automatic $100.00 gratuity included, and not one of the staff should have been entitled to any. In summary...this is a wonderfull Inn....being so badly managed that the owners cannot possibly be aware of. There is no embellishing in what I have just stated, and in fact I feel that a very good chef is going to have his reputation ruined at this establishment.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Rick C
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We have stayed at the Breadalbane 4 times now and are heading back for our fifth with friends this time. Always in October as that is our anniversary month. Our first stay was in the Master's Suite which was a beautiful room over top of the dining area. The road noise in the early morning was a little bothersome but not so much as to detract from our stay. The next 2 times we stayed in the McCatty Suite which is really nice and the last time there we stayed in the Harrette Suite, also quite nice. We have paid the bigger price to stay in other Inns with all the ammenities but the Breadalbane offers a great price with great dining in a really central location if you like to search out the treasures of the area. I guess it's all what you are looking for when you go somewhere, but we have enjoyed it enough to return again and again. We have peeked into some of the other rooms as they were being cleaned and they are quite small, but it is a historically old building and that is what you should expect. We've stayed at the Ben Miller, the Old Mill, and several other Historic Ontario Inns and have enjoyed them all for what they are individually. Give the Breadalbane a try and make up your own mind and hopefully come away with good memories like we have.

Room Tip: Master's Suite Nice but a little noisy, McCatty Suite more modern but secluded or Harrette Suite...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 487 St Andrew St W | Centre Wellington-Fergus/Elora, Fergus, Ontario N1M 1P2, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Fergus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Fergus
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Hotel with 10 rooms. Each one has it's own unique charm and characteristics. While staying with us at the Inn you can have the choice of dinning in 1 of our 2 restaurants on site. If you feel like a burger and a pint, try the Fergusson Pub which offers our own in house made burgers and a variety of domestic and craft beer offerings. Looking for something a little more upscale? Then try Scozia, which is our pasta, steak and wine bar. All steaks are sourced locally and are raised with out antibotics or hormones. Pair up any of our dishes with one of our many delicious wines. Also don't forget about dessert. ... more   less 
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