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Pretty River Valley Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Nottawa B&B and Inns
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Toronto, Canada
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“Rustic country Inn”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

stayed at the inn for 2 nights . Overall, if you are going to stay here expect a farm like experience. The rooms in the main house and its attached building need an update. The carpets are worn out and there are stains on the furniture. The pictures of the "suites" online do not look like the reality of the rooms. If you choose to stay here I would pay extra for the crofts rooms as they are newer and overlook the pool..which was great. The suites I would avoid..too pricey for what you are getting.On the positive side, It is very quiet if that is what you are looking for and the farm animals are cute. The beds are very comfortable as well.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My girls planned a bachelorette up in collingwood and booked this inn to stay. It was amazing place, great people and service. Their food was amazing. Most of all it was just a nice relaxing place. I would definitely go back to this inn in the future

  • Stayed July 2013
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Keswick
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband and I spent a weekend last summer at Pretty River Valley Country Inn. We booked a couples massage, spent a day at Scandanave Spa, visited the winery, & went for a hike. Rooms are beautiful & spotless. Linda & Paul were the perfect hosts. We enjoyed our weekend so much, we've decided to go back again this summer and do it all again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

A perfect spot to get away and relax. The location was breath-taking, complete with a visit from a doe during my morning walk. Lots of hiking trails on the property, a beautiful pool complete with lounge chairs and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.The rooms were charming, spacious and spotless. The food was amazing - kudos to the chef! The staff were friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough to ensure that I was comfortable and enjoying my stay. Going back to the Inn with the girls for a weekend getaway in the Fall!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

For a property that is listed as one of Ontario's Finest Inns and calls itself "upscale country", PRVC falls short of "fine" and of "upscale".

Driving along the picturesque country road up to the Inn, I had my hopes high on arriving at an impressive manor with beautifully manicured grounds. Arriving at the driveway that leads to the main building on the property, we were surprised to find a quaint dark-red colored farmhouse hidden behind large conifers and brush. The grounds were tidy and organized, but not at all as 'upscale country' as you would expect it to be. The house is not accurately presented on their website. (Also their website does not have a photos of the front-exterior of the main building.)

I've traveled a lot (including in Ontario) and quite frankly felt deceived by this property listing on the Ontario's Finest Inns site and by the Inn's own website. I expected a luxury inn in the same vain as the Obann Inn or the Charles Inn (all in Ontario) and instead we got a large farm-house, with outdated decor, not a single crisp white linen or towel in my suite, and a lackluster breakfast. When you categorize something as being "Luxurious" or "Ontario's Finest", one would expect 4 or 5-star accommodations and dining... Unfortunately, the things that make the experience at PRVC "fine" (the spa, the fine dining restaurants, and winery) are not on the property itself but in the town of Collingwood, 15mins away. PRVC simply offers discounts to theses establishments. However, these discounts are not exclusive to PRVC and can be obtained, in most cases, through other Inns or hotels or even BnBs in the area.

To add to our disappointment, breakfast was the only meal provided at the Inn, which is not typical of a resort or an Inn. These types of establishments usually serve breakfast and dinner, unlike a BnB, which this PRVC claims not to be. Meals here are prepared by the Inn staff, consisting of young foreigners (in their 20s or early 30s) who, albeit nice, seem to have modest culinary experience, and are boarders at the farm. That said, breakfast is very basic (essentially a continental breakfast); the most luxurious part of which was the nicely folded napkins.

It's surprising that the Ontario's Finest Inns website lists this property alongside The Charles Inn or the Oban Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which offer not only luxurious accommodations but a true 5-star culinary experience.

Overall, the Inn is quaint and has it's charm, but if you're looking for it to be Ontario's finest, I would not keep your hopes too high. It's quite rustic and farm-like and not quite the white wood paneled Inn you might imagine. The people are nice and the service is fine, but frankly, this place is over-priced and over-rated.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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escarpment, Owner at Pretty River Valley Country Inn, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear MSonja,

We are always happy to receive informed and objective feedback from our guests, this is our analysis of your review according to these criteria.
We are a proud member of Ontario’s Finest Inns and we are required to pass the same 300 point inspection as are all the members. OFI members include a variety of different character properties offering unique experiences in unique settings for their guests. We are an agro-tourism and ecologically conscious Inn in which we provide environmentally sensitive aspects of agricultural and country elements for our guests. Perhaps you were interpreting ‘Country Inn’ as being a ‘Country Club Inn’? We provide an upscale country experience with wood burning fireplaces, premium sleep experience on our Tempurpedic mattresses, the opportunity to experience the Niagara Escarpment Unesco Biosphere area along with the Bruce Trail, experience our horses and our reindeer, visit farm animals such as our rare breed chickens and rare breed pigs (which support preserving genetic diversity). We also offer Trekking on our featured Icelandic horses. Toronto Life, in a professional review of our property concluded that we offered “rustic luxury in a rural Ontario setting”.

White linens will never be a part of our offering because in order to have these would require using bleach and strong chemicals. We are constantly striving to live in balance with nature and this would cause unnecessary stress through our in ground septic systems. Consider that the quality in our linens is defined by the fact that they are natural cotton with thread counts of up to 700. They are not however white. Our furnishings are classic Mennonite pine in keeping with the ambience we have created but not to everyone’s taste. In most rooms we have handmade and signed Mennonite quilts which again are appropriate to our upscale country style.

It is also worth exploring your sense of being deceived. Between our websites and Trip advisor we have close to 300 pictures of all aspects of the property most of which were taken and posted by our guests. We also have extensive descriptions of our property provided by both us and our guests on Trip Advisor and our websites. These convey the information on who we are and what we offer.

Yes we are an Inn and we do serve breakfast but we are not a Bed and Breakfast by the accepted definition. You do not enter through the living quarters of the owners nor are you dining in their kitchen or dining room, nor is breakfast prepared in the household kitchen. However many B and B`s are very elegant and unique and offer important value and quality to their guests. At the Inn, breakfasts are prepared in our commercial kitchen. The Inn has private entrances and a guest dining room with individual table seating. You do not share a bathroom or go down the hall to a private bathroom, nor do you share a TV room with other guests. Each of our rooms have there own en suite bathroom, many of our rooms have two person Jacuzzis in the living areas. And we are not the three or four bedroom maximum that municipalities define as a Bed and Breakfast . We are a purpose built Inn with eleven rooms across two buildings. The first is a square log building which houses our commercial kitchen and staff quarters with two board and batten wings with 8 guest accommodations, our dining room, and our indoor hot tub. This building is surrounded by trees and shrubs which contribute to energy conservation by moderating the temperature in the Inn through cooling in the summer and protecting from cold winds in the winter without comprising the scenic beauty. This contributes to reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the quality of our guest’s experience. The second is Home Farm which includes the original red brick Victorian homestead which has had a guest wing harmoniously incorporated and with our three most luxurious rooms (referred to as Crofts), our executive board room, our exercise room, our special function great room, and the owners quarters, all in a modern 10,000 sq ft facility. . In addition, here we have our outside hot tub and a salt water pool with breathtaking views of the valley.This facility has previously been featured in a segment on Breakfast Television

It is your negatively expressed categorization of our staff as “foreigners” which we take very strong exception to. The individuals to which you directed this to are in fact a young couple in the process of emigrating to Canada and who are graduates of the culinary and hotel program at the prestigious Lycee de Métiers d l’Hotellerie et de Tourisme d’Occitnie in Toulouse France. Here they majored in l’Art de la Table, l’Art Culinaire and have developed their talents at the Ousteau de Baumaniere and Coutanceau le Rochelle restaurants in France prior to coming to Canada. We, the owners are also ‘foreigners’ having originally emigrated to Canada from England and Germany. We are proud of the multicultural nature of our staff and our guests and feel that this adds to the quality of the experience at the Inn. Please take this as a respectful suggestion that you may need to reconsider your attitude.

With regards to being served a continental breakfast, consider carefully the following facts. A continental breakfast by definition consists of juice, coffee or tea, and a croissant and/or pastry. We have never offered a ‘continental’ breakfast in the eleven years that we have owned and operated the Inn. During your stay your breakfast each day , presented in a buffet style, included a choice of 4 different juices, coffee and six tea options, farm fresh boiled eggs from our own free range chickens, a selection of fresh yoghurts, a fruit platter consisting of at least 8 different kinds of fruit, 4 different kinds of freshly baked breads, locally produced honey, 3 different kinds of freshly baked pastries, and a hot dish which on the weekend you were here consisted of a scrambled egg with sun-dried tomato and fresh goat cheese with bacon and on the second day our baked French toast served with our homemade maple syrup also with a sausage side all served on Royal Doulton china. In total we have a repertoire of 8 different hot breakfasts (one of which was featured in North American Inns magazine). . On most occasions we have our farm bacon and sausages which we make from our own farm raised pork but these were not available during your stay. We also met special dietary limitations for some of the guests. This is a ‘full country country breakfast’. Due to the variety of breakfast offerings and ability to select what and in what quantity, we find that our guests appreciate the buffet format.

We do not serve dinners nor do many Inns including other members of Ontario’s Finest Inns. We do however offer an incredible choice of restaurants near the Inn with everything from Eiginsinn farm (arguably one of the top restaurants in Canada with its famous chef Michael Stadtlander) to resort fare and specialty restaurants located within 10 to 20 minutes from the Inn. We do have barbecues and microwaves along with cutlery and plates for guest use. We do offer information and objective recommendations on possible dining venues in the area. We also have both in-house and external catering options for groups when this is wanted.

Your package during your stay included bath passes to the Scandinave Spa in Collingwood which is a standalone spa ranked in the top 50 in North America and the finest spa in the region. You also enjoyed the “Perfect Pairings” wine tasting experience which is a first class guided wine and taste experience available to a maximum of 10 persons per week (the winery kindly allowed 12 persons on this occasion just to accommodate your group).

We agree that based on your experience here and the uninformed judgements upon which they were based we are not an appropriate accommodation for you. Due to the special nature of what we offer we try to ensure that guests are well informed through our website and personal contact which was not achieved with you. We also suggest that you are more careful to understand the differences in accommodations before you comment on them in a public forum.

To close the loop, we do appreciate getting feedback however we find your feedback neither informed nor objective and more often than not misinformed and objectionable. We did however very much enjoy hosting your girls’ group getaway
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you are looking to be pampered for a day or two. This is the place to go. Staff terrific, food great, rooms delightful. Not a bad word to be said regarding this Inn. Arrived on a Sat morning late June and Linda had a spa bag all packed ready for us. An absolute delight.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Great inn. Superb amenities. We stayed here during July long weekend and again the following weekend.

Located on a farm with horses, chickens ... reindeer this inn is instantly charming. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Rooms are clean and spacious. The fireplace is loaded and ready to rock. Wifi and TV are available should you not be looking to completely unplug for a night. The pool and hot tub are a great bonus at this inn. Last night we had a suite with a large jacuzzi tub, fireplace.

We ased the owner, Linda, for a hiking recommendation and she suggested th Singhampton caves. Wow was she right. Jaw dropping.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pretty River Valley Country Inn
Address: | 529742 Osprey-The Blue Mountains Tline, Nottawa, Ontario L0M 1P0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Clearview Township > Nottawa
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Nottawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pretty River Valley Country Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn, one of Ontario's Finest Inns, Spas & Hotels is perched on 125 acres on the Niagara Escarpment (UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) overlooking 3,050 acres of Provincial Park, 15 minutes to Collingwood and the Blue Mountains, minutes away from skiing, hiking, biking and Scandinave Spa. All 11 accommodations have wood burning fireplaces, full bathrooms, fridges, Queen or King Tempur-Pedic sleep systems and many have double Jacuzis (not in bathrooms). Hot tubs, salt water swimming pool( and exercise room await! The inn is home to reindeer, horses, chickens, guinea fowl, bees and Angus & Mac (official canine greeters). ... more   less 
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