I was recently in Winnipeg for a conference, followed by several days of research at the University of Manitoba for a personal project. Leaving my seriously beige conference hotel downtown and arriving at La Chaumiere du Village for the second part of my trip was HEAVEN. The house is located on a beautiful street just across the river from the downtown fray, in a funky neighbourhood called Osborne Village. Bruce and Celine (who live on site, in their own suite at the front of the house) greeted me warmly and made me feel immediately at home. The bedrooms (all upstairs) share a bathroom, and downstairs there is a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living room and a full claw bath in the basement. A quick trip down the road to the local whole foods shop, and I was enjoying a lovely glass of wine and some fresh fruit and snacks on the little deck. The place is spotless, and I really enjoyed Celine's touches in the recent transformation to a B&B -- a homey mix of antiques, mid-century modern, and general ephemera that completely appealed to me. I must have taken 10 pictures of the plaid curtains in my bedroom, so beautifully did they evoke "prairie chic" to me! And the breakfasts are great if (like me) you are not into the three course hot meal that many B&Bs offer: self serve toast, cereals, muffins, fruit, and protein treats (cheese, devilled eggs, etc), with juice and coffee - with Celine's little boxes of trail mix to take with you on the day's adventure! All in all, a wonderful place to call home while in Winnipeg. Probably not for you if you want complete alone-ness -- it's a compact house and you are sharing a bathroom and kitchen with others, after all. But I really enjoyed the experience. Great for solos, couples, and families (there's a teeny sweet room with just enough room for a single bed if you do have a wee one with you). And for dinner: highly recommend tapas at Segovia or burgers at Unburger - both just a few blocks away. I'd come back in a heart beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming, comfortable and elegant century two-storey house situated at the corner of Wellington Crescent and Wardlaw Ave, in the heart of Osborne Village, voted Canada's best neighborhood. Walking distance from attractions, business, shopping, downtown and Corydon Avenue, which offer specialty shopping, and a variety of the best restaurants in town. Three quaint and large bedrooms plus a useful tiny one, two original bathrooms, one on the second floor and one more private in the basement, a comfortable living room with a big screen TV and a nice kitchen for your convenience. It is also possible to rent the house for a short time. Other features include wireless Internet, central air conditioning, robes, hair dryer, laundry room and iron board. An outside sitting area is also available. While traveling, if you like to feel at home away from home, La Chaumière du Village Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Chaumiere Du Village B&B Winnipeg, Manitoba