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“Merlot House is even better with the McBrides”
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Merlot House
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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212 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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“Merlot House is even better with the McBrides”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Stayed at Merlot House with the previous owners and quite enjoyed it. Now with the McBrides' special touch it is even better. Just back from 2 night stay there. Shirley and Michael were the icing on the cake for our weekend celebration of my mother-in-law's 85th birthday. Both breakfasts were outstanding. Their hospitality and attention to detail can't be topped. The accommodations are very nice and spotless, as other reviewers have noted. We shouldn't have planned any lunches as the breakfasts are so substantial you don't need lunch. Shirley and Michael are natural hosts, which makes your stay so enjoyable.

Room Tip: All three rooms are very nice. If you are travelling with a friend or relative, the one with twin be...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Merlothouse, Owner at Merlot House, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you very much for your great review and kind words.
Hope the rest of your time in NOTL was enjoyable and everyone made it home safe and sound. Hope to see you again in the near future.
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Sooke, Canada
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed at the Merlot House for 2 nights and found it to be a lovely place to stay. Exceptional hospitality! Our room was extremely clean with a very clean bathroom with a jacuzzi and ample hot water. Our room had 2 twin beds which is rare to find a perfect for us. The breakfasts were excellent made with both homemade and fresh fruits and locally sourced produce. Fresh spices also from their lovely garden Shirley and Michael are wonderful hosts that pay alot of attention to their guests comforts and are very helpful with any questions and local information.We would very much like to return again to * Merlot House B&B* Thank-you for a wonderful stay! Mary C

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Picton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Just back from a mini-vacation in NOTL. Had a wonderful time which kicked off with our arrival at this outstanding B&B. The hosts, Shirley and Michael do all they can to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. Lots of great tips about where to eat and what to see, plus gourmet breakfasts which make lunch almost irrelevant. Their beautiful and comfortable home is a delight to return to after a busy day of sight seeing and theatre going. Highly recomended!

Room Tip: Home is in a quiet area within an easy commute to the town centre. It is a quiet house so I can'...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Having stayed here in 2011 for the first time, we came back! It is better. If that is possible. Mike & Shirley are welcoming guests, and the breakfast conversation is sparkling. Fresh local fruits, eggs, and veggies are featured for Mike's excellent breakfasts.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Had such a fabulous time at Merlot House during our girls' mini-getaway. Michael and Shirley were most gracious and thoughtful in every way. Their attention to detail in their furnishings, decor, treats, yummy soaps, home baked goods and stocked pantry was much appreciated.
I would bring my friends back to enjoy this beautiful experience.
Thank you for a wonderful weekend!

Room Tip: Every room was exquisite!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

My husband enjoys planning "mystery destination" trips for us and I never know where we are going until we arrive. We left our home in West Virginia on Friday, July 6th, having no clue where we were headed. Imagine my surprise when we arrive at the Canadian border and he pulled out our passports. When the border agent asked where we were going, he handed her some papers and told her our destination was a surprise for me. She smiled and said nothing about our destination. Once we crossed the border, the road took us through vineyards on either side of the road for as far as we could see. I still had no clue where we were headed until we arrived in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. When we pulled into the driveway of the Merlot House, I was taken by the beauty of the home with its bright blue front door and small fountain by the front stairs. Our innkeepers, Mike and Shirley, met us at the front door and gave us a tour of the downstairs dining room and sitting room, complete with a laptop for the guests' use as well as access to a phone. We did not have an international calling plan for our cellphones so we couldn't use them while we were there so being able to call home was greatly appreciated.

Shirley then took us upstairs to our room. It was beautifully decorated and spacious. I was particularly happy that it was very cool since it was in the 90's outside. There was also a ceiling fan as well. The ensuite bathroom was lovely with a jacuzzi bathtub which came in handy after long walks. After getting settled in, my husband informed me that he had another surprise in store for the evening. He had secured front row seats to "Ragtime" which was being performed that evening as a part of the Shaw Festival. We decided to walk from the B&B into the main part of town (it was a short 5-6 blocks and was especially enjoyable because of the tree-lined sidewalks and the lovely flowers in front yards along the walk.) We had dinner at the Grill on King restaurant and the food was delicious. After dinner we walked through a few shops before heading over to the Shaw Theatre for the show. If you have never seen "Ragtime" and have the opportunity, it is not to be missed. After the show, we walked leisurely back to the Merlot House and turned in for the evening.

Saturday morning's breakfast was scheduled for 9 a.m. (which I greatly appreciated since I actually slept in that morning). We were greated with fresh fruit and scones which was then followed by the main course. Sunday and Monday mornings' breakfast were just as delicious and inviting.

We again walked to town and spent most of the day visiting all of the shops and boutiques on the main street. Richard is not much of a shopper but he enjoyed sitting on the many benches available outside of the shops and people watching. We again attended a show on Saturday and Sunday nights which was wonderful.

It was so nice to come back to the Merlot House knowing how lovely and how comfortable everything was there. Shirley was so very helpful in directing us to available activities, such as winery tours, which we took advantage of on Sunday afternoon. It was so nice to have her recommend different places we could visit during our stay.

I told my husband before we left on Monday that I wanted to come back as soon as possible because I now had a new "favorite place" to visit. I highly recommend the Merlot House for many different reasons, some of which I have already covered. Mike and Shirley were such gracious hosts and it felt more like visiting family than staying in a B&B. If you have the chance to go to NOTL, make it a point to stay at the Merlot House. I know you'll love it as much as we did!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mobile, AL
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We spent the second half of our "theatrical" honeymoon at NOTL to take in the shows of the Shaw Festival. My wife wanted to stay in a B&B, and since I had never been in one, I consulted Trip Advisor. The Merlot House was highly recommended, and we found it to live up to every review. Michael and Shirley were exceptionally gracious hosts. The Chardonnay Room was a cozy fit for newlyweds, with bird and golf decor. The breakfasts were practically worth the price of the room for they were exquisite, featuring locally-grown fruits. We thoroughly enjoyed dining with the other guests as we were served in high style. While neither my wife or I had any dietary concerns, another guest was served a separate vegan meal that was as beautifully presented and prepared as the rest (we had smoked salmon and eggs one day, Belgian waffles the next). Not only that, but the hosts presented us with a wonderful wedding gift! If we had to name a drawback, it would only be that summer time temps made the distance to town a little far for walking, though the drive was only about 3 minutes.

We were just so pleased to be able to call this B&B our home for the weekend, and that is just how it felt. Thank you for the memories!

Room Tip: The Merlot Room is the largest one.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Merlot House, responded to this review, July 12, 2012
Thank you very much for your great review. We are glad you spent your honeymoon with us and hopefully you will return to our B&B. Maybe for an anniversary.
Regards
Mike and Shirley
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Property: Merlot House
Address: 619 King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario LOS 1J0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 164 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your hosts, Mike and Shirley McBride invite you to experience Merlot House, an up scale bed and breakfast located in historic Old Town, a short walk to Queen Street shops, restaurants, and theatres. Numerous wineries are a bike ride or short drive away. Our Georgian-style brick home offers gracious accommodation in a casually elegant atmosphere. Merlot House has all of the comforts of home, including an inviting dining room decorated with an eclectic array of antiques acquired from around the world. Guests will enjoy the romantic country atmosphere enhanced by a warm fireplace, fresh flowers, and a delicious, homemade breakfast.Adjoining the dining room is a comfortable reading room and lounge where guests can read, play games, watch TV, or just relax with friends. The attached butler’s pantry offers 24-hour self-serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. Each of our three guest suites features a fireplace, cable TV, wireless Internet and private en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. After a restful night, join us for a hearty country breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, homemade baked goods, local preserves, egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles. With advance notice, we can accommodate any personal dietary requests. Merlot House welcomes room reservations for children over 16 years of age. The house and property are smoke-free; and sorry, we cannot accommodate pets. Merlot House is Service Excellence Certified by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce. ... more   less 

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