When I consider our three nights at the Britaly Bed and Breakfast, the word which keeps coming to mind is “marvelous.” This is true in terms of alternative definitions in Merriam-Webster: “causing wonder” and “of the highest kind or quality: notably superior.”
The location is a bit unusual: Britaly B & B is in a newer subdivision away from downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. We were a bit worried about transportation to the theaters and parking. However, this was not an issue. With Aldo’s suggestions, we attended six plays in three days at all three theaters and had no problems finding comfortable parking.
The house is not what you would expect. Rather than the traditional aging Victorian, it is relatively new construction, a good sized, attractive suburban house in an attractive neighborhood. It has a small, unobtrusive sign over the garage. The most significant hint that this is not a normal suburban home is the beautiful flower garden and other plantings in the front yard.
Once you enter the house, you know immediately that this is something special. It is beautifully furnished, with paintings, artistically arranged plates on the walls, and exquisite yet comfortable furniture. In back is a comfortable deck, and a restful garden full of flowering plants surrounding a fish pond.
There are three bedrooms in the house. We stayed in the English Room, with a queen-sized four poster bed, a love seat and a Queen Ann chair, satellite TV (which we never bothered to turn on), a fireplace, and a large en suite bath. The furnishings are beautiful and well arranged.
Downstairs there is a front sitting room available for the use of guests. Ask Aldo or Graham, our hosts, for the story of the British Admiral whose painting is above the fireplace.
Next to the sitting room is a beautiful (sorry to overuse that word, but there’s no other way to describe it) dining room with a formal dining table for six. Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m. I am normally a bacon and eggs type, and avoid anything sophisticated. Nevermore.
Breakfast started each day with juice, coffee, or tea, as you preferred. This was followed by Graham’s homemade granola with yogurt and fresh fruit. The granola, sprinkled on top of the yogurt with fresh strawberries and/or blueberries was delicious. I didn’t realize that yogurt could taste so good. I could live on nothing but the granola, yogurt and fruit.
At this point Graham or Aldo would bring out the fresh muffins, straight from the oven. The first day we had peach muffins; the second day, raisin and date muffins; the third day, peanut butter muffins.
The breakfast closed with a hot dish. Day 1: baked eggs with mushrooms over polenta; day 2: puff pastry ricotta cheese and spinach; and day 3: eggs on a cloud over cinnamon French toast.
Aldo and Graham are courteous and helpful to the extreme. They had suggestions as to restaurants, the plays, and, most importantly, parking. When my wife asked if she could take photographs of the large sunflowers in a vase in the kitchen, Aldo moved them into the dining room where the light would be better and she and he spent an hour moving them around, mixing them with different props from the house and taking pictures.
Coffee and tea were available in the mornings outside the bedrooms, as well as a small refrigerator in which guests could place items. For those who wish to sit outside, there is a deck with chairs overlooking the flower garden and Koi pond.
After staying in many B & Bs, resort hotels and standard hotels, I have never been provided better service, better facilities or more courteous treatment than at the Britaly. We are already planning our return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegantly appointed home in old town. Very friendly atmosphere with a solid reputation for excellence in hospitality. Attention to detail is paid to every aspect of your visit. Relax in our elegant guest lounge or in our immaculately landscaped gardens. Gourmet breakfasts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britaly Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake
- Britaly b&b