On Saturday, July 18th, 2009, I awoke to a lovely summer morning and was expecting to visit with my daughter-in-law, Shelly and my son, Matthew, at their home outside of Toronto, for a visit with her mom, Sita, as she was flying in from New York City that day. Our family is not the most formal, nor are we by nature morning people, so when I got the e-mail invitation from Shelly, to join them all for a weekend breakfast visit, I thought it kind of odd but nonetheless, I gladly accepted and created a fancy fruit dessert to take along.
Well - my day did not go as I had expected: Instead, a person dressed up as a limo driver appeared at my door. Of course I knew immediately that it was my daughter, Tracey (you'd have to know our family for that to make sense), bearing news that I had been foiled (not the first time:)) and that I had five minutes to pack a suitcase and include only the things from a list provided to me. Then, almost simultaneously, my two other daughters, Colleen and Shelly arrived at my doorstep as the "limo driver" ran down the driveway to "pimp" my ride. Yes it's true - Tracey (with the help of her hubby, Randy,) converted their ordinary family mini-van into the most exotic, fur-lined, plush floor, soft cushioned comfort, windows darkened and draped in mystery by dozens of feet of ebony fabric, miniature strands of starlit magic, gourmet treats and non-alcoholic champagne, (which we all would testify gave us a buzz, but the truth is we were all a little giddy and high on imagination and excitement), in all an atmosphere was created and I was a willing participant.
So, just as I had been preparing to leave my home for Shelly and Matthew's with my fruit concoction in hand, my day went in a whole new direction - and I had no idea what direction we were going. When after about an hour's drive we arrived at the beautiful Brockamour Manor, I didn't think my excitement could be any more magnified but it was! I had heard the stories about the Brockamour from my daughter's previous stays and I felt so spoiled and pampered and I hadn't even made it past the driveway yet! I love this B&B and even though the pictures are great they don't do it justice. In person I could sense the beauty that is not always translated in photographs. Then upon entering the B&B and taking it all in I felt overwhelmed by the welcoming and homey atmosphere.
We made our way up to THE LOFT, (see the website for photos of the rooms: http://www.brockamour.com/roomrates.html), which was the perfect place for our noisy foursome! I immediately fell down on the bed and I didn`t think the girl`s would be able to get me back up as I had practically been buried in the luxury of a magnificent down comforter - now that is total luxury!! Our room had a huge bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and we enjoyed the feeling of complete privacy. I can see how this room would make a perfect romantic hideaway for lucky couples as well, even though it has two king size beds. Tracey had made us the most amazing homemade lunch boxes (a true Martha Stewart sans the criminal record:):) and we enjoyed eating these outside on the patio while enjoying the stunning scenery on the grounds of the Brockamour. Since our summer weather had been quite unpredictable up to that date, we were all so glad that the temperature was quite lovely for us all weekend.
I was treated by my thoughtful daughters (true, but still an understatement!) to a spa treatment across the road at the 100 Fountain Spa located in The Pillar and Post and I experienced a hot springs spa for the first time in my life! Another first for me was the surprise (they kept on coming!) carriage ride (yes a real horse and buggy - who needs NYC Central Park!) that evening that arrived to stroll us along the scenic route into the picture-postcard-perfect and historic town of Niagara-On-The-Lake.
I could go on and on about how thrilled I was with my fabulous birthday surprise - the beds were the most cosy and comfortable ever - the antics and the fun and laughter were unforgettable - the most beautiful setting and breathtaking scenery lives in my memories of the Brockamour and in the Niagara-On-The-Lake area - the breakfast Colleen and Rick served to us and other happy guests on Sunday morning was out of this world tasty, filling and talked about for days (as you can see even months later)!:) Let’s just put it this way, the “fancy” fruit dessert I had made, by comparison, was nothing fancy!:) The conversation among guests and hosts alike was natural and welcoming, reflecting the kindness and sincere desire of our amiable hosts for sharing this magical residence with we most fortunate travellers.
It is often said that it is not the destination that is important, it`s the journey. At the Brockamour Manor, it is the destination that enhances the journey and makes it all worthwhile! Perfect bliss indeed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the history and romance of our spectacular Georgian manor turned bed and breakfast in the beautiful, historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Just a short walk to the historic center of Old Town, Brockamour Manor is the perfect location for a romantic getaway or to escape the everyday; to experience theatre, restaurants, quaint shops and wineries! Easily accessible bike trails will take you to wineries, or along the beautiful Niagara Parkway, or all the way to Niagara Falls. Or, you can simply relax on one of our covered porches and enjoy the gardens and trees on our nearly an acre of designated heritage property. Either way, this beautiful home will enchant you. ... more less
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