We booked last minute, with another couple and wanted to show them what Ontario has to offer. Niagara on the Lake is one of our favourite spots to come. Upon arrival the owners were sitting out on the front step enjoying their beverages. After handling the room arrangements and paying for the room we were informed that breakfast was at 8:30 am which if you are vacationing is not ideal for some - When we inquired as to when does it go till as there is just one other room that was booked to this 3 bedroom house. The response shocked us it is 8:30 am because she was making "pancakes" - dietary issues were one thing but we had a diabetic and another had gluten issue, and the rest of our group since we are avid travellers at our age group pancakes was not what we were hoping for. So one of us mentioned this and her response is if i had of known....mmmm she was very overbearing and a little out there. So as a group we made a decision to go into town for breakfast for protein.
Beds were hard, bathrooms were outdated and very small, signs of rust in the bottom of both our bath tubs- atmosphere was like being at mom and dads house. Asked for a key for our room and they were surprised we wanted one and stressed to us that they were there it was ok....again not sure why ????
The next morning not able to sleep in due to construction on the front street house across the road and then the rustle of inn keeper coming up and down the stairs and doors slamming, we went down for coffee - no coffee maker - just instant ....mmmm
Tea we made went outside to look at the overgrown gardens and rusted and dirty patio furniture and a shed that was open full of garbage and the lady inn keeper jumping out and trying to make conversation with us .......
We walked uptown which is the plus about this house is that it is only a couple of blocks from town, beautiful walk and the property has potential just needs someone to give it some TLC.
When ready to check out we were waiting for our group to gather and again the innkeeper comes out and asks where are we going what are we doing - plops herself down in between one couple and proceeds to tell them where they have to go. Our entire group was creeped out by the experience, the entire event was too much.
My word of advise is we have seen some really beautiful B&Bs with amazing food and they should go and experience from a guest point of view. Learn some new ideas for breakfast and have a time flexibility and understand some people enjoy their own company.
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- Welcome to DownHome Bed and Breakfast. Our gracious Georgian house offers elegance wrapped an air of tranquility and luxury. DownHome is located in the center of the Olde Towne, with a leisurely stroll to Queen Street and its unique shops, boutiques, theaters, and fine restaurants. Each of our three guestroom has luxurious queen size pillow top mattress bed, full ensuite bath, sitting area, mini fridge and scenic view of our picturesque gardens. ... more less
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