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Caledonia House B&B
Ranked #7 of 89 Stratford B&B and Inns
Toronto
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51 reviews
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“Charmed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Caledonia House while visiting Stratford to see Othello and do some Fall Foraging. I'm so glad that we decided to spend the night instead of driving home. We stayed in The Garden Room, which Michael had told me was due to be renovated. We found it to be charming and extremely comfortable. The bed was two twins pushed together with a memory foam to make a King and dressed with a cloud-like duvet and the nicest pillows I've slept on. Lying in bed, you can see the garden and the fall leaves coming down. The room was located on the main floor off the parlour and it felt as though we had the whole place to ourselves. We had a game of chess and some wine between the play and our dinner reservation and a nice chat with Michael on the comfortable couch.

The property is gorgeous with a heated pool that we obviously couldn't use since it was late October, and a newly built gazebo. The house, itself, built in 1872 is stately and charming. It really stands out as one of the most distinctive homes on the street. It was a short and beautiful walk to the Theater and our dinner reservation.

The coffee in the morning was fabulous and Anna's breakfast was delicious-- a strata of vegetables, bacon and cheese with English muffins, fruit and a warm fruit pastry. Michael kept our coffee cups full over conversation with the other guests who were funny and friendly. On our way out, they gave us some muffins and bottles of water for our foraging expedition.

The hospitality provided by Anna and Michael was exceptional and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again while in Stratford and would gladly recommend it to anyone. Next time, we'll have to book the balcony room and go when the pool is open!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had the pleasure to stay at this great B&B where Anna and Michael made us feel very welcome!
The beds at this place will make you want to sleep in...very comfortable. The breakfast was outstanding . The breakfast table was really nicely prepared with lovely cutlery and plates...it was nice to be served vs 'self serving'. We will definitely be back . Very close to everything. We saw Fidler on the roof..which was outstanding !!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is a B&B, not a hotel. I was here for 3 nights, seeing a few shows at the Festival. Stayed in the room with a separate staircase from the dining room. It's big and comfortable, though the bathroom had only a sitz tub and not a full tub, so when the shower curtains were closed it was little tight when taking a shower. Also it was quite a big step to get over the raised side of the tub to climb in (it's on a small platform) -- not for people with any kind of difficulty. The bedroom is completely paneled in wood -- ceiling too -- apparently very Canadian, but not to my taste. The breakfast is a sit-down affair, not a sideboard where you help yourself. So that's both nice, and a bit stifling. You have to be served and there is a LOT of food, which is all very good, and they ask about your preferences the day before. the house is charming and sort of Victorian feeling, at least not at all modern. And the proprietors could not be nicer -- really lovely people and very helpful and sweet.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Just back from another wonderful stay at Caledonia House. When we made our reservation a couple of months ago, we really wanted the balcony room, where we had stayed last year, but it was already booked for the days we had in mind. Upon our arrival, Michael, with his customary sense of humor, announced "good and bad news". Good news? We'd get the balcony room. Bad news? Oh, just a joke, no bad news. The breakfasts are even more elaborate and delicious than last year's, the company just as interesting, the stay memorable. We'll keep coming back. Thank you, Anna and Michael.

Room Tip: The balcony room, of course. Watch the changing light, be it in the early dawn or at sunset, on the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Enjoyed a wonderful three-day stay. Anna and Michael are gracious and welcoming. Michael served me coffee, poolside, in the beautiful garden. Anna made delicious breakfasts. Charming bedroom and lovely main floor space for relaxing. Ideal location. About 10-minutes to Avon Theater; 15 minutes to Tom Patterson, and 20 minutes to Festival. Highly recommend. Will book again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

The majority of B&Bs in Stratford during the Stratford Festival run $100 to $200 CND, with chain hotels and 2-3 star hotels usually higher. Caledonia House rooms--especially booked online--are in the mid to upper price range for Stratford B&Bs. The house is a restored Victorian home within walking distance of the theaters, many restaurants, and most shopping. The rooms are larger than many hotel rooms and all are with bath. The bed we had was first rate and we slept particularly well here. The breakfasts were delicious and varied and they can be served at different times with some notice. The owners keep sodas, juices, and sherry and brandy available at all times. The property includes a pool and a veranda on small but attractive grounds. The hosts, Anna and Michael, are as welcoming as can be. Caledonia House costs a bit more than other B&Bs we have stayed at in Stratford but it offers a lot of value and we would definitely book here again.

Room Tip: I suspect all rooms are excellent but those on the south side may get some more sun.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed at the Caledonia House in early August. Our first visit in 2011 was delightful with hosts Ron and Tracy. We returned for two more visits in 2012 & 2013. Although a few changes have been made to the pool area, the owners are relucant to put the heater on so visitors can enjoy the pool. We choose this B&B for the pool. A bit more privacy for the clients would be appreciated when one is using the pool. The location of the B&B is great for walking to the theatres and local Stratford activities. We wish all the best for the new owners, with a little more experience in the B&B business perhaps by next year they will get it right.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Anna Z, Owner at Caledonia House B&B, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
We are pleased that our guests enjoyed their stay with us last year and we hope that they are able to enjoy their time in local bed and breakfasts for many seasons to come.

With respect to our pool heater, the temperature that is fine for some is not for others, though we must admit that unusually cool daytime and nighttime temperatures made it less than easy for the pool heater to keep up with the weather. Non-the-less, the first day the water temperature was 26 degrees Celsius and these guests did say that it was too cool for them. The pool heater was on. The next day, after a very cold night, (10 degrees Celsius), the water temperature had dropped to 25.5 and we were told that the water was better! Our guest decided that it was just about to start raining, so the swim was not taken. The pool heater was on and working hard.

With respect to the issue of pool privacy, the gate to the pool enclosure area on the street side needed fixing and the work was being done by the owner, a good 60 feet from the pool and only on one of the days. If anyone is reluctant to share the pool area with others, or prefer that no work be done while they are in the pool area, they are welcome to say so. The pool area itself is well enclosed and completely shielded from any neighbours and from the street. Fencing and trees take care of this nicely.
As hosts we make a maximum effort to see that any noise or maintenance presence due to the running of our establishment is kept to a minimum.

These good people seemed to have arrived already seeming troubled and did not take breakfast with the rest of the guests for two of the days. Though the we offered to pick them up from the bus, they walked from the bus to Caledonia House. It seems that in as much as every care was and is taken to insure the safety and comfort of each of our guests, some will not be satisfied. We wonder if sometimes that dissatisfaction has more to do with how stressed folks are than the service they receive.
We invite our guests to suggest at any time, how we can better our service and their experience at Caledonia House.
We look forward to welcoming and offering one and all, a wonderful bed and breakfast experience.
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Property: Caledonia House B&B
Address: 20 Caledonia St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 5W5, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the ultimate in elegance and personal service in our beautifully restored 1872 mansion just a short walk from downtown Stratford. ... more   less 
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