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The Old Rectory
Ranked #6 of 89 Stratford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Honestly, you have to book a year in advance to secure your room for the following year. If you are lucky enough to get a room in this fine establishment here is what you will experience: A warm welcome from your hosts, Kim and Kevin; a comfortable bed and top quality linens; gourmet breakfasts with homemade breads, preserves, yogurt and a hot dish that goes far beyond bacon and eggs!

There is a spacious sun room/common area with plenty of comfortable seating where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine while discussing your theatre experiences with fellow guests.

We enjoy being able to park the car and walk everywhere - all the better to work off those gourmet breakfasts!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We picked the Old Rectory, sight unseen, out of the Stratford Festival visitors' guide in July of 1997, which happened to be their first year in business. What a happy discovery! Since then, we have visited Stratford two to three times per year, and never considered staying anyplace else. Excellent location on Stratford's main street (steps to all the theatres, restaurants and shops), yet once inside you'd never know it - the street sounds seem to disappear and you can't help but relax. Start the day with a cup of the coffee that's waiting on the second-floor landing or in the enclosed sunroom downstairs, and then into the dining room -- where every breakfast is a work of art. Wondering about a restaurant or which play to see? Kim and Kevin can give you definitive recommendations. And if you're Shakespeare'd out, they've got great suggestions about local events. Keep coming back often enough, and Kevin'll treat you like the furniture. It's what all B&Bs should be like.

Room Tip: Room 3 has a private deck. Room 1 has a clawfoot tub, but no shower. Room 4 opens up directly onto a...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

All three members of the Gormley family have been our wonderful hosts for annual visits to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for many years. Each year we look forward to their friendly reception and faultless service. All the rooms are comfortable, quiet and well maintained, and Kevin's cold and hot breakfasts are simply spectacular. And we should know, because we have spent the past four decades doing the B&B thing all over eastern Canada and the USA, as well as on vacation in the UK and Europe. A great find.

Room Tip: Arthritis prompts our preference for the one room on the ground flood, but it can be hard to get and...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stay at The Old Rectory every year, and each time we have such a fabulous stay I feel compelled to sing Kim and Kevin's praises here. But this year, I think they deserves an extra special round of applause. I had some particular dietary requirements this year, and the pair went above and beyond to make sure they not only met the requirements, but served me the most stunning gourmet breakfasts (and dinner!) in spite of the challenges. And always, always, they acted as if creating a whole separate meal for me wasn't the least bit of an inconvenience. Truly, I have no idea how they do it. I've said it before and I'll say it again - why would you stay anywhere else???? I only wish I could take Kim, Kevin and The Old Rectory with me on all my travels!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We have been going to the Old Rectory in Stratford for several years (having stayed at a number of different places over the last 28 years) and our experience at the Old Rectory has ALWAYS been GREAT. Kim and Kevin our wonderful hosts. The location is ideal- a very short walk to any of the Festival Theaters. The rooms are quiet,comfortable and clean. The breakfasts are fantastic--Kevin is a classically trained gourmet chef! If you book separately for one of Kevin's dinners you are in for a real treat. as well.
We highly recommend the Old Rectory!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This lovely oasis on Ontario Street is just steps away from everything. Kim and Kevin (as well as Connor) make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. And the breakfasts at this B and B are wonderful.

Room Tip: Every room is unique and lovely.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have been enjoying the absolute complete "vacation" at the Old Rectory for many years and see no end in sight. Kevin, Kim and Connor are an absolute delight to look forward to each year and they make our stay unequalled in quality of service, accommodation and meals as well as the warm hug and hello from all.
It is all there at the Old Rectory and Stratford and you don't have to get on a plane to enjoy it!
Love it!
Beth & Mitch

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Old Rectory

Address: 218 Ontario St | Ontario, Stratford, Ontario N5A 3H4, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
Price Range: $215 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Rectory 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We both share a passion for good wholesome food. Kevin has worked previously for 15 years in some of the U.K.'s and Irelands finest Country Inns and Restaurants before moving to Stratford in 1993. Kim is a native of Stratford and has traveled extensively on a Private Yacht catering to crew and invited guests. Both of us now enjoy life together in the great community of Stratford with our son Conor among family and friends. Together we hope to nourish your body and soul. ... more   less 
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