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“Perfectly Wonderful Rustic Getaway”

Barndens by the Bay B&B
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Barndens by the Bay B&B
Ranked #2 of 3 Verona B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Perfectly Wonderful Rustic Getaway”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We spent two nights in late August at this delightful B&B intending to simply sit back & relax. That is exactly what we did, and totally enjoyed our stay with Joe & Donna. We had the ensuite room on the ground floor, and had a lovely view of 13 Island lake. Donna's breakfasts were to-die-for, as was Joe's music.

I made a short video of our stay. It's on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/50633488. If that does not work, do a search on "Barndens" and enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

we staied with Dona & Joe for 2 nights,

the House is beautifull and located 10 yards from the lake.

we realy enjoied the amazing hospetality and the good breakfest made by Dona

fortheremore we enjoied sailing with the Kanu on the lake..and listening Joe music

in two words,,, "just Perfect!!!"

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brooktondale
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We consider it a pleasure and a privledge to stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast. Nestled in the woods on beautiful 13 Island Lake, it's an unforgettable experience. Waking up to the sounds of loons and coffee or tea on the deck just a few steps from the glass-like water is something you will never forget. Joe and Donna are such gracious host and hostess. Joe's stories...Donna's breakfast and the hospitality of both is second to none. The bed was so comfortable we had to come back home to purchase our own. We will definitely be returning year after year!

Room Tip: Though the lower level bedroom has ensuite, the view from the queen room is worth sharing a bath.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

A lovely couple who share their own private heaven with others. I had an absolutely fantastic time there and want to go back more and more.
You have 20 minutes drive to Kingstone and plenty to do around. There are a bunch of restaurants food option close the house you can just get your delicious pizza and wine and go home sit at a deck and put your feet into the lake and enjoy your dinner million times more than an expensive fancy restaurant.


Love you Donna & Joe,
Negar

  • Stayed August 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

The location of this cottage is absolutely beautiful. The views are stunning. Definitely the place to go if you want some peace and quite and to relax. The best thing about this place are Joe and Donna. They make a real effort to make you feel welcome. Joe's banjo playing is fantastic and while Donna does a pretty good turn on the spoons her real skill lies in the delicious breakfasts she makes up. Yum!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, Canada
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Reviewed May 30, 2011

A friend and I booked this bed and breakfast in January for 1 night before attending a winter camping course at Frontenac Provincial Park. Here is the scenario:
Inquired about the cottage, rates etc. by email early January- recieved information etc. back from owners via email.
Sent another email with a couple of more questions- they wrote us back within 2 days.
A few days later we decided to book a room. Sent an email with dates etc. followed up with a voicemail meassage. Didn't hear anything back, but figured we already had reliable correspondance with them, it was a go.

Show up at the bed and breakfast on our booked night- the driveway wasn't plowed. We tried calling 3 times to no avail. Found someone on the road walking their dog- and they said that they go to Florida for the winter. What???? They knew we were looking for a winter rental. We sent numerous emails and voicemail messages, on the website it has winter bookings.

They didn't even have the courtesy to email us back and say they weren't going to be there. They didn't have the courtesy to call us. They didn't have the courtesy to change their website. And now several months after the fact- they have never contacted us- not even for an appology for the mix up!!!

We had to scramble and find accomodations in Kingston that were far more expensive. More driving, more cost, more frustration. I understand this is a "mom and pop" operation, but talk about horrible, horrible, inconsiderate customer service!! there is absolutely no excuse not contacting us back at somepoint through this ordeal.

To everyone looking to book this place, be very, very careful. Although there seems to be good reviews from others- you don't want to show up without a place to stay such as we did.

Room Tip: Book at a more reliable location
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Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Tenerife
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

Thanks a lot to Donna and Joe!
It was a very nice stay there.
The place is just so beautiful that you loose your breath.
Amazing!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Barndens by the Bay B&B
Address: 56 Grant Lane, Verona, South Frontenac, Ontario K0H 2W0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > South Frontenac > Verona
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Verona
Number of rooms: 3
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Barndens By The Bay B&B Verona, Canada - Ontario

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