We spent the Labor day weekend at Hayes Inn. I had spotted the inn on trip advisor and liked the description that the house was empty in the evenings and that it was a bit out of the way from Picton. When we arrived on Friday there was a detailed letter which anticipated our questions. Steve, the host, offered to let us leave our bikes in his (very clean) basement. We found freshly baked cookies and muffins, homemade granola and tea. Steve had sprinkled little notes around inviting us to try a local beer or a glass of a local riesling. Thus unfolded our stay at Hayes Inn.
The house is tucked away in a corner of Prince Edward County across the street from a dairy farm and near the County Cider Company and the Waupoos Estates Winery. The street is quiet and there's a terrific view from the yard to the lake in the distance.
The house has been completely renovated evidently without consideration to cost. Our queen room was decorated tastefully. The bathroom was extremely clean with elegant marble finishes. If you like staying in a period home but don't like the fuss that often accompanies these (think pictures of ducks, flower curtains, cow-shaped milk creamers, etc), then this is the place for you. The decor is minimalist, yet true to the vintage of the house.
The breakfast is a subject on its own. For the first breakfast we had a "little breakfast appetizer" (a new concept I"m liking) consisting of mini french toast with maple syrup, blueberries, raspberries, homemade yogurt, and sprinkles of homemade granola. Then came the main breakfast: radical fluffy scrambled eggs served in an airy phyllo basket. I think there were rosti potatoes on the side, but this part is a blur. The second day our little breakfast appetizer was mini crepes with the same treatment of yogurt, berries, and granola. There followed two eggs benedict on a slab of Canadian ham with homemade hollandaise (I saw the pot in the kitchen) and some mini roasted potatoes and peas on the side.
I have only written once before on trip advisor for a B&B in Agrigento, Sicily called "Terrazze di Montelusa" (number 1 out of 95 B&B's in Agrigento). I didn't think I would find so soon after another B&B that might be comparable. The contexts are very different: Hayes Inn might be described as being in an out of the way corner of an out of the county of an out of the way country called Canada. Instead Terazze di Montelusa is centered at one of the most important tourist attractions of all of Sicily, if not Italy. Yet, a resonance and common ground are found: in the sensibility for a refined and discrete hospitality.
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- Hayes Inn Picton, Ontario