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Claramount Inn & Spa
Ranked #18 of 43 Picton B&B and Inns
Unionville, Ontario, Canada
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26 reviews
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“One for the time capsule!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

My wife and I along with another couple spent Labour Weekend at the Claramount Inn in Picton Ontario and we really can't say enough good things about our stay. Not in order of importance, the accommodations were impeccable; as there were no rooms in the main inn when we booked we rented what I believe is called the Clara Cottage right across the street from the inn. Two bedrooms, a huge living room, dining room and an absolutely fabulous sunny kitchen were spotlessly clean and made our off time from Sandbanks and the surrounding countryside, a pleasure. Fully equipped we were able to cook breakfast and sit out on he deck planning or days and enjoying the ambiance of the property.

On the Saturday evening we ate on the Inn's restaurant, Clara's, and were treated to some of the best food we have had anywhere and between the 4 of us we have traveled the world and eaten in some of the best places so our critique should not be taken lightly!! The potatoe soup appetizer was to die for and my wife's beet salad was absolutely fist class. The local red wine did not disappoint and the entrees of duck, scallops and roast chicken we equally impressive and the shortbread based dessert we shared was a wonderful ending to a fine dining experience.

One key element of the dinner was the service, which was friendly, attentive and very complimentary to our overall satisfaction. I must say everyone we interacted with from doing the original booking to checking and out, were the kind of people who are a very big part in making any hotel or inn a success.

As you can tell, we had a great time and would highly recommend that you contact two fo your best friends and head on down or up to Prince Edward County and book a few nights at The Claramount Inn for a bunch of memories that you surely will want to include in your personal "time capsule" to reminisce over and savour for years to come!

Well Done Claramount Inn!

Peter & Winnie Wales
Unionville, Ontario
Canada

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Although the lay out of the whole building looks so nice, we went for diner during a week of winery assesment and restaurant finding trip. We were very disapointed with Claramount food experience. Attendance was just ok, menu description by far more pretentious than its content. We took a lobster appetizer for $22.95 and when the plate appeared we believed it has been prepared by an admin and account intern ! Although a few wines of the County are on the wine list, they may want to make their homework better at idenifying the best of the region offer ! In this new great wine region, we believe this Inn is missing an opportunity as far as the dining is concerned.But it may not be their priority and we respect that.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Norah R, Owner at Claramount Inn & Spa, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
So very sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your dinner with us. We were surprised as our dining room has been generating a lot of buzz recently. Our chef Elliot Reynolds has been building a very strong reputation locally. My husband and I dine at Clara’s regularly and are very pleased. I do appreciate that the enjoyment of food is a deeply subjective and personal thing, so we’re just disappointed that it wasn’t to your taste.
As for your comments about our wine list missing the best the region has to offer, I’m at a bit of a loss. We can assure you that having a first rate wine list that reflects the very best of the region is important to us. Our new wine list has 22 Prince Edward County Wines, County cider and four locally-brewed beers. Actually, the majority of the wines we offer are local, but we do carry some imports for those who prefer them.
In any case, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your time with us. Our goal is to provide a top-notch dining experience for every customer.
Norah Rogers
Innkeeper
Claraount Inn, Spa & Restaurant
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Canada
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We just stayed here on Tuesday for one night, Room 8 which is in the carriage house and felt more like a motel room. We totally did not get the "Inn" experience which was disappointing at $175+tax for the night. The layout of room 8 is really bad, a totally impractical sitting area and a too small bedroom. Features:
Queen Bed, ok
Small 14" old tv
Dirty carpet, dirty chairs, big pine furniture too big for the room
Nice amenities in the bathroom
Small patio off the bedroom, nice feature but needs cleaning and a paint job
Pool - was VERY warm, too warm to be refreshing and the area around the pool was dirty and unkempt
Hot tub didn't look open and was down a vey questionable path which wasn't lit at night
Breakfast was delicious and served either in the quaint dining room or on the patio

Overall this Inn has a lot of missed potential. While there were nicer rooms than ours there (we got the last room on the night we stayed) we would not stay here again. The experience wasn't terrible but there was no "wow" factor to justify another visit. Everything just seeems tired and in need if some major TLC. We switched to a B&B for the next 2 nights - Traditions Guest House in Picton. Amazing!!! See my review on that property!

Room Tip: I would stay in the main Inn, not the Carriage house which is separate and more like a motel.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Stayed 2 nights, first night in the carriage house on main floor which I don't recommend. There is a door between the two rooms and not very good sound insulation. Couldn't get to sleep due to the talking next door. Next night was in the main building. Room was fantastic and quiet. Service was great all around. Breakfast was very filling and delicious. Found the dinner menu lacking for vegetarian options and seafood without meat (scallop dish has pork in it!). Would stay here again, but only in main building.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Four of us women helped celebrate our friend's 50th Birthday at the Claraview Cottage which is right across the street from the Claramount Inn and Spa. The cottage is owned by the Claramount Inn owners and we had access to the pool and hot tub at the Inn. At $225 a night, we got away with a mere $127 in total per person for two nights.

Claraview cottage: This is a large two bedroom cottage that has a full kitchen, living room, and one bathroom with tub/shower. It was very clean and all the towels, soaps, shampoos etc were provided to us. We also got coffee/Coffee mate and tea in the kitchen. It had all the dishes you would need (three corkscrews, which we made full use of) and fridge, stove, dishwasher and even a clothes washer and dryer. We did our own dishes but the cleaning staff said they would have done it for us. The cottage had a balcony off of it with a barbecue and patio set. Overall, we were very pleased with the quality and cleanliness of the cottage and it's amenities.

Spa: Very expensive but nice. Three of us got $50 pedicures that consisted of soaking in a basin, scraping, massaging, nail filing and polishing. We were all pretty pleased with the results except one of the ladies in our group noticed later that night that one of her baby toes didn't have any polish on it. Ooops... she didn't feel like going back that night and left early the next morning so when I checked out I asked the desk staff what she should do and they said she needed to call them with the payment code. So, I'm confident she'll find some sort of compensation if she bothers following through with it. The other lady got a type of water scrub & massage adventure for $101. She loved it so much she wants to bring her daughter there for one next month. So overall, if you aren't concerned with price, the spa is good.

Hot tub and pool: The overall sentiment is that this was pretty nice at one time but is not as well cleaned and maintained as it could be. There was scum on the walls of the pool and hot tub and there were spider webs every where. The weeds were growing in the cracks of the deckboards in the separate sun tanning area and the enclosed pool's plexiglass walls were in bad need of a cleaning. We spend a few hours there on the Saturday night and again on the Sunday afternoon and didn't see a single staff member the whole time. That was really too bad because it's a great set-up and with the pool under the enclosed area, it makes it convenient even if it rains. It wasn't really gross as the water was clear and we felt comfortable using the pool and hot tub, but it isn't the best. The jets of the hot tub were really weak and the water temperature was not very hot.

Wine Touring: We had the best time visiting the local wineries from this facility. We hire the son of one of the ladies who was with us and he drove us in their mini van to 4 wineries. Our favourite was the Devil's Wishbone because of the individual attention the owner, Paul, and his lovery assistants gave us, but we also really enjoyed the Country Cider Company where we enjoyed a small lunch with their fantastic cider and the Del Gatto Estates where the lovey lady who introduced us to the different wines gave us her undivided attention as we were the only guests at the time. We swung into the Wapoos Estates Winery at the last minute on our way back and although this place was more commercial than the first three, it was a lot of fun. We noticed that most of the places we went also had a wine tour bus stop in, so if you're not lucky enough to engage a driver who'll tolerate four silly 50ish year old women, this is available as well.

Shopping: There are a lot of touristy type of shops that I really enjoyed window shopping in. I didn't like a lot of the prices, but I wasn't there to buy anyhow. One store I did enjoy was the "Ten Thousand Villages" where I bought great coffee beans at what I consider to be normal prices that you'd find in a grocery store (if grocery stores would sell gourmet coffee). Anyhow, it was a great way to end the trip as the downtown is very full and shops are plentiful. There is even a theatre where you'll see movies and performances depending on when you're there.

Overall, this was a great weekend and I recommend the Claraview cottage for a fun getaway if you ever visit the Picton area.

Room Tip: One room has a double bed while the other has a queen sized bed.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

I have wanted to stay here for years based on stately look of the old house with it's pillars and stately charm located on a large wooded property that's a short walk to the water. We were back in PEC last week and I finally got to stay here although it was only one night. We had been at The Manse the night before so we had really high expectations because staying The Manse was a fantastic experience. These are two very different properties and after being in the lap of modern luxury at The Manse, the Claramount felt a bit shabby and faded.

We were in room 10 in the carriage house. Our room was large with a seating area and a deck overlooking the woods. It really had a cottage feeling and if that's what you're looking for it's just fine. The bed was comfortable and the air conditioner sort of worked but was incredibly loud.

Dinner at Clara's was mixed; the scallops were delicious, the lobster salad was ok and the foie gras special was exceptionally small and not particularly rich tasting. Breakfast the next morning was very good.

We used the hot tub, the jets aren't really powerful, it was like soaking in a large tub but it was nice.

Overall our experience was good - which is why we give it the rating it has. If you're looking for something luxurious for the same price, I would recommend The Manse.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norah R, Owner at Claramount Inn & Spa, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
I’m sorry you didn’t like your room in the Carriage House. There is, of course, no presence on our part to say that these rooms are as luxurious as the rooms in the mansion. At the time were decorating, we felt the appropriate style for the Carriage House would be rustic. Hence the pine furniture and simple decor. If luxury is what you like, it’s really too bad you weren’t able to stay in one of the houses in the main house.
If you would like to discuss your stay further, you can contact me at comments@claramountinn.com. My staff will ensure that these messages come to my attention
Norah Rogers,
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Claramount Inn & Spa
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Our 3 night stay at Claramount was the most relaxing and spoiled trip we've ever had! A 4 day getaway for my wife and I to get some sun at the beach, have fun wine tasting in the County, try some delicious food and do a bit of shopping.

Room: Suite 7 in the Inn was extremely big, with a clean and bright atmosphere (skylights and beautiful view of the harbour), with amazingly comfortable King bed, huge bathroom, and A/C. We slept well each night and heard nobody except during the day when people were in/out of the only other room on the 3rd floor.

Food: Dinner at Clara's (in the Inn) was absolutely amazing - scallops and prime rib were delicious and extremely rich in flavour. This was included in our package stay, and probably was the best dinner of the week for us. Breakfast is THE HIGHLIGHT though!!! Choices were: the most incredible French Toast of my life, an amazing fritatta, a daily changing Belgian waffle, a deliciously rich and fresh eggs benedict, homemade granola and fruit, or a couple other options we didn't get to. Nothing beats sitting out on the porch on a warm morning looking over the beautiful garden and sipping coffee with one of those breakfasts sitting in front of you. Bonus: open til 1030am to allow a leisurely wake up time.

We didn't use the pool and hot tub but they looked in good shape and some visitors used them each day.

The Spa was great - first morning we used the $50 in our package towards each having a massage - my wife calling it "the best massage of my life" (I think she says that every time!), but really it was a clean, professional and amazing relaxation massage.

The staff at the front desk were always present and helpful for things to do in the county. The wait staff at the restaurant friendly, laid back and very attentive.

Activities: On our drive into the County we stopped at a few wineries (Casa Dea, Norman Hardie, Sandbanks) for tastings before checking in at 3-4pm. Next day, we went to Sandbanks Beach for some sun and relaxation, then came back to shower/change and went off to Kingston (1hr) to eat at our favourite pizza place in the world, Wooden Heads (reservation a must). Day 3 we drove on our own little tour of the East side of the County. Up to the Lake on the Mountain, stopped at Devil's Wishbone Winery for a very personal and intimate tour/tasting, County Cider for great cider tasting, Waupoos Estates Winery for an amazing lunch, Black River Cheese Company for some excellent old cheddar, then back to Claramount for a rest and then off to East and Main Bistro in Wellington for an amazing dinner. Final day we packed up, ate our last breakfast and did the Barley Days Brewery, shopped in Bloomfield, stopped at Huff Estates Winery for lunch and then drove home!!

Overall, the Claramount Inn really proved to be a most luxurious stay that made our trip relaxing and fun. We hope to return for more great trips to The County!!

Room Tip: Suite 7 was great. We were also told Suite 5 is very private.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Claramount Inn & Spa
Address: 97 Bridge St, Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Prince Edward County > Picton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Picton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Claramount is a colonial revival mansion surrounded by lush gardens and lawn, on Picton Bay. Claramount Inn offers 7 suites in the main house, 3 suites in the Carriage House, Bayview Cottage and Harbourview Cabin (Seasonal Cabin). Clara's restaurant is located in the main mansion on the first floor with a stunning view of the Picton Bay. In the summer with seating on our patio overlooking the grounds and the bay. The spa features a variety of treatments from manicures, pedicures, facials, massage and a variety of water treatments in the vichy room. The Claramount Inn and spa also features an infrared sauna, outdoor hot tub and an indoor/outdoor heated salt-water pool with a retractable roof for the hot summer days. ... more   less 
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