We enjoyed the lovely views over Lake Huron from the lawn and the beach, which is private and pretty. However, swimmers may prefer to go to nearby beaches in The Pineries provincial park or Grand Bend to be able to walk out on sand, rather than traverse the rocks here. Lovely to sit and watch the sunset or read in a hammock though. For a day on the beach here, one should bring one's own beach chairs as the few Adirondack chairs provided are on the deck behind willows and cannot be moved.
Catherine, the manager, is gracious and very helpful with reservations and suggestions; the local town of Bayfield is a great place for lunch or dinner.
This B&B is a suburban home that has been renovated and converted to a B&B; from the front view, you feel as if you are in a normal subdivision, until you go around to the back and see the expansive views of the lake.
One caveat here is that prices seem fairly steep (around $300 per night) for the type of accommodation: clean, but simple, rooms and baths, simple breakfast and minimal service (we needed to request fresh towels, rooms are tidied and beds made, but not vacuumed and bathrooms were untouched, apart from garbage taken out daily) so one needs to be prepared for that. There is a certain dated feel to the decor, which may just be a matter of taste, but the guest kitchen definitely needs updating.
The owners are very friendly, but overall it feels as if the B&B is being run to a strict budget, and there are no little extras (i.e.nice toiletries, choices at breakfast, outdoor area chairs cleaned) that one may expect at this price point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brentwood on the Beach is a 10,000 square ft house that has been operational as a 9 room luxury bed and breakfast for 25 years. We are located directly on the 375 km Lake Huron shoreline. Brentwood is a 4 star B&B with all the amenities you would expect to find in one of the resorts Ontario has to offer. We are located in St. Joseph on a private, sandy beach between Grand Bend and Bayfield. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brentwood On The Beach Ontario/Zurich, Canada