We came to Ontario in order to visit a dear friend and since we were flying into Toronto and then going to Michigan it made sense to stay overnight somewhere en-route. What a treasure the Maryhill Inn proved to be! Mind you, finding it was a bit of a challenge since signposting doesn't seem to be a Canadian forte... But once we got there we were extremely happy, it is such a beautiful place.
The Inn is an old coach house dating from around 1850. It is an absolutely beautiful building with immaculate gardens around it. Sandra, our hostess, welcomed us in a very friendly manner and showed us around the house. Our friend had booked the Rose Room for us – my jaw dropped when I saw this room. The deep warm red on the walls and white woodwork create a most sumptious and romantic atmosphere. The TV is hidden behind doors on the wall so it doesn't intrude. (There is a video library on the corridor and also books and lots of information on local sights.) The enormous sleigh bed (covered in the most beautiful bed linen) was extremely comfortable. The décor is just lovely and shows great taste and attention to detail. Both the room and the en-suite bathroom (as all of the house) were immaculately clean. It was particularly good to find two bottles of mineral water in the en-suite in case you got thirsty during the night. I can honestly say that this room was one of the nicest I have ever stayed in over long years of travel around Ireland and Europe. I had a look at our friend's room (the Sage Room) and as the name suggests it is decorated in soothing shades of sage and cream, just lovely. You could stay in that room and just shed your everyday worries and relax and rejuvenate.
Breakfast in the gorgeous dining area was an excellent affair. Lovely table linen, napkins, cutlery and cups and plates again prove the immaculate taste of the owners. This was our first visit to Canada and what a pleasurable experience it proved to be! Perfect coffee, raspberry/cranberry juice, followed by the most delicious fruit/yoghourt/crunchie concoction served in a beautiful glass. And then a wonderful fluffy waffle with local maple syrup and homemade sauce made from local strawberries and a dollop of cream. Yumm! I am not really a breakfast person but this I just relished. What a perfect introduction to Canada!
We went out to dinner to St. Jacob's (about 15 minutes drive) and came back to Maryhill in one of the worst thunderstorms I have ever witnessed. Our hosts were sitting out on the verandah and invited us to sit and chat. We spent a most pleasant hour just talking while the storm ebbed out. Webb described Maryhill as "Brigadoon". Well, all I can say is: make sure to seek out this Brigadoon at the Maryhill Inn. You won't be disappointed. It is truly one of the nicest B&Bs I have ever stayed in!
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