After a matinee at the Playhouse Theatre in Grand Bend to celebrate my partner's birthday, we were in the mood to extend our weekend and, as we have always wanted to stay here, took a chance and got lucky. The staff are wonderful and very patient; I managed to lock us out of our room by doing the very thing they told me not to do - twice!- and they graciously let me back in both times. We were in the annex across the street from the main inn in a lovely building that contained a kitchen with an ice machine, a sunken lounge with fireplaces, a piano and an organ, board games and books and comfy, cosy seating areas scattered around a large space. I could imagine how welcoming it would be to come back to after a day of snowmobiling. We were very pleased with our room; it had a small sitting area with a fireplace and sliding glass doors to a large balcony. The loft bedroom had a very comfortable queen bed and the bathroom had a sunken two-person jetted tub. The plumbing is very slow and the toilet doesn't always flush the first or second time but perserverance pays off. If you need alot of water pressure when you shower - as I do - you won't get it here, but if you can work around that there are compensations. The food is incredible! The dining areas are in the main inn and make great use of the age of the place; lots of stone and wood and crooked walls and floors. The chef is very gifted and creative and everything from the amuse bouche to the dessert was delicious. We were offered a complimentary glass of champagne with our dessert and they had taken the time to write "Happy Birthday" on my partner's plate - he was really impressed with that!
Our breakfast was included in the price; as was our dinner which made this place one of the most reasonable we have ever stayed at; and was delivered to our room so we could enjoy it on our deck. I had the lobster eggs benedict and would go back just for that.
The inn, a very short walk from the beach, sits in a heritage area with lots of boutiques and restaurants and is - like all good Ontario resort towns- a walk through history that's been spruced up a bit.
This is a charming place to stay and if you can handle the odd plumbing problem you'll be glad you did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque, heritage village of Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron's sandy shores, The Little Inn provides charming and authentic accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Little Hotel Bayfield
- The Little Inn Of Bayfield Ontario