I was reluctant to write this review, because I don't want to share this gem of an Inn and have it changed by the kind of popularity that has turned Niagara-on-the-Lake into an expensive joke. Noneless, the proprieters deserve well-earned kudos for this wonderful destination, so read on fellow travellers...
Our family includes a member requiring accessible accommodation, so we chose Huff Estates for an extended weekend stay in beautiful Prince Edward County. The staff were welcoming, helpful and bent over backwards to extend outstanding hospitality. We booked the Winemakers Suite and the handicap accessible room. Both were immaculate and well-appointed. My Mom was very comfortable in the accessible room aside from smal quibbles about the floor of the roll-in shower (a bit slippery even with the shower mat) and the height of the accessible toilet (low for taller folks with bad knees, easily compensated for by the seat height adapter that we carry with us). Both Mom and Dad raved about how comfortable their bed was, and all members of the excursion enjoyed excellent nights of sleep thanks to the king-sized beds, quality linens and decadent surfeit of pillows in both rooms (possibly also aided by a "touch of the vino" from the associated winery). The rooms were so quiet it felt like we were the only guests at the Inn, so I was surprised by the number of people we encountered in the breakfast room on the first morning!
The breakfast buffet was adequate if not gourmet, with plenty of substantial items to fill up on before a days excursion in the County. Staff cheerfully provided the necessary tableware and utensils to support our family BBQ on the patio of the Winemakers Suite (this unit comes complete with a nice propane BBQ, outdoor bar, patio furniture and lounge chairs, and could easily enterain 10+ guests). Quality tea, coffee and juices were available 24/7 in the breakfast area, and a nice selection of Huff Estates wines were available for purchase at the front desk.
Staff were understanding and flexible when we requested a late check-out. Having a lovely art gallery and winery on the same grounds provided charming diversions on the day we were too tired to wander the County, although the fledgling sculpture garden is only marginally accessible as yet. Nice views over the fields and vineyards.
Prince Edward County is a beautiful, hospitable, affordable and sane alternative to the Niagara wine region, much more geunine and laid-back with talented arts and culinary communities. The close connection to the land is obvious, and the area manages to be a quality destination without pretention. We were saddened by the closing of Fifth Town Cheese but were consoled by other finds such as Slickers Gourmet Home-made Ice Cream in Bloomfield. Our visit was far too short for the many things we wanted to see and do, and we will be back soon with Huff Estates as a "new favourite" home base for our visits. Looking forward to returning for a fall or winter retreat, to cozy up to the fireplace (or in the jacuzzi) with a good book.
Despite looking hard, we could not find comparable size/quality/accessible rooms in the Niagara Region or Toronto, and even lesser accommodation in those areas were considerably more expensive than the rooms at Huff. For style, comfort, hospitality and value, Huff Estate Inn can't be matched!
- Also Known As:
- Huff Estates Hotel Bloomfield
- Huff Estates Bloomfield, Ontario