Let me start by saying that I usually only put in my reviews for resorts down south-Caribbean. Then I realized all the great resorts that we have in Canada and the resorts I visited over the last 12-13 years. I have visited the big resorts in Alberta (Kananiskis, Jasper) as well as a number of the big resorts in Ontario (Talisman, Horseshoe, Oakwood-Grand Bend, Nottawasaga, Holiday Inn-Ashton Resort and numerous hotels). I realize and understand that I cannot put in a review for most of them now as they were visted more than a year ago.
I have visited this resort (Elmhirst) on business 4 times over the last 7 years. The resort is right on Rice Lake with a dock area in front of each building. The first 3 times were during the winter of the previous 6 years. The resort is okay in the winter (February/March) but there is not a lot to do other than watch wildlife or hike in winter. This year we visted during the late summer (July 30-August 01, 2012) and it was very, very good as you get go swimming, fishing (Rice Lake is great for fishing), boating hiking (walking trails), etc. The building have several bedrooms, a sunken living with a fireplace (lots of fire wood split, ready to use), TV, etc. The living room furniture is a bit dated but still okay and clean. There is a kitchen to cook your own food along with a fridge, stove cabinets and dishes and cookware. We always ate at the restaurant with the beautiful view of Rice Lake. The food for breeakfats, lunch and dinner was always prepared to perfection and excellent. If you wanted extra soup, salad or fries, they gave them to you. The wait staff were excellent and friendly. The building (i.e. bedroooms, living rooms were cleaned very well every day. The only downside is that there is not good A/C at this resort. They have an excellent bar on site that also serves meals but we always ate at the main restaurant. The weather is usually very beautiful at this location in Ontario. The price is reasonable. This is a great family resort as well. I would not hesitate to return to this resort for a family vacation or business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lakeside cottage resort open year round. Fully equipped cottages with fireplace, kitchen, TV & DVD, wifi in cottage; BBQ deck & dock. Dining room & Pub on site; indoor & outdoor pools; boat & motor rentals; fishing guides; golf next door; tennis; sightseeing flights; horseback riding; walking & biking trails. Massages & Spa services. Guided ATV & snowmobile safaris; wine tasting & farm visits. Ideal for family vacations, getaways, weddings, groups & corporate meetings. Family owned & operated. Catering to international guests. Pet friendly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elmhirst`s Hotel Keene
- Elmhirsts Hotel Keene
- Elmhirst's Resort Ontario/Keene, Canada