Looking to go away for the weekend — or longer — but just don’t want the expense of a full cottage or the hassle of camping? A bed and breakfast may be just the ticket. And you’re in luck in Hastings County, as there are a wide range of options to choose from. Some are in bustling towns and villages with restaurants and shops next door; others are out in the country with sweeping views of rolling hills and hiking trails nearby. Here are five options.
This historic 1860s limestone home is found in the quaint village of Marmora, just steps from the Crowe River. Originally a stagecoach stop and inn, hosts Paul and Rose have brought it back to life with four charming rooms to choose from. Two have a private living room and ensuite bathroom; two share a bathroom. Hearty breakfasts could include everything from standard bacon and eggs to Italian zucchini baked skillets. Outside, take a load off on the covered verandah or in the pool with gorgeous surrounding gardens.
Set on a beautifully landscaped two-acre lot on the outskirts of the town of Stirling, this large brick home is famous for its cleanliness, comfortable beds, quietness, and delicious breakfasts. There are four rooms here — two with ensuite bathrooms and two with a shared bathroom — and four breakfast options — lemon pancakes with fresh fruit, French toast with fresh fruit, eggs benedict, and smoked salmon on a buckwheat pancake. Downtown is just a 10-minute walk away, and there you’ll find attractions like the Stirling Festival Theatre, Allure Day Spa, antique shops, and solid dining options.
Rose Cottage B&B
Just five minutes west of Tweed sits Rose Cottage, a restored red brick century home on three acres of peaceful land. Hosts Victoria and Eric have two units available: the Cabin Suite and the Acadia Suite. Both have kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and living areas, but the Cabin is two bedrooms, while the Acadia is one. The Cabin also has a private entrance, patio, barbecue, and firepit. The Euro-continental breakfast buffet is 100% gluten-free. Communal amenities include a hot tub, boutique, ice rink, outdoor areas to relax and play in, and, coming soon, a stargazing pad.
Benaaron Guest House
Modern and refined, Benaaron Guest House is found 25 minutes east of Bancroft perched on a hill with stunning panoramas of the surrounding Ottawa Valley. All three of Ron and Elaine’s suites feature ensuite bathrooms, corner fireplaces, upscale furnishings, and those breathtaking views. There is a Great Room to share here, too, complete with cathedral ceilings, woodburning fireplace, cozy seating, and a big deck just outside. A full gourmet breakfast is available in the morning to enjoy at the guest dining table or in the privacy of your own room.
Built in 1889, the stately and quiet Bancroft B&B is known for its eclectic Victorian ambiance, comfy beds, and warm hospitality from hostess Kathryn. The property overlooks the York River Valley and the town of Bancroft, and is just steps to restaurants, a theatre, shopping, and parks. The rooms come in three options: Queen (one twin bed, one king bed), Twin (two twin beds), and Double (one double bed). The full hot breakfast is served any time you like, and there is a common living room to relax in with a cable TV and a fireplace.