“Elegant and Comfortable”

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We stayed in the Piedmont room on the main floor. It is decorated with a Hollywood/Edith Head theme. The bed is very comfortable with lovely linens and the lighting is great. I especially loved the desk. I journal, as I travel, and it is so nice to be able to sit comfortably at a desk, in the evening, and write about the day. The room is filled with thoughtful touches including Thymes bath salts and a decanter of water with drinking glasses. The room has a working gas fireplace and I imagine it would be very cozy in the winter.

There is a classic elegance to the whole house. It is where style meets comfort. This is most evident in the two porches – large one at the front and screened porch at the back. Again the lighting is great. Gas lanterns adorn the front entrance and there is enough light to read in the evening. The owner has amassed a really interesting collection of art and once again thoughtfulness prevails. A paper copy of a self guided art tour of the house can be found in each room. The furnishings are lovely and oh so very comfortable on the porch and inside the home.

Hospitality is where this B&B excels. Some B&Bs offer afternoon refreshments and/or wine in the evening or upon arrival. Some even leave freshly baked goods in the room to be enjoyed when guests return. The first approach is nice but if you are out and about you miss out on the goodies. The second approach, while generous and kind, can be problematic, as well. If you don’t want to eat the goodies you feel wasteful or even rude for leaving them, untouched. The owner of Stonehurst Place has solved these problems. Lori, the chef, leaves a nice assortment of baked goods on the sideboard, in the dining room for guests to help themselves. This is also applies to the bar in the living room, stocked with wine, soft drinks and snacks. It truly made you feel like you were at home.

Each evening you will be asked to indicate the time you wish to have breakfast. A two hour window was offered and it varied from week day to weekend. Everything from caramelized grapefruit to poached pears and French toast to frittatas were made available at breakfast. Robust French press coffee was served with fruit juice, as well. Lori and Paul were available to chat with or ask advice, if need be.

The only cautionary piece of advice that I would offer is in the selection of your room. The Piedmont was quite close to the dining room and if you are a late and light sleeper, the noise of people enjoying an early breakfast or coming and going late at night might be bothersome. The room also has a very small washroom, given the size of the suite. However, given the plethora of pluses to this property, it wouldn’t in any way stop me from staying here again. It is a GREAT B&B!

Posted on Trip Advisor by Pokieman2, Oakville, Ontario, September 15, 2014

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