To be fair to the hosts I want to start by saying I did not book this accommodation. It was booked by a client of mine (I was in town for business the next day).
That being said, this one is tough for me to rate. I feel bad because the hosts were very lovely. I was asked numerous times if I needed anything. I would give an Excellent (5/5) for the rooms and washroom, both very nice, tidy, spacious and very tastefully decorated. Lots of attention to detail.
However, the main sitting area for guests, is really cool in theory, it was large and very neatly decorated, but, it fell short for me. It had a tv (but with no satellite or cable, there were movies, dvd's I think) , but I honestly felt a bit awkward in this room. Reason being, the hosts had a separate sitting area (but no door to separate the two rooms) I could hear them watching Netflix's (cable), as well, hear their laughing and conversation. So that felt a bit uncomfortable for me. I had arrived a few hours before my coworker so I was alone.
The TV thing wouldn't be a problem if there were some tv's in the bedrooms but there were not. So this is something I would have liked and would suggest for the comfort of future guests.
My other complaint is I am not used to sharing a bathroom, that is definitely awkward for me. But luckily I was sharing with a coworker so at least it wasn't a complete stranger. Maybe that's a normal thing with B & B's so that is just my personal preference.
We were up really early and were asked what we would like for breakfast the night before but we just needed coffee and fruit so we're unable to take advantage of the popular breakfasts mentioned in other posts.
Anyway, it appears that many people like this type of accommodation, for me I prefer a little more privacy as well consider a tv a staple in any place for overnight stays.
That being said they were a very nice couple and if you are used to B & B's then perhaps this is for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your comforting home away from home in Bracebridge - Spirit Bear Bed & Breakfast is in a church that has carefully been renovated into a beautiful and spacious home, located in a quiet residential neighbourhood, but central to downtown Bracebridge. The frame Primitive Methodist Church was built in 1845, and purchased by The First Baptist Church at Bracebridge in 1887. In 1892 the building was bricked, and in in 1936, an addition was built at the back. The building functioned as a church until 1989. Since that time the church was converted to a home, and in 2007, to a bed and breakfast.We offer two carefully appointed guest rooms with Queen bed, luxurious linens, and complimentary spa-inspired amenities. There are two shared guest washrooms, a three-piece with shower on the upper floor with the guest bedrooms, and a three-piece with bath on the lower floor. The Great Room, formerly the sanctuary of the church, is tastefully decorated with cozy seating areas, books, games, wireless internet access, and television.Breakfast is served in the Great Room daily between 8:00 and 9:30 am, and includes hot and cold selections, fresh seasonal, and when possible, locally-grown produce. We offer a daily special along with a basket of freshly-baked goodies each morning. Complimentary cold beverages are available at all times. Please advise us of any dietary needs or allergies, and we can accommodate you.•Open year round. November to April weekends only, by reservation. •Reservations confirmed on credit card, or on receipt of deposit cheque. •Check-in after 5pm; check-out by 11am. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Spirit Bear Bed & Breakfast Bracebridge, Muskoka District, Ontario