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The Manilla Church
Ranked #1 of 1 Manilla B&B and Inns
Reviewed 21 July 2015

If you like beautiful, surprising spaces in surprising places...check this out. The Manilla Church Guesthouse is a repurposed church... with doors that open onto a vast, beautifully crafted great room that holds elegant couches, original stained glass windows...and a swing hanging from rafters 20 feet up.

Sarah's delicious baking and Dan's collection of Rolling Stones artifacts are delightful additions to the experience. Rooms are comfortable, linens are crisp, the kitchen is well stocked and Netflix is on. Read your newspaper in the garden, take a walk around this tiny, pretty village, and be happy that there's no nearby Tim Hortons, MacDonald's or Pizza Hut to spoil the view. (But you can get a decent dinner in a nearby village 20 minutes away.)

Room Tip: The second floor bedrooms have doors that shut. The loft is bigger - but open to the great room.
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  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

Our daugher booked this B & B for us and she could not have picked a nicer spot. What a peaceful place, delightful host and serene feeling. We were warmly welcomed by Jen and shown around this amazing converted historical building and taken to our lofty sitting room adjacent to 2 of the guest bedrooms. Everything was impeccably clean yet very cozy. The lovely pieces of art, the history of the building, the whimsical items around the pace and the passion of the owner in creating this community friendly space added to the welcoming atmosphere.
We will find excuses to come here again and tell our friends about this "secret get away" place!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Tacomas
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Management response:Responded 9 July 2012

great to have you here!thanks for your review!

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Reviewed 15 February 2012

My girlfriend and I decided to catch a concert in Lindsay, and thought it would be nice to make a mini-vacation of the weekend. I'm really glad we decided to stay at The Brick Church - everything about the place is spectacular. I knew right away that Jen would be a great host when she offered to pick up our concert tickets for us in person, so that we could save on the Ticketmaster service charges.

As soon as we arrived in Manilla (following a quick drive from downtown Toronto) we were charmed by the church, which has been beautifully converted to a warm, welcoming and comfortable space. It's super clean and cozy, while retaining many of the elements of the 1869-built church, such as the huge wood beams and even the church bell.

Shortly after we arrived, with just a couple hours before the concert, Jen made us an excellent dinner featuring an amazing homemade chutney and carrots from her mom's own garden! We felt completely at home by the wood stove, and our room was very clean and comfortable, just like the rest of the church. Breakfast in the morning was delicious, too; I actually tried to replicate the recipe the next day for some friends.

Jen is an excellent, friendly and entertaining host, but is definitely careful to give her guests their space (which isn't the case at some B&Bs). Her living space is in the basement of the church, so we never felt like we were intruding on her home, and we were very comfortable.

We would definitely recommend the Brick Church to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway without going too far from the big city. In fact, we already have.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

From the minute we arrived at the Brick Church, we were impressed by the warm and welcoming reception we received. Jennifer greeted us with iced tea and other options following a long drive.
The building is unique and lovingly renovated - full of historical details and charm. Our bedroom was spacious and tastefully decorated.

Our 2 day getaway was food for the soul. We look forward to returning soon to this hauntingly beautiful retreat.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank vicarswife
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jen d, Owner at The Manilla Church, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2011

That's just the feeling I was hoping you'd leave with. Thanks for the compliments! Happy to know you've enjoyed your stay.

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Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Manilla Church

Address: 8 Church St, Manilla, Ontario K0M 2JO, Canada (Formerly The Brick Church)
Region: Canada > Ontario > Manilla
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Manilla
Price Range: ₹ 4,332 - ₹ 6,575 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Manilla Church is 5000 sq ft of luxurious modern Open concept space with a blend of original features from the 1800s. Once inside the triple brick stained glass gothic church, you're met by the open concept design with 30 ft ceilings supported by exposed hand carved Doulas Fir Beams. There are 3 large bedrooms with queen size beds and a Master Bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and separate walk in shower. The space accommodates up to 6 guests per night via 3 queen beds, and one single bed. During your stay at The Manilla Church we invite you to treat the space like home. You will have access to all amenities, and are welcome to relax in the backyard surrounded by beautiful English gardens. Your privacy is important to us but we will be available should you require anything, as we live in a separate basement apartment in the home. The Manilla Church is located 1-1.5 hours North East of Toronto in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario, with beautiful lakes, beaches, golf courses and so much more within easy access. We are 1.5km from the Trans-Canada Trail with other biking, hiking, and snow shoeing trails at your doorstep. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall there is something for everyone to enjoy. Car travel is recommended. There is driveway parking for up to 3 cars and safe side street parking for guests at no additional cost. We provide tea and coffee, and put out fresh fruit and muffins in the morning for all of our guests. We are also an event venue, perfect for photo shoots, weddings, baby showers, parties, live music, exhibitions which can comfortably accommodate 40-50 people. Talk to us about event planning and rental costs for the day, half day or long term rentals. ... more   less 

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