It’s no surprise that once you arrive at the Grey Gables Inn you soon realize why it’s called “The Castle of Pembroke”. The exterior and interior are simply stunning based on the well-manicured lawn, statues, lighting, fireplace, wall scones and most of all the Grand Staircase with its floor to ceiling windows. Trust us…you’ll feel the grandeur and history too as soon as you walk in. Don’t forget to take notice of the gorgeous antique wooden desk in the Lobby.
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The home was originally built in 1911 by the Dunlop family, and was known as the ‘Castle of Pembroke’. Pictured below is AE Dunlop and his family. At the time, he was considered the lumber baron of Canada. He later became the Finance Minister for the Province of Ontario.
From the moment we pulled into the driveway, we immediately got a sense of grand living and historical feel of the property. The staff have great stories about the storied past of the manor, including one tale of a hidden cellar..which they’ve yet to find.
As we made our way up to our room, we noticed the old photos on the wall (pictued above). It’s amazing to see how little the property has changed over the years. The room we stayed in was the ‘Princess’ Suite. It’s huge. It’s beautiful. And the bed was very comfortable.
High Tea in the new Tea Parlour
The former library of the manor has now become the new Tea Parlour for guests and the public to enjoy. Guests are treated to a variety of both traditional and exotic teas, and small sandwiches and sweets served on multi tiered platters. The room itself is amazingly rich in decor and deep colours, just like the rest of the manor. For now, the High Tea service is reserved for the weekends, and it’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance.
Chef Mel is a local resident of Pembroke, and she creates every delicious little item that is served during the tea service. It’s mainly traditional fare with some modern twists. She creates things like a blood-orange & tomato soup with a little creme on top. Of course there’s small bite size sandwiches and sweet treats to enjoy as well. This Tea Parlour is truly unique for the Pembroke area since it’s the only one around. The locals seem to really enjoy it so far.
- Grey Gables Inn is in Pembroke which is a 5 hour drive from Toronto and a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa.
- The closest major airport is Ottawa International Airport (YOW).
*Please note that Google Maps refers to the property as Grey Gables Manor B&B however the correct name is Grey Gables Inn.
The cost, as with any property, varies based on seasonality and demand however pricing is available on the Inn’s Booking.com site as well as the TripAdvisor.com site. For all pricing related inquiries please contact the Inn directly at 1 (844) 200-5863 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complimentary Parking & WIFI.
- Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Bottled Water in Mini-Fridge.
- Walking Distance to shops, restaurants & Waterfront Park.
- Tea Room – A traditional English High Tea is served in the Team Room, only on weekends, however additional charges are applicable.
- Spa Services can be arranged and delivered in the privacy of your own room.
Must See & Do Activities
- Bonnechere Caves – It’s a underground marvel and a real-life bat cave.
- Waterfront Park – There’s a boardwalk as well as several picnic tables. If you get hungry then stop by the pop-up version of The Nook Creperie for a crepe or two as both savoury and sweet options are on the menu.
- Whitewater Rafting – The Ottawa Valley is after all referred to as “The Whitewater Capital of Canada”.
- Grab a pint at the locally brewed Whitewater Brewing Company. There are 2 locations in the area to choose from.
- More info on things to do in the area can be found here:http://www.ottawavalley.travel or http://ontarioshighlands.ca/
We really enjoyed the friendly hospitality of the Grey Gables Inn, it’s obvious now why their slogan is “come as a guest, leave as a friend”, we honestly can’t wait to go back for a second visit.
Our Visit was sponsored by Grey Gables Inn however all opinions, recommendations & reviews are our own.
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