Backing onto the World Heritage Rideau Canal, the Dominion House Hotel has evolved from a frontier bar to a small hotel, a private residence, a rooming house and now, after a 5 year renovation, a full feature B&B. We have 2 rooms listed, each with a full en-suite bath (the NE & SE suites) and for families traveling with children there is another double bed in a small room adjacent to the NE suite. Use of this room necessitates sharing the en-suite bathroom with one of the other suites.
Our North East corner room is a large, simply furnished space with a private 4 piece en-suite bath, two large opening windows and a a thermostatically controlled propane fireplace.
The building, or at least the foundation started life as a frontier bar in the 1830s and is identified as Elliot's Inn on a 1854 village map (a date confirmed by a coin we found under an early addition to the structure). By the 1860s it was known as the Dominion House Hotel and local lore claims that Canada's 1st Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald stayed here during a campaign trip, probably during the 1873 campaign.
Behind the house is the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's a 10 minute walk to the Newboro Lock Station.
You'll have complete privacy in your second floor corner which consists of a large room with 2 windows and a full en-suite bath room. There is also an adjacent bedroom (without a bath) available for families traveling with children.
Second floor amenities include a kitchenette and a library/lounge area. Downstairs you can join us in the family/music room which boasts a 6' Kawai Grand (if you play) Breakfast will be in the formal dining room or on the deck. There is also a large yard and a piece of bush beside the canal to enjoy and a canoe if your interests tend that way.
We live here so we will almost always be available to resolve any issues that may arise or to answer your questions about the building or the neighbourhood.
Restaurants are in very short supply, especially for breakfast, though there are several in Westport, which is 8 km away or in Portland which is 12.
We take off our shoes at the door (and offer slippers as a replacement). Also, we have allergies to some fragrances and ask that our guests be perfume free. Other than that, common courtesy and moderate noise levels will be appreciated.
We are a couple of retired professionals, a translator & a heritage recorder now running a Bed & Breakfast in Newboro Ontario, canoeing along the Rideau Canal that runs behind the house and at our private lake at Beaver Meadow nearby.