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Niagara on the Lake Ontario Canada

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PARADISE GROVE BED & BREAKFAST
PARADISE GROVE BED & BREAKFAST
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PARADISE GROVE BED & BREAKFAST

113 Byron Street
P.O. Box 1754
Niagara on the Lake
Ontario Canada
L0S 1J0
Host(s): Michael Peets

Niagara Bed and Breakfast Reservations

Ph: 905-468-3302
Alt. Phone: 905-931-3302


"Closest B & B to everything that matters in Niagara-on-the-Lake"

General Description

From the late 1700's until mid 1800's, the property was part of the Military Reserve near Fort George and Paradise Grove, where the parishioners from St. Mark's church would picnic on Sundays after church. On the border of the Military Reserve and the Town of Newark, the property was not developed until about 1856, well after Fort George was abandoned. As part of the harbour development project in the mid 1800's, the land was given by the government to the Harbour and Dock Company. After the Harbour and Doc Company became insolvent, the property was sold to the Milloy family who built a three storey home on the hill overlooking the harbour, where Chateau Gardens nursing home is now located.

In the 1930's the Harrison family, who owned a local lumber yard, acquired the property and built a number of additional structures, including a small house at the corner of Byron and Wellington streets. The local oldtimers tell a story that Jack Harrison drove the delivery truck for his father's lumber yard and allegedly skimmed a few pieces of lumber from each delivery, dumping the appropriated lumber on the property as he drove by. Jack then supposedly, according to this story, built or had built the large addition to the small house on a part-time basis. Some of the older residents that knew Jack call it the house that Jack built . Jack is long dead, so who knows whether the oldtimers' story is true, false, or some version of the truth. It is but an interesting tale.

The two storey house at the corner of Byron and Wellington was built in the colonial style. Jack Harrison used the balloon-framing method, which was pretty common for houses built during that period. Instead of constructing one floor and then the next, with balloon-framing, the outside eighteen foot wall studs spanned both the main and second floors, and the joists for both ceilings were held up using studs coming down from the 12-pitch roof joists. With normal construction you would need interior supporting walls to hold up 2 x 8 ceiling joists spanning the twenty feet between the exterior walls. With balloon construction, the interior supporting walls were just long studs from the roof joists down to the joists of the second floor. The balloon-framing provided quite a challenge in our reorganizing of the second floor to provide three good sized bedrooms.

Jack Harrison, who owned most of the block after his father died, sold off the north-west third of an acre and existing house in 1969 to Elizabeth Ayers, the grandaughter of Bessie and Clarence Kraft (part of the cheese family). Elizabeth and her second husband, Allan Peets, made extensive renovations to the house. A number of Niagara-on-the-Lake residents were shocked when Elizabeth had the exterior siding painted yellow. That seems silly now, but back in the 70's all the houses that were not brick were pretty much painted white, so a yellow house at that time was really a change from the norm in what was then an ultra-conservative community.

As Elizabeth's mobility progressively deteriorated (she had MS), the beautiful landscaping was let go and the interior of the house deteriorated considerably. After the death of Elizabeth in 2000, her son, Michael from her first marriage, acquired the property.

The house was subject to extensive renovations in 2004 by Elizabeth's son, Michael.

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QuickFacts

  • 2 doors down from the Festival Theatre
  • Next door to Queens Landing
  • Large Heated Swimming Pool
  • Double-Dutch suite will accommodate up to 3 people
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  • Standard Policies

    Check In:
    4 pm Mon.-Fri,or earlier/later by arrangement. 2 pm on weekends
    Check Out:
    11 am
    Cancellation:
    Deposit of $75 per room/night is required at time of booking. Deposit is refunded if cancelled 30+ days before arrival. Full rate charged if cancelled less than 7 days before arrival, unless room is re-booked. A non-refundable deposit can be used for future stay. Visa or Mastercard holds reservation. A $25. plus GST administration fee will be charged for any cancellation.
    No Smoking:
    There is no smoking or lighting of candles inside our home. Fire regulations.
    No Pets:
    No pets, due to allergies.
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    Breakfast

    A full gourmet breakfast served from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. in elegant surroundings.
    e.g. eggs benedict, omelettes, apple-raspberry upside-down french toast, frittatas, pancakes with fresh fruits and bacon & eggs, yogurts, croissants. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated, i.e. vegetarian, allergies.

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    Local Attractions

    Paradise Grove is next door to Queen's Landing and two doors from the Shaw Festival Theatre

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    Directions

    from Toronto:
    Take the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara. Just past St. Catharines and the Garden City Skyway, which crosses over the Welland Canal, there are two routes to Niagara-on-the-Lake:
    a) Take Highway 405 east and exit just before the Queenston-Lewiston bridge at Stanley, turn left at the top of the ramp, then right on Portage to Brock's Monument, and then take the scenic Niagara Parkway north along the Niagara River to Niagara-on-the-Lake, turning right on Wellington Street at the Shaw Festival Theatre. Or,
    b) Exit the QEW at Niagara Stone Road exit, follow the signs to Niagara on the Lake. Turn left on York Rd, and right on Airport Rd. to Hwy. 55 At end of Hwy 55 at the golf course, turn right on Queen Street and follow it through the downtown area, past the Prince of Wales Hotel to the Shaw Festival Theatre. Turn left on Wellington.

    Which ever you go, when you get to Wellington St., look for the yellow house with the blue door on the corner on Byron Street and Wellington.

    from Buffalo:
    Take I-190 north to the Queenston-Lewiston bridge. Through customs and the toll booth, take Hwy 405 west to Stanley. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right and continue east on Portage to Brock's Monument. Follow the scenic Niagara Parkway north along the Niagara River to Niagara-on-the-Lake. At the Shaw Festival Theatre, turn right on Wellington Street. Look for the yellow house with the blue door on the corner on Byron Street and Wellington.

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    Tuscany
    Bed: King
    Bathroom: Ensuite
    (Ensuite = Bathroom is connected to bedroom)
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    Room Description: Large comfortable room with sofa and lounge chair, TV, clock radio.

    Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Climate Control In Room, Clock Radio, Couch, Daily Housekeeping Service, Television With Cable Service, Fire Alarm, High Speed Wired Internet Included, High Speed Wireless Internet Included, Modem Dialup Internet, Sitting Area In Room
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    Bathroom Description: Large shower, vanity and hair dryer

    Bathroom Amenities: Bathrobe, Complimentary Toiletries Including Shampoo, Hair Dryer, Make-up Mirror, Oversized Towels, Slippers, Towels Provided, Walk-In Shower

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    Dutch Delight
    Bed: One Queen Bed and One Pullout Bed
    Bathroom: Ensuite
    (Ensuite = Bathroom is connected to bedroom)
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    Room Description: A little bit of Holland in this very bright room with separate sitting room. Queen + Single Sofabed.

    Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Climate Control In Room, Clock Radio, Daily Housekeeping Service, Television With Cable Service, Fire Alarm, Hot Breakfast Served, High Speed Wired Internet Included, High Speed Wireless Internet Included, Iron and Ironing Board, Sitting Area In Room...
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    Bathroom Description: Lovely blue bathroom with large shower.

    Bathroom Amenities: Bathrobe, Complimentary Toiletries Including Shampoo, Hair Dryer, Make-up Mirror, Slippers, Towels Provided, Walk-In Shower

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    Serengeti
    Bed: Queen
    Bathroom: Ensuite
    (Ensuite = Bathroom is connected to bedroom)
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    Room Description: A little bit of Africa overlooking pool and gardens.

    Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fan, Climate Control In Room, Clock Radio, Daily Housekeeping Service, Television With Cable Service, Fire Alarm, Hot Breakfast Served, High Speed Wired Internet Included, High Speed Wireless Internet Included, Modem Dialup Internet...
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    Bathroom Description: Large Shower

    Bathroom Amenities: Bathrobe, Complimentary Toiletries Including Shampoo, Hair Dryer, Heat Timer, Oversized Towels, Slippers, Towels Provided, Walk-In Shower

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    Location Map

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    Property Amenities
    Barbecue (Gas Powered), Common Area Fireplace, Casual Dining Within Walking Distance, Family Dining Within Walking Distance, Fine Dining Within Walking Distance, Deck Seating Area, Local Calls Free From Onsite Phone, Major Attractions Within Walking Distance, Marina Nearby, Park For Free Nearby, Parking Onsite At No Cost, Outdoor Pool, Outdoor Pool Heated, Patio Seating Area, Shopping Mall Within Walking Distance, Bus Service Nearby, Treed Lot
    Payment MethodsYes or No
    MastercardYES
    VisaYES
    Diners ClubNO
    American ExpressNO
    Travelers CheckNO
    InteracYES
    CashYES
    E-TransferNO
    Personal CheckNO
    Discover CardNO
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    Languages Spoken
    English, Dutch,
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