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One of the best bed and breakfasts in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario,
as recommended by Janette Higgins.
  Toronto Area and Niagara Region
 Britaly Bed and Breakfast

Graham Hall and
Aldo Petronelli
57 The Promenade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Canada, L0S 1J0
Phone: 905-468-8778
 This bed and breakfast strikes all the right notes and delivers good value.

Britaly Bed and Breakfast - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
Britaly Bed and Breakfast - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

Review by Janette Higgins
author of The Best Places to B&B in Ontario: A Selective Guide
Six editions of the book were published to critical and popular acclaim. Janette now publishes her B&B reviews and holiday reports online.
Note 1 to reader: Every Ontario bed and breakfast receives my consideration. I travel incognito, pay where I stay and write reviews of the top 5%. Here is one I recommend. Janette Higgins

Why book at Britaly House Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake? Simple. I’ve done some pretty thorough research of the 300 or so bed and breakfasts in Niagara-on-the-Lake and this one stands out because it offers exceptional value. For example, at this bed and breakfast the two en suite bedrooms, and one with private bath, are probably nicer than most in the mid-price range yet the cost is lower, perhaps reflecting its location which is about 1.7 kms (20-minute walk) from downtown and the Festival Theatre. But even in the same neighbourhood the prices are mostly higher. And they don’t score like this one does.

Before going further let’s clear up the pronunciation of ‘Britaly’ – it’s a combo of Britain and Italy, the birth countries of the two hosts. Capiche? British-born Graham Hall and Italian-born Aldo Petronelli moved out of Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake a few years ago. Graham and Aldo, along with their gentle yellow lab, Rufus, provided me with a genuine welcome to their bed and breakfast. Aldo’s background in architecture has come into play and it’s designed so that guests have use of one side of the main floor. The hosts (and their kitchen) occupy a separate wing.

Downstairs guests have use of the quintessential English drawing room with fireplace leading to the formal dining room and out through glass doors to a deck and delightful gardens containing a fountain and fish pond. Upstairs, all three rooms have queen-size beds and come equipped with niceties like wine glasses and a corkscrew. The English Room is the largest and overlooks the back which is nicely treed. Themed water colours grace its walls and a four-poster bed imparts drama. There’s also a chesterfield and its en suite bathroom has a large walk in shower. The Canadiana Room has a sophisticated country décor and its private bathroom is across the hall. There’s another four-poster in the Italian Room; all rich colour and texture. Its bathroom is en suite and is newly upgraded with glass shower enclosure around the tub and a new vanity. Evident throughout is a sure sense of style.

Next morning, coffee or tea is available outside the rooms anytime after 7:30. Breakfast is served around nine. We were up early so took our coffee out to the back deck and chatted with other early-risers before being called to table. We started with granola and peach muffins, both homemade. Then progressed to a variation on quiche served in large ramekins before ending with mixed fresh fruit and yogurt.

This bed and breakfast, in the established Old Town Subdivision of southeast Niagara-on-the-Lake, represents a first for me – it’s a suburban home complete with garage out front. Hmmmmmm...... But I was won over as soon as I walked through the front door. It’s a different world in there. Even the gardens aren’t typically suburban. After breakfast I overheard departing guests conferring about their great find. By then, of course, we’d all forgotten about the ‘garage out front’.

Note 2 to reader: Graham and Aldo are devastated by the passing of their beloved yellow lab, Rufus, in the spring of 2009. We fellow pet owners understand their heartbreak. Note 3 to reader: I appreciate your support of the continuation of my research by letting Graham and Aldo know you read my review of their bed and breakfast on this bbontario website. Many thanks! Janette Higgins

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  Britaly Bed and Breakfast, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
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Best to call:   After 10 AM
Languages:   English, Italian, French
Season:   All Year
CDN $ Rates:   S or D $120-140 plus 13% HST
No single Saturdays Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving
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Cards:   cash, VISA, MC
Restrictions:   not suitable for children; smoking outside only; enquire about guest's pets
Facilities:   3 bedrooms all with queen beds; 2 with en suite bathrooms one with glass-enclosed shower in tub and the other with a large walk in shower; 1 with private-use bathroom across hall with shower stall; drawing room and gardens for guests; central air
Parking:   for 3 cars in driveway
Breakfast:   full
In Residence:   Markus, the lovable Labrador
Location:   This bed and breakfast is 1.7 kms from downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake almost directly south of the Festival Theatre. It's about a 20-minute walk.
Directions:   From the main street in Niagara-on-the-Lake turn south on King. Drive to John. Turn left. Drive to Charlotte. Turn right. Drive to The Promenade and turn left. You can also approach from the East West Line east of Hwy 55. Confirm when booking

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