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One of the best bed and breakfasts in Barrie Ontario,
as recommended by Janette Higgins.
  Near North and Northern Ontario
 Richmond Manor Bed and Breakfast

Pam and Bob Richmond
16 Blake Street
Barrie, Ontario
Canada, L4M 1J6
Phone: 705-726-7103
 A surprising bed and breakfast find in a lovely setting near Barrie's Kempenfelt Bay.

Richmond Manor Bed and Breakfast - Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Richmond Manor Bed and Breakfast - Barrie, Ontario, 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

On your way north? In Barrie on business? Skiing nearby? Whatever the reason, Richmond Manor bed and breakfast is a handy B&B to know about. Hosts Pam and Bob Richmond lucked into this Georgian-styled home and fulfilled their dream to start a bed and breakfast. Centrally located, and backed by woods in an older section of town, it's in a perfect spot. I was able to walk to a restaurant where I had an excellent meal while looking out over Kempenfelt Bay at lights gleaming across the water.

Former Richmond Manor owners have included a Mayor and a Judge so, yes, it has the kind of features you'd expect including gracious principal rooms, and upstairs a large hall off which you'll find the two guest bedrooms and a small sitting area with TV and magazines. The bedrooms are a good size, and in each you'll find lace balloon curtains and fine examples of Pam's tole painting. The Lafayette Room is the largest with a queen-size cherry four-poster bed plus a couple of Bergere chairs, a plum leather wing chair and a gas fireplace. It has a small adjoining room with a single bed. Down the hall, the king-bedded Williamsburg Room is done in peach, teal and white. References to America’s historic Williamsburg are found in Pam's art and a hand-hooked rug. All rooms have tri-lights for reading.

Next morning, breakfast is in the formal dining room. Along with juice you'll have something like ruby-red poached pears or fresh berries, perhaps followed by whole wheat pancakes with honeyed apple slices. I had a bacon-cheese casserole and a sour cream apple coffee cake. I was impressed. It was Sunday night in the off-season and they had no idea they were having a B&B guest (let alone a critic) until I knocked on the door at nine that night. After breakfast, the Richmonds can tell you about the area's attractions I was interested in a self-guided walking tour of Barrie's historical homes. Next time.

Note 2 to reader: I appreciate your support of the continuation of my research by letting the hosts know you read my review of their bed and breakfast on this bbontario website. Many thanks! Janette Higgins, Travel Writer

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  Richmond Manor Bed and Breakfast, Barrie, Ontario
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Best to call:   anytime
Season:   all year
CDN $ Rates:   S 80, D $110 (no taxes) Currency converter
Cards:   Cash or Cheque
Restrictions:   no smoking; no guests' pets
Facilities:   2 bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, 1 single); 1 bathroom shared by guests only (shower/tub), 1 shared with host (2 pce); common area on 2nd floor for guests; air conditioning; ceiling fans in all rooms; telephone on 2nd floor; wireless internet
Parking:   off-street for many cars
Breakfast:   full
Location:   on the edge of downtown Barrie, close to Barrie’s waterfront
Directions:   from Hwy 400, take exit 96 (Dunlop St) into Barrie and travel 3 km E to Blake St. First house on left

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