By Charmaine Hibbert
Sometimes you visit a hotel that you just want to shout about and tell the whole world to come and visit, and all the more so when you find out that this once privately owned family bungalow, set on 93 acres of land has turned been into this stunning B&B by the bare hands of the father and son who run the hotel – a true labour of love. As I arrive I have the pick of all the rooms as the big wedding tomorrow means all the rooms tonight are free (lucky me!) but it is such a hard choice to make with all the beautifully appointed, individually decorated rooms.
I am massively indecisive at the best of times but I opted for the Morgandy Suite on the second floor – Morgandy is Celtic for “Little one from the edge of the sea” – and I felt very much at home in this gorgeous queen size suite, it overlooks the fountain at the front and has a cute heart shaped tub. I must admit the tub did swing it for me, what can I say; I’m a hearts and flowers kind of girl!
Nestleton is not a licensed hotel, even though you can find an ice bucket and two wine glasses in the suites, but what you can do is bring back some wine to the room and enjoy at your own leisure – or down on the deck, but we’re coming to that!
The fresh water lake that the hotel looks out on to has just got a new deck and I decide to be the first guest to take the plunge on this beautiful July afternoon, treading water in the cool waters of the lake and looking back at the hotel to admire the handiwork of Henry and Erik, I am overwhelmed with pride - and I had only just met them - but it really is some achievement. And at that moment I thought nothing could beat this feeling as I relax on one of the reclining wooden chairs and look out into the lake to dry off, but boy was I wrong…
There are far too many great things to list about this place but as you all know by now this is my favourite part of any trip – the spa. A spa treatment is the perfect compliment to your luxury stay at Nestleton Waters Inn, but please be aware that their massage therapy is scheduled by appointment only so it is best that you enquire at reception. A couple’s massage may also be available but this will depend on availability. All Spa Luxury facials are done with an Italian product called ‘Bioline’ and it is customised to the client’s skin type, which is great because I suffer from sensitive, combination skin. I opted for the deep cleansing facial, I really needed it due to the polluted air back in the UK and for the first time in a long time it left my skin feeling like it was able to breathe. The treatment costs $93.50 and lasts an hour. I couldn’t leave without having a full pedicure (my feet have never felt so much love) the treatment also lasts an hour and costs $65, a pedicure is definitely something I will be booking in once a month after my treatment here. It feels a bit cheeky being this indulgent but my nails needed some love too so I tried the mini-mani, a half hour session costing $55.
If a spa treatment is not something you would care to try out here, there are other activities that you can indulge in; onsite amenities include: canoe or rowboat, swimming or fishing from the deck. I am no good with a fishing rod so I did not partake in this activity. Although it would have made a pretty amusing sight. I did love walking around the grounds, such a wonderful setting. In the area you can enjoy attractions such as brewery or winery tours, waterparks, zoos, museums, golf, skiing and so much more. Nestleton Inn have also negotiated some great guest discount shopping vouchers and special partnerships so it’s worth finding out what they have on offer. For example there is a winter sleigh or a summer horse and carriage ride with pickup for guests at the inn. I absolutely love the idea of both, hopefully something I will be able to experience for myself in the future.
I have stayed in hotels all over the world, but I have to say none come as close to the service and friendliness of the Nestleton Waters Inn, add in the beautifully unique rooms, stunning location and of course that lake and you can see why so many couples choose this as the perfect location for their wedding. Even now being back in London when things get a little hectic I imagine myself sitting on the lounger on that deck and breathing in that uncontaminated fresh air. I do hope one day you get to experience your own moment in time on that deck, it truly is a special place.
3440 Beacock Rd
ON L0B 1L0
T: +1 905-986-0670