GANANOQUE - A classy, new B&B in one of the town's landmark Victorian homes is getting great reviews from both overnight guests and fans of fine dining.
The Woodview Inn, originally a 10-room family home built in the mid 1870s, has been revitalized with a Gatsby-style art deco remake under its new ownership. The latest addition is Graydon's Restaurant, a fine dining experience on the Inn's dazzling main floor along with a licensed lounge.
"This house found us," says co-owner John Nagy of how he and his partner, Steve Campey, discovered the former Athlone Inn for sale online. They'd missed it on a trip here in the fall of 2015 while touring B&Bs in Leeds Grenville and Prince Edward County. During that tour the couple came to a decision - to quit their Toronto jobs and become innkeepers. Seeing "Woodview Villa" online a short time later sealed the deal.
"We decided to throw our hat into the ring," says Steve, adding they believe there is great growth potential in the 1000 Islands region with attractions such as the casino, boat and helicopter tours, to name a few. They put together a business plan and made an offer. Top to bottom renovations, including a new kitchen, began in January. "It needed a lot of work," says Steve, who previously ran his own contracting and interior design firm. John has a hotel and hospitality management plus multi-media background.
After opening in June, bookings poured in from around the world with the occupancy rate hitting 98-99% through the booking engine Xotelia. John and Steve have been thrilled that the suites, which are named after their parents (Lady Elizabeth, Lady Margaret, Sir John and Lord Geoffrey), are such a hit. Altogether there are 5 main house and 4 garden suites. A newly renovated garden suite will be unveiled in the spring of 2017, complete with a king bed and kitchenette.
Lunch at Woodview was introduced in July and the backyard patio was popular. Evening dining was introduced a few months ago. Graydon's Restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday, 5-9 p.m.
"The community has been so welcoming," says John. From day one, the goal has been to be true innkeepers involved in all aspects of the B&B. "We want to be the face of our business," he said.
Learn more about this unique B&B and Graydon's menu designed and prepared by Chef Alain Lemire by visiting their website. Contact them via email or call 1-844-382-1110.