PORTLAND - An amazing night's sleep is one of many fond memories you'll have of Harlem Stonegate Bed & Breakfast.
This beautiful heritage B&B on Harlem Road is only three years old but it's already a sought after location for peaceful country getaways and outdoor recreation such as 'dark sky' star gazing.
You'll delight in its sweeping rural views, multi-course meals in either the dining room or screened veranda, its optional massage service, beautiful garden gazebo, yoga pergola overlooking the pond, or maybe its seasonal "Glamping" tent and evening bonfires.
"We have a wide variety of ecologies here - hayfields, wetlands and a maple sugar bush," says Alicia Ferdinand. Alicia and her husband David Meyer have created this special B&B. After travelling the world in the mining industry and capital markets, the couple left Toronto to put down roots here five years ago.
"This location offers so much for guests who enjoy the outdoors," says Alicia. Cycling groups, paddling and canoeing enthusiasts are regular visitors. Alicia and David also provide some recreational outfitting as an add-on to the guest experience.
"Our goal is to continue to introduce the area to a new group of people from all over the world. The natural beauty of South Eastern Ontario is at our doorstep," says David. "It is more than just an overnight stay. We have endeavoured to create an enhanced wellness experience."
The B&B earned TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice designation in both 2020 and 2021. There are three guest rooms, two of which have a shared bathroom for a family or people travelling together. The third is a glamorous room with an ensuite bath and cozy gas fireplace. The "Glamping" tent accommodates up to 6 guests and has electricity, flushing toilet, hot shower and a deck overlooking the wetlands.
"We have a large garden with fruit trees and make our own maple syrup," Alicia says. Their fresh, natural food and garden-to-table experience have earned rave reviews from visitors. "We have guests who regularly return just for the meals," says Alicia.
"The food is definitely something we focus on. We are long-time foodies," says David. "As a result of the events of the past couple years, dining options in the area have been limited. So we began providing an add-on dinner service, which proved incredibly popular with our guests."
Stonegate Farm dates back to the 1830s. Nestled in the beautiful Rideau Lakes region at the edge of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a UNESCO world heritage site, Harlem Stonegate B&B provides a relaxing atmosphere in which to unwind and rejuvenate.