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Gatekeeper's Retreat

1887 Lakeshore Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0 Canada
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#41 of 159 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Gatekeeper's Retreat, is conveniently located on Lakeshore Road, directly on the wine route in Old Town Niagara-On-The-Lake. Upon arrival, you will surely notice the European flair of the facade as you make your way to the local limestone portico; a glimpse of what you can expect to find inside. The main level is home to our owner's quarters and your tastefully decorated breakfast room, including our beloved loose tea library. In the morning, as you sit down comfortably at the elegantly dressed wooden table, you will surely meet new friends while enjoying an inspired breakfast creation. Go up the grand staircase and discover the library on the mezzanine complete with comfortable wingback chairs, fireplace, flat screen television with cable and an oversized chess table for your enjoyment. The Chamber and The Boudoir bedrooms, both complete with their own ensuite bathrooms, are adjacent. The Hermitage is located downstairs off the Persnickety lounge and has its own private living room with direct access to the garden. The garden at the back of the house is a lovely place to unwind and relax. At its centre, surrounded by ivy covered trellises and two corkscrew willows, the stone terrace awaits you. Put yourself at ease during your stay with us and feel free to enjoy everything Gatekeeper's Retreat has to offer! Looking for a small group? Ask us about our group rates and also our second beach retreat location in the Niagara peninsula!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Special diet menus
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Room features
Air conditioning
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French


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52Somewhat walkable
Grade: 52 out of 100
11Restaurantswithin 1 km
3Attractionswithin 1 km
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kgwh5760 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Toronto, Canada21 contributions25 helpful votes
We were a group of 6 sharing the same “bubble” and looking to get away for some bike riding and winery experiences. Panache was an excellent choice for us as they have three rooms so it was only us in the house. The suite has a larger sitting area and dining table where we could play games in the evenings. The house is so exquisite in its decorating and detail for all our needs. It was such an enjoyable weekend for us to get away in this Covid world and feel safe. David made us feel so comfortable. Highly recommend staying here. Close to biking trails, wineries and downtown. Breakfasts were delicious.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Aastha S wrote a review Feb. 2020
Mississauga, Canada9 contributions
Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 2 nights over Valentine’s Day and David took great care of us. We were in the Wellington room which was spacious and we had a comfy stay. The breakfast that David made us daily was locally sourced and different every day, with his special herbal teas and delicious jams! We hope to come back again soon as this was our first time at a B&B and we had a fun time engaging with the other couples there. His dogs are absolutely adorable as well! 😊
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CLB2064 wrote a review Oct. 2019
9 contributions3 helpful votes
My stay at Panache was exceptional. David and Jason were gracious hosts who provided many ideas for restaurants and interesting sites in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. The B and B’s rooms and common areas were beautifully decorated, warm, comfortable and pristine. David was the ultimate host, taking an interest in the special requirements of his guests. His breakfasts were delicious and unique, and he used local products (breads, jellies, produce). I felt pampered by the individual attention (such as a ready pot of my favorite tea) as I ate in the lovely dining room. David’s friendly professionalism shone through in every aspect of my stay. I intend to return to Panache each autumn, and I will share my wonderful experience with family and friends. I enthusiastically recommend Panache B and B to travelers who want a special experience!
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Date of stay: October 2019
Room Tip: There are only three suites, and each is beautifully decorated, comfortable and pristine.
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Gus wrote a review Aug. 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania7 contributions2 helpful votes
We would like to give a 5 star rating to David in allowing us to use his B & B at Niagara on the Lake. Every detail was attended to and the accommodations were excellent. The price was very reasonable. The peach crepes were excellent. Thanks David for your kind hospitality!! I would strongly recommend anyone seeking to stay in the area to contact David to stay at Panache!! Gus and Mischele
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Sabryna D wrote a review Jul. 2019
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LOOK NO FURTHER This is the place to stay! David and Jason were amazing hosts David's attention to detail was beyond amazing. I was there for a girls weekend with 5 friends and we had an amazing time. We were greeted and were made to feel at home the minute we walked in. The house is decorated impeccably and so clean. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable. The garden was a wonderful spot to enjoy our evenings. David's attention to detail showed in the beautiful breakfasts he created every morning. We all have different dietary needs and David took the time to ask questions to ensure we all had an amazing breakfast. I would highly recommend Panache to anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of Niagara on the Lake this is the place you want to be. Thank you David the WW of Caledon loved our weekend and we will be back.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gatekeeper's Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Gatekeeper's Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Ryerson Park (0.7 km), The Market at The Village (1.2 km), and Two Mile Creek Conservation Area (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gatekeeper's Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gatekeeper's Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gatekeeper's Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gatekeeper's Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ginger Restaurant, Hob Nob Restaurant, and Ruffino’s Pasta Bar & Grill.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gatekeeper's Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Gatekeeper's Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Fort Niagara (2.8 km), Fort George National Historic Site of Canada (1.5 km), and McFarland House (3.5 km).