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Sylvania, Ohio
Reviewed 12 October 2016

My husband and I had a wonderful experience staying at The Shady Nook in Stratford, Ontario. The owners, David and Mollie, were delightful, and provided a warm and friendly environment. Our bedroom was lovely and very comfortable. We enjoyed a little downtime in the cozy living room, and woke up every morning to a delicious breakfast. Everything about The Shady...

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Northbrook, Illinois
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We returned to Shady Nook after being at the Shaw Festival in 2015. We were again joined by dear friends from Palatine, Ill. We have been to Shady Nook several times in the past . Here are the top ten reasons to stay with Mollie and David: 1. Mollie and David are genuine folks who know Stratford and are well...

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hi Carl and Janice, The B&B is a perfect venue to meet great people like you as well as your lovely friends Donald and Barbara and when we are all genuine and in tune about life, and " how texting affects our children and grandchildren" , and we are honest about how important it is to read books, even though...

Mount Albert, Ontario
Reviewed 5 October 2016

quiet, but close enough to walk downtown quite enjoyable, the breakfast is exceptional- all homemade and out of the ordinary we enjoy biking and it was easy to do from the front door. rooms are quite warm- not a big deal

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hi Bob, Thanks for the review and enjoying the food and great scenery of Stratford and St. Mary's. I apologize for not asking about the temperature in the rooms as it is easy to tweak the vents and we can work on that on your next visit. Mollie and David

Valley NE
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is my second year staying at Shady Nook with the current owners. I had stayed there for over twenty years with the previous owners. As expected the choice was confirmed, very comfortable and satisfying and our group is booked same time next year.

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Suzann it is an eclectic time when all of you arrive and share ideas about life and theatre and David and I are pleased that it is comfortable and satisfying as this would be an affirmation of our goal of " your home away from home". We will continue to do our best as you return each summer season. Mollie

Mississauga
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We enjoyed our stay at the Shady Nook! A bit of a walk to the main Stratford area, but not too bad. You need a car to get to the Festival Theatre, especially for ladies in heels. The room was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was really good and the hosts are very friendly and helpful. We like to stay...

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hello again Heather, Thank you for your review and I am pleased that you had a great stay. Yes, definitely to the heels and the walk to the Festival Theatre. Mollie

Thornhill, Canada
Reviewed 7 September 2016

During August, I came with two other couples to The Shady Nook and was welcomed by one of the most outgoing, informative, sociable owners of the B&B, Mollie. We had lovely accommodations, an amazing breakfast, cooked by David, and was able to relax after dinner on the back deck with fruit and drinks provided by our hosts. On a hotter...

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hello Ellen and Brahm and all you lovely first time guests, Thank you for enjoying your first stay here at The Shady Nook. For sure on the swimming next time and I will try not to talk so much and perhaps listen more to get to know you all a little better. I am sure that Brahm would love to...

Reviewed 5 September 2016

I am missing homemade scones--and everything else: fluffy omletts, pecan waffles, fresh fruit, perfect coffee, and generous, informative hosts. I can't imagine a better home in Stratford.I highly recommend Shady Nook as a well located, fresh and clean, brimming with hospitality B&B.

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hello Deirdre, Mike and all you great conversationalists and food lovers. David is pleased to hear all about your delight in his delicacies and new creations. I am pleased to have gotten to share so much more with you on this year's trip, Deirdre. We are looking forward to more delights with you, and from you, for next year's time...

Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

This is our first time staying at b&b and we absolutely love it. Quiet place close to everything, the convenience store, the river, the theatres and downtown area. The room was very clean and it's got everything you need for a short stay. There is a pool in the backyard which is definitely a plus. David's homemade breakfasts were fantastic,...

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hello again Stella and Sean, You were so interesting to talk with and we learned much about the Chinese language and immigration rules and Pokemon. I am glad that this first stay was a good introduction to staying in a family home. Yes, that pineapple-mint water is tasty. Please return again soon so we can continue to learn more about...

Thornhill, Ontario
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Shady Nook is the keenest place to spend time in Stratford. Not an exaggeration at all. David and Mollie are the best hosts anywhere. If you are looking for a bed and breakfast stay in Stratford, look no further.

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hey David and Dory, The connection we had with all of you was sort of like fate and I am grateful the opportunity presented itself as a surprise, but ended in a warm and special vibe that will continue to be there until our next visit. As caring individuals, David and I like to go the extra mile for our...

Saint Paul, MN
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Molly and David are very friendly, and make a special effort to make guests comfortable. All our breakfasts were tasty treats. And we appreciated their suggestion to visit the Stratford museum, a site I had not known about in all my past visits.

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MolliePetryna, Owner at The Shady Nook, responded to this review

Hello again Casey and Doug, I could never think of you as "oldsters" . We made some great connections and s with you was a highlight of the visit. Please come back again and bring Carolyn. Mollie and David.

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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
On a quiet street we offer four en-suite bedrooms, a twin/king and queen on the main floor and two queens on the second floor. An easy walk to gourmet restaurants, theater and boutique shopping, as well as Art in the Park, our famous Swans and many photo opportunities along the Avon river await. We serve a full breakfast and cater to special diets. A large guest Frig for ice and to keep your refreshments cool awaits in our Sunroom where you can play cards or have a picnic lunch on a rainy day. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, a bike ride or sun on the large deck, the coffee's on so come let us make your Stratford experience all it can be, see you soon. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Shady Nook

Address: 64 Earl St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 6G2, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Price Range: $159 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“You need nothing as everything is provided in the bathroom. No TVs, so just come and relax.”
 of 5 bubbles 550ellens, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We occupied an upstairs bedroom, which was very comfortable. Stairs are not a problem for us "oldsters." In fact, we consider using them good exercise.”
 of 5 bubbles caseyw26, 29 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Even on a very hot day, the room was a pleasant temperature because of the air-conditioning.”
 of 5 bubbles 237Susan, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“I think there are only four rooms; two on first floor, and two on the second floor. All are good.”
 of 5 bubbles suewG6625BJ, 18 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Two lower rooms have either twin beds or king. The twin beds can be converted to a king.”
 of 5 bubbles 288annez, 3 Jul 2015 | Read review
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