Elmhirst's Resort

Elmhirst's Resort

1045 Settlers Line, Keene, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Ontario K0L 2G0 Canada
By lake and outdoor pool
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Cottage dock on Rice Lake
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#1 of 2 resorts in Keene
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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Our fully contained lakeside cottages are open, providing a safe and fun location for a lakefront cottage getaway. Lakeside cottage resort open year round. Fully equipped cottages with fireplace, kitchen, TV & DVD, wifi in cottage; BBQ deck & dock. Dining room & Pub on site; indoor & outdoor pools; boat & motor rentals; golf next door; tennis; sightseeing flights; horseback riding nearby; walking & biking trails. Full service Spa onsite. Activities available include wine tasting, farm visits, sleigh rides, kiteboarding, corporate team building and more. Ideal for family vacations, getaways, weddings, groups & corporate meetings. Family owned & operated. Catering to international guests. Pet friendly.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Boating
Books, DVDs, music for children
Wifi
Hot bath
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Canoeing
Tennis court
Fishing
Patio
Table tennis
Children's playground
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
BBQ facilities
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Private beach
Dining area
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
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tourist1460 wrote a review Sep 2020
Maple, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
we stayed at this resort for the long weekend, and were pleasantly surprised with fireworks on Friday and Sunday nights however there were quite a few things which made our stay unsatisfying!
The choice of food at the restaurant menu is poor and lacks gluten free options. The service and the quality of food on Sunday Lunch was not good at all ! The service was very slow and it was quite cold inside. It was advertised as lunch however it was just a pure breakfast menu. Although We did like the branches which were served before the Covid situation.
There were at least 3 interruptions with water supply during the weekend and since I was at the shower at one of the moments when the water shut off I did not enjoy it at all!!!
the outside pool temperature was very cold and I got a cold after swimming there for about 20 min. In summer months maybe it is warmer due to the sun but in September it was very chilly and unbearable to stay in!
The bikes were not available at all on Labour Day morning and the front desk explained it was due to the holiday. But the bikes were always outside on other days without anyone servicing them and on that particular day they decided to lock them in. WHY? The weather was quite cold and the other activities were not available.
Overall we did not enjoy this stay compared to other visits and it has nothing to do with Covid .
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Sep 8, 2020
Hello, thanks very much for spending Labour Day weekend with us. We are sorry to hear you were not completely satisfied with your stay. Your specific feedback is very helpful to us and we appreciate it. I will share the feedback regarding your restaurant visit with the food and beverage team. The realities of the current health environment do require menu planning decisions that are different from previous times. This applies to kitchen staffing as well to accommodate physical distancing. While we have been getting very good feedback (particularly for the Sunday Best lunch menu) about the dining experience from our restaurant guests better is always possible. We will examine your feedback very carefully. Our team will also use the feedback you provided to improve the experience at the pool and waterfront. We were very happy to see that you seemed to enjoy your cottage. The water interruptions were an unfortunate inconvenience for everyone, both guests and staff. Our water system produces enough water to support all the cottages and other acitivities unless there is a leak or (regrettable but there is no other word for it) careless water use. The latter happened in one of the recreation areas and it took a little while to locate. Thanks again for staying with us and for the helpful information. Wishing you great health and happy travels in the future, we hope you will join us again sometime.
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Jasmine wrote a review Nov 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
overall our stay was enjoyable, staff was pleasant, food quality was good with most ingredients being harvested from the resort grounds, the honey available for purchase is highly recommended as is the spa. The biggest setback is perhaps the outdated cottages or at least the one we stayed at since we were told the renovated ones were not pet-friendly. We stayed for a weekend which i think is a good length of time considering that we went in the fall so there wasn't too much to do and some facilities were closed due to Covid. However, what did put a damper on our experience was an incident where while outdoors in the back area of our cottage we were out with our puppy when I accidentally lost my grip on the leash as a random woman decides to take a stroll in a clearly designated area for dogs and being the playful pup he is jumped on her as dogs tend to do. Naturally we immediately regained hold of his leash and apologized to her which she didn't bother to acknowledge and instead turned her back and promptly continued on her way. An hour later we get a call from reception informing us that the aforementioned 'Karen' complained and is demanding a $50 compensation for her 'visibly marked' jacket due to paw prints. Though I did not see any markings myself during the seconds-long interaction I did not contest the charge but I did mention that this seemed a little steep for a dry cleaning bill for a jacket at which point the receptionist swiftly informed me it was ' ballpark' for dry cleaning such an item. Just to verify this information I made a quick call to a local dry cleaner as well as one in the Toronto area both of which quoted a maximum of $35 assuming it was down-filled! They did bring it down to $40 after learning of this which is hardly what is of significance here....apparently there are people who have nothing better to do with their precious vacation time than call out others...and make a few bucks on the side
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Date of stay: October 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Jan 11, 2021
Hello Jasmine, Thanks for joining us and thanks as well for taking the time to provide your feedback. I'm sorry for the delay in replying, for some reason I did not get a notification of your posting from Tripadvisor which I normally do. We are very happy to hear your stay was a mainly pleasant one. Thanks agin for the kind feedback on your meals and for noticing the things we do to source food from our own property and from the community. Our cottage renovations proceed on an almost constant basis and there are several cottages from our most recent renovation cycle amongst the pet friendly units, accepting pets is not a determining factor for renovating our cottages. We update some cottages every year but the fit in finish is very similar in all of our lake front cottages and the facilities are very consistent as well with full kitchen and bath, large TV's with cable TV including movies, decks with bbq's, free wifi, free parking right at the cottage and their own docks in the summer.. We regret the uncomfortable circumstances related to your pet and the other guest. Every guest relationship is important to us. The front office attendant made a real time decision to reach out on behalf of the long term guest whose garment was damaged because they thought it was the right thing to do. To bring the request to you however is not consistent with our idea of how events like this should be handled, it is a matter we would normally handle internally. Being in between 2 guests who have a difficult situation that isn't resolved between them is a very rare and challenging situation for a team member at our resort by virtue of our lake front cottages with lots of space plus acres of grounds to explore. If they do happen though we try and help staff resolve them internally and make both parties as comfortable as possible whenever we can. I apologize that this situation was not handled in such a fashion. Thanks again for your feedback and accept our best wishes for great health and happiness in 2021!
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SandraToronto wrote a review Oct 2022
Peterborough, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a group of 5 seniors who had stayed at Elmhirst years ago. This time we thought we would rent the 5 bedroom cottage for our yearly get together as it’s all on one floor. The cottage has comfortable beds and two okay bathrooms but the living room/kitchen area is outdated and not welcoming. Upon opening the patio doors we found black mould on the inside at the top area that looks like it has been there a long time. This was easily seen and very unhealthy for any guests. The stove is very old and the general kitchen area is small. The overall look of the cottage is dark, unwelcoming and unhealthy. It is very expensive for what get. The check out time of 10am should be extended to 11am so guests can enjoy breakfast and then cleaning up before packing to leave at a respectful pace. We will not be returning again.
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Date of stay: October 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Katie Edwards, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Nov 16, 2022
Hello Sandra, Thanks very much for joining us at Elmhirst’s Resort for your recent stay. We also appreciate you taking the time to pass on your thoughts. We are very sorry to hear the experience did not meet your value expectations. I will share your feedback with our team to improve the experience for all of our guests. We continuously work on renovating and updating our cottages. We will use your post to make sure renovations satisfy our guests’ expectations. We hope to be of service to you in the future and extend our best wishes for a festive Holiday Season.
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Sandra McGarry wrote a review Feb 2020
Bowmanville, Canada
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Hated this place, will never return. It's old, and needs major, major, renovations. The showers stalls in the cottage are ridiculous, to small you can't get rinsed off properly. It's boring and theres NOTHING to do at the resort or in Keene. Theres no snowmobiling rentals on the property, no snow shoeing tours, no dog sleds, no games rooms, indoor tennis courts or racket ball, no snow tubing hills, no skiing or boarding, there's NOTHING. There were a few pairs of snowshoes in a bucket in the reception area. I also thought there were horse driven wagon rides never saw any of that. I googled and found info on a Canoe Museum in Peterborough, so we left the resort to go see it and it was great. The ice rink is lumpy and bumpy, ok for kids horsing around I guess. I never seen anyone on it all weekend. The pool area is really old and you can really smell the chlorine. We didn't like our breakfast the first morning, everything was cold. The (Roast Beef dinner Buffet) the beef was tuff, broccoli was half yellow, the curry squash soup was the worst I've ever had, it was very bland. Had the apple what ever it was for dessert and it was horrible. I think they used preserved apples which were hard and watery then sprinkled it with plain rolled oats, yuck! Brunch the morning we left was big and not bad but I believe all of Keene was there and we had to line up to get in. Ridiculous for a guest playing almost $300 per night. I've been to many resorts over the years, but I've never been to one so run down as this. Thinking there's no money to run this Resort and it's time to sell.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Feb 24, 2020
Hello, we are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your couch potato stay or your visit to our community. Your review comes as quite a surprise to us as we try so get feedback on guest comfort at all service touch points. If we were aware of the issues you are describing we would certainly have endeavoured to help you. We try and cover package inclusions and the recreation programming with guests at check in without delaying their cottage arrival too long. After checking with the team members who assisted you with your stay this weekend I know that you did receive a courtesy call after check in to make sure you were comfortable in your accommodation and no concerns were reported. Andrew who is our most distinguished server recalls greeting you on a couple of occasions and serving you at the roast beef buffet with no food related concerns reported. To be clear servers are trained to look for positive feedback and intervene if its absent, not just forward adverse feedback. This past weekend we did take guests on a horse drawn sleigh ride with our team of Clydesdales from a camp fire with hot chocolate provided by our experience concierge. A wine tasting in our all VQA wine cellar was offered for guests who signed up but no one did. We have a games room on site with billiards, ping pong, and fuss ball. We also offer guided snowmobile safaris. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the indoor pool (although it was renovated in 2018) and that we weren't able to offer the other activities you were looking for but on the other hand we have never promoted those activities as being available on our site. While we of course we are distressed to hear of any guest leaving with the feelings you have expressed about Elmhirst's and we regret your discomfort here we are profoundly confused by this posting. Our Couch Potato package offers 2 nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner on Saturday plus our famous Sunday Brunch for only $539 for a party of 2. It is so popular many guests return several times a year, Wishing you happy travels in the future.
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Nancy wrote a review Oct 2020
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I used to come to Elmhirst with my children 30 years ago and really looked forward to coming back again for a long weekend. Booked into Cottage #32 we immediately noticed that what was advertised as a "honeymoon" cottage with wood burning fireplace and jacuzzi tub wasn't quite right. The fireplace was converted to gas and there was no longer a jacuzzi tub. The front desk advised us that changes were made 10 months earlier yet web site still advertising these features. Dishes were sparse and old - glad we brought our own! Not 1 salad bowl was found so if your expecting "fully equipped" go to the dollar store and bring your own. Great location and some nice past memories for sure but cottages not as advertized - if booking this cottage there is no jacuzzi, a small 2 ft x 2 ft shower you can barely turn around in and no wood buring fireplace - yet prices high for this mislead unit.
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Date of stay: October 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Hello Ailieann, thanks very much for your feedback. As you correctly noted cottage 32 was renovated just 10 months ago. Although we are very proud of the results with brand-new windows, wall covering and flooring, a footed soaker tub with floor mounted taps, convenient propane fireplace with natural stone surround, and new TV & stereo you are also correct in that the language and images were not updated on our website. I am very sorry we created false expectations and that you were disappointed with your cottage. We will correct this immediately. Guests have almost unanimously expressed enthusiasm for our cottage renovations but of course we recognize the importance of relaying accurate information about them on our website and all of our communications. Our team is always available to assist guests with specific cottage supply requirements when needed. I'm sorry there were some items you were looking for that weren't there prior to your arrival. We are here to help on those occasions however and have implemented an SMS based messaging system for easier communication between guests and members of the Elmhirst team. This has led to faster delivery of cottage supplies and other guest services. Thanks again for staying with us and for your helpful feedback. Best wishes,
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TRAVELLER JO wrote a review Oct 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been to Elmhirst numerous times over the past five years. They have changed, maybe due to COVID or maybe just bad management decisions. I don’t know, but I do know we won’t come back again. The food, meal package, busted kitchen stove, no bathtub plug, door lock works on occasion, no service, no pool use availability, hot tub out of order, fitness room in dire condition are among a few reasons. Management response is lacklustre. An add on to your departure - you are now required to put your garbage and recycle in your vehicle and take with you or they charge your credit card $75.00. And they call that a COVID policy. Really!?!? Their preferred communication is text messages to which a guest cannot respond! Guest Service has gone in the toilet along with food and cottage quality. Maybe new ownership? Not really sure what happened. 🙁
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Date of stay: October 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Oct 30, 2021
Hello Joanne, We are very sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your stay. Clearly we fell well short of your expectations and I apologize for that. We have invested in cottage renovations for several units, replaced entertainment systems and sun decks in more, and put new HVAC in every cottage in the past 18 months. We regret to hear you did not get the perceived value you were looking for from your cottage despite our best efforts. Constructive feedback is always welcome because it’s one of the best teaching tools we have and as such we seek input from our guests through a variety of channels. Guests reliably give us a general satisfaction rating between 80 and 90 % so I truly hope the service gaps you noticed are an isolated occurrence. In fairness to my team I need to mention the jacuzzi and sauna were not out of order, we were prevented from offering them because of COVID related public health orders. Also the SMS based messaging system was implemented to increase guest convenience. Because of demand and all recreational offerings requiring appointments to ensure guest safety phone calls jumped by 3 X and the MsgBox service allows us to answer more requests more quickly. It is definitely a 2 way service. We even use it to notify guests if their cottage is ready for an early check in. I apologize if there was some misunderstanding about the function of this service. The property is still owned and operated by the Elmhirst family for 4 generations and we are very proud of the experience our team is delivering across the property in a very challenging environment with novel health risks. We have created great memories for you in the past and I hope we get the opportunity to do so again in the future. Wishing you the best in the upcoming Holiday Season…..
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Explore710385 wrote a review Dec 2020
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our cottage at this beautiful property.
Unfortunately it was the front desk staff that left us questioning as to whether we would return. We met a variety of front desk employees over our stay, and strangely, every front desk employee left us feeling as though we were inconveniencing them. Simple questions or requests such as ‘is the games room open, where are the washrooms, can we see the DVDs for rent (it’s says they have them available on the website) or can you please refund the deposit I made and charge our entire stay on my hubby’s business credit card’ (which was confirmed can be done when I made the reservation) was responded to with a sullen attitude and irritated tones. Regarding the credit card she said ‘ we don’t do that’. She did do it and it took her less than 1 minute. Why make your guests feel bad??? How about show gratitude for the customers who are spending money at your resort during challenging Covid times. Baffling to me.

It’s unfortunate as we really want to love this resort (as the property is truly outstanding) but I’m not ok with spending almost $1000 over a few days and being made to feel bad on multiple days by multiple employees. There were 3 adults staying ( we are all very easy going and easy to please) and as we drove away we all agreed with the above. It was definitely not random or had just happened by chance to one of us.
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Date of stay: December 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Jan 4, 2021
Hello and thanks very much for visiting us and thanks for your feedback. I'm very happy to hear you like the property and were comfortable in your cottage. I'm very sorry to hear you did not feel like your visit was valued or appreciated by our staff members. We were on the threshold of a change in public health regulations due to take effect immediately after your departure and some team members may still have been in "learning mode" consistently frustrating our guests is not the experience we are striving for. Over the course of the past year we have tried very hard to "pivot" as many experiences as possible to solutions that we can provide safely in the current environment with reasonable success and even launched a new Escape Maze attraction. Responses to the surveys we send to all our guests has been overwhelmingly positive. Better is always possible however and we will use your valuable feedback as a tool to make our communications clearer, service delivery more seamless, and re-emphasize the importance of every interaction with a guest is to all of our team members. I am confident that we are capable of giving you the information you need to make a reservation here with confidence and then deliver on that promise when you arrive. If we can be of service to you in the future I would love to make the arrangements myself, simply ask for mr by name. Best wishes for a great 2021 and we hope to see you soon.....
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Cynthia v wrote a review Nov 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The resort offered a Yoga weekend which included two nights' accommodation, three meals, up to four yoga classes, and a $50 spa credit. Nothing about this surprisingly reasonably priced deal was a disappointment. Our lakefront cottage was just perfect and equipped with high quality amenities and furnishings. I loved that each of the two bedrooms had its own full bathroom! The spa services are top-notch; Martina treated us to a wonderful massage. Yoga Instructor Catherine Tombs was amazing and it's clear that she is truly devoted to helping others feel their best. All of the resort staff were kind, helpful and welcoming and it is evident they take great pride in their gem of a resort. The biggest surprise of all? The quality of the food and service in the Hearthside Dining Room, particularly the Sunday Best brunch. I will definitely return.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Mark G wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're looking for a great cottage vacation for your family this is the place. With kids there is so much to do and plenty of activities planned by the friendly staff.

Our family have visited the last three summers and have enjoyed our time so much we added a winter long weekend stay the last two years.

Summer: enjoy the pool, lake, lake slide and trampoline, kayak, canoe, and water skiing all included (you have to pay to rent at most other resorts!).

Winter: Ice skating on the lake, carriage ride, a farm to visit, ice fishing, tobogganing, indoor pool.

If you want a break from cooking, the restaurant and take out use locally raised meat, fish and vegetables and is delicious.

We had a lot of disappointing cottage vacations growing up and this is the kind of place our family wishes we had discovered sooner so we could have visited when we were young.

Visiting Elmhurst takes the stress out of planning a family cottage vacation because they have everything you want and need. Rice Lake is one of the nicest lakes I've ever visited and we look forward to our return visit every year.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Farmgal80 wrote a review Apr 2021
Montreal, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This family-owned property has remained innovative, yet captures the essence of the cottage experience. The accomodations have everything you need including a fireplace and a view of the lake. The dinning room is spacious with great views of the lake as well - more importantly the food is deliscious and features not only local produce, but food from their property. It has also has a spa on the grounds where you can enjoy facials, manicures, pedicures and full body massages and treatments. There are also lots of walking trails on the grounds. Lots more for you to enjoy, but I encourage you to go and experience it for yourself!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Greg Elmhirst, Owner at Elmhirst's Resort
Responded Apr 8, 2021
Hello, thanks very much for staying with us at Elmhirst's Resort and thanks very much for sharing your thoughts about your stay. The very most gratifying feedback to receive for our family and team is the kind where the things we believe make our place a little bit special are reflected back to us by the guests. Your mention of the mix of convenience and natural setting, family values and innovation, operating in a sustainable way, and striving to deliver genuine hospitality in any environment as memorable features of your stay is a true thrill for us to hear as it captures the essence of the experience we are trying to provide. Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts! We wish you safe and happy future travels as we look forward to what is hopefully a more normal summer in 2021!
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Answer from Elmhirst
Our check-in time is at 4pm-- in the event your cottage is ready prior to 4pm we will send you a text message letting you know you are more than welcome to arrive early.
Answer from Greg E
Keene11 contributions9 helpful votes
Hello and thanks for your query. The 2 bedroom superior cottage has a 1 person jacuzzi bath tub. Some deluxe cottages have 2 person jacuzzi tubs although recent updates have removed the jacuzzis from some. The reservation attendants on the toll free number on our site can help you pick the perfect cottage. Safe and happy travels, we hope to see you soon!
c0b0urgers asked a question Jan 2020
cobourg ontairio canada206 contributions14 helpful votes
Is there cross country ski trails close,would like to visit in February?
Answer from Greg E
Keene11 contributions9 helpful votes
Hello and thank you for your query.... There is a fabulous nordic ski facility 45 minutes from Elmhirst's called the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club and a great outfitter in Peterborough called Wild Rock Outfitters. The trails are maintained by a world class groomer who was on the trail team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. I am not a nordic skier myself but I understand trail conditions are very good right now. Hope to see you next month.
Answer from Greg E
Keene11 contributions9 helpful votes
Hello and thanks you for your query. Scheduled check in time is 3 PM, the scheduled check out time is 11 AM. If the cottage is ready early you are certainly welcome to it, if you arrive early and it isn't you are welcome to use the resort grounds and facilities until it is ready. Likewise if there are no guests arriving on your departure day, we can extend a later check out time. If we do need the cottage at 11 to prepare it for a guest arrival you are welcome to stay on site after check out. We look forward to seeing you in August....
Answer from Greg E
Keene11 contributions9 helpful votes
Hello Susan and thanks for your inquiry. Our front desk is open 8 AM to 9 PM EST. If you call them at 1-800-461-1940 they can make a reservation for you. If you call tonight Karen is working... We will look forward to seeing you and to the big day.
J C wrote a tip Sep 2023
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to visit the spa too!"
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Toni wrote a tip Sep 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I went mid week for quiet time. Friday when I was leaving , it was getting busy."
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Diane C wrote a tip Jul 2023
Peterborough, Canada103 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It is worth the drive if you are after a special hideaway in the country"
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Michael H wrote a tip Apr 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The front office sells their own meat products such as steaks. One can purchase and BBQ on your own deck. "
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JuJu Travels wrote a tip Mar 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask which cottage has been last renovated."
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PRICE RANGE
C$235 - C$303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Nearby attractions include Lang Pioneer Village (5.6 km), Patricia's Gift Shop (4.4 km), and Hope Mill Conservation Area (6.4 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
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Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Elmhirst's Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Elmhirst's Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Elmhirst's Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Muddy's Pit BBQ, Hearthside Dining Room, and Islandview Harbour Marina Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Elmhirst's Resort?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Elmhirst's Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Elmhirst's Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Serpent Mounds Park (5.7 km).
Does Elmhirst's Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Elmhirst's Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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