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“Little England in Canada”
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Green Woods Inn
Ranked #6 of 22 Kingston B&B and Inns
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186 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Little England in Canada”
Reviewed 23 July 2011

We contacted Nigel and Tessa directly to make a reservation and their response was very efficient (they acknowledged our special requests) and was followed up in the post with good directions and a photo to help us identify their building. The Inn is on the main road into Kingston - although the sat nav has problems finding the location, Nigel had forewarned us of this - set in a very well tended garden. They have clearly spent a lot of time and care renovating this house and have stayed true to its historical context in decor and styling. Our bathroom featured a claw-foot bath and floral curtains, and the bedroom also had a very Victorian feel about it. Having given us a tour of the house, Nigel provided good advice on sights and restaurants in the area - even showing us a range of menus to help our selection - and recommended the best boat tour to undertake. Luckily they provided huge umbrellas (we had torrential rain when out for dinner, which was unfortunate as many Kingston restaurants are closed Monday nights and we did have to wander around quite a bit). In true English style they provide good quality tea in the room - and fresh milk in the fridge in the living room. The breakfast was large and delicious (starting with grilled grapefruit and followed by beautiful pancakes, croissant and toast). The only minor complaint I had was that the curtains didn't quite cover the windows so I had to use my airplane eye mask - but anyone who doesn't require darkness to sleep would not be affected. And despite the apparent proximity of the road, it is very peaceful

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vermont
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

We stayed at Green Woods for one night recently.
Nigel and Tessa are wonderful hosts-- warm, friendly, courteous, and considerate and enthusiastic and knowledgeable about things to see and do in Kingston and its environs.
They have overlooked no detail in this lovely inn.
Our room was beautifully decorated and impeccably clean. The bed was comfortable and the linens of the highest quality.
The bathroom is very modern with a hot, powerful shower--eactly what is needed after a long travel day!
Our breakfast was delicious and attractively garnished and presented-- truly gourmet fare. We had Eggs Benedict, with perfectly poached eggs, no easy feat!
We have been staying at B&B's for more than 25 years, both in the US and the UK, and this was the best breakfast we have ever been served!
We wish only that our stay had been longer.
Nigel and Tessa have made Green Woods Inn a destination in itself!
We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Airdrie, Canada
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Green Woods Inn last week, and what a wonderful experience that was! It started with a very pleasant booking experience on the phone, and wonder of wonders, a week or two later we actually received a letter, a REAL letter, in the mail, saying how they were looking forward to our visit. They included some brochures with discounts for attractions for the Kingston area, and that was great, but the whole idea that a business took the time to write a letter, put a stamp on it and mail it to us, well...it blew our minds! First rate customer service!

My husband was leery of a B&B, thinking we would be staying in a 'guest room' in someone's home...and I can only WISH that some of the guest rooms we've stayed in at family & friend's were so lovely! We had the Oak Room, it had beautiful furnishings and linens (wow, the linens are so luxurious), and our ensuite bathroom had a gorgeous claw-foot bathtub with rainshower shower head. So lovely. It had a blow dryer in the bathroom, so don't waste suitcase space bringing your own.

There is a little library on the second floor where I left a novel I had just finished, and Nigel told us that if we started reading one of the books and didn't get it quite finished we were welcome to take it with us. Nice. :) We didn't have the opportunity to use the guest lounge on the main floor, but there is a TV, books & magazines, coffee making facilities, and a phone from which Nigel said we could make free North America-wide calls, which we thought was a great touch. There is also a small fridge in the lounge where we placed our perishables.

The gardens are absolutely gorgeous, a lot of love and care has gone into them. We could have spent much more time in them than our schedule allowed.

BUT...the piece de resistance is the BREAKFASTS. And really, calling them breakfasts doesn't begin to do them justice. Wow!! The first day we had a starter of melons with yogurt, palm sugar and candied ginger and then a main of lemon crepes. Oh my word. So good. And fresh croissants with different preserves (carrot-cake-in-a-jar was my favourite). The second day we had marinated bananas with some sort of fruit concoction on top, and then the best eggs benedict I have had in some years. Perfectly cooked poached eggs, completely delicious hollandaise, they were spectacular. Seriously.

Nigel and Tessa are the perfect hosts, welcoming and gracious without being overbearing. They offer advice on things to do in the area if you've never been, and even make dinner reservations. We were there during St Lawrence College graduation ceremonies and they still managed to get us a table at Tango, a fabulous little restaurant we would never have heard about but they recommended.

I booked our stay here because it was rated #1 on TripAdvisor, and the rating is well deserved. They work hard to make sure your stay is nothing short of perfectly memorable. We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newmarket, Canada
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

I enjoyed three wonderful nights at the Green Woods Inn. Nigel and Tess were superbly hospitable hosts. The room (The Ash) was beautifully appointed, with a spaceous en-suite full bath. It's situation afforded gentle cross-ventillation throughout. My requirements for changing meal times were met with grace and understanding. The sounds of the birds were a delight to wake up to. Road noise was never a distraction. Other guests were charming and entertaining. Chats over breakfast were leisurely and enjoyable. The breakfasts, themselves, were each culinary delights - and were never repeated. They proudly featured local produce and were each a treat. I applaud Tess and Nigel for their assiduous attention to detail in meeting the needs of travellers.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Pointe Claire, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2011

Out hosts were most welcoming and helpful while respecting our privacy.
Breakfast was fantastic, room impeccably clean & comfortable, completely upgraded bathroom.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Burgdorf, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2011

One Year ago, April - June 2010, my friend Nik and I spent 3 month in Canada. We planned to spend about 3 days in Kingston. At the tourist information, we found an advice of Green Woods Inn Kingston. We promptly known that we want to reside at Green Woods Inn during our stay.

3 days became 1 week. After 1 week we decided to extend our stay to 10 days and 10 days become finally 2 weeks. We had a great time. The weather was beautiful so we enjoyed every day (after a fantastic breakfast) trips around Kingston. We had the honor to enjoy the great hospitality from Tessa and Nigel in a wonderful house with a very friendly atmosphere and delicious breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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new milford, ct
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2011

We stayed one night on route to another city. This is a beautiful historical home on a busy road, but the brick construction makes it peaceful and quiet. The hosts were pleasant and accommodating, the rooms beautifully furnished, the bath elegant and very modern and the breakfast served, exceptionally tasty. A short drive to the center of Kingston.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Green Woods Inn

Property: Green Woods Inn
Address: 1368 Highway 15, Kingston, Ontario K7L 0C4, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Kingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Kingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Green Woods Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the Rideau Heritage Tourism Route, Green Woods Inn is one of Kingston's finest Historic Inns. Offering a peacful setting in the city of Kingston, just minutes to the down town core and one mile south of Hwy 401. The Inn has been fully renovated with all rooms having fine cotton linens, luxurious private ensuite bathrooms, central air-conditioning and private on-ground guest parking. Our full gourmet breakfast helps to make your stay an extra-special experience. ... more   less 
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