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Sir Sam's Inn & WaterSpa
Ranked #1 of 1 Eagle Lake B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 March 2012

We stayed at Sir Sam's Inn for 2 nights in the Huges Wing, Room #8. Right from our check-in we found the staff to be friendly and hospitable. Upon checking we were greeted by Bo who was responsible for most of the staff service at the Inn for the weekend. He showed us around the place and made us feel welcome.

Though our room was a little on the small side, and the described "Queen" size bed was really only a double, our room was clean and nice. The view of the lake from our room was absolutely outstanding. On the positive side, the room had a wood burning fireplace and a relatively new bathroom. On the other hand, there are a variety of simple details and upgrades that have been overlooked that could really freshen the room up. For instance, insuring the fixtures are not worn or cracked, staining the old pine wood to match the new finishes, and painting the unfinished drywall around the fireplace. All these little things would give the place a bit more of a professional feel.

We booked a package that included breakfast and dinner at the Inn. Firstly, the Inn was very accommodating in that on our first morning we would have to leave the property prior to the start of breakfast in order to go dog sledding. They prepared a breakfast to go package that was tasty and delightful and ready to go before we left. Our dinners in the dining room were satisfactory. My husband and I are pretty dedicated foodies and we found our meals to be well conceived but very poorly executed. It appeared that some of the food had been pre-prepared and left under heat lamps, one of my appetizers was burnt black underneath, my rice was undercooked and the food was not particularly hot. We surmised that this may be the result of the chef not being particularly well prepared for the vast change in the number of patrons from night to night. One night we could not get into the dining room unit 8:30pm and the next we sat for dinner at 6:00pm and were one of only three tables in the room. On a positive note, the wine selection is nice and all the staff were polite and capable.

The Inn also describes itself as a Water Spa. In reality, that translates itself into a lovely salt water pool with a variety of jet configurations to choose from. All spa services that are described on the website are contracted out, so if you are interested in these services you must book in advance in order to have them made available. Other than a dry sauna, there are no other spa-like amenities. The pool space is lovely and has a great view of the lake as well as 4 Balanese beds to relax on, but the Water Spa is not really an attraction all on its own as it appears to be on the website. It too, like the Inn overall, needs a bit of attention to detail in the maintainance department.

Overall the Inn is warm and cozy but is not living up to its full potential. It is in need of some TLC and attention to detail in order to freshen the place up and eliminate its dated appearance. It is clear that maintainace of the property is a bit of a struggle for the owners. At times it appeared that one of the staff members Bo, was responsible for almost all of the day-to-day running of the place. He checked us in, was our bartender, gave us a tour, sat us for dinner and served us at times, and he was even at the pool doing maintainance. Though we never wanted for anything, this skeleton staff was a bit disconcerting at times and gave the appearance that the Inn might be struggling a bit. There was no doubt that Bo himself is well versed in the area of hospitality and he was an absolute delight to meet. Sir Sam's is lucky to have him.

Overall, we will return to Sir Sam's mostly for the gorgeous views and proximity to local attractions. Do not be confused, this in not a 5 star resort but it is a nice quaint escape for couples. We were looking for a place that was free of young children where we could enjoy a long winter weekend of relaxation and that is exactly what we got. If you too are looking for the same, this might be the place for you.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

We stayed at Sir Sam's Inn for 3 nights in Lakewinds Room #8. The staff service was unbelievable! They were so welcoming and helpful. The staff were so kind in allowing us to watch Survivor on the big screen in the bar/lounge area! We booked our 1/2 day snowmobile tour in advance and it was definitely worthwhile. We booked an extra sled for the experience, and while it was extremely expensive to do so (an extra $175 for a half day, when a full day rental is $200!) it was better this way. Eric was a phenomenal guide and took us on a variety of trails. We skied at Sir Sam's one day, on tickets we had purchased from the Toronto Ski and Snowboard Show, and it has such a low key vibe with a nice variety of terrain and stunning views of Eagle Lake. The meals (breakfast and dinners) were delicious and filling and the service in the Twin Fires Dining room is VERY prompt! The only mild inconvenience is having to book a time for dinner at breakfast. It would have been a little more relaxing if we could arrive for dinners anytime between the operating hours. The room was large and well appointed; the wood burning fireplace was such a lovely feature! Just a note: make sure you read the directions on how to operate the fireplace, as a neighbor smoked themselves out and set off the fire alarm! The only issues we faced with the room was that the toilet plugged (which was quickly taken care of by staff), the whirlpool tub's tap refused to turn off completely, you can hear people coming and going on the stairs (sometimes it can be a little loud) and the TV left much to be desired. The TV in the room was extremely outdated and SO small (barely visible from the bed), which is misleading because it is situated in a large double door cabinet above the fireplace. The waterspa was also very relaxing and nice after a day on the slopes. The amenities at the Inn, which include a pool table, ping pong table, movies and games made for some enjoyable evenings. The Inn also features wifi, which is not noted on the website.

All in all the experience was restful and perfect except for the fact that the cost of a stay is quite high (perhaps all the service taxes?), esecially when the room was not 100%! We have stayed at other such resorts in Quebec for a fraction of the cost. We would recommend at least a 3 nights stay (especially if the cost was reduced!)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DianneP16
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

The inn is beautifully situated on Eagle Lake. The main inn is warm and cozy. We stayed in the main inn for this visit and the rooms are spacious and well appointed. The staff are top notch (especially spa and front desk). The food is very good (dinner), not excellent although the breakfast was very very good.
The amenities are great with the indoor water spa, games room, pub in addition to formal dining room, spa and fitness room.
The decor is slightly tired but everything is very comfortable. The inn and rooms are immaculately kept (great housekeeping staff).
There are a number of (real) wood buring fireplaces (main inn lounge area, dining room, bedrooms) which add terrific ambiance.
Sir Sams remains a great spot in a great part of Haliburton.
The only small 'do better' is with the TV reception - it has often been out when we've visited!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ontmajo
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

Our mother purchased an overnight stay at the inn for my brother's and I as Christmas gifts. Six of us went last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our short stay. We just wish we had more time there! The landscape is stunning. The rooms are lovely~all of us had fireplaces and were overlooking gorgeous Eagle Lake. We loved the property and surrounding area. Lots of small touches here that assist in creating a great experience~DVD and book libraries available, cider and cookies in the living room for a mid-afternoon warm up, a fun game room with a pool table and bar.
The staff is very attentive, welcoming and efficient. They were exceptionally helpful and accommodating. My brothers had forgotten their vouchers for the stay. Janice was fabulous and everything was sorted out with ease!
We really enjoyed meeting Bo, he was a fantastic host. Jordan and the other servers took great care of us in the dining room.
Eric our guide for the snowmobile tour was amazing. The tour was incredible~a real highlight for all of us. We did the half day out, which was perfect. My only regret was not having my camera on me to photograph all of the amazing sights along the trail and not having video footage of the whole experience.
I could have stayed in the water spa forever. It is an enchanting space, truly relaxing overlooking the water. I didn't want to leave!
Overall, I would highly recommend doing at least 3 days there but it was fabulous even being there briefly. Definitely worth the drive out!!!
Thank you to Janice, JP and staff for creating a memorable experience for my family and I. We are very grateful."

  • Stayed: January 2012
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5  Thank sunshinenlollis
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

This was our first visit to Sir Sam's and we look forward to coming again. This is a very clean and quaint resort and perfect for relaxing. Sitting in front of the fireplace in the afternoon, after a swim in the warm salt water pool made for a perfect day. The food at both breakfast and dinner was great. The staff are warm and welcoming and we look forward to coming again. If you are tired and just need a short break, go to Sir Sam's and you will definitely feel rejuvenated!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Gerry and Mary S
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Staff is truly amazing-it feels like home (better than home!!! LOL) when you are in the rooms-so cozy and comfortable. The menu and food are just the best. My hubby and I had a wonderful experience-and the spa is not to be missed. We took the cayak and toured the lake and the lovely homes.THe best part-we enjoyed the spa (waterfall spa) each evening before going back to the room and enjoying the lovely fireplace. Lots of wood available just steps from your doorstep. Excellent excellent service and staff and food and accomidations - we will be back for sure.
Amazing for 4 days straight!

Room Tip: Wonderful webpage map available and if you call they hotel before you book they are very helpful.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank savytraveller1959
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Sir Sam's. The room was lovely with a nice fireplace and jacuzzi tub. The water circuit was great. The food was fantastic. Best of all, the place was completely unassuming and everyone was very nice and low key. The setting is also gorgeous. We will be back.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MillyCanada
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Additional Information about Sir Sam's Inn & WaterSpa

Address: 1491 Sir Sam's Road, Eagle Lake, Ontario K0M 1M0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Kenora District > Eagle Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Eagle Lake
Price Range: $147 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sir Sam's Inn & WaterSpa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location. Sir Sam's Inn & Spa is an adults-oriented resort nestled in the Haliburton Highlands right in the heart of cottage country at the base of Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada. This historical boutique Inn was establish in 1919 and is surrounded by quaint villages, majestic hills and more than 6,000 lakes. The Haliburton Wildlife Center and several golf courses are near the hotel. Hotel Features. Sir Sam's Inn & Spa was once the estate of Sir Samuel Hughes, the government minister who led Canada's military during WWI. This stone-and-timber historical mansion is constructed along Eagle Lake's scenic shoreline. ... more   less 
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