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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Our Bridge group of 8 women friends (ranging in age from 63-77) recently spent two nights at the Leisure Estates Bed & Breakfast. We did not have a very good experience; in fact, in 20 years of going to bed & breakfasts twice a year throughout Ontario this was our poorest experience. We had booked the 4 rooms which is what both their internet site and their printed brochure state they have. Imagine our surprise to find that we only had 3 of those rooms plus one in the basement and that there were 2 other rooms with guests in. That didn't start us off well as we know that we talk and laugh a lot for hours and so do not wish to disturb other guests. For that reason we always choose a 4 bedroom B & B. For perspective, I have written a number of reviews on Tripadvisor and this is only the second one that has been negative. Given that background I will outline both the positives and negatives.

The positives - rooms were very clean and nicely appointed and had satellite TV's and ensuites. We were surprised though that rooms were not checked during the day and so used bathroom glasses and towels were not exchanged. This has not been our experience in other B&B's. This would be a nice place to stay as a couple and I imagine that is why the other reviews are glowing. I also believe that it is likely most couples would return from an evening out, settle into their rooms and so do not disturb their hosts. The country setting is lovely and the breakfasts were fine. It is about 10 minutes to St Jacob's so offers a terrific location.

The negatives - unsuitable for groups. We were informed of the "rules" of the B&B after we were given a tour. You must not disturb the hosts as they go to bed in their basement bedroom at 10pm so they endorse a Quiet period that begins at 10pm. The lounges are not available after 10pm as one is outside their bedroom door and the other is directly above their room.. Where is a group of 8 to go after they return from 1. a performance at a local theatre and 2. a dinner in St. Jacob's? We had to resort both nights to congregating in one of the third floor rooms and sitting on the floor. - very unsatisfactory! And to think our group paid a total of $1120 for the privilege! Secondly, we were also informed that someone had the nerve to close a door too loudly at 12:45am and the hosts would appreciate that it didn't happen again! I guess someone at age 77 (or any age) isn't suppose to use the washroom during the night. This was definitely the most inhospitable B & B our group had ever been too over the years. There are many B&B's that we have returned to over and over again - this definitely will not be one of them!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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leisureestatesbb, Owner at Leisure Estates Bed & Breakfast Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

We, the owners of " Leisure Estates Bed & Breakfast Retreat " suspect that the one who posted this review, for what ever reason, did so without the groups knowledge. We had not noticed anything from this group that would not be common for people staying at a Bed & Breakfast. In fact, the group appearred to enjoy their stay very much, and the positive remarks written by the group in our guest book stated this. With all the kind remarks and the humour that took place at breakfast, it certainly was a surprise to see the content of their review.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

I found this B&B on the Internet so I'm always a little worried on what it's going to be like.

It was a great find and we loved it. We took friends of ours that were visiting from England.
The rooms are brilliant as is the food and hosts.

Room Tip: The Heritage and Starlight rooms are both great.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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leisureestatesbb, Owner at Leisure Estates Bed & Breakfast Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2015

Your title says "Lovely Place," We say "Lovely People" ! (and I mean you!!) Thanks for bringing your "England Friends" along. Enjoyed your company.

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Reviewed September 23, 2010

Leisure Estates is an amazing getaway in a beautiful location in the town of Elmira. The hosts, Mark and Joyce are so welcoming. Their warm personalities are so wonderful, you will feel like you have known them forever. The incredible breakfast is homemade everyday...Joyce will give you the recipes if you wish! We have stayed here regularly over the past couple of years. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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leisureestatesbb, Owner at Leisure Estates Bed & Breakfast Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2015

Sometimes it is difficult to remember the faces of previous guests when they call to book another visit, but you "Amazing People" we will always remember! Do not know why this is. Maybe it's the "Bubbly Entrance" you create on arrival. Anyway, love you guys a lot!

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