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Reviewed March 18, 2016

A friend and I had a "girlfriend" reunion at Circa 1894 this week. We only stayed one night but it felt like we'd had a complete spa holiday. Donna and Cam have done an amazing job turning a church into a sacred and beautiful B&B spa retreat. The bedrooms are cosy with lovely, comfortable beds. There are two guest rooms that open out to a private sitting area/kitchenette with TV and wall-mounted fireplace. The kitchenette is thoughtfully equipped with everything you need to make a snack or beverage.
The spa is in the same building as the suite. Indoors, there are change rooms, a tranquil sitting area with a fireplace and waterfall wall where gentle music creates a relaxed quiet area for reading and relaxing. Adjoining the sitting area is a massage/treatment room and two saunas. Outside, on three levels of decks, are two hot tubs and a steam sauna. The saunas and hot tubs are totally rejuvenating.
The entire place is sparkling clean and brand new. Cam and Donna are masters of recycling and green design and construction. They have artfully restored and redesigned a former church with custom woodworking, expert craftsmanship and an eye for building, salvaging, furnishing and gathering the perfect recycled materials, fixtures and decor items to create a most inviting and serene space to restore body, mind and soul.
We enjoyed a tasty lunch and wholesome dinner during our stay. The food is home-made from local products and Donna and Cam do everything possible to make you feel relaxed and spoiled. The spa can be booked for a few hours or you can spend several days being treated to total pampering in the first-rate facilities. We each had a deep tissue massage with Christa, an RMT and she skilfully worked out all our stress knots.
We were not expecting to find such well equipped spa with an array of treatments and luxurious, serene amenities in Lanark. Our stay was a total delight. Thanks Donna and Cam for sharing your cathedral of restoration with us. We'd recommend this as a getaway for couples, girlfriends or by yourself for several hours or days any time of the year!

Room tip: Bedrooms (2) share one sitting room/kitchenette and bathroom. The RV would be more private if there are other guests at Circa.
Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Donna D, Owner at Circa 1894, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2016

Ahh, I am here to respond to a more recent review and notice that my response to the initial one, yours, did not ‘take.’ I may have hit ‘review’ instead of ‘submit.’ Oops…hopefully, I am not such a newbie anymore.

Wow, such a wonderful description of the B&B and Spa. Down to the letter, the two of you really got/caught what we are about. I am thrilled that you enjoyed it and it was our pleasure to be your hosts. We look forward to spoiling you again, anytime you can make the trip.

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