Loads of character, wood frame Century home, beautiful wood details throughout house, hardwood floors, 1 bathroom with old claw foot tub, garden filled yard, big front porch with hammock and bistro set for breakfast, large kitchen, 2 comfortable bedrooms, one with queen bed, one with double,(the double is listed on my other site, also Century Kingsville Concert House), robes for late night wandering, hot tub, wireless internet, parking.
My husband Marty (a retired physics teacher) and I (Mary) (hairdresser, school bus driver) (also retired) have just recently joined this site to share our funky old place with other travelers. We know how much we enjoy a bit of friendly advice about the area we're traveling in when we are on the road, and a nice, clean bed in a home environment at the end of the day.
We are happy to provide a breakfast, either cooked or cold, depending on what you would prefer or how early you would like to start your day. We are the town next to Point Pelee National Park which is a haven for birders and hikers. Canoes are available for rent in the park. There are many beaches for swimming.
This area in the Southern most part of Canada has had a blossom of Wineries.
Wineries offer tours and tastings and many special events. You could even book a trolly with a group that drives you around to various wineries. In the fall, a marvelous Wine Festival features acclaimed musicians, local wines and gourmet food on the banks of the Detroit River in Amherstburg. While you drive around, buy local vegetables and fruit on many outdoor stands.
We are about a 30 minute drive to Windsor which has lots of wonderful restaurants, live and movie theaters, art galleries, music at various venues, ethnic areas with great shopping, beautiful old Walkerville (the whiskey baron) and a marvelous water front walk and outdoor theater with festivals all year long.
Our own town, Kingsville, is a small town with a big heart. We have a diverse food scene. Sushi, Greek, Chinese, Ale House, Italian and many other places to try. The ferry to Pelee Island leaves the dock at the end of town in the fall and you can take the ferry from Leamington daily in the summer. Pelee Island is a great place to explore on a bike for the day. Don't forget to visit the Winery on the Island.
We are just a few blocks from Lake Erie where you can stroll around Historical Lakeside Park. There are biking and hiking trails throughout town. We have a few bikes for your use.
You are welcome to use the kitchen to cook if you would prefer to save your money for other things.
Marty and I are musicians and we occasionally have House Concerts featuring various musicians. All of our children play instruments and family get togethers are always fun.
Winter has it's own magic. You can cross country ski right through town on the Greenway. Lakeside Park lights up with a Christmas display from early December through January. Point Pelee also has skiing, outdoor skating, and hiking.
Marty and I and our cat, Tom, would be happy to share our home and knowledge of the area. We want you to relax, kick back and discover what our piece of Canada has to offer.
We have a large, flower filled yard that is meant to be enjoyed. In fine weather, there is a table with chairs set up under the Horse Chestnut tree. There are various chairs set up throughout the yard and a front porch for relaxing after a day of sightseeing.
Interaction with Guests
Marty and I are retired so we are usually home. We respect your privacy but are available if you need information about the area or simply would like to chat.
We are pretty casual around here but would appreciate if you clean up after yourself in the kitchen. We have 1 cat who wanders the property. He is gentle and friendly and loves people. Having said that, he hesitates sharing the property with any other animals. So we regret that your animals would not be welcome. We do insist that you make yourself at home. Can't wait to meet you.
We had a great stay at Mary's and Marty's place. The house is truly beautiful and the guestroom very nice and cosy. We felt so comfortable. The hosts are super nice and really enjoy having guests around. Don't miss out on Marty's breakfast - his cheese omelette and porridge are absolutely amazing!!! Highly (!) recommendable.
Thank you so much for the great hospitality!
Mary and Marty were really wonderful hosts. They were so friendly and warm hearted and very nice to talk to. Their house is beautiful, like an antique store. I loved it. The room they gave me was wonderful, with a bed with a wonderful heavy blanket and great comfortable heavy pillows. I slept like a baby.
The recommandation to dine at Jacks was great and I felt sad that I could not stay another night. If I ever go to the most southern town in Canada again I would definately ask if I can stay with Mary and Marty again.
Right from the first email communication that we received from Mary, we had a sense of welcome. Our time with Marty and Mary was filled with warmth, good,intersting conversation and delight in their home. We particularly appreciated the carafe of water, with lemon and lime slices, sitting at the beside. We both slept well in the comfortable bed and pleasing room. Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend.
Mary and Marty were wonderful hosts - warm & welcoming - when they say to make yourself at home, they mean it. The room was comfortable and they were very accommodating with our early morning birding breakfast. Mary made some great restaurant suggestions and we appreciated the loan of their bikes. All and all, an excellent visit. Oh, and by the way, amazing porridge!
Mary & Marty were wonderful hosts--kind and hospitable and very flexible. I will definitely stay there again on my next visit to Point Pelee.
My wife and I just spent a wonderful night at the Century Kingsville Concert House. Mary and Marty were fabulous hosts and we had a great time with them sharing fun stories well into the evening :-) The accommodations were wonderful with a view of glorious magnolia blossoms right out our window, a nice comfy bed, private bathroom with great water pressure, and interesting decor throughout. Our hearty breakfast was delicious and a perfect way to begin our day. The location was also ideal - Kingsville is a lovely town and we were just a short walk from some excellent restaurants that were recommended to us by Marty. Both the Koi Sushi and Jack's Gastropub did not disappoint! We look forward to returning and would recommend Mary and Marty's airbnb in a heartbeat!!!
We had a most enjoyable stay with Mary and Marty. They were very caring and generous hosts. They wholeheartedlly shared their home and their lives with us. Part of our aim was to find out more about the area and this we did with their help. Breakfast was provided totally to suit our requirements.
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I was born in this area, but have lived in California, New York and now, back in Essex County. I am retired from the 9 to 5 to pursue a few things I love, like sewing, hosting, cooking and traveling. I've just recently started a clothing line with my daughter called Carma (on (website hidden)) that uses upcycled materials.
I am also a musician. Double bass and ukelele are my instruments. My husband plays guitar and mandolin. All of our children play as well. Music is a big part of who we are. You may even be able to take in a Concert at our place as we feature musicians here from time to time.
We have a cabin in the wilds of Wawa, ON. that we visit when we can. With no running water, (we pump out of the lake ) no hydro (solar and, propane and candles work for us) no flush toilet (Swedish Toilet Seat in outhouse) and wood fired sauna serves our needs. It is our peace place. We can canoe, kayak and swim to our heart's content. And living there with no amenities has shown us how little one needs to live.
Which brings us to AIRBnB. We realize that living in this big old house we own is much too big a footprint. Couple that with the belief that travel fosters peace, renting out a few rooms at a reasonable price is a no brainer.
My husband and I both love to cook and bake so there could be treats about when you arrive. Our house is filled with books that we encourage you to read. And if you play an instrument, we'd love to hear you.
We have lived in this area for many years and have been involved in the art and music scene. We can tell you about restaurants, walks, bike trails, canoe or boating spots, swimming, music........in other words, we do love what this area has to offer and would be happy to share our knowledge with you.
And in the end, as Sarah MacLaughlin says, "Only kindness matters."