This is a well appointed century home within walking distance to downtown St Catharines for access to a variety of restaurants and pubs. It is only a 15 minute drive to Niagara Falls and a 20 minute drive to Niagara on the Lake, a lovely historical town and home of the world famous Shaw Festival for professional theatre. (Public transportation is also available.) We are in the heart of wine country with almost 100 wineries, most of which have tours and tastings, in the immediate vicinity. The Welland Canal which passes right through the city also makes for a very interesting visit as you can watch huge shipping vessels 'cllimb' the locks as they travel through the Great Lakes. Toronto, a large cosmopolitan city, is just over an hour away.
Guests would have access to the bright sunroom for watching TV, perhaps playing with the Wii or just relaxing. They are also welcome to use the kitchen facilities and In warm weather there is a screened in porch which is lovely for enjoying a bug free meal. WiFi is available. There is off road parking as well. Breakfast could be self catered or prepared.
I have three bedrooms so would be able to accommodate up to 5 guests.
The double room on the second floor has an antique bed with a custom made mattress adorned with a handmade Mennonite quilt. Facing east means lots of morning sunshine. The bathroom would be shared by occupants of the queen room.
The queen room on the second floor has a very comfortable queen bed and is a Florida-like coral and white decor. The bathroom would be shared by occupants of the double room.
The single room on the main floor has the advantage of having a private bathroom.
I regret that my home is not suitable for young children.
In general check in would be from 4:00 and check out before 10:00. However this could be modified with advance notice if necessary.
Barbara was a wonderful hostess! The room itself was lovely and she welcomed us to use the living room to relax after our days of sightseeing. In the evenings we all enjoyed conversing together over our meals; it really was special and enriched our experience! She does have cats, but they were very sweet and not intrusive at all. Oh, and Barbara makes a mean breakfast! Ask for the house specialty! Mmmm good :)
My rescent stay at Heart of Niagra was a delightful experience. My Hostess Barbara was warm, friendly and accommodating. I was treated as though I was a member of her family, not merely a guest at her BNB. My room was cheerfully decorated with a very comfortable bed. There was a desk and wonderful window seat to allow work/organization time. Miss Barbara prepared a wonderful breakfast each morning. She was also a wonderful source of information about the area, including resturaunts, shopping, and sites to visit. This is a wonderful place to stay and will be my first choice on all future visits.
Barbara is a very welcoming and generous host and I had an excellent stay. Barbara's place is conveniently located close to downtown and the main bus station (from where it's a short ride to Brock University, where I attended a conference). The room is clean and cosy, breakfast excellent, and the cats friendly. Recommended!
Barbara was very friendly and welcoming, however the room was a little more cluttered than the picture showed. Also it might be helpful to know that there are cats in the home.
You couldn't have a better welcome. Barbara was the perfect host. The breakfast was so appetizing and the room so nice and quiet. The whole atmosphere in the house is so relaxing that you immediately feel at home. This meant that we stayed an extra night. If we ever come back, we will definitely stay there again.
Barbara is a great host to us. We stayed there for two nights, and she treated us a very nice breakfast and we enjoyed our conversation. She also waited for us during the late night since we came back home late. We'd like to come back again if possible.
We had a wonderful time staying at Barbara's home. We stayed in the double bedroom which was cozy but very comfortable for our three night stay. The shared bath was very clean and convenient. Barb made a delicious breakfast each morning - much more than we expected! To top it off St. Catharines is a great town and Barbara's house is walkable to just about everything. We loved our stay!
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I'm a pretty easy going, positive person who enjoys meeting new people. My philosphy is to just enjoy life and try to be thoughtful to those around me. I've always lived in the Niagara peninsula but love to travel as often as I can. I'm retired from an IT position with the local school board but now keep busy as a financial planner and tax preparer. Besides travel, other hobbies include photography, theatre, gardening, playing bridge and playing Scrabble. My house is shared by three lovely cats. As a guest I would be quiet and considerate. As a host I would do my very best to provide a warm welcome to my guests.