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.
We has a lovely time staying at Barbara's!!! We were in St.Catharines to perform in the In the Soil Festival and the house was in a perfect location for us, walking distance to the down town. The rooms were comfortable and full of personality and it was great chatting with Barbara over breakfast. Would recommend this place 100%
Barbara is a wonderful host. Very accommodating. Relaxing atmosphere and great breakfast. Felt like home. Like Barb love cats and hers are sooooo sweet.
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.
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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.