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We arrived very early in the area, but had been driving a long way so decided to see if we could check in. Don and Mary Helen couldn’t have been more welcoming and were happy to receive us so early. We were shown to our gorgeous room and were offered a very welcome cup of tea with the addition of Mary Helen’s incredible brownies. In fact this was just the start of their wonderful and kind hospitality. Our room was beautiful and spotlessly clean, looking out onto the surrounding countryside. There was a lovely en-suite shower room and we also had a gorgeous lounge area, with a TV, across the hall to use. The whole house is decorated with impeccable taste and includes some lovely pieces of artwork collected by Mary Helen. Breakfast was wonderful, a true feast that kept us going well after lunchtime. You are offered fresh fruits, oatmeal, french toast, toast, homemade jams, eggs, sausage and gorgeous peameal bacon. The Deakins are wonderful hosts, so very genuine and warm. Don’s incredible knowledge of forestry and the maple syrup making process is fascinating. Joining him on the tour of his forest and learning how to make syrup is an absolute must. Getting to take home our very own syrup was a real highlight of our whole tour of Ontario. We will really treasure our memories of our stay at the Deakins B&B. Oh and we got to see a hummingbird too!! Our stay really wasn’t long enough and we hope to return one day. Fiona T. U K

- Anonymous, 5 June 2019

One of the best experiences you can have in Canada, enhanced by the wonderful hospitality of Don and Mary Helen. A truly memorable day. Dec. 2018

- Karen Farrar North American Travel Services, 22 December 2018

I stayed the night at the B & B and after the signature maple breakfast (pro tip: use it in your coffee instead of sugar) I went to make maple syrup with Don. On the way to the sugar shack Don walks you through the forest and it’s an adventure in itself. He has a game where he gives you a log of a tree and you need to find that tree on the route. Along the way he explains how maples grow, what makes for a good maple producing tree, and pests. Even before I met Don I thought he was brilliant He created an experience that no one else has (that I’ve heard of). Don is making maple syrup out of season so you don’t have to come during the small window of time during the spring. He collects the sap and boils it down 70% of the way and then freezes it. When a group comes that wants to make maple syrup he has enough on hand. At the sugar shack you can see everything in action. How to boil it down, measure its density, bottle it and then grade it based on colour. Maple syrup is one of the best souvenirs from Canada, but having your own syrup takes it to a new level. July 2017

- Ayngelina Brogan Bacon is Magic, 20 December 2018

Thank you SO MUCH for the pictures, I have shared them with the family and they are delighted to have such a great memento of our visit. It is no exaggeration to say that our visit was a major highlight of our visit to Ontario. You made a great impression on my parents, they said how lovely and warm you both were, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the full maple making experience. Thank you also for our incredible gifts. I haven’t opened my jelly or butter yet, but I know they are going to be scrummy J. Dad has eaten most of the maple syrup already! Sept. 2017 - Karen F.

- Karen F. from Leeds, England, 19 December 2018

Don showed us how to tap a tree and collect sap (which we got to taste) and then we took to the restored sugar shack to actually see (and participate in) the process of taking sap all the way to maple syrup. As a guest, you actually get to complete the process and then take home a sweet gift that you’ve bottled yourself. After you return from the forest, Mary Helen is ready for you with fresh scones, maple Devon cream, maple jelly and … you guessed it… syrup. Don walked us through a tasting of the different colours of syrup and then we enjoyed the treats. Sept. 2018

- Sara and Brent Dashboard Living from Nova Scotia, 19 December 2018

Wonderful hosts with a great sense of humour!! Spent a weekend at Deakins at the end of September (attended a wedding). Beautiful and neatly kept home. Warm and inviting. We especially enjoyed the ‘breakfast gathering’ which aside from delicious food, included unlimited laughs :) Highly recommend Deakins. If we are ever in the area again we will definitely be back to stay! Oct. 2018

- Ahlusek, 19 December 2018

Enjoyed our weekend getaway to this beautiful property. Located in a very quiet area and lots of forest. The hosts Don and Mary-Helen could not do enough for us! Made us feel like family. Full breakfast with homemade fruit sauces. Incredible garden with lots of vegetation. The house and property were immaculate. Buy a bottle of their homemade syrup ... it’s delish!!! Sept. 2018

- Travelbug, 19 December 2018

Don and Mary Helen have really created an extraordinary experience for their guests that goes far beyond anything else we’ve experienced at a B & B in our travels. The forest tour (which admittedly I wasn’t convinced would be that interesting because, hey, I basically grew up in the forest) actually ended up being one of my favourite things we did all week! Don walked us through his maple forest and explained all about the different trees, what makes a healthy forest, how the trees all contribute to one another and even introduced me to what is now, my favourite tree I’ve ever met (to date). Get ready because this next part is pretty “wooey”. Trees, I think, have amazing energy! Each one tells a different story and personally, I find them so comforting and stoic. This particular tree is over 150 years old and I found myself crashing through the forest to get up close and wrap my arms around her. I know, I know… it sounds silly but if you’ve never actually hugged a tree – you really should give it a go! Sept. 2018

- Sara M., 19 December 2018

Three couples spent one night here. We had a great stay. The Deakins' shared their warm hospitality and lovely home with us. The setting of the home was very peaceful. Their home is so well maintained and clean. For breakfast, everything is home made, home grown or sourced locally! They have a maple syrup hut which was spotless! It is too bad we didn't have a chance to take part in the male syrup making activities. Aug. 2018

- Pat L., 19 December 2018

Donald and Mary-Helen were perfect hosts. A wealth of knowledge to share! The room impeccable. Very nice common areas. Honestly the best breakfast I have had, better than any of Ottawa's finest hotels/restaurants. Looking forward to next visit and to take learning tour of sugar bush, etc. Thank you so much, many years Donald, Mary- Helen! July 2018

- Alain and Gisèle, 19 December 2018

A little piece of paradise" describes this truly lovely Bed and Breakfast! We booked this B & B as a stop-over and (unfortunately) could only stay one night. Next time we will book this as a mini vacation. The welcoming, immaculately clean home sits on a tranquil, scenic property. As we sat outside, hummingbirds were within 4 feet of us with other wildlife all around. The hosts were very gracious and the breakfast mainly homemade and organic. We chose only the cold buffet, which included fruit, granola, toast, home-made jams, honey, maple syrup from their own trees and, of course, delicious coffee. We would highly recommend staying here! June 2018

- Hickingrocks, 19 December 2018

My husband, 2 children (8 and 11) and I stayed at the Deakins’ beautiful B&B close to Thanksgiving weekend. The scenery was the absolute best! Peaceful, calm, beautiful! The walking trail was gorgeous and the changing of the leaves made it extra stunning. The hosts are wonderful people, exceptionally friendly and the food was fantastic and everything was so clean! Oh and the maple syrup - WOW! My family and I highly recommend stopping in for a stay! Dec. 2017

- Sarah S., 19 December 2018

My wife & I stayed here for a night in June in the Eastview Room, a light and airy room, with small en-suite shower room attached. Guests also have access to comfortable TV lounge. The inn is modern, beautifully furnished and set in a pretty garden.

We enjoyed wonderful hospitality from the owners, Mary Helen and Don. We were welcomed with tea and homemade cookies and also enjoyed maple syrup “ tasting” – Don produces his own maple syrup and talked us through the production process while we sampled the goodies.

We ate at a local restaurant about a10 minute drive away. The waitress serving us came over to let us know that Mary Helen had just called to let them know we were staying at Deakins and that she’d forgotten to give us a voucher for 10% discount on our meal. Thanks to Mary Helen’s call, we enjoyed the discount!

The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast – cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, juices toast and various jams all served on fine bone china and crystal glasses. But the “piece de resistance” was Don’s French toast with his homemade maple syrup – to die for!

Highly, highly recommended, not to be missed if you are in the area, and we do hope to return again one day July 2017

- Alastair, 19 December 2018

In the 1910 style Sugar Shack we went for the next stage of the experience where we boiled the sap, tested, filtered and bottled our syrup. Oct 2016 Sharon Mandelaoui Dream Travel Magazine

- Sharon Mandelaoui, 19 December 2018

The tour of The Deakins’ sugar bush: I loved all the hands on activities and sugar making at the shack. Sept. 2016

- Stephanie P., 19 December 2018

Making actual syrup was an amazing experience that most people don't get to try. Don's hands on activity was well set up, great to complete it in pairs instead of as a small group. Really awesome. Sept. 2016

- Melissa L., 19 December 2018

Making maple syrup is a truly hands-on experience that I believe every visitor (especially the international market) would love to try. Sept. 2016

- Melissa M., 19 December 2018

I loved the interaction component during the guided forest tour – identifying trees, holding the pieces of logs, trying our hand at ‘tapping trees’, the surprise sap, etc. Sept. 2016

- Stephanie H., 19 December 2018

My Aunt and uncle and wife and I had the fortunate experience of staying at the Deakins B and B for one night last weekend. I had booked over the phone earlier in the week. Don and Mary Helen responded with appropriate confirmations and instructions on how to find their place. No problems. Don and Mary Helen met us at the front door and made us very welcome. They have a beautiful house and we had no problem settling in. They helped us with restaurant choice suggestions and all and all found them to be very accommodating. We had the two rooms up stairs one with an en suite and one with a private bathroom. Both rooms were very nice with comfy beds nice linens and pillows. There is a common room between the two bedrooms with a TV that we used to watch the ball game. The next morning we were treated to a breakfast second to none. First the coffee fresh brewed both decaf and regular. The meal consisted of various types of cereal and granola some of which was homemade, yogurt with fresh fruits and a wide selection of toppings including Don’s brew of fresh maple syrup. (I recommend the dark syrup) Next came the scrambled eggs with fresh German sausage cooked to perfection, complemented with different types of breads, fresh orange juice, and did I say lots of great coffee. All of this came to a table that was set with fine china fit for any King or Queen! During the prep of our meal and serving of it Don and Mary Helen would come out to tell us stories and converse with us making us feel like we had known them for years, they are a very personable couple and definitely in the right business. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer and will definitely visit them again when in the area. We would not hesitate to recommend their B and B to anyone, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. 2015

- Joe M., 19 December 2018

My friends and I had a wonderful time at the Deakins on Mountain View. The house is situated on a beautiful maple farm and the views out of every window are superb. Our beds were cozy and very comfortable, the bathrooms pristine, the breakfast just excellent and the company of our hosts delightful. Their own maple syrup was the best we had ever tasted and we had the added bonus of a guided tour of the sugar shack after breakfast Oct. 2014

- Jennifer C., 19 December 2018

This B & B is in a quiet rural area of Ontario, to the southwest of Renfrew. We used this B & B as a base for exploring the area and Algonquin Park. Mr. and Mrs. Deakin took care to make sure that we had the information we needed to plan our day trips, and to find good places to eat supper. The house is very nicely presented, with a well- kept garden, and a maple sugar bush forest. Sept. 2013

- Bev B., 19 December 2018

My family and I spent a few nights at The Deakins last summer and it felt like our home away from home. Mary Helen and Don warmly welcomed us the first night with fresh homemade brownies - they are the sweetest couple! The rooms and bathrooms were very neat - it was so cozy. My two brothers and I had the whole basement, while my parents shared a suite upstairs. The breakfast was very delicious and filling. You will love their maple syrup and their dog! Algonquin park was but a 10 min drive away as well which was great.

- The Prudencio Family, from Toronto, Canada 16 March 2016

Amazing experience!! Mary Helen and Don are great people. The house is beautiful and very clean. Breakfast was great, plenty for everybody. Me and my husband went for walk to the hemlocks which was again amazing due to the fall colors. Overall, a MUST stay if you plan to be in the area.

- Ashwini & Saurabh, from Toronto, ON 16 October 2013

We had a wonderful stay with the Deakins Don and Mary . The house is beautiful and the breakfast was out of this world. 10plus thank you very much. Rob and Carol from Peterborough . ps we will be back

- Robert Moncrief, from Peterborough Ont 18 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here on July 20, following three weeks of awful heat in Ottawa. It was so wonderful to have a warming shower (the evening had really cooled down) and climbing into a comfy bed and pulling up those blankets to have a cooled, good night's sleep. There were three other guests at breakfast, which added to the enjoyment of good food, good coffee and good conversation to start the day. Our room had the en suite bath, and looked out to a wonderful view. We fully plan to be back in September for the changing tree colours. Yes, we highly recommend a visit with the Deakins.

- Beth & Garry Beaupre, from Ottawa, Ontario 22 July 2013

great place! very beautiful room, nice people and friendly dog! hearty breakfast with beautiful tableware, like a picture. all my family had a wonderful time there! especially my baby...she likes Tracy(the dog) so much!

- Jing Fei Tang, from ??? 17 May 2013

Certainly one of the nicest places we stayed in Canada. Our room was most comfortable, breakfast was everything you could desire to eat, and Don gave us an interesting tour around their beautiful Maple Farm. Thank you Mary Helen and Don for your hospitality. It's a place we want to visit again.

John & maria from Belgium 23 October 2012

- Anonymous, 23 October 2012

Wow! Our 3 night stay was certainly beyond expectations! Mary Helen and Don made us feel right at home with their warm hospitality and stimulating conversation. The breakfasts were irresistable. There was no shortage of tasteful decor and art to enjoy. The view from upstairs was just beautiful with the sugar maples and rolling countryside. Don's passion for restoring the sugar bush made our hikes through the forest most enjoyable. Thank you!!!

- Louise and Karl, from Kingsville, Ontario 17 October 2012

Nous avons fait etape chez Don et Marie-Helen le 26 septembre 2012; nous en conservons un souvenir inoubliable et nous recommandons a tous ce B&B pour la merveilleuse hospitalite des proprietaires, pour le calme du lieu et enfin le splendide petit-dejeuner. Le lendemaim matin Don nous fait visiter sa foret et nous explique avec passion comment il l'entretient, commentt il produit le sirop d'erable. Surtout si vous allez dans cette region faites etape chez les Deakins, vous emporterez aussi un souvenir inoubliable.

- Philippe & Marie-Dominique Leclercq, from 59000 Lille, FRANCE 1 October 2012

I STAYED HERE IN APRIL 2012. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE. I WALKED THE GROUNDS IN THE MORNING BEFORE BREAKFAST AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. THE BREAKFAST WAS GREAT (MORE THAN I COULD EAT - WHICH IS SAYING SOMETHING) GREAT CHOICES. WHEN I ARRIVED IN THE EVENING I HAD NOT HAD MUCH TO EAT, THE DEAKINS OFFERED ME A LIGHT SUPPER (WITH THEM) WHICH I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED. THEIR FARM IS GREAT AND THEY WERE WILLING TO DISCUSS THEIR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE - VERY INTERESTING. NICE GARDENS. ROOM WAS SUPERB. OUT OF FIVE I WOULD GIVE THIS B&B A SIX. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE HOSPITALITY.

- Jeff, from Nova Scotia 29 April 2012

Wir waren für 2 geplante und dann doch 4 Tage im Septmeber 2011 Gast bei Mary Helen & Don.Wir wollten gar nicht mehr abreisen. Gast sein wird wörtlich genommen. Aktives Miterleben, Dons Leidenschaft: Maple! Er hat uns sehr anschaulich das Syrup gewinnen gezeigt. Mary Helen: eine wunderbare Frau! Das Frühstück: WAU Yummi oder einfach nur toll. Das Haus ist wunderschön eingerichtet, bis ins kleinste Detail stimmt alles: perfect vacation. Wir nächtigen ausschl. immer in B&B, dieses B&B verdient einfach die Note 1 mit Auszeichnung. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder. Wir hatten abneds ganz laaaange und interessante Gespräche, haben viel gelernt und immer einen Imbiss mit auf die Reise und nun noch auf english: best stay in Ontario, all was perfect, the marvellous breakfast, the Maple Syrup and the lovly Don and Mary Helen, you will never found a better B&B in this area.

- Manuela und Roland Braun, from Stuttgart, Germany 6 October 2011

Stayed here four nights (July 2011) while attending a nearby workshop. Charming hosts, immaculate quarters, postcard setting, and breakfasts best described as lumberjack (quantity) gourmet (quality).

- Terry Lane, from Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada 12 August 2011

My husband and I stayed at The Deakins at the beginning of October for 2 nights when we visited Algonquin. The farm house is really beautiful and the farm is much bigger than the normal city parks in Shanghai! This is the nicest B&B we've ever stayed. Mary Helen and Don are very friendly and told us a lot of information about the farm and region. We really enjoy our stay there!

- Deborah & Derek, from Shanghai, China 4 November 2010

"You know you have come to the right place when you see the fields, the forest and the winding driveway into Mountainview B & B. A two night stay is a must so that you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the well appointed and comfy bedrooms; their bright and cheery breakfast room with a delicious breakfast and conversation is a great way to start your day. Don and Mary Helen welcome you into their comfortable, beautifully decorated home." The above testimonial has been transcribed from our guestbook. Oct. 2/10

- Betty Derry, from Peterborough 30 October 2010

We stayed two nights with the Deakins and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The location is quiet and peaceful but all area attractions are just a short drive. The breakfasts alone are a reason to stay here, everything you could wish for, all fresh and most of it local or home grown. Don & Mary Helen were wonderful hosts and gave us free reign to take walks through the autumn woods on their hundred acre property. Highly recommended.

- David & May, from Toronto 29 October 2010

We stayed at the Deakins for 2 nights and had a happy time with Don and Mary Helen. They were friendly and their hospitality was very nice. The breakfast Mary cooked was simply delicious everyday. We could understand about the maple syrup very well after we took Don's guided tour of their suger bush and sugar house. " Seeing is believing."

- Ryoji and Yasuko Kita, from Kobe,Japan 10 October 2010

Hi there, At the end of august 2010 we stayed at the Deakins for 5 nights, with our 7 months old daughter. It was part of our holiday to Canada (we're Dutch) and we had a wonderful time there!! Don and Mary Helen were very nice to us and told us lots about the region, maples, syrup, teaching abroad, etc, etc. Don took us for a tour in their maple forest and sugar house and explained everything. Mary Helen managed to serve us a different breakfast every day!! it was delicious! The dog Trixie walked with us when we took a little hike in the forest. During our stay we went two days to visit Algonquin park which was beautiful. Me, my wife and daughter can totally recommend this nice place! and for any dutch travellers reading this: "op zoek naar een stukje echt Canada, natuur en gastvrijheid? Bezoek dan de B&B van de Deakins in Killaloe!" regards, Pascal, Heleen and Anne Sophie te Morsche

- Pascal, Heleen and Anne Sophie te Morsche, from Netherlands 22 September 2010

are you looking for nature and amazing hosts ? this is it !!

Marie-Helene was born for hosting visitors !! born for spoiling you !! And the breakfast is to die for !! I recommend this B & B highly !!

- Silvia Kurmann, from Berne, Switzerland 14 September 2010

A lovely quiet and clean home in the country, with a very personable family, including the neighbouring farmer's dog, Trixie, that "almost" lives there. The conversation was lively, the room comfortable and spacious, and the location was super - not too far off the main road, but far enough in that it was serene. We would highly recommend this B & B, and it is in a very historical area with regards to the early settlers in this part of Canada. Not to mention that the scenery is lovely.

- Jacki and Myles McCabe, from Kingston, Ontario 16 July 2010

A warm meeting with very good maple syrup ! We have spent a very good night and had a plentiful breakfast ! Thanks

- Gaelle, Cyril and Juliette, from France 16 August 2009

Stay here. Great location, fabulous hospitality and the gold standard of breakfasts to start your day

- Nigel, Shari and Sebastian Robinson, from Montauk, NY 16 July 2009

What a wonderful find. I had the pleasure of staying at The Deakins on Mountainview. The B&B is inviting from the moment you pull in the drive. It is beautifully appointed, but yet warm and welcoming.

Mary Helen is a lovely and gracious hostess. Her delicious breakfasts are the perfect start to your day.

My only regret is I wish I had stayed one more day just to explore the farm and take a tour with Don of the sugarbush and the maple syrup making facilities.

I would quite happily recommend The Deakins to anybody who may be considering a visit.

- Brenda Baker, from Wayland, MI, USA 13 July 2009

My friend and I stayed for two wonderful nights at The Deakins. Elegant comfort! The place is clean and the decor is cheery. The hosts are friendly and generous with their time. We had a wonderful, leisurely breakfast every morning. The best I have had at a bed and breakfast. This is as good as it gets!!

- Anne, 1 July 2009

An elegant and beautiful BB! The house is brand new, and the hospitality fantastic...the people are second to none. This was our first experience of a BB and it was so positive we will do it again.

You will not be disappointed at this place. Go for it!

- Nicolas and Sarah Simoni, from Ottawa 30 March 2009

Our stay was fantastic! This family was very warm and inviting. We would recomend staying with them to anyone and everyone!

- The Grossenbachers, from Lucerne, Switzerland 13 July 2008

 
 

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