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THE MANOR
The house was started in 1880-81 and became the summer home for Mr. Gustav Fleischmann, a wealthy distiller from Buffalo N.Y. and member of the famous Fleischmann's yeast family. Originally named "Clarette" (in tribute to his two oldest daughters, Clara and Thornetta), the house stood on the entire 4-acre block with gardens and stables at the rear. Staff cottages and a guesthouse can still be found on properties adjacent to the original manor. In 1912, Clarette was purchased by Conrad Wettlauffer, a Buffalo physician, who carried out extensive alterations. The home has glorious views of North America's oldest golf course, where play started in 1875. Even then people wanted to build a home on a golf course!

Over 100 years later, Jane had a dream that changed both our lives and the destiny of this manor. Jane recalls: "I saw myself in the home in which I would grow old! In this dream I saw my eldest daughter as a young mother, children in tow, walking up a garden path lined with peonies with myself and Steve standing on a large white verandah, welcoming them." The search was on! Several months later, while cycling through Niagara-on-the-Lake, the then empty house was discovered and the conversion to Lakewinds began.

Starting in early 1994, Lakewinds underwent extensive restorations. Great care was taken to enhance all that could be preserved. Original curved glass windows and mouldings remain. Antiques and other period furniture are blended to create a wonderful year round living environment. In fact, every surface in the house, inside and out, was restored.

Lakewinds has extensive gardens that extend over the entire property. A fish pond and outdoor heated pool are surrounded by flowers of all sorts. Some of them can be found in this "photo album" of shots from our gardens.

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Lakewinds has two verandahs, an outdoor heated pool, a fish pond in a natural wooded area along with extensive vegetable and flower gardens for guest use.

Inside, we have a living room, dining room large foyer, billiard room with a guest wet bar and a solarium for our guests enjoyment. Wireless Internet service is available throughout.

Come, join us and enjoy it all!
We have several sections here with lots of information about Lakewinds. Of course, if you need know more, please do not hesitate to call or to email with your questions.

In our Rooms and Suites section we have pictures, descriptions and rates ranges for each of our rooms. Each room is uniquely styled and are especially romantic. By checking our availability online in the Reservations section, you can make sure the room you like is open during your projected visit.

In the Common Areas and Tour the Grounds sections, you can get a sense that there is lots of space, inside and out, for you to enjoy Lakewinds.

Our Garden Close-Ups gives a feel for the many types of flowers that we have on our property. A delightful article The Gardens of Lakewinds gives another view of the Lakewinds exterior. And lastly, you will find a writeup on the Historical Background of Lakewinds Country Manor.

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#6 Sans Souci Suite

Sans Souci Suite (#6) (3rd Floor) King [Click to Enlarge]

The French country decor assures that this especially romantic suite offers guests a stay that is truly "without worries". The fireside sitting areas feature an elegant 18th century French armoire and a comfortable sitting area with a colour television and VCR. The cathedral ceiling and walls have a rustic, hand-plastered finish that evoke memories of southern France. French doors lead from the bedroom to a charming balcony with seating for a quiet drink or read in the treetops.

The limestone-tiled bathroom includes a two person whirlpool and a separate large shower. Antique linens, furniture and carpets add to the "continental" feel of a visit that is "sans souci". This suite is ideal for that very special occasion or simply to get that pampered feeling. Bienvenue!

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#5 Heaven Junior Suite

Heaven Junior Suite

Heaven Junior Suite (#5) (3rd Floor) King or Twin

A very serene and secluded hideaway, our Heaven Junior Suite is watched over by a large hand crafted angel. The exposed brick chimney of Lakewinds' main fireplace is flanked by windows and a window seat offering a bird's eye view of the golf course and the lake. Golds and shades of cream are used in the soft furnishings and upholstery of the fireside love seat and easy chair. Enjoy your CD's on the in-room stereo system, which has speakers in the large exposed beams.

The bed can be king or twin, with dreamy duvets and upholstered headboards. The large bathroom has a whirlpool bath and shower combination with a marble topped antique vanity, which sports elegant gold fixtures. This room is the first choice of many desiring a romantic getaway.

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#3 Algonquin Room

Algonquin Room

Algonquin Room (#3) (2nd floor) Queen

The largest of the rooms at this price, this cozy room welcomes you with soft, warm buttery-yellow tones. Named after the world famous Algonquin Provincial Park, the mood created is Canadian country. A large antique quilt hanging on the wall sets off the pine and maple furniture featuring a queen sleigh bed from Quebec.

The old-fashioned deep soaker tub has been updated to incorporate a shower surround. Two easy chairs sit in curved glass windows and flank the fireplace. This room will appeal to those who enjoy the "down home" warmth of country living.

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#2 Singapore Room

Singapore Room

Singapore Room (#2) (2nd floor) Queen

The Far East was the inspiration here. The owners collected art and sculpture from SouthEast Asia when they lived in Singapore. This room, which boasts a view of the golf course and lake beyond, is simplicity and harmony combined. A cozy loveseat faces the corner fireplace with a river stone hearth. Natural linen bed coverings and a cotton gauze canopy enhance the queen bed. Original wide pine floors and Japanese inspired floral arrangements contribute to an exotic east meets west experience. The bathroom features a regular tub and shower combination.

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#1 Florentine Room

Florentine Room - Lakewinds Country Manor Circa 1881

Florentine Room (#1) (2nd floor) King or Twin

This room is decorated in the style of an Italian, Victorian era bed/sitting room: gilded Florentine chandelier, a fireside velvet love seat, onyx table and ladies writing desk add to the old world charm. Raw silk curtains frame the windows of this " room with a view"...a view that takes in the golf course and lake beyond. A second large curved glass window overlooks the side garden and wisteria arbour. The bathroom chandelier, with its amber glass, sets off the playful cherub border and marble flooring complements the large corner shower.

Relaxing in the duvet covered King/Twin bed with its whimsical, upholstered and gilded iron headboard gives a wonderful view of the hand painted sky ceiling complete with doves. This room is romantic and restful.

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