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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.

Click here for Garden Close-Ups!

Take a "drive" along Queen Street as you approach Lakewinds. Then you can "walk" around our property and get a sense of the relaxing and quiet environment here.

We hope you will come and enjoy all of this in person.

Take our Tour of the Grounds here!

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.

Beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake is rich in history and home to the ever popular Shaw Festival, presenting extraordinary theatre from April through November. Tours and tastings are offered at many estate wineries so all can appreciate the area's deserved reputation for fine wines. Golf and miles of walking and bike trails await the active visitor. Just a short drive away, on an incredibly scenic road along the Niagara River, is one of the natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. We are looking forward to sharing with you some of our local experiences, especially those that are our area favourites.

The country feel, the clean air and the beautiful, historic surroundings of Niagara-on-the-Lake make it a wonderful place to live and visit. Yet we still enjoy many of the urban centre benefits of great theatre, along with fine food and great wine and the very interesting people that these attributes attract.

If you are a theatre buff, take a look at our blogs about the latest Shaw productions.

Airplane Tours: Niagara Air Tours from Niagara District Airport at 905-688-9000.

Airplanes to Toronto: Fly GTA Airlines provides daily service between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto's Billy Bishop airport.

Antiques: The Refuge Antiques at the Village on Niagara Stone Rd.; Lakeshore Antiques 855 Lakeshore Rd., a multi-dealer co-op. In Jordan there are 2 or 3 places on the Main Street.

Art Galleries: Viewing at the Riverbrink Gallery in Queenston (905-262-4510, Wed.-Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1-5); The Pumphouse, 247 Ricardo, workspace and gallery for amateur local artists with a rotating display (905-468-5455); Visit Doug Forsyth Gallery on Queen St, Angie Strauss (905-468-2255) or Trisha Romance (905-468-4431). The Albright-Knox in Buffalo is a world class Museum featuring Impressionist and modern collections at 716-882-8700, Tues.-Sat, 11-5, Sun., 12-5).

Bicycle/Scooter Rentals: Zoom Leisure (1-866-811-6993) offers bicycle tours and rentals from April through October. We also have 4 bikes that we can lend you. Or try eSkoot Niagara (289-271-0663) offering scooter rentals from April 15 until November 15.

Butterfly Conservatory: On the Parkway between Queenston & Niagara Falls.

Carriage Rides: Old Town Tours are available from Sentineal Carriages at 905-468-4943. Leave from Prince of Wales or arrange pick up at Lakewinds.

Casino Niagara: Open 24 hours per day in Niagara Falls. Shuttles 3 times a day from Fort George.

Dining (Light)-Our Favourites: Charles Inn Lounge (5 minute walk), Garrison House (6 minute drive), Olde Winery (5 minute drive, Epicurean for lunch (7 minute walk), Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Clubhouse (7 minute walk), Queen's Landing Bar (15 minute walk), Bistro 61 (7 minute walk).

Dining (Fine)-Our Favourites: There are sample menus in the basket in our front foyer. A great web site has lots of info on some of the local restaurants that follow and many more. Hob Nob Restaurant and Wine Bar (5 minute walk, 905-468-4588), Backhouse Restaurant (7 minute walk, 289-272-1242), Trius Winery at Hillebrand(8 minute drive, 905-468-7123), Ginger’s (10 minute walk, 905-468-3871), Peller Estates Winery Restaurant (5 minute drive, 905-468-4678), Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine (7 minute walk, 905-934-9797), Grill on King (10 minute walk, 905-468-7222, Zee’s Grill (4 minute drive 905-468-5711), Ravine Vineyard Winery Estates (15 minute drive, 905-262-8463, Two Sisters Vineyards ( 5 minute drive, 905-468-0592).

Fishing: Hire a professional guide from Natural Wonders Angling Adventures to help you catch salmon, trout, bass, walleye and maybe even muskie! 905-325-0095.

Florists: In Virgil, Regal Flowers 905-468-2181 or Van Noort, 905-468-7815

Fort George: National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada. Open April 1st until late fall. 1-888-773-8888.

Golf: Niagara-on-the-Lake (905-468-3271) across the street, semi-private, the oldest course in North America, 9 holes; Whirlpool (20 minute drive, 905-356-1140), 18 holes, semi-private; Peninsula Lakes (40 minute drive, 905-892-8844) 27 holes, semi-private; Legends on the Niagara (30 minute drive, 905-295-9595, 1-866-465-3642) 45 holes; Grand Niagara (30 minute drive, 905-384-4653)18 holes.

Horseback Trail Rides: Niagara Riding Stables offers escarpment trail rides at 905-262-5101.

Jet Boats: Whirlpool Jet Boats are wildly exciting, but you will get wet. (905-468-4800).

Limos: Southhampton Limousine at 905-646-3072; Mermaid Limousine(905-357-2400).

Music: Summer music festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Music Niagara features outstanding music in standout settings. Over 30 concerts from mid-July until mid-August with internationally renowned musicians: classical, jazz, and more. Intimate, stunning venues – from historic churches to wine cellars.

Shaw Festival: World-famous, plays from mid-April until the end of November. We love the Shaw and think it offers terrific live theatre. (905-468-2153 or 1-800-511-7429).

Shopping: Many smaller, boutique opportunities along the main street. For a larger experience, head up Niagara Stone Rd to the QEW and experience Canada’s largest outdoor outlet mall, including all the usual suspects and for the guys, Bass Pro.

Spas: OSpa at the Oban Inn 1-866-359-6226, White Oaks 1-800-263-5766, Pillar & Post 1-888-669-5566, Shaw Spa 1-800-511-7070.

Taxis: Central(used to be 5-0 Taxi) at 905-685-5464 or 905-358-3232; Niagara-on-the-Lake Taxi 905-468-2661; Niagara Airbus provides shuttle bus transportation to and from the Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Buffalo International Airport (BUF), 1-800-268-8111; Niagara's Designated Drivers 905-394-2731; Uber app or local Uber driver 905-658-4379

Walks: Old Town Tours offers historic walks through the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake (2 hrs 10:30 daily meet at Corks 289-292-3532); ; The Historical Society Museum offers volunteer led tours (Sat and Sun 1:00); Historic Ghost Walks (1-855-844-6787); Ghost Tours (905-468-6621); Taste of the Town, a food and cultural tour (1-800-838-3006).

Wine, Van & Bike Tours: All wineries offer free guided tours. Crush on Niagara Wine Tours (905-562-3373), has escorted wine tours in nice vans. Niagara Wine Tours International (468-1300, 1-800-680-7006, 11a.m and 1:30p.m.) has escorted wine tours in vans. Zoom Leisure (1-866-811-6993) offers bicycle tours from April through October.

Wineries: Too many to mention. Try Jackson Triggs, Inniskillin or Peller for comprehensive guided tours. See Ontario Wineries of Niagara Region or Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We have winery maps and contact info in our foyer which we will be happy to provide to you. Ask us about designing a wine tour to fit your own preferences!

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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!

Find detailed rates and availability information (you may reserve online too, if you find what you want) for the Sans Souci and all the rooms and suites at:


#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.

Find detailed rates and availability information (you may reserve online too, if you find what you want) for Heaven and all the rooms and suites at:


#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.

Find detailed rates and availability information (you may reserve online too, if you find what you want) for the Algonquin and all the rooms and suites at:


#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.

Find detailed rates and availability information (you may reserve online too, if you find what you want) for the Singapore and all the rooms and suites at:


#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.

Find detailed rates and availability information (you may reserve online too, if you find what you want) for the Florentine and all the rooms and suites at: