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1840 Guest House

   Bed & Breakfast   

Although we are closed for short-term stays for our winter break beginning November 7th, we are offering longer-term bookings (by the month) throughout the winter and spring, as follows:

     - 7 November to 30 November 2023:  $2000.00

     - 1 December to 31 December 2023: $2700.00

     - 1 January to 31 January 2024: $2200.00

     - 1 February to 28 February 2024: $2200.00

     - 1 March to 31 March 2024 :  $2500.00

     - 1 April to 30 April 2024: $2600.00

Each suite is a studio apartment with kitchenette, private bathroom, dining area, queen-size bed and living room area.  FULLY FURNISHED.

No additional costs.  All utilities, internet and Fibe TV included.

Separate entrances.  No access to main house or to amenities of the B&B.  

No smoking, no vaping, no pets.

For more details or to make a booking, call 613-269-3025.

A "5-star" bed and breakfast with exceptional service, modern amenities and perfect location.  Come relax in the comfort of our home, fully renovated and enlarged from an original 1840 schoolhouse.

Please join us in Merrickville - "The Jewel of the Rideau"


(With limitations.  Click here or see our "Policies" for details)

Important Notice to our wonderful guests; past, present and future…..


With mixed feelings, we have decided to sell the 1840 Guest House.  We have truly enjoyed hosting so many wonderful people, but we feel it is time to retire. 


With this decision, two possible scenarios exist.  If the business does not sell by next spring, we will happily re-open and run our B&B for another season in 2024.  If the business does sell, then we will need to know the intent of the buyers and what they wish to do with the property.


With such uncertainty, we believe it would be inappropriate, unfair, and misleading to accept reservations for 2024 at this time, except for the longer-term bookings described above. Therefore, you will find that our reservation system will show no availability for any dates in 2024.  For 2023, we will continue to welcome guest until November 5th.  For the monthly rentals thereafter, please call us at 613-269-3025. 


As soon as we have clarity on what lies ahead, we will post news on this website.  We regret any inconvenience or disappointment that this may cause but we are hopeful that “1840” will operate next season.  We just need some time to see which path is taken.




The 1840 Guest House B&B was originally a one room “common” schoolhouse built in 1829. It subsequently became the “Minto” school and then the Royal Canadian Legion in 1933 before being rebuilt in 2012 to become the 1840 Guest House B&B. Our name comes from a historical inscription found on a stone wall that states “Mirricksville 1840”.


Today, the property consists of  the fully renovated original schoolhouse, which is used as the main living and dining room, and a large residence for the luxury bedrooms.  There is also an Annex with  two additional suites, built in 2018.

Your hosts, Carolyn and John, look forward to welcoming you to this amazing historical property and the beautiful village of Merrickville.



All of our rooms are air conditioned, with private ensuites, queen-size pillow top beds, quality linens, plush bathrobes and satellite TVs.  

Contact us directly by phone or email for the best rates.  Hassle free, no deposits, no credit card information required. Or use our convenient on line booking by clicking here.

Also, contact us if there appears to be no vacancy.  We may be able to move things around to accommodate you.





Enjoy our complimentary made-to-order full breakfast in the schoolhouse 

Beverage Bar


We offer complimentary coffee, tea and juice at our beverage bar 



Backyard oasis with seasonal heated pool, hot tub, sauna, patio and heaters

Wifi and Bell Fibe TV


Fastest possible internet.  News, movies and sports channels in every room

Toiletries and More


L'Occitane bath products, and sparkling water in all rooms

Wine and Whisky Bar

Choose from a selection of wines, beers, scotches and whiskeys, paired with cheese and charcuterie in the schoolhouse

Bike Rentals


Tour the village and enjoy the scenery along the Rideau

Private Events


Our historic schoolhouse is available for weddings, conferences and other gatherings



Click on any image to view the Gallery in full size

Click on any image to view the Gallery full size



Rideau Canal


UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Walk to the locks and surrounding parkland.    Canoe, kayak or motorboat along the canal

Blockhouse Museum


Learn about the history of the Rideau Canal.

Shop the Village 


Known for its eclectic shops and art galleries, Merrickville welcomes you.

Leisure Activities


Bike or walk throughout the region.  Check out the Rideau Trail or the Village walking tour. 

Some of our other favourite links.....

Chamber of Commerce website is an excellent source for shopping and things to do.  Click here.


Rideau Community Histories provides maps and histories of all towns in the region.  Click here.


Hiking the Rideau links to many walking trails along the entire Waterway.  Click here.

We would be pleased to print any information that you may wish to take on your visits



We certainly live in challenging times.  At the 1840 Guest House, we take your safety (and ours) very seriously and yet, we take equally seriously our commitment to help you enjoy your stay.  We have demanding cleanliness standards in place, best practises from the industry to keep you protected, and we, of course, follow the guidelines and rules of the Department of Public Health.  This, combined with our quality service and surroundings, should create an environment where you feel safe and ready to relax and enjoy.


We are  committed to following all government guidelines and orders related to COVID-19.  Although all specific COVID restrictions have been lifted at this time,  we retain in place simple but important infectious disease control measures such as hand sanitizers and social distancing between tables.   Our large expansive hallways and common spaces, as well as reserved dining times, help to avoid overcrowding.


Based on current provincial guidelines, masks are not required nor is proof of vaccination.  We nonetheless fully understand and respect those who choose to continue to wear a mask as an added safety measure.

Wine and Whisky

We open our Wine and Whisky Bar to the public on request for reservations of four or more.  Call or email for reservations. We can open any day in the afternoon or evening.

Please come join us!

We are also open to the guests of the Bed and Breakfast daily.

Selecting your Wine and Whisky 

We believe choosing your wine, whisky or other liquor should be an experience in and of itself.  We invite you to explore the offerings in our cabinet and in our wine racks.  Every whisky bottle has a price label for a 1.5oz pour and every wine bottle is also tagged with its price.  We hope you find a new favourite or relax with something familiar from your past.

Our Beers 

Although our focus is on wine, whisky and liquors, we understand the enjoyment of a good beer.  We have six premium imported beers and one cider available at $8 per bottle.  They are: 

Guinness, Old Speckled Hen, Hoegaarden, HofBrau, Stella, Warsteiner, and an apple cider from Creekside Winery.

Our Menu

We offer gourmet cheeses and charcuterie for your enjoyment.
3-meat platter - $24
3-cheese platter - $28
1-meat Platter - $10
1-cheese platter - $12
Selections are accompanied with homemade crackers & condiments

We also offer two appetizers
9 Baked Lightly-Breaded Chicken Wings - $17
Vegetarian Spring Rolls - $16

Our  House Wines

Creekside Estate Winery opened in 1997 in small-town Jordan, Ontario.  The Winery is run by a passionate (some say fanatical) group of industry veterans who have decades of experience in their respective fields. The team of self-described cork dorks love what they do, and have fun doing it.  We are pleased to offer a wide selection of Creekside wines as our House wines; for purchase by the bottle or glass. We also have some of their top-end "Reserve" wines for purchase by the bottle.

Reds:  Cabernet Merlot, Syrah

Whites:  Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigiot, Unoaked Chardonnay
$8 for 5oz or $11 for 8oz 

Favourite Things

Some of Our Favourite Things For Sale

These wonderful products are now available for purchase at 1840.  All Canadian family businesses with outstanding reviews due to exceptional products.  

Please visit our entire selection in the Schoolhouse 

Sustainable, ethically operated, fast drying, lightweight and extremely absorbent. 
100 % Turkish Towels.  

Classic or Buddhaful Collection

Finest quality material, manufacturing and design made from natural fabrics. Sustainable living.
    Table linen, decor and kitchen

Jams & marmalades; established in 1927. Niagara fruit belt, pure old fashioned jam - hand stirring each batch in open stainless-steel kettles. No pectin or preservatives.



  • Check out time is 11am.

  • Check in time is 4-6pm unless late arrangements are made.  Early check-in is not available.

  • Payment is by cash (Canadian dollar only), credit or debit.  No personal cheques please.

  • GROUP BOOKINGS.  Groups are welcome.  For group bookings, a $500 deposit is required.  The deposit is fully refundable to 21 days prior to the arrival date.  The deposit is non-refundable if the reservation is cancelled, reduced in numbers, or shortened with less than 21 days notice prior to arrival date.

  • GROUP GATHERINGS.  We do not allow any gathering of more than four people in any one bedroom, even if the others are registered guests.  There are no exceptions.  We do invite groups to gather in our schoolhouse or on our patio if they so choose.  We recognize that this may cause some groups to select a different establishment since they wish to be able to gather within one or more bedrooms.  Although we would regret this, the reality is that we have experienced property damage in the bedrooms, elevated noise levels, and many extra hours of cleaning when gatherings of more than four have been allowed in the past. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Children are welcome.  However, we suggest that our location is better suited for children ages 12 and older. With the antiques, ornaments, fine furnishings and the quiet environment we promote, parents with younger children may not feel comfortable with the surroundings and the constant attention that would be required of younger children.  

  • Maximum room occupancy is 2 persons but there is an exception for a child.  One cot may be added to the Annex rooms (Rooms 4 and 5 only) and a maximum of one child per room may occupy a room with their parent or parents.  The cot is only suitable for a small child.  $10 surcharge per child per night unless there is only one adult.  Prior notice is required if room occupancy will exceed two persons due to a child.

  • No pets, less service animals, are allowed.  As owners, we have two dogs on the property but will keep them away from guests on request.

  • Room #5 (Ground Floor Annex) is wheelchair accessible, but with limitations, and is available upon request. Please call to be explained the limitations that prevent this room from being considered completely accessible.  The schoolhouse, which has the main dining area, living room and associated washrooms, is also wheelchair accessible.

  • Parking is available for one car per room.  Additional parking available on public streets.

  • Limited bicycle storage is available free of charge.

  • Bicycle rental is available at $5 per hour or $25 per day.  Quantities limited.

  • NO SMOKING and NO VAPING in buildings, on balconies and at outdoor common areas.  Please use designated smoking area only.

  • Our main patio and our schoolhouse are part of our AGCO licensed premises.  Therefore personal alcoholic drinks are not permitted in these areas.

  • Breakfast time is by reservation and between 7:00-9:30am.

  • Breakfast must be pre-ordered from the available menu by 9pm the night prior.

  • With the exception of the schoolhouse, the property adopts "quiet mode" at 10pm daily.  All lights will be dimmed or turned off as appropriate and we ask patrons to minimize noise as of that time.

  • There is no deposit required for any individual room bookings.  

  • Although there is no deposit for individual bookings, any cancellations within 48 hours of arrival date, or any no-shows on the arrival date, will be asked to pay one night accomadation fee.

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