1840 Guest House
Bed & Breakfast
A "5-star", reasonably priced, 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)
An Important Safety Notice
With the Province's recent announcement on the requirement for proof of vaccination, the 1840 Guest House and Wine and Whisky Bar has adopted a new policy. All guests of the B&B and all patrons of the Wine and Whisky Bar must show photo ID and proof of FULL (double) vaccination. Without this proof, reservations will not be honoured and admittance will not be allowed. To read all of our safety protocols, please click here.
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.
Enjoy our complimentary made-to-order full breakfast in the schoolhouse
Wifi and Satellite TV
Fastest possible internet. News, movies and sports channels in every room
Tour the village and enjoy the scenery along the Rideau
We offer unlimited coffee, tea and juice at our beverage bar
Toiletries and More
Pharmacopia Canadian-made all-natural bath products, and sparkling water in all rooms
Our historic schoolhouse is available for weddings, conferences and other gatherings
Backyard oasis with seasonal pool, hot tub, sauna, patio and outdoor fireplace and heaters
Wine and Whisky Bar
Choose from a selection of wines, scotches and whiskeys, paired with cheese and charcuterie in the schoolhouse
Private Boat Charters
Coming soon. Experience the UNESCO Rideau Canal and villages from the waterway
Click on any image to view the Gallery in full size
Click on any image to view the Gallery full size
THINGS TO DO
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk to the locks and surrounding parkland. Canoe, kayak or motorboat along the canal
Learn about the history of the Rideau Canal.
Shop the Village
Known for its eclectic shops and art galleries, Merrickville welcomes you.
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
COVID-19..........as of 1 September 2021
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.
Approved face masks must be worn when arriving. Also, since we have onsite dining and in accordance with provincial rules, all guests of the B&B and all patrons of the Wine and Whisky Bar will be required to show photo ID and proof of FULL (double) vaccination. Without this proof, reservations will not be honoured and admittance will not be allowed.
- Masks must be worn in all indoor common spaces. (Masks outdoors in common spaces must be worn in accordance with any direction provided by Public Health.)
- Common spaces are all areas where you could be in contact with other guests or staff. This includes hallways, staircases, foyers, and all parts of the schoolhouse. In short, anytime you leave your room, you must wear a mask.
- Once seated in the schoolhouse, since tables are well spaced, masks may be removed. Masks must be worn whenever you leave your seated area.
- Meals will only be served when seated.
- In order to avoid contact with other guests, we stagger breakfast times with 30 minutes between each group of "household" guests. Breakfast times are every half hour between 7am and 10am and your time will be reserved on check in.
- Our Wine and Whisky Bar will open by reservation only or on request of any guest. Capacity is limited to assigned seating.
- Our unlimited self-serve beverage bar (coffee, tea, juices, ice water) is available but we insist that all patrons sanitize their hands before using the self-serve station. You MUST also wear a mask while using the station - even if there are no other guests in the vicinity.
- We cannot accept new, or honour existing reservations where self-isolation is required. We are not set up, nor do we have an operational plan where we could safely meet your needs and the needs of our other guests and staff. Thank you for your understanding.
- Our seating respects all Public Health guidelines. Do not change seating arrangements, indoors or outdoors, by moving tables or chairs.
- Maximum number of guests registered per room is two. Maximum occupancy for socializing in any bedroom or suite is four persons.
- Hands must be washed or sanitized every time guests enter any of our buildings.
- Every effort must be made to maintain social distancing of 2 metres from staff and other guests who are not part of your approved "household".
- ONLY FOUR PERSONS at a time are permitted in each of the swimming pool, hot tub and sauna.
- Board games and books, if used, must be identified to staff so that the necessary sanitization can occur before used by others.
- Masks must be worn at all times if using the pool table and hands must be sanitized before touching any of the pool table equipment or the table itself.
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 any number of 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.
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.
We offer gourmet cheeses and charcuterie for your enjoyment.
3-meat platter - $22
3-cheese platter - $26
1-meat Platter - $9
1-cheese platter - $10
Selections are accompanied with homemade crackers & condiments
We also offer two appetizers
9 Baked Lightly-Breaded Chicken Wings - $16
Vegetarian Spring Rolls - $15
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
$7 for 5oz or $10 for 8oz
Some of My 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 alternative arrangements are made. Please contact us if required.
Payment is by cash (Canadian dollar only), credit or debit. No personal cheques please.
GROUP BOOKINGS. Groups are welcome. For group bookings, a $300 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 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. $10 surcharge per child per night. Prior notice is required if room occupancy will exceed two persons due to a child.
Pet friendly rooms are only in the Annex (Rooms 4 and 5). Pets are not permitted inside the main house or outdoors on the patio. $20 surcharge per pet per night. Maximum one pet per room. Prior notice is required to secure a pet-friendly room. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times and guests are expected to clean up after their pet. Pet owners must ensure that their pet remains well-behaved at all times.
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 this area.
Breakfast time is by reservation and between 7:00-10:00am unless special arrangements are requested.
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 24 hours of arrival date, or any no-shows on the arrival date, will be asked to pay one night accomadation fee.