1840 Guest House

   Bed & Breakfast   

Even though we are temporarily closed due to COVID, we still have monthly rentals available at a discounted rate.  Rooms 4 and 5 (see "Our Rooms" below), which include kitchenettes, are ideal for those who need a long-term stay.  Since the main B&B is temporaily closed, these monthly rentals are offered without meals and without access to the main house.  Contact us for details.  

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"

Important Notice  - Temporary Closure

The recent significant increases in COVID-19 cases in Ontario and nationally have caused us to make a difficult decision.  For our safety and the safety of others, the 1840 Guest House is temporarily closed.  Because most experts predict that we still have many months of challenges ahead, we have decided that we will not re-open until spring  2021. 


We are fully committed to re-opening on 1 April 2021.  Our Wine and Whisky Bar will re-open at the same time and our brand new outdoor oasis of a swimming pool, hot tub and sauna will also be available as soon as the weather permits. 


In the meantime, our website will be kept up to date and we will definitely reply to all contact inquiries. Our reservation system will remain functional throughout the winter so please feel free to make your bookings for your favourite dates beyond 1 April.  You can book directly through our website or through our affiliated booking agents.  We already have many bookings for next spring and summer and look forward to an incredible year in 2021. 


Pet Friendly



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





Enjoy a made-to-order full breakfast on the balcony or in the schoolhouse 

Wifi and Satellite TV


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

Bike Rentals


Tour the village and enjoy the scenery along the Rideau

Beverage Bar


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

Private Events


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



Coming May 2021.  Pool, hot tub and sauna

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



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 and 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



As mentioned above, we are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.  We will re-open 1 April 2021.  

We have taken down our current COVID protocols and will re-establish them based on the situation as we know it when we re-open in April.  Rest assured that the safety of our guests will remain paramount.  We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of the entire property, and all necessary guidelines from the Provincial government and the Health and Safety organizations will be in place when we re-open.  Until then, please stay safe and we hope to see you next spring and summer.


Open Fridays and Saturdays @ 5pm, with last call at 9:30pm.

Reservations are highly recommended since seating is limited due to COVID.

Also, our pleasure to open on request for any group of 4 or more on any day of the week.  Please come join us!

Open to 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 $7 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 - $21
3-cheese platter - $25
1-meat Platter - $8
1-cheese platter - $9
Selections are accompanied with homemade crackers & condiments

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


$6 for 5oz or $9 for 8oz 



  • 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.

  • Children are welcome.  Maximum room occupancy is 2 persons but there is an exception for children.  One cot may be added to a room (Rooms 4 and 5 only) and a maximum of 2 children may occupy a room with their parents or guardians.  $10 surcharge per child per night.  Prior notice is required if room occupancy will exceed two persons due to children.

  • Pet friendly rooms are only in the Annex (Rooms 4 and 5).  Pets are not permitted inside the common areas of the main house.  $20 surcharge per pet per night.  Maximum 2 pets per room.  Prior notice is required to secure a pet-friendly room.

  • Room #5 (Ground Floor Annex) is fully wheelchair accessible and is available upon request.  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.

  • 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.

  • 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.



Tel: 613-269-3025 

223 Main Street West, Merrickville, Ontario, K0G1N0