Hello loves! Last week I was invited to visit the Merrill House Hotel, situated in the heart of Picton and Prince Edward County. If you’ve read some of previous blog posts, you know how much I love visiting PEC. Staying at the Merill House truly elevated the experience. Prince Edward County holds a special place in my heart and It’s the perfect summer getaway being only a 3 hour drive from Ottawa.
Merill House has lived many lives since it was built in 1877 making it rich in history. The original owners, The Merrill family were a progressive and modern force for the times. You can find more history on the Merrill House here. In 2019, the current owner and Creative Director, Jordan Martins, completely restored the Merrill House as the head of interior design. Merrill House is now a gorgeous luxury hotel with fine, French dining and an impressive wine cellar. Everything is beautiful and perfectly put together and there is a great balance of fine antiques and artefacts mixed with contemporary art.
During the first night we stayed in the Owners Suite which featured a large, separate living room and two washrooms. The second evening we stayed in the Dreaming Suite which featured a wood-burning marble fireplace, a four-poster bed and beautiful artwork. Both suites were stunning and all 14 rooms at the hotel are individually designed with their own style. Make sure to check out my Instagram story highlight named Merrill House for full room tours and video’s!
Dinning and Wine Cellar
Fun fact: Merrill House is the only restaurant between Toronto and Ottawa that holds a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and features a large array of outstanding wines from around the world including a great local PEC selection. We started our days with their gourmet breakfast options and, in the evenings, we enjoyed the impressive multi course Chef Tasting Menu.
“Merrill House proudly presents Prince Edward County’s greatest culinary experience: Sullivan’s Carte Blanche. Executive Chef Michael Sullivan curates a marvelous six-course tasting menu that incorporates the freshest seasonal ingredients and duly exhibits his kitchen’s impressive rang of skills. Wine Director Astrid Young consults with Chef Sullivan to determine both Prince Edward County and fine Old World wine pairings that rival the splendidness of his dishes and guarantee a truly unforgettable evening. “The Merrill House
After dinner and dessert, we’d go and sit at the fire pit outside (I want one so bad now) and enjoyed some nice wine.
Modern Meets Traditional
I fell in love with the details, the art, the different kind of wallpapers, chandeliers and the antique furniture – everything thought out perfectly!
What to do at the Merrill House:
Indoor and outdoor fireplaces: enjoy sitting outside or in your room with your fireplace (ask reception to light your fire).
Barrell Sauna: Book a one-hour private sauna session at reception .
Merrill Museum: See what the world looked like when Merrill House was built in 1878.
Domain Martin: They have a private estate 20 minutes from Merrill House in Cape Vesey where you can enjoy a private pebble beach facing south on Lake Ontario including cabanas, lounge chairs, towels and water. (book at reception.)
Private Picnic: Enjoy a luxurious picnic in the walnut grove. (you can book a picnic basket with a meal and champagne.)
Wine Tasting and Education: Enjoy a private wine course and tasting with one of their sommeliers.
Apart from the activities I listed above, they also have yoga and meditation, high tea, a virtual reality lounge, a gym, a Merrill museum, and all room include in room technology.
Now I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but as a conclusion I had a really nice stay and would definitely go back!
For more info check their website and book your getaway here!
In friendly collaboration with my friends at Merrill House