Just in time for the holidays, Gananoque’s lively, emblematic and historically unique Bed & Breakfast reopened under new ownership two weeks ago (November 2021).
Gananoque, On. Ruby Manor Bed and BreakfastIt was officially opened on November 1, 2021. Unlocked and updated by new owner Brenda Boudreau, 47, who renamed the house to celebrate the arrival and birth of her first granddaughter: “She shares the same month of birth with me,” Boudreau said in an interview with a YGK News Staff. The ruby is the birthstone for the month of July, and these common birth months inspired the B&B name.
This fateful union presented itself on March 1stNS, 2021. Boudreau deeply believed it was time to pack up and move closer to the family: “My family and I wanted to buy a property near Kingston as my own property [eldest] Daughter lives there. We found it too difficult to visit them regularly from where we lived. When my first grandchild arrived, the need to be close to her grew for us. We went looking for a house near Kingston. Then we came across Sleepy Hollow B&B, which was for sale, ”Boudreau said in an interview. Boudreau is both a nurse and a business enthusiast. After working as Director of Care, she loved running a business. Running the B&B seemed like the perfect opportunity to merge these worlds, a happy coincidence for the whole family.
Brenda and family “were so impressed with the [mansion’s] extraordinary beauty and history, [that they] fell in love with the property almost instantly, ”Boudreau admitted in an interview with a YGK News Staff. Boudreau also raved about her first visit to Gananoque and confessed to YGK how memorable the city was once abandoned: “The city has beautiful, quiet surroundings, the people are so friendly and the life outside the gates of the Thousand Islands is remarkable. For us we live in our own paradise. “
As she paves her legacy, as the Skinners did years before, Brenda and her family hope to nurture the vibrancy that the building doesn’t exude from the inside.
An artistic legacy
Ruby Manor Bed and Breakfast, before The sleepy hollow B&B was originally designed by “architect Frank T. Lent and built by Gananoque company Mitchell and Wilson” (Appendix B, rationale for naming). This exquisite building has been a leading example of the Queen Anne Revival Style in the town of Gananoque since its construction and an illustrious example of the architect’s intricately planned and artistic craftsmanship. It is unique and similar to its new owner, warm, lively and elegant. When completed in 1905, the building reflected a consolidation of the social position of newer elite families in Gananoque, such as the Skinner family (first family to own the building as a bed and breakfast).
‘The Queen Anne Revival Style’ originated in England during the Victorian period (1860s and 1870s) as an architectural style preferred by the upper middle class. Popularized in the United States before World War I, this architectural style is described as an amalgamation of different eras, ranging from the Middle Ages to Victorian times. Its stained glass windows, pointed roof ends, and blunt-shaped windows and fixtures strongly reflect medieval cathedrals and high Gothic architecture that was popular between 1855 and 1885. Fittingly, it is difficult to define this type of style because it “has its eccentricities and has been described as exuberant and excessive, imaginative and extravagant in view”. To Canada’s Historic Places.
Like a ruby, this building is a gem.
The mansion itself was built in 1905 as a three-story suburban home and nursing home. It has since been used as accommodation for tourists and for renting apartments. It was not until 1999 that the mansion found its current position when it was taken over by Don and Marion Matthews in 2001 and used as the Sleepy Hollow Bed and Breakfast in 2002. (Ontario Heritage Trust, Aug. 1, 2008).
After wearing many titles and many hats, this structure has known and served many lives as well. It houses and cares for many war veterans, residents of Gananoque, and retains its character beyond its physical age.
Gananoque is also an indigenous name that means “between two rivers” or “city of two rivers”.
Equipment and updates
“We want our guests to feel rejuvenated and revitalized and to take new energy with them.”
When asked whether new ownership means additions or changes to the property, Boudreau insisted that “the atmosphere and decor remain true to the uniqueness of the house, which was built in 1905 and listed as a World Heritage Site. [Their] The aim is to make guests feel welcome in the quiet, luxurious surroundings of Ruby Manor ”. “We want the guests to feel rejuvenated and revitalized and to take new energy with them,” said Boudreau.
Queen Anne Revival architecture explores asymmetrical facades, steep and irregular roof lines, forward-facing gables, overhanging eaves, round or square towers with turrets in the corners, unusual windows, wraparound porches, highly ornate spindles, fish scale cladding, detailed textures, and bright colors .
“Former Sleepy Hollow guests can expect the same great atmosphere and service from Ruby Manor. Minor updated with decor and linens were made ”. Said Boudreau in an interview. Prices range from $ 159-199 per night, which includes a continental breakfast for each guest, a spacious room with a private bathroom, a pool table on the 2nd floor.nd An outside deck on the 2nd floornd Floor, a coffee machine in the room, fresh bathrobes and a hairdryer.
“Ruby Manor is Steps away from everything Gananoque has to offer! Downtown shopping, a brewery, a boat museum, the Shorelines Casino, seasonal cruises, great restaurants, the sculpture park and of course the beautiful Thousand Islands. ”Boudreau continued.
Guests do not need to be fully vaccinated to stay at the bed and breakfast, but it is important that all meet hygiene standards. For more information, see the site owner of the facility.
Book your stay
Everyone is welcome at Ruby mansion. Whether you’re visiting for the views of Gananoque or an upscale but affordable getaway, this bed and breakfast has everything guests need for a comfortable and peaceful stay. Located on the corner of 95 King Street West, prospective guests can contact Ruby Manor and Brenda themselves via Facebook or email:[email protected] This historically elegant B&B also has an updated website where potential guests can book their stay.
If you would like to learn more about the history of Ruby Manor Bed and Breakfast and / or to book your stay, please click here. If you are interested in learning more about the origins of Ruby Manor, please click below.
Parks Canada, Canada’s Historic Sites. “The Queen Anne Revival Style”. Retrieved from HistoricPlaces.ca – The Queen Anne Revival Style, November 2021.
Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Ontario Government (August 2008). “The Society of the City of Gananoque by Law No. 2008-24”. Retrieved from 404 – Ontario Heritage Trust
City of Gananoque, Ontario (2023). Retrieved from Gananoque, Ontario – Gananoque City Official Website.
Country approval by the author
I acknowledge with gratitude that the country in which I live and work is the traditional territory of the Annishinnaabeg, Attawandaron Haudenosaunee and Lunaapeewak peoples who have close ties to land, water and the region of southwestern Ontario.