Local Spotlight : Craigleith Manor Bed & Breakfast
Meet Guy and Craig, the owners of the award-winning Craigleith Manor Bed & Breakfast.
After living in Toronto for years, Guy and Craig moved to Collingwood to pursue their long-time dream of opening a boutique bed and breakfast. The stunning Craigleith Manor is located in the west-end of Collingwood, nestled between Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains. It is the perfect retreat for adults looking to decompress and reconnect with nature and each other.
For this month’s Local Spotlight, we had the opportunity to sit down with Guy to hear about their journey and what lead them to beautiful Collingwood.
What inspired you to open Craigleith Manor ?
Craig and I met in 2003 in Toronto and had very busy lives and careers in the big city. We loved the city and all it had to offer, but after 10 years there, we were longing for change. At the time, Craig was singing with the Canadian Opera Company part-time and teaching Grade 6. I had been in a rewarding career fundraising and marketing in the non-profit sector since 1995.
In summer 2011, we took a great road trip out to eastern Canada, which took us through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI and Cape Breton, wow – what an amazing part of Canada. We stayed at a few B&Bs while we were out East, and the experience was terrific. I had stayed at B&Bs and Country Inns during many ski trips to the eastern USA in the 1990’s. Vermont, New Hampshire, and upstate New York are full of lovely B&Bs and inns. I loved them, and they made a lasting impression on me.
In summer 2012, we had a cottage rented in Haliburton and talked a bit about owning a B&B in a resort-like town. After our stay in Haliburton, we headed west to Collingwood for a stay on our way back to Toronto. We fell in love with the town immediately — The Blue Mountains, main street Collingwood, the waterfront, and the list went on and on.
For the next two years, we planned and re-visited Collingwood to find the right property and learn everything we could about being innkeepers at a bed and breakfast. Our property search took us to what would become Craigleith Manor at 9 Craigleith Court, Collingwood. The property could not be more perfect for a bed and breakfast location.
What is your favourite part of Craigleith Manor?
The manor is ideally situated at the end of a cul-de-sac in a very private and quiet neighborhood on the western edge of Collingwood. The location could not be more peaceful with the Georgian Trail running along the back of our property. From the second floor guest rooms there is a perfect view of the Blue Mountains and in the winter the ski resort lights twinkle like stars in the night. It is like a postcard.
With our guest rooms two floors above our private living area the B&B provides quiet and privacy for both our guests and Craig and I. We love that the home is so large and allows guests to have their own living room, reading areas and large outdoor decks.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves – what do you like to do when you’re not at Craigleith Manor?
Craig and I are very busy with our two businesses, but when we are not busy with those we like to cycle the Georgian Trail, ski at Blue Mountain and vacation in the summer at cottages that our friends own on Georgian Bay.
Our furry son Rufus has been with us for 15 years. He is a very quiet dog and loves people. He’s the perfect B&B dog!
He does not shed like many dogs and he never goes into guest rooms. He’s a rock star around the B&B with many guests mentioning him online in their reviews. We love him a great deal and we’re certain that you will too.
What are some of your favourite things about South Georgian Bay?
Southern Georgian Bay is a full-on 12 months a year playground! This is why we chose to live here and establish our B&B here.
Blue Mountain Resort, Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach, Farmer’s Markets in the summer, trails for walking, hiking, biking and fabulous food. For such a small town (only 20,000 people) Collingwood really punches way about its weight with great restaurants. We love the creative effort that these local restaurants put into practice to provide unique experiences to the many tourists who visit the area. Oh, and we can’t forget Thornbury, Meaford, Wasaga, Blue Mountain for their great eating spots! Too many to choose from.
If you had to pick, what are the top 5 things you would recommend people check out in the area:
- Georgian Trail for hiking, biking, walking, snowshoeing and more
- Blue Mountain Resort for great events all year long
- Wasaga Beach because it’s the world’s longest fresh water beach
- Thornbury Village, Georgian Hills Vineyards, Collingwood Brewery, Side Launch and all the other great places we have for beer, wine and cider
- Creemore – just because it’s so darn cute! Oh, and Creemore Springs Brewery of course.
To learn more about Craigleith Manor, please click here.