Our last stop on our quiet luxury adventure took us to the ever popular Drake Devonshire Inn, located in the town of Wellington, Ontario.
The Devonshire was built in 1860 and was originally made as a factory for casting metal. In the turn of the 19th century, the property was sold to W.P. Niles – who later started the Wellington Electric Light and Power Company, which brought electricity to the surrounding village. Niles later added an attachment to the building, which ultimately became his home. Some of the additions to Niles’ home, such as the solid oak staircase and stained glass windows, actually remain there today!
After Niles passed away, the property was handed down to his nephew, Clinton, and his family. Clinton renamed the property the Clinton Lodge. In the summer months, they would house tourists coming through the town, as the land was quite spacious.
Years went by and the property changed hands a few more times. In 2012, the then bed and breakfast was sold to the people at the Drake Hotel properties. After renovating and putting their personal Drake-like touches into the space, the Drake Devonshire Inn opened in 2015.
Once my photographer, Steven, and I arrived at the Devonshire, we were immediately seated for lunch in the dining room on the main floor. The property is situated on the shores of lake Ontario and the view from our table was truly spectacular. Not only that, but the various art installations around the restaurant were quite interesting and created a unique experience as we awaited our meals.
We started with two rich cappuccinos and then went on to order a round of their tasty trout ceviche. We followed that dish with a classic Devonshire burger and the pasta fagioli. After finishing the meal with an espresso, Steven and I started a tour of the gorgeous property.
Our first stop was to the games room, where they had everything from an antique backgammon board to a blown-up Connect 4. After a quick game of ping pong, Steven and I decided to take a look at the scenic beach area at the back of the property.
As we sat and watched small waves wash over the shore, our sense of tranquility made me realize why the destination was such a hot spot. Overall, we had a great time at the Drake. If you get a chance, I recommend a visit and definitely a meal!
Lastly, I want to thank each and every person who made this journey so incredible and to Lincoln for sending us there in style. After this trip, we truly understood what it meant to experience #QuietLuxury.