Circa 1894 B&B and Day Spa is located in the Sunday School portion of a newly renovated former United Church in the Hamlet of Watson's Corners, outside the village of Lanark, less than 1/2 hour from 'Heritage' Perth, an hour from Ottawa, 1 1/4 hours N of Kingston and 3 1/2 hours or so from Montreal and Toronto.
The Rose Room offers queen sized comfort to weary travellers and to those looking to relax, while visiting, exploring the area and, taking in all the attached Spa has to offer.
As part of the experience here at Circa 1894 B&B, for a small additional fee ($20.00 daily) guests can access the attached Day Spa. Try out our two hot tubs and the cool/cold tub, the NIR and FAR Infra-red saunas and the Finnish Sauna for the thermo-therapy experience (hot, cold, relax, repeat, repeat) and relax in the Quiet Room or outside, beside the pond or on one of the decks.
A full breakfast, of course, is included.
If staying more than one day, for a small extra fee ($15.00 each) you can enjoy Lunch and/or afternoon tea ($5) in the Spa. As well, you may be able book a massage ($99 - $129) or Reiki treatment ($85) or dinner ($25.00 each) - must be pre-arranged. Come Pamper Yourself.
We are all about sustainability and we'd be delighted to talk to you about how we achieve our goals.
Seasonally, we also have 2 RVs available:
A 27 ft. Golden Falcon, priced separately at $140.00 for 2, plus $50.00 per extra guest. The RV has a queen sized bed, plus a pullout sofa (double) bed, with three piece bath, living and dining areas, kitchenette, CD and cassette player, along with lots of 60s and 70s music, and a patio. Come for a day or stay for a week.
As well, we have a 2012, upscale 30' Coachmen Chaparral available for $150.00 nightly for 2. It features leather seating, pillow top queen mattress and satellite TV. Glamping in real comfort.
The Guest accommodation sleeps 6 (seven if we add a cot to the common area - $50.00 charge). With the RV rentals, all totaled, we can sleep 13 here at Circa 1894 and we are very flexible in regard to the availability of meals, so let us know your needs and we'll see what we can do. If you book the whole place, including the RV, we can discuss the possibility of closing the Day Spa to the public for the duration of your stay.
There are several golf courses within very easy driving distance; many festivals, including The Maple Syrup Festival in April; the Guinness World Book of Records Kilt Run in June; free music in the park at The Stewart Park Festival in July and the Garlic Festival and The Blue Skies Festival in August. There is much to see and do. We are just one hour from Canada's Capital and all that Ottawa has to offer. Closer to home, Purdon Conservation Area, about a 6 minutes drive, boasted 16,000 blooms in 2015; the largest colony of Lady Slipper Orchids in Canada (and possibly North America). The last week in June and early July is the best time for viewing.
More detail on the Spa portion of our facility: To our knowledge, Circa 1894 Day Spa is the only facility providing the NIR and FAR-Infrared experience in the area and we have two. The first is an Ontario Medical Grade, SaunaRay, constructed right here in Ontario of basswood. The other is made of redwood, by SaunaTec, and includes a light therapy option. Both are located inside.
Nestled in the lower level of the three decks, enjoy our outdoor authentic, Amish built, Finnish Sauna and an original wooden tub. We vary the temperature depending on the season and demand. On the middle deck you can lounge in our large chlorine-free hot tub. The upper deck features a third (also chlorine-free) tub, this one a Dream Maker, which we use as our cool/cold tub. With the tubs and saunas you can experience Thermo-therapy, which consists of hot/cold/relax/repeat/repeat. Each level has ample seating for relaxation or you can step inside and enjoy the quiet room (which doubles as a therapy room , where you can book a massage or a Reiki treatment) and fireplace with its beautiful oak mantel, which speaks of yesteryear.
We are also pleased to be offering various therapies and themed stays, by appointment only. One of these themes will be a package that will include the preparation and serving of all the 'meals' necessary for a three day warming cleanse.
Note that, to insure quiet relaxation, the Spa is Adults only. Smoking is not permitted on the premises.
Ask us about our extensive sustainability efforts and we might just talk your ear off.
Because they use superior, botanically based products, we have chosen to partner with Arbonne for our shampoo and body wash in the Day Spa. This is in line with our concept for the renovation, the build and the business; one of sustainability and ease to the planet. Click here if you are interested in ordering any of their extensive line of products.
A sampling of our many testimonials follow:
Thank you Donna & Cam - Staying here made our trip for our son's wedding all the more special! - James and Lorraine S., Saskatchewan, 6 July 2016
Lovely accommodation, people & food! We'll undoubtedly be back. - Paul & Sue, Ottawa, 19 June 2016
Thanks for all the hard work and love you put into hosting, Donna! We are so grateful to have you as a member of our community and wish you the best as you continue your hosting journey with us! - Miranda and your friends at Airbnb
We spent one night in Donna's B&B place by incident ( while our previous booking was cancelled by the host illegally and Airbnb customer service found it for us), so we had to drive for another 1.30+ hours after hours of driving from Toronto and we felt frustrated . We got there near midnight, but everything was set up already and we received a truly warm welcome from Donna and her lovely husband. We were impressed by their excellent job in renovating there using green technology. They prepared a delicious breakfast and spent their time describing their projects. My son played the old organ instrument! We just felt as our own home and loved Donna and her husband as our own family members. Thank you so much and looking forward to seeing you again. Hamid and family, May, 2016 (review from Airbnb site).
This a great place to escape the city, relax in the tubs and get a massage. Spend the night and wake to a huge breakfast. Nothing was missed, great hosts and wonderful conversations. We'll be back :-). Sutton's, Ottawa, April 24/16
Absolutely lovely! Gracious & very accommodating hostess. Serene & welcoming. Delicious breakfast!! Wendy, Ottawa, 24 Apr 16
What a delight! Serene energy here, amazing massage, great saunas and tubs and healthy, tasty meals. Thank you for a most restorative stay, Donna & Cam. You have an oasis here. Chris, Almonte, ON, March 17/16
Chris' review on TripAdviser: A friend and I had a "girlfriend" reunion at Circa 1894 this week. We only stayed one night but it felt like we'd had a complete spa holiday. Donna and Cam have done an amazing job turning a church into a sacred and beautiful B&B spa retreat. The bedrooms are cosy with lovely, comfortable beds. There are two guest rooms that open out to a private sitting area/kitchenette with TV and wall-mounted fireplace. The kitchenette is thoughtfully equipped with everything you need to make a snack or beverage.
The spa is in the same building as the suite. Indoors, there are change rooms, a tranquil sitting area with a fireplace and waterfall wall where gentle music creates a relaxed quiet area for reading and relaxing. Adjoining the sitting area is a massage/treatment room and two saunas. Outside, on three levels of decks, are two hot tubs and a steam sauna. The saunas and hot tubs are totally rejuvenating.
The entire place is sparkling clean and brand new. Cam and Donna are masters of recycling and green design and construction. They have artfully restored and redesigned a former church with custom woodworking, expert craftsmanship and an eye for building, salvaging, furnishing and gathering the perfect recycled materials, fixtures and decor items to create a most inviting and serene space to restore body, mind and soul.
We enjoyed a tasty lunch and wholesome dinner during our stay. The food is home-made from local products and Donna and Cam do everything possible to make you feel relaxed and spoiled. The spa can be booked for a few hours or you can spend several days being treated to total pampering in the first-rate facilities. We each had a deep tissue massage with Christa, an RMT and she skilfully worked out all our stress knots.
We were not expecting to find such well equipped spa with an array of treatments and luxurious, serene amenities in Lanark. Our stay was a total delight. Thanks Donna and Cam for sharing your cathedral of restoration with us. We'd recommend this as a getaway for couples, girlfriends or by yourself for several hours or days any time of the year!
What a lovely March break getaway! This was exactly what I needed - relaxing spas, wonderful food - and lovely hosts. Thanks you so much, Donna & Cam. Diane, Oshawa, March 17/16
Thank you so much Donna & Cam. We loved our stay and really appreciated our quiet time in the hot tub together. Breakfast and the conversation was wonderful too. We will definitely pass along the good word about this place. Lindsay, Perth, Jan 25/16
We had a wonderful relaxing experience, enjoyed the spa, food and lots of bridge. Thanks Donna and Cam. Bridge Ladies of Kingston, ON, Jan 20/16.+ More