1871 Historic House B&B
65 Huntley Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2L2
All the charms of the past in close proximity to the thrills of the present.
|Accommodation Type |||Bed & Breakfast|
|Room Amenities |||TV|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Sherbourne station|
|Cross Street |||Bloor and Sherbourne|
|Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM, Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: February 13, 2009
It’s a rare opportunity to be able to stay in a 19th century home in the heart of downtown Toronto. So it’s no wonder that a historic bed and breakfast would bill itself accordingly: 1871 Historic House B&B. Though symmetrical in structure, this former farmhouse features some of the more whimsical concepts of Victorian exterior design, including a mansard roof above decorative stickwork, an angled bay window, plus pretty pink and white masonry. It’s not too difficult to picture a horse and buggy pulling up to its door, but it’s a tad more difficult to imagine Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane, Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley, Ernest Hemingway plus John and Yoko bedding down beneath its 12-foot high ceilings.
Preciously Decorated Rooms and the Subtle Pleasures
But bed down they did – at least according to legend – in either the main Victorian house or the quaint coach house that offers seclusion in an antique setting with hardwood floors, wicker chairs and floral bedding. The main house offers two rooms – appropriately named The Red Room and The Blue Room – for the burgundy walls of one and the deliciously delicate azure patterns of the other. Be forewarned that, as in so many B&Bs, the bathroom is shared, but experienced travellers know that the charm of B&B hospitality lies in shared congeniality.
A Perfect Proximity to the Myriad Wonders of Toronto
The 1871 Historic House B&B is perfectly situated for urban explorations in downtown Toronto. Hidden as it is on a quiet residential street below Bloor Street, 1871 is within a brisk walking distance of the chic shops Yorkville, the earthy charms of Greektown, the nature trails of Rosedale and the thrills of the Entertainment District. The Historic House is especially popular during the annual Gay Pride festivities for its close proximity to the rainbow wonders of the blocks affectionately known as Boytown.