About Us

About Us

Hello, I'm Carla and welcome to my home which was named after the original fruit and vegetable farm, Bonnybank Farm. It is situated on the banks of the Twenty Mile Creek, which creates Jordan Harbor, which then flows north into Lake Ontario. Looking south, we are two minutes through the valley from the village of Jordan and are 20 minutes to Niagara Falls. We are next door to the world-famous Owl Foundation founded by Mrs. Kay McKeever. It is, in fact, her family home (the Clarkes) that we bought. The Owl Foundation is not open to the public but it is wonderful to hear the caged owls singing in the surrounding woodlands.

My historic American Tudor Revival house was built in stages by Roger and Muriel Clarke from 1919 through to 1938, with records of the land purchased in 1799 from the Crown by Lieutenant Andrew Butler. The Clarkes bought it from E.D. Smith (of the famous E. D. Smith jam company who had planted the farm with orchards) who was her uncle.  The legacy is the gnarled old cherry trees in the front yard, which in the Spring are covered in clouds of white blossoms and by mid June, cherries! The history of this house is documented in a journal written by Muriel. The house itself is made of pink Grimsby sandstone which was salvaged from a nearby pier of the old Grand Trunk Railway. The windows are lead glass panes in diamond shapes.

The interior is made of oak, pear, cherry and stone all harvested from the property. There are two fireplaces, the one in the study having been hand-carved with flowers by the famous Ottawa naturalist and author Adam Shortt. The evolution of the property, the gardens and the house are documented in writings and photographs in this journal, which was passed to me when I became the 3rd owner of the house. Dr. James Gibson, the first President of Brock University, was the second owner.

Policies

Please pay full amount by cash or cheque or e-transfer upon arrival
Check In/Check Out: Flexible, but normally 5 p.m. in / 11 a.m. out
Pets are allowed though there is a $35.00 charge.
Cancellation: 2 weeks notice, but flexible if you arrange ahead of time. If room can be booked no charge, otherwise if the guest cancels less than 7 days in advance, the nights not spent are not refunded.  If the guest arrives and decides to leave early, the nights not spent are not refunded. IF CANCELLING RE THE POLICY RULES, CHARGES WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE CREDIT CARD PROVIDED TO HOLD THE BOOKING.

James C.

Canada
Jan. 11, 2021
“As I walked up to the house, the image of George Harrison on the cover of All Things Must Pass came to mind. Surely this was where they took that cover photo! You will be hard pressed to find a more interesting B&B. The house has its own story, and it is located right next to an owl preserve. The Village of Jordan is cool, and the B&B is near dozens of wineries. Carla shares lots of ideas about trips you can take from Niagara to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. She makes a good breakfast, too! We really enjoyed our three days and nights there. It is a good anchor spot to explore Ontario.”

Doug

Columbus
Sept. 22, 2010
“When my wife, our infant son, and I spent two days in the Niagara area, we had the good fortune of staying at the Bonnybank B&B where our hostess Carla made the visit a delight. The room, the house and the area had a nice homely feel to it. But it was especially Carla who made it something special. It’s seems that there is nothing she won't do for you. Breakfast included a wide variety of foods and was served with a view over the beautiful winter garden where birds and squirrels came to feed. We were there in January and I’m glad that we went in the winter time. Niagara Falls was definitely not the tourist trap that it can be in the summer time.”

Amy C

Canada
Aug. 14, 2022
“The Inn was wonderful. The grounds were filled with so many different trees and shrubs. Our wonderful host was there to explain the interesting history of the property and everything that made it so unique. Our group took up two very comfortable rooms and our breakfast was plentiful and delicious. We were there to celebrate a very special occasion with family and the Inn was perfectly located for everything we had planned. I would recommend this Bed and Breakfast for anyone who enjoys a peaceful setting, a lovely host and needs a centrally located spot for wineries, shopping etc.”

Lee L

Canada
July 14, 2022
“We stayed at Bonnybank for three nights in July 2022. Carla was a wonderful host and the location was truly beautiful, natural and relaxing. We saw lots of trees and birds and rabbits and ate delicious herbs and peaches. The location is about 30 minutes from the attractions at Niagara Falls, but easy to get to everywhere. Carla has great recommendations for local area and is very knowledgeable about the history and nature of Niagara region. This would be a wonderful place for a small wedding or celebration. Thank you to Carla and Willow for the hospitality and care”
A view of the 80-year-old pine tree and all its inhabitants.
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