Surrounded by vineyards and tucked neatly into more than an acre of luscious gardens, The Grand Victorian bed and breakfast welcomes guests to enjoy gracious hospitality reminiscent of days gone by.
Built in 1860 and formerly known as “Riverscourt.” the home served many families as a summer residence for nearly 100 years. The property changed hands several times in its first 40 years until it was purchased by Willis Kingsley Jackson in 1899 for $12,500. Shortly thereafter he began construction of the round conservatory on the first floor and the upstairs sleeping porch, which are still two of the most enjoyed spaces of the home.
The Grand Victorian has a perfect location and offers many different amenities. The home is surrounded by the vineyards of the Reif Estate Winery across from the Niagara River. The winery sits on property tucked neatly nearby that once belonged to the house. The original carriage and stables were once used as the winery’s tasting room, and are now used for offices. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary tastings. The nearby town of Niagara offers local shops and dining, as well as the world renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round at North America’s oldest course, Niagara on the Lake.
Whether it be a walk on the grounds, a tennis match, a bike ride along the river, or a quick dip in the pool, anyone who loves a great Victorian vacation can find the rejuvenation and retreat they crave.
For more information or reservations to stay at the Grand Victorian, please visit www.grandvictorian.ca.
By Lacey Saggio