Mrs. T’s B&B on Beautiful Georgian Bay
Beautiful Heritage Home
Mrs. T’s BnB is a landmark in Parry Sound. This Queen Anne style home sits on a half-acre lot backed by a secluded wooded area, with quiet neighbours on either side. The home was built in 1880. In 1906, when the trains came to Parry Sound, it was set on logs and pulled by horses down the hill to its present location. William Beatty, son of the founder of Parry Sound, William Beatty, was its first owner. A picture of our home hangs in the Parry Sound Museum. There have only been four families live in the house since 1880: William Beatty and family, Dr. and Mrs. Wheatley and family (Kathrine Wheatley, singer and songwriter), Dr. and Mrs. Sweeney and family, and the Thomson family -present owners. Each of the three bedrooms for rent is named after one of the three former owners. The Thomson Rooms are the attic beds and playroom area.
The woodwork of the staircase, trim, second floor hall and bedroom floors, windows and doors is original to the house. The front door opens into a spacious foyer. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the more formal parlour or living room with antique rosewood couch and chairs, four stained glass windows. There is another wood-burning fireplace in the large dining room. Both fireplaces can be lit for guests in the evening and both are lit at breakfast time which is lovely and cosy in cooler weather. The walnut dining room table can seat twelve or be set for one couple. The chandelier adds sparkle to the silver tea set. An electric fireplace warms up the family room where guests are encouraged to make use of the large flat screen TV. First floor bathroom with shower facilities is just off the dining room and updated kitchen. Laundry facilities are in the basement and guests are welcome to use them upon request. Sandra and Andrew have private accommodations just off the laundry room in the basement so that guests have complete privacy upstairs.
Grounds include perennial beds, vegetable (tomatoes, beans, peas, lettuce, potatoes and pumpkins) beds, fire pit, water feature, large Victorian bird bath, screened gazebo with comfortable seating, café table with two chairs, octagonal picnic table, two lawn swings (one for snoozing!), and Muskoka chairs for gatherings. Birds, squirrels and chipmunks enjoy the seeds left in the two bird feeders. Sunsets over the Sound are spectacular and can be viewed from the wicker chairs and outdoor dining area on the front wrap-around porch. The grounds are lit with solar lights and are very pretty at night.
Recently, Thomson Manor has been home of two full length movies!