Elmhirst's Resort, Keene, Ontario

Elmhirst's Resort is a lodge located in Keene. In the year 1818, King George IV of England granted to Phillip James Elmhirst, a lieutenant of the Royal Navy, one thousand acres of Crown Land on the north shore of Rice Lake, as a reward for his efforts against Napoleon in the Battle of Trafalgar. Emigrating from his Lincolnshire, England farm Phillip landed at Port Hope in 1819 and established his new home to the north of our present location.

Frank Elmhirst, the grandfather of present owner Peter Elmhirst, acquired a new piece of property, originally known as "Walker Farm", on the edge of Rice Lake in 1906. This land, totalling 340 acres with a full mile of scenic shoreline, is the site of the present day resort. With its panoramic view of the lake and its many islands, the location was, and is a perfect site for a year-round vacation destination.

After graduating from Ryerson's Hotel and Resort Administration program in 1965, Peter returned to devote his attention to the business, which he soon purchased from his father. In 1968 the resort opened year round providing four seasons of activity for guests.

In 1981, the Hearthside Room was opened, to provide service to both guests and local area residents. The design of the main building, which houses our recreational facility, conference centre, office and dining area takes full advantage of the spectacular view of Rice Lake. Deluxe new cottages and updated services have been added over the years and now the resort caters to vacationers, conference delegates, weekenders and fishermen from North America and Europe.

There are currently four generations of the Elmhirst family on the property: Arthur, his son Peter, his son Greg and his son Henry. The family tradition continues.

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Nearby restaurants include The Hearthside Room at the Elmhirst Resort.

Reviews for Elmhirst's Resort, Keene

8 / 10 based on 2 reviews

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Tue 22 Sep 2009

Comments: We, in anticipation of a future visit of two different parties of friends, ate in the dining room and saw their selection of standard and deluxe cottages. All were in excellent condition on the waterfront of Rice Lake. All had kitchen facilities and fireplaces [real wood burning ones!]The resort has all the faciities including a seaplane base and an airstrip! We ate in the Hearthside Dining Room and had a very good 4 Star meal that was well presented and prepared. There is a nice pub on the premises. And a heated pool. We have no trouble recommending this resort.

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Sat 24 Mar 2007

Comments: it was a very enjoyable visit woulld recommend!!

Our self catering cottages are located on the waterfront, with a scenic view. All cottages feature a fully equipped kitchen with microwave oven, dishes and cooking utensils, toaster, automatic coffee maker, fridge and stove. Wood burning, open hearth fireplaces (wood provided), colour television and VCR, CD stereo player and telephone with modem located in each living room. Bedding and towels supplied. Sofa bed in most units. Each deck has a gas barbecue, patio furniture, picnic table on the lawn and private dock. Parking is adjacent to each unit.

Cozy units with 2 or 3 bedrooms and one washroom, located on the lake. Newly renovated with dishwashers and whirlpool tubs. Ideal for 2-6 adults

Larger units, some with sunken living room. Sliding glass doors to outdoor deck, 1-5 bedroom cottages, one or two washrooms and/or whirlpool bath. Ideal for groups or families sharing accommodation. 5 bedroom cottage located in the heart of the resort, near playground, all others lakeside.

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Location details / directions

On the shores of Rice Lake 5 km from the Town of Keene, ON. Located Near Peterborough, ON. Accessible by paved road , water [float plane] and air ]our private airstrip]

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County Road #2
RR #1


Tel: (705) 295-4591
Fax: (705) 295-4596
Tollfree: (800) 461-1940

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