Idlewyld Inn News – August 2014

Have you discovered London’s best patio?
You don’t have to be an Inn guest to experience our Courtyard Patio – a hidden oasis where you can enjoy a cold draft beer and sample our Pub Menu.  Everyone is welcome.

Patio June 2014

Our Courtyard Patio is a great place to catch up with friends, meet colleagues, or enjoy our BBQ nights with live music!

Dixie Land Jazz Band & BBQ Night
August 28, 6 – 9:30 pm
Join us for live music and a Mardi Gras-inspired BBQ in our courtyard. Tickets $60 (all inclusive). Call 519-432-5554.

August Spa Promotion – Dine & Spa
Come dine with us during the month of August and save 25% on any regular-priced spa service when you bring in your restaurant receipt!

Have you discovered the Spa at Idlewyld?

Have you discovered the Spa at Idlewyld?

Call 5119-432-5554 to book your appointment. This promotion is valid until August 31. Discounts and promotions may not be combined.

Inspired Meetings
Make the most of your August meetings.  Take your business outside, make time for a spa treatment, or book a round at one of several nearby Golf Courses. Our Corporate & Group Sales Manager Theresa would be pleased to help you with all the arrangements. Theresa@idlewyldinn.com

Book your off-season wedding
Planning a fall or winter wedding? Idlewyld Inn & Spa is a preferred venue for intimate celebrations of up to 50 guests. We offer all-inclusive or custom wedding packages and off-season savings. Contact our Wedding Coordinator Erin to book your tour. weddings@idlewyldinn.com

It's not too late to book your fall or winter wedding.

It’s not too late to book your fall or winter wedding.

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We are open!

After almost six months of renovations, we are delighted to be open for business!

Come and see what's new at the reopened Idlewyld Inn & Spa!

Come and see what’s new at the reopened Idlewyld Inn & Spa!

Today we are hosting an open house for London media. Check out this coverage from last night’s CTV London news:

http://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=364854&binId=1.1137796&playlistPageNum=1

We’ve also launched our new website, where you’ll find information about booking an overnight stay in one of our beautifully appointed Guest Rooms, enjoying a meal in our Dining Room, visiting our Spa, or booking a Meeting, Wedding or Other Celebration. (Just an FYI that our mobile site is still in development…)

Our team looks forward to welcoming you soon!

 

A winter of renewal at Idlewyld Inn & Spa

It’s been a long, cold winter in London, Ontario – but that doesn’t mean we’ve been idle at the Idlewyld Inn & Spa. In fact, there’s been plenty of activity getting the mansion ready for our grand re-opening, which is only a few months away!

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While the snow has continued to fall outside, we’ve been busy getting the mansion ready for our re-opening this spring!

Our 21 Guest Rooms all have a fresh coat of paint, while the wood floors received some tender-loving-care.

Fresh paint and refinished floors in our  Guest Rooms.

Fresh paint and refinished floors in our Guest Rooms.

The old carpets had definitely seen better days…

The carpet is gone, but the Victorian wall-paper remains!

The Drawing Room, waiting for some new carpet.

New carpet in the Front Parlour.

New carpet in the Front Parlour.

There’s new wall paper in the halls…

New wallpaper in the hallway.

New wallpaper in the hallway.

And all the wooden doors have been lovingly restored, which led to an interesting discovery:

Check out the date on these door hinges!

Check out the date on these door hinges!

Behind the scenes, we’ve been finalizing our new Dining Room Menus and our Spa Therapy Menu – which will feature Dead Sea treatments and the Eminence Organic Skin Care line from Hungary. And a new website is well underway….

There’s still some work to be done, but we’re excited by the changes, and we hope you will be too.Join us on Facebook for all the latest news. And if you’d like to be our guest later this year, you can now book online here: www.idlewyldinn.com

Keeping warm in 1878

This week’s frigid temperatures got us wondering how homes like the Idlewyld mansion were kept comfortable during the winter months.

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It’s been a cold, cold winter. How did they keep this place warm in 1878?

It turns out that the Victorian’s were the first to build houses with central heating. The system wasn’t too efficient by today’s standards, so most homes – including the Idlewyld – also had plenty of fireplaces for extra warmth when needed.

And while many Victorian houses have been torn down or modernized beyond recognition over the last century, Idlewyld Inn & Spa still retains many original features, including several unique fireplaces.

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The Drawing Room was the place for friends and family to gather.

The elegant Drawing Room would have been the main room for entertaining, and features plenty of natural light, beautiful wooden trim, the original Victorian wallpaper and an exquisite fireplace.

The Drawing Room fireplace.

The Drawing Room fireplace.

An ornate pink fireplace is found in the smaller Ladies Parlour, across the front hall.

A 'feminine' fireplace in the Ladies Parlour.

A ‘feminine’ fireplace in the Ladies Parlour.

One of the most impressive fireplaces is found in what was once Mr. Hyman’s personal library. This room is now being transformed into one of our premium suites!

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One of the most interesting fireplaces is in the original Library.

The Victorian’s also liked to keep warm at night, with this fireplace still a striking feature of the original master bedroom.

The spacious Master Bedroom was also kept cozy!

The spacious Master Bedroom was also kept cozy!

We hope you keep warm this winter, and invite you to experience the charm of the Idlewyld when we reopen this spring!

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Idlewyld bought by Farhi Holdings, to reopen in spring | CTV London News

Take a sneak peek inside the Idlewyld, as CTV London News talks to Farhi Holdings president, Shmuel Farhi, Idlewyld Inn’s General Manager, Alon Gurman, and Nadia from Matrix Design Inc. about their plans for the inn:

Idlewyld bought by Farhi Holdings, to reopen in spring | CTV London News.

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Idlewyld Inn & Spa in the snow!

Idlewyld Inn begins a new chapter

Farhi Holdings Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of the fabled Idlewyld Inn, located on London’s Grand Avenue. 

Idlewyld Inn & Spa is now under new management, and will reopen in Spring 2014.

Idlewyld Inn & Spa is now under new management, and will reopen in Spring 2014.

Built in 1878, the Inn was originally the home of the Charles Smith Hyman, former Mayor of London and Cabinet Minister in the government of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier.

It has been used as a private home, nursing home and luxury inn, and we are excited to begin the mansion’s next chapter.

The Idlewyld joins the Farhi Holdings family as sister to Ingersoll Ontario’s historic Elm Hurst Inn & Spa – once reopened in Spring 2014 it will share the same timeless elegance and commitment to excellence in every area of guest service.

With 21 guest rooms and an upscale restaurant, plus meeting rooms, beautiful courtyard, and a new spa, Idlewyld will cater to business and vacation travel as well as the Old South neighbourhood, and offer the perfect setting for intimate weddings and social events.

We look forward to welcoming guests to our garden oasis next summer.

We look forward to welcoming guests to our garden oasis next summer.

We will soon be taking reservations for 2014.

To inquire about booking your 2014 Spring/Summer Wedding, Meeting, or Conference, please contact our General Manager Alon Gurman at 519-432-5554.

And don’t forget to visit us at The London Bridal Expo (January 4 & 5) and London Winter Bridal Show (January 18 & 19)!

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