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Hummingbird Hill B&B-Spa

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Please note that this guide was last updated over ten years ago (2003), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Marianne and Gary Persia
254 Edmond Road, 15 km S North Bay, North Bay, Ontario

Tel: + 1 705-752-4547; toll-free 1-800-661-4976
Cell: + 1 705-495-5578
Tel: + 1 705-752-5150

If "geodesic dome" is not part of your vocabulary when you arrive at Hummingbird Hill, then prepare for an education. Two conjoined domes provide an intriguing living space on the inside while the quirky exterior reminded me of the gingerbread house that lured Hansel and Gretel.....

.... The cedar-shingled home mixes sloping walls and surprising roof angles with windows where you don’t expect them. Although it appears to be the work of an eccentric architect, chez Persia was actually built by a young couple who in 1973 set about imitating the work of American architect Buckminster Fuller. Bedrooms are furnished with antiques, wood-floored and cosy, and are reached by spiral staircases leading up from the timbered open-plan living area. The Loft Room has a particularly appealing bathroom downstairs with stove, sauna and bare brickwork, and you can lie in the bath watching deer feeding just outside the window. I awoke to a frosty fall morning – good for the soul, less beneficial for the pretty garden – and was sent on my way with a rousing breakfast and plans to return. The delights of the house should not blind you to Hummingbird Hill’s other thrills. Many spa treatments are available, or you can spend your days canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, horseback riding… come back for a massage, then sit down to supper. Fun, romance or both – all available on tap.

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Rooms: 3: 1 queen with private bathroom with jacuzzi, separate shower and sauna; 2 doubles, 1 with en-suite bath/shower, 1 with en/s Victorian shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner available by advance booking - you choose the style. Visit website for spa packages and prices.
Directions: Off Highway 11 south, take Astorville exit and left onto Rd 654. Just past the Astorville Arena and Community Centre turn right onto Edmond Rd and Hummingbird Hill is 1.5 km on the right.

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