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The full country experience at Windbreak Farm B&B

Article by By Paul Knowles (first published in the Mitchell Advocate) Featured on Joy of Travel

For Cathy Hutson, owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast was an ideal occupation.  She & Bob took years to convert the circa 1910 farm house into a setting suitable for B&B guests, but they accomplished it, and opened Windbreak Farm Bed & Breakfast six years ago, in what Cathy describes as a “completely renovated home that was returned to its original style.” 

In their first year, Windbreak welcomed about 40 guests. By 2016, that number had increased ten-fold, to about 400.  The figures may seem remarkable, but the most striking thing is that, from all those hundreds of guests, Cathy has never experienced a bad online review. In fact, she’s a bit embarrassed about it, because it might seem “phony”, but the reviews are the real deal – everyone seems to love Windbreak Farm.  

So much so that a huge proportion of their business comes from repeat guests, including visitors who have been coming to Windbreak since that very first season.

Cathy and Bob are running their business in what might be seen as a challengingly competitive environment. There are more than 80 B&B’s in Stratford alone – the Shakespearean Festival city is only about 20 minutes from their location on Fullarton Township Line 26 – but Cathy points out that they offer something “unique – a rural farmhouse setting.” About 80 per cent of their visitors come from urban locations; only 60 percent are here to attend plays at Stratford.

For some, the B&B is their primary reason for the visit – the country setting, the spacious front porch, the comfortable home (guests have the run of the place), and the lavish, locally-sourced breakfasts where they are joined by their hostess and host for a leisurely morning meal.

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