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Ontario’s vernacular architecture informs a contemporary rural country inn design.

Details: Toronto’s boutique Drake Hotel has launched a rural retreat, the Devonshire Inn, in Southern Ontario’s Prince Edward County. The country inn, bar and restaurant is in the historic town of Wellington in Prince Edward County, an area known for its artisanal foods, new wines and freshwater beaches.

The Drake Devonshire

Hotelier Jeff Stober hired original Drake designer John Tong and his design studio, +tongtong, to help him and the Drake team reinvent a circa 1800 foundry as an 11-room and two-suite inn. The inn is located just off Wellington’s main street on a treed property with a private waterfront on Lake Ontario.

The Drake Devonshire

Say the designers, “The historic building and its new additions take their aesthetic cues from Ontario’s vernacular architecture, celebrating its pitched roofs, covered porches, brick chimneys, multi-purpose barns, ad-hoc renovations, off-the-shelf building materials and mismatched furnishings.”

The Drake Devonshire

“Though it was inspired by the qualities of a simpler time, this inn has a contemporary view of the world. As such, its features are blended with contemporary art installations by emerging and well-known art stars, and plenty of doses of the [Toronto] Drake’s idiosyncratic and mischievous personality.”

The Drake Devonshire

“Guests are encouraged to escape to an all seasons retreat for a weekend; gather with friends, family or colleagues for a special getaway or celebration; or simply drop in for a meal or a drink.”


“The Inn offers a variety of entertaining spaces including a full-service restaurant in a Douglas-fir lined dining hall complete with an oversized, double-sided fireplace, a screened-in, Adirondack style porch pavilion, a Philip Johnson inspired glass ‘box’, an old fashioned living room and a covered bar and outdoor deck with bleachers cascading down to the lake.”

The Drake Devonshire

“The rooms are decked out with a unique combination of vintage furniture finds and +tongtong’s own custom-designed pieces, including tongue and groove bed frames, drawerless desks and oversized armoires.”


“The ‘Owner’s Suite’ is the ultimate escape, feeling like its own A frame cabin with Douglas fir, cathedral ceilings, a bedside fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and generous, private balcony stretching out to the lake.”


Source: Photos by Nikolas Koenig.

The Drake Devonshire



The Drake Devonshire

The Drake Devonshire





The Drake Devonshire

The Drake Devonshire



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