|Dorrington Bed & Breakfast
...Peaceful Mansion Nestled in Suburbia
We drove into the circular driveway and up to the imposing wood and stone mansion. In the marble-tiled foyer, two great oak staircases greet guests when they first arrive. Just beyond, the beautifully appointed 'Hunt Room', with its floor to ceiling river-rock fireplace, views immaculate gardens through its many windows. Here, ceilings graced with crown molding, preserve the warmth and feeling of an English country manor. We found a pool table in the adjoining games room, which included pinball and darts.
Our host, Pat Gray, took us on a tour of the garden, leading us over a brook and Japanese Koi-filled pool, to the eight person hot tub. There was an L-shaped gazebo which, in summer, is covered with wisteria effectively providing privacy. We could see the tennis court and basketball hoop beyond this handsomely groomed setting.
All four guest rooms at The Dorrington are equally impressive with thematic decorating complementing each room's name. The Victorian depicts the era with its four-poster draped romantically in soft shades of pink. The St. Andrews's golf theme room, complete with a hand-hewn maple headboard and golf motif wallpaper, is accented with memorabilia. Its adjoining bathroom creates a desert-like feel, with the use of Santa Fe colours and decor. We found the 'Mountie' room fascinating, with its cabin design featuring a four-poster log bed, donning an appropriate Hudson's Bay blanket. Check out the ensuite and find the mural of a beaver dam painted on the toilet tank. To top it off, a 'Canadian Mountie' guards the entrance, clad in full dress red serge uniform as he lounges on an antique oak settee.
Our room, 'The Winsdor,' included a canopied brass bed and contemporary-style fireplace. The extra touches are evident here; dusty rose and jade green bed curtains blending with the rich Persian carpet, oil candles addingan extra romantic touch, freshly cut roses softly scenting the boudoir,and the luxurious ensuite featuring a double Jacuzzi, glass surround shower and a bidet.
Our host provided a map of nearby White Rock, which offered various dining options. An available selection of restaurant menus helped us make an informed decision, and after enjoying a leisurely stroll along the oceanfront promenade, we chose a quaint sea-side bistro overlooking the White Rock pier. Nestled picturesquely against this city's south-side slope, are also a variety of boutiques and shops to browse through.
Later, we sampled the hot-tub and enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the sounds of nature as the brook babbled along beside us. Cuddling in front of the wood fire in the "Hunt Room" we also shared a feature on the large television before retiring.
In the morning, breakfast was served in the Hunt room. We were greeted with the aroma of coffee, a fresh fruit salad and French toast Raphael accompanied with pure maple syrup, a specialty from our host's family farm in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. This delicious breakfast recipe can be yours, just for the asking and was, for us, a lasting momento from this peaceful B&B nestled in suburbia.
If You Go:
13851 19A Ave.
South Surrey, BC Canada V4A 9M2
Web site: http://www.dorrington.com
From the city of Vancouver BC: Follow highway 99, South and take first exit into White Rock (approximately forty minutes)
Follow King George Highway, turn right onto 152nd st.
Turn Right onto 20th Ave.
For our state-side neighbours: Through Blaine, taking either the Douglasor Pacific border crossing
Follow White Rock signs
King George Highway, Left on 20th Ave.
Turn left onto 140th St.
Turn Right onto 19A Ave.
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