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1831 marks the arrival of the Gillan family in Canada from Longford County, Ireland. Their first home was a log house across the gully from where the present home now stands. This site, nestled in the rolling hills of Fitzroy Ward, is steeped in history.
The cottage-style limestone farmhouse built by Frances Gillan in the 1850's, proudly exhibits on its walls the original offer of purchase, dated October 18th, 1836. Since that date, additional farms have been acquired over the years.
The farm consists of 125-cow milking herd with free-stall, milking parlor set-up and separate calf nursery; a grain drying and storage facility; and 1000 acres of cropland.
Farming has continued a Gillan tradition and our sons, Mason and Jim (6th generation), have taken over the reins and their children are already giving a helping hand!
Our wish to share our home spurred us to open a Bed & Breakfast in 1988. A truly warm welcome awaits you at this picturesque landmark situated on the hillside overlooking a triutary of Coady Creek.
Located near our home, the museum is constructed of Ottawa Valley White Pine and exhibits about 30 antique farm tractors -- mostly John Deere, as well as many gas engines and other interesting artifacts. Art, as well as our sons, are only too pleased to start up a tractor for you, while telling you the history behind many of them. In our collection, is the first John Deere tractor purchased by the Gillans in 1944. Over fifty years of transition from human and animal power through gasoline to diesel powered equipment has been experienced. Restoration is an on-going hobby at the Gillan Farm!
Enter this inviting home through its Victorian front door directly into the sunny, open kitchen/family room, complete with fieldstone fireplace. The thirty-inch walls, deep window sills and pretty window treatments will make you feel at home. Breakfast, attractively presented in this very relaxing setting, offers a full table of scrumptious food. It's a different breakfast each day at Gillanderry!
On the second floor, you have the choice of three guest bedrooms, two with queen-size beds and one with twin beds. One bedroom has a lovely little adjoining room with a single bed (the Chastity Room).
The four-piece bathroom is very roomy, offering two sinks and plenty of counter space! Except for the bathroom, the stairs and bedrooms are all carpeted. Windows are full-casement throughout the house and all bedrooms offer ceiling fans.
View the farm crops and livestock, or stroll through the trees by a spring-red stream with our friendly dog, "Rex". Interesting conversation at the breakfast table and in the family room with your hosts will leave you with a warm memory and a wish to return soon!
Our daily rates are very affordable, and remain the same throughout the year. The table will show you the amounts for Double and Single rooms, as well as the cost for a Children's stay, all in Canadian dollars.
|Double||$55.00 - $60.00|
The amounts shown above include your stay with us and a complementary, hearty breakfast.
We are proud to say that we are a member of the following organizations:
As well, we are equally proud to say that we have been featured on the following television shows:
In the quiet village of Pakenham lies the only 5 span stone bridge in all of North America, spanning Ontario's own Mississippi River! Here, you will also find many unique shops, two tea rooms, as well as the oldest General Store in Canada. Pakenham is also home to Paddye Mann Designs, an award winning fashion design house.
Come and explore the beauty of this little village!
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Art & Maureen Gillan
3742 Dominion Springs Drive
Pakenham, Ontario Canada