The Cottage is an intimate up-scale downtown accommodation built during the last century and totally restored. We have two intimate rooms each furnished with early Canadian antiques. Guests occupy the second floor which includes a common room with artifacts and original artwork. Relax in our soaker claw-foot tub. Escape to the front porch in white wicker chairs with a morning coffee. Breakfast is created with our guests in mind as we cater to special needs such as gluten free and non-lactose diets. Natural fruits and vegetables create the basis for our menus which will beckon you to the breakfast table set with English bone china, silver, and cloth napkins. The dining room features an art deco chandelier, polished wood floor and stained glass window. We are located just steps from trendy Artscape Barns, Wychwood Park, and all modes of transportation to the city's landmarks. Casa Loma and Corso Italia beckon our guests and lend an air of "old Toronto" to their stay. St. Clair West is also known for the diversity of restaurants which are just one block from The Cottage...an epicurean delight for guests from any country. The neighbourhood is quiet and green, an oasis from the bustling city of Toronto. Guests also enjoy the outdoors with nature walks and city parks in the vicinity, and the beachfront of Lake Ontario is just a short subway ride away. A great attraction is the Ferry Boat ride to Toronto Islands...a must for visitors who enjoy the city skyline.
5 on August 15, 2015
We stayed in both rooms and they are are beautiful and spotless. Ron and Mardy went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Breakfast was delicious, and truly they are the nicest, most gracious hosts we could have imagined. Ron gave us great tips for getting around and things to see, and they were just neat, kind people who were great to talk to. The house is near public transportation and we did not need to drive our car at all during our time there. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful and a short walk to Casa Loma. We will definitely stay again on a return trip to Toronto.
4.6 on March 19, 2015
I was in Toronto for a seminar recently and booked in for a stay at Cottage in the City. Mardelle and Ron were very friendly and extremely accommodating hosts especially with my request (requirement) for gluten free meal choices. Breakfasts were delicious and nutritious.Together they provided gracious hospitality and a friendly orientation to the neighbourhoods outstanding restaurants and shops. Public transit was reasonably efficient and access was easy and convenient. My room was very comfortable and quiet, conducive to a good and restful sleep. This is a well run, lovely little inn, located in an historically significant neighbourhood that would interest those who have an appreciation for the arts. I highly recommend Cottage in the City and wouldn't hesitate to book in again.
5 on November 02, 2014
We love staying at Cottage in the City. Mardy and Ron offer warm hospitality and delicious breakfasts. The house and bedrooms are beautiful, cosy, and impeccably clean. The location is close to bus and subway, the neighbourhood is lovely to walk through and nearby St. Clair Street has lots of restaurants worth trying. We look forward to staying at the Cottage again.
5 on September 11, 2014
I visited Toronto to do the world premiere of my show - Left-Hander in London - The Earthquake in June of 2014. I needed a location that was quiet, nice, that afforded an experience of Toronto's neighborhoods, people and culture with parking and easy access to transit. The Cottage in the City was all of the above and more. Mardy and Ron are very nice , accommodating and welcoming. The house is lovely and on a pretty street in a nice area. They obtained a parking pass for me and I rarely used the car. I went for a walk around the neighborhood almost every day. The bus and streetcar are at the end of the street and the subway is a block or two away. Ron and Mardy were helpful with directions. There are lots of eateries and shops within easy walking distance. I could not have picked a better place. If you are visiting Toronto, check them out. JJ Gufreda, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
4.8 on September 02, 2014
We found this place by accident on a weekend that was insanely busy due to festivals and concerts. It ended up being pretty much our only option, yet had we known it would have been our first choice... It is in an excellent, walkable location and close to transit. The neighborhood is safe and has plenty of restaurants and the like. The breakfast was great as was the hospitality. We would surely stay here again. In fact, I have been recommending this place to all my friends in Buffalo as a great weekend destination.
5 on August 18, 2014
My son and I stayed at Cottage in the City for two weeks this summer and I highly recommend this B&B to anyone who wants warm-hearted hosts, clean & comfortable bedroom and yummy breakfast. The location is also very convenient to take the subway or a bus and there are lots of affordable restaurants near by. It is located in a safe neighborhood and provides free wifi. Especially, Ron and Mardy were wonderful hosts with good sense of humor. They were always friendly and gave me useful travel tips to enjoy Toronto with my teenager boy.
4.4 on June 19, 2014
Recently stayed at Cottage in the City for six nights. Ron and Mardelle were excellent hosts and made our stay very enjoyable and comfortable! We were made to feel completely at home. The service was second to none. Breakfast every day was excellent. Ron and Mardelle are both very friendly and helpful. The location is very nice...quiet and close to all amenities. Would definitely stay again.
4.2 on June 19, 2014
I recently stayed in Toronto for a 6 day training program, I was recommended Cottage in the City by the facilitator of the training. Ron and Mardelle were excellent hosts, they made us feel completely at home, were friendly knowledgeable and helpful. The food each morning was fresh and abundant and the coffee superb. The B & B is in a lovely quiet neighborhood walking distance to shopping, restaurants and grocery stores. It truly was a Home away from Home.
5 on March 05, 2013
We recently had a two night stay in the Cottage in the City. It was so charming and very clean. Our room was spacious and beautiful, and the breakfasts were outstanding. Our hosts were very friendly and went out of their way to find us interesting attractions and good restaurants. The next time we visit Toronto we will definitely be staying at the Cottage in the City.
4.2 on July 20, 2010
We enjoyed our stay in this lovely house - near to the centre of town, but in a peaceful area with plenty of shops and restaurants. The room was small, but perfectly formed, with antique furniture and a good sized bathroom next door. The homecooked breakfasts were great and Ron and Mardelle were excellent hosts. We would definitely stay here again.
Toronto, ON, Canada (YYZ-Pearson) 18 miles
Provided with confirmation. Nearest major intersection Bathurst and St. Clair Ave. W.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Casa Loma, Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto attractions, Honest Ed's shopping emporium, Shopping, Spadina House, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo
Air conditioning, Desk, Library, Telephone , Links to Niagara Falls service, Attraction brochures, Toronto reading material, Downtown map
Alarm clock, Bath robes, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Turndown Service
Tarragon Theatre, Nature trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming
Mardelle and Ron Kish
Ron is a retired television journalist with an intimate knowledge of the city and national politics, if you are so interested! Mardy is a former special events planner with a flair for cooking and making our guests feel "at home".
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Wheat/dairy-free
Cottage Country Breakfast
The season dictates our breakfast menus. Winter mornings with steaming oatmeal, cinnamon pancakes, or pumpkin waffles. Spring and summer brings fresh fruits and vegetables to the table in strawberry crepes with fresh creme sauce, buttermilk blueberry pancakes with berries, or omelettes with spinach and home-grown tomatoes. The fall is apple time at the cottage with fresh picked Ontario apples baked and carmelized to complement crisp french toast.