Not long after they built their flagship Drake Hotel in the West Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto, they began dreaming about transplanting their boutique brand outside of the metropolitan centre, to Prince Edward County. A ‘Drake by the lake’, so to speak.
Even before they ever laid eyes on the Drake Devonshire site and began a loving restoration of this historic building, Drake had always brought a touch of country living to Toronto’s urban Drake Hotel setting. Their attraction to the County is really simple; how could they resist internationally acclaimed vineyards, amazing beaches, a robust winter season plus noteworthy artwork and resident artists?
It’s also easy to explain their initial attraction to the magical Devonshire property. The space had the combination of good bones, historic architecture and its origins as an iron foundry. They’re thrilled to be smack in the centre of a wonderful town, with an uninterrupted view of Lake Ontario. They also love their neighbours, an impassioned local community.
Expect to find days at the Devonshire filled with great outdoor activities and Drake’s celebrated cultural programming, featuring local musicians, artists and performers that’ll surely inspire you. Drake Devonshire Inn are here as your County concierge. They can help arrange a plethora of activities, including art, wine, sightseeing tours + excursions. The County boasts awesome biking and cross-country skiing, fly fishing, golf, yoga studios, and water sports at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Come sundown, cozy up by one of their indoor or outdoor fireplaces, sip a glass of your new favourite PEC wine, and sample the offerings from our farm fresh and lake-to-table menu. Ready your appetites for playfully sophisticated tastes from Chef Matt DeMille that highlight the amazing local ingredients with a classic, Drake twist.
They hope that you’ll enjoy everything the Drake Devonshire and the County community has to offer, and that you return season after season to see and experience the ever changing landscape. Consider their Wellington home yours and enjoy your County sleepover.
The Guestrooms and Suites come in all shapes and sizes. All of the rooms are meticulously designed and outfitted with custom furniture and millwork, mixed with antiques and vintage pieces, and feature original artwork.
The Devonshire's award winning Owner’s Suite features jaw dropping views of Lake Ontario and a large, private patio. This grand, A-frame room has a wood panelled, peaked ceiling, fireplace, and large, spacious bathroom as well as a double sleeper couch for additional guest(s). The suite also features custom designed furniture by +tong tong studio and original artwork by Rick Leong, but the attention to detail on the beautiful millwork of the gabled ceiling and breathtaking water view are truly the scene stealers of this expansive retreat.
The Courtyard Guestrooms are housed in the historic and new part of the inn and designed in a style that suggests playfully rustic Canadiana with plenty of modern touches. Each room features original artwork by Team Macho and Rick Leong, custom furniture and antiques lovingly sourced from the Brimfield Antique show, spacious bathrooms with walk in marble showers, and much more
Their exciting menus feature seasonal cuisine, paired with outstanding County wine. The Drake cocktail program offers a lineup of old classics as well as newly shaken libations invented by their mixologists.