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    Entry through the main door leads guests to the warm hotel lobby with its heavy oak and black slate desk and the Drake General Store’s mix of custom and found display cabinetry. A vibrant mix of patterns and textures including ornate decorative wall and floor tiles, floral wallpaper and exposed brick create a patchwork that sets the theme for the entire project.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The main corridor leads visitors to the main Dining Room and terminates with a framed view of the lake. The passage is lined by white floors, black ceilings and an array of carefully curated elements: a +tongtong designed steel gate defining the lobby area stops just short of the patchwork owl titled Bird by Jennifer Murphy hanging on a painted brick wall. The semi-open kitchen is framed by patterned tiles, sculptural steel coat racks by +tongtong and a blackboard wall illustrating local sites and seasonal events.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The main bar of white painted wood, black steel, and marble slab evokes historic country general stores with open shelving displaying a wide range of items. Here, the choices displayed are made up of local wines to the region, amongst other libations.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    A signature of Toronto’s Drake Hotel, Tong’s One Arm Stools with green leather seats encourage guests to informally lounge at the bar next to the custom light fixtures by Bookhou.

    photography: Kayla Rocca

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    The Douglas-fir and steel A-frame vaulted Dining Room establishes the aura of a barn or a camp mess hall, with a ribbon of large-scale windows overlooking the forest and Lake Ontario. A signature of Toronto’s Drake Hotel, Tong’s One Arm Stools with green leather seats encourage guests to informally lounge at the bar. These are combined with painted wood chairs and leather and wood slat banquette seating.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Inspired by utility and themes of old and new, +tongtong custom-designed dining room tables integrates floorboards and Corian panels in a painted-steel frame.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Looking back towards the Pavilion, local Prince Edward County artist Don Maynard’s Flock recalls birds in flight. From a distance, the play of light and shadow creates an abstract pattern. Moving closer, the work is revealed as individual aluminum airplanes stuck nose-first into the wall.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    A vibrant mix of patterns and textures including ornate decorative wall and floor tiles, floral wallpaper and exposed brick create a patchwork that sets the theme for the entire project.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Warmed by a working fireplace, the Living Room, in the heart of the original house is an intimate hub linking the restaurant and reception to the Glass Box beyond and to the rooms and suites upstairs.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The Glass Box is a light-filled games room that serves equally well for informal gatherings, table tennis, private parties and corporate events.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Old and new furniture collide and are juxtaposed with Park Life, a site-specific installation by Toronto-based artist Jeremy Jansen.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The Glass Box filters visual connections between an intimate patio at the edge of the creek and the forest and the front garden courtyard.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The Dining Room, cantilevered over the creek.

    Our approach looked beyond the rehabilitation of the former foundry to create a special moment over the mouth of the creek. The dining room cantilevers the site’s most valuable assets in an effort to reduce the impact of the collection of gabled forms. From this point, users can appreciate the movement of the creek throughout the seasons against the striking views of Lake Ontario.  — Philip Evans, Principal, ERA Architects

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The covered porch hugs the entry of the inn, offering a quiet place to relax, and a clear view of the lake just beyond.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    On the east wall of the screened in pavilion, a large-scale mural by Brooklyn collective FAILE animates the barnlike structure with a lively and rogue spirit while also underscoring the Drake brand’s ties with alternative art and music.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The hinged screens of the Pavilion offer a shaded awning to the outdoor deck and open to bring the airy breezes into the screened in area.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Custom designed lanterns by Toronto's studio Bookhou create an ambiance behind the dining room banquettes.

    photography: Kayla Rocca

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    An outdoor bar with a glass roof recalls the urban Drake’s famous Sky Yard. Its balcony view to the lake and an indoor/outdoor fireplace centerpiece encourage guests to extend the seasons and enjoy the outdoors.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Upstairs, circular wood sconces puncture stripped walls of floral wallpaper and painted wood. A collection of bird drawings called Notebook, conceptually examining local fauna, commissioned from Toronto based illustrator Gillian Goerz.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Upstairs, the corridor opens up to the sunfilled space over the main entry, highlighting the jewelled site specific installation called Cabin Fever by Kirsten Hassenfeld.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Seen from the first and second floors, Cabin Fever, a site specific installation by New York artist Kirsten Hassenfeld is made from vintage papers.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The Owner’s Suite treats guests to a private experience with their own A-frame space featuring a panoramic lake view and a private outdoor deck.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The Owner’s Suite on the second floor overlooks Lake Ontario.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The Owner’s Suite on the second floor is a luxurious mix of wood floors, vintage and custom contemporary furniture with a handwoven carpet, schoolhouse lamps, and tongue and groove headboards.

    photography: Kayla Rocca

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    Continuing the Drake’s tradition of artistic dolls that welcome guests with their quirky personalities, each bed features aunique Merrill Doll custom designed for the Devonshire and hand sewn by Ontario artist, Jane Boyd of Firefly Works.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    The rooms are a comfortable mix of whitewashed floors, vintage and custom contemporary furniture with boldly patterned carpets and upholstery, schoolhouse lamps, and tongue and groove headboards.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Reupholstered vintage furniture mixes old and new.

    photography: Kayla Rocca

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    Custom-designed headboards, desks, armoires, farmhouse vanities, and articulating mirrors designed by +tongtong, fuse old and new world design.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    A Star Gazing Room merges the delights of camping with in-room comforts.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    In the third floor Loft Suite, vintage and modern furnishings, sourced from antique shows and flea markets across North America, create a homey feeling.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Bathrooms fuse old world charm with contemporary comforts.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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    Cedar bleachers cascade around a tree down to the lake’s shore and provide a place to gather, sunbathe and stargaze.

    photography: Nikolas Koenig

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