Hubby and I had a great little night away a couple of weekends-ago in Wakefield, a little town just outside Gatineau, in the Outaouais region of Quebec. The Wakefield Inn was originally a grist mill in the late 1800’s, when lumber was king in these parts; now converted, it sits upon the banks of a small tributary of the Gatineau River, right beside a breathe-taking waterfall. We’ve been here a few times before and we always find it so relaxing and serene.
The rooms are spacious if somewhat spartan, but definitely provide a county-inn feel. We had a room with a view of the falls which was quite nice and actually provided a soothing back-drop with the window left open.
The popularity of the Inn allowed it to expand a couple of years ago with the addition of the Eco River Lodge, a short one-minute walk from the main building. A departure from the feel of the historic stone mill, the Eco River Lodge is uber-modern and truly eco-friendly. The rooms overlook the more tranquil part of the river and are right next to the pool and hot tub. We stayed in one of these rooms last year and they are really quite modern, with a contemporary in-wall fireplace and a free-standing tub with views of the river.
Back at the main building there is a wonderful restaurant, spa and wine-bar. The wine-bar is particularly comfortable with inviting sofas, wing-backed chairs and a central stone fireplace. The main building also boasts a hot tub with great views of the water falls. The surrounding river area has little nooks carved out with Muskoka chairs inviting you to enjoy the scenery.
The little town of Wakefield is just a short five-minute walk down the road which is along the banks of a larger portion of the Gatineau River. There is a mix of little shops and bakeries too explore, as well home-grown dining establishments – all of which appear to strive in offering local fare and wares.
It was a wonderful night away and even though it’s not that far from home, it really felt like a great little get-away.