A Stay at the Moulin Wakefield Inn in Wakefield, Quebec
One of the highlights from our recent 10 day winter trip to Algonquin Park and Quebec was a three night stay at the Moulin Wakefield Inn in Wakefield, Quebec.
My only regret was that I wasn’t there for longer.
What was the appeal?
A view of the Wakefield Inn from the hot tub
For starters the staff is some of the friendliest, most welcoming and helpful that I have ever encountered. The front desk staff eagerly discussed some of the local ski trails and wait staff were always attentive – even apologetic as there was one very large group who took over the bulk of the inn when we were there.
The ambiance of the Moulin Wakefield Inn itself was warm and inviting. Located in Gatineau Park, beside a stream and surrounded by trees, the inn left me feeling far removed from civilization yet it’s only 25 minutes from Ottawa. Of course there is something about being near water – even if it’s a semi-frozen stream that I also find appealing on so many levels; the beautiful scene was soothing and the sound of gurgling water meditative.
A view to the stream from one of the dining rooms
The Wakefield Inn is housed in a former mill (moulin is French for mill) that has been tastefully renovated. It features 40 guest rooms – the bulk of which are in the original building. A second building that’s just a short walk away features 13 contemporary guest rooms. There’s also an onsite spa, an outdoor swimming pool, a lounge filled with comfortable seating, a fireplace and timbered beams in addition to two restaurants.
Looking at the back side of the Wakefield Mill from the bridge
In our bedroom I loved the old wooden floors and the pine furniture. Although our bedroom wasn’t large, it was very comfortable. There was plenty of room for hanging and storing clothes and the views were terrific. Some people might take issue with the size of the bathroom as it’s not very big – and nor is there much room for toiletry bags – but it was fine, just not opulent in any way, shape or form.
Our bedroom – with a view to the stream
A small desk for working – and a delicious sample of iced cider
A real bonus for us visiting in winter was the hot tub. Located just a stone’s throw away from the stream, it was a treat to soak away all the aches and pains from a day of cross country skiing.
John and I always had the hot tub to ourselves
On the first night of our stay we ate in the restaurant. The presentation was sublime as you’ll see in the photos – and the food was just as tasty. Food is mostly French and Quebecois style with a big focus on local.
The amuse bouche – a fantastic salmon tartar concoction
Hydroponic salad on nori roll, lemon confit and lavender dressing, almond crumble
Risotto of wild rice with Manchebello cheese and lemongrass,
beet caramel, roasted vegetables with in-house honey
Spiced dark chocolate spring roll, served with
white chocolate and raspberry sauce, mango sorbet
Breakfast was included with the room and although I don’t have photos of the buffet spread, rest assured it was very, very good. There was always lots of fresh fruit and yogurt, hot and cold cereals, eggs, bacon, sausages and their very own honey made by bees on the property. If that wasn’t enough there was a menu to order from but I didn’t feel the need.
The Wakefield Inn is also extremely well situated for access to the 200 kilometers of trails that are located in Gatineau Park. Just across the road one could in theory strap on some skis and do at least 50 kilometers right from the hotel.
Skiing on one of the delightful trails accessed from the inn
The charming town of Wakefield is just a minute away and Old Chelsea, another delightful town is 15 minutes away.
I’d absolutely recommend a stay at the Moulin Wakefield Inn. Granted I was given a discount thanks to Outaouais Tourism, but that doesn’t change my mind about the inn. You too will feel transported to another time with a stay in this inn.
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