Sleeper May/June 2015 - Issue 60

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Drake Devonshire Inn WELLINGTON, ONTARIO

Hotelier Jeff Stober unveils the latest addition to his portfolio, a lakeside interpretation of the contemporary farmhouse, dubbed ‘Drake by the lake’. Words: Terri Peters | Photography: © Nikolas Koenig


ver since the rural outpost of Toronto’s Drake Hotel had its grand opening, the sleepy farming village of Wellington in Prince Edward County has found itself thrust into the hospitality spotlight. The new 13-room hotel, bar and restaurant draws visitors here from around the world, eager to experience a unique blend of design hotel Canadiana where hip hangout meets country inn. Perched over a meandering creek with sweeping views of Lake Ontario, Drake Devonshire Inn is located just over two hours from bustling Toronto in an emerging part of Ontario wine country. Part of Drake Hotel Properties – an evolving lifestyle brand with a collection of hotels, restaurants and retail stores – this ‘Drake by the lake’ builds on the success of the urban Drake Hotel in Toronto, which opened in 2004 as a 19-room boutique property designed by 3rd Uncle. The aim was to showcase the best local art and music Toronto has to offer with a local and bohemian flavour. And like the Drake Toronto, the new addition also features local art and site-specific installations, compiled by the Drake’s in-house art curator Mia Nielsen. In the lobby, light is filtered through a striking geometric paper installation by Kirsten Hassenfeld, and