CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — B Hospitality, the new owner of the famed Windermere House hotel and resort on Muskoka’s Lake Rosseau, intends to revitalize the building and its amenities while preserving the property’s historical integrity. B Hospitality also manages two other hotels.
Windermere House will continue to operate as a 58-suite hotel and resort with a range of amenities, including an on-site restaurant and pub with live entertainment. Where it previously operated on a seasonal basis, its owners plan for it to be open year-round.
Each member of Windermere House’s new ownership group belongs to the senior leadership team (some are co-founders) at Skyline Group of Companies, an $8.2 billion firm based in Guelph, Ont. As part of that firm, the owners have more than 30 years of experience in property management, re-development and rejuvenation. This includes the restoration of downtown Guelph’s historical Gummer Building, circa 1870, after it was destroyed by a fire from a neighbouring building, as well as a circa-1910 convent-turned-apartment complex in Haileybury, Ont. Both properties received awards for their re-development.
The hotel and restaurant officially re-opened on May 25 and the pub will follow on June 3. The rest of the grounds will officially re-open on June 19.
“Our intention is to uphold Windermere House’s vibrant history, restoring its lustre and improving on its operations,” says Joe Hall, VP of Sales at B Hospitality. “We’re excited to offer guests an exceptional experience at the property with luxury suites and amenities, and expertly crafted food. We’re also community-minded and intend to build partnerships with local businesses and organizations wherever we can.”
“It’s the people and the teamwork that allow us to take on a venture and see it excel,” says Martin Castellan, co-founder & Chief Administrative Officer, Skyline Group of Companies. “The B Hospitality team is fully engaged and excited about the opportunities to create amazing guest experiences at Windermere House, using the lessons they have learned in their 16-plus years in hospitality. Our goal is that this hotel and resort remains beloved and one of those special places to go: be it for a pint on the patio, dinner on the terrace, a weekend wedding, or a corporate retreat. Whatever the occasion, the setting is something special.”