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Historic country home near wineries, beaches, cycling, fine dining and more.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Relax in a hitoric country home in Prince Edward County's beach/ wine district.

The Gryphon, a Regency Cottage, is a completely restored historic home nestled into a large garden and natural wildlife preserve. Regency cottages were situated to take advantage of the vistas and gardens belonging to the estate. Each window looks out over a field of wildflowers, a formal garden, a rural farmland, or Lake Consecon. Twelve foot ceilings and antique furniture add to the feeling of old time charm.

Prince Edward County is a mecca for artists, nature lovers and anyone looking for a getaway … for a weekend break or for life.

Renowned for its sailing, fishing and giant sand dunes, The County also offers live theatre, artists studios and galleries, unique regional cuisine and a flourishing wine region.

The perfect place for a getaway – a day trip from Toronto or Ottawa.

More Details

Shannon Kyles
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Shannon Kyles

I am an architectural historian, professor of architecture, webmistress for, and CBC columnist on historic architecture. I rebuilt this house because it is so lovely and I am concerned that our built heritage is being destroyed. This house was part of the Underground Railway as well as being used a a feed store, a hospital and a private home.

Shannon Kyles purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Shannon Kyles chose Prince Edward County

In June there are dozens or turtles that lay their eggs on the lawn and around the rees and hedges. The pond is full of frogs, toads and dragonflies. There are red winged blackbirds, herons, hummingbirds, and orioles in the nearby trees. The house has the large, generous proportions of a by-gone age. The windows are all original as are the doors, trim and baseboards. The house is stunning, and so is the location.

What makes this cottage unique

You can cycle to The Grange, Closson Chase, Normand Hardy, Stanner, and many other local wineries. By car these wineries are ten minutes away. The property runs along the edge of the Millennium Trail, which is a 60 kilometer rail trail perfect for cycling and nature walks. Lake Consecon is about 8 kilometers long. The road around the lake is almost 20 kilometres, perfect for a short cycle.


Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Wellington on the Lake
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Bistro East and Main Wellington
Nearest Ski
0.5 Kilometres
cross country on Millennium Trail
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
North Beach and Sandbanks (20 minutes)
Car: recommended


Consecon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , powder room on ground floor. all bedrooms have baths.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Simoorg Room, first floor, 3 piece bath.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Pegasus Suite 4 piece bath, 11 ft ceilings, private balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Phoenix Room may be king or twins, 4 pce bath, second floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Ellyllon Room, second floor, large soaking tub.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Sepearate bedroom, 4 pce bath and lounge with screened porch
  • Bedrooms have new pillow top mattresses on antique frames. Each bedroom is unique. Original art, white duvet covers changed regularly.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Prince Edward County has so much to offer, all year round.


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Historic country home near wineries, beaches, cycling, fine dining and more.
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful girls weekend in Shannon's beautiful home. Lots of space and privacy for a large group.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Emily, I am so glad that you had a good time and that the weather was warm if not totally sunny for you. I hope you had a chance to stroll to the gazebo and watch the birds. Best Wishes and hope to see you again. Shannon
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Ontario, Canada

Beautiful house, great area, kind host

  • 5 of 5

We just had a wonderful stay at the Gryphon cottage. The house is extremely well laid-out and every single room oozes charm and possesses it's own unique character. Truly one-of-a-kind. The house is highly practical too - all bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, and the kitchen is extremely well stocked.

The location is great for exploring Prince Edward County and the nearby parks and beaches. There is ample space on the property to explore and take in all the nature around you.

The house owner is kind, ensures that the space is very clean upon arrival, and is full of useful tips about the area.

All in all, we made a great decision to rent the Gryphon and will surely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, and I am glad that you had such excellent weather. The County is such a beautiful spot all year, but especially nice once the butterfly bushes are in bloom and there are so many bits of flying colour around. I spotted five Monarchs on the dark purple buddleia today. I'll look forward to seeing you next year. Shannon
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Great get away- Griffin House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful long weekend at the Griffin house. The beds are super comfortable. I loved sitting out on the deck over looking the lake watching the swans and the Great Herons. The house it's self is a beauty and close to many wineries, Sandbanks was my favourite and restaurants. We enjoyed a excellent lunch at the Drake. I can't wait to go back again!!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have you. I'm glad you enjoyed the Gryphon and I look forward to seeing you again. Shannon
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A little bit of heaven in Prince Edward County

  • 5 of 5

Pictures do not do this amazing home justice. Shannon the home owner has restored this home to all its glory yet ensuring that all modern conveniences are provided to ensure your stay is pleasurable. All the details of comfort were provided to us as we relaxed in this beautiful restored historic home with each unique bedroom housing an attached ensuite. Our ensuite had a huge shower and a separate cast iron tub which kept the hot water hot long enough to enjoy a full chapter in my novel.

This house is great to host a family reunion or for you and 4 other couples to get away and have your stress just melt away. We were so close to Provincial park that we enjoyed a beautiful walk in the sand dunes in the morning right after breakfast and at night were able to go to town for an amazing dinner. The location is also a short drive to multiple wineries and amazing restaurants. Be sure to book ahead of time as even in the cool spring restaurants were very busy.

The Gryphon also enjoys an amazing media room which is great as you wind down your day to relax. The room provides many options to lounge or even lay down with cozy blankets to wrap around while you enjoy either a movie or your favourite TV series. Shannon also has just renovated the downstair bedroom and has added a kitchenette and will be bonus to anyone who would like additional privacy.

I can't wait until I visit Gryphon Cottage again and you can rest assured my husband and I will be repeat guests in this fabulous spot in Prince Edward County.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Ann, It was so great to have your group stay last weekend. I'm glad the weather co-operated. I'll look forward to seeing you again, Shannon
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Beatiful historic home great for families, friends and County day trips.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Shannon's home twice and plan to stay again. It is a beautiful home, with many heritage features and all the modern conveniences. Highlights are the large kitchen, big dining table with banquette, beautiful bedrooms with en suite baths, and the basement media room with large projection screen. The large yard offers ample area for kids to play, with the chance to see frogs and turtles if you are lucky. The house is a short drive from Wellington and a great base from which to explore wineries, Sandbanks and all Prince Edward County has to offer.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic and unique BnB - a joy to stay in such a wonderful property.

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful BnB. It was a joy to stay in such a lovingly restored home as part of our holiday to Canada. It is clear that the owner, Shannon, has an eye for detail and has made an excellent job of both the restoration, the internal décor and choice of period furniture.

The property was spotlessly clean and well maintained and Shannon was able to provide advice on where to explore which was most helpful.

We will certainly be recommending the Gryphon to friends and family who may be looking to visit this part of Canada and hopefully we will stay there again as I expect we will be back to Prince Edward County in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Michael. It was a pleasure to have you in The County and we hope to see you again next year. Shannon
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $554.37
cleaning $118.79 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

The changeover day is Friday during the summer months. In a few cases, this can be changed.

As a natural wildlife preserve, we try to keep the property free of fireworks, plastic balloons and plastic bags. No shooting of guns of any kind at the wildlife please. Shooting of cameras is encouraged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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