Your Hosts

Frank-PatMarried more than 50 years, your hosts Frank & Pat Vetter converted their heritage family home on the edge of the Mississippi River into a stunning Bed & Breakfast that accommodates visitors with the highest form of hospitality you’ll find.

Now retired (after careers as a high school counselor and local area dress boutique owner respectively), the two found they could not discontinue their love of working with people. For more than 2 decades they have been the proud proprietors of Menzies House 1850 Bed and Breakfast, while pursuing a passion for arts, travel and history.

They have traveled in Mexico, England, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand and are forever seeking new adventures in culture.

Pat and Frank strive as hosts to live up to their establishment’s motto: “Come as a guest and leave as a friend.”

 

History of our Home

Menzies_hist1850 – The large white frame built over a stone house served as a merchant’s store and had a blacksmith’s building at the end of the property. The merchant, John Menzies, became the registrar of North Lanark County.

The period of 1850 – 1870 saw Almonte as one of the principal wool manufacturing towns in the Ottawa Valley because of its unlimited water power from the Mississippi River. Menzies House was ideally situated in the centre of this thriving industry.

The House is of Anglo-Norman design, so called because of the long verandah entrance way and dormers, features which are found in Quebec. It is a designated Ontario Heritage Home.

Here is an interesting article written for the Millstone by Neil Carleton which touches upon our history here in Almonte.