Picton has attracted its share of smart bed and breakfast hosts seeking an area suited to retirement. Judy and Wolf Schulze zeroed in on this waterside town when they went looking to buy a bed and breakfast. They lucked into Hadden-Holme Bed and Breakfast, just a block from Picton's main street and enough away from the traffic to offer B&B guests a restful spot. I say Ă˘â‚¬ÂťĂ‹Ĺ“lucked into' but they may beg to differ. In fact, they've spent months restoring and renovating a somewhat tired bed and breakfast into a sparkling space with spacious guest rooms all featuring en suite bathrooms with heated floors and large walk-in tiled showers.
Their efforts, augmented by Judy's interior decorating skills, have paid off for their guests. My friend and I enjoyed the Florentine Room with antique regency-style beds (twins or king; you choose) and original inside shutters, now painted white, on the windows. The chairs are comfy, hardwood floors gleam, area rugs are the right size, and the window air conditioner is the quietest I've ever encountered. I could actually sleep with it on.
The other two bed and breakfast guest rooms have queen size beds and similar amenities. The warm taupe Napoleon Room, with its sleigh bed, is large enough for a chesterfield and chair and has the largest bathroom. The appeal of the Burgundy Room lies in its canopy bed and electric fireplace flanked by two wing chairs. Not to mention the swish tub; it's a therapeutic air tub, the latest on the Jacuzzi-type tub scene. All have electric fireplaces, a cosy touch if you'd like to take advantage of their off-season rates. As well there's a complimentary beverage area in the upstairs hall with coffee, tea and hot chocolate on offer.
Next morning breakfast started with a fresh fruit offering and was followed up by one of Wolf's specialties, eggs Benedict, served with a croissant. Other favourites of the chef are omelettes and Belgian waffles.