A Happy Place
 Main living area off front hall  Lounge with piano

A Happy Place

1 Loyalist Court (in Garrison Village)

Niagara-on-the-Lake ON  L0S1J0

Tel: 905-321-1918


Your Host: Leon Perel



Three rooms (one accessible)


A Happy Place is located close to Lakeshore Road in Garrison Village, a lovely residential area of picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake.  The pretty Old Town centre and well-known Shaw Festival are just a short drive away. A Happy Place is a large, single storey, open concept home situated on a wide landscaped treed lot with a paved driveway and ramped entrance. Your host, Leon, is a respected and well-traveled antiques and art dealer with many interesting pieces displayed throughout the home. 


The information and pictures reported here reflect our first visit to A Happy Place in early May 2012. Our suggestions for improving space for guests using an electric scooter were minor although certain concerns, like the height of the bed, could be a problem for some. The owner says he will have modifications done. 
 Bedroom off of main hall  Narrow space between
bed and bathroom door


The front entrance opens to a lovely spacious interior with hardwood floors. The accessible bedroom with en suite is to the right through double glass doors 45” wide. We suggested the brass door knobs be replaced with lever handles.  


The Bedroom – The room has hardwood flooring and a queen-size bed on legs that will accommodate a Hoyer lift. The bed is currently quite high at 31”. The bookcase along one wall may be removed to allow more room. The bedroom also has a white wicker loveseat and table that we suggested could be replaced with a lift chair. The room is nice and bright and has a dimmer switch for the ceiling light. There is one bedside night table with a lamp that operates with a pull chain. There are multiple electrical outlets suitable for charging a battery.


 Toilet with transfer room  Pedestal sink  Roll-in shower

The Bathroom – Access to the en suite bathroom is through a sliding pocket door 32” wide. The bathroom has a ceramic floor, a true roll-in shower with portable shower chair, a pedestal sink allowing for knee room with a low mirror above it and a toilet with a side grab bar bit no back grab bar. The roll-in shower is 48” from the door and has a rubber collapsible edge. There is a hand-held shower head that can be lowered and attached to the wall within reach of the seat. Grab bars have been installed to assist those who can stand. The sink is 32” high and has knob faucets that we suggested should be changed to levers. The toilet is 16 ½” to the top of the seat with an 18” grab bar. Transfer room is 33” from the wall to the side of the toilet. The clothes closet is in a lovely built-in unit in the bathroom but needs a lowered bar. The light and fan switch in the bathroom is 52” high on the wall to you right as you enter. There are several electrical outlets, including one located beside the sink at 40” high. A second exit door in the bathroom is located behind and to the left of the toilet but is narrow at 22” wide, providing limited access.


Queen bedroom Twins  
 Second bathroom  Tub

The other two bedrooms are carpeted and tastefully decorated. One has twin beds and the other a queen size. A cot is also available. These rooms do not have en suites but there is a bright and fully functional shared bathroom. The room with the queen bed also has its own walkout to a small furnished patio.

 Beautiful main living room  Bar in lounge  Microwave and coffee behind bar 

The spacious sitting room features area carpet over hardwood and is furnished with a white leather sofa, matching loveseat and chairs and a black leather coffee table.  As well as a TV there is a piano, which guests are invited to play. A decorative bar is located in the dining area complete with fridge, microwave, coffee maker and kettle. The dining table has an attached leaf that pulls out so that a wheelchair can fit under it. Leon serves what he describes as a full gourmet continental breakfast complete with bread fresh out of the oven. There is no set time for breakfast and guests who prefer to sleep later can make their own breakfast as everything is left out on the dining room table.

Accessible bed and breakfast accommodations are not easy to find in Niagara. Depending on your needs, this one would be a lovely place to stay, but read the information above carefully and then call Leon to see if he has made changes that any of our recommendations outline, if they affect you.  For instance: if a high bed is inaccessible to you, ask if it has been lowered or if you like a lot of space to move in, and who doesn't, ask if the furniture and bookshelf has been removed.  We'll update this write-up as he notifies us of alterations.
June 2012