Suites!

After nearly a quarter of a century as a bed and breakfast, the historic Secret Garden Inn is undergoing a remarkable, phased transformation into a full-service inn. As we update and reinvigorate the inn, we pay homage to its traditional Victorian style—while introducing the modern luxuries and finishes our guests desire to deliver a tranquil space. Finishes have been lovingly returned to their original patina; hardwood floors revitalized; original bathrooms renewed by new tiles and hardware.

Some of the updates to guest and common areas include:

• Fast, reliable high-speed wireless internet throughout the inn
• Large 48” smart TVs
• Individual Keurig-style coffeemakers
• Hand-sewn Roman shades in vibrant colors
• Sumptuous, hand-loomed cotton sheets
• Casper Wave mattresses
• Newly renovated bathroom with luxurious tiles and fixtures

Each of our seven guest rooms has its own individual style. In designing our overall concept, we considered the brilliant colors of our eponymous garden. Room monikers are derived from recognizable local Kingston legends and iconic landmarks.

Alfred Bader, a self-described “chemist-collector,” was also a philanthropist and devoted alumnus of Queen’s University. After escaping his native Austria during WWII, he became a dedicated scholar—and, eventually, art collector.

Queen’s was the only university that would accept Bader, a Jew, at the time.

(https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-onetime-jewishrefugee-alfred-bader-gave-a-castleto-queens/)

Today, the Bader Collection at Queen’s is one of the finest in Canada. This room, a favorite of the university’s guests, is named after Dr. Alfred Bader and his wife, Isabel—in whose name many works of art have been donated.

The Bader room includes:

  • Carved four-poster queen canopy bed
  • Writers alcove
  • En suite bathroom
  • Elegant clawfoot slipper tub with brass fixtures

The inspiration for the room is Indigo: “the deep blue contains an abundance of sapphires shining their light through the density, awakening and stirring our consciousness.” (Jennifer Lynch, director and screenwriter).

42.5″ Smart T.V.

High speed WiFi

En suite bath with vintage clawfoot tub

Mini fridge

Keurig coffee maker

In 1888, leather merchant and furrier John McKay built the house at 73 Sydenham Street, christening it Argyle Place. This room was the original master suite of the single family home—where the McKays lived for three generations.

The McKay room includes:

  • Magnificently carved four poster kingsized bed
  • Matching historic armoire
  • Large, sunny alcove overlooking the gardens and koi pond
  • Original fireplace converted to gas — with majestic carved mantle
  • En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower

Inspired by the color violet, the McKay room has pops of the regal color. “Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?” (L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables).

  • Casper Wave mattress
  • 48” smart TV
  • High speed WiFi
  • Luxurious en suite bath with large walk in shower
  • Keurig

William Coverdale was a renowned Kingston architect in the mid- to late-1800s. Notably, he oversaw the construction of Kingston’s Town Hall (now known as City Hall)—as well as numerous heritage buildings. One of these was Sydenham Street United Church, today a multi-use event facility known as The Spire (https://www.thespirekingston.org). This room overlooks Coverdale’s beautiful beacon.

The Coverdale room includes:

  • Quilted queen-sized bed with Casper Wave mattress
  • Seating area with views of two of Kingston’s loveliest historical landmarks: The Spire and St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Large corner gas fireplace
  • En suite bathroom with large walk-in shower

The room is decorated in vibrant, varying shades of blue, reflecting the sky behind the spires. “How sweet to be a cloud…Floating in the blue!” (A.A. Milne).

  • Casper Wave mattress
  • 48” smart TV
  • High speed WiFi
  • En suite bath with large walk in shower
  • Keurig

From the late 1600’s when explorers first navigated the local waterways and into the 1800’s when Fort Henry was designed and built, limestone was the building material of choice in the greater Kingston area.

The last limestone home built in the area was constructed with material from a decommissioned Corrections Canada facility. Our Limestone room overlooks that historic house from its secluded deck.

The Limestone room includes:

  • Quilted queen-sized bed with Casper Wave mattress
  • Private patio with rocking chairs and café table overlooking the side patio
  • En suite bathroom with original stained glass
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“Even in winter it shall be green in my heart.” (Frederic Chopin) With this in mind, we decorated this room in varying shades of green to evoke year-round the beauty of the gardens outside.

  • Casper Wave mattress
  • 48” smart TV
  • High speed WiFi
  • Private balcony
  • 4 piece en suite bath
  • Keurig

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, is credited as one of the first explorers of the Great Lakes area. This room, with its dedicated spa-like bathroom, is meant to evoke a feeling of escape to a sunny, comfortable, elegant retreat.

The LaSalle room includes:

  • Quilted queen-sized bed with Casper Wave mattress
  • Comfortable sitting area and electric fireplace
  • Luxurious, private spa bathroom with rainhead shower and view of downtown Kingston skyline

“How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.” (Van Gogh) The décor in this room is meant to bring in the outdoor sunshine.

42.5″ Smart T.V.

High speed WiFi

En suite bath with vintage clawfoot tub

Mini fridge

Keurig coffee maker

Martello towers—small, often coastal, forts—were built across the British Empire during the 19th century. Kingston’s five fortifications defended the area during the tense dispute over the southern border in the 1840s. The Martello room, whose turret mimics the shape of these iconic towers, overlooks our beautiful gardens.

  • The Martello room includes:
  • Carved four poster queen bed
  • Convertible chaise, to accommodate a third guest
  • Two-sided gas fireplace
  • Large seating area in the turret surround, overlooking the gardens and koi pond
  • En suite bathroom with walk-in shower

The inspiration for the room is orange: “The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.” (Ram Charan) This room is perfectly suited to enjoying the Kingston skies!

  • 48” smart TV
  • High speed WiFi
  • Corner gas fireplace
  • En suite bathroom
  • Keurig

Molly Brant, of Mohawk descent, was influential in New York and Canada in the era of the American Revolution. For her renowned work as an intermediary between the British and the Iroquois at a particularly fragile time, she was gifted a house and pension in Kingston. The Brant room overlooks the Spire, today a recognizable beacon of harmony and acceptance.

The Brant room includes:

  • Carved four poster queen bed
  • Sitting area with gas stove overlooking The Spire
  • En suite bathroom with walk-in shower

“Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” (Bill Blass, designer) The palette in this room—including crimson, pinks and neutrals—is designed to evoke happy thoughts.

  • 48” smart TV
  • High speed WiFi
  • Gas stove
  • En suite bathroom
  • Keurig