Too Close To Call: Two of Toronto’s most unique and interesting B&Bs square off


This month we check out two of T.O.’s most unusual bed & breakfasts, one housed in a Victorian manor and the other on a boat. Which host is the most? You choose.





Ted and Diane Greene
Owner (s) Roberta Ferrence


When we met, Ted asked what I wanted to do when I retired. I said, “I want to live on a boat in the Caribbean.” The Boatel has enabled us to live that dream. 

Why open
a B & B?
Originally a short-term measure until I finished an apartment in a previous home, I found it so addictive I never stopped. This is my fourth and last B & B —
a home I love to share.
The boat is a custom motor yacht with a trawler-style hull built in 1998.
How old is it? My home was built in 1898.
We have three double guest rooms, one with a private ensuite.
Number of guest rooms? I have two guest rooms with ensuite baths and two guest apartments.
It has a stunning interior with Brazil-ian cherry wood floors and mahogany trim. There’s a sky lounge, too.


Noteworthy design features?

My home has inlaid floors and a lovely fretwork spandrel over the stairs facing tall stained glass windows.
We have cruised over 20,000 nautical miles and, yes, have experienced a few storms and one hurricane!
Any interesting historical tidbits?
This was the childhood home of Père Athol Murray who famously said, “I love God, Canada and hockey — not always in that order.”
On the sweet side, whole wheat banana flaxseed waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream are a big favourite.
What is your breakfast specialty?

Cinnamon-pecan whole grain waffles with strawberry-rhubarb sauce, and for egg lovers, a vegetable omelette.

The sign at our entrance says, “No Tell Boatel.” 
Any celeb guests?

Last year, the Archbishop of Wales visited.


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