The Woodview Inn looks very different today than it did back in 1877 when it was first built.
The Gananoque grand estate was designed by Kingston architect Robert Gage, for successful business man Charles Parmenter. In 1902 the Dempster family purchased the home and lived in it until the late 40’s, when it was turned into a Restaurant and Inn.
John Nagy-Owner, Woodview Inn
“That’s when they built the garden suites and that’s when they called it the Athlone Inn and Restaurant.”
The Inn has changed hands many times over the years and is now owned by John Nagy and Steve Campey. They quit their day jobs in Toronto, sold their home and moved here in January 2016.
Steve Campey- Owner
“If we ever wanted to be inn keepers, Gananoque would be the perfect place to do it. It’s got the casino, it’s got the helicopter rides, the boat tours, it’s 15 minutes to the U.S. border. So there were a lot of things that would draw tourists here. So we thought this would be a great place to start.”
Nagy and Campey spent 6 months renovating and restoring the 10 room inn paying particular attention to the original details of the home.
“Coming in and restoring it back up has made us feel proud. It was a long journey. We moved with two friends and three dogs and for months we chained ourselves in paint clothes and painted every inch of the house.”
The name Woodview Inn is a nod back to the house’s heritage, when it was named Woodview Villa in 1877. At the time it was surrounded by forests. 140 years later the new owners plan to celebrate the house, their new business and the future with friends and family.
“We like to think that the house found us–we didn’t find it.”
Almost a century and a half of history and these business owners hope it will keep going for decades to come.
-Jonna Semple, CKWS News Gananoque