“Five-plus Star” accommodation with full barrier-free accessibility in a quiet, rural setting 10 minutes from new hospital. Enter via ramp and covered deck from parking spot directly into spacious guest sitting room. Separate bedroom with comfortable, queen bed and adjoining bathroom fitted with walk-in shower and cozy, heated floor. Tastefully furnished in natural wood. Sitting room equipped with recliners, small dining table and chairs, fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, dishes & utensils, electric fireplace, and closet with clothes washer and dryer. Amenities provided by the host family include healthy snacks and packaged drinks (daily), selection of coffee and tea, and a variety of board games. Guests also have exclusive use of adjacent Fireplace guest room featuring family seating, TV (local channels), films, games and books. Breakfast menu is changed each day and posted at the family dining table in the host kitchen. Chef Daphne offers numerous options including gluten and dairy-free dishes. The food is, well, simply delicious! While breakfast will be served to meet the privacy desires of the guests, we recommend that you partake in the company of your most hospitable hosts, Daphne, Dave and family.
Margaret & Scott Martin, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Our daughter Cara was born with a rare heart condition, and spent her first month of life in Toronto Sick Kids Hospital. During that month, we were in and out of hotel rooms and having breakfast out every morning was something that got old after a few days! Having a place to stay like Haven of Hope, we can tell you, would have been a huge blessing to us. God still saw us through that difficult time and thankfully we also had a lot of support from family and friends. However, having gone through a time of stress and uncertainty, we know that Haven of Hope will be a great blessing for those who have the opportunity to stay there. Whether it’s just for one night, one week, or a whole month, the guests who stay at Haven of Hope Bed & Breakfast will experience the caring generosity of Dave & Daphne Bakker.
Alex & Julianne
A working sheep farm located on the rural outskirts of St. Catharines, Haven of Hope Farm B&B truly does provide “Rest for the Journey.” If you are a tourist, you will be met with warm hospitality and enjoy a hotel-like experience, only better! If you or anyone in your family is on a medical journey, your stay can be like a retreat where your strength is renewed and your soul restored.
REST FOR THE SOUL
I can say that last part from experience, having been blessed by an extended stay at Haven of Hope Farm B&B in spring 2016. It was a time of medical challenge and personal turmoil. But, in reflecting on my B&B experience, I wrote along these lines at the time:“I can sense the loving presence of Jesus in this place. He is giving me rest, spirit, soul and body. ‘He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.’” (See Psalm 23:2, 3.) I enjoyed the blue sky at Haven of Hope Farm B&B, the red barn, the green grass, the amazing sunsets, the sound of laughter from the golf course and the funny clucking chickens. But the sense of haven – that is what I appreciated most of all.
During my stay, Daphne ministered to me many times in many ways, from healing, lovingly prepared meals and juices; to kind, encouraging words; to prayers from the heart and more. She and Dave are a great team, positioned on this Kingdom ground for the benefit of anyone travelling a medical road or facing any physical or health challenges. Thank you God! Thank you Jesus! And thank you, Bakker family, for offering your farm B&B for this much needed kingdom ministry. May God continue to receive glory from your dedicated service to Him. In years ahead, I know that many travelers like me will praise God for times of rest and refreshing at this wonderful haven. Every city dweller, and especially anyone on a medical journey, should have such a place!
P.S. My husband George and I would like to express deep thanks to the Bakker family for giving us the compassionate rate; and to my church family for funding a big part of my stay. Related to that, I would like to encourage churches and individuals to consider blessing others in a similar way. What a kindness, to give someone “Rest for the Journey.” And finally, to anyone out there who might be feeling weary and isolated for medical or other reasons, I would like to encourage you to pray to God and reach out just a little. You will be surprised by the grace of God in directing you and providing you with “a way when there seems to be no way.” You will also be surprised by the outpouring of kindness that will come to you, especially from people of faith. Whether you end up coming to Haven of Hope Farm B&B or are led on some other path: Be encouraged! Be blessed! Christ has risen!
Leona Enns St. Catharines, Ont.