A Dream Come True – for Sep. 6, 2010

Eden House Bed and Breakfast is a dream come true for Bonnie Warnyca. It is located in Indian Head, Sask. 40 minutes east of Regina, and for many years, every time Warnyca drove past the house she would imagine what she could do with it. Two years ago she purchased it and started renovations and in June 2009 she moved in and opened the bed and breakfast.

“The bed and breakfast compliments my almost full-time writing career. Over the years I have worked forGrainewswriting mostly for Cattlemen’s Corner and even served for a short time as editor for FarmLife. Now I write for other cattle magazines in Alberta and Saskatchewan,” said Warnyca.

Eden House was built in 1890 by James Conn who came to Indian Head from Ontario, planning to farm but instead started a lumber business. The Conns raised a family of 10 children in the home. John McKay rented it in 1931 moving from Assiniboia, and the McKay family lived in the house until 1944 when it was sold. At that time it was renovated to include the three apartment; one on the main floor and two upstairs.

“The renovation took its toll on the integrity of the house. The grand oak staircase was removed and the french doors were missing from between the living and dining room but the charm managed to survive; the original fireplace is still in pristine condition. It’s a coal fireplace and though the chimney is gone outside it is a work of art. The wooden wainscot around the living room also remains. What was the dining room is now my office and the drawing room is now a bedroom. I put in a wall with french

doors to divide the bedroom and the living room and the beautiful oak-sided windows still remain with stained glass tops,” said Warnyca.

The bed and breakfast part of the house is entered from a side door giving guests total privacy, and the two suites have their own air of bygone days. Before opening, Warnyca renovated the kitchens and bathrooms plus added a new coat of paint. Each suite has a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom furnished with antiques, and each bedroom contains a double and single bed. There is also cable TV and Internet.

“I open the yard to my guests complete with a barbecue. For breakfast I serve a variety of menus leaving them a continental breakfast in the fridge — yogurt, muffins or bagels, fruit. If anyone stays for a couple of days I will make egg frittatas or yogurt parfaits. The menu depends on the weather and the people’s likes,” said Warnyca.

Warnyca thought she would have clients that were in town for weddings, reunions and funerals but she has had guests from across Canada and the United States. A Manitoba couple comes a couple of times in golfing season, the nurse practitioner stays when she covers for the doctors on weekends. “Little Mosque on the Prairie” is filmed in Indian Head and some of the film crew stay each summer.

“My slogan is — ‘You won’t want to leave.’ I really enjoy hosting folks and making sure they are comfortable. This beautiful old brick house offers a ‘quiet,’ peaceful setting clients love,” said Warnyca.

Indian Head is surrounded by the historic Agroforestry and Shelterbelt Centre (formerly PFRA), the Bell Barn, a unique and historic landmark is nearby plus it’s 15 minutes from Katepwa Lake.

For further information on the area check out www.townofindianhead.com. You can contact Eden House at 306-695-3976.

JoanAireywritesfromRivers,Manitoba

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The bed and breakfast part of the house is entered from a side door, giving guests total privacy.

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