- 3 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 8
Description from the owner
Relax this summer at one of our Five Private Lakeside Guest Cottages at Nokara Farms located in St. Catharines on the south shore of Lake Ontario, just minutes from Old Port Dalhousie and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls and Niagara- on-the-Lake. Enjoy nearby walking and biking trails, theaters, and museums.
These quaint cottages sleep up to 10 people and are equipped with a full kitchens, TV/DVD/Internet, outdoor patios and gas BBQ,s. Each cottage also has a fire pit (we provide all of your fire wood) All of the decks overlook Lake Ontario were you can enjoy fantastic sunsets and the Toronto skyline.
These cottages are located on... a working farm where we grow some of the finest vinifera grapes for Henry of Pelham winery. A fruit and vegetable market and bakery are also located on the property. Our seasonal guest cottages and our farm market is open from May 1st to October 31st. For more information visit our web site at www.nokarafarms.caRead more
About the owner
Kathryn Ferretti 905-934-7899 Full profile
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Overall rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 82 reviews
5 Private Lakeside Cottages in Niagara Wine Country
Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Additional Location Information
The Google map shows the location of the front of our farm. This is where our farm market/bakery is located. Our Lakeside cottages are situated at the back of this property right along the Lake side with the Toronto skyline in the distance. Nokara farms is just minutes from the QEW which makes it close to all of the Niagara tourist attractions, while still enjoying the peacefulness of the farm when returning to your cottage for the night.
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Lake nearby, Waterfront
Last updated on September 02, 2014
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- Tax rate | 13% of rent
- Event Fee | $69 per stay | Special Events like Parties and Family Reunions
- HST | 13% of rent | Harmonized Sales Tax
- Fees for additional guests may apply.
Additional notes from the owner
A 2 night minimum stay is required.
Event fees only apply if a special event (ie) - wedding rehearsal party or family picnic/reunion is planned on the property where more than 10 people are invited.
Call for availability as there are five cottages to choose from.
Price per night ranges from $175.00 - 250.00
905-934-7899 or 905-941-1090 www.nokarafarms.ca and ask for Kathryn.
- Alarm Clock
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Housekeeping Optional
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Local Guides/Maps
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Ocean or water views
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 800 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
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68 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed one week at Nokara Farms as my son was getting married in St. Catharines.
Our stay was delightful; location was beautiful overlooking the lake, the cottage was cozy and filled with many extras. It was a peaceful and relaxing time. Our family enjoyed our stay so very much! The onsite bakery and fruit stand were a bonus!
The hosts- Kathryn and Joe -were kind and accommodating, and ensured our stay was the best ever. Thank you , we will be back!
A TripAdvisor Member
A must-do getaway for anyone in the Toronto area
This is one of the easiest reviews that I'll ever write and you'll ever read. STAY HERE! You won't regret it.
You need more than that? Fine.
We stayed in the Chardonnay Cottage for the second time in as many years and will be back next year. Kathryn is nothing short of the perfect host and takes great pride in the property and her guests' enjoyable stays. Any issues (rare as they may be), are followed up on and they are quick to find a solution to any unexpected guest requests.
A stay is not complete without a visit to the roadside bakery on site though, and I recommend you do it daily during your stay. Twice if you don't have a guilty conscience. Their muffins, scones, tarts, cookies, pies... all of it is amazing and worth a try and a take home to share with family.
Enjoy this amazing getaway from the city as soon as you can.
Leicester, England, United Kingdom
LAKE ONTARIO,S PRIVATE PARADISE
First of all i cannot fully impress the hospitality we received from the owners kathryn and Jo. everything advertised about the cottages is not accurate because it realy is twice as good xxx my wife and i were totally blown away by the constant bararge of great touches that was not advertised . ill try to give you an idea. upon arrival we were greeted personally by cathryn and shown our cottage by her too . we also had a welcome pack the size that kept us welcome for three days and thats just the welcome pack not the starter stock in the fridge of milk , ciniman cakes , eggs, cereals , coffees, teas, seasonings, ahh the list is endless.
oh did i mention that the welcome pack is a large box of fruit muffins, cakes , and pies that all were home baked at nakara farms . they have a bakery store on the main road at the front of the farm that is never empty of customers so i was glad to get a welcome pack and save me queing (i did later to buy cakes to take home hmmmm) . the cottages must be about 1.5 km away from the front of the farm , set on the lake you can see the toronto skyline over 30 miles away from your decking while you sit back and take in the fresh air and great vista.
oh did i mention the farm grows peaches and grapes and the trees around the cottages are all yours for the picking as many as you can eat and if you need more (impossible) im sure kathryn and jo will find you a spare tree ha ha
the cottage has such attention to detail it is a credit to kathryn who obviously loves her venture very much. i could not stop saying wow all day long as i found another facilaty and great idea . just to sumerise our stay i would say kathryn and jo had a book made to leave in the cottages to give you a historic idea, we bought the book so we can always remember our short stay there the pictures are stunning the history amazing .if i were them i would get the book published for the shop at the farm as she had them made for the cottages but people keep bying them . IF YOU LIKE PEACE , PRIVACY OUTDOOR LIVING , AND GREAT VISTA,S BUT LAVISH ACCOMADATION , KATHRYN AND JO,S PLACE IS WELL UP YOUR STREET AND THEN SOME , ITS FANTASTIC IN A GRAND WAY . THANK YOU KATHRYN AND JO XXXXXXX
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Our hosts just could not have been more friendly and welcoming!
The cottages are right on the lake! Adorable, comfortable and w/ everything you might ever need....all the amenities and fully stocked for breakfast w/ fresh eggs from Kathryn's chickens and fresh milk, delicious muffins, yogurts, bagels, coffee, hot chocolate, oatmeal, individually wrapped cereal....it was overwhelming! And of course they sell pies and frozen yogurt at the fruit stand which my kids (11 & 15) loved. There was a fire pit, a badminton set, a lovely porch to relax on. My oldest son was there for the Canadian Rowing Championships and he even brought over his whole boat one day to frolic in the fields and play frisbee & badminton! So much space yet so private! Since I assume my other two children will row, we'll surely be back and will be staying at Nokara Farms! Best place hands down!!! And Kathryn and Joe were lovely people. So glad to have met them!
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A wonderful view and perfect setting to enjoy time with family
We loved staying here - the view is beautiful, and the cottage had everything we needed. We were particularly impressed that we could find all the things we needed to cook with, and the quality of the pots and pans (which you don't usually find!)
Having access to a barbecue, some boardgames, and a collection of Dvd's made the whole experience even more decadent than we expected!
Most importantly, Joe and Kathryn are wonderful hosts who were thoughtful and attentive to our needs. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!
Wonderful accomodations & amenities
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Chardonnay Cottage. An evening spent watching ore boats followed by a great night's sleep in a very comfy bed. A breakfast of pancakes and free range eggs was an unexpected treat. What a lovely setting overlooking Lake Ontario. Definitely will be coming back!
Cosy cottage - great view!
Comfortable and cosy cottage. Nice for one or two couples. Great attention from the hosts. Location on lake Ontario is awesome. Super clean. Enjoyed particularly having the home-made pastries for breakfast. Great place to stay when visiting Niagara's wine country. I would definitely go back.
Amazing place to spend time. I would recommend it to anyone.
Great location, great hosts, beautifully decorated, cozy, welcoming. Could not have picked a better spot for 12 girls to get together.
An excellent Cottages
Really postive experience for the past 3 years. A friend of mine took me there, now i bring my friend. The hospitality, comfort, and view are the greatest.
The Five Ya Ya's
The Lake House !
What a wonderful surprise my girlfriends and I had when we came to the Lake House at Nokara Farms first of all it is so beautifully decorated, and has all the very best appliances. The bedrooms are so spacious and the beds are very comfortable ! The view of the lake is unbelievable you can see Toronto and the sunsets are a photographer's dream. Kathryn provided us with some fantastic freshly baked muffins and fresh fruit plus the cottage is fully stocked with everything you would need. This cottage was spotless we had such a wonderful time we are looking forward to our visit next year !
We stayed at the Lakehouse Cottage in aug 2013. The cottage was adorable, modern, and very clean. We absolutely loved everything about it. Kathryn stocked the cottage beyond belief... down to the amazing homemade cinnamon buns... they were to die for! Joe and Kathryn were the nicest hosts you could ever ask for.. so friendly and gracious! If we ever come to Canada again, we will definitely stay here. We enjoyed sitting outside by the lake and picking peaches :)
The Hague, The Netherland
Fantastic view, comfortable cabins, terriffic hosts, and great C
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Nokara Farms Vineyard Cottage! It made a great, central location for touring Niagara, and bringing a number of family members together for our annual family reunion.
We shall be visiting again!
I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this place is. Our stay began with meeting the most amazing, kindest people, Kathryn and Joe. They made us feel so welcomed. The cabin we stayed in was the Riesling. We were 6 people (my husband, my mother and my 3 children). Each of us enjoyed our stay in different ways but most important, my children will always remember this great place. The cabin came fully equipped with everything. We were greeted with the most delicious homemade muffins, fruit, and rolls. The refrigerator was stocked with breakfast items with children in mind. The cabin had everything, from Q-tips to Dvds to watch. We managed to go for a swim as well. That was my favorite memory. The kids had so much fun in the Lake. We wanted to have a bonfire but it was windy in the evenings. The location of the cabin could not be more perfect. Just a short 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls. A short 20 minute drive to Walmart. The cabins are tucked away behind a farm, right on the edge of Lake Ontario with the most beautiful sunsets and so peaceful. I could go on and on about our fantastic trip to Canada but bottom line there is nothing negative to say about this place. Thank you Kathryn and Joe. We will be back next summer.
It's almost indescribable - where to start? I stayed in the Lake House with my grown up kids. We were there for my daughter's wedding. The cottage was extremely comfortable and clean. The bathroom was large, which was great for all of us. Joe planned beautiful weather for us and arranged the most spectacular sunset. Kathryn's idea of self-serve breakfast is very generous and of course, her muffins are only outdone by the fresh cinnamon buns!
A serene cottage experience
We had the opportunity to stay in the Chardonnay cottage for 5 days. It is a lovely one bedroom cottage- spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The view from the deck overlooking Lake Ontario is spectacular! Kathryn and Joe are excellent hosts- knowledge about the area and available to answer any requests during our stay. The best parts of our Nokara Farm experience is the peaceful environment and the ability to stroll down the lane and choose a ripe peach right from the orchard! We will definitely stay at Nokara the next time we come to niagara.
A beautiful stay, as always
This is our 4th or 5th year staying on the property and every time we do, we're reminded why we keep coming back. Joe and Kathryn always have all of the little details taken care of and we are treated as family. Our children adore the little trips out to the orchards with Joe and anything we might need is always quickly taken care of with a smile. It was out first time in the Lakeside Cottage and as with the rest of them, we found it to be perfectly comfortable, well set up and the perfect place to just relax. We're already planning our next trip back to our "home away from home".
We couldn't have been happier with the Riesling cottage, loved waking up to a breathtaking view of the Lake. This place was equipped with all the necessities, not to mention the surprise of baskets full of fresh fruit and delicious homemade baked goods. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends, and would love to come back again.
We loved everything about our stay at the 'Lake House'. The cottage was immaculate and equipped with everything imaginable. The view, the sunsets and the location were perfect. Kathryn's attention to detail is second to none. The decorating was delightful, the home baked pasttries delectable, the fresh eggs and fruit delicious!!! Kathryn and Joe defnintely put their hearts and souls into this operation.
Thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable and I hope that you will have us back again in the not too distant future. Ten out of ten!!!
We so enjoyed our stay at the Chardonnay cottage. The cottage was clean and spacious. The decor was perfect and the cottage was equipped with everything we could have needed. Although it was quite warm the three days we were there it was so nice being able to jump in the lake. We could not have asked for a better get away. Watching the sunset over the lake, enjoying the fire and relaxing in the quiet of the surrounding farm, not to mention the delicious baked goods we were provided. Kathryn and Joe are wonderful people and excellent hosts. I would highly recommend staying at Nokara Farm and look forward to our next visit.
It was a wonderful holiday
We celebrated my mothers 91st birthday. It was a great 2 days. The owners made sure we had all the luxurys of home. They even supplied us fresh farm eggs. We will be back for Moms 92nd birthday or maybe before.
We absolutely enjoyed our time at the Vineyard cottage. The view was gorgeous to come back to every evening. We enjoyed all the sights in Canada, but enjoyed going back to the cottage for the peacefulness. Just like being at home. Thank you Joe and Katharine for the wonderful time and the awesome welcome basket. They were so yummy we had to go back and buy more. Our first trip to Canada was better than expected thanks to you.
Just what we wanted
Great spot and great cottage! Stayed in the Riesling and it had everything we needed. The beds were very comfy and the place was clean and modern. The treats that were left for us upon check in were delicious.
Wish there were steps down to the water. Otherwise, everything was perfect. Great for a girls' weekend!
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 07/04/2013
Stairs down to the water is definitely on our wish list too. For now we will just have to use the small road that is located beside our Pinot Noir Cottage. Thank you for staying with us.
Joe & Sharon Donovan
What a View!!!
The Riesling Cottage was more than what we expected. This was as neat and clean as could be, with everything we could possibly need. We loved the open beams, all the windows and the lovely decor. The absolute best thing about the cottage is the view. To wake up every morning and go to bed every night looking at beautiful Lake Ontario was a blessing. At night I could look across to Toronto and see the building that I used to work in. What a surprise. Kathryn's wonderful cinnamon buns and muffins (blueberry was our favorite) were a special treat in the morning and the basket of strawberries was delicious. Kathryn and Joe were so friendly, making this vacation just the best. I can honestly say that it was more difficult to go home from here than any other place we've been. We will be back in September. Thanks for providing such a wonderful setting for our vacation.
Lovely hosts, lovely cottage, lovely setting, marvelous weekend!
It was a great weekend, the weather cooperated and we found the whole experience to be something we would like to repeat next year. The cottage was beyond cozy, it was clean, spacious, well equipped and inviting. Our hosts were hands-on, very accommodating and very friendly. We had a lovely breakfast service, the view was serene and just made the whole experience exceptional.
Best combination of quiet, comfortable surroundings & personal s
Great service from Kathryn and Joe, the morning sampler deliveries from the bakery were a great feature - our 20mth daughter loved them! The cottage was great, with a comic edge - the slant of the floor in main room did make me wonder if "the boathouse" might be a more appropriate name ("she's listing to port, Captain...") Location is perfect - feels like you're outin the country (which you are) but you're just a short drive to town. The views from the cottages are just great, and I'd only suggest one thing really - how about a towel rail in the bathroom for bath towels? If we're back in the area, this will be our first choice for accommodation. So much more interesting than a hotel!
Home away from home
Kathryn was a fantastic hostess. The location was a perfect getaway from home, not too far and a cozy place. My friends and I had a great stay and couldn't have created better memories during the thanksgiving weekend.
Breakfast snacks were awesome (cinnamon buns, empire cookies, pumpkin bars, strawberries, pears and muffins).
Would definitely come back to stay in the future.
A beautiful lakeside get-away
It is always a pleasure to stay at Joe and Kathryn's cottage. They are the perfect hosts, the place is beautifully decorated and equipped, surrounded by the lake, peach orchards and vineyards.
Calming,Serene and peaceful !
Each morning we had warm freshley baked goods, which were place decoratively on a plate, delivered to our door by 9-9:30am. These goodies were heavenly!
The cottage is spacious and cozy, just what we were looking for, equiped with all the needs to prep a great meal, and it's so easy to eat fresh by purchasing produce fresh from the Nokara market...yummy!
The view from the cottage is spectacular and when the day is clear you have a great sight of the Toronto skyline, our daughter got a kick from it. Waking up to the sound of the lake was the icing on the cake.
When we wanted to get out, we would just walk around the grounds or we would go for just a short ride to Port Dolhousie, were you can get an ice cream,take a walk on the boardwalk or stop for some lunch. There is always something to do. Otherwise you can do nothing but relax back at the cottage. We have stayed at Nokara guests cottages twice so far and we would like to make visits annually, trying all five Cottages!
Great location and great hosts!
We stayed at the Lake House for 5 days and absolutely loved it. The view is amazing. You can see lake Ontario stretching out and even the Toronto skyline in the distance on a clear day. The cottage is new so everything was in mint condition. The rooms very cosy, clean and with character and the kitchen has all the equipment you can think of.
The best treat was having Kathryn deliver her freshly baked breakfast every morning! Scones, muffins, tarts, savoury snacks and fresh fruit (I really mean it when I say fresh as it grows on site).
Kathryn and Joe are truly likeable, warm people.
The location of the farm is great, only a 20-minute drive to the Falls and 15 minutes to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The nearby Welland locks are definitely worth a visit and so are the many wineries and maple syrup factories.
We would definitely go back and we highly recommend this place. We already miss it.
Perfect relaxing getaway with Lake Ontario view
We had a fantastic week at this farm cottage- exactly what it was set up to be! location is perfect, on a nice quiet farm with gorgeous view of the lake. delicious and fresh breakfast pastries and fruits from the hosts was a super nice bonus. cottage very clean and welcoming-- small, but functional. amenities just right, including a bonfire pit with firewood. felt perfect for a quiet, low key getaway we needed, away from city life; yet close enough to major shops within 10 minutes if needed. also, close to great wineries, restaurants/bars in charming towns, and 20 minutes only to Niagara Falls amusement/events. on top of all of that, the best part was the hospitality of the wonderful couple who own the land and cottages. Our young children came back home still talking about the exciting and infamous "Farmer Joe"-- who gave us fun tours and a wagon ride through the farm. We look forward to returning during our next trip to North america.
Charles Town, WV
Beautiful Cabin , great views and wonderful hosts!
The views were beautiful and the cabin was well furnished. Joe and Katherine were wonderful hosts. Katherine brought a delicious breakfast every morning and Joe took us out into the orchard to pick our own fruit. My entire family had a great time!! We will definitely re-visit this wonderful place!!
Corey and Terri
Gorgeous scenery with gracious hosts
My family stayed at the Lakehouse Cottage from July 30th through august 2nd 2012 and had an absolutely wonderful time. I feel that this was perfectly situated close enough to attractions while not being in the "thick of things". Kathryn took the time every day to make us feel like part of her family. The personal touch we received with our stay is second to none.
We received a wonderful breakfast every morning consisting of freshly baked goodies which gave us a great start to the day.
There is no a/C in the cottage which is not that big of a deal despite what you might initially think. During our stay it was 33C (~40C with the humidex) almost every day and not once did I feel overwhelmed. The cool breeze off the lake coupled with many windows and ceiling fans made for a very comfortable stay.
One of the best parts of this cottage for us was the full kitchen. When we arrived we immediately went into St. Catharines and purchased our perishable food items which saved hundreds of dollars on eating out. No parent would dare argue with this convenience.
In contrast to the traditional 2 queen hotel room we had the night before, this is outstanding with no comparison. My wife and I enjoyed this so much we have decided never to stay in a traditional "hotel" room with the kids again unless we have no choice.
There is no bathtub in this cottage for those of you that are strict bathers. This wasn't an issue for us.
I can't say that there was one thing we needed that we couldn't find. Paper towels, dish soap, plates, kids glasses (plastic) it was all there.
If you go during peach season be sure to pick up a basket. Literally the best peaches I've ever had the pleasure of eating. Big, juicy, sweet. Do not take this for granted! Ontario produce is the best!
Thank you Kathryn and Joe for the wonderful experience. I'm sure my kids won't forget the golf cart ride and chicken catching lesson!
Very nice place to stay!
Great place, beautifull view and cottage very nicely decorated and furnished. The owners thought about everything! There's even Cu-tips in the bathroom! Bbq, fireplace outside, cable, dvd's, games. The owner are friendly. The breakfast is well done, fresh but a bit sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll probably like it. if not, keep it as a dessert later. We'll surely come back.
Relaxing, tranquil, amazing view, lovely owners and much more!!
This is our second visit to the Riesling, what an amazing place to stay. The location is great, the view over lake Ontario is amazing with beautiful sunsets. Kathryn and Joe the owners are lovely people, nothing is too much trouble for them. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who is looking to visit St Catharines, you will definitely not be disappointed. Keep up the good work Kathryn and Joe.
Location is great, close to Port Dalhousie, not far away from Niagara-on-the-lake or Niagara Falls. Love the food from the stand and the peaches. Would appreciate opportunity of having a choice between breakfast and rebate at the stand. (we are picky and eat very early). Cottage well equiped with everything you need. Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 08/15/2012
Thank you for your suggestion Maryse, This is something we will consider. I know there is so much more to choose from at our farm market/fruit stand. We are glad you had a good time here in Niagara.
Wonderful cottage in a beautiful setting
The cottage was perfect for our family of 4. The kids could run around on the grass while we enjoyed the gorgeous view - vineyards to the south and Lake Ontario to the north. The hosts, Kathryn & Joe, went out of their way to make sure we were happy and comfortable (they offered us a portable aC unit when the temp hit 42 degrees celsius!). Great location for touring wineries, playing golf, and the beach in Port Dalhousie. We will definitely be back!
absolutely fantastic place for a great getaway !..I met up with a great friend that i hadn't seen in 12 yrs, and we had such a great time. Everyone always mentions the "extras" with a personal touch, but it is so true. We looked forward to the breakfast platter-knowing that it was homebaked goods (made it that much more special) and the chitchatting with you every morning was wonderful..all the insights to the place and surrounding areas. The knowledge that Joe had for the natural environment, that both Kathryn and Joe had, with the interests for the local native birds and animals was wonderful to listen to. We had such fun checking out the local areas and what it offerred. Definitely a great retreat from the every day routine.
Only thing i can think of that would have made this a definite "10", would be if you had air-conditioning in the cottages, or an indoor pool area (indoor, because there are alot of Canada geese! haha)
Thank you again for a wonderful visit..letting us stay a couple of extra hours because of a late flight time, was exceptional.. Would go again ..take care Doris, Edmonton, Alberta Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 08/05/2012
Thank you for your review. It was nice to see that the two of you were always so happy. I am glad that your reunion worked out so well. We have had some warm weather this summer and have spent a little more time jumping into the lake to cool off that is for sure. Usually the evening cools off enough with the breeze off the lake. Ontario definately has warmer weather than you are used to in Alberta though : ) Have a wonderful rest of the summer - Kathryn
Cottage was spotless, view was gorgeous, Kathryn very accommodating. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Nokara Cottages to anyone.
We had a wonderful time.
Cottage was very clean and it had all the facilities we expected.
Kathryn was kind and helpful.
We would not hesitate to recommend Pinot Noir to any one.
Pradeep and Family
Mary & Jerry
Waterford, MI, USA
We so enjoyed our stay with you. Your service was great and the view is outstanding. The cabin was very clean and spacious. We invited our son and daughter-in-law to join us because we were so impressed and they had a wonderful time as well. Thanks so much for your hospitality. We do hope to see you again.
Serenity and relaxation on the lake
I reserved the Riesling cottage for 5 ladies to celebrate my Moms 70th birthday. The cottage was clean and cozy and had everything we needed for the weekend. We especially liked the books on birds and St. Catharine's. We spent most of our time on the deck just looking out at the lake or wandering the property. It's a beautiful place to pour a glass of wine and go for a walk through the fields of peach trees and grapevines. We hope to come back again! Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 06/12/2012
Thank you Deb for your kind review. I think your mom felt very special and definately proud our her family. We would love to have you all back again soon. - Kathryn
The cottage is amazing. Everything you need is there and more. It is rustic, cozy, clean, peacefull and very pleasant. Kathryn and Joe are great hosts, very friendly and accomodating. The kitchen and bathroom are very well equipped. Kathryn serves goodies for breakfast every morning. I could live here no problem! Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 06/12/2012
Thank you for your review comments Kitty. We would love it if you lived here. Hope to see you again soon. - Kathryn
Our twp-day stay in the Lakehouse cottage was just the best. The cottage was spacious and well-appointed. Kathryn and Joe were excellent hosts who had thought of everything - down to the level of a first aid kit, scissors and scotch tape - just in case such things were needed. But the crowning glory was the very calming view of Lake Ontario. I could have sat there for weeks. We truly hated to leave. We highly recommend Nokara Farms for anyone in search of a relaxing water-side stay. Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 06/10/2012
Thank you very much for your kind review. Joe and I really are enjoying having guests visit us on our Lakeside farm property. Have a great summer and hope to see you again soon.
Beyond outstanding with a breath-taking view
The privacy of your own cottage is incredibly serene as you look out one window to view vineyards and yet, out another window overlooks the beauty of the lake with an unexpected view of the Toronto Skyline in the distance. The friendliness of Joe and Kathryn was like staying with family and the breakfast...better than any restaurant! And the cottage...absolutely exquisite!...home away from home!
Extremely comfortable, friendly and the most beautiful experienc
We loved the cottage and the view, the host and hostess was so gracious and accommodating, the continental breakfast was not only beatiful to look at but delicious(and delivered to your door to meet your needs). We had a great time gathered around the fire pit, cooking on the grill and plenty of room for the kids to roam without worring about safety. Everything from inside to outside is kept immaculate. It was extremely close to points of interest. It was one of the best getaways we have had. We can't wait to return and would recommend this awesome place to anyone. Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 06/10/2012
Thank you Shellie, We are looking forward to having you back again next spring. I have you on my calander already.
Have a nice summer.
Beautiful place to stay
If you are looking for a relaxing, scenic, gorgeous place to stay, this is it. The cottage overlooks the lake and there is a great firepit, not to mention great strawberries. Nice and quiet, like a home away from home! I will definately be back!!! Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 06/10/2012
Thank you for the review Abby. Strawberry season is my favourite too.
Our group rented three of the cottages for my sister's bachelorette party- Vineyard, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. All were spotlessly clean and quite charming. The view of Lake Ontario was spectacular. Hospitality was amazing and breakfast was delicious. The cottages offered a great way for all of us to be together. I can't say enough good things- it was perfect! I hope we are able to come back again soon! Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 05/16/2012
Thank you Carly for your kind words. You were a great group of girls. All the best for your sisters wedding next month. - Kathryn
Family of 3
Relaxation, comfort, natural beautiful and yummy food!
We highly recommend a stay at Nokara Farms. We visited in the summer of 2011 and returned this Spring. Joe and Kathryn are warm, friendly and inviting. They make your stay a personal and comfortable experience while still offering privacy. The lake views are gorgeous. The surrounding orchards and vineyards were beautiful in both spring and summer. Accommodations are clean and well equipped with everything you need. Each morning we received a bountiful tray of fresh baked goods and fruit. Kathryn always adds a special something for our son. :)
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 05/01/2012
Thank you for your kind review. It was a real pleasure to have your family come for a return visit. - Kathryn and Joe
We had the most relaxing, comfortable, and amazing cottage exper
We had a small reunion of friends at Nokara Farms, and this was the best location we could have picked! These cottages are right by the lake, and the view is just stunning! We had booked all four cottages, and all of them have very good privacy and everything you need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.
Kathryn and Joe are the most welcoming host, and went the extra mile to ensure our families' comfort. They gave us a tour of their vineyard and fruit orchard, which all the kids loved. The breakfast was great, and always ready way before anyone woke up.
I absolutely adored the cottage. The weather did not cooperate, but it was a wonderful experience. The view is gorgeous and I have talked to my family about having reunions there. My daughter is a teen and I was worried when we found out ours was one of the cottages without internet. She did not complain once and had some friends over to have a bonfire, pick pumpkins in the patch and just enjoy the outdoors. How refreshing that was. All of the teens loved it! The breakfasts were wonderful and the decorating inside and out was fantastic. If you want a quiet, peaceful retreat, this is it! It was convenient to shopping and if there was any problem, Joe was there. Being from a warm climate, it took some getting used to, but it was well worth it and hopefully can make it a yearly event. I wouldn't consider staying in a hotel after this experience! My daughter feels the same! Great farm and cottages!
Gail & Henry (Toronto)
We've been staying at the Vineland cottage since it first opened (every May & Oct). Beautiful setting, lovely hardy continental breakfast, fabulous amenities, and friendly hosts. Every detail has been considered - even basic kitchen staples like olive oil and seasonings. Close to the wine route, nestled among grape vines and peach trees with a glorious view of the lake. Close enough to drive to tourist destinations but far enough away to be a haven. Charming farmstand (fruits/vegetables/baked goods) just down the driveway (but not within view of the cottage). Never mind going to the local restaurants - pick up some local produce, a bottle of Ontario wine, some baked goods and sit on the deck (BBQ & firepit included)! Selfishly, we'd like it to stay a hidden gem.
Angie and Jenny
I am so glad that we stayed at Nokara Farms. This was the first time that we had been in the area. The location is beautiful and peaceful. The cottage had everything that we needed. Kathryn was the best host. The breakfasts that she brought were delicious. I will definitely be back. Read more
Response from Kathryn Ferretti - 09/18/2011
Thank you for your kind review. I hope all is well with Jenny at Brock. I look forward to having you stay with us again soon. - Kathryn
Gorgeous location, adorable cottage, fantastic service
The Lakeside Cottages are fabulous. Staying in the Vineyard Cottage was perfect. Along with a living room/dining area/kitchen, there are two small bedrooms and a bath. The deck and yard are fabulous. Great spot for relaxing and close to Port Dalhousie and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Owners Kathryn and Joe could not have been nicer. Kathryn arrived in the morning with fresh baked breakfast. Coffee, tea, etc. was already in the kitchen.
The farm stand is also wonderful. Fresh fruits and veggies, pies, frozen yogurt, etc.
Our stay could not have been better.
Wonderful cottage experience
We had a fabulous stay at the Vineyard Cottage. It is perfect for families and my children had the time of their lives. The views of the lake are incredible - I could never get enough pictures of the lake, especially the sunset. Kathryn and Joe were wonderful. So warm and friendly!! We loved the breakfast tray in the morning and we bought delicious corn on the cob from the farm stand for dinner. They thought of everything in and around the cottage. We used the grill, made bonfires and smores. They even had sticks/forks for roasting marshmellows. Kathryn was sweet enough to help my children surprise us for our anniversary! The location is great if you are an active family. We went to Niagara Falls twice, Welland Canal, a winery, Niagara on the Lake, Port Dalhousie, biking and went swimming in the lake. There was so much more we wanted to do but ran out of time --- we really hope to return someday soon!
We stayed in the Reisling cottage which was well stocked with all the essentials , including seasonings and a grill to cook the 22 pound salmon we caught in the lake. Our hosts made our vacation one of the most memorable as they were not only warm and inviting, but they were full of information about the area. The fresh baked goods and fruit from the farm each mornig was a wonder treat. The kids especially loved the tour of the farm and the lesson in picking peaches from farmer Joe. We hope to retun soon to this gem.
Fab time was had by all!
What a great holiday we had. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel most welcome. I loved the pack we got on arrival with the lovely cakes and fresh fruit.
Every morning the breakfasts were great, it was something different all the time and really very tasty.
Kathryn and Joe were such lovely people and made you feel most welcome on their farm. They took the time to have a chat with you each day and they were great with my oldest son who likes to ask lots of questions.
The views of lake ontario from the decking are something not to be missed especially at night as the sun is going down. Such a tranquil and peaceful place to be!
We had such a wonderful time and will most certainly be back.
Bill & Stacey
Comfortable lakeside hideaway near everyting
This was our second stay with Nokara Farms and we cannot say enough great things about this wonderful hide away in the Niagara region. Cottages are private and right on the lake. Kathryn and Joe treat you like good friends and the breakfast tray is full of delicious homemade treats. Perfect base to explore the wineries, cheese shops, restaurants and then return to your cottage for a quiet glass of wine on the edge of the lake.
Nancy and Mark
Granite City, IL
Beautiful and peaceful cabin on the lake
Everything about our stay was wonderful. We so enjoyed relaxing on the deck of your beautiful cabin and waking each morning to a stunning lake view and yummy breakfast. We didn't want to leave. Thank you Kathryn and Joe. Hopefully we'll visit again some day.
Tranquility close to the Falls
Our visit to Nokara Farms was perefct from start to finish. The cottage was beautiful. Not only was it comfortably decorated with an incredible view, it was very, very clean. The kitchen area was well equiped with appliances but also the basic herbs and spices you would need to cook a lunch or dinner. Kathryn brought us a scrumptious homebaked continental breakfast each morning.
I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit the hustle and bustle of the Falls but would prefer to end the evening in a peaceful, quiet setting.
Kathryn is a wonderful hostess.
Gilbert & Diane
This place is so great. Simply a little paradise in Ontario. Great decoration inside and outside in a very peaceful environment. Everything is there for us to enjoy, wood fire in the evening and a beautiful breakfast plate in the morning. Kathryn and Joe are 2 wonderful hosts, just like friends, and they make us feel at home. We can't wait to go back. This is the place to stay!
Cet endroit est merveilleux. Un petit paradis en Ontario. Nous recommandons fortement cet endroit. Le chalet est décoré avec goût, le feu de bois le soir et un beau déjeuner nous attend le matin. Nos 2 hôtes, Kathryn et Joe sont des personnes bien gentilles qui nous mettent à l'aise dès notre arrivée et s'empressent de voir à tous nos besoins. Nous avons bien hâte d'y retourner!
Baltimore, MD and Melbourne, Australia
Staying in the Riesling Cottage at Nokara Farms was simply splendid. Not only did our hosts Kathryn and Joe make the cottage feel like our home away from home, they made us feel like a part of their family. Kathryn's incredible baked goods and farm stand goodies (not to mention a few little surprises for our three-year old daughter) made our stay even more terrific. We traveled to the area for a family wedding, and we left with some wonderful friends at Nokara. We will certainly be back to visit!
Best time ever!
I can't say enough about this beautiful cottage and it's owners...the location, the decor, the comfort level, the hospitality...all 5+ stars! Couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to celebrate my 36th birthday with my girlfriends...have already booked again for next month! Thank you so much to Kathryn for making our stay really special :)
We stayed 3 nights with friends. What a beautiful location. Backs onto Lake Ontario. Had a view across the lake to the C.N. Tower in Toronto.Cottages are modern and beautifully decorated.The owners are great people.Fresh fruit and baked goods for breakfast. Five minutes to town.Great place to stay.We will be back again!!
Mark & Michelle
New Jersey USA
A Joyful time at the Vineyard Cottage
We as a family enjoyed the rest and hospitality offered to us by Kathryn and Joe at Nokara Farms. Our days at the farm were blessed with warm sunshine and a cool breeze off the lake. If you like a clean environment, green grass, fresh air and quietness to relax and reflect then this is it. We especially would like to say the breakfasts at Nokara with Kathryn bringing you a tray of warmly baked banana bread or coconut scones and oat meal cookies, gave us a fabulous start to the day. When we were leaving we could only hope to return once more to feel the same surprise at ourselves and our time of renewal.
The Perfect Getaway
The cottage was everything one could hope for and more. The scenery was breathtaking. The cottage was furnished with everything we needed. Joe and Kathryn were more like friends than caretakers by the time we left. And breakfast - other than the fact I think I gained five pounds that week because of it - it was excellent!!! This vacation was probably the best we have ever had!
week end getaway
My husband, myself and another couple stayed in the Chardonay cottage owend by Joe and Kathryn Feretti. The cottage was beautifully decorated, the view of the Toronto skyline was amazing and our hosts were very warm and welcoming. We were greeted each morning with homemade baked goods. We would definately go back for another visit.
What a great place to stay
What a fantastic place to stay! My wife and I stayed at the Riesling Cottage. Amazing location and so relaxing. Beautifully over looking Lake Ontario. Joe & Kathryn of Nokara Farms were perfect hosts. Breakfast was incredible! Thanks for making our stay most enjoyable!