The Poplar Dell Bed and Breakfast is operated by Susan and Bruce Caughey. The farmhouse and surrounding fields are part of an operational dairy farm, and the B&B is run as an additional business. Over the years, the B&B clientele have become more than just customers – they’ve become friends and neighbors. Pick a random week to stay there, and you’d likely meet fellow guests who are really much more than that, as they return to enjoy the peace and quiet of the farm and the wonderful hospitality of the Caugheys.
The farmhouse is located on the shores of Amherst Island in a wonderful setting overlooking Preston Cove and the mainland beyond. The house is full of antiques, quilts and the typical detritus of an active family (3 daughters, now all gone and married, grandkids too!). The guest portion of the house is separated from the living portion by a large dining room. In addition to the rooms themselves, guests have the use of a living room with lots of books and games and places to curl up. There are 3 guest rooms of varying sizes and beds; please contact Susan for details of what is available. The rooms all share one bathroom. Since the house is built out of solid limestone, it is very quiet.
The breakfasts are served in the dining room, and are farm style, large enough so lunch can be pretty light. On request Susan will also fix a large country dinner as well, currently for $12.00. The guests have the use of a refrigerator, and some food is available on the Island (one tea room, one restaurant, one general store, all in Stella).
Along with just relaxing, reading, listening to the water, watching the boats, there’s a variety of slower-paced activities on the Island. Amherst Island is on the way to NOWHERE and the roads are mostly empty of cars so hiking and biking along them is quite pleasant. Amherst is noted as a bird-watchers’ paradise. In July and August the water is warm enough for a swim. The dairy barn is open for visits, kids especially can see where milk comes from. Every weekend there seems to be something going on, from concerts to the farmers’ market to fund-raising potluck dinners.
Poplar Dell is open year-round. While the summer is the busy season, there is a steady stream of bird-watchers, old friends and folks who want some serious peace and quiet throughout the year. All of the seasons have their good points on the Island, and Poplar Dell is open to those who want to experience them.