Ron is a retired journalist with 30 years of media experience, the bulk of it in network television news. He assigned reporters stationed around the world for the Canadian Television Network for over twenty years. His tenure at CTV also enabled him to cover everything from earthquakes in Mexico to royal tours in the Maritimes and British Columbia.
Mardelle's work focused on the restoration and preservation of historical buildings, two turn-of-the century mansions and a local railway station... as well as fund raising for private schools and universities.
Ron and Mardelle met over 30 years ago, when both worked for daily newspapers in Ohio.
Mardelle was the social editor while Ron worked as the county editor and they became best friends. When they could manage it, each went with the other on their assignment. Over a summer they managed to cover the local appearance of The Beatles and to take in summer stock with actors such as Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and Dustin Hoffman. Eventually Ron went off to graduate school and Mardy went back to Univcrsity.
It would be 30 years before they would see each other again.
And when they did, they got married and decided they wanted to do something together to make up for the lost years - so they started the Cottage in the City. Both have a love for old buildings and together they researched the origins of the cottage and its neighbourhood, then they set about keeping some of the old and adding some of the new as they restored the Cottage. An extension of their love for antiques is apparent in their latest project the restoration of a century old Ottawa Valley log homestead.
As your gracious hosts both want to make your stay in Toronto the best possible experience.
"It is when I meet persons like you that my delight in humans is renewed"
H. K., Merrick, Delaware, Maryland
"To our modern Baucis and Philemon for your warm and gracious hospitality"
J. S. E, Oxford, Ohio
"This was the perfect place for us to stay: serene, warm and welcoming"
A. K. and T. C., Kyoto, Japan
"We enjoyed meeting Toronto through you -- loved the breakfasts and appreciated all your frequent kindness."
K. T. N., Cambridge Mass
"I had an unforgettable first trip to Toronto -- and you will remain a part of my memory,"
A. W., Aptos, California
"Hoping to meet you in Italy"
R. and M., Bergamo, Italy
"Nous ne manquerons pas de recommander votre chambre d'hotes a nos amis,"
C. C., Paris, France
"The finest B and B we have ever stayed at ever. Superb attention to detail."
M. P., San Francisco Chronicle
"We were blessed to have picked your "Cottage in the City" for our intro to Toronto."
C. and P., Nelson, B. C.
"Waking up with a delicious breakfast, having a nice conversation with Mardelle and Ron, you ëre sure of starting your day the best way possible."
S. A., Barcelona , Spain
"This was our first B and B experience and we liked it from the first instant."
A C., Montreal
"You definitely know how to spoil your guests. We love this house."
S. and L., New York, N.Y
"Your advice on what to do in Toronto and how to get there was always on the mark. (Dutch Dreams was a nice way to end last night.)"
D. C., Libertyville, Illinois
"Mardy is a real "Chef " thank you, merci."
D. K. Montreal
"Thank you for a lovely stay - better than home, I didn't have to do the dishes."
L H., Coralville, Iowa.
"The blueberry pancakes are superb."
R . and N., Munich, Germany
"Here's to you and yours, and mine and ours, and if mine and ours ever come across you and yours, I hope you and yours do as much for mine and ours, as mine and ours have done for you and yours."
Irish Proverb., G. H., Killiney Co. Dublin, Ireland