Our History

The Idlewyld mansion was built in 1878 as a private home for Charles Smith Hyman.

A successful business man, Mayor of London, Federal Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, captain of Canada’s most successful national cricket team, and seven times Canadian men’s singles tennis champion, Hyman is also credited with introducing the game of bridge to Canada!

The original house included a formal parlour, a dining room, an informal parlour for the lady of the house, a library with private study, and a ballroom. 

The master bedroom was once attached to a sunroom, now the second floor landing, while the third floor would have been used as servants’ quarters. 

The home was sold in the 1930s and transformed into luxury apartments, before being converted to a nursing home in the late 1960s.


Idlewyld was again sold in 1985, reopening the following year as a luxurious Inn. 

Owned and operated by Farhi Holdings Corporation since December 2013, Idlewyld Inn & Spa now joins Ingersoll’s Elm Hurst Inn & Spa in offering unforgettable hospitality and dining in a historic setting. 

Many of the mansion’s original Victorian features survive to this day, including stunning woodwork, ornate fireplaces, shuttered windows, and the famous Linsrusts-Walton wall paper. 

The Idlewyld’s most recent transformation seamlessly combines the Inn’s historic grandeur with comfort, cutting-edge technology, and style, to create an extraordinary experience for today’s discerning guest.  

To book your stay, meeting, or celebration, call 519.432.5554 !