About Hessenland

History of Hessenland

Hoteliers Frank & Liz Ihrig Continue a Family Tradition

Christa, Ernst & Frank

Liz, Sebastian & Frank Ihrig

Steeped in history, Hessenland Inn marries two intriguing stories.  The first story belongs to the farm itself and dates back to the late 19th century when it was owned by the Bedard Family who were one of the first families to settle in the area.  The original Bedard farm house still stands today and is attached to the Inn’s main building.  In 1998 the farm’s barn was torn down to its original foundation and carefully restored to what is today, The Coach House.  This rustic yet elegant barn-like setting has become one of the most unique reception venues along Ontario’s West Coast.

 

The second story began in Germany, in the province of Hessen more than thirty years ago and belongs to Ernst and Christa Ihrig.  They dreamed of moving to Canada to open a business which combined their passion for hospitality with their hobby of horse breeding.  Hessenland today now boasts expansive gardens, dining rooms, accommodations, 5 acres of vineyard and the unique Coach House reception hall.

 

Today the Inn is run by the second generation of Ihrigs.  Frank (the eldest son of Ernst and Christa) along with his wife Liz have taken over as co-owners.

Frank Ihrig

Owner & Head Chef

Liz Ihrig

Owner

Kelsi Trotter

Inn Manager

Lanh Pham

Executive Sous Chef

Marie Ward

Guest Experience Supervisor & Event Co-ordinator

Brandon Chaffe

Winery Manager

Contact Hessenland Inn

For information on events, accommodation, winery tours and bookings, please contact us.

Contact Hessenland Inn

For information on events, accommodation, winery tours and bookings, please contact us.