History of Hessenland

Innkeepers Frank & Liz Ihrig Continue a Family Tradition

Steeped in history, Hessenland Inn marries two intriguing stories.  The first story belongs to 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 and the unique Coach House reception hall.  While no longer in the business of breeding Hanovarian Horses, Hessenland’s barns offer boarding to other horses, who are most frequently seen grazing in the 30 acres of pastures and fields surrounding the Inn.

Today the Inn is run by the second generation of Ihrigs.  Frank (the eldest son of Ernst and Christa) has taken over the role of head chef and along with is wife, Liz, manages the day to day operations as the Innkeeper. 

In a continued passing of tradition, Frank and Liz’s son Sebastian now climbs the trees and runs through the barn growing deeper in love with this home of Hessenland the way his father did so many years ago…