Accommodations at the Pelee Island Book House


Throughout the house there is plenty of comfortable seating and room to spread out and find a private writing nook, with a large open concept kitchen and dining room, library, front porch, and airy sunroom. You can go outside and read under a shady tree, or take your laptop to the patio table overlooking the water. The Book House is a place writers can go to get away from the distractions of daily life; however, if you require the occasional email update there is wifi access. During retreats and residencies, breakfast will be available at at your own convenience at the breakfast bar, and lunch and dinner are catered at set times. Food allergies and dietary requirements can be accommodated, as all meals are freshly made. There will be tea and coffee available at the breakfast bar at all hours, since some writers are early risers while others like to burn the midnight oil. The small town of Pelee Island offers a winery, bakery, ice-cream store, micro-brewery, and an LCBO, for all your epicurean needs.

The bedrooms are themed around a specific author that has ties to Windsor and Essex County, and in particular, to Pelee Island. There are 2 single bedrooms, and 3 larger shared bedrooms that accommodate two to three guests. One of the larger shared bedrooms can be made into a single bedroom with a King bed. Please see the "Fees" page to for tuition costs. The bunkie is only available if the instructors are not using it.

Book House Bunkie (1-2) typically used for instructors, unless they are off-site
Margaret Atwood Room (shared 1-3) can be a single room with a King bed, or a shared room with up to 3 people in twin beds
Graeme Gibson Room (shared 1-3) can be a single room with a King bed, or a shared room with up to 3 people in twin beds
Alistair MacLeod Room (shared 1-2) can be a single room with a King bed, or a shared room with up to 2 people in twin beds
Joyce Carol Oates Room (single - 1) only one person with a single twin bed and a desk
Nino Ricci Room (single - 1) only one person with a single twin bed and a desk

There are many other authors with a local connection, but there are only five bedrooms. The Book House walls will have photographs of these celebrated authors and prints of their book covers. If you would like to donate prints, posters, or books, please contact Dawn through the contact page. Authors so far included are: Di Brandt, Dani Couture, Marty Gervais, Barbara Gowdy, Wayne Grady, Kate Hargreaves, Susan Holbrook, Melanie Janisse, Jeff Lemire, Daniel Lockhart, Alexander MacLeod, Dorothy Mahoney, Micheline Maylor, Eugene McNamara, Mary Ann Mulhern, Emily Schultz, Vanessa Shields, Laurie Smith, Robert Earl Stewart, Paul Vasey, and Darryl Whetter. Want to be part of our gallery wall? Please email high res book cover images, along with a brief description of your local connection.