About Danby House

Danby House is an established B&B in Markdale offering 4 well-appointed guest rooms, 3 which include spacious ensuites and one with a private bath. Danby House is a fully renovated century home with modern amenities, and still keeps the original character of the home. The stained glass windows are original to the house as is much of the flooring, the grand staircase, doors and wood trim. The original locks and skeleton keys were on all the doors. It didn't take long to discover that the keys opened up every lock in the house! Needless to say, that is no longer the case.


Since opening in January 2013, there have been continuous updates to rooms and amenities. There are many outdoor seating areas to relax in as well as more gardens to enjoy. A guest BBQ is available for use. 


After 10 years in business, Barb has retired. Please welcome Julia and Greg, who are excited to carry on the tradition.


There are many delights in the area that await our guests. The area has many micro-breweries, cideries and wineries. The Saints and Sinners Bootlegger's Trail is very popular.


Within a short distance from Danby House, you can hike the Bruce Trail, golf at several award-winning courses, and enjoy spectacular beaches on both Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. The Beaver Valley is popular with cyclists of all ages and abilities. Cultural activities in Grey Bruce include antiquing, studios tours with our local artists, galleries and one-of-a-kind shops. And there's Farmers' Markets nearby offering a variety of produce, meats, baked goods and crafts.


There's activities available year-round. Winter enthusiasts can enjoy skiing (Nordic and alpine), snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. For a full listing of activities and destinations, Visit Grey 



History of the House

The home was built in 1893 by town's founder, George Walker. Mr. Walker originally named the settlement Cornabuss. The town was renamed Markdale when Mark Armstrong persuaded the railroad to establish a stop in the town. Mr. Walker was oldest living resident when died at the age of 93 in 1908.



The Walker Suite, Radford Room and Jane's Rooms are named in honour of George Walker, his wife, Hannah Radford and daughter, Jane Rutherford.


Refined comfort. Relaxing atmosphere.