About Us

Your Hosts: Susan & Glen Wallis

Susan is originally from Toronto where she attained a BA in art at the University of Toronto. She is an acclaimed encaustic artist, displaying her work across Canada and collected internationally.   Her paintings appear throughout the house and a few are for sale. Additional works can be viewed at Mad Dog Gallery just a stone’s throw across East Lake from the bed and breakfast.

Guests are welcome to view work in progress and see first hand the unusual medium of encaustic painting in her studio aptly named “Melt”, which is located on the property. Most recently Susan collaborated with local chef and owner of From the Farm Cooking School, Cynthia Peters to produce the “Art of Herbs”, nominated for the Taste Canada Cookbook Awards in 2012.

More information on her work can be found at www.susanwallis.com

Glen was born in Montreal and came to the County via Vancouver and most recently Toronto. Glen originally debated as a young man whether to pursue architecture or the culinary arts. He attained his BA at the University of British Columbia and completed additional studies in architecture. Glen has enjoyed an international career in design and installation project management for museum galleries, casinos and theatres throughout North America and Europe. Glen’s creativity in working with wood is evident throughout AWAY.

He also continues to pursue his love of food as a member of Slow Food Canada, and as a gentleman gardener and avid chef in his new kitchen at AWAY Bed & Breakfast. Glen is quickly developing a following for his wonderful “field to fork” breakfasts with his renowned homemade hollandaise sauce being a special favorite among guests.

The Wallis’ bought the property in 2002 with the intention of renovating the home to include 3 bed & breakfast suites. When they subsequently enlisted local architect Brian Clark they were able to put their ideas to paper and start the 2 year project of creating their dream home. They opened the doors in August 2012 and enjoy sharing their “little piece of heaven” with guests to exceptional reviews.

The property is patrolled by Oscar, the friendly Basset Hound. Oscar was literally the “doggie in the window” at the local pet store in Picton. Oscar takes great pleasure in greeting all guests and offers free  guided tours down the garden path to the lake. During the summer Susan & Glen will often set up Oscar’s veggie stand by the road offering vegetables from the garden and Oscar’s paw-picked “Get you out of the dog house” bouquets.