Oxford County Business Success Stories:
Elm Hurst Inn & Spa
Ingersoll’s Elm Hurst Inn & Spa has been a southwestern Ontario landmark since it was built by James Harris in 1872.
The mansion – which is now home to the Elm Hurst Restaurant – served as the Harris family home for more than 100 years and is an architectural delight with signature gingerbread trim, an Italianate tower, and pointed gothic window arches.
Today, food lovers enjoy locally-inspired culinary delights in one of the mansion’s nine private dining-rooms, decorated to reflect the home’s Victorian charms.
A 49-room Inn was added to Elm Hurst in 1988, complete with four spacious reception halls suitable for conferences and weddings, and an Aveda Spa. The original Harris family Carriage House is also a popular venue for celebrations, meetings and other special events.
Although Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is located just off Hwy 401, visitors can leave the stress of modern life behind as they explore the 33-acre property with its gardens, natural pond and walking trail. The Inn hosts regular arts and entertainment events throughout the year, including the annual Oxford Summer Arts Festival, and is a preferred venue for weddings and conferences.
Purchased by Farhi Holdings Corporation in 2009, the Elm Hurst mansion has been restored to its former glory and the Inn’s guest rooms, spa, and reception halls have been newly-renovated.
General Manager Alon Gurman joined the company in the spring of 2011:
“It is a privilege to work in Oxford. The country setting around us, the green, the cows, the corn fields and the different farms are a great formula for relaxation. Our guests are coming to enjoy a break from the busy life style and the Elm Hurst Inn in Oxford is providing them this experience.”
Business is going well, and the hotel employs a strong, loyal staff, some of whom have been working at Elm Hurst for more than 15 years. Gurman emphasizes that the hotel enjoys strong networking opportunities and a very strong relationship with Oxford County Tourism and the Ingersoll Economic Development office:
“We support each other and work as a team that has mutual goals. Networking is something that the County and the different Chambers are doing and supporting a lot. It helps us as a business to meet new businesses and create more connections inside and outside the County. I am very happy to be part of Oxford County.”