As “summer people,” we developed an attachment to Southampton (not unlike many of our guests!). Combine this with Jenny’s dream to operate a B&B and it is no surprise that we ended up here!
On a spur of the moment day trip to Southampton one drizzly September day in 1999, we decided to look at real estate and realized that this house seemed imminently suitable for bed and breakfast. Don had taken early retirement from Bell and then worked on international assignments, so it suddenly didn’t matter where we lived. We had moved with Bell and Jenny’s careers were disrupted, so this was a chance for Jenny to do what she wanted. So, by December of that same year, we had sold our house in Oakville and moved the family to Southampton. The nice part about all of this was that it felt like the right thing to do, and we still have no regrets! The house had always been a private residence so after major renovations we had 2 rooms open by February and all six open by June of 2000.
We have two children; Jared completed a business diploma at Niagara College, and is currently working in New York City as a product manager for Grohe, a luxury plumbing specialty business. Jodi completed a degree in Economics and International Trade at the University of Waterloo. She presently lives in Port Credit and works for Navigant, a consulting company that specializes in the energy sector.
Southampton is really a wonderful town; the people are very friendly and we all feel very much at home. We are both very involved in the community; Jenny is involved with the “Streetscape Committee”, a past president of the Southampton Rotary Club chairman of the Grey Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association and was recognized by Bruce County for outstanding contributions. Don sells real estate for McIntee Real Estate in the Southampton office. He would be pleased to help you with any related questions … especially if you get the Southampton bug!! We also have a chance to pursue some of those hobbies that we never had time for in our busy city lives. Don has always been a want-to-be handyman/carpenter … so he has lots to keep him busy, not to mention the garden. Don is also a sailor and tennis enthusiast.
Whatever your reason for visiting the area, B&B hosts Jenny & Don Amy have operated Chantry Breezes for 15 years and are dedicated to ensuring that your stay is not only unique and unforgettable, but one you’ll want to experience time and again.