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English Country Garden B&B

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45478 Cabot Trail, | RR 1, Indian Brook, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 2 Indian Brook B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Circumstances had us arriving here rather late in the evening. We pulled into the B&B only to find Ian, flashlight in hand, directing us where to park. He then cheerily showed us our room, The Russian Room. It was one of the nicest (and largest!) rooms I've ever stayed in, and I've been to many B&B's. Our breakfast was freshly... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you so much for such a heartwarming and encouraging review .Penny ,Diane and I take pride in what we do and we want all our guests to have a glorious time and their expectations to be surpassed . Thank you also for taking the time out of your busy holiday schedule to write a review. So glad... More 

Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely home situated along the Cabot Trail. Conveniently located for day tripping around Cape Breton Island. Ian and Penny are friendly and helpful hosts. Their home overlooks a small lake and hummingbirds frequent the gardens.

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Guest , Thank you for taking the time to write a review .We are happy you enjoyed your stay and our B & B .We all try hard to meet and surpass expectations and never take anything for granted, Yours sincerely , Ian, Co-owner , The English Country Garden B & B . More 

Kamuela, HI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely setting by a lake and just off Cabot Trail. Beautiful garden views from all windows. Very personal decorating touches from owners' travels. Africa room smelled of mildew, and is dark, but bed was comfy. Other rooms are nice. Ian's food and service were absolutely delightful. Do take advantage of the dinner offering at least one night. Not a lot... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for all the lovely positive comments ,they are very encouraging . However we wish you had said at the time that you were not happy with the African Room. There are photographs of the decor of the room on the website .If there had been a problem we would certainly have tried to move you to... More 

Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Parts of our stay were really quite lovely (the kindness of our hosts, the delicious English breakfast the next morning), while others left us somewhat underwhelmed (the restriction on arrival time, the overly cluttered, knick-knack-y room, the misrepresented "tranquil" location immediately next to the highway with power lines running right through the adjacent lake). In truth, our sense of disappointment... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Guest , It is difficult to respond to your review as you stayed with us close to 10 months ago and this is the first indication you were not happy with your stay .You did not say anything whilst you were here . The rooms and public rooms are furnished with antiques and original artwork .The copious photographs on... More 

Morro Bay, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This was my second visit to this lovely B&B. The setting is lovely and the Russian Room is the best B&B room that I have ever stayed in. The breakfast was delicious with lots of choices and fun table settings. Ian and Penny are so friendly and helpful and they make you feel at home. Ian will cook dinner for... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Dorothy, It was an absolute pleasure to host you again and your daughter on your recent stay with us .Thank you doe taking the time to write such an encouraging and positive review. I am so glad you enjoyed the dinner ,we try to create meal experiences for our customers in intimate spaces. Already we are planning little changes... More 

San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

In September, 2014, our vacation took us to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick, and our stay at the English Country Garden, on Cape Breton, was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Ian is an enthusiastic, caring, and helpful host, and we felt welcomed from the time we arrived until we left. We were fortunate enough to... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Bev, What a lovely heart warming review to read after a wet couple of days ,thank you so much .Mind you we do need some water after a glorious ,memorable autumn ,the trees were magnificent and the weather sunny and warm. We are all so glad you enjoyed our surroundings ,accommodation and food . My pleasurable mission now is... More 

valley, nova scotia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I am not sure where to begin ... From the very first moment I messaged the English Country Garden ... one of the owners, Ian, was as excited as I was that David and I were eloping! They provided us with all the necessary information we would need and helped us contact a minister ... asked many questions to ensure... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Sherrylynne and David , What a delight it was to be part of your wedding and its preparation . It means so much to us that you were thrilled with your special day . It was a joy to see your happiness and I especially enjoyed designing the wedding bouquet and wedding cake. Penny was pleased with the outcome... More 

North Attleboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Despite arriving quite a bit earlier than we had communicated, Ian greeted us warmly and showed us to our room. We stayed in the Conservatory Room. We had a large, comfy bed, a sitting area with a nice overstuffed chair, a gas fireplace and an electric kettle for tea or coffee. A set of French Doors led to a small... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Guest , Thank you for such a detailed and positive review .They are always reassuring when written with such careful detail .All our bathroom configurations are different ,some having conventional stand up showers. We take care with the breakfasts to ring the changes between sweet and savoury hot dishes and either home made baked goods of either scones or... More 

massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This really is the most perfect location to stay in Cape Breton if you want a beautiful, clean, sunlit room by a romantic lake with perfect hosts, Ian and Penny. Their attention to detail is first rate, this is our second stay with them and we will be back. The food is fantastic, their breakfast and evening cuisine world class,... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

Dear Duncan, What a wonderfully uplifting review .It encapsulates everything that Penny and I strive to achieve . We certainly never take anything for granted .Thank you for saying it better than we ever could ! Also thank you for taking the time out of your busy and hectic schedule to write this . We hope to see you and... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were very disappointed in that fact that due to poor communication, we were unable to stay here BUT they proceeded to take our $200 despite turning us away. They had no flexibility in helping a paying customer out. Despite several later email pleas for some sort of reimbursement/leniency, even compassion, their email responses basically told us "too bad for... More 

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Westiespencer, Owner at English Country Garden B&B, responded to this review

It is unfortunate that this person who in fact chose herself not to stay with us ,did not say that she booked a room for two people and in fact had four people in her party. It states quite clearly on our website and Booking.com through whom she booked that our rooms sleep only two people . This person telephoned... More 

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