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Castalia Marsh Retreat

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11 Bancroft Point Road | Grand Manan, New Brunswick E5G4C1, Canada
Castalia Marsh Retreat
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is the place to unplug When you just want to sit, relax, read a book and drink a cup of tea then you have found it. We spent a very special week in the Bird House and loved every minute. James will make you feel as welcome as a lost relative whilst giving you as much privacy as you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was my third stay in 2 years at Castalia Marsh Retreat. In fact, on my first stay (September 2013) I decided that this was "the place" to hold my wedding! I spoke to James and made arrangements to book the entire retreat for the wedding/reception & I am so glad we did - it was PERFECT!! If you love... More 

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Stryker, Ohio
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My husband and I stayed in the Birdhouse cabin for 3 nights while visiting in July. The cabin was small but well laid out to make the most of every space. If you love nature and being eco friendly, this is the place to go. The bed was in the loft area with 3 large windows. The sunrise and sunsets... More 

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James B, Owner at Castalia Marsh Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your view from the Birdhouse, the picture is beautiful! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit her at our Eco friendly Retreat! Would love to see you both return in the future - a cabin with an inside shower can always be arranged for your next visit! All the best, James More 

Saint Andrews, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

So different, so fun. Cabins with everything you could want. Fern alley. Woke up to a sunrise view of the marsh without even getting out of bed. Environmentally friendly cabins and friendly host. Close to puffin tours and whale watching tours.

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James B, Owner at Castalia Marsh Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Zaljl! Thank you for your wonderful review of Castalia Marsh Retreat! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Fern Alley Cabin! Would love to see you return in the future, it was a pleasure to have you stay with us! More 

Kingston, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We were heading out east to visit friends and the Castalia Marsh Retreat (CMR) was one of the main reasons we decided to visit Grand Manan Island. I had found the place online rather by chance and dialed into its funkiness right away. The property on Castalia Marsh is ramshackle and makeshift -- partly why we loved it so --... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My kids and I spent 10 wonderful days in the Birdhouse in late July. I'm glad we chose the marsh over a more traditional beach location. You may not hear the sound of the surf or have a sandy beach at your doorstep, but the wildlife of the marsh is an amazing trade-off. Waking up to the sound of Bald... More 

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Moncton, NB
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15 hotel reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stayed at Castalia Marsh Retreat during our recent trip to Grand Manan and I’m so glad we did. It literally made our vacation! Like other people have written, if you’re looking for a 5-star hotel, this is not your place. But if you’re looking for a unique, fun, comfortable and unforgettable spot, this could very well be it for... More 

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Petitcodiac, New Brunswick
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Our cabin wasn't ready for us when we arrived so James was great and put us in a larger one for the same price. The cabins are quirky and if you are looking for a 5 star hotel, this is not the place for you! The bed was comfortable and we did enjoy meeting other folks at the fire! We... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was an amazing place. Great location, private and well worth the money. James is great and other staff was too. They showed us around and walked us through the area. We stayed at birdhouse and it was truly a great view and private little place.

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Paranaque, Philippines
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We have stayed here twice once as a family of 4 (2 1/2 year old and a 6 month old) and again with friends and family this summer ( 1 grandma, 1 family of three and our family of 4). It is an idyllic place. The kids were busy this summer catching tadpoles, watching birds, and building fairy houses. We... More 

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