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Castalia Marsh Retreat

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Bancroft Point Road | Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Saint Andrews, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

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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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

An excellent place to stay and the owner is a wonderful host. Many different buildings, all built with an ethos of minimizing impact on the planet and living sustainably. Spent three nights here and would return

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Kingston, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
1 review
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We stayed in Fern Alley. It was spacious, very clean, and had a great view. The deck was also nice. The place was very entertaining for our six year old, as well as educational. He enjoyed feeding the chickens, and James showed him the bat house.

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Halifax, NS
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

This place is so different. Where do I begin? It's not a place for everyone. It is, however, unique and memorable. If you stay here, you will remember your Grand Manan visit. Approaching the office, you might think that this is run-down. However, once you are walking down the path to your cabin, you will see that the area is... More

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Address: Bancroft Point Road | Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada
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The Retreat site is seven acres of forested land overlooking Swallowtail Lighthouse, the saltwater marsh, the fishing village of North Head and picturesque islands in the Bay of Fundy. It is a safe, warm, and dry environment where one can relax and be surrounded by nature. There is a network of nature trails connecting four small fish and frog ponds and the various cabins and tent site. We try to create a supportive environment where people who want to share what they have learned can be actively involved in increasing their knowledge of personal, spiritual, and environmental health or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty. We have a facility ideally suited for hosting workshops or facilitating gatherings focused on personal, spiritual, and environmental health. ... more   less 
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