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Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages

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48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
19029292263
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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: The Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages is named after the golden...
The Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages is named after the golden mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, which grows in abundance over its 100 + acres. The Chanterelle mushroom is one of the most "choice" of all wild fungi because of its fragrant flavor. Cape Breton Chanterelles are shipped all over the world to some of the most exclusive restaurants and dining rooms. When they are in season, you will find this delicacy in many of the dishes served in the dining room at the Inn. Other choice edibles are also found the the woods behind the Inn. The discovery of these choice 'shrooms was a major factor in Innkeeper Earlene Busch's decision to move from Boulder, Colorado, and build the Inn. She originally came to Cape Breton to pick up a bedroom suite of handmade curly maple furniture crafted by Bob Lambie of the Dovetail Shop near Margaree and fell in love with the area. Recognizing the healthfulness of the fresh air, pure crystalline water (we call it Chanterelle Champagne) and the serenity and pristine beauty of the North River Valley and St. Ann's Harbour, she decided to build an Inn dedicated to the values of a healthy and "green" environment. The Inn draws its water from a certified deep well fed by a natural spring, serves organic and locally grown food whenever and wherever available. The Inn building itself is modeled after a traditional Cape Breton barn---designed to look rustic on outside but welcomes guests to a rich and comfortable interior. Weathered hemlock recycled from the original barn, built in 1912, frames the commons area, the dining room and the upstairs hallways. The cottages are re-cycled, too, from a property in Ingonish that closed to make way for a maritime interpretive center. The property is dedicated to making as small a footprint as possible on the North River Valley. In addition to our use of solar space and water heating system, we serve locally produced ingredients in the restaurant, use only natural and fragrance-free cleaners and laundry soaps. Our hand and facial soaps are made exclusively for the Chanterelle Inn from natural ingredients by a local soapmaker. We use no pesticides or herbicides. And, of course, we are commited to pre-and re-cycling and ask our guests to join us in that effort. Chanterelle Inn was officially opened on June 3, 2000, largely due to the efforts of Earlene's life long friends who came up from Colorado: Anne and Bill Gillespie, Barbara and George McCulloch and Joe Kercel. Anne and Barbara designed and decorated the interior of Inn while Bill, George and Joe did whatever tasks were necessary to open the doors on time. Earlene's appreciation of their work is equaled only by her gratitude to them. We continue to strive to exceed guest expectations. Our greatest reward is having guests return year after year or when we have a guest who has been referred to us by someone who stayed with us previously. Green Weddings - The property specializes in creating memorable events and is one of the best locations on Cape Breton in which to host a small intimate wedding event and reception. Mountain vistas, personalized service, all wrapped with a focus on delivering special events with a green and sustainable touch.
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely b and b

We very much enjoyed our recent stay at this inn. The room was adequate and very clean and quiet. The food both at breakfast and dinner was very tasty. The home was built as a B and B and was very homey and comfortable with a beautiful screened porch for wasy relaxing after touring the scenic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We very much enjoyed our recent stay at this inn. The room was adequate and very clean and quiet. The food both at breakfast and dinner was very tasty. The home was built as a B and B and was very homey and comfortable with a beautiful screened porch for wasy relaxing after touring the scenic areas near the inn.... More 

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Ingonish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great secluded place with cottages and rooms. A lovely view, very environmentally friendly, great dining room with all natural foods and great service, we have stayed there several times and our experiences have always been amazing! Keith and Earlene are both super nice and very accomadating! Will definitely be back!

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Thank WhJet
Mississauga, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My husband, son and I had the pleasure of a most delightful dinner overlooking the stunning highlands. The wonderful service, the fabulous food and the feeling of truly being welcomed made for a terrific first night of many to follow on this visit to the Cape.

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Thank Mang3
Salem, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The food was excellent, a the setting was beautiful, high on a hill overlooking the Cape abreton Highlands. We watched hummingbirds feeding as we ate. I had a beet and blueberry salad to start; it was delicious. My husband tried the wild mushroom soup, with wild mushrooms gathered on the property. It was a littl bland. My entree was seared... More 

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Thank Lynn N
Decatur, Georgia
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Our family of four adults had a wonderful two-day stay here in July, and the gorgeous rural peaceful location was just the start. The rooms were comfortable and decorated with treasures from Earlene's (the owner and chef) family and trips, making it feel like a real home. Every aspect of the inn was crafted with an environmental mindset, and this... More 

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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My very first lobster meal was beautifully cooked by Keith and Earleane, and I could not have been more satisfied. Thank you both for beautiful food and a lovely stay at the Chanterelle!

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Thank Marianne S
Hartford, Connecticut
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Inn is a great place to stay and wonderful place to eat. Home made food is cooked to perfection to order. The Inn is located on a hill with a beautiful setting right off the Cabot Trail. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

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Thank 957Rosebud
CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write such a very generous review of the inn and restaurant. We are pleased that you appreciated our efforts to locally source the ingredients of our cuisine---and Cape Breton ingredients are second to none! It truly warms the heart of a chef to read that guests judge their food to be prepared very well. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Nice location and friendly banter. Limited but nice menu. I was disappointed that my dish contained pork and it wasn't listed on the description of the dish on the menu. Like many people I don't eat pork so I think this should be pointed out clearly when added as an ingredient. I had to leave my meal almost uneaten and... More 

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Thank Lilmiz0e
CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write regarding your experience at the Chanterelle dining room. It is not a really restaurant but rather a dining room of the inn. We cater to our Inn guests but often are able to take outside guests for dinner. So, yes, the menu is limited because it changes daily and the same culinary crew... More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Sure, it's "gourmet food", but honestly the wait made it not worth it. I would have been just as fine with a microwavable meal, which would have also saved a substantial amount of money too.

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1 Thank James M
CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

This reviewer also wrote a very negative review of the accommodations at the Chanterelle Inn and Cottages, to which I have replied. We have exhaustively searched our records and have found that no family stayed at the Chanterelle or had dinner at the Chanterelle Restaurant during May or June 2014. Please research this and delete this review. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

'I'm afraid I can't cook you a proper meal, ma'm', Earlane said to me trying to book a table at 6 pm. That triggered us really, because we were very anxious to get a proper meal. The next evening we had a 'proper meal', and the night after, and even the night after that one. Though we had to drive... More 

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1 Thank Praxita
CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments! Glad you appreciated the scottish humor that accompanied your dinner. And thank you for helping the Chanterelle help the local farmers, fishers and growers. We look forward to your return. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Baddeck
  • Phone Number: 19029292263

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 32
  • Cuisine: American, Soups, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

The Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages is named after the golden mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, which grows in abundance over its 100 + acres. The Chanterelle mushroom is one of the most "choice" of all wild fungi because of its fragrant flavor. Cape Breton Chanterelles are shipped all over the world to some of the most exclusive restaurants and dining rooms. When they are in season, you will find this delicacy in many of the dishes served in the dining room at the Inn. Other choice edibles are also found the the woods behind the Inn. The discovery of these choice 'shrooms was a major factor in Innkeeper Earlene Busch's decision to move from Boulder, Colorado, and build the Inn. She originally came to Cape Breton to pick up a bedroom suite of handmade curly maple furniture crafted by Bob Lambie of the Dovetail Shop near Margaree and fell in love with the area. Recognizing the healthfulness of the fresh air, pure crystalline water (we call it Chanterelle Champagne) and the serenity and pristine beauty of the North River Valley and St. Ann's Harbour, she decided to build an Inn dedicated to the values of a healthy and "green" environment. The Inn draws its water from a certified deep well fed by a natural spring, serves organic and locally grown food whenever and wherever available. The Inn building itself is modeled after a traditional Cape Breton barn---designed to look rustic on outside but welcomes guests to a rich and comfortable interior. Weathered hemlock recycled from the original barn, built in 1912, frames the commons area, the dining room and the upstairs hallways. The cottages are re-cycled, too, from a property in Ingonish that closed to make way for a maritime interpretive center. The property is dedicated to making as small a footprint as possible on the North River Valley. In addition to our use of solar space and water heating system, we serve locally produced ingredients in the restaurant, use only natural and fragrance-free cleaners and laundry soaps. Our hand and facial soaps are made exclusively for the Chanterelle Inn from natural ingredients by a local soapmaker. We use no pesticides or herbicides. And, of course, we are commited to pre-and re-cycling and ask our guests to join us in that effort. Chanterelle Inn was officially opened on June 3, 2000, largely due to the efforts of Earlene's life long friends who came up from Colorado: Anne and Bill Gillespie, Barbara and George McCulloch and Joe Kercel. Anne and Barbara designed and decorated the interior of Inn while Bill, George and Joe did whatever tasks were necessary to open the doors on time. Earlene's appreciation of their work is equaled only by her gratitude to them. We continue to strive to exceed guest expectations. Our greatest reward is having guests return year after year or when we have a guest who has been referred to us by someone who stayed with us previously. Green Weddings - The property specializes in creating memorable events and is one of the best locations on Cape Breton in which to host a small intimate wedding event and reception. Mountain vistas, personalized service, all wrapped with a focus on delivering special events with a green and sustainable touch.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?