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Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages

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48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
(902) 929-2263
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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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Local cuisine

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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'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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2014
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English first
San Francisco, California
1 review
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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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
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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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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 

Halifax
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We stayed and dined at the inn. The food was incredible. We had one person with Celiac's and they were more than accommodating both for dinner and breakfast. I had the local Halibut and it was done to perfection. Many thanks to Keith who made our evening memorable with lots of humour, and excellent service.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My girlfriend and I were looking for a romantic country inn in Cape Breton to spend several nights while we explored the Cabot Trail. We read about the Chanterelle Inn on trip advisor. The location was perfect, and we loved that the owner, Earlene, has a passion for protecting the environment. We decided to give it a try, and we... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A friend and I made reservations here looking for a nice Saturday night dinner. What a charming place! We were served a simple but flavourful meal focused on fresh, local ingredients. Desserts were exquisite (try the chocolate potato cake and bread pudding!). The wine list is extensive with multiple local choices. The owners were beyond welcoming and absolutely lovely. Would... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I will start by saying have good directions and plenty of time before you head here. We have been pretty disappointed with the food so far in N.S. other than great seafood. What a relief to sit down and enjoy food crafted from the freshest ingredients and presented without being overly sauced. Just let the food speak for itself. As... More 

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ebusch, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for the advice you gave to visitors who choose to come to the restaurant from Baddeck. It is a picturesque drive with so many "Photo-ops" along the way. The appreciation you expressed for the local ingredients was so rewarding and I am especially glad you enjoyed the "strawberry-rhubarb fool". More 

Bethesda MD
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wonderful inn but the food is the star! Best dinner we had in Nova Scotia, and we ate very well there.

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ebusch, Manager at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Such a lovely compliment---thank you! I note that you were with us in July: such a lovely time of year when we are able to source such a wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables from the growers in the area that complement Cape Breton's seafood, meats, and wines. Too the weather was so fine that dinner was served on the... More 

Seattle, Washington
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240 reviews 240 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It took some driving, but we were happy to have decided to have dinner at the Chantrelle. The food was excellent. Unfortunately, there are not many really good restaurants on the Cabot Trail, but this is definitely an exception.

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ebusch, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your most complimentary review! We are pleased you felt the drive out was worthwhile. More 

Sherwood Park, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Just to clarify, this wonderful restaurant/inn is not located in Baddeck. It is about 25km away located in St. Ann's. I just wanted to point this out, as we were walking around Baddeck and searched on Trip Advisor this place came up and so we made reservations (which is a must). We continued about our day and when it came... More 

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ebusch, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

"Tis true---and I know it is somewhat confusing. "Baddeck" is our mailing address. The setting for the restaurant (and the Inn itself) is about 25 minutes out of Baddeck on the Cabot Trail, overlooking St. Ann's Harbour. We are pleased you felt it was worth the extra minutes to come out and hope you return! More 

Bridgehampton
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104 reviews 104 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Inkeepers at the Water's Edge Inn in Baddeck told us about this restaurant which is overlooks St. Ann's Harbour. What's special about this restaurant, besides it's spectacular locvation on the Cabot Trail, is that everything they cook and cook with is sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant. A charming small inn on the top of a steep hill,... 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: (902) 929-2263

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 37
  • Cuisine: Organic, 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.

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