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“Retreat to the wilderness” 4 of 5 stars
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Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
Cabot Trail Indian Brook, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada   |  
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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“Retreat to the wilderness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

Cabot Shores offers a lovely retreat in the wilds of Cape Breton. The hosts and staff are wonderful and very accommodating. Our lodge room was a bit too cozy for our needs and Paul was able to work us into one of their chalets to give us more elbow room. The chalets are really wonderfully designed small vacation homes. Our chalet, however, didn't get any housekeeping service during our 5 day stay. For the cost, I was expecting the chalet to be serviced daily. (More like a hotel than a housekeeping cabin)

We signed up for a vegetarian meal plan. Barbara prepared wonderful lunches and dinners for us. The dining room in the lodge is very nice and we enjoyed meeting other guests. The breakfast buffet is basic but very adequate.

Dog lovers will enjoy the company of Cosmo, who enjoys a quick pat or a couple of hours of hiking in the woods near by.

Those who are new to the area should note that Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail is very spread out. Cabot Shores is located in a section that is wonderfully isolated and wild.

One more thing. The bugs were hungry but heavy duty bug spray (25% DEET) did the trick.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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drpaulLeverett_Ma, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 30, 2011
Thanks very much for your thorough review. We are always looking constructive feedback, and have since increased our chalet housekeeping maintenance. Glad you enjoyed your time with us, as well as the fantastic scenes. All the best in your journeys. - Paul and Barbara
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lake City, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

We arrived late at Cabot Shores and were greeted warmly by Paul and Barbara. They served us a wonderful dinner after they found out we hadn't eaten supper yet, and their restaurant had already closed!! Barbara even made us salads with greens from her garden! Their restaurant serves delicious, fresh food! Our cabin was very clean, comfortable, and spacious, with many windows! We enjoyed exploring the grounds in the little time we had there. Many activities, but we had little time to enjoy them! It was a very pleasant stay! Definitely would stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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drpaulLeverett_Ma, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 30, 2011
Thanks so much for your kind comments about the bistro. Stop by any time, we'd love to see you! :-) Cheers, Paul and Barbara
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alcove
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

Lovely location, lovely people and a great time. Perfect spot for wilderness camping, we were in the woods surrounded by nothing but nature. The stream was close, the firewood plentiful, and the scenary breathtaking. We spent 5 nights there and loved every minute. We camped, canoed, hiked and visited lots of wonderful sites in the area. It's really a focal point for that side of the island as all of the major sites and scenic areas up and down the coast are easily accessible. We enjoyed our time with Paul and Barbara, as well as their friendly staff and, of course, Cosmo, and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

We want the owners to know how much business a bad experience can cost them. The more people that indicate this review is helpful, the happier we'll be.
The owners appear to be complete amateurs; the staff appear to be a bunch of travellers come to ground in this location for the summer. We experienced no clear evidence of any hospitality training and no evidence of a customer-centred approach. We've looked through the reviews on tripadvisor and our experience was in line with all the worst reviews. Here's a few disappionting experiences we had:
We stayed in a lodge room. We have stayed in plusher youth hostels. By the way, Youth hostels cost around $27-50 a night in Canada, so this place is way overpriced.
You WILL get charged for absolutely everything.
The lodge rooms are sparse, no complimentary coffee/tea (and nor were we offered any). Even when the staff made drinks for themselves we were not offered anything.
There are no complimentary toiletries in the rooms, except a soap dispenser in the shower.
The food was truly dreadful - nothing more than that. We ate out the second night.
At night, once the noise of people moving around the lodge died away (the staff don't keep to the 10pm quiet curefew) you could amuse yourself by listening to what sounded like mice making their nightly way to the kitchen by way of the ceiling void.
Nothing we encountered in the 'wilderness' (marshland) was particularly well maintained - boats taking on water, half-completed buildings, abandoned camp sites, PVC yurts (!!!). Whatever next?
When we said we didn't want to stay a second night the owner said the booked nights were non-refundable, so we reluctantly stayed. Two nights in the lodge, one meal, two glasses of wine, and nothing else cost us over $400 including tax. WE STAYED AND PAID SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

A classic 'lodge' and a perfect base from which to explore the best of Cape Breton. Lots of space to roam and be alone and still come back around the comfy fire and mingle. I will stop by again. It is the get away for the Cape Bretoners... The pool is the OCEAN - wow.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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drpaulLeverett_Ma, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 31, 2011
Hi Kristine. Thanks for reviewing Cabot Shores, we're glad you enjoyed our spot. Stop in any time! :-)
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Abingdon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

My husband and I spent 5 nights at Cabot Shores. We rented the Red Chalet, and since we were going to be there early in the season, Paul offered us a great package deal on the chalet and the dinner/breakfast meal plan. The chalet had a spectacular view of St. Ann's Bay. We could see the Bird Islands from the front windows. The chalet was immaculately, spotlessly clean. It was decorated and furnished the way you would decorate your own home. I had forgotten my hair dryer and really appreciated finding one tucked away in a basket under the bathroom sink. We also appreciated the super clean windows that made it possible to enjoy the view. We were thrilled to see moose on 2 mornings. I think we saw bald eagles every day. Paul and Barbara really went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. Paul had emailed us before we arrived and asked what kinds of food we enjoyed eating; and when we arrived they checked with us again. The dinners were wonderful. We don't usually eat dessert every night, but since this was a special vacation we decided to splurge. Every night we had a different, really delicious treat. One night one of the cooks came to our table to finish our pre-dinner soup with a drizzling of olive oil. She was using some olive oil she had just brougt back from a trip to Tuscany. She poured some of the oil in a spoon for each of us to taste. That was just one of many friendly gestures that we experienced. The basic breakfast offering every morning was cereal, toast, boiled eggs, juice, coffee--what we usually eat every day. But, in addition there was something extra that differed each morning--oatmeal, french toast, yogurt with muesli, frittata, scones with maple icing, yellow cupcakes with chocolate ganache. Cabot Shores is a great base for exploring the East coast of Cape Breton. We took short day trips out each day, except for one where we just enjoyed spending the whole day exploring the grounds and beach at Cabot Shores. It's an easy drive up to the Ingonish/Neil's Harbor area. One day we drove up to Cape Smokey where there's a nice picnic park, trail, and spectacular view. Another day we went to Baddeck. And we also drove toward Sydney over Kelly's Mtn. with fabulous views of the Bras d'Or. To get to the beach at Cabot Shores you cross a narrow stream. Paul and Barbara have rigged up a small boat called the Eagle Feather Ferry and you can just pull yourself across in just a few minutes. Or, at low tide, you can just walk across. The section of beach that I walked was a bit rocky at high tide, but the sound of the tide pulling the smaller rocks into the bay was truly beautiful. I'd never heard anything quite like it. At low tide, there's plenty of sand for a comfortable walk. Paul and Barbara and their staff really made us feel like we were part of their family. They are wonderful folks. We really fell in love with Cosmo and were hoping he had stowed away in our car, but no such luck! My husband and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Cabot Shores was a perfect choice for our special vacation.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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drpaulLeverett_Ma, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 31, 2011
What a lovely descriptor of the surrounding scenes! Thanks so much for the kind review, we're glad we could be part of your Cape Breton vacation. Safe and happy journeys, Paul and Barbara
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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

We were looking for a Nova Scotia adventure and booked two nights but stayed 5 (our entire vacation). Above the sea and nestled beside a small lake fed by Indian Brook at the edge of their property, the lodge and its owners, Paul and Barbara, made us feel like part of the family. Paul found us a place to stay the first night near the airport, and as our trip approached, he emailed helpful suggestions. Kayaking, hiking, wandering the beautiful property, we hardly left the place during our stay. We experienced the entire ecosystem of Cape Breton right there, as well as rest, fine food, and good company. The lodge was big enough to find privacy, had comfortable seating and breathtaking views, and offered a comfortable room with a bed, linens, and furniture we would be proud to own at home. The dinners were tasty and varied, with options for beer and drinks, and the breakfasts were hardy. Needless to say, we highly recommend Cabot Shores.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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drpaulLeverett_Ma, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 31, 2011
Hi Bob, thanks so much for the glowing review. We loved having you and were glad to have accommodated your trip to Cape Breton! Please come for a visit if ever you're in the area again– we'd love to see you. Cheers! -Paul and Barbara
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Address: Cabot Trail Indian Brook, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Englishtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Englishtown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabot Shores is a 4 season adventure wilderness resort and retreat centre on 55 acres along Indian Brook and the Atlantic and on the Cabot Trail of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Lodging includes: for 4 seasons-a Bistro restaurant in a 4 star lodge and chalets; a cedar yurt for all seasons; 3 Mongolian yurts; a unique cedar yurt, Japanese cedar ofuro soaking tubs, as well as a 4 bedroom farmhouse, a western yurt, Pacific dome, and wilderness camping. Activities include live music, guided hikes; canoe and kayak and yolo board rentals; boat tours; special events and conference locations. ... more   less 
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