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“RACE THE CAPE STOP” 5 of 5 stars
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The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn
5153 East Bay Highway (Route 4) | Ben Eoin, Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia B1J 1P1, Canada   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Ben Eoin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
nova scotia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“RACE THE CAPE STOP”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was our 1st night's stop after the 1st leg of a 4 day sailing race in the Bras D'or Lakes, in Cape Breton, NS. (The inaugural Race The Cape) After 30 miles of sailing, this inn proved to be just what tired bodies needed. Lovely atmosphere, gracious hosts, excellant breakfast and great beds! One could easily spend more time here!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

If you are looking for a quaint Victorian style B&B filled with chintz, look elsewhere.

We stayed one night at "The Birches" en route back to mainland Nova Scotia after spending a day at Fortress Louisbourg. The building is a modern two story building with large lobby/entrance. The owners, Barbara and Lawrence, walk the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. Our room was on the second floor at the back. The décor is very nice, the bed was perfect and everything was spotless. The "jet spray" shower was a bit challenging at the beginning but wonderful!

We ate at "Malcolm's" that night which is your only choice. The service was great. I ordered the seared duck breast which is done in a "chocolate chili sauce". The duck breast was wonderfully cooked but I did not enjoy the sauce. My mistake as I am not a real chocolate fan and found the chocolate taste overpowering. My companion ordered the chicken and it was great.

The following morning I made my way to the lobby area to read the paper and no disturb my companion's sleep. I was greeted by Barbara who immediately offered coffee. Breakfast was fine. We were told that it was a Continental breakfast when we booked so didn't expect a cooked breakfast. The choice was fine - 3 types of cereal, yogurt, bread , bagels, some fruit, juices, coffee and a small egg dish which my companion said was good.

The Birches does cater to the golf crowd. Just behind the property is The Lakes golf course and several of the guests we spoke to were on golfing trips of the island.

If you are looking for a place outside of Sydney and on the east side of the Bras d'Or Lakes, you won't find a better spot.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Spent the last leg of our CB golf trip here and it was certainly the highlight of the trip. The rooms were large, comfortable and well appointed. Loved the fact that all the rooms were so different but each luxurious in their own right. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Dinner at the restaurant was excellent! Great menu, terrific service. Met the owners in the morning and it wasn't long before they felt like friends! Golf cart was delivered to us in the morning, unexpected nice perk! Can't believe we had never heard of this place before but will return for sure!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Traveling from Florida to Nova Scotia, we spent two nights at The Birches, with golf at The Lakes Course next door. This was the front end of our trip and none of the hotels or golf courses during our stay could touch the quality and style of these great places. At the Birches, the rooms are large and very well decorated. Great beds. The dining was even better. The room, Malcomes, is simple but the table well set. The Belgian chef fixed very good 'eggs in a cup' to go with the usual breakfast items - fruit, yogurt, bagels, ect, but the dinner was the star of the whole show. Easily the best dining experience we had on the trip. A strong menu, perfect presentation and superior quality. Your hosts, Barbara and Lawrence MacPherson, are always available and most helpful. They will be your good friends before you leave. A final touch...if you play golf at The Lakes, they bring your golf cart to your room in the morning and pick it up there after you play!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by and spent one night with our two youngest. We loved the room, hot tub, and dinner at Malcolm's was wonderful. This is worth a stay, and if not come by for the dinner! the fod was spectacular, well presented and so tasteful! we will be back!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Arichat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed at the Inn for two nights and found the staff, the food and the service to be wonderful. We went there to rest and to enjoy relaxing meals. It was everything we wanted and more! The view and walking trails were just what we wanted to get beautiful fresh air and to slow life down! Again....... the meals were out of this world!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I was booked into the Birches by a local when teaching in Big Pond and was I ever surprised. This is by far the nicest place I've stayed in a long time. The level of service is beyond compare, and the chef in the restaurant was a true gem. You won't go wrong by staying here.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
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Address: 5153 East Bay Highway (Route 4) | Ben Eoin, Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia B1J 1P1, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Ben Eoin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ben Eoin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 20 min. west of Sydney, 55 min. east of St. Peter's, next to Ski Ben Eoin. Colonial-style facility with ten elegantly appointed guest rooms and two luxurious suites--all with private bath, access to balcony, fireplaces, some feature canopy beds and air-jet soaking tubs. Fine dining every evening (except Mondays) from 5 pm to 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Birches At Ben Eoin Country Hotel Ben Eoin
Country Inn Sydney
Sydney Country Inn
The Birches At Ben Eoin Country Inn Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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