I spent 4 nights of the 8 nights we had on Iles de la Madeleine at Havre Sur Mer with my Mom and my husband. I didn't want to leave and really regretted having booked anywhere else as Havre Sur Mer was exactly the kind of spot I was hoping to find.
Gourmet, and I do mean gourmet, breakfasts are served in a bright dining area with views to the sea and some wonderful music playing in the background. Fantastic artwork is displayed throughout the inn. The rooms are large, bright, comfortable, and thoughtfully and artfully designed and equipped. I didn't see every room, but the ones I did see all seem to have a view to the sea with a balcony or small outdoor patio seating area. How I felt was that I didn't feel the need to escape the room, they really seemed to be places you could settle into, sit in a chair and read your book and look out at the views.
My Mom stayed in a ground floor corner room with windows looking out on each side and a sliding door to a porch with some chairs. There was a large luxurious bathroom with shower and tub. It was perfect for her.
There is an equipped kitchen area with a fridge, stove, coffee/tea making facilites in the inn area for guest's use. There is a dining table and a living room area also for the guests use. The studios have their own kitchen facilities.
The first night my husband and I stayed in a 2nd floor room in the inn, equally comfortable as my Mom's. The other 3 nights we stayed in one of the studio rooms, with 2 levels. The bedroom is on the 2nd level with fantastic views, a comfortable chair to read a book in or watch the sunset from, a great shower and a huge tub which I tried out one night. The lower level has a kitchen area, a dining table, and a living area. After 3 nights my Mom discovered a half washroom tucked in under the stairs which we hadn't even known was there the whole time we stayed! From the lower level you walk out sliding doors to a deck area with chairs.
We didn't make it to the spa, but there is a spa with hot tub and sauna half way down to the beach from the inn. People were definitely making use of it. Massage and spa services are available to book as well. Next time...
The inn has a prime location. It's just a walk down a path to the beach. At one end of the beach is a cliff with a lighthouse sitting on top. At the other a picturesque fishing boat harbour. I also found Havre Aubert, the island the inn is situated on, to be one of the nicest spots. There are some very good restaurants located a 5 minute drive away in the La Grave site, as well as an interesting marine museum, aquarium, and artisan shops. If you like to try windsurfing or kite surfing, the spot to do it is the lagoon along the spit joining Havre Aubert to Cap Aux Meules maybe a 10 minute drive.
Therese Bergeron, the inn owner, was a very gracious, professional host. I regret that my french is not good enough to have a true conversation and to express properly how wonderful I thought this place that she had created was.
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