Recently stayed for a weekend at The Quarterdeck villas in May 2008.
The location is right on Summerville Beach. At high tide, the rooms are probably only about 40 feet from the water. The beach itself is about a mile long and it seems just as wide at low tide. We never saw more than a half dozen people on the beach at any given time, and often we were the only ones strolling the beach.
Most of the villas are two bedroom, two story units. There is one single story three bedroom unit and I think a couple of one bedroom units.
Our unit slept six. One bedroom had a double bed, one bedroom had two single beds and there was a sleeper sofa in the living room.
There are two bathrooms, a kitchen and living room/dining room.
The kitchen was fully stocked with dishes, cutlery, etc.
The living room had a cable TV and dvd player as well as some books, crib board and cards.
Each unit has a small front deck with some chairs as well as some lawn chairs on the grass between the room and the beach.
There are also BBQ's that are shared between two or three units.
We ate at the on-site restaurant and the food was excellent. It was open until about 9pm or so, but I recommend making a reservation for dinner as soon as possible as they must get lots of locals coming as well. There were only about 16 tables in the whole restaurant; half in the main dining room and half on an outside enclosed deck.
The units were very clean and seemed in very good condition considering that they are probably about 15 years old.
- great beach although the water was freezing cold at this time of year. It must warm up over the summer and is probably warmer by the end of August.
- restaurant is excellent. It's not open for breakfast, so you'll need to make your own. There are grocery stores in Liverpool which is probably about a 15 minute drive away. Also, there is a restuarant at White Point Resort which is only about a 10 minute drive. The Quarterdeck Grill has an adequate wine selection, but not extensive. Entree's run in the $15-$25 range but expect to pay market price for lobster and specials.
- complimentary newspaper
- friendly staff
- clean roomy villas, with fridge, microwave, stove, kettle as well as pots, pans and utensils. The BBQ was also great to have. They even provide the BBQ utensils.
-wireless internet at no extra charge
-lots of closet and bureau space in the bedrooms. Rooms also come with clockradio alarm and portable electric fan. No overhead fans in bedrooms though. Lots of hangers in the closets as well.
There are very few things that I didn't like, however a couple of things did bug me:
- There is no information about room rates on their web site. This requires the extra step of calling them, although I emailed them and had a response within 24 hours. Needless to say, you cannot book on-line. Even if you can't book on-line it would have been nice to be able to check dates and availabilty on the computer. At the time of booking we had to pay a one night deposit. I'm not entirely sure what the cancellation policy is, however I think that you might need to cancel three weeks before your visit without forfeiting your deposit.
-price seemed a little high to me for the off-season. It was $209 a night, but it will go up to $329 a night by the end of June 2008. That being said, I guess it was a good value and the market must bear that price as I think that the hotel was full the weekend that we were there. The prices seem to be the same for both weekdays and weekends. There don't seem to be any AAA or seniors rates.
-The quoted rates are only for two people. They charge an extra $15 per person per night for more people. We had two adults and two children aged 6 and 8 in our villa, so it cost an extra $60 for the weekend, which I thought was a bit of a ripoff. Personally I feel that the children should have been free.
-There are no irons or ironing boards in the rooms. You can go get one from the office and return it when your done, but it's a bit of an inconvenience.
- I never could figure out what housekeeping would do or wouldn't do. We arrived on Friday night. Housekeeping showed up at our door while we were having breakfast on Saturday morning. They asked us if we needed anything. I said that we were fine, but maybe they could take out the garbage. They did that and we never saw them again. I kind of get the impression that they would have made the beds and washed the dishes but I don't really know, as we never saw them again before we checked out on Sunday morning. If we would have needed anything, I'm sure they would have taken care of it.
-There is no dishwasher but they provide dish soap, dish towels and a drying rack.
-The villas are not air conditioned. This isn't a huge problem as the nights are cool and the days never get too hot by the beach. however I did find that the bedrooms upstairs got a bit stuffy. This is more a personal issue though. On the first night I left the bedroom sliding door open so that I could listen to the ocean. The problem for me though was that it was just too loud and I couldn't sleep. The next night I closed the sliding door and it blocked out almost all of the ocean's roar. I slept much better, however the bedroom got quite warm as there was no air movement. The villa was quite warm anyway though as we had turned on the gas fireplace earlier in the evening to get rid of the chill in the air.
-The blinds in the bedrooms are not room darkening shades. Ours were sort of a pink colour and they didn't block out a lot of light. Again, this is probably more of a personal issue, but if you tend to wake up with any light in the room, remember that dawn in Nova Scotia in the summer is probably about 5am.
Overall the positives outweigh all of the negatives. In fact most of the negatives are only minor and none would prevent me from returning. The Quartedeck is a luxury retreat in a beautiful part of Nova Scotia. I'll be back next year.
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