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“Comfortable and Secluded” 5 of 5 stars
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197 Eagle Road, Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Tobermory B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
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“Comfortable and Secluded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This little BnB is tucked away from the main street giving you a sense of peace and quiet which is what most travellers look for in this beautiful little town of Tobermory. There's an amazing lake view and gardens with hammocks and a gazebo so pray you have good weather to enjoy the outdoors. Theres also a really nice hot tub to help you unwind after a long day of hiking. We were booked in the Symphony suite and I must admit every little detail had been taken care of from decorating this beautiful home with a great theme to catering to our specific dietary needs. We were fortunate to have great hosts like Jim and Doug. You really have to meet them to know how amazing they are specially Doug! We also ran into one of the other couples at the observation tower and were so happy to be living with such genuine people which made this getaway all the more enjoyable. If you really want to do this place some justice book the Bateman suite with the jacuzzi and bring some friends along for an extended stay over two days at least.
Doug, keep doing what you're doing: you're a Terrific host and we really wouldn't survive a long day without Jim's delicious breakfast! Thank you. :)

Room Tip: Parker Bateman suite: It has its own bathroom with a jacuzzi on the top level of the house: Maximum...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakville, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Had to comment on what a superb B&B Bear Cove is. We were treated to the exquisite tasteful home of Jim and Doug. The breakfasts were not only different, and delicious but also decadent. (also, butter tarts available all day.) Their accommodations left no detail to chance, and they really do think of everything. Charming hosts who take great pleasure in the enjoyment of their guests. Lots of advice on where to eat, and sights to be seen while in Tobermory. Their location (away from the maddening crowd) right on Lake Huron, allowed for swimming, sunset watching, and they have several sitting areas outside, which gave a sense of privacy, so the only time you see the other guests are at breakfast. Hope to return soon.
Sharon (Oakville)

Room Tip: For full on luxury stay in the upper suite if you can.
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mississauga, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Let me begin by saying this was one of the best accommodations I have ever stayed in - and I've done a lot of travelling around the world! We were welcomed with warm hospitality by the hosts of Bear Cove, Doug and Jim. After a tour of the beautiful and extremely clean house, on approx. 3 acres - we indulged in Jim's amazing freshly baked butter tarts. From here we headed out in the paddle boat and spent the afternoon in the see through warm waters of Lake Huron. The next morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, vegetable medley, fruit and home made bread! To top it off, Doug dazzled us with his incredible piano skills. This location, combined with two wonderful hosts, makes Bear Cove the best! Although we visited many sites in Tobermory, our stay was the highlight! Run ... don't walk ... to this B&B! You'll love it!

Room Tip: For a romantic visit, stay in the Bateman room!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Wow!!! What a wonderful B&B. Great hosts in Jim and Doug. Great breakfast. Great room. Great location. Just a great B&B, one of the best we have ever stayed in. We had an extremely relaxing time in Tobermory and the B&B was a large part of the reason. First class all the way around from the room, hot tub, gym and massage table. Highly recommended. We'll be back. Thanks guys.

Room Tip: pick the upstairs suite if it isn't booked.
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  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Our stay at the Bear cove B&B was a fantastic experience. Upon entering the driveway we new we were in for something special. The beautifully lanscaped gardens are delightful and a pleasure to walk through. A spacious deck surrounding the house has lots of seating so you can enjoy a coffee or one of the delicious sweets that are home baked. There is walkway and deck leading out to the waters edge with 2 seating areas that look out over the lake and island. Comfy chairs beckon you to sit and enjoy the gorgeous landscape and perhaps a glass of wine. Kayaks and paddle boats are at your disposal. The water is crystal clear and shallow near the deck but does deepen father out. The shore line is rocky in some spots, a pair of deck shoes or water shoes will come in handy. Take a dip in the hot tub! The house is tastefully decorated and surrounds you in warmth and comfort. The rooms are spacious yet cozy. You can feel your self relaxing as you enter the Inn. I have never felt such decadent sheets, I was tempted to sneak out with the linens but thought better of it...

Jim and Doug are the most gracious of hosts, easy to talk to, they put you at ease immediately. They have the amazing ability to be attentive and observant with out being obtrusive.
The food was delectable, fresh local meats and veg along with homemade breads and sweets. The coffee was great as well!

I have nothing but good things to say about the Bear cove. We are already planning our return trip this fall and next summer.

Room Tip: The smaller rooms on the main level share a bathroom so if that is an issue for you book the larger...
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  • Stayed August 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stay at Bear Cove for two nights and it was absolutely beautiful-the nicest B & B I have ever been to! The rooms were exceptionally clean and the house was lovely. Doug and Jim are truly special people and so attentive to any needs you might have. The breakfast was beyond incredible and Doug even played some lovely music during the meal. We would recommend this to anyone and encourage you to stay a few nights to really enjoy the atmosphere and the great hosts! Thank you Doug and Jim!

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

wow!!!.....we needed a break and we got it...Jim and Doug were wonderful, charming, like we've known them forever. Our room was beautiful, clean beyond measure, and comfortable, the bed amazing, upon arrival we layed on the bed and had to talk each other into getting up or we'd stay their for the whole time. lots to do from walking the quiet road, paddleboating in the inlet, relaxing with a cup of fresh brewed coffee. Quietly watching a bunny off our balcony over a freshly baked buttertart, yes Jim they are the best I've tasted. Breakfast, lets just say we didn't eat for the rest of the day it was that good. You must try!!!!!

  • Stayed August 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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Address: 197 Eagle Road, Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Bruce County > Tobermory
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Tobermory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bear Cove welcomes you to enjoy a private and secluded adult only getaway on the crystal clear shores of Lake Huron. Luxurious rooms, laptop provided with free WiFi, Satellite, and full hot Breakfast. Stroll through the beautiful perennial gardens, pause at the frog pond and swim, snorkel, kayak or paddle boat right from our docks. Do some great star gazing under the dark skies of Tobermory while sitting in the 8' Arctic Spa Hot Tub on the main deck. Wake up to a full hot breakfast and tour the many attractions Tobermory has to offer. Fifteen minutes to The Grotto, Boat Tours and the Ferry. Open year round. Your hosts: Jim Brewer and Doug Orr B.Ed., B.Mus. ... more   less 
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