After having to cancel our March Break trip to France due to the Covid-19 crisis, we were desperate to salvage some sort of a vacation that wouldn’t require flying anywhere (this was a few days before things took a dramatic turn domestically as well). Our Virtuoso Network travel agent sent me a list of their partner properties in Canada, and after scanning a number of websites and reviews, we settled on Manoir Hovey due to its Relais & Châteaux affiliation—we knew it had to be exceptional. And it is. We were charmed by the property from our first glimpses of it through the trees, as we wound our way down the driveway toward the lake. We were struck by the freshness of the air, and just how...hushed the area felt. Instant serenity. We checked in and were given a tour of the facilities in the elegant main house: library, bar, main restaurant, back porch, and fitness room. The wood burning fireplaces were roaring and soothing music was quietly playing in the background of the warmly furnished spaces. We had booked a “Deluxe” room and requested a wood burning fireplace; our request was honoured, and we were assigned a main floor room in the three room cottage at the edge of the property called “Le Moyne.” At first I was a little wary of not being ensconced in the main house should there be inclement weather, but the spectacular views of the lake and woods from the cottage, and the enormous brick fireplace, more than compensated. There was also a large deck with chairs that would be a great spot to while a way a few hours during better weather. The room had everything one would expect of a Relais & Châteaux property: luxurious bedding, goose down pillows and duvet, plush towels, robes and slippers, L’Occitane amenities, complimentary filtered water, complimentary coffee and tea. The only thing missing was a welcome note with some sort of treat or bottle of wine. The decor was rustic and charming (think plaids, florals, and soothing tones), and there was lots of storage for two chronic over-packers. The bathroom appeared to be newly renovated (floor-to-ceiling marble, heated floor, spa tub), but the arm chairs and ottomans are probably ready to be reupholstered. We lit a fire in the fireplace each night; it was a joy to fall asleep to the crackling sounds. Otherwise, it was pin-drop quiet, and we slept so soundly. While we were out hiking the grounds or visiting the village, the housekeepers would restore the room to a pristine condition (including restocking our firewood), and while we were at dinner they would return to replace any used towels, turn down the bed, draw the curtains, and leave a sweet note and little chocolates on the nightstand. Food and beverages at Manoir Hovey are as outstanding as the accommodations. Due to the social distancing mandate by the Quebec government, staff increased the space between tables and seated guests as far apart from one another as possible in the beautiful, atmospheric dining room. The breakfast “buffet” included with our room rate was brought to our table instead — a wide selection of fresh fruit, yogurt, meats, smoked salmon, pastries, granola, juice, and coffee. One morning I ordered from the a la carte menu, choosing the delectable soufflé pancakes—definitely worth the surcharge. Our package included a three course lunch with wine. Everything was delicious and exquisitely presented. We also had a multi-course dinner one night that was a highlight of our stay. Room service, unfortunately, was not at the same high standard as the restaurant. One night we decided to stay in and have a casual dinner by the fire. The salads were mostly lettuce, my club sandwich was average at best, my partner’s linguine bolognese had so much sauce it was more like a stew, and our “freshly baked cookies” were burnt. For a $100 order, this was disappointing. Aside from that one dining misstep, we loved every moment of our three night stay. We would have been thrilled to stay the entire week but, sadly, the hotel had to close down on the Thursday after breakfast to comply with the government mandate. Our stay at Manoir Hovey was so completely enchanting that it helped us forget we were supposed to be in the south of France instead. It reminded us so much of our favourite place in Ontario—another Relais & Châteaux property, Langdon Hall—but with a spirit and an ambience all its own. We cannot wait for this crisis to pass so we can return to Manoir Hovey in better times and better weather, and experience all it has to offer.…
This place is amazing, very organized, very beautiful. Staff polite and helpful. The room very comfortable and organized. Free parking available. Breakfast delicious, you choose one option from the menu and also can enjoy the buffet. At the winter they provide raquete, skating and fishing on the ice. The guy teach you how to fish and give all the tips, at the and they provide pizza, coco and coffee. Definitely we are going to return soon.
We had such an amazing time at Manoir Hovey last summer; was so relaxing and incredible. The area, food, room, amenities where outstanding. The chef, the dinner and breakfast service were fantastic. Thank you for making it so memorable for us.
Welcoming cosy rustic inn nestled in the woods. Open fireplaces, gourmet food, polite helpful staff, exceptionally well appointed and decorated rooms with clean bathrooms; some of the rooms are a short walk from the main building (bring a torch). Only drawback is the high cost.
Beautiful place and the lake was still warm from the summer heat. last dip of the year The food and service were country like and relaxing. 2 days felt like 1 week and I wll definitely go back as soon as possible