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“A True Nova Scotian Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carwarden Bed & Breakfast

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Carwarden Bed & Breakfast
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“A True Nova Scotian Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

Carwarden was a heritage house located among rolling green fields in the beautiful Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. The house was spacious and very well kept. The furnishings were simple country style and antique pieces were displayed in a tasteful manner. The stairs leading to the rooms on the second floor was impressive with its dark and well-polished solid wood.

Like the rest of the house, the rooms were huge, clean and furnished in country style. Some rooms had en-suite bathroom while others shared a spacious common bathroom. The old-fashioned bathtub with claws was a classic. There were no distractions such as flat-screen TV’s or telephones in the rooms but free WIFI was available for those who needed to keep in touch.

Mary was a wonderful hostess! She was warm, friendly and humorous. She knew the area very well and she had great advices on what to see, where to eat…etc. Mary was an excellent cook. Every breakfast was a treat and a meal in itself. She started with juices, followed by fresh fruits with yogurt, home-made granola cereal and a hot dish, which was different every day. If you were not full by then (which was very rare), Mary always offered muffins or toast. Her egg benedict was out of this world – the egg was poached just right and the sauce was perfect.

I would recommend Carwarden to those who are looking for a quiet, relaxing countryside stay with a genuine Nova Scotian experience.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

Carwarden is a rambling, charmingly old-fashioned house tucked among the farms of the Annapolis Valley. Mary is its charmingly old-fashioned proprietor. She seems severe at first, but once you catch on to the dry humor, chatting with her is a pleasure. Ask about the history of the house and its period furnishings: Mary has a wealth of stories to tell! Her knowledge of the area is thorough, so when she makes a recommendation, listen up. She pointed us towards the best places to view the Fundy tides, as well as several good restaurants.

Room: We stayed in the "Duchess" room. As you might expect from the dimensions of the house, the guest rooms are enormous. Every single piece of furniture is a beautiful antique. The occasional passing car can be heard, but they were far too infrequent to disturb us. The WC portion of the bathroom is both vintage and functional, right down to the two-tap sink. The modern shower opens directly into the bedroom - an odd arrangement, and the only break in period decor, but it worked just fine for us. We used the Wi-Fi with no problems.

Breakfast: Wow! Like everything else at Carwarden, breakfast is old-fashioned, and what could be better than that? Mary's Eggs Benedict are the best I've ever enjoyed, by a large margin, but she only makes them when the breakfast crowd is small. Still, have no fear: the muffins, waffles, granola, applesauce, etc. are all home-made, and all excellent.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Middlebury, Vermont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed here with another couple, and had a wonderful, relaxing time. Mary made us feel very much at home in her wonderful spacious house. The rooms are huge and spotless. Fortunately we arrived early, and were able to much of the afternoon reading and relaxing on the vast porch overlooking the picturesque countryside. The breakfasts are exceptional, and Mary will happily share her delicious granola recipe, which I have made several times since returning home.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

This B&B is in an huge house located in the middle of the field.
Pleasant patio and a huge livingroom.
This house smells history, as nearly all furniture and other decoration items are from the early twentieth century. Rooms are clean, nicely decorated. Upstairs bathroom is as comfortable as it's large.
Delicate and tasteful breakfast are served. Host (Mary) is a lovely person that is very eager to share with her visitors.
No doubt : I really enjoyed the experience and thus strongly recommend the place to anyone travelling in the North-Western part of Nova Scotia looking for something (and someone) genuine.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Moncton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

Carwarden is a hidden B&B jewel. I recently stayed on several occasions at this B&B and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. The historical house provides charm, cozyness and a wonderful local experience. The rooms were clean and comfortable, a real value for your money. The best part of the stay comes from the welcome you receive from the hostess/owner Mary who makes you feel at home and who is also an excellent cook. I highly recommend Carwarden B&B.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2011

Carwarden is a gorgeous, vintage home in the beautiful Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia. It is in perfect condition, with wide porches all around. The owner, Mary, is a wonderful host and guide to the valley. Start the day with a lavish four-course breakfast (the homemade granola, alone, is worth the trip), and pleasant conversation with the host and guests about exploring Nova Scotia. The rooms are impeccably cared for. Linens changed every day! Sunsets to the west across the wheat fields are a perfect ending to the day. Carwarden is within easy reach of Wolfville, Kentville, Annapolis Royal, and many other charming towns with much to explore. For a night or a week, Carwarden is the place to be.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, Scotland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

We have just returned to the UK from our 9th visit to Atlantic Canada. We have toured Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. We have been all over the Maritimes (Newfoundland excepted - but we are working on it) from Caraquet down to Pubnico and points inbetween. And on every single visit, we have stayed at Carwarden.

A visit to Canada just would not be the same without staying with Mary for a few nights. I know people talk about "a home from home" but in this case we really, really mean it. Our children first came with us when they were 5 and 7 years old. They are now 11 and 13 and love the place as much as we do. (And they haven't broken anything in YEARS!)

Carwarden certainly isn't the place for you if you want hotel-type accommodation and facilities. There isn't a concierge service, or TVs everywhere and the showers and so on have been sort of fitted in where they will go (this is an old Heritage House after all, not a Comfort Inn) but they work beautifully and there is always hot water and big fluffy towels and the beds are comfortable and the breakfasts.....oh my word, the breakfasts. Even my voracious 13 year old son didn't start complaining about being hungry until mid-afternoon. Mary herself could not be a better hostess and, given she pretty much does everything single handed (ask her how much she loves ironing, go on I dare you) you will be impressed with how well everything runs.

In short, if you are looking for a genuine Nova Scotian B&B experience, if you want lovely, interesting surroundings including more books than you could wish for, and if you prefer good conversation and wonderful food at breakfast to air conditioning and TVs in every room, then Carwarden is for you. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Carwarden Bed & Breakfast

Property: Carwarden Bed & Breakfast
Address: 640 Church St | Port Williams, Port Williams, Nova Scotia B0P 1T0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Port Williams
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Port Williams
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Carwarden Bed & Breakfast Port Williams, Nova Scotia

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