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Quintal House Heritage Guest Home
Reviewed March 16, 2013

My brother and I had the pleasure of a week long stay at this beautiful bed and breakfast. Nadine the owner made us feel right at home. We were the only guest so it was like having our own place. We are returning to Fogo Island for work soon and hope to be able to stay at Quintal house again. We would strongly recommend Quintal house to any visitors to Fogo Island as a great home away from home.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We drove from Deer Lake to St. Johns, and on the way we went to Fogo Island. It’s a short ferry trip from the mainland, very picturesque.
We stayed in Joe Batts Arm which was a small outport, about to under some possibly big changes. (More about that in the following link. *) We stayed with Nadine at Quintal House, and her place was one of the reasons we loved Fogo, and Joe Batts Arm so much.

The inn is situated overlooking the harbour, and Nadine can show you where this home originally stood, because, like so many others, it was moved from a location further down the road, many years back. The bedrooms are small, but the living area is a comfortable space, and the open kitchen is a pleasant area with good things to eat. The place is immaculate and clean, in fact I asked Nadine if she had just opened because it was so clean and all the paint seemed fresh. She said no, they had been open for a while, (she just keeps the place spotless it seems). Nadine made a large salad from fresh greens growing in her garden out back and offered it to us when we arrived. There were cookies and muffins, Lassy Pie and eggs to fry and toast if you wanted to make it. It was pretty much self-serve and friendly. There is no TV by choice, and it makes for a gentle atmosphere. You can look out the front window, or sit on the porch and look over the bay.

We had dinner at the restaurant next door (Nicole's Cafe), probably the nicest one around. The food and service were excellent. We learned later that chefs had been brought in to train the local staff. We only had one night on Fogo, so we walked around took some photos of the traditional harbour scenes and enjoyed the fresh air. While walking we were approached by an older gentleman who jokingly told us to make sure we took some photos of the new buildings too! He then told us he was just heading out Cod fishing with his friend and if we wanted we could join them. We declined, and then had a nice chat about where we were from and how we were enjoying Fogo. We met another resident who expressed concern that the new building might bring crime to the area.
We thought to ourselves that it was really doubtful that the wealthy folks from afar would be preying on the folk in Joe Batts arm! A great place to visit all round!

*http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2011-05-07/article-2486138/Fogo-Island-Dreams-Big/1

Room Tip: Arrive at the ferry docks early, we arrived an hour before departure, others who were later didn'...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

An amazing and charming home. I've now been there twice in three months and it's the only place I'd want to stay when travelling to Fogo Island. There is nothing Nadine won't do to make your stay a perfect time. Nicole's Cafe is just a few doors down and the meals there are first rate.

Most Guest Homes make you feel, as the name suggests, like a guest. Quintal House feels more like your own home.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Overlooking the harbour at Joe Batt's Arm on Fogo Island, this lovely guest house was comfortable and spacious. The host opened her kitchen to us which allowed us to prepare a breakfast of our choice. Her living area was warm and inviting with plenty of informative literature on Fogo life. Located right beside Nicole's Cafe was a bonus. The cuisine at the cafe was delicious! We highly recommend Quintal House to anyone seeking an authentic taste o Fogo Island.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We loved the beautifully restored Quintal House and our up-beat hostess Nadine .She is passionate about Fogo Island and, with her professional background in community development, and her active role in monitoring the fascinating changes now happening on Fogo, can share a wealth of information about this very special corner of Newfoundland. Nadine always leaves home baked goodies to snack on in the fully-equipped kitchen that's available to guests. Nicole's Cafe next door has a deservedly good reputation for fine food and there's delicious home made ice cream in the nearby ice cream shop. Fogo Island is absolutely fascinating and deserves at least 2 full days but book way ahead for the Quintal House as the three rooms are constantly full.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Wonderful place and wonderful owner--Nadine. We came to Fogo in the middle of a hurricane and Nadine jumped through hoops to accommodate our changing schedule. The beautifully restored home (select Room #1 if you can!) was so welcoming and Nadine is so knowledgeable about the island. Homemade buscuits, fresh blueberries, fruit etc. for breakfast. Great energy here. We will definitely come back.

Room Tip: Room #1 is the large room and is spacious and comfortable
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

This was my first time in Fogo and I'm so glad I stayed at the Quintal House in Joe Batt's Arm! Our hostess, Nadine was warm and friendly and she made us feel at home right away! Her beautifully restored heritage house is amazing and she offered a variety of home made muffins, bread, jam, etc. for breakfast. We really enjoyed our stay and will definately return! Well done Nadine!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quintal House Heritage Guest Home

Address: 153 Main Road | PO Box 240, Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 2X0, Canada
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Fogo Island > Joe Batt's Arm
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Joe Batt's Arm
Price Range: $125 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quintal House is a beautifully restored historic community structure whose original construction dates back to the mid 1800’s. The traditional heritage character and simple elegance of the house is accented with antique and modern functional furnishings and local artisan and craft pieces. This 3-story Heritage Guest Home currently has 3 rooms available, all with serene harbour front views. The house has a warm, ageless and charming character, tastefully decorated with a mix of old world charm and new modern comforts. All rooms have comfortable beds and are equipped with private baths for guest convenience. Quintal House offers quiet, calm, peaceful surroundings in a private, relaxing setting that is family friendly with both indoor and outdoor activities for the young and the young at heart. Situated in the heart of this quaint, picturesque fishing community, Quintal House is located next to Nicole’s Cafe, featuring fine traditional dining and cuisine, Wall Works local artisan shop and Growlers homemade ice cream shop. The Guest House is also located within short walking distance to the local boat dock and boat tour operations, Brett House Museum, traditional foot trails, berry picking patches and other community attractions such as coastal walking trails and remote artisan studios. Within short driving distance to beautiful Sandy Cove Beach and the Registered Heritage Community/District of Tilting, an Irish heritage community offering interpretive museums and scenic hiking trails. Located within the Labrador current from the North, Fogo Island’s geography is responsible for the parade of ice floe and icebergs that make their way South in the spring and early summer months along the Island’s North East Coast, allowing great views of these massive icebergs in spring and early summer months. An occasional winter visit to the Island by the great polar bear from the North, as well as frequent encounters in any season with the local caribou herd can be expected. An array of wildlife, waterfowl, plant life and berries can also be found on the Island. Breathtaking ocean shorelines and spectacular sunsets and sunrises are the geography and art lessons to be experienced here. Go beach combing on our shoreline, pick some berries, enjoy some hiking, take a boat tour, but most importantly meet some of our friendly locals who have a knack for ‘spinning a yarn’ (having a chat). Enjoy high quality entertainment, as these same Island locals have a unique musical and theatrical gift that is showcased at many of the on-going music festivals and theatrical events hosted throughout the year. ... more   less 

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