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Hillsdale House Inn
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2008

Large house set well back from the road with plenty of off-road parking. We had a small room (described as such at the time of booking) which was well fitted, though there was no coffee-maker. The bathroom was small also with a shower only. A couple of minor criticisms – pipework seemed to resonate when used in other rooms and the room and bathroom doors did not align well, making it difficult to lock one and close the other. The breakfast is served in a large room with a variety of smaller & larger tables. There was a daily choice of menu – eggs any way + toast & bacon or a daily special. All the food was delicious and there were “home made” preserves and a selection of juices and teas offered.
There are two main lounge areas with newspapers and books as well as a computer with internet access.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2008

What a wonderful time we had at Hillsdale House B&B - we stayed one night on our trip North this summer, then on our return trip stayed another two days- all 3 days were a delight. Val and Paul and all the staff made us feel very much at home and were always there to answer questions or offer suggestions for activities. The property is beautifully maintained inside and out and the gardens a wonderful place to relax with a cold lemonade prepared by our hosts. And don't forget breakfast - you won't come away hungry - delicious! Annapolis Royal is a lovely area and could easily be used as a base for touring this region -- just be certain to stay at Hillsdale House - you will not be disappointed.

  • Liked — Relaxing friendly atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2008

We stayed here for two nights and were knocked out by the experience. The hosts could not do enough to make sure the experience was perfect. The whole inn is spotless and beautifully furnished and maintained. Breakfast was wonderful, served in the most beautiful dining room overlooking their beautiful gardens. We could not recommend this place highly enough and fear that any other B & B booking will fall far behind.

  • Liked — The lovely house
  • Disliked — There was nothing to dislike
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank sue051
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Halifax
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2008

The fragrance from the beauty bush set the tone as you walked through the door. A beautiful inn with grand staircase, large rooms and nice touches. The four poster bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was large and very clean and the room tastefully decorated. Breakfast was delicious.

  • Liked — The bed
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Peachtree City, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2008

My wife and I took our two girls (ages 11 and 4) on a low-key vacation to Nova Scotia. We knew that kids and B&Bs often don't mix, but there aren't great options other than B&Bs in some of the best places in Nova Scotia. My research indicated that Hillsdale House was reasonably family friendly, and we found that to be the case upon arrival.

We were in a suite that had a bed, comfortable pull-out couch and an adequate bathroom for four. We had plenty of room to be comfortable, though there was so much to do in the area that we spent little time in the room.

Breakfast was excellent, even for my picky-eating children. The hosts made us feel very welcomed, and our children were comfortable there. The girls enjoyed playing in the ample yard.

I would not recommend Hillsdale House for families with larger (meaning older) children as the sofa bed might not be so comfortable.

The area was full of attractions that worked for adults and children. The tidal generating station was a real hit for my 11-year-old. Both children enjoyed the fort (not the history as much as playing on the earthworks). The historic gardens were incredible.

One bad item that has nothing to do with Hillsdale House: We drove down to Brier Island for whale watching one day. Two hour drive. Four hours on a boat. Lots of fog. Five seconds of a whale sighting. Looked remarkably like a porpoise. One very seasick wife. If I were going again, I'd find another way to fill that day.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Richmond, BC
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2008

I came to this one expecting a bit of a letdown after several nights at the spectacular Blomidon Inn in Wolfville, but Hillsdale House was just as gorgeous and just as great a place to stay, in a smaller and more intimate way. The house is bright and airy, with gleaming wood floors and original Victorian floral wallpaper. The rooms are smallish but immaculate and charming, with views over the park-like grounds to the river.

Val and Paul were great, too. They were welcoming and helpful without being at all overbearing, and we totally clicked over the wonderful pets and animal-friendly atmosphere. It seems to be the kind of place that draws other interesting, vivacious guests, and I ended up spending more than an hour chatting with them and our hosts over the enormous and delicious waffle breakfast. (Next time I'll ask for a half-order!)

Other B&Bs in Annapolis Royal looked nice enough--I checked out two others before settling at Hillsdale House--but if I ever go back, there's no question that I would stay here again.

  • Liked — The view, the hosts, the grounds
  • Disliked — There was nothing I didn't like, really. TV could have been a bit bigger--but who goes on holiday to watch TV?
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled solo
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Isle of Man
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2008

Second visit in two consecutive years!

Service, welcome and facilities every bit as superb as last year,
perhaps even slightly better :-)

Would recommend this Inn to anyone who likes superb surroundings and wonderful breakfasts with great hosts.

Paul & Maureen.

Stayed June 2008
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Property: Hillsdale House Inn
Address: 519 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Annapolis Royal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Annapolis Royal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hillsdale House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our distinctive inn is located in historic Annapolis Royal minutes from one of the oldest European settlements in the New World, Port Royal. Built as an Inn in 1859 the Hillsdale House has catered to many famous persons, including George V of England in 1884. The Inn has a long standing tradition of providing gracious accommodations set in idyllic surroundings. Our 13 guest rooms are all individually decorated with antiques and all have private en-suite baths. The property offers an estate setting on 12 acres of land with mature trees, manicured lawns, and fine gardens. Hillsdale House Inn is just a short walk to a number of shops, restaurants and attractions, such as the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Fort Anne National Historic Site and the O'Dell Museum. We are also just a short drive to the Habitation at Port Royal, a national historic site, and the shores of the Bay of Fundy. ... more   less 
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