My wife and I stayed nine nights at Florentine Manor in August. We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. I have family in the area, so we used Florentine Manor as home base while visiting family and sightseeing on the Fundy coast.
The manor is a beautiful building, one of the original homes in the area. The decor and many antique furnishings are very well suited to the building, but without making it seem cold or stuffy. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and homey. That's accentuated by the open and friendly attitude of the innkeeper, Mary Tingley, her husband Cyril, and her staff.
We stayed two nights in an upstairs room, then moved to the Garden Room at the back of the house for the rest of out stay. It has a sunny private deck that's prime real estate.
All the rooms have private en-suite toilets and baths or showers. A couple of bathtubs are tucked into creative spots, but it's great to have your own facilities.
Mary serves breakfast in the beautiful dining room at 8 a.m. You have your choice of breakfast. The "standard" choices are eggs with bacon or sausage, french toast, great pancakes, or oatmeal. I'm sure that Mary would happily try to accommodate special requests or special diet needs. There's a nice fruit salad and a muffin to get you started, and lots of coffee and tea.
Florentine Manor has free WiFi to keep you connected. The signal can be a bit spotty in some of the rooms more distant from Mary's office, but there's lots of comfortable seating in the parlor next to the office. There's also a TV and DVD.
There's lots to do in the surrounding area. Fundy National Park is about half an hour's drive away, with good hiking and coastal sightseeing. Nearby is the historical Shipyard Park that remembers the rick shipbuilding industry that established the area's community. Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts of all stripes are drawn to the Shepody / Mary's Point wildlife areas. Mid-August is the time of the peak of a huge shorebird migration that's visible at Mary's Point. Birds feed on the extensive low-tide mudflats, then gather in huge flocks to roost on the beaches at high tide - the best time to see them. Also nearby is the Hopewell Rocks, a seascape of sea-stacks and arches that you can walk around at low tide. A good map-book or GPS will let you explore lots of back roads and lovely countryside.
Dining in the area is a bit limited. Broadleaf Farms has a good restaurant about 10 or 15 minutes drive away. Alma has a few good restaurants.
By the way, I don't know why TripAdvisor has Florentine Manor listed as a Sussex B&B. It's almost 60 miles from Sussex.
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