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Florentine Manor
Ranked #1 of 2 Harvey B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

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.

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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.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

Cyril and Mary bend over backwards to make your stay comfortable. Their elegant home is almost incongruous in a very rural setting not far from the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy. It is a testimony to the days when shipbuilders owned large fine homes. It is not modern but they have wi-fi, comfortable beds, acceptable showers/jacuzzi bath, and an old fashioned parlor.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

We had 2 nights in this B & B which is situated in a remote area and provides a nice quiet stay. However, be prepared to 70's style bedrooms and toilet facillities and bedding to match. The house and hostess were fine we just felt the house was tired.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2010

We stayed at Florentine Manor for 1 night of our 2 nights visiting Hopewell Rocks. We wished that we had stayed there for both our nights.It is a beautiful old family home. A very traditional B&B. Mary shared the story of the house in a booklet found in our room. Our family room was very comfortable. Breakfast was at 8 am and very filling. We had the opportunity to chat with the other guests. Sightseeing recommendations were shared. There were lots of maps and brochures near the front door and Mary happily marked places on the map for us and for other guests. We would definitely recommend.
Thanks Mary and Cyril

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

We stayed at the Florentine Manor while looking for a B&B near the "Flowerpots" at Hopewell Rocks. What a gem! Mary and Cyril have operated their B&B for 27 years (she said the average for innkeepers is 5-7 years). They're in their 60s and 70s, respectively, and both were raised nearby in this spectacularly beautiful farm country. The home, built in the 1800s, is lovely with beautiful pine floors and 12-foot ceilings. The GPS took us hither and thither through dirt roads, but we eventually found the place after stopping for a lobster (which we ate on a picnic table) at the Alma Lobster Shop (fabulous!)
When we got to the inn, a British couple came in and told the owners that there was a "rather large creature in the driveway." We were all delighted to find a huge porcupine, who begrudgingly let us take his picture before heading back into the fields.
Since we didn't know exactly where we would be during our 3 week trip to NB-PEI-NS, we didn't make reservations anywhere in advance. And since this is what we's now told are the busiest weeks for tourism, our luck has been mixed in finding good-to-excellent accommodations -- this was a gem.
B'fast was at a set time (8 a.m.), and some may not like the lack of flexibility, but it enabled us to meet and chat with travelers from various places, which was great.
The setting for the Florentine (named after Mary's aunt) is right out of Scotland -- green, rolling hills. The only downside is that they've been in business for so long that they're now trying to sell the B&B - they've bought 40 acres nearby and will build. If anyone is looking to buy a B&B in New Brunswick, this would be a great one (by adding fresh paint on the outside, that is).
Our places listed in Tripadvisor nearby were booked and we didn't know what to expect when we found the Florentine Manor. Apparently the only reason it, too, was not filled is because it's out of the way -- but not by much. Definitely worth adding to your itinerary if you're looking for a night's lodging near the Hopewell Rocks. Thanks, Mary and Cyril!!

Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2009

My spouse and I stayed at the Florentine Manor for 3 nights while touring NB's Bay of Fundy. Mary & Cyril were both very kind and Mary was especially welcoming, offering suggestions and motherly advise throughout our stay. She's wonderful. The accomodations were very good and clean in a beautifully restored house with personal history. We had a family room (one queen, one double), a large space for family although we were only two. If I had to offer a suggestion, maybe the bathroom could have used a renovation (looks straight out of the 70's) and a little more of a scrub (some dusty areas) but it was still very adequate. The breakfasts were hearty enough to keep us going throughout the day and straight through to supper. The location was pretty central with respects to Alma and Hopewell Rocks. No complaints - a very nice couple and a wonderful B&B.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

We stayed at the Florentine Manor for two days during our vacation. It was a little tricky to find, but once we got there, we were welcomed by Mary. Our room was quaint and clean. The inn was close to many of the outdoor activities in the area: Hopewell Rocks, Cape Enrage, and the Bay of Fundy. They have plenty of information on all of the local restaurants and activities in the area, so even if you are unfamiliar with your options, you can easily find something to do/see.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 356 Route 915 | Harvey on The Bay, Harvey, New Brunswick E4H 2M2, Canada
Location: Canada > New Brunswick > Albert County > Harvey
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Harvey
Hotel Class:3 star — Florentine Manor 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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