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Review of The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn

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The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Ben Eoin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“Best in Class”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Traveling from Florida to Nova Scotia, we spent two nights at The Birches, with golf at The Lakes Course next door. This was the front end of our trip and none of the hotels or golf courses during our stay could touch the quality and style of these great places. At the Birches, the rooms are large and very well decorated. Great beds. The dining was even better. The room, Malcomes, is simple but the table well set. The Belgian chef fixed very good 'eggs in a cup' to go with the usual breakfast items - fruit, yogurt, bagels, ect, but the dinner was the star of the whole show. Easily the best dining experience we had on the trip. A strong menu, perfect presentation and superior quality. Your hosts, Barbara and Lawrence MacPherson, are always available and most helpful. They will be your good friends before you leave. A final touch...if you play golf at The Lakes, they bring your golf cart to your room in the morning and pick it up there after you play!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Saskatoon, Canada
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78 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by and spent one night with our two youngest. We loved the room, hot tub, and dinner at Malcolm's was wonderful. This is worth a stay, and if not come by for the dinner! the fod was spectacular, well presented and so tasteful! we will be back!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Arichat, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed at the Inn for two nights and found the staff, the food and the service to be wonderful. We went there to rest and to enjoy relaxing meals. It was everything we wanted and more! The view and walking trails were just what we wanted to get beautiful fresh air and to slow life down! Again....... the meals were out of this world!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, Canada
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

I was booked into the Birches by a local when teaching in Big Pond and was I ever surprised. This is by far the nicest place I've stayed in a long time. The level of service is beyond compare, and the chef in the restaurant was a true gem. You won't go wrong by staying here.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Halifax, Canada
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200 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We headed up to The Birches as a belated Valentine's night away. Beautiful location, between the lakes and the mountains, and easy to find. The welcome was warm, the rooms unique and luxurious (4-poster bed, fireplace in the corner, spa jet bathtub and lots of nice personal decor touches), and the outdoor hot tub a few steps away via the wrap around deck.

We opted to head into Sydney rather than eat in the hotel restaurant, as we found the menu limiting, but were happy to find lots of options in Sydney less than a half hour away. The room was quiet, the bed was comfortable, and the continental breakfast the next morning was simple but fresh and just what we needed to start our day. We were treated to a surprise vegetable omelette frittata too, which was very yummy!

The only thing that I think would have made our stay better was more option in the hotel restaurant, and maybe a cooked breakfast option.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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new city ny
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is by far one of the best B&Bs we've ever stayed in. The room was very spacious and had a lovely deck at the back for reading and relaxing. The inn itself was lovely. We only stayed on night, after the Cabot Trail and on our way to PEI, and found it the perfect in-between. Our dinner was superb. We found no issue at all with the breakfast. Lovely, hot, homemade scones rounded out the rest of the continental fare. And I must mention the chef, I wish I could remember his name! When we were told the scones would be bacon/cheddar I asked if it would be possible to have one or two made without the bacon, as I'm allergic to nitrates. Not only was the answer of course (he made me 3 as it turned out), but after dinner there came a knock on the door and there he was with a plate of homemade, nitrate-free freshly made lamb bacon; he said he couldn't stand the thought of anyone going through life without bacon! Now how's that for service?? This only goes to show how wonderful an atmosphere the innkeepers, Barbara and Lawrence create for not only their guests, but obviously their staff too.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

This is a great place to stay for a romantic getaway. We stayed in the MacPherson suite. I think all rooms are nice, but this was my favorite. We had a delicious meal at Malcolms, I found the wait staff to be friendly and they work very hard to make your dining experince a pleasurable one. The room was beautiful, sofa , chair, fireplace, and jet tub. Would reccommend this place for anyone looking for luxury accommodations at a reasonable rate. Next door to golf in (summer) and ski hill (winter).

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Property: The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn
Address: 5153 East Bay Hwy | Ben Eoin, Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia B1J 1P1, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Ben Eoin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ben Eoin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 20 min. west of Sydney, 55 min. east of St. Peter's, next to Ski Ben Eoin. Colonial-style facility with ten elegantly appointed guest rooms and two luxurious suites--all with private bath, access to balcony, fireplaces, some feature canopy beds and air-jet soaking tubs. Fine dining every evening (except Mondays) from 5 pm to 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. ... more   less 
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