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“Charm & hospitality extraordinaire” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor

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Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor
Ranked #1 of 2 Indian Brook B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersGold level
Dover DE
1 review
“Charm & hospitality extraordinaire”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2009

Great location on St. Ann's Bay / Atlantic Ocean. Accommodations are superb, host/hostess are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are very nice, clean and bright. Breakfasts are great! Morning views are the perfect way to wake up, and starry skies the perfect ending. But watch out for moose on the roads, especially at night!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank rhultman
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Winnipeg
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2009

Lonnie & Roy are great hosts, with a wealth of knowledge. We had Cabin 1 and were very pleased in all aspects. The cabin itself was a very nice with all your amenities, and the view is all that we hoped for. We wanted to wake up and see, smell and hear the ocean (check, check and check). Lonnie came by to see if we needed anything and encouraged us to ask if there was anything we needed or help in getting around or suggestions for dinner in Baddeck (we were very happy with her suggestion). We had fires by the ocean, relaxed on the hammocks. We had a chance to view the new Boat cabin, great idea, well done, as well we stayed in the Garden Room and were pleased with all it offered, same great view, not as equipped as the cabin but for our last night it suited our purpose. The Sea Parrot offers great location, & very relaxing, and great hosts. Highly recommended

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank BBLBWinnipeg
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North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2009

We stayed with Lonnie and Roy for 3 nights and could not have enjoyed our stay more. They were both wonderful hosts with Lonnie having lots of information on what to do and where to eat. She will also help book your tours and can get you discounts with some of the tour operators that she sends a lot of business to. By the way, I strongly recommend the Puffin tour. It was absolutely outstanding,

Last but not least, Lonnie makes a wonderful breakfast every morning cooked the way you like it and on nice days you eat on the deck overlooking the water. Lonnie also makes available some nice touches like umbrellas, books and VCR tapes that can be handy. And although we didn't have time to sit in the hot tub, everyone that did really enjoyed it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ShirleyTraveler09
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Nova Scotia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2009

We stayed at the Sea Parrot for one night in fall. For breakfast, the lady who owns the place joined us on the beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean. She must have thought that we were not Nova Scotians because of our foreign accent , and she made some really negative remarks about the locals and the Cape Bretoners in general, being lazy and not wanting to work and so on.. We didn't think that that was a very professional composure for someone who chose this location for their business.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank wilma105
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SEAPARROT, OWNER at Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor, responded to this review, June 9, 2009
I got this very up-setting review today I was very shocked at this particular guest's review.

We at the Sea Parrot,pride ourselves in giving our community lots of support and especially sending other locals & bsinesses many referrals.

As we ow consider ourselvescape bretoners and residents and having been here for 9 years. We are esected by the local and extending communities on and off the trail.

This guest was totally out of line with their comments and I would appeciate an apology. I do remember the couple and when they stayed with us. They had a great room great breakfast and wonderful location, but they they comment about that of course not. Sorry if they mis-understood our casual conversation @ breakfast.

Hopefully future guest's wanting to book w/us will over-look this review and again it was very up-setting to me.

SINCERELY,
MANAGEMENT
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Lakewood, NJ
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2008

My wife, children, and I visited Cape Breton in July, 2008, and stayed several nights at the Sea Parrot Ocean Manor. In general, the property is directly on the ocean, and affords spectacular (read as: second to none) views. The on-site, outdoor hot-tub is an excellent bonus, and the guest suite we stayed in was nicely appointed.

The property offers an odd combination of technology amenities (e.g. there was a satellite TV system in our suite, but no in-suite internet access; also, there are no telephones in the guest suites.

Given that many visitors are from outside of Canada, the suites should offer direct phone/internet connectivity (cell/wireless internet service is spotty in Cape Breton, roaming fees are generally high in Canada, et. al.) In all fairness, you can wander into the main house and use their phone (or their internet connection), though, for the three hour conference call I needed to host, that wasn't a realistic option.

The included breakfasts were adequate. That may sound catty, but, given the "five-star" category the property promotes itself as belonging to (and the commensurate nightly rates charged), it missed the mark. They should rethink their on-site food service strategy (hint: the bakery/restaurant next door has some of the best food I've ever eaten).

Also worth nothing, there isn't a grocery or liquor store within a 15-mile radius of the property. If you wish to drink wine or snack on-property, (there are bottle openers and stemware in the suites), stock-up en-route.

The owners are pleasant, and although being relatively new to the hospitality business, are off to a good start.

  • Liked — Beautiful Views
  • Disliked — Lack of Technology Amenities
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank Jorge013
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Paris, France
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2008

I had booked this lodging after having read the reviews on this site. I got a very friendly contact with Lonnie via e-mail, with useful advice.

The welcome upon arrival was very friendly too. The cottage that we got was the second in a row of newly-built accomodation. It included 2 bedrooms with queen beds and a living room with a convertible sofa-bed, a very nice kitchen, outdoor corner with a beautiful view on the sea and nearby islands, outside BBQ. In contrast with these ideal features, since this was booked for my family of 5 + my mother, it would have been too small for all of us had my mother been able to make it (we were only 5 in the end so it was OK for our lot). All the more that the sofa-"bed" has a 10 cm thick mattress, therefore making it very unconfortable except for kids like mine. The beds themselves have spring mattresses which are much less confortable than traditional hotel beds. The rest of the furniture is basic. The walls between "cottages" are paper thin and the kitchen has the bare minimum in terms of plates. On the other side, DVD are available to borrow in large quantities, silverware is plentiful, the bathroom is large and confortable, lots of outdoor games are available for kids, the setting is very nice.

As you can read, this place is quite a paradox. I believe that it would be useful for the Sea Parrot to aim for less ambitious goals in terms of standard and provide what it does best, an extremely friendly and nicely located place with standard accomodation that would deserve a somewhat lower price.

  • Liked — The welcome of the owners
  • Disliked — the (very) hard bedding
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank patcanada31
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SEAPARROT, OWNER at Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor, responded to this review, August 28, 2008
In response to this review from management.
Needless to say I was very shocked to hear that this guest needed additional things for their stay with us and did not ask me. One of the final phrases that I say a couple of times when I check-in guests is “if there is anything you need while your are here, please do not hesitate to ask me and I will do my very best to get it for you” Most of our mattresses are med. to firm. If you had any mattress issues I could have given this guest and any guest down toppers which I have given to other guests who like a softer mattress. As for the 2-bedroom cottage they had not being able to accommodate 5-pp or even 6-pp. the cottages are 725sq. ft. inside. We have many families larger than this family was in the same cottages and we can accommodate all situations with additional beds if necessary. All of these cottages have double sound proof walls and I have never had anyone complain. All these guests had to do was just ask for anything and we would have been more than happy to accommodate them immediately. We have over 800 plus guests a year and again I wish this guest had told me of any needs, instead of posting this review on line especially when we are always there for our guests.

We like to know things while guests are on site so we can address it a.s.a.p. We can’t fix something for a guest If we are not aware if something is wrong. We pride ourselves in making our guests as comfortable as possible during their stay w/us.

Sincerely,
Management
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2008

We can't really add too much more to what has already been written here. The place is great - right on the ocean, great views. The hosts are very helpful and forthcoming with information, and recommendations. Breakfast was great. Location is great as well - for both Baddeck and the Cabot Trail. Clearly, they want folks to have a great experience and come back again. We stayed in the Nautical Room which was huge, with a seating area, kitchen area and little balcony. Unfortunately we had rainy weather, so we didn't get a chance to sit out there, or on one of the many chairs on their large lawn, which runs down to the water. We could have stayed longer, and would go back.

  • Liked — Hosts were amazingly helpful, place was fantastic
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank Muriel803
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Property: Sea Parrot Ocean View Manor
Address: 45227 Cabot Trail | Indianbrook, Nova Scotia, Indian Brook, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Indian Brook
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Indian Brook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are proud to announce our RATED EXCELLENCE AWARD from Trip Advisor & Flipkey Oceanfront Luxury Suites & Sea-side Cottages & 2-oceanfront private houses **5-STAR** Canada Select property. New - Modern 2-story Cape Cod style, 3,100 sq. Ft. Of luxury. Decorated with authentic southwestern furnishings that will keep your attention for hours. A large wrap around verandah that overlooks 14 acres of lush greenery and oceanfront views at the mouth of the beautiful St. Ann's Bay. We are more than just a B&B. We are a full service resort. All windows in this Manor, Apartment suites and cottages offer picturesque views of either ocean, mountain's or woods of plenty. Two oceanfront hot-tubs and two playgrounds. So much to do for all ages.Every unit on this spectacular property have a great oceanfront view. Nightly bonfires hosted every night for our guests to enjoy and meet other guests from around the globe. ... more   less 
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