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“Great base for a Bonavista trip”
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Russelltown Inn
Ranked #3 of 9 Bonavista B&B and Inns
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Toronto
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“Great base for a Bonavista trip”
Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

After a wasp and mosquito invasion slightly changed our camping plans in Terra Nova, I found this B&B online and managed to book two nights from one day to the next. Not only does Jubilee B&B have the most reasonable prices (we paid $85/night) but is also close to the harbour and an ideal location to visit the iconic lighthouse (I recommend dawn for great photos) but also John Cabbot's ship replica, the "dungeon" and from there a hike to Spillars Cove.

The house was beautifully restored and the rooms a comfortable.

A very pleasant stay and absolutely recommended!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Glady's is a fantastic lady and runs the house perfectly!
It’s better for couples as the rooms and the beds are not big enough for little ones.
The beds are very comfortable and a TV in every room as well in the lovely sitting area.
The kitchen was accessible and dining room in which we used to make dinner one night.
Parking is on street right in front of white fence. It would have been nice to have loungers outside to use.
Immaculately clean!
You can walk to a few things but, you need to drive to light house and the grocery store.

Room Tip: Pick the one with private bathroom. Its on 2nd floor and faces street.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Niceville, Florida
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Gladys provides a warm welcome and is very accomodating. Since I'm an early person andbreakfast was at 0800, she mafe the coffee for me so I could turn it on, shower than come down and have my coffee as early as I liked; doesn't get any better than that. Clean and comfortable and walking distance to everything.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

This was our first visit to the historic port of Bonavista. I can think of no finer place to anchor oneself during any stay than Jubilee House. We were both impressed with the beautifully restored house - the quality of the work is evident wherever you look. Our room was quiet and relaxing, while the bed contributed to the best three nights of sleep I've had the entire trip to Newfoundland. Gladys was a welcoming and gracious host. The B&B is perfectly located, within walking distance of many local attractions. We enjoyed the excellent company of our fellow guests at breakfast each day, but otherwise saw or heard little else of them - we could have easily believed ourselves to be the only guests. When we next return to Bonavista the choice for accommodation will be a simple one. I will recommend it to our friends and family unreservedly.

Room Tip: Aim for the rooms on the top floor at the front of the house.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Bonavista is one of our favorite towns to visit in Newfoundland - picturesque, historic and oh so welcoming. Jubilee House is very much a part of the town's history and has been lovingly restored by the Abbotts. The pride of ownership is evident and the Abbotts have restored Jubilee to the grandeur it deserves. The Jubilee maintains the historic features you would expect in such a grand house and balances it with luxurious modern day conveniences. It is located in the heart of Bonavista - an easy walk to most attractions. The breakfast and welcoming discussion by the hosts will start your day off bright.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

This was the oldest place I stayed at on my trip to Newfoundland. The house was built in 1887, and though there are plenty of modern conveniences, it still has plenty of old fashioned charm, from the smell of aged wood to the gentle creaking as I walked along the second floor. The room was super cozy. with a non-operating fireplace, a big comfy bed. Breakfast was served in the charming dining room, with plenty of homemade jams to choose from for your toast, and there's even an IPod in the kitchen with Newfoundland songs on it from artists such as Buddy Wasisname and Great Big Sea for guests to enjoy. Be sure to ask to see the laundry room, as there's a vintage clothes wringer on display in there. Antique buffs will also love the trunks in the hall, vintage hardcover novels from the 60's and 70's, and the vintage cans and bottles on the top shelves.

My host Gladys took extra good care of me, and told me where I could go looking for puffins. I was successful, finding them just 10 minutes away in nearby Elliston.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Carleton Place
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Reviewed September 17, 2011

We arrived at Jubilee intending to spend one night, but we happily stayed for three. The first two were planned -- the third was thanks to Hurricane Maria (but she whipped quickly by, causing no problems).

What a perfect place -- both the Jubilee and Bonavista. The Jubilee is a carefully restored and beautifully decorated heritage home, managed by the welcoming, cheerful Gladys and owned by her friendly brother Ed. Our bed was extremely comfy, the sitting room had a deep, comfortable leather couch and chair, the breakfast was plentiful and delicious. After a week and a half of travel, we were glad of the laundry facilities available, too. The Jubilee is only a few blocks from the museum housing the replica of Cabot's ship, The Matthew, and also an easy walk to restaurants. But the best part was how at home Gladys and Ed made us feel. We look forward to seeing them again and staying at the Jubilee when we come back to Newfoundland.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Russelltown Inn
Address: 134 Coster Street, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador A0C 1B0, Canada (Formerly Jubilee House Bed & Breakfast)
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Bonavista
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Bonavista
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a history of serving guests for over a decade, Russelltown Inn welcomes you with a tradition of Newfoundland hospitality, rich heritage, and all the conveniences a modern traveler requires. The Inn is located in the quiet, historic residential neighborhood of "Russelltown", just minutes from Downtown Bonavista and within walking distance to the harbour, shops, museums, and an array of great restaurants. The Russelltown Inn is designed with you in mind, allowing guests the privacy of a hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast. Rooms are located throughout the property in multiple restored heritage buildings. We've tailored each room, our hospitality and amenities to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. We hope that our attention to detail shines through each moment of your stay. We are pleased to offer a breakfast menu developed by Red Seal Chef Katie Hayes of the Bonavista Social Club. Chef Hayes not only loves cooking with fresh Newfoundland ingredients but has developed a breakfast menu inspired by the same. Breakfast will feature Bonavista Social Club homemade bread baked daily from the only commercial wood-fired bread oven in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as fresh free-range eggs and Nanny Hayley's Jams & Jellies. These jams and jellies contain no preservatives and are made from recipes dating back to the mid 1800's. The recipes originated from the Cape Shore in Bonavista and were handed through the generations. All of Nanny Hayley's jams are made from wild berries, handpicked in the Bonavista area. Breakfast is included with your stay. Hiking, iceberg, whale and bird-watching nearby. Walking distance from historic sites, Garrick Theatre, restaurants and coffee shop. ... more   less 
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