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“Unique experience, disappointing accommodation and definitely overpriced”

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Quirpon Lighthouse Inn
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We enjoyed the remote location, the occasional whale spotting and the communal style of the dinners. It was a nice way to meet new people and have some quality time in nature.

That being said, traveling all the way to Quirpon to stay in an "authentic lightkeepers house" only to find out we were actually staying in another house down over the hill was disappointing to say the least.

In addition, at $375/ a night I expected to be eating more than fish cakes and frozen veggies for supper and soup for lunch made with leftover beef and canned Campbell's vegetable soup. I kid you not, when a guest inquired about the contents of the soup for allergy reasons the lady brought out the can for her to read the ingredients! I don't even feed my kids canned soup at home let alone on vacation for 375/night.

I wish I could say the hospitality made up for it but I would be exaggerating. Although the staff are genuinely nice when spoken to this place could really use a hostess! We were picked up by a guy on the dock (who we later found out was the owner) he never introduced himself or asked us our names etc. just confirmed that we were actually going to the inn. When dropped off at the dock another gentlemen gave us a key, told us our room number and that we could go for a coffee in the main house when we were ready. When we got into the main house the ladies were busy in the back doing laundry so eventually when one lady came out to tell us to help ourself to coffee or tea I asked her if she was the lady I had been corresponding with via email with regards to the booking etc, to which she explained no that lady doesn't actually work there she is in an office in corner brook. This might explain their disconnect with their guests. I mean don't get me wrong the staff are nice and hardworking but a warm welcome, an introduction and an explanation of when the meals would be served was missing. Furthermore, the rooms are not made up (and towels are not refreshed) throughout your stay which is not a big deal for us but may be disappointing for some at this price point.

Overall, while we enjoyed the great views and the quality time in nature, we felt that the quality of the food and the guest house accommodation vs. the main house made it somewhat disappointing and definitely overpriced.

Room Tip: The main house is nicer
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed at the Inn on August 1. Our boat ride to the island produced a whale breaching for us to the thrill of the guests. Our arrival was warmly greeted with coffee, tea and sweets.

It was very foggy during our stay so whale watching was not possible. However we enjoyed a fabulous pan fried cod meal and a terrific evening with the other guests seated at the communal dining table. It was a wonderful evening.

We did bring wine, but they have wine, beer and spirits available for purchase.

A family of 9 foxes reside nearby. Excellent hiking trails for exploring. They also have a whale watching building with panoramic windows and seating for 10 or so.

Our room #4 was in the Inn with a separate private washroom. Very clean and comfortable.

We would have like to have stayed another night to further explore the island. Very peaceful made 'just like home' by our hosts - Brian, Doris and Mariah.

A great experience we would recommend to others !

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We spent 4 nights in the rustic splendour of the Inn. Whales every day. A family of foxes 20 metres from our door. Icebergs sailing by. Splendid Newfoundland home cooking around a communal table (cod, trout, beef, Jiggs dinner). Hiking on virtually a private island 10k long. Kayaking in the ocean. Remains of 2,000 year old sod huts.

Leave your 'princess' need behind. You are on a remote island accessible only by small boat. It is comfortable enough but closer to camping out than staying in a posh hotel. Don't go for 1 night. Take 3 at least to explore and enjoy.

Only when you leave do you understand how quiet, peaceful and close to the land you were.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank marekw
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband & I plus my brother, his wife, & my two sisters decided just a day before taking the ferry for our first trip to Newfoundland to spend far more than we normally budget for a night at Quirpon Island Lighthouse Inn. Thank goodness we did. It was, without a doubt, the highlight of the entire vacation. Our only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend there. We could only fit one night into our schedule. The next time we go to Newfoundland (which we WILL do BECAUSE of the amazing time at Quirpon Island) we will plan at least 2 or 3 nights there as it was well worth the price. The proprietor, Ed English, was the consummate host - engaging, accommodating, a true ambassador for Newfoundland. We watched whales right offshore for hours, saw icebergs, seals, gannets, foxes. Don't be put off by the price tag - it's worth every penny. If you figured the cost of the boat trip there & back, dinner, breakfast, unlimited tea & coffee, a whale watch, and an iceberg trip, it would cost far more than a night's stay here & every bit was included. We would all recommend this highly.

Room Tip: The main house seems like it's nicer since the kitchen & dining area is right there.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I stayed at this gorgeous Inn for one night just a day ago. I loved it! The owner is a super friendly and kind man who is always smiling. Very welcoming as he greeted us at the dock for a pickup by boat. To get to the dock, simply drive straight thru the town until you see a large dock area. There will be cars parked and you will see a tiny white Fisheries and Oceans facility (or shed, not sure what it was) in the car park.

We met Ed (owner) and his lovely daughter who kindly helped us into the boat. The ride is no more than 5-10 minutes. Once you arrive at the dock you can either get a ride in an ATV to the Inn or you can opt for a scenic 5.5 km hike (2 hours, bring rain boots and a sweater + gloves it's cold). You will see gorgeous landscapes and crystal clear blue waters with icebergs visible in the distance. Breathtaking! Do this trek on your way in, you won't regret it. The path is clearly marked w red tipped sticks planted in the soil.

At the Inn main house is where you will see a lighthouse and where you will receive delicious home cooked meals and warm hospitality from Madonna and her lovely colleagues. We had Jigs dinner and a yummy egg N bacon breakfast. Tip: Beer is available and sold by the unit. Your room will be down the road in a tiny separate house. The rooms are a nice size, beds comfortable and our room had a shower etc. w soaps and shampoos.

Between meals the main activity is the whale watching. Many tiny ones come right to the coast looking for fish. You see them popping up all day! It's wonderful! Where you see gulls flying around is where you'll see whales. This will be a good indication of their location. The scenery and atmosphere are delightful. There is also a platform and a heated cabin for viewing.

I highly recommend this establishment for those who are looking for peace and quiet or a lovely hike or kayaking (weather permitting).

A++

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

This was a chance find from a photo link in Google Maps and ... what a find. The best thing we did in Newfoundland by far was spend 5 nights here.

From what I understand, weather can be a factor but we had excellent weather (like you see in the Newfoundland TV ads) so, spent our time hiking the island, kayaking with the whales and icebergs, photographing flowers, bergs, whales, foxes and each other and basking in the sun in the middle of nowhere. We brought lots of books because we thought we'd have so much time on our hands but no book can compete with such a setting!

We stayed in the main house which was cozy and family oriented. Though the rooms are smaller than you might like, they're clean and well appointed, if primitive. There is less privacy than you may like but everyone was friendly and courteous when we were there - while much of the staff live there, too it is the other guest with whom you mostly interact. Thus, you are dependant upon the serendipity of good guest-mates.

Meals (breakfast and dinner) are served family style in two shifts depending on the number of guests so conversation and atmosphere are what you and your fellow guest make it. Since we stayed so long, we had quite the run of dinner companions - mostly great, once the ice was broken. We also cycled through their meal plan and, rather than serve us a meal we had already experienced, they offered (we accepted) a moose stew which was excellent! One day we started with loads of home made jams and jellies on toast with our eggs and bacon, made ourselves a few sandwiches along with apples and cookies for our island hiking trip lunch then came back for boiled dinner where everyone shared their day.

The staff is open and very friendly but not overbearing. One of the trip's delights was experiencing and decoding the Newfoundland accent which slips into your mind and soon takes over. Alas, it's gone again.

Kayaking off the island is not to be missed. The whales are truly awesome creatures, the icebergs terrifyingly beautiful and the island views iconic.

One can hike anywhere on the island which is large enough to remain mysterious even after a couple of days. Should you not kayak, you can whale watch from the tops of cliffs.

This is not a place, as someone else said "for dresses and high heels". Just getting to the lighthouse from the dock is a fair hike for some, the terrain is wild and challenging and, if the weather gets up, you may have to hike the length of the island to get on or off. Be prepared with good shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a sense of adventure.

Also, be sure to stay at least 2 nights - arrive before dinner the first night, spend a good full day exploring and relaxing the next and leave the following morning. Better yet, repeat part two a couple of times!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

This stay was a recommendation from a fellow-guest in response to the question, "What was the best thing you did while in NFLD?" Just so happened Quirpon had a cancellation when I finally tracked down the owner ..... we so lucked out!

The water was so rough on the way over we had to be dropped off on a nearby cove- shore and hike across the island to the lighthouse. The hike was spectacular and one of many highlights of being there. While it was warm and sunny for 4 hours, it was cold and foggy for the remainder..... authentic maritime experience.

Our room in the main lighthouse was tiny, with warm bedding and the fog horn beside brings new meaning to sleep.

The food was great and guests have a real rustic "family" experience at the big dinner table. Indeed this was an expensive 24 hour day on a remote island, and one we would do again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quirpon Lighthouse Inn

Address: 1 Main St, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland and Labrador A2N 6G1, Canada
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Quirpon Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Quirpon Island
Price Range: $245 - $286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Quirpon Lighthouse Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Quirpon Lighthouse Hotel Quirpon Island
Quirpon Lighthouse Inn Quirpon Island, Newfoundland

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