This B&B is rated 3 stars by Newfoundland Tourism, but that rating is extremely generous.
The house has clearly seen better days and is in serious need of some repair and updating. The owner does not live on site (no-one does) and in fact we never met the owner, and that may be why the house is more rundown than we expected. For example, the hall light is just a bare light bulb, without a cover. The TV in the main room must be over 30 years old. The whole house smells musty, and my daughter's allergies acted up as a result.
What surprised me the most was the breakfast. This was the last place we stayed in our 2-week trip to Newfoundland, and we knew by then that full breakfast always meant at least two or all three of eggs, bacon, pancakes, with toast often made from home-made bread, but always served with home-made jam. At Blanchard House breakfast was toast from processed bread, with margarine and generic supermarket jams and cold cereal, and the only hot option was a hardboiled egg (or 2 hard-boiled eggs). (There were also bananas and oranges.) It was by far the worst breakfast we had on our trip.
The pluses were the lovely housekeeper, Ruby, who came in to make breakfast and was welcoming and helpful with suggestions as to where to eat, and the fact that guests could, if they wanted, use the kitchen to make their own meals. (And the kitchen was the nicest room in the house.) The house is also situated in a nice quiet neighbourhood and is an easy walk to the main street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blanchard House, built in 1904, is an historical dwelling that was designated a Registered Heritage Structure on April 26, 2013 by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland & Labrador. It housed the first Newfoundland Constabulary Constable posted to patrol the Great Northern Peninsula in the 1930's. Today it has been restored to its early 20th century charm while providing modern amenities for the visitor. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blanchard House Woody Point, Newfoundland