DesBarres Manor is beautiful. The rooms are tastefully done and have a number of luxurious touches. I would have rated the inn a 5, if it weren't for the following serious glitch:
When we arrived, we tried to make a reservation for dinner but were told that their restaurant was full. No one had informed me when I booked the room months earlier that this might be a problem. There are no comparable alternatives in town. Instead, the inn recommended a pub, the Rare Bird, which it also owns. Since we'd driven such a long way, we didn't feel like getting in the car again, so we walked to the pub for dinner. Let's just say it's a casual, loud, pretty sub-par place, especially when we had been looking forward to something much, much better.
I don't understand inns that trumpet their restaurants as part of the experience of staying with them, then turn away their own guests! At the very least, they should have recommended that we book dinner at the same time we booked the room. Or made sure that they had enough tables to accommodate all of their guests, especially since there are no other good restaurants close by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Named by The Toronto Sun as "one of 9 of the most romantic hotels in Canada", DesBarres Manor Inn brings together the style of a boutique hotel with the warmth of a country inn. Built in 1837 as the residence for Supreme Court Justice W.F. DesBarres, this restored manor home features 10 luxurious guests rooms, an award-winning fireside dining room and elegant common rooms on six acres of grounds in the heart of the charming seaside village of Guysborough. Recipient of the Nova Scotia Cuisine of the Year and seven Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, DesBarres Manor Inn offers simple, direct and honest food that captures the flavours and traditions of our Nova Scotia region. The Inn offers a range of special getaway packages including cooking classes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desbarres Manor Hotel Guysborough
- DesBarres Manor Inn Nova Scotia/Guysborough