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Heart's Desire Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 6 Mahone Bay B&B and Inns
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Had a lovely stay with Denise and John, they truly make great hosts! Nice touch bringing up the morning coffee before breakfast, thanks John. Breakfast consisted of yogurt, fruit salad and croissants followed by eggs, bacon and toast, it was all wonderful - I just hope my husband doesn't expect this at home. If we don't become neighbors, we'll be back for a visit. Although a short visit everything was perfect and oh my what a view from the front veranda.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Our weekend at Heart’s Desire was both relaxing and fun. Although this is a relatively new venture for Denise and John, they knew exactly how to make us feel at home.
On our arrival, John welcomed us warmly, insisted on carrying our luggage upstairs for us and offered us afternoon tea. Later on, Denise introduced me to a Wasgij puzzle - Thanks! I’m a big fan, now! - and John showed me a children’s book which mentions their historic home.
Although we had not seen the latest photos at the time of booking, we requested the Queen Room, with the newly added en suite shower. The new bathroom was fantastic! Although small, it was functional, clean and came with toiletries.
Our room did not have a view of the bay, but the chairs on the front verandah provide the ideal spot for boat watching. The marina is directly opposite and the township is an easy stroll away, which means you don’t need your car any time you want to have a meal or wander around the fascinating shops.
John delivers an early morning cup of tea or coffee to the upstairs guest lounge, which also has views of the bay. The delicious and varied breakfasts are certainly enough to set you up for the day.
Mahone Bay is the perfect spot from which to explore the south of Nova Scotia and we can recommend Heart’s Desire as the perfect B and B to use as your base. Try it! You won’t be disappointed!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dorchester, NB
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

John & Denise really are the definition of great hosts. Only one night's stay was enough for us to want to rush back when we can. The view is excellent, especially from the spacious verrandah, the shops in town are within walking distance and the coffee and tea that await you in the upstairs sitting area each morning is much appreciated. John and Denise's humour and openess was delightful.
Rooms were spotless, bathroom was spacious and decor is in great taste. Thanks for the delicious breakfast. Until next time......

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Denise and John run their lovely B&B with a lot of humour and good advice! I arrived late in the evening, not having booked before and was greeted very cheerful and warm.
In the morning, John brings fresh coffee and a newspaper to the salon, perfect. The internet is fast and reliable, the rooms cosy and very clean.
The porch is the place to be, watching the sailboats in the bay, while hoping that John offers a good glass of wine!

Good food is close, in walking distance. I enjoyed my evening there and was very sorry to leave.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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GODERICH
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

Lovely old house opposite Mahone Bay in a delightful little village.
John from Liverpool UK, has only been running it since May and doing a great job, wife Denise will join him soon. Very comfy large clean, quiet room with spacious adjoining bathroom. Lounge upsatirs to sit with laptop.
Delicious breakfast, no TV in rooms, but sat in downstairs room to watch the X Factor and John joined me ( I asked him too) we had
a good laugh, he has a wonderful sense of humour. Huge front porch to relax on with a glass on wine. We feel he will do very well with this new adventure.

Room Tip: So far, only one room with ensuite, that will change soon.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Prince George, Canada
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

A lovely b and b right across from the marina and harbour. Great host, good breakfast, comfy room. I'd definitely recommend it and will return!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

Wonderful little B&B. We stayed at the cottage suite. We are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 small children. Owner was fantastic, very helpful and put us at ease.

John, the owner is from the UK... he has a great sense of humor and a fantastic attitude. The view from the front porch is amazing and the breakfast was pretty darn yummy. Would go back there in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Heart's Desire Bed and Breakfast

Property: Heart's Desire Bed and Breakfast
Address: 686 Main St | P.O. Box 470, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Mahone Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Mahone Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Heart's Desire Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A classic four square house built in the early 1900s overlooking beautiful Mahone Bay. Located steps away from the delightful shops, restaurants and cafes of Mahone Bay. ... more   less 
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