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Cove Country Inn Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Westport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
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81 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Get Away Weekend - Saved”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

On the first weekend of November my wife and I planned a short get away to Westport, Ontario and had made reservations at a B&B a few kilometers outside of the Town. We picked the place based on its quiet location and traveller reviews. Unfortunately, when we arrived the place was deserted with no one around and after a few anxious hours we learned that our reservation had been misplaced and since we would have been the only guests the owner herself had left for the weekend.

Fortunately we were familiar with the Cove Country Inn in Westport and stopped by late on the Thursday evening to see if they had space for us on short notice. The hostess for the evening was most understanding and provided us with a room with gas stove and jacuzzi - just what we wanted. Our thanks to the Cove Country Inn for saving our almost spoiled get away weeend,

As other reviews have stated the Cove Country Inn is an older facility but the rooms are clean, comfortable and well maintained. The B & B breakfasts all theree days were simple but prepared to perfection by a friendly young man (Shamus) who is a member of the Owner's family.
On Sturday evening we enjoyed local musical entertainment while having dinner in their dining room.

Room Tip: Several rooms in the Annex have lake views and are also very private.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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montreal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We spent one night at this inn on a busy weekend mid-August. Check in was terrible, you have to check in at the restaurant cash. There were two long line ups (one for those paying their restaurant bill, the other for those checking in and looking for a table) all to be served by one very stressed-out cashier.

We had two rooms, both were quite nice, except they don't provide a hair dryer (even in communist Cuba you get a hair dryer!) or a full length mirror. By the time we got into the room, we only had 1/2 an hour to dress for a wedding and found it really pain to share one tiny mirror (maybe 12" wide) over the sink. Just try sharing a mirror to do your makeup while your hubby tries to shave and tie his tie! I sent my hubby to the front desk/restaurant cash to see if they had a hair dryer, but the line up was still so long he returned empty handed.

Breakfast was fine, the restaurant has a nice view of the water, but the flies were really bad if you are outdoors. Lunch wasn't very good, overcrowded, frozen french fries, I guess it depends what you order.

No parking on site except for the street, so we had to park several blocks away. Locks on the doors need replacing, it was quite an effort to unlock them. The people across the hall had the same problem and woke us up in the middle of the night with all their rattling.

This could have a been a nice place to stay if they could just improve the staffing problem at the cash and provide a decent mirror and hair dryer. Sometimes the little things really add up.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Terry C, Owner at Cove Country Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thankyou for your response and we have addressed these issues, hopefully to your satisfaction.
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Cambridge
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22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

Rooms quite spacious, but no wardrobes! Small decanter of red wine left in room, nice touch, good food and friendly service, live music, but not too loud and finished quite early. Really enjoyed this one stay on a trip around Ontario.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Ottawa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012

Spent a night at The Cove with a bunch of lady friends. The building is pretty old, but it is well maintained and they have managed to save the feel of the day. Given that there are very few choices in that area, this is likely the best you can find. The town of Westport is lovely for shopping, beautifully kept and quiet - they role up the sidewalks at night, even Saturday!
While it is not the Ritz, it is very acceptable. The owners and staff are very friendly and efficient. The breakfast could certainly be improved - no eggs, no bacon, but there is still a choice of juice, yogourt, cereals, french toast and sausages. Bring a bathing suit to enjoy the hot tub, and be certain to enjoy the lovely covered porch and view of the lakes. We did not use the spa.

Room Tip: If you are travelling with a family, consider paying a bit more for the room with a kitchen attached...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

As the other reviews state: warm welcoming owners & staff. Guess my husband & I were expecting too much. Very hot and no air conditioning. Thin walls and noisey. Very dated. Comfortable beds yes. No smoke detectors??? A group was staying at the hotel and used the patio/dining area directly under our room for their private get together. At 11:30pm my husband asked them to please take it inside. Only stay at the separate, lake facing building. Not in the main house. There is a bar/groups playing in the evenings under the rooms. Guess it depends if you want to sleep.
Food was very good, nice menu and quality. Continental breakfast not served till after 8ish am. No coffee maker, hair dryer, shampoo, soap (except liquid) in bath tub or sink. Could be much better with some guidance and renos. Safety issues should be a concern.

Room Tip: only reserve in separate building across the street facing the lake. Ask if there's any function...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Terry C, Owner at Cove Country Inn Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thankyou so much for taking the time to evaluate our century inn. We have made many improvements which we hope will make your next stay more comfortable. We have had air conditioning however for 15 years.
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2012

I'm tempted not to share because I'd like to keep this our little secret. We have always been warmly welcomed by the folks at the Cove. They treat us like family even 'tho we can't get there every year. The welcome is warm and inviting; the service is just right. It's a B&B, not a hotel, and the fact that there are no phones or television in the rooms is standard for this type of accommodation and certainly is a welcome part of the quiet that we go there for. Everything is geared to our having a relaxing, romantic weekend and it never disappoints.
We always go with the package that includes the breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner. As Westport is small and wandering the boutiques is a wonderful way to spend the day, knowing that we can stop for lunch and then head back out again is perfect. We had the special dinner on Friday night and the wine parings went well with the delicious food.
Thank you Mary, Terry, Seamus, Jeff and Maureen for making our stay just right, as always.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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southern ON
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

We booked the two room suite. It wasn't expensive and had plenty of room for my husband and I and our teenaged grandaughter. We could see Rideau Lake from the window of the sitting area.
I was very pleased with our breakfast in the sun room. A lovely view of the lake and the morning mist. Our breakfast was well prepared and plentiful. I'd go back again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Cove Country Inn Resort & Spa
Address: 2 Bedford Street, Westport, Ontario K0G 1X0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Westport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Westport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cove Country Inn Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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