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Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel and Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ayer's Cliff
Certificate of Excellence
Cedar Crest, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
“Lovely inn, marvelous meals”
Reviewed October 11, 2007

Ripplecove Inn exceeded our expectations. The setting was sublime. We spent an inordinate amount of time sitting in adirondak chairs on the dock. I tried to read but the loon and heron nearby and the beautiful fall colors, plus the totally peaceful lake (middle of the week) won my attention. Both dinners we had were outstanding as were the large breakfasts. Attention to details added additional confirmation that owners and staff wanted guests to enjoy the time spent here.

Stayed October 2007
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Saskatoon
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

The Ripplecove and Manoir Hovey are owned by the same family and they should be very proud that both properties are high quality eventhough they each have their uniqueness!

When we arrived at Ripplecove it was very quiet and we were offered a lovely upgrade - Room 17 is lovely - small balcony with view of the lake.

Quite a seclued spot - or perhaps this is because there we only a few guests. A pool, kayaks, bicycle - anything you would like!

The evening meal was very special - partly the ambience as we sat on the lovely patio and enjoyed a storm (rain, lightning, thunder!). The food was very good - beautifully presented and high quality. The breakfast was as good as the supper!!

I would say this is a more laid back property that the Manoir Hovey but I loved them both. In fact if you don't mind changing locations they are only 20 minutes apart. If I lived in Montreal I would pop out to both of these places for the weekend!!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2007

The rooms--even the economy room, which apparently only means there is no TV--are comfortable and thoughtfully decorated with antiques and pretty fabrics. We spent the previous night at an all-too-corporate looking Auberge near Trois Riviere. After reading the review in Fodor's we headed to Ripplecove and are so glad we did. It
was heavenly. The crowd is mainly older (we are in our mid-30s) and quiet, which was perfect for a rest. The lake is large and calm--perfect for paddling but a bit cold for a swim. The staff are warm but don't get in your way. Highly recommend a gin and tonic while sitting out on the little dock. Tennis and boating equipment, and bikes are available with no fuss or reservations or anything. What a great escape! We stayed an extra night because we could not tear ourselves away.

  • Liked — Elegant and calm atmosphere without being stuffy
  • Disliked — It was perfect. No complaints.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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55 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2006

Two years ago, my wife and I were lost in the wilds of Canada at 11:00 at night when we literally just stumbled upon this place. It was gorgeous, like something out of a fairy tale. Since it was Christmas Eve and we were arriving so late we got a great rate.

The accomodations are rustic yet elegant, the lakeside view is breathtaking, there are plenty of common rooms to explore and the jaccuzzi outside was a delight in -30 degree weather! Even the food was good.

Sadly, at its usual rate it was too pricey for us to return the next year, even though we wanted to, but if money is no object, or if you're willing to splurge for a special occasion, it doesn't get any better than this place.

Stayed November 2006
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Brooklyn, New York
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2006

Don't let the word Inn fool you. The same goes when you first walk into their small but pretty reception area. This is a mini resort located on Lake Massiwippi in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I could write all day about the treatment, layout, food, service, view, decor of the common rooms and the comfortable inn rooms. Suffice it to say that I have never been treated so well at any price.
The room we had was very nice and well decorated. We had a small verandah with a view of the lake from the second floor. Just lovely would be the right description. The Inn has many different types of rooms at varying prices.
The main reading room is what makes this an Inn. It is cozy and comfortable with a large porch, magnificent decor and a gorgeous view.
There is an outdoor hot tub on one end of the inn next to the spa which is almost completely surrounded by woods with the lake shimmering through the trees. What relaxation. The spa itself has a wonderful relaxation room reminiscent of a cabin decor and an aroma therapy wafting throughout it which can cause you to fall asleep. It is very, very peaceful at the spa.
The unhurried feeling stays with you from beginning and never leaves you the entire stay. The service however is excellent and there is virtually no waiting for anything.
The barroom is very well decorated, strickly high class, and the cocktails and service is superb. The bartender will bring them out to you on the patio as you sit at a table which is right on the lake.
The food here is not to be believed. The breakfast is a full delicious buffet with an additional menu along with waiter service. The breakfast kept us full until dinner. You can eat anything you want here and as much as you wish. (All obviously made with high quality foodstuffs and all expertly and properly prepared with the French Canadian flair). You can eat in the marvelous dinning room, or outside on the lake while in the shade as soothing music plays quietly in the background. Everything here has it's emphasis on relaxing.
The dinners are extraordinary. Most definitely some of the best fare my wife and I have ever eaten, and we have traveled a lot. (My wife eats lunch regularly at the Four Seasons restaurant in NY and she says the food at Ripplecove is even better), The service is white glove all the way. JeanLuke, the headwaiter, is most definitely High Class personified and can work for the Queen of England as far as we are concerned. The dinners included appetizers, salads or soups, entrees and desserts that were some of the best I have ever eaten. The coffee is even delicious. (I'm not kidding) Naturally there is a menu and several entrees to choose from. Several change each day so there is no repeat dinners. I honestly cannot describe in so many words the quality and taste of the food served here except to say that a jaded millionaire would not be disappointed. The service as I already stated is of the highest quality. The wine list is extensive. if you are not a wine connoisseur then leave it up to JeanLuke, Just tell him the price range. It was a perfect wine every time for us.
There is a very nice pool area separately located from the main house. There were lots of chairs on the property so you can sit and enjoy the view from almost anywhere. There is an area of the lake on the property you can use for swimming as well. There are other activities such as kayaking, cycling and light hiking.
The room rate includes the breakfast and dinner (excluding alcoholic beverages). It cost us $350 Canadian per night for two. That is about $298 US. You cannot beat that considering what you receive for it. It is an absolute bargain. (You get back your federal room tax if you are not a Canadian citizen when you get home or right at the border.)
The only problem was that there was no bathroom facility near the pool and you had to walk a short distance to a facility at the Inn. It is not a very large problem considering all else that was perfection. I Very Highly recommend this place for Relaxation and Romance. Also if you just wish to experience such rare treatment at a more than reasonable price. In my opinion it's impossible not to receive all three while staying at this wonderful Inn.

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London, England
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2006

One of those well off the road locations by the lake which guarantees peaceful seclusion. Our room (32, the only one at the price with king bed) was very nice, no balcony or terrace but a fire and marvellous huge shower. It's not a 5 star hotel but is very comfortable with nice lounge, staff, spa, excellent dinner and breafast. We were only here for one night and it was between seasons so hardly anyone else there and would certainly like to spend a few days relaxing there.

  • Stayed March 2006
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toronto ontario
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2005

My best friend and I stayed at this lovely quaint Inn.
The place was very well maintained the staff were so very pleasant and tried to please at each request.
The meals were great as both my friend and I have travelled the world and found this to be top notch in menu choices and # 1 in taste.
The waiters were so very attentive and our Maitre D ( Robert ) made us feel so relaxed with his humour .
We met many nice couples from the U.S ( California , Maine, Boston etc and they too loved the Inn.
There is much to do at the Inn, ( tennis Courts , Swimming , they have a canoe ) and the staff were very pleasant with the activities.
There are many lovely places to visit and we did them all.
We plan on returning with our husbands so they too can experience the ambience of the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Property: Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel and Spa
Address: 700 Ripplecove, Ayer's Cliff, Quebec J0B 1C0, Canada (Formerly Auberge Ripplecove & Spa)
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Location: Canada > Quebec > Ayer's Cliff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ayer's Cliff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated only 75 minutes from Montreal and 15 minutes from Vermont, Ripplecove Hotel & Spa enjoys the regions premier location on a private 12 acre peninsula on Lake Massawippi, Quebec. Established in 1945, the family run luxury resort has consistently been awarded top honours as one of Canada’s finest hotels. Currently rated as a 5 Star hotel by the Quebec Ministry of Tourism and recipient of a double 4 Diamond Award for both its refined cuisine and luxurious accommodations, Ripplecove Hotel & Spa is simply one of Canada’s finest lakeside resort hotels. This exceptional hotel offers 32 luxury rooms, suites and cottages, most with lake view, fireplace and private lakeside balcony. All accommodations are individually designer decorated and offer luxurious country estate comfort in a pristine rural lakeside setting. Choose from an array of outdoor activities no matter what the season. Tennis, boating, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, bicycles; snow shoeing, skating and ice fishing are all offered on site. Nearby activities include 12 golf courses, summer theatre, shopping and farmers markets, vineyards and the internationally acclaimed “Foresta Lumina” a night-illuminated pathway and pedestrian suspension bridge located nearby at the Coaticook Gorge. If total relaxation is the order of the day, escape to Ripplecove’s Arboressence Spa, for a full range of Spa services using the internationally renowned organic Eminence Spa products. Nestled under 200 year old pine trees on the shores of Lake Massawippi, the Arboressence Spa offers the perfect setting to de-stress, detox and relax surrounded by nature. We hope to have the pleasure of giving you a warm welcome soon! ... more   less 
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