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The Castle Inn
New England
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“"It couldn't have been more wonderful..."”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2009

Mother celebrated her 80th birthday this past June. Our slighty belated gift to her (in early August) was a "this-is-your-life" journey throughout Aroostook County, where she was born and raised and Andover/Perth, New Brunswick, where she and Daddy were married nearly 61 years ago.

Besides visiting all the lovely places tied to our lives with heartstrings, we were so blessed to have made reservations at The Castle Inn in Perth. It would be an understatement to say that The Inn was the bow adorning our gift to Mama. Mother's comment, "It couldn’t' have been more wonderful..." truly says it all.

Via email and telephone, Chris Cornhill, manager and chef of Castle Inn, was always cheerful, welcoming and more than accommodating. In person... even more wonderful. Lisa, his lovely wife, made us feel like royalty. Together, they truly made our weekend celebration a life-long memory.

If you are aching to journey to a by-gone era, you must spend some time at The Castle Inn in Perth, New Brunswick, Canada. I am certain you, too, will share Mother's experience and hear yourself saying, "It couldn't have been more wonderful..."

Enjoy!

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Calgary, Alberta
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2009

With the recent renovations of the Castle Inn it is a perfect blend of old meets new.
Chef Chris is a wonderful man with outstanding skills.
Everyone was so welcoming, it felt like you were staying with family. This hidden treasure is sure to be a hot spot in no time.
The perfect setting for an intimate wedding.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2009

Don't ask what prompted us to spend a weekend driving up to Aroostook County from our place in Camden once icy roads cleared well enough for travel. Suffice it to stay that we found ourselves needing a place to stay on a cold and bleak Saturday night at the end of February, and after our survey of the tired, dreary, 50ish roadside motels in places like Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield, the Castle Inn just across the border in nearby Perth-Andover was a beacon of welcome.

It's thus appropriate to place the Castle Inn in geographical context. If it were located in the Adirondacks or Napa Valley (or, say, the Cotswolds) it perhaps would not merit so relatively high a set of ratings. But to our reconnaisance, it is the ONLY such style a place north of Bangor, between St. Andrews, NB and sweeping up around the Maine - Canada border as far as the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

The charming, slightly whimsical, 1932 industrialist's cottage turned hotel and restaurant is American Tudor with Craftsman touches. The five guest rooms (with several more on the way, as the second floor is currently being added onto while the period style remains unchanged on the addition) complement the well-appointed restaurant and cozy bar on the main floor.

Thirtyish Scotsman Chris Cornhill manages the entire place, from room reservations to kitchen; he's friendly and outgoing and will cheerfully attend to any need ranging from special culinary/dietary requests to a midnight re-boot of a balky wireless internet computer server.

The dinner menu gives a nod to local produce, game, seafood and the usual old reliables, but with more creativity and flourish than one would typically find in such a restaurant-deprived, thinly populated region. The wine list is reasonably diverse, with Canadian wines being well represented thereon.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable, well appointed but with only the tiniest bit of tat or kitsch here and there -- an electric fireplace, a tiny basin in the bathroom curiously mated with a large, new whirlpool bath plus separate shower, for example.

But generally, the place offers coziness and a moderate degreee of luxury with no small helping of architectural charm.

For comparison, if one is familiar, think of a smallish country house hotel or coaching inn located in a rural village of a not-frequently-touristed part of the UK. "That's basically what we were trying to achieve," Chris told us as he piled on local bacon and sausages which came with the full English breakfast. We noticed a mix of locals (by that we mean both from the U.S. side and the Canadian side) at dinner and in the bar the night before. Meanwhile, the rooms get a mix of motley travelers. Chris claimed a recent Canadian prime minister on the guest register. Then there were these two crazy Texans with a small summer place in Maine, who were very happy to have stumbled across this engaging, hospitable, attractive place, within spitting distance from the potato fields of Aroostook in the dead of winter.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Castle Inn
Address: 21 Brentwood Dr, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick E7H 1P1, Canada
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Location: Canada > New Brunswick > Perth-Andover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Perth-Andover
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Castle Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Castle Inn, Restaurant & Bar in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada. Your stay at The Castle Inn, built in 1932, will be a memorable one with our unique rooms featuring antique furniture, our indoor and outdoor fireplaces, the jacuzzi tubs and outdoor hot tub, beautiful scenery and the food. Our European chef prepares the finest meals every day in the restaurant on the main floor open to the public and guests alike. Stop in for dinner and a drink or stay for a few nights and make yourself at home... you're always welcome at The Castle Inn! Families welcome! open all year corporate rates available ... more   less 
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