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The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dingwall
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“Location incomparable!!!”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful picturesque views & amazing private beach. Cabins are very clean and has very comfortable beds and was serviced to have beds made and towels changed daily but we wished there were TV's because the wifi wasn't good... & if they had had a propane bbq it would have been more convenient as it took about an hour to cook on the electric bbq. We did not eat in the restaurant but we did get massages from an RMT which was very relaxing. We would definitely recommend a stay but bring a bug deterrent because the Mosquitos & horseflies were quite the nuisance. Pros & cons but would still give thumbs up.

  • Stayed July 2013
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St Louis
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed at the Markland for 3 nights in a cabin. The pros are the cabins are clean and you have a nice amount of space, plus a small kitchen and eating area. The onsite restaurant was very good. The Seafood Chowder is excellent. The cons are the door on our cabin (4) didnt open/close properly and was a major nuisance in my opinion. One of the window screens had been duct taped in a failed attempt to make it work. The wifi did not work in the cabin. It did work in the lobby area but it was spotty in it at times. There are no phones in the cabins so if you have an emergency good luck. There was no air conditioning in our cabin. It does get warm there at times, so if you get one of those days you are going to sweat. The place has potential but needs some work still.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Breton Island, Canada
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I recently spent 2 nights at the Markland Cottages. Upon reserving the one-bedroom cottage, I was informed we would be in cottage 7 as it was located in a nicer area of the property. When we got to the resort, we were in cottage 1, which was a bit of a disappointment, as the cottage offered no view of the water or property whatsoever. The cottage itself was very nice. The rooms were a fair size and the bed was extremely comfortable. With a little TLC, these cottages could be a whole lot better. The deck was quite large; however, you have to bring your own chairs if you want to sit out on it. They do provide a bbq (electric) which was very slow and was full of cigarette butts. I spoke to someone at the front desk regarding this and we received a new clean bbq within 5 minutes. The continental breakfast was decent, muffins, scones, fruit, etc. Cannot comment on the restaurant as I did not eat there. The grounds are beautiful. A short walk will take you to a private beach. Would consider returning in the future.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Having had traveled the Cabot trail, we found the Markland literally at the end of the road. Location is amazing and the chairs overlooking the ocean provided an unobstructed and serene space. Cabins were clean, bed comfortable. Cabins do need some TLC. Water pressure in shower was non-existent, windows screens in need of repair or totally missing in some windows. Outside chairs for the small deck would have been nice. Continental breakfast was nice and coffee pretty good. Was able to have dinner one night which was excellent but for the second night, we could not be accommodated due to a family reunion overtaking the dining room. Disappointing. All staff very friendly and helpful. In spite of disappointments, I would recommend to others given that the plus' are greater than the minus' and the location is great for exploring the area.

Explored the northern tip and discovered lovely beaches and craggy coves. If you can, don't miss Meat Cove. Worth the visit and the tricky drive! Beautiful spot for a walk, picnic, bird watching and nap on the beach.

Stayed July 2013
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Mabou, Canada
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The setting is gorgeous; a short walk through a lawn takes you to a beautiful private ocean beach, where you can walk, swim, lie in the sand, or sit in the two Adirondack chairs. You can see the large expanse of Aspe Bay, with the hills to the north and White Point peninsula to the south.

Dinners are fantastic, with excellent seasonings and locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed appetizers of carrot-ginger soup, salad with local lettuce and cheese, and mussels harvested that day. The main courses of trout, halibut, and chicken included seasonal vegetables like asparagus, sugar snap peas, and new potatoes. There's also a good wine list and tempting desserts.

My partner and I stayed in a log room and her sister and 14-year-old daughter stayed in another one next door. These are rustic constructions that have been recently upgraded with new comfortable beds and sofas, great linens, and new bathroom fixtures. Very clean and pleasant.

There is an excellent masseuse on site and three of us indulged and became extremely relaxed.

Kim, the manager, was very friendly and helpful. After two nights, we were sorry to leave and plan to come back soon.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Couldn't have asked for a better spot to use as a base camp for our trip around the Cabot Trail. The resort is located on an absolutely gorgeous bluff overlooking the ocean, and waking up to that sight was fantastic!

The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable, and you could tell they were passionate about the local area.

We absolutely loved the food, and had a blast talking with the chef about all the local farmers and fishermen he sources the ingredients from. The seafood chowder in particular was out of this world!

The cottages were rustic, cosy and comfortable. At the end of a long day of hiking on the Trail, it was the perfect place to unwind.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oakton, VA
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Jen, at Sea Spray/Eagle North recommended the Markland as a place to eat after our bike ride to her favorite beach. She helped secure reservations, which we highly recommend doing, also.
The views of the north shore of Cape Breton Island from the lawan in front of the restaurant are stunning, as we got to experience them before dinner and while dining.
The lobster dinner and the haddock dinner were well-prepared and very tasty, and the potatoes were outstanding! The staff was friendly and attentive, and the meal was great value, as well.

Room Tip: We only ate the restaurant, which was great experience, but would definitely try to get rooms here i...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages

Property: The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages
Address: 802 Dingwall Road | P.O. Box 47, Dingwall, Nova Scotia B0C 1G0, Canada (Formerly The Markland Coastal Resort)
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Dingwall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dingwall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
The Markland Coastal Hotel Dingwall
Markland Coastal Resort
The Markland Coastal Beach Cottages Dingwall, Nova Scotia, Canada

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