Heritage Home B&B is a lovely inn with a fantastic view of the harbor in North Sydney. It is conveniently placed for a lot of different purposes, and has a friendly charm that made it a great visit. Read on for more:
The Inn is located conveniently on Queen Street, which is what the Trans-Canada Highway turns into if you follow it to its very end in North Sydney. It is less than 10 minutes from the Newfoundland ferry terminal, and within 30 minutes of pretty much everything to do at this end of Cape Breton Island -- including "downtown" Sydney, and the Englishtown Ferry. The latter of which is the more scenic way to start a journey on the Cabot Trail. If you're headed here directly from the mainland, don't underestimate the driving time from the nearest large city -- It's about a 4 hour drive from Truro, and 5 hours from Halifax. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time if you're on a leisure tour, since there is a ton of stuff to see on the way up the island, and the day can get away from you rapidly!
The B&B's property is almost immaculately sculpted, and the owner (Juana) has clearly spent enormous time planting and maintaining the gardens. Rarely have we spent time at B&Bs admiring the property, but the gardens were well worth a stroll in this case! The house is a 3-story building, with guest rooms on the second floor. The house is also a lot larger than it would appear on first glance! There is ample parking on-site, as well as street parking available on the side street next to the Inn. Wireless Internet is available throughout the house, and has decent speed. There is a large porch on the front of the building, and a garden patio on the side, which make for peaceful places to relax and unwind after a long journey.
We stayed in the Lavender Fields room. Our room had an ensuite bath, though some of the rooms in the house do share. The room itself was quite spacious with lots of little nooks & crannies for storing luggage and belongings. Pretty much everything you could want in a room was there -- extra blankets and a heater for when it's cold, a fan for when it's warm, a kettle for tea, an iron and more. The bathroom was a bit small, but was adequate. Hot water took a bit of time to get running, but once it did, there was plenty of it, and the water pressure was good. The bed was reasonably comfortable, though the pillows were a bit thin for our preference. Overall, a very comfortable stay, and we wouldn't hesitate to pick this room again!
Breakfast was delicious. We were the "guinea pigs" for a new recipe Juana was trying out -- potato pancakes served with homemade apple sauce, served along with scrambled eggs. These nicely complimented the fruit, yogurt, and plenty of breads and baked goods available on the table.
For dinner, you can drive into downtown Sydney, but there are several very good restaurants within walking distance. We had a meal at the "Lobster Pound and Moore" which is only a 5-minute walk down Queen Street. I'm going to write a review of that separately, because the meal was absolutely spectacular! Highly recommended for dinner if you're staying here at Heritage Home.
Overall, our stay was top-notch. Easy access, ample parking, fast Internet, comfortable room, good food, and a friendly and helpful owner. There's not much more one can ask for out of a B&B. If you're taking the Newfoundland ferry, this would be an excellent spot for an overnight. If you're touring Cape Breton island, this is a great base of operations, being essentially right in the middle for taking loops of both the eastern half of the island, as well as the Cabot Trail on the western half.
Highly recommended, and hope to stay here again!
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