I had spent the last two summers in this area as a participant in the well-known French immersion program at nearby Université Ste-Anne. When I first visited Mavillette Beach and saw this property, I told myself that I was going to stay there next time I was in the area. So this was the year!
There are ten motel units and five cottages. I stayed in the A-frame, which was great for one person and would probably be fine for a romantic couple, but too small for bigger groups who would be better off with one of the other cottages. Note that only the motel rooms have views of the beach; the cottages don't. The A-frame was cute and very clean. Love the skylight in the shower! The cottages all have kitchenettes, and I believe most or all the motel rooms do too, but it would be good to check when making the reservation.
This is a small family operation at which the office closes at 10 p.m., and if you haven't arrived yet, the owner will leave the key in the door of your room or cottage, and leave you a note on the office door telling you your room number and asking you to come see her in the morning! Nice touch!
The reason to stay here is to be a five-minute walk from breathtakingly beautiful Mavillette Beach, which is a wild unspoiled sand beach stretching out about two miles. No tacky shops or snack stands. Just beach. It is a provincial park, so there are restroom facilities, one picnic table, and ample parking. Yet it was practically deserted on a beautiful Sunday in July! This beach is just too far from any population centers to be crowded. I had the same experience two years ago, on a beautiful sunny Saturday that time, and was astounded to see so few people. If you want a big stretch of beach to yourself, this is the place to be.
My only concern is about the restaurant next door under the same name. I got ripped off there twice. More details in a review in the appropriate category. I don't believe the motel/cottages and restaurant are under the same ownership, so this is no reflection on the motel and cottages, just a note to take advantage of all the better dining options in the area, especially Chez Christophe in Grosses Coques a half-hour to the north on Rt. 1 (listed in Where to Eat in Canada and well worth the drive), or Auberge au Havre du Capitaine in Meteghan (ten minutes to the north). Or use the kitchenette in your room!
I loved the easy access to a beautiful unspoiled beach. I would stay here again. Note that it is only a 20-minute drive from the Cat Ferry coming from Bar Harbor or Portland, Maine.
Google the property's web site and check out all the photos and you will see what the attraction is! The only feature you can't see in a photo is what a wonderful quiet location this is; all you hear at night is the surf!
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