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Graham's Pioneer Retreat
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“A few nights in paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

We were traveling in Canada with our 17 year old nephew and planned a 2 night stay. It was quiet, peaceful & relaxing in a beautiful, secluded location with an amazing view, private beach, gazebo to relax and grill and a porch overlooking the ocean to enjoy morning coffee or an evening drink. We did some day trips like whale watching and going into town, and how great to return "home" every evening where we spent time walking down on rocks and logs to the water and spending time together in our own paradise as we cooked fresh Nova Scotia lobster, scallops and fish. How fortunate we were to be able to add an extra night for a great 3 night stay! We will absolutely return. I highly recommend this luxurious rustic retreat.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 29 July 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our retreat for others to read. In today's busy world we seem to have left out family time. We don't seem to be able to spend much time getting back to who and what is important. That is why we offer NO T.V. Isn't it just great to walk the beach looking for today's tidal treasures, sit on the deck with that first coffee or tea and last glass of wine before calling it a night as you watch for porpoise and seals to swim by?
The seafood is always fresh at the local fish market. They have great prices there too. I hope it wasn't hard to find. Hint: lobster is better cooked in a little bit of sea water.
I was happy we had the extra day for you to extend your stay. Looking forward to seeing you again. Linda
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Both my wife and I stayed 6 nights and returned last weekend. The cottage was beautiful overlooking the Bay. Very peaceful and relaxing. We both had a great time doing day trips to do whale watching and going to all the coves and beaches in the area . Nothing beats fresh Nova Scotia Lobster and scallops for dinner every night. Both Linda and Dave are great hosts and take great pride in their guests and that they enjoy their stay. Do not let the fact that they are off the hydro grid and you have a generator for hydro, for hot water and to power your cell phone ,or the fact there is no TV. You will barely even hear the generator , and never miss the TV, as you realize how nice life can be without it. A great vacation spot to relax and discover nature. I want to be back there already.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
There are so many day trips and places to investigate to keep a traveler busy for weeks. Travel is always a learning experience. A stay with us and a day whale watching go hand in hand. Digby Neck is full of little coves and beaches to venture to. It sounds like you also found time to put your feet up and relax. We are what vacation is all about.
Trying to use your "power on" time wisely is a new experience for most people. You can plug in cell phones and cameras to have them charged for the day first thing in the morning. While the generator is running for showers, toaster, micro wave, just getting the day started is the best time to recharge all these items.
We look forward to your next stay with us.
Always Linda
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Bothwell, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

We had a wonderful time with our 12 year old grandson. This is our third trip to Graham's and it never fails to amaze us. The views are great. To watch the seals and porpoise from the deck is beautiful. Nova Scotia is a beautiful province and one we will return to. Linda and Dave are great hosts. This is an amazing place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
It was wonderful seeing you both again and meeting your grandson. What a nice young man. Where did the time go? Sorry we didn't make it down this year for a bonfire. Yes, it is so peaceful and tranquil sitting on the deck watching the porpoise fishing and the seals watching you. The seals are so curious. We have had several deer sightings on our road to the cottages. I hope you were lucky enough to catch a glimpse.
Thank you for the wonderful complements. We hope to see you again, maybe next year.
Friends, Linda & Dave
Where people arrive as stranger, stay as guests, and leave as FRIENDS.
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Oshawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

We spent a few days in May staying at Graham's Pioneer Retreat and had a fabulous time! The accommodations were top-notch and the scenery was simply breath-taking. We spent hours beach-combing and watching the sea for porpoises and seals and sat by a roaring campfire on the beach. It was honestly like something you'd see on a commercial on TV. We toured the Digby neck and travelled down to Brier Island to try whale-watching which was great fun and and met so many friendly people too. I can tell you whole-heartedly that there is nowhere else in Digby or on the Digby neck that I would rather stay than Graham's Pioneer Retreat. We can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: All of the cabins have the same quality of comfort and cleanliness and are all overlooking the sea...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 15 June 2013
I must agree with you: bonfires on the beach are great fun no matter what time of year. I am sorry we missed yours. Dave and I often go down to the beach to meet our guests and enjoy a bonfire. I hope you were able to find some "take me home" rocks or even sea glass on your beach walks. You just never know when a seal will pop up it's head to look at you or a porpoise will swim by. Sitting on the deck and watching the bay is so relaxing. We look forward to your next visit with us.
Please feel free to post any pictures of your stay on TripAdvisor you want to share. Linda
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

stayed 3 nights in september with our university children,truly enjoyed it.
very quiet ,secluded.
the chalets were well built and comfortable,as there were 6 of us.whale watching is close by
at briar island and balancing rock was well worth the nature hike.the town of digby is only 15 minutes as you will need supplies once you are at your cabin. would suggest getting them
before hand to save backtracking

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Nancy M
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 30 October 2012
Thank you for sharing your stay with others on Trip Advisor. It is so nice to hear from folks with young adults in their party, who have survived a stay with no phone, t.v., or computer. Just quality family time. The hike to the Balancing Rock is a great hike and whale watching is pretty well a must. The whales are just spectacular to watch from out in their natural environment. Thank you for the visit and hope are paths cross again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

What a wonderful place to stay! I can't recommend it enough. My daughter and I stayed at Solace for two nights...how we wish it was more. Next time we will stay for at least a week. My thirteen year old girl says it was better than her trip to Disney. Honestly, the spectacular scenery, the quiet solitude, the kind and attentive hosts made this our favourite place during our recent visit to Nova Scotia. Hands down, my favourite place to have stayed and I have traveled to many places. If you get the opportunity you should go!

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Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 15 October 2012
We are so happy that you decided to visit Nova Scotia. It is a great place to vacation. Thank you for your high recommendation. Dave and I try to offer our guests special attention without intruding on their privacy. I have never tired of watching Saint Mary's Bay or the sky over the bay, be it day or night. I am always looking for wildlife along the long road to the cottages.
We look forward to seeing you and your daughter in the future. Don't forget to book early.
Regards Linda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2012

I stayed 4 nites with my friend in early August. We have been coming here every summer for 4-5 years. I love it here. It is so peaceful and quiet compared to the traffic and noise at home. We love to walk the beach and do some rockhounding. Two of our four days were really hot and sunny. We had some fog on the other two. It cooled down at nite to sleep and the view is beautiful. Dave and Linda are always wonderful to us. Having power by generator is no bother as you only turn it on for lites or water. One gets used to the sound of it very quickly. I would love to live here. I saw an eagle right thru the cottage window and we had a bunny visiting us. Highly recommend!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Linda3591, Owner at Graham's Pioneer Retreat, responded to this review, 25 August 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts down for others to read.
Isn't it wonderful that our beach is safe to walk at high tide as well as low tide. You can beach-walk at any time and not worry about getting back. I hope you were one of the lucky ones who found "beach glass" on your rockhounding trips. To go beach combing sneakers are a must.
The eagles are fun to watch soaring either up or down the shore line hunting.
We are seeing more bunnies again this year. It is also fun to watch them nibbling on the lawn.
Happy to have you again next year. Don't forget to book early.
Always Linda
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Property: Graham's Pioneer Retreat
Address: 8020 Highway 217 | Centreville, Digby Neck, Digby, Nova Scotia B0V 1A0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Digby
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Digby
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Do you like your privacy? Peace and quiet? There are 4 secluded self-catering, oceanfront cottages located on 50 acres of Mother Nature's best just waiting for you. Each cottage has a full kitchen and a propane bar-b-q on the deck. You may also have the good fortune to watch porpoise and seals as they swim by, birds fly by, even rabbits come and go while the waves wash ashore. Enjoy board games, a beach bonfire, rock hounding, hiking, star gazing, awesome sunrises, and beachcombing. Go whale watching, birding, to the theme park, golfing. There is a lot to see and do. ... more   less 
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