My husband and I spent two days at this historic property which is being carefully restored. The owners were more than happy to share their insights and stories regarding the building and how they came to own it. Elaine was proud to share two books that include accounts of the grand old hotel when she realized we were interested. We stayed in the rooms that Alexander Graham Bell frequented as his favorite. He is just one of many historical figures who stayed their. Terry and Elaine were gracious hosts; the rooms were well appointed, including the private bathroom. Breakfast was continental and voluminous including delicious oatcakes, cereals, yogurt, and other breads and fruit. We truly enjoyed the sunsets from the front porch with a glass of wine and a chat with Terry. The views from the Heritage center were spectacular, as well as those from the porch. Glad we stayed two nights!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing prominently on the eastern shores of the Barra Strait on the Bras d'Or Lakes, this grand three storey structure (Second Empire) was built as an elegant 15 bedroom hotel in 1887. With large gathering rooms, two full-length verandas, spacious bedrooms, and a grand winding staircase. It features the privacy and space of a hotel with the added touch of a friendly rural B&B. Our location on a large beachfront property ensures that guests can enjoy swimming in the clean, crystal waters of Bras d'Or, the largest and most beautiful salt-water lake in the world. Stroll down a quiet country road that hugs the shoreline where two natural marshes provide shelter to an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Watch the eagles soar overhead, and enjoy still summer evenings on the front veranda with breathtaking sunsets over the hills of Iona. The Barra Strait Marina and Wheelhouse Café are only a few steps away, which adds to the charm of Grand Narrows. The Grand Narrows Hotel B&B is conveniently located in Central Cape Breton, making it the ideal base for travelling to many of the island's destinations, such as the Highland Village Museum, The Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisbourg, numerous golf courses, and more. The Grand Narrows Hotel B&B was built to coincide with the new Inter-colonial Railway and accommodated passengers from both rail and ferry. The hotel's historic guest registers boast the names of many prosperous and distinguished people, including: Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Charles Tupper, U.S. Presidents Cleveland, Roosevelt and Taft, and many other leaders of industry. Our accommodations include four renovated rooms with private baths, three with queen bed and one with a double. The hotel still offers the same enchanting setting that it once did more than 100 years ago. Breakfast is included. Available for weddings, rehearsal parties, family reunions, and special events. Hotel guests included Alexander Graham Bell, King George VI, Sir Charles Tupper, Lord Stanley,Teddy Roosevelt, William H. Taft and Grover Cleveland and many others. Only 4hrs. from Halifax. ... more less
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