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Broadwater Inn
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

John is a wonderful innkeeper ,friendly , accommodating staff. John remembered our previous visit from 10 years before with great detail so it's not like he went and checked his "guest book" just before we arrived.A truly wonderful place to stay and would highly recommend as a base to explore the Cabot Trail.
ps. This house is steeped in history - just ask John for the details !

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

We stayed at Broadwater for one night night on our travels through this region. On the positive side, this B&B is located just outside of town, near the water, and surrounded by lovely landscaping. The building is old, but has a certain charm that far outweighs the slightly uneven floors and old furniture. Our queen room, the Library, was very spacious. With multiple chairs and a couch, it could have almost been considered a suite. Unfortunately the room was a bit cool and the reading lights poor, but otherwise we had no complaints about the room.

On the negative side, we found the innkeeper quirky to the point of almost being rude. The day we arrived it was raining very heavily and not conducive to a lot of outside exploration. As a result, we arrived in Baddeck many hours earlier than expected. After visiting the nearby museum and having lunch in town, we tried to check into the B&B about 50 minutes early. Short of that, we were hoping to just sit in the common area and get warm and dry. The Innkeeper, John, told us that neither of those options were available and we needed to come back in an hour or possibly longer. So, we drove down the road and sat in our rental car and watched the nearby ferry boat. Needless to say, our first impression of Broadwater's hospitality was not positive.

A second problem was breakfast which was rigidly scheduled for 8 am where the innkeeper tightly managed the process. When folks at our table got up to help themselves, we started to join them - only to be chastised by John for not waiting for his introduction. When he started telling other folks a story and forgot about giving breakfast instruction, we finally gave up and went to the buffet.

So overall, we basically liked the Inn but were put off by the innkeeper. I'm hoping he just had an off day and this is not the typical way he treat guests.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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CapeBretonMusic, Owner at Broadwater Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

I remember the reviewers request for an early check in, we do our best to deal with this and accommodate as logistically possible, I mentioned that the AG Bell museum (which got a 3/5 as well, that hurt more then us getting it ) and a cafe to grab lunch were the options to entertain until we were ready to check in. I offered 2:00 instead of 3:00 and the guest landed at 1:00.( two hours not 50 minutes early) the common area always has folks in it ,reading or emailing so I don`t know where no place to settle came from.It was pouring rain for most of the time the guest were here. I couldn`t control that .I wasn`t the one having the bad day.(if it rains on my holiday I dance in it) I don`t recall any dancing.......

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We stayed here in August for 3 nights and would return in a heartbeat. John is so welcoming and friendly and he provides accommodations which are just perfect. We stayed in one of the cottages instead of the main house. Our space had a kitchen, living room/bedroom and a full bathroom. It was spacious and cozy all at once. We also had our own deck which overlooked the gorgeous grounds and afforded us the sunset views. It was clean, comfortable and so quiet. This is a property which was once owned by the Cunard family as well as Alexander Graham Bell. That is a nice historical touch. The location is perfect because it is so close to Baddeck and yet not in the midst of a lot of action. We are looking forward to returning sometime in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Janet1949
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

What a great stay!! After driving from the Pictou ferry from PEI all the way to Baddeck, we were blown away by this great B&B. John the Innkeeper was fantastic...got us ice after hours, served a fantastic breakfast, and worked up an entire itinerary with maps, markings, suggestions, etc., for our trip across Cape Breton Highlands NP. We followed his plans, and had a fabulous day!! We stayed in the Library, a room/suite at the top of the stairs and had all the room in the world, great sense of the history of this place, and really comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone and by means of this note, give cudos and more to John the Innkeeper who helped us from the time we made this reservation until we left............Russ and Betsy..........Lakeland. Florida

Room Tip: The Library is the tops!!!
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Russell S
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We had a great three day stay here. We stayed in a separate cottage just down the road that was part of this property. It was well equipped, with a washer and dryer and a full kitchen, with all the amenities. The furniture in the living area was very comfortable. We also had a barbeque and hottub on the large deck. The deck included two Adirondack chairs for stargazing.
We had amazing view of the Bras D'Or lake to wake up to.
Our only complaints were the showerhead which was not well placed (and difficult to adjust) and the television that gave us a bit of grief. ( the remote/sattelite) But John came and sorted it all out for us immediately!!!
Speaking of John, he was a wonderful host and we so enjoyed talking with him. He gave us great advice on our travels. I would highly recommend this inn to anyone planning a stay in the Baddeck area. You will not be sorry.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Robertam187
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