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Oakwood Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Cape North B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 October 2012

We were looking forward to our trip around Cape Breton and after reading reviews on TA we were excited about this B&B. So we arrived on a day of torrential rain after driving from Baddeck, we were greeted warmly and shown to our room which was very nice. We then asked where would be the best place to get some dinner for the evening (it was 3pm at this time) as we knew it was shoulder season so less likely for things to be open late. The suggestion (albeit fine) was to nip to the take out down the road and grab something there as they closed at 5:30. Off we went; upon arrival we figured it was a grocery store as well and ideally wanted to eat something a little more nutritious. We phoned back to Oakwood and asked if may borrow the kitchen to cook some pasta "no" was the straight answer. So, we asked if we could use a microwave to heat some soup instead "no" again... To cut a long story short we ate at 4pm and not again till the following morning which was to a poor/average breakfast. There was no sympathy or lack of realisation to the situation we were in and not being able to accommodate a microwave for 5 minutes so we could eat some dinner was so poor on their behalf as hosts. Disappointing stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Beautiful setting, love the home and surroundings, great comfortable big bed, went out of their way to accommodate us even though we had no reservation. We will certainly reccomend Oakwood to anyone who asks, thanks

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Vernon S
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We have just gotten home from a mini vacation to Cape Breton. Although we don't live far away from this stunningly beautiful part of Nova Scotia, this is only our second visit there. On our first trip several years ago we took an escorted tour over the Cabot Trail and as we drove through the northern part my husband jokingly said "I want to build a cabin here some day!". Well, that will probably remain a pipe dream but we DID go back! We booked three nights at Oakwood Manor...and it wasn't enough! The place is absolutely beautiful! It is nestled in the mountains and far away from city life. Here you can truly relax...though we were far too busy driving and hiking to rest much! There is LOTS to do in this part of the Island. The McEvoys were wonderful hosts. We didn't find the, remote at all! Hans smiled often and joked with us at breakfast and was eager to provide info on the lovely family home or the area. But, he also knows how to not interfere with the guests. That is a fine line when you are a B and B host. They retired to their own quarters in the evening and didn't mix with the guests, and I kinda wish some nights they would have sat in the sitting room with us, but I can understand that they need their privacy and rest, too. Being hosts is like having company every night, all summer and fall long!
We found so much to do there! We aren't terribly active, but we did two hi,es. One was at White Point and it was just wonderful. We took so many pictures! The other was at meat cove. I think many folk miss this little hike. We stopped at the little cafe/information centre there and the gentleman told us about this little 15 minute hi,e through the woods beside a gurgling stream that leads to the beach. It is mostly boardwalk so most people can do it. It was so enjoyable. We also took in the Oshan Whale Watching cruise and it was the highlight of our trip.
Oakwood Manor is the perfect way to enjoy the REAL Cape Breton. The house is old but gorgeous, the grounds are like a park and the breakfast is common but substantial. GO FOR IT! We are glad we did!

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the queen rooms and it suited us just perfectly. We loved being able to chat wi...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Margaret E
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

This is a great getaway from the stress of the city. It is very far into the cabbot trail and has a lot of grounds with its own walking trail within. The rooms are well furnished and the bed is very comfortable, the bathroom is very lovely, especially for a place so far removed geogrphically from town.

The internet services ate good, the tranquility is very inspiring, and thought provoking. It is run by a couple and breakfast is very rich and invigorating, but the usual chatting between B&B operators and their clients is quite significantly absent in this facility, you will have to make do with being completely on your own, unless your lucky to run into another occupant, or occassionaly, run into the wife, who is a little bit more chatty.

It is all in all, a good place to visit.

Mgbarasa.

Room Tip: It is a small B&B , with few rooms, all the rooms are nice.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank mgbarasa o
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

This place really is off the beaten path at the northern tip of Cape Breton. Don't look for ocean views; this place is down in a valley, and the views you get are of mountains, the forest, and the beautiful orchard on the rear and side of the property. Due to last-minute adjustments to our trip, we ended up staying in each of the three rooms. With hardwood floors throughout, this place has a farm flavor to it, a quaint look.

The Double Room was the smallest of the three. It felt a little cramped, but the bed was very clean and comfortable. It felt hot in the evening, but opening the window let in a very cool breeze that made sleeping very pleasant. The private bathroom was spacious with shower/tub and countertop. Surprisingly nice.

The Queen Room was more spacious, with a window air conditioner and a big bathroom with shower/jacuzzi tub. This room also was very clean; the bed was very comfortable.

The last night of our stay we moved to the Guest Suite. All this time, the owners were gracious enough to move our (heavy) bags to each room! The Guest Suite is where we would have stayed all along had it been available. It is an addition to the original building; it has its very own steps to a deck and private entrance; the room itself is huge with a small refrigerator, utensils; there is a small dining table in front of a large window overlooking the back; and there is also a sofa with a fireplace. It is a very nice room. The bathroom was a little small, though, but once again the room and bathroom were very clean.

Wireless Internet service was good. We used this B&B at night only because we were gone all day exploring around. That said, the hosts were very gracious, very friendly, and hospitality was top-notch.

Our choices for breakfast were cold cereals or eggs and bacon with a very small glass of juice. We had bacon and eggs each day. This is the ONLY area where I think Oakwood Manor did not excel. I wish we had had a few more choices for breakfast (sausage, more bacon, pancakes, french toast, etc.) I recommend a little more variety.

Bottom line, a very nice place, not too expensive, friendly and gracious hosts. Recommended.

A big thank-you to the McEvoys!

Room Tip: Go for the Guest Suite!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank 66EC
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

Our group of three spent a night here half way through our tour of the Cabot Trail. Once we finally tracked down house, a little way off the trail, it was a beautifully done up home deep in the woods, seemingly a million miles from anywhere. There was also a short walking trail in the beautiful grounds. We walked the trail the next morning before leaving, when the sun came out after the rain, accompanied by their dog. Spectacular scenery with the hills in the background and the smell of freshly mowed grass. Beautiful and refreshing.

The one down of our stay was the rather uncommunicative nature of our hosts. In our four day trip around Cape Breton, everyone had been so warm and welcoming. As a previous review noted, the couple who ran the b&b were remote, in sharp contrast. They welcomed us on arrival, all right, but they were not particularly friendly. We could not operate the tv in our room because we couldn't figure out how to work the two remotes. Breakfast was ok, eggs and bacon and toast, but the husband who took charge of the breakfast could not even crack a smile. Our feeling after breakfast and our walk was that we should get out of their way as fast as possible. No doubt they didn't mean to convey that impression, but this is the hospitality business, and their demeanour put a damper on a beautifully appointed place in a spectacular setting.

I won't stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank CitySampler
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We enjoyed our one night stay at the mannor. Beautiful location off Cabot trail en route Bay st Lawrence. Very lavish room comfortable bed and well equipped bathroom. Hot water just enough to fill the jacuzzi. Good breakfast but quite basic. Hosts quite remote take your money and provide the basic information. Nice to drive down to the bay towards sunset. Places to eat few nearby most back on the trail. The rusty anchor is a nice place to eat at Pleasant Bay before arrival if driving the Cabot clockwise. The grounds are a bit spooky after dark.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Thank EranBE
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Address: Cape North, Nova Scotia, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Cape North
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Cape North
Price Range: £45 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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