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Indian River Brook B&B
Ranked #1 of 6 Springdale B&B and Inns
St. John's, Canada
1 review
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“Doreen rocks!”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

I stayed in Doreen's B&B for a night in August and she was so incredibly endearing and intelligent. She has the greatest stories and has such a big heart, which she shares with everyone. She performed traditional Newfoundlander music, using various unique instruments. Not to mention she made a wonderful breakfast for us the following morning. She knew I didn't eat gluten, so she made me a special breakfast and catered to my allergies; not many places will do that! Her place truly feels like a home away from home. I will definitely drive back to Springdale to pop in and say hello

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Sidney, Canada
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Great location, 1 1/2 hr from DeerLake airport. Doreen runs a welcoming, clean and homey B&B. Lovely homemade quilts and entertainment by Doreen. Loved her songs with musical spoons, bouncy dancing man and her ugly stick! What a plus to end our trip. A tasty breakfast of blueberry pancakes topped with fresh fruit and yogurt made and served with a great smile by Cavell. I definetly would recommend this B&B

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Brighton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

You cannot have a bette B & B when it comes to feeling like you are home.

Doreen is a lovely Christian lady who is so down to earth. We spent 2 days at her B & B (going back and forth across Newfoundland) she entertains every guest with the Newfoundland Ugly stick, plays the spoons and her little wooden fellow dances his heart out (Newfoundland traditions) and sings old Newfoundland songs to entertain you at night (only if you wabt to join in. The last evening we spent with Doreen (around the kitchen table) she had guest in and we sat for hours talking and found out they knew someone we knew back in Ontario.

The 4 bedrooms are well appointed and the hearty breakfast in the morning before you go on your way will fill you up untill you reach the supper hour.

We would not hesitate to stay at Indian River Road B & B again.

Wayne and Carole Kemp, Brighton, Ontario

Room Tip: All the rooms at Indian River Brook B & B have Newfoundland and Labrador names.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Unfortunately we only booked this B & B for one night, if I would have known what this B & B was like, I probably would have booked it for a few nights stay. The rooms were spacious and very clean and comfortable. Doreen couldn't have been more accommodating, and went out of her way to get us any little thing we asked for. It was great sitting in her kitchen talking to her while she was preparing things for the next mornings breakfast, which I have to say was one of the best breakfasts I have had in a long time. If for no other reason, you must try this B & B for the most fantastic Newfoundland experience, Doreen entertaining us with her Newfoundland songs, the ugly stick, the spoons, her stories and so much more. It was fascinating.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Tillsonburg, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Super breakfast and large rooms. Doreen even sang some good old songs. She had her ugly stick out and her little man thing and entertained us through out the evening. Quiet location and short distance to river.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Doreen Canning is the innkeeper at this b and b in the little town of Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador. The house is modern and homey. Our room was beautifully decorated, including a hand-made quilt with squares representing aspects of Newfoundland - moose, Newfie dog, the flag, etc. Our ensuite bathroom was perfect. In addition to providing us with a comfy place to spend (alas) only one night, Doreen sang some traditional Newfoundland songs for us and played some traditional instruments: spoons and the ugly stick as well as the wood-carved "Dancing Man." She is truly an ambassador for her province. She also is a children's book author with stories about Newfoundland. The breakfast she made for us in the morning was delicious and hearty. We were the only guests during our stay, but we can imagine that she would be a terrific hostess for a crowd.
The b and b is about 5-10 minutes off the Trans-Canadian Highway so it's quite convenient. And it is well located for exploring King's Point, about 12 km up the road on a gorgeous bay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Doreen's home is as easy and charming as she is.
Our room was really beautiful (the pictures here do not do it justice) with a big comfy bed, fluffy towels and robes and wonderful soft water. Doreen greeted us with a big pot of tea in the conservatory and then treated us to newfoundland folk songs accompanied on her "ugly stick". Now this may not sound like a typical stay and indeed it isn't but Doreen is a rather magical lady and we were soon singing along and having a rare old time.
Did I mention she make a mean blueberry pancake too? Well she does. She's a real star and bed and breakfast is a gem in central newfoundland. Give her a try if your in the area (sure, make a detour and stay a while).
One last thing...try to experience her answer machine message for I's da B'y as you have never heard it before!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Indian River Brook B&B
Address: #2 Indian River Road | P.O. Box 1629, Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador A0J 1T0, Canada
Region: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Springdale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Springdale
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Indian River Brook Hotel Springdale
Indian River Brook Bed And Breakfast

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