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7-min. drive from Cabot Trail, on-site restaurant, but not a guest favourite
- Free Wi-Fi and free parking
- Many guests said that the surrounding grounds were well landscaped
- Several reviewers described their rooms as generally comfortable
- The host was complimented for her friendly service by several guests
- Several guests praised the views of the water from their rooms
- Many guests thought that this property did not offer good value for the money they spent
- Many reviewers complained about the prices at the on-site restaurant
- Several guests said that the interior and exterior of the property did not meet their expectations for a so-called castle
- There were a few complaints about in-room amenities, such as the Wi-Fi, beds and hot water
Updated Apr 10, 2014
This castle, built in 1992, is situated in the Cape Breton Highlands and is a 3-minute drive from the Alexander Bell Museum. This property is well suited for guests looking for an architecturally unique property that provides scenic views of the Bras d'Or Lakes.
All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, a fireplace, a jetted tub, a TV, a towel warmer, bathrobes, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a sitting area, a coffeemaker and air conditioning. Select rooms also include a private balcony. The rooms at this castle provide views of the Bras d'Or Lakes and the highlands and each room is equipped with binoculars. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available. Pets are not permitted.
The on-site Windsor Dining Room serves breakfast and dinner daily. This property also has an on-site lounge and wine cellar.
The on-site spa offers massage service, a sauna, a fitness centre and a hot tub. Other on-site amenities include free parking, a great hall with a piano and fireplace, outdoor gardens and ponds, plus wedding and special event planning and services.
The Cabot Trail is a 7-minute drive away, while the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts, including the Hall of the Clans, is 14 minutes away by car. The Highland Village and the city of Sydney are both about a 60-minute drive away, while the Fortress Louisbourg Historic Site is 90 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
While some guests seemed generally disappointed by their stay at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis, there were some positive comments found.
Many guests described the surrounding grounds and gardens as well landscaped. However, there were several guests who complained about the building (see below for more details).
The rooms were described as generally comfortable by several guests, while a couple of guests added that the rooms were spacious. A couple of reviewers enjoyed the in-room fireplace and private balcony. Several reviewers described pleasant views of the Bras d'Or Lakes from their rooms. There were, however, a handful of complaints about some of the in-room amenities (see below for more details).
The host was complimented for her friendly and knowledgeable service by several guests.
A few guests praised the food served at the on-site restaurant, but many guests expressed concerns about their on-site dining experiences (see below for more details).
Among the reviews sourced for this editorial, many guests thought that the room rates were too expensive, given the quality of the accommodations and service.
As mentioned above, many guests were unhappy with their on-site dining experience, particularly that the prices were too expensive. A few reviewers complained about a 20% gratuity being added to their restaurant bill, as confirmed by one guest who said, "most astonishing was the automatic 20% gratuity added to our meal on the one occasion that we ate breakfast there and were served by the innkeeper herself." A couple of guests thought that the food tasted poor, while a couple of other reviewers said that the drink prices at the on-site lounge were also expensive.
Several guests agreed that the interior and exterior of the property appeared cheap and did not meet their expectations of a castle. One reviewer said "using the term 'castle' to describe the building is truly an exaggeration".
A few reviewers complained that the Wi-Fi service was unreliable. A couple of guests mentioned that there was no hot water in the morning, that the beds were uncomfortably soft and that the linens were worn.
SourcesBooking.com gave this property an average score of 9 out of 10, based on 5 guest reviews.
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this inn #16 out of 19 B&Bs and inns in Baddeck, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 55 reviews.