Bears Cove Inn

Bears Cove Inn

15 Bears Cove Road, Witless Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador A0A 1C0 Canada
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
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Nestled in the picturesque community of Witless Bay on Route 10, Irish Loop Drive, our cozy, 3-1/2 star inn is pleased to offer you, beautifully furnished rooms complete with en-suites and private decks. Here you can gaze at the Atlantic Ocean - maybe catch a glimpse of a whale's tail as they play in the bay, or watch the colorful Atlantic Puffins dive for caplin. Close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the waves roaring to shore and crashing on the pebbled beach from your private deck. Bears Cove Inn is on the East Coast Trail overlooking the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and only minutes away from many other attractions, including boat tours, skidoo trails, fishing and hunting area.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Hiking
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Special diet menus
Outdoor fireplace
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.5 of 5 stars
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Ocean View
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Tracy Rose M wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our group of 12 people was just perfect! Honestly everything you need is already there for your stay outside of your meals and beverages. As a group we all had our own rooms and bathrooms with very comfy beds. The grounds are beautiful, the hot tub spa room exceeded our expectations, so clean with lots of towels. The kitchen has everything for cooking all meals, plenty of plates, glasses, cups and utensils. Ice provided in the freezer which I thought was excellent too. The house is beautiful and so cozy with plenty of room. The East Coast trail is so close and the rocky beach is across the street. I would recommend Bear’s Cove Inn 100% to anyone. We thank Kendra whom I might add is very easy to reach by phone and is very pleasant.

We will definitely return as a group
Tracy Moss & Friends
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KBrown011 wrote a review Aug 2012
Halifax, Canada46 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here 4 nights, July 30 - Aug. 3, 2012. Ver easy to find from Hwy. 10, nice
rooms, comfortable bed, quiet and clean, good breakfasts. Free WiFi and there is also
a computer for guest use in the lounge. Nice view from front rooms on second floor.
Good location for whale and bird tours and going down to Colony of Avalon at
Ferryland. Very good value, especially when compared to hotels in St. John's and just
35 minutes drive from the city.
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Date of stay: August 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The upstairs rooms on the frotn have ocean views.
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sparkyEdmonton wrote a review May 2010
Edmonton19 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bear's Cove is a completely renovated once nursing home. Seven rooms, eight baths, beautiful furnishing and decore. Linda and Clayton are professionals who now how to entertain and provide service. Sitting room and dining room are exceptional.
Clayton turns out a great breakfast (a food and beverage guy for years). Rooms have ocean view and are three walking minutes from East Coast Trail. On dead end road so absolutely quiet. Rooms are immaculate and the hosts exceptional.
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Date of stay: May 2010Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Margaret M wrote a review Sep 2023
Abbotsford, Canada7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
While it was a beautiful place, we did not enjoy our stay. We were the only ones in the house. It was contactless entry, and the host did not stay on the site. The stay was supposed to have breakfast, but it was not a great breakfast based on what we paid. Some cereal and milk. Instant porridge. Coffee and tea. I loaf bread, a toaster. It was a very lonely, creepy stay and we were glad we were only staying one night. I think the place is better suited for rental to a group of people, or at least two couples.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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starr60 wrote a review Jul 2013
Toronto, Canada70 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed at the Bears Cove Inn for 4 nights. The Inn is spotlessly clean and the staff was fantastic. The staff made every effort to make sure your stay was pleasant, often offering advice on what to see and do in the area. Although not directly located on the sea, you can walk to the beach in 2 minutes. It's a short drive to St. John's. I highly recommend the Bears Cove Inn!
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from linda1515, Owner at Bears Cove Inn
Responded Jul 7, 2013
Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed your slay. We enjoyed having you. Linda
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Birdguy wrote a review Jul 2012
Carlisle, Pennsylvania410 contributions147 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here one night to be near Witless Bay and were vary glad we did. The owners are friendly and accomodating, and the breakfast was well prepared. The room was clean and comfortable. We appreciated being within a short walk to a trailhead for the East Coast Trail.
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Date of stay: July 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from linda1515, Manager at Bears Cove Inn
Responded Jul 28, 2012
Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay.
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JudyHarrington wrote a review Jun 2011
langley, bc2 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Would highly recommend this Inn to anyone travelling in the area - great location if wanting to spend the day in St. John's (only a 25 minute drive). We stayed two nights (had only planned on staying one). The owners Clayton and Linda were very hospitable and Linda cooked us a great breakfast both mornings (included in the price). Very modern and well maintained Inn with very comfortable beds - has all the amenities you need. They also own the Sapphire Restaurant and Pub in Bay Bulls (right up the street) and they are great too. The Inn overlooks the ocean and the east coast trail is close and the view from the trail was breathtaking. Would highly recommend a stay at the Bears Cove Inn - thank you Clayton and Linda.

Dave & Judy Harrington
Langley, BC
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MaryAnne W wrote a review Jul 2008
Voorheesville, New York14 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights in mid-June at the Bears Cove Inn. This is a relatively new building, on a secondary road very near to the coast. The office, dining room and a small common room, as well as a few rooms, are on the first floor; the remaining rooms are on the second floor (no elevator). We had a room at the front of the inn on the second floor. It was nicely furnished, if a bit small; with the suitcases on the floor, there was little room to walk through. The room included a double bed (very comfy), a private bath and a small balcony. And from that balcony, we could see, out in Witless Bay, an iceberg on our first day there, and a second one on the next day! The Inn does have free wireless Internet access; ask the staff for the access code. Breakfast is available at the Inn, but not included in the price of the room: approx. $5 for continental and about $8 for American.

The owners and their staff are very friendly, and helpful in suggesting restaurants, gift shops, and local attractions. The rooms are spotless, and the food good. It was the most expensive of the places we stayed, but I believe the rate is comparable to others in that area (near St. John’s and the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve).
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Date of stay: June 2008
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Myra M wrote a review Jul 2017
Toronto, Canada14 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at many b&b's, most of them were wonderfully memorable, this is one experience, however, my friends, husband, and I would rather forget. The owner was never around, the staff that was around was clueless, the breakfast was unimaginative, the eggs cold, and no choices were offered. The beds were not made during the day, the towels not changed, and no one was there to speak to! The inn was not locked at night, nor was anyone around to offer help. Thanks go out though to Maria, the groundskeeper, who was the only one who offered some insight and useful information. We stayed 2 nights, but left early after our second night, purposely not eating breakfast at Bears Cove. The inn was clean, but I had to make my bed, empty my waste basket, and reuse my towel. The wifi was also unreliable.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Craig H wrote a review Oct 2016
Toronto, Canada15 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Two nights at a wonderful oasis on this rugged coast. Rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated, comfortable bed and bedding. Breakfast was just the right size without making me feel that I have over eaten. Host was accommodating with information and time.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from Bernard B
Montreal, Canada2 contributions
I also paid $129 for the room in the back. It had its own bathroom (quite big). I was happy with the breakfast and the location (easy to find, easy to park, easy access to boat tours in the area.
Patti K wrote a tip Aug 2017
Caledon, Canada541 contributions166 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For couples rooms 1 & 4, great private balconies overlooking the water"
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Brian P wrote a tip Sep 2016
20 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great place to stay with quiet modern room, and a great homemade warm breakfast!"
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Asya K wrote a tip Sep 2016
15 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room without a bunk bed!"
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joannl37 wrote a tip Aug 2016
Edmonton, Canada36 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"stairs may be difficult if you have mobility issues."
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wanderwoman50 wrote a tip Aug 2016
Belleville, Canada120 contributions145 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Island Room, oceanview"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bears Cove Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Bears Cove Inn?
Nearby attractions include Witless Bay ecological reserve (0.9 km), Running the Goat Books & Broadsides (7.7 km), and Maxwell Morgan's River of Boats (1.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bears Cove Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Bears Cove Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Bears Cove Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bears Cove Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Irish Loop Coffee House, Fork, and The Sailor's Galley Restaurant.
Is Bears Cove Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.