Castalia Marsh Retreat

Castalia Marsh Retreat

11 Bancroft Point Rd, New Brunswick E5G 4C1 Canada
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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The Retreat site is seven acres of forested land overlooking Swallowtail Lighthouse, the saltwater marsh, the fishing village of North Head and picturesque islands in the Bay of Fundy. It is a safe, warm, and dry environment where one can relax and be surrounded by nature. There is a network of nature trails connecting four small fish and frog ponds and the various cabins and tent site. We try to create a supportive environment where people who want to share what they have learned can be actively involved in increasing their knowledge of personal, spiritual, and environmental health or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty. We have a facility ideally suited for hosting workshops or facilitating gatherings focused on personal, spiritual, and environmental health.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
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BBQ facilities
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Floripopo wrote a review Aug 2020
Fredericton, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’ll start with the one thing that may not be your bag: dry toilets (actually cleaner and less smelly than your traditional toilet). If you think that’s a big issue, then this place is probably not for you.
But if you dig family and pet-friendly, eco-conscious holidays, if you love nature, sunrises, sunsets, birds and a slower pace of life, then let me tell you: you are in for a treat!
We stayed for 2 nights and wished we could have stayed for longer. We also instantly knew we would be coming back and the feeling never left us.
Castalia Marsh Retreat is a labour of love. Everything was designed and built by James, the owner. Each cabin is individual, both practical and playful.
James and his son are welcoming, gentle-mannered and genuine. It was so lovely to chat with them.
The cottage (Fern Alley) was spotlessly clean and extremely well appointed, the beds were very comfortable.
We loved the balcony overlooking the marsh (perfect place to watch the sun go down and the ferries leave the island) and the view from our bed downstairs (the sunrises were spectacular).
Our kids loved the chicks, the barbecue at The Gathering Place, the organic garden, the little playground... well everything!

It’s a truly individual, magical place and we cannot wait to return!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Douglas R wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 2 nights in the Captain's Quarters and were greeted warmly by James and his son. The cabin was fully stocked with everything but food. We had brought a lot of provisions and were shocked to see that the kitchen had spices and salt and pepper as well as anything needed to cook a meal. The BBQs at the Gathering Place were less than 25 meters away and it was easy to use them when needed. The scenery was breathtaking and very relaxing. We truly enjoyed this family mini vacation and I was able to de-stress and leave the problems of the world behind when on the island.Highly recommend this retreat if you are looking for a place to relax and unwind.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Captain's Quarters or Bird House cabins are great choices.
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MichikoG wrote a review Jul 2020
Saint John, New Brunswick
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have travelled across Canada and what a wonderful surprise to find this gem so close to home. You are completely submerged in nature, with just enough amenities that you feel naturally pampered. The detail taken to be respectful to the planet is much appreciated. You feel like you are giving back to the environment without always taking.
We stayed at the Birdhouse. First time taking a shower outdoors. I’m one with nature now :)
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Nancy Slater wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 3 nights at The Barn in July 2020, my husband and myself and 2 members of our extended family. It was perfect for us and I was very impressed with all that the cottage offered included a full size fridge, stove and even a mini split unit. We had a full bathroom with the traditional toilet and a lovely shower. In back of our cabin was an additional bathroom and even laundry facilities! Our grandson loved the friendly free range chickens and we bought some of the eggs which were the best! James and his son were very hospitable and I would highly recommend Castalia Marsh Retreat.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Dave J wrote a review Jul 2020
Moncton, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a really cool stay. We were in "the Lookout" and had a wonderful view looking out over the marsh. Even saw an eagle while unpacking!

The unit had a well stocked kitchen with stove and fridge. Spices and oils to cook with as well! There is also a shower. Just 5 seconds away is a place for a campfire and a gathering place nearby, with a large kitchen and patio we were welcome to use. There are 2 bbqs on the patio, as well as 2 outhouses with toilets off to the side.

Our host was great too. We had one issue with the hot water, and he was over in 10 minutes to fix the problem.

We had 2 family members stay in the Captains Quarters, which was larger, and suitable for a family with 2-3 kids with 2 double beds and a loft. They loved it!

I highly recommend giving this place a try. We will definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from James Bates, Owner at Castalia Marsh Retreat
Responded Jul 18, 2020
It was good to have you and your family visit. I'm glad your daughter took so much time to play with the chicks I hope we have more Children like her visit them this summer. I like to hear that the eagles and deer visited while you were here. Have a great summer.. James
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johanna l wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I rent the lookout cabin for 5 nights and it was perfect. The view from the cabin deck is amazing ! Your are surrounded by trees with a clear view over the marsh and the Swallow tail lighthouse. The cabin is clean, comfy and well equiped with a full operational kitchen . You have a choice between an indoor or an outdoor shower. the whole area was really quiet and we had deer and hummingbird passing by. We recommend and we will definetly come back !
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Choose one of the cabin with view over the marsh you will not regret it !
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Response from James Bates, Owner at Castalia Marsh Retreat
Responded Aug 8, 2020
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time here.
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ksoconnor21 wrote a review Aug 2021
Hillsborough, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at Castalia Marsh Retreat. We stayed in the birdhouse and had beautiful uncompromised views of the marsh. We fell asleep under the stars and moon each night, woke up to birds singing, including one of my favourites, Nelson’s Sparrows. We sat on the deck watching birds of prey hunt while we had our breakfast. James was a great host!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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amirah a wrote a review Nov 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second stay, we loved it soo much, i came with my friends the first time and this time it was me and my 2 toddlers, it’s a place i like to go to recharge and relax, we loved feeding the chicken, walking around the bonds, and discovering a lot of great cabins and accommodation each with its own unique and custom designs.

The owner is amazing and very king, he goes above and beyond to make his guests happy, it feels home. we will defiantly come back, i highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking for a place to unwind, it’s quite and relaxing. we loved it so much and we will come again
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Navigate38240811909 wrote a review Jul 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights in The Barn. We were a family with two adults, a senior, two teenagers, and a small dog. The cottage was very clean and comfortable and had plenty of room for us all. We enjoyed the free range chickens and had a lovely campfire overlooking the marsh. Really interesting place to stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sophie F wrote a review Jul 2020
Allentown, Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My mom and I visited last summer, and we had an absolutely wonderful time. We stayed in the vintage trailer. It was clean and cozy. The location is unique and beautiful. Overall, I could not recommend it enough! We hope to return soon!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from James Bates, Owner at Castalia Marsh Retreat
Responded Jul 18, 2020
It has such a nice setting that I thought it needed to be more than just a tent site. So when I saw this neet old trailer I thought it would be a good fit and a little more comfortable.
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Starla M wrote a tip Jul 2021
Waasis, Canada62 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"relax and be in the moment! If you need anything at all or have any questions reach out to James and his staff, they are fantastic!💕"
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Douglas R wrote a tip Aug 2020
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Captain's Quarters or Bird House cabins are great choices."
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johanna l wrote a tip Aug 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose one of the cabin with view over the marsh you will not regret it !"
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GailG wrote a tip Sep 2019
Fredericton, Canada12 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Would highly recommend the Captains Quarters"
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Robert55229 wrote a tip Jun 2019
Nashville, Tennessee180 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't know about the others, but the Birdhouse was great."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Castalia Marsh Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Swallowtail Lighthouse (5.1 km), Anchorage Provincial Park (7.9 km), and Grand Manan Island (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and meeting rooms.
What food & drink options are available at Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Postoffice Pizza, The Old Well House Cafe, and Compass Rose.
Are pets allowed at Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Castalia Marsh Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Castalia Marsh Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Seal Cove Herring Smoke Sheds (5.0 km).
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