DesBarres Manor Inn

DesBarres Manor Inn

90 Church Street, Guysborough, Nova Scotia B0H 1N0 Canada
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4.5
#1 of 2 inns in Guysborough
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Named by The Toronto Sun as "one of 9 of the most romantic hotels in Canada", DesBarres Manor Inn brings together the style of a boutique hotel with the warmth of a country inn. Built in 1837 as the residence for Supreme Court Justice W.F. DesBarres, this restored manor home features 10 luxurious guests rooms, an award-winning fireside dining room and elegant common rooms on six acres of grounds in the heart of the charming seaside village of Guysborough. Recipient of the Nova Scotia Cuisine of the Year and seven Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, DesBarres Manor Inn offers simple, direct and honest food that captures the flavours and traditions of our Nova Scotia region. The Inn offers a range of special getaway packages including cooking classes.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Non-smoking hotel
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Seating area
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming

Location

90 Church Street, Guysborough, Nova Scotia B0H 1N0 Canada
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Chris Gross wrote a review Jul 2022
Baltimore, Maryland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the sister property, The Distillery House, but had dinner at the Manor. Genuinely warm, fun staff and a gorgeous, delicious meal in a beautiful white tablecloth dining room with a casual and relaxing atmosphere. If you're in Guysborough, do not miss this treasure. Calling for a reservation is highly suggested. Not that it's super busy; I believe they pretty much make their dinner hours to fit the daily customer needs.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Terry F wrote a review Aug 2023
Lanett, Alabama
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The DesBarres Manor Inn is a very old inn with antique furnishings. The small staff of three ladies look after everything from check in, to cleaning, to cooking and serving breakfast and dinner in the large dining room. The staff could not have been any kinder or friendlier. They were so helpful and we felt like we had known them forever. Our room on the front of the second floor of the inn was very spacious. The bed linens were probably the nicest we have ever experienced in a hotel setting and we have traveled all over the world. The very high thread count and sheen made for a very comfortable sleep on a pillow top bed. The wifi had a strong signal.

We stayed three week nights. On one of those nights, we were the only guests in the inn and we realized after coming back from dinner that evening, we were the only people in the building. It seemed a bit odd that there was no staff there during the night but it was fine, and obviously they are very trusting of their guests!

There were not really any negatives, but if I were to make any suggestions to the innkeeper, it would be to offer a more substantial and hot breakfast each morning to the guests. Breakfast is included in the room rate. We were offered the same basic continental breakfast each day - coffee, OJ, small yogurt tubs, cold cereal, a tiny bit of one choice of fruit and tiny bites of cheese. The only hot offering was toast upon request.
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Date of stay: August 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Be aware Guysborough is a very small community, smaller than we expected, with extremely limited...
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T D wrote a review Jun 2024
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall this was a treat of an experience. We booked a 'romance package' which included a deluxe room (Wolfe room) for two nights, three course dinner on one of the nights and a spirits tasing experience. Heartily recommend going for this whole experience.

Room was spacious and comfortable. Staff were welcoming and friendly. Meeting them was a real highlight.

The dinner was a really fantastic experience, so glad we did that. Don't hesitate to book for dinner or you will miss out.

Guests travelling to the area should be aware that there is not a lot to do in Guysborough. There is only one restaurant which is an informal pizza-type establishment. Seems there is more activity in the summer (July/August) but we didn't get to experience it. There is an interesting local museum/visitor info spot next door at the historic courthouse that is run by a local curator who is great to talk to.

Very happy we stayed. A few small fixes would make this property exceptional - carpets need replacing in some areas and some general minor maintenance (our toilet did not seem to be firmly attached to the floor). A nice hot breakfast included would make this the boutique experience one would expect from a romantic manor house.

Book this Inn. Also visit the connected distillery down the road and check out all the local alcoholic and nonalcoholic products. We brought some of both home to the West Coast.
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Date of stay: June 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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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MayanChick wrote a review Aug 2021
Halifax, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff were wonderful - Bonnie was a true diamond and without her, we would have felt much less comfortable.
The inn is charming but needs some updating and upkeep. I'm sure times in the pandemic are hard and hopefully they can do some much needed updating once the world becomes a bit more normal. There is quite a bit of wear and tear on this beautiful heritage building. There is a gazebo to sit outside but it is not well kept and just some haphazard adirondack chairs scattered around...it could be a beautiful spot with a little attention to detail and upkeep. The view was lovely though! There was also minimal information on what to do in the area....we went to the courthouse next door which is also a like a tourist bureau but they didn't offer any great suggestions....seems like nobody wants to promote the area. We did find some things to do but was a tough search!
The food was mediocre and unfortunately there isn't ANYWHERE to eat for quite a distance. We felt that the food was plain and didn't really have much flavour.
The location is bizarre - the area is absolutely beautiful but there just isn't anything to do. We explored a lot of the local area. You won't find a store or restaurant on much of your travels so do make sure to pack food!
Overall, it was an average stay - definitely not a top notch place to spend time and it is quite expensive for what you get in terms of amenities and location.
I do hope once tourism returns that this Inn can get some much needed attention and become the place I feel it was in years gone by.
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Date of stay: July 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Infognito wrote a review Aug 2023
Cheswick, Pennsylvania
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We reserved a room at the sister property The Distillery House and had reservations for dinner at the DesBarres Manor Inn. We checked in at the Distillery House tasting room and were looking forward to doing a tasting in the very nice, air conditioned tasting room. We then went across the street to our room. It was a very humid 85F / 30C summer day. It had no air conditioning and was hotter than outside. We asked if the Des Barres Manor Inn had air conditioning. We were told no. We asked for our money back and were told no, that the website said it had no air conditioning. Screen shots of the web site showed no such thing. The room was so hot we immediately knew we were walking away from our paid room. Which we did.
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Date of stay: July 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sara O wrote a review Jul 2022
New York City, New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For an in-transit night between Cape Breton and the ferry at Digby, this inn was a very nice surpsise. The house, formerly a fairly grand private residence, sits on a hill in Guysborough with the scenic Milford Haven river flowing by. There was a slight confusion between the Inn and the Authentic Seacoast Co.; which one owns the other is unimportant but directions to the right place is. There is no one at the Inn until 2 but there are things to do until then. Once in, it is relaxing and the manager/chef very welcoming; the waitress, Bonnie, fun and very upbeat. Highly recommended.
NB: the overwhelming impression we came away with is the natural friendliness of everyone on Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. It could be Canada in general or the Maritime people; whichever, they are wonderfully welcoming.
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Date of stay: July 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Room 1 is large and nicely appointed.
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rfreak wrote a review Sep 2022
Albuquerque, NM
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We found the DesBarres Inn through a travel reporter who praised the food and the inn. Well, the food was fantastic, our room large and beautifully appointed (Room 1) and the bed extremely comfortable. What made this stay perfect was the staff. Somehow they managed to balance professionalism with kindness and warmth. We felt so welcomed! I think that is the best part of a stay is when you are greeted, and treated, as a valued guest. These people were the best example of how an inn should be run. We will never forget what gracious people they are and how we will value them as one more example of the good people of Nova Scotia. Thank you so much to Anna, Bonnie, Jill and John for making this a most memorable stop on our journey. I hope that we shall meet again!
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The second floor rooms are quite lovely. Room One was very large and so very comfortable.
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GChereIcome wrote a review Sep 2022
Ottawa
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow what a beautiful house and property. We were fortunate to have the place to ourselves.
The staff working here were very friendly and made you feel at home. Our room was on the second floor and it was beautifully decorated with a large bathroom.
Dinner in the dining room was delicious.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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David S wrote a review Oct 2021
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed there Oct 7 & 8 2021. $253 a night including dinner and breakfast.

The building has seen better days. ie front steps unkempt and not welcoming, Gardens overgrown. Lights not on over the stairway.
In speaking with the staff, I think the owners have lost interest.

The food is overpriced. "Taste of Nova Scotia" meal not good value. If the salmon portion was any smaller they would have to call it sliced salmon. No bran and no orange juice choice at breakfast. Corn Flakes and Shreddies!
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Date of stay: October 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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dingomcl wrote a review Nov 2022
Calgary, Canada
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I had our adult son and girlfriend and headed to Cape Breton for the week. I thought an afternoon sipping rum at Seaside down the street and finishing the evening with a 5 course meal and night at this historic inn would be a great start and it was. The rooms were massive yet the vintage intact and comfortable. Make sure you make time for drinks in the lounge before dinner. The personal attention and the use of all local sources for dinner were amazing. We all enjoyed the experience and was definitely worth the side trip.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: It’s 30 minutes off highway to Cape Breton. Get there in time for tasting at Rum distillery.
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809richard asked a question Apr 2017
Orlando1 contribution11 helpful votes
Are the rooms air conditioned?
Terry F wrote a tip Aug 2023
Lanett, Alabama5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware Guysborough is a very small community, smaller than we expected, with extremely limited restaurant options. "
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dingomcl wrote a tip Nov 2022
Calgary, Canada34 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s 30 minutes off highway to Cape Breton. Get there in time for tasting at Rum distillery."
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rfreak wrote a tip Sep 2022
Albuquerque, NM70 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The second floor rooms are quite lovely. Room One was very large and so very comfortable."
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Jimvin wrote a tip Aug 2022
Caterham, United Kingdom1,205 contribution237 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be aware check in is select hours, if later contact them in good time. "
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Sara O wrote a tip Jul 2022
New York City, New York55 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 1 is large and nicely appointed."
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C$265 - C$305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about DesBarres Manor Inn
Which popular attractions are close to DesBarres Manor Inn?
Nearby attractions include Old Court House Museum (0.07 km), Boylston Provincial Park (4.0 km), and Mulgrave Road Theatre (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at DesBarres Manor Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at DesBarres Manor Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at DesBarres Manor Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to DesBarres Manor Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include DesBarres Manor Inn, Big G's Pizza & Restaurant, and Levantic Bakery.
Is DesBarres Manor Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Guysborough.
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