A belated thank-you to Mary and Louis for showing us what Newfoundland hospitality is all about. What a way to start 2 fabulous weeks in your beautiful province.
My husband and I travelled to NL with friends the last week in May and first week in June. In all we stayed 8 days at Cantwell House and when we returned in the evening from a full day of sight-seeing, shopping and eating , it always felt like coming home. We were welcomed by Mary on our first night ( a very late arrival) and she was happy to point us in the direction of a 24 hour restaurant. The hot and cold breakfast every morning was a great start to the day and Louis did a masterful job of keeping things different every morning, no easy feat when you are there for a week. I loved the partridgeberry and bakeapple spreads!!
After 2 nights on the top floor next to the common room, we were moved down to Room #2. Both rooms were immaculate (thank-you Geraldine) with very comfortable beds However, the top room does not have an ensuite, but rather a bathroom across the hall. We were fine with both but did appreciate the ensuite when we moved. And the view.
We enjoyed our evenings in the common room or on the terrace when weather permitted. A bottle of wine and a spectacular view of Signal Hill and St. John's harbour was a very nice way to end the day.
Parking was no problem- Mary and Louis gave us a parking pass to hang from the rear-view mirror and we always found parking within a block of the house.
The house is well situated and we were able to walk everywhere- some walks longer than others. This included Signal Hill and North Head trail down to the Battery district, the village of Quidi Vidi as well as 5 minute trips to the Rooms and the Basilica and lots of shops and restaurants just minutes away. Be forewarned, though, that St. John's is hilly and you will get your work-out no matter where you walk.
The main attraction for us were the hosts- Mary and Louis. But they have preserved the wonderful Victorian charm of the house with all its nooks and crannies and creaks. We would love to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Cantwell Hotel St Johns
- Cantwell House Newfoundland, Canada