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Reviewed July 7, 2018

Sometimes photos make a place look better than reality. And sometimes photos don’t do it the justice it deserves. Such is the case with the Keltic Quay.

Calm, comfortable, and incredibly lovely, the Lodge is not only my favorite hotel in Cape Breton but also one of my favorite stays of all time. Set along the waters edge, serene cottages are steps from the Bras D’Or Lake. Our favourite times involved relaxing on the front porch with a bottle of wine, enjoying the scenery, and occasionally patting Hank – the dog that comes with the lodge.

Hank’s a black lab, and is as charming as his owner Renie, the woman who runs the lodge. Everything is taken care of. There’s a fully stocked kitchen, eating area, comfy living room with a gas fireplace, dining area, barbeque– and even a washer and dryer. The beds are wonderful, the scenery is spectacular, and the spacious suites are incredibly clean (I would like to live here).

There’s also a lodge with a pool table, and a whole bunch of games. Large sofas are available for those who want to have a lively game of cards, or escape from their family.

The front porch fabulous, but the grounds are gorgeous as well. Although we felt safe and secluded from the rest of the world, we were only a five-minute walk from a grocery store, drugstore, and several places to eat. The Farmers Daughter makes excellent fish tacos, and Charlene’s has fabulous chowder. People were friendly and helpful in Whycocomagh– and the town has the smallest barbershop that I’ve ever seen.

The lodge is also a jumping off point to the Cabot trail. We spent three nights, which wasn’t nearly long enough, where we were well looked after by Renie and Karen. There are lots stunning attractions close by – beaches, whale watching, hiking, museums – but when we ran out of steam, it was always such a pleasure to return to our cottage at the Quay.

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James S, Marketing Manager at Keltic Quay Cottages & Bayfront Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Wowser!

Where to start....first of all, you have a fantastic command of words, we all really enjoyed what you said but also how you said it. The way you described the look of the area is very much what we like to think.. a photo does not do it all justice. To have earned the rank of one of your favourite stays of all time is an honour we do not take lightly, thank you! It was nice to read that you had the chance to hang out with Hank and check out the grounds.. close to everything but secluded all at the same time.

It was also nice to see that you really were able to use us a "Destination for Exploration". It's a slogan I came up with some time ago and due to our central position it real makes us ideal for the coming and going around the island. The whole team is wishing you a wonderful day, we really look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed June 11, 2018

I'd stay at Keltic Quay again in a heartbeat! Renie and Karen take GREAT care of the cottages and their guests. They keep the cottages immaculate and couldn't have been nicer or more helpful! We stayed in the Bras d'Or Suite, which had ample room for a couple and some very nice amenities, such as the spa tub and covered deck. My only regret is not staying here longer--the view was absolutely spectacular, including the Avery wildlife we saw everyday (eagles and osprey as well as so many others). Whycocomagh--and the whole area--is filled with charming, friendly people.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James S, Marketing Manager at Keltic Quay Cottages & Bayfront Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Hi Anne

Your opening line is gold. We would be so very lucky to have you stay with us again! We are very happy to hear you got to see a lot of our local birds, I myself am a photographer and I love getting the chance to film this gorgeous animals. The people are also really great and it was nice to see you note that. We will keep an eye out for you, have a great day.

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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

When you pull up you are greeted by Hank, the gentlest big black lab cross you’ll ever meet. A few head pats and a shake of the paw, your best friends.
The property and cottages are beautiful, over looking the lake. Suites are well maintained and clean. Kitchen is full equipped to make anything you would want.
We were the only ones staying there at the time and the owner was kind enough to leave the lodge open after hours for us to go and play some pool and shuffleboard.
We will be stopping and staying here next time we go through.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James S, Marketing Manager at Keltic Quay Cottages & Bayfront Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Hi Michelle

Thanks for your review of our whole operation. Hank always gets a big shout out and we were very happy to read yours. He really is a great model for how everyone should act, especially those of us in the accommodations industry :) We try to be as flexible as possible for all our guests needs and it was nice to read that you noticed how Renie left the lodge open. We are very blessed to have such great guests and we very much look forward to serving you the next time you're in Cape Breton. Take care!

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

Stayed one night at Keltic Quay and will definitely be returning for more! The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming, the room was very clean and well furnished, lots of activities available, the property is absolutely stunning, and they are dog friendly! I have lived in Cape Breton nearly my entire life, and Keltic Quay is definitely on my short list of the most beautiful places on the island! Also, Hank (the owners dog) is a big sweetheart and incredibly cuddly :)

Ps. I know it's hard, but if you can wake up for sunrise on a clear morning you will not be disappointed!

Room tip: Check out the "Farmer's Daughter" or "Charlene's Bayside" when you're looking for good food
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James S, Marketing Manager at Keltic Quay Cottages & Bayfront Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Hi Matt

You are so right... waking up early definitely has its benefits for seeing the full majesty of the lake reveal itself. We are super pleased the other elements of your stay were positive and especially your kind words about Hank. Please do come back, we would love to have you.

Take care :)

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

What a beautiful setting and fully equipped cottage right on the water in Whycocomagh! We wished we had stayed here longer as it was so peaceful and serene. We arose in the morning to the fog laying low on the water and watched a beautiful sunrise. The two bedroom accommodations were nicely done with everything you would need to stay for a longer vacation (washer and dryer in the unit!). We didn't have time to appreciate the main building with pool table and bar, but imagine it would have been a great place to spend evenings. There was even a fire pit outside to enjoy. The grill on the deck was an added bonus too. The only downside was having one bathroom for two couples, but it wasn't a deal breaker. Awesome location and beautiful accommodations!

Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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James S, Marketing Manager at Keltic Quay Cottages & Bayfront Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

Hello!

Thank you very much for your kind review. Very pleased you had the chance to see our beautiful sunrise over the lake, especially with the mists on the water, that is just the best. Please come back and stay with us again and hopefully you can check out our awesome lodge and all the fun activities to do inside of it. Happy October!

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