Lonely Planet (our pick)
The only B & B on the waterfront, the Bailey House is also the oldest inn in the area. The friendly owner has managed to keep the vintage charm (anyone over six feet might hit their head on the doorways!) while adding all the necessary modern comforts and conveniences. A little driftwood archway and sitting area are right on the water and there’s a flowery back garden to putter around in. The dining room takes you back to the 18th century and has been the site of an historic culinary re-creation: the original owner’s moose nose soup.
But if you were lucky enough to have booked one of the four rooms at the Bailey House, you needn’t do anything else. I’ve heard there are some moderist antidotes to the ridiculous doily-and-potpourri décor of most inns and B & B; this is one at least takes a home of severe Georgian beauty, keeps its wide-plank bones, but furnishes the skin with contemporary rugs, tables, chairs that complement the whole – proving that authenticity has many faces. Warm, demonstrative host Suzan Hebditch should be proud of that, and her restaurant-quality breakfasts, too.
Annapolis Country Spectator
Royal hospitality, rural tranquility… Suzan tries to bestow upon her guests the same pleasures she has experienced as a resident of Annapolis Royal. After a long plane ride and two hour drive from Halifax, a seat in the waterfront garden and a glass of wine is often all it takes… an hour later the guests are totally transformed. It is a wonderful thing to see.