This newcomer to Annapolis Royal, the only B & B in town located on the water, has done everything just right. The Georgian-style house, dating to 1770, has been immaculately restored. Wood mouldings, painted pine floors, and even the oddly-shaped front door with its massive wrought-iron hinges are all original and accentuate the historic character and charm of the place. Each room has… an ensuite bathroom, elegant period-style furniture and views of the Annapolis Bay. Included in the room rate is a large breakfast that includes freshly made scones or muffins, yogurt, fruit, and hot entrées such as vegetable egg frittata, or baked apple pancake.
Pulling up in front of the Bailey House Bed & Breakfast, I met Suzan Hebditch. Built in 1770 by Scotsman John Easson, this enchanting home is a veritable showcase. Suzan’s exquisite taste is evident in each of the four delightfully decorated rooms. With the attention to detail that I observed around me, I would have guessed that the innkeeper had once been an interior decorator.
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.