A comfortable stay at Abbie’s Garden
The name says it all. The Bed and Breakfast I stayed had a nice garden with lots of beautiful flowers dotted around the place, as well as a lot of green grass and trees to make the surroundings here perfect for a stay. Abbie’s Garden has certainly lived up to its name and I haven’t even walked through the door to meet Bruce and Donna, the father and daughter team who run the accommodation. Located on the outskirts of Grand Bank on the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland on route 220, this is the ideal place to stay if visitors are heading for the ferry to take them to France the next morning (well, the French overseas territory of Saint Pierre et Miquelon which is a one hour ferry ride from nearby Fortune), or just doing a road trip to see the beautiful scenery on the peninsula.
Read my post on the nearby island of Saint Pierre of France.
Parking up on the gravel drive, I was met by Donna who gave me such a warm welcome and during my stay with her (and Bruce of course), I got to know them well and learnt more about the area. This is what I loved about staying in Bed and Breakfasts on different parts of the island, meeting locals, learnt a lot of local history, taken lots of advice and enjoyed their hospitality and comforts. This is why I recommend staying in Bed and Breakfasts in Newfoundland.
Read my post on the Beautiful Landscapes of Newfoundland
Abbie’s Garden has two areas to the property. There is the Cottage where there is one private suite and one private cozy room which is located in the main building where the breakfasts are served and then there is a building in the garden nearby called ‘The Loft’ and this is where I was staying.
The Loft has two private suites which both include a queen size bed, a desk, a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom. Included was WI-FI and also a television with all the Canadian (and the odd American) channels showing (but no French channels if you want to get into the French mood before heading to France the next day).
The bed itself is very comfortable and to be honest, I had one of our best sleeps whilst staying in Abbie’s Garden. In fact instead of my usual six hour sleeping pattern, I managed to get nine to ten hours worth in. It was just that comfortable. It also helped that there was air conditioning as well (it was a hot day when I arrived) but also in the winter months, there is heating which I could imagine is ideal to snuggle up under the duvet while the room is at a cozy warm temperature.
The private bathroom had a bathtub with a shower in it and once again, I loved standing underneath the shower and cooling down. It was just right, the temperatures and the shower pressure (it sounds strange I know but this is one area which could make or break the stay a success or just horrible – that’s how important showers are to me. Abbie’s Garden gets 10/10 for the shower). Also there are plenty of towels to use around the sink basin and to be honest, I did love the looks of the mini-shampoo bottles which had ‘Abbie’s Garden’ branded logo on it. The hairdryer with the big mirror next to the sink basin was ideal also.
The room outside each of the rooms is shared which has a kitchen which includes a sink and a fridge for storage. A microwave, coffee machine and kettle are also provided (which for being English, I did need my early morning English Breakfast tea fix before breakfast for the perfect wake up call). Just remember to put the shoes on the tray just inside the door to keep the floors clean (which is an excellent idea especially in winter time with the amount of snow which falls on this island). Did I mention laundry facilities? Well, I just have and it’s an ideal feature to have when doing long road trips like I did.
There is another door which leads out of the room onto an outside wooden deck where I could sit on the wooden chairs to relax and look at Abbie’s Garden. Sometimes I may hear the odd car from the main road (which is a distance away) but the sound of the slight breeze going through the branches of the tree whilst the sun rays hit my face was simply perfect and the best way to end an afternoon before heading out to dinner in town.
Breakfast was simply perfect the next morning. Starting off with some fruit which came with some yoghurt but the scones with jam was simply tasty and filing. Afterwards I ordered the pancakes which came with scrambled eggs and bacon which simply filled me up and set me up for the day. With the usual hot drinks and juices included, I would have to say this was one of the best breakfasts I had on the road in a long time.
One thing I did noticed during my stay which I didn’t use due to the length of our stay (and exploring this beautiful area) is that Abbie’s Garden do have a brunch and dinner service (reservations required). The garden is that beautiful, they even have wedding day photography taking place here. I wasn’t surprised, I loved what I saw of the garden and to be honest, it did remind me a little bit of home and what England’s gardens are like in the rural countryside.
How to Book at Abbie’s Garden
If you haven’t booked in advance you’re always welcome to knock on the door and see if a room is available but it’s best to plan in advance and pre-book a room. All the details can be found to their website.
As you can see, I absolutely loved my stay here and I highly recommend that if you are traveling to St-Pierre or staying in this area, check out Abbie’s Garden. Bruce and Donna really did make me feel welcome and I can guarantee you, that visitors will not be disappointed. Note – if you are planning a stay here, mentioned that you heard about Abbie’s Garden from me, Danik the Explorer.
A personal note from me – my time at Abbie’s Garden was a sponsored visit. The opinions in this post are my own and are totally honest. I would like to thank Bruce and Donna for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.