The name says it all. We recently stayed at Abbie’s Garden Bed and Breakfast which 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 we hadn’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 – our blog post on the island can be found here), or just doing a road trip to see the beautiful scenery on the peninsula – again another blog will be online shortly.
We parked up on the gravel drive and was met by Donna who gave us such a warm welcome. During our stay with her (and Bruce of course), we got to know them well and learnt more about the area. This is what we loved about staying in Bed and Breakfasts on different parts of the island. We got to meet locals, learn about the local history, get lots of advice and enjoyed their hospitality and comforts. This is why we recommend staying in Bed and Breakfasts in 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 breakfast is served. There is also a building in the garden nearby called ‘The Loft’ and this is where we were 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.
The bed itself is very comfortable and to be honest, we had one of our best sleeps whilst staying in Abbie’s Garden. In fact instead of our usual six hour sleeping pattern, we 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 we arrived) but also in the winter months, there is heating which we could imagine is ideal to snuggle up under the duvet while the room is at a cozy warm temperature.
Our private bathroom had a bathtub with a shower in it and once again, we 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 ruin or keep us satisfied or make us enjoy our stay when we stay in accommodations) and Abbie’s Garden gets 10/10 for washing with the shower. Also, there are plenty of towels to use around the sink basin and to be honest, we 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.
Just outside the bedrooms is a shared kitchen area which includes a sink and a fridge for storage with free water and pop provided for guests to enjoy. There was also a microwave, coffee machine and kettle provided (which for us being English, we did need our 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 we mention laundry facilities? Well, we just have and it’s an ideal feature to have when doing long road trips like we did.
At the back of each bedroom is a door which leads outside to a wooden deck area where we could sit on the wooden chairs to relax and look at Abbie’s Garden. Sometimes we 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 our faces 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. We had a starter of fruit with some yoghurt but the scones with jam was simply tasty and filing. Afterwards we ordered the pancakes which came with scrambled eggs and bacon that filled us up and set us up for the rest of the day. With the usual hot drinks and juices included, we would have to say this was one of the best breakfasts we had on the road in a long time.
One thing we did notice on our stay which we 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) and the garden is that beautiful, they even have wedding day photography taking place here. We are not surprised, we loved what we saw of the garden and to be honest, it did remind us a little bit of home and what English 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. You can call in advance (contact details here) or book online. Want to know the availability? Use our handy search box below:
As you can see, we absolutely loved our stay here and we 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 us feel welcome and we 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 the Curious Explorers.