Relaxing countryside stay at Abbie’s Garden

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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.

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The sign which is clearly visible of the main road
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The Cottage – the main building for Abbie’s Garden Bed and Breakfast

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.

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The path leading from the car park to the cottage.

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.

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This is the building we stayed in, The Loft.

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.

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Look how quaint our bed is. One of the best sleeps we have had whilst on the road.

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.

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This room was really ideal for us. Clothes stored away nicely in the wardrobe and we did our blogging work at the desk.

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.

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Looking into the bathroom from the bedroom
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The sink area in the private bathroom
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We love the shampoo bottles here. Not often you see B&B’s logos on shampoo bottles.

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.

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The shared kitchen and laundry area as seen as soon as we walked through the door.
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You can’t have smelly clothes while staying here, all the laundry facilities here are available to use.
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So which coffee would you like?

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.

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The Sun Deck area (which is shared) outside the room
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There were flowers everywhere. When we opened the windows in the morning, the colourful flowers would be the first thing we saw.
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We actually started to fall asleep on these chairs in the sunshine. Perfect way to relax.

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.

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The dining area for breakfast.
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Fruit and scones, the perfect way to start a breakfast.
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We had trouble eating all this but we loved them. The pancakes melted in our mouths.

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.

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We loved our welcome here at Abbie’s Garden and the chocolates were also yummy.

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:


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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.

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Another part of the splendid garden. So quiet, so quaint, so beautiful.

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18 Responses

  1. Abbie’s Garden looks to me like a dream house mirroring the well-known Canadian spirit: friendliness and hospitableness.

    PS: Wonderful to see flowers everywhere around the house.

  2. Looks like such a nice and cozy place to stay! Bed and breakfasts sound like such a nice alternative to the hostels I usually find myself in haha

  3. I love bed and breakfasts’ stays!! Especially as cute as this!! Quaint home, obviously comfy beds where you sleep the best & wonderful breakfast!!

  4. That is a personal garden ? This places is so beautiful and there greenness is also beautiful. I Really like the natural places. This place must be a relaxing places. Every Town city was polluted by sound Air. No one can not relaxing there. There perfect place is quite place. Thanks for sharing the information.

  5. sounds Nice! I would love to visit there.

  6. This really sounds like a great place to spent some days. I like cozy hotels like this. An if the owners are nice, we can´t ask for more!

  7. Wow.. What a relaxing place to stay. It’s so homey! I never had that much experience with Bed and Breakfast’s type of accommodation but it looks like you had your very own home away from home. Like literally. 😀 I like that they have available laundry facilities inside. Great for long term travel!

  8. That looks like such a peaceful place to stay! I love all the details and amenities offered as well. Always like stays that make you feel right at home which this certainly was! Yummy breakfast as well is always a plus. Great read!

  9. I love staying at bed and breakfast’s and this property looks so homey! Really like the details, like the shampoo with the logo

  10. Abbie’s Garden looks like the perfect place to head to for a relaxing and rejuvenating quiet stay. The Loft looks like a complete self-contained mansion with all luxurious amenities. Loved the bed, no wonder your sleep quote automatically increased. The Sun Deck is another place which I am sure we would love to laze in after a hearty breakfast of pancakes.

  11. What a beautiful and quaint bed and breakfast! I could spend the entire time just sitting in the garden meditating or reading a book. What makes these types of stays, even more, better is having a wonderful host that cares about little special touches here and there.

  12. The Abbies garden B and B looks so perfect and cozy. The comfortable bed which made you sleep so long gets a double thumbs up. The garden too is so beautiful. I can sit admiring the views there for so long. Food too looks nice. So, overall a Great place.

  13. This is exactly why I love staying in bed and breakfast places too – the opportunity to interact with the locals and to get insider tips, information and knowledge about a place you’re new to. Also, home made breakfast! I love their breakfast room, it really is cosy and cute. And scones – yummy!

  14. Great property. I like the location, that looks like a pretty secluded area with no other settlements nearby. But good to see that the facilities and food are top notch too while the garden looks really splendid.

  15. Jennifer Merloy

    I am feeling the need to stay here and just spend a week or two writing here. The garden looks amazing. I could really be inspired to write there.

  16. Looks so comfortable and look at all the coffee options. I think a good stay makes the vacation even awesome!

  17. Such a cute place to stay, and I love the countryside places, I stayed at a place like this in Dingle, I know how awesome is to stay at such beautiful places.

  18. The cottage looks so pretty in white with those greens and flowers. Love the warm interiors that make you feel at ease. The food too looks amazing. Definitely a good pick for a stay in this area.

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