Queen Anne Inn
Located in a town with the highest concentration of heritage buildings in Canada, a stay at the Queen Anne Inn is an insight into 19th-century Canada. The wooden-slatted house was built in 1856, with high ceilings and large windows from which to admire the grounds. The previous owner, an antique collector, ensured the Victorian essence was upheld by curating a collection of antiques and period furniture.
Victoriana meets the 21st century with an en suite, Wi-Fi and TV in each room. The grounds also joins onto a local wildlife reserve which is a quiet spot to relax after a day exploring. We particularly recommend the infamous 3-course breakfast.
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Due to the Queen Anne Inn’s historic nature, no room is the same. Each room has an individual charm and décor with wooden furniture, printed wall paper and rich fabrics. Some have four-poster beds and other have a chaise lounge to relax upon. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. There are no coffee or tea making facilities in the room but hot drinks are available in the afternoon upon request.
The Queen Anne Inn is a 5-minute walk from Annapolis Royal’s George street. A popular spot for local artists and craftspeople, you’ll be able to purchase paintings and crafts inspired from the historic landscape. The inn is located opposite the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens which showcase 400 years of agricultural and gardening methods. A range of cafés and restaurants and are within a short walking distance as well as Fort Anne National Historic Site, one of North America’s earliest settlements.
Food and drink
A hearty three-course breakfast, made from local produce, is served in the dining room each morning. Lunch and dinner facilities are not available but staff can recommend nearby cafés and restaurants — a good selection are within walking distance. Tea and coffee can be served on request in the sitting room or on the patio.
The two-storey carriage house is well-suited to families. The ground floor has a double bed and large bathroom while the upper floor has a twin room with separate bathroom.
Facilities and activities
The hotel is surrounded by well-tended gardens, shaded by a collection of elm and maple trees. After exploring the grounds you can relax on the patio or in the communal lounge which has a piano. Walk through the grounds and you’ll find a private entrance onto the wildlife reserve that backs onto the hotel.
The Carriage House is accessible but there are some steps into the main building of the Queen Anne Inn where breakfast is hosted. There is a gravel driveway and steps to access the reception area.
We love this property — no room is the same and each has its own character. The homely three course breakfast adds to the Nova Scotian hospitality, and the outside of the building is just as charming as the interior.