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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We stayed at the Normaway Inn this previous October during Celtic Colours week - a return visit after 9 years.
The Margaree Valley is both beautiful and enticing, and just a bit off the beaten path. Your first view of the Inn is down a 1/4 mile long lane lined with stately 100 year old trees, reminiscent of a South Carolina Plantation. The main building may well have been on old fly fishing resort; it is older but very well kept. There are various types of lodging from rooms within the Inn itself to cabins. We were in the resort 9 years ago, and in the cabin this time around. In both cases we found the lodging to be rustic, in the best sense of the word, and comfortable.
The restaurant there was excellent - it is a bit of a drive back to Baddeck for others.

This is truly a place to "get away from it all" - a good place to read (or write) a book and enjoy Cape Breton's beauty. The staff is all very friendly and the owner Dave? is very accessible. He was reminiscing to us about his long association with the Normaway, and he said, "Sometimes I feel like I am living in a painting." And a beautiful painting it is. We recommend this place very highly.
PS They have nightly live fiddle music and dancing in the Barn - one more reason for enjoying your stay!

Stayed: October 2017
Thank Les T
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We've stayed at Normaway several times and always loved it. Friendly staff and owner Dave, beautiful grounds, excellent music in their own music barn and in the old, comfy living room. Good food with lots of fresh herbs and vegetables (often grown in their own gardens). Dave knows lots about the local music and loves it, and it shows in his warm emcee style for barn concerts. Lots to do there. Drive the magnificent Cabot Trail starting right there, fly fish for salmon in the Margaree river, time your trip to hear world class music during Celtic Colors (mostly fiddle, which everyone seems to play in Cape Breton. We like staying in one of the green cabins. Quiet and comfortable with wifi, etc, and nice hot shower.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
Thank William L
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

We recently spent one night at this property in one of their cabins. It had an enclosed front porch with a porch swing and seating. We had a King bed and both bed and pillows were comfortable. It had a jet tub (but we did not use it). It had a small bathroom with shower. It was clean and comfortable enough. The grounds were very pretty. It was quiet. We didn't eat at their restaurant, but did attend the Celidh (music) in their barn - which we really enjoyed. We stayed a little while for the barn dance, but there wasn't really room for more than 4 couples to dance at a time. The price was higher than where we had been staying on Cape Breton, and not quite as comfortable... but for a cabin, it was fine and was handy for staying after we listened to the music on Thursday night. It had a small refrigerator and microwave on the enclosed porch, and a fold-down table. The check-in was easy and front desk staff very nice and accommodating. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TXLuv2Travel
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We visited in the Fall during Celtic Colours. We have stayed at this Inn several times and had a very enjoyable time on each occassion. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help you and make your stay enjoyable We stayed in the cabins for the first time and found them comfortable and relaxing. Close to the main lodge and offered great views of the Cape Breton Highlands. The food was very good and the service was quick and very efficiant I would recommend this Inn just for the knowledge that the staff are some of the best in the tourist industry and you will have a fantastic visit. PS the music provided in the barn and great room is very well done. The food is outstanding and served in a dinning room over looking the country side with plenty of windows to enjoy the view.

Room Tip: Nice to have a room in the main Inn as close to the entertainment and restaurant but all the rooms we have stayed in are nice.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank sandraconrad
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

My entire 3-week trip to Nova Scotia was scheduled around attending a Ceilidh at the Normaway Inn. I expected "1920s rustic" but was incredibly disappointed with my overall experience.

I stayed two nights in Room #3 in the Inn. The small room was clean, just worn and tired. It was dark, 1980's wallpaper, threadbare upholstery, not so fresh hooked rugs on the floor, poor workmanship to repairs on doors/windows/trim. A broken window air conditioning unit filled the floor of the 2-foot square closet and an ancient-looking quilt was wadded up on the closet shelf. The sink in the tiny, narrow bathroom was cracked. There was no cork screw available in the room, at the front desk, or even from the dining room; no morning coffee service; and no housekeeping service during our stay.

Front desk service was laissez-faire -- a "whatever" attitude. I found no printed literature on the history of the inn or information on what to do in the area. I had expected the inn to offer walking trails, biking, and fishing on the grounds, but there was no information available about how to engage in those activities. Walking was limited to the main entry road. Access to roads through the fields/meadows on the grounds was restricted.

Cabins had a couple Adirondack chairs, but there were no pleasant outdoor seating areas for Inn guests. A few Adirondack chairs lined the walk from the parking area to the front desk, but with all the foot traffic, this was not an inviting place to sit, read a book, or enjoy a glass of wine. The gathering room in the Inn was okay and we discovered that it was a good place to chat with other guests.

Room #3 is right beside the back door and it was noisy with guests coming and going. Room #2 on the first floor of the Inn may be a better choice--more secluded and slightly larger bathroom. Room #1 looked bright and spacious, but on the traffic path from front desk and dining room to the gathering room.

The best thing about the Normaway is its dining room. The room itself is spacious, well-decorated, bright, and presents a simple elegance. The wait service was excellent. And the food--both breakfast and dinner--was absolutely delicious--some of the best we had in Nova Scotia.

Room Tip: Inn Room #3 is by the back entrance door and noisy. Room #2 may be better--more secluded, quiet, and more spacious bath than Room #3.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank B L
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