Hillsdale House Inn

Address: 519 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0, Canada | 4 star b&b
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This 4 star B&B, located on 519 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal, is near Donelda's Puffin Boat Tours and Annapolis Lighthouse.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHillsdale House Inn Annapolis Royal

    Reviewed by jpalca

    A most enjoyable place to stay

    Reviewed Aug 20, 2014
    by (5 reviews) Washington DC , United States Flag of United States

    This is a superb inn. Owners are very friendly and attentive, grounds are lovely, and the breakfast was exemplary.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Hillsdale House Inn Annapolis Royal

    Great food, great hosts


    Val and Paul are just great - just like old friends. They made sure we knew about local activites. The Inn is a classic time machine -I loved reading in the parlour. The rooms are tasteful and fully equipped and the breakfast is sensational. We also loved the garden! Annapolis Royal itself is probably the prettiest village in Canada!

    If only all B&B were this way!


    We,(two families with kids) stayed there just one night last August during a very quick tour in New England and Nova Scotia. We regretted that very much, because our stay was so pleasant that we'd better stayed there much longer. We booked three rooms on the first floor and the three of them had different personality and decoration, but the same charme. Breakfast also is highly recommended. It was easy to forget the rainy weather and the tons of mosquitos outside!

    Highlight of our trip!


    My wife and I just comleted a 16 day tour of the maritimes. We stayed at four star hotels, five star resorts, and a variety of B&B / Inns.

    We can both say with utmost confidence that the Hillside was the best experience and the best value that we had.

    The property is beautiful, tastefully decorated with antiques, and very comfortable. The Inn is large enough (13 rooms, I believe) that we found the right comfort zone between being a stranger in a large hotel and being in someone's private home.

    Breakfast was outstanding. One feature that we particularly likes was that we were offered a choice for breakfast each day. And the coffee was superb. We found out that Val uses a secret ingredient to give the coffee a slightly unique flavour.

    Our room was the one where King George V reportedly stayed, and contrary to another reviewer's opinion, we found the bed to be very comfortable. The room was beautiful, with a brand new couch.

    The Annapolis Royal area holds a pivotal place in Canadian history, and offers a number of interesting attractions for those interested in the early years of settlement in North America. It's also a great hub for day rtrips to wineries up the valley, and to Digby and Yarmouth.

    If you are in the area, you really owe it to youreself to stay at the Hillsdale House Inn!

    Great introduction to Nova Scotia


    My wife and I had postponed visiting Nova Scotia for too many years; The Hillsdale was one of four locations we stayed at in our two week tour, and decidely our favorite B&B and location. The hosts, Val and Paul have an outstanding product -- a well maintained, old building that was designed for entertaining over a 100 years ago, and does it exceptionally well today; Val's breakfasts are a delight, with abundant fresh fruit with the speciality of the day, or what you might want.

    During our three day stay we found their comments, and recommendations on nearby places to visit, evening dining, both in and around Annapolis Royal, as well as about the entire province to be considered, knowledgable, and useful. Without their advise, we would not have had several extremely enjoyable experiences

    We will return to Nova Scotia and for certain we will again spend time at the Hillsdale

    We Didn't Want to Leave!


    What an incredible place! We fell in love with the accomodations-from the comfortable, cozy rooms to the beautiful antiques and gardens. But as wonderful as the surroundings were, they didn't hold a candle to the warmth and hospitality of the Innkeepers, Paul and Val. It's not often you check into an inn and leave knowing you've made good friends. We will definitely be back...we're counting the days until we can again spend time at the Hillsdale House and Annapolis Royal!

    Beautiful historic inn


    We stayed at the historic hillsdale inn for 2 nights during our east coast driving trip. The building itself is charming and beautifully set in 2 or 3 acres of gardens and lawn. Both the inn and annapolis royale have a real sense of living history together with interesting buildings shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

    Our room was very comfortable, furnished in period pieces, and included a private bathroom. Breakfast was a daily highlight including homemade bread made on site nicely served by well trained and friendly staff. I returned home with a jar of fantastic homemade blueberry jam which I am enjoying while thinking of my holiday stay in hillsdale house.

    The owners Paul and Val are enthusiastic and very friendly and helpful. I highly recomend hillsdale house inn.



    I recently had the pleasure of staying at Hillsdale House in June 2006.

    The inn is within walking distance to the downtown area, Fort Anne and the historic gardens. The inn has so much character both inside and out. It is recognized as a historic property in the town.

    The rooms were very clean. The bathrooms have a huge claw foot tub. Breakfast was to die for! We had fresh homemade blueberry muffins (still hot from the oven) followed by waffles with local blueberries and strawberries with local maple syrup. It was so good. I could not ask for more!!!

    Such a deal as well - $109.00 for all this! I highly recommend this as a place to stay. It was such a treat.

    Hospitable and Charming


    These are the most hospitable of innkeepers. The property is well maintained and the grounds are spacious. The inn is period decorated without feeling like a museum. The included breakfast has plenty of choices, and when I requested cold cereal they pulled some from their pantry. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. One caveat...Despite its beauty, beware of the room King George slept in. I think it's the same mattress!

    Great Theme nights!


    I had the pleasure of staying at the inn on Italian night.

    The food was superb and the vino was nice and dry.

    My room was large and quite compftorable even though I did not spend much time there.

    Much to see and do in this historic and scenic part of Nova Scotia.

    I will be back ASAP.

    What a spot...


    The rooms are lovely, and the breakfast was fabulous (the homemade bread and preserves are addictive).

    The Inn Keepers were really friendly and very knowledgeable about their area (some of our vacation highlights were because of their suggestions).

    I would highly recommned a visit... I've been there twice already and am going back next year.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hillsdale House Inn Annapolis Royal

    5.00 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Annapolis Royal

    Costly but worth it !

    A travel blog entry by linda.edwards on Jul 31, 2015

    2 comments, 11 photos

    ... the pics. Would have been a lovely drive in the sunshine. Oh well one must roll with the weather.... On the way we did discover a beautiful saltbox house and now Greg is on another tangent....

    Continued up the Evangeline trail to find a campground for the night and low and behold the fog lifted and what a beautiful day it turned out to be.

    Arrived into Annapolis Royal and found a campground at Parker Cove, ...

    Nova Scotia (New Scotland)

    A travel blog entry by atkinsranch on Jul 12, 2015

    3 comments, 17 photos

    ... explain the workings of their engines and equipment. As is the tradition among fire companies, we were given uniform patches with the promise that Merced City Fire patches would be sent to them in return courtesy of Firefighter Scott.

    The Bay of Fundy is known for its incredibly high tides. From low tide, the water level raises 22 ...

    The highs & lows at Digby...

    A travel blog entry by lynandgrae on Jun 29, 2015

    6 comments, 7 photos

    ... supports in the water. Had a look around & spoke to an interesting owner of the art gallery there. Drove on to a local winery, specialising in fruit wine (blueberries, rhubarb etc). Was quite interesting & bought a couple of bottles, one that we'll have at a byo (fixed menu) restaurant tonight. In the afternoon we walked around Digby & checked out the fishing boat harbour. It was a hive of activity with the lobster & scallop boats coming back in. The catch ...

    Visit with bike friends before I depart.

    A travel blog entry by chris-fernie on Aug 03, 2014

    19 photos

    74th Crusaders hosted a Riverside Rally at their campground near Annapolis Royal on the August long weekend in Nova Scotia. They run a great rally with a poker run, a parade of bikes, biker games, a pig roast, awards presentations and a dance. I was in town when the parade of bikes came through so I took some pictures of both the parade and the town.

    This rally attracted several ...

    Annapolis Royal

    A travel blog entry by youth-in-asia on Jul 07, 2014

    8 photos

    ... cream served on buttery bread), fish cakes (think crab cakes but with potato), and a selection of delicious craft beers from the "Rudder Brewery" in town. Yup, we were absolutely going on a run the next day. Besides stuffing our faces, we also enjoyed venturing into the various shops and speaking with locals. One lady, a resident of Yarmouth for over 70 years, said she had never seen a storm of Arthur's magnitude hit town. A portentous glimpse of things to come? Hopefully not. With ...