A Magnificent 4.5-Star Destination Along Cape Breton's Cabot Trail

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Welcome to the new Yarmouth–Portland ferry

Welcome to the new Yarmouth–Portland ferry. It has been missed. Welcome to all our visitors from America to Nova Scotia.


Colours Galore!

The B&B
The sun is shining today and it is a gorgeous place to be on The Cabot Trail! The lake was soooo still this morning that a wonderful canoe ride round the lake was perfect. It was also a delight to see the eagles soaring above us.

At The Colouratura Art Gallery
You must come in and see the newest painting – Alison Grapes’ Eagle is a mixed media image that combines, Acrylic, Newspaper, pen and Ink. Everyone is talking about it!

The Gallery has some fresh chocolates as usual but today’s flavours reflect the time of year. White Chocolate Ginger Leaves, Dark Chocolate Orange Leaves, Chocolate Caramel Truffles, Dark Chocolate Orange and Almond Truffles. Come into the Gallery to have a taste test. We take orders so order your Christmas Chocolates and take one more thing off your shopping list.

3 Moose!!

This morning Guests were treated to a wonderful sunny morning and LOOK! there goes 3 moose swimming across the lake! There is a point of land directly opposite the house where they hung out and munched away for quite a while. Everyone in the house was up and down to the lake to catch a photo or two. I only had binoculars – having left my camera elsewhere – so I have no photo to show. Trust me it was an exciting morning – then everyone returned to the house to tuck into a lovely breakfast featuring South of the Border, an egg and cheese dish. The recipe is further down this blog list – it’s great for a breakfast for many.
What a morning!

Great Walk!

The Red Island Trail is just five minutes drive from the B&B. Taking a little over an hour it is a wonderful lakeside, oceanside and forest walk. It is located off the property to the right as you face the St. Ann’s Bay United Church.

Summer vs Autumn

Being English Ian is convinced we Canadians have it wrong on our seasons. He believes it is STILL Summer and is still wearing shorts. School has started and naturally our thoughts turn to Fall (although Ian would prefer to call it Autumn he is fast loosing ground with his vocabulary).
No matter what you call it – the weather is fabulous!

Finally on line Bookings

We have finally gone “live” with our on line bookings system through Bookings.com
The Button “Book Now” appears on our Reservations section of the site.
This service is free to our guests. We use MasterCard and Visa for booking reservations.
You can still contact us the old way through emails and phone calls but we
finally decided that many guests prefer the on line service.

But we would still be happy to help you plan your holiday!
Just call or email either before or after your booking.

Check us out on Bookings.com

We have recently signed on with Bookings.com to handle on line bookings.

We were reluctant to follow this path – although we were strong recommended to do so.

We feel by chatting with our customers on line we can be sure to help in the planning of your trip and make the reservation process easier.  Of course you can still do that, however if you are one the growing number of people who like one stop shopping Bookings.com is convenient and free for our customers use.   We will send you a letter of confirmation from your booking on line so there is still an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our property or what to do on the Cabot Trail.

We look forward to meeting you however you book!


Spring Time

Spring is often a wonder to visitors as our season is slightly behind the southern part of the province.  Our Forsythia has come and gone and so have the hundreds of daffodils that bloomed.  Ian has planted many different varieties from small Rip Van Winkles to large Alfreds.  The tulips are just at their peak and the lilac is just starting to open up.  In the spring garden photos you will notice some large orange hanging flowers – these are Crown Imperials – they smell awful – but they look grand and keep the moose out of the Garden!

We have several gardens on the property with many more flowers, iris, roses, and lilies yet to take centre stage.  I’ll keep you posted!

Penny Steele

Monsala Tulips – Penny’s Favourite


 You can now Book on line! 

OR  Please call our Toll-Free Number 1-866-929-2721 (Canada & US)   All other countries +1 (902) 929-2721 (charges apply)

OR  Email us at ipgreen@ns.sympatico.ca


45478 Cabot Trail
Indian Brook, Cape Breton
Nova Scotia
B0C 1H0 Canada

GPS Location: 46.397890,-60.495830

For map and detailed driving directions, click here»

Professional Inn Keepers Penny S. Steele and Ian A. Green

ian-pennyenglish-country-garden-bb-penny-ianIan, born in Yorkshire, England, and Penny, born in Ontario, Canada, have lived and worked in places as far reaching as Russia, West Africa, England, India, Kuwait, Manila, America and of course Canada.

Ian and Penny actually met at the Anglican Church in Moscow when Penny was teaching at the International School situated inside the American Embassy and Ian was working for an Irish company with clients in Moscow. Consequently the B&B has original artworks from all these places and antiques from England. The 1850 broad wood Drawing Room grand that was once in the parlour is now in the Colouratura Fine Art gallery where classical music concerts are held.

Ian’s training in the hotel industry has included Downton Abbey-like English stately homes and the Savoy and Claridges Hotels as well as hotel school and University. Penny, who has a Masters in Fine Art, has taught English, drama and art as a well as designing costumes for opera, ballet and drama. They are both passionate about community theatre and the performing arts. Looking after guests takes centre stage of the B&B, giving the best in food, service and attention to detail as they possibly can.