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

Concert Series Packages now available.

Classical Concerts for the Cabot Trail and the English Country Garden B&B have teamed up to provide you with some wonderful packages for this season starting August 28th to September 25th. Check out the packages page for details on rates and concert dates!

Happy New Year!!

We welcome the new year with the anticipation of our 2016 Season.  Opening May 5th we have, despite large increases in costs, held our accommodation and fine dining rates to the same as last year.  We still offer you the best in quality and service but your savings are even greater! We are enjoying the winter sun on the snow and the lake takes on many

Winter settles in.

Reflections of snow on MacDonald’s pond as winter begins.

looks with either snow or ice shining through.  Many of us live here year round and St. Ann’s Bay has a lively community like none we have experienced elsewhere.

Moose comes to Breakfast!

Look who came for Breakfast!  May 8th,2015

Look who came for Breakfast! May 8th,2015

Looking forward to 2015!

Can’t wait to greet our visitors in 2015.  We have updated the beds in the African Room and gone for a King size bed in Rose Cottage.  This means all our mattresses are under 2 years old.  We only use Simmons Beauty Rest.  We will be making some minor changes to the lounge and dining areas.   Painting and a new porch railing are also on the cards for the spring.  New bulb plantings mean even more glorious spring bulbs.

2014 brought us :The Cabot Trail road construction near us is complete with 5 kms of new wide road added to several other kms done previously.

It was a glorious summer with lots of sun and an amazing number of visitors.

A community Arts and Culture Award was received from the Province in recognition of the abundant and active Culture of our area, Plays, Concerts both Celtic and Classical, The Writer’s Festival, Gaelic College, The Gaelic Singers’s Hall, Artisans, St. Ann’s Bay Players, etc.  This makes a fabulous addition to the previous Lieutenant Governor’s  Community Spirit Alive award.  It truly is an amazing place to live, work and visit.



Rose Cottage goes King

The Rose Cottage update includes a new King Size Bed.

Wedding on the Cabot trail?

Thinking of a small intimate romantic wedding on the Cabot trail? Please check out our wedding packages.


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.


 For Bookings please call 1-866-929-2721    (within North America)

All other countries +1 (902) 929-2721 (charges apply)

OR  Email us at ipgreen@ns.sympatico.ca

Book from our Website by choosing the “Book now” button below (where you will be taken to Booking.com)

and you will receive a complimentary bottle of Nova Scotia wine upon arrival!

This offer is not available if you book directly with Booking.com.


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

english-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.

Look who came for Breakfast! May 8th,2015