Thousands of Reasons Why Stay at a B&B

Staying in a B&B, offers much more than just renting a nice room: It’s sharing, for a short while, the story of its owners and benefiting from their passion and attachment to their region.

By Carolyne Parent

In our Townships, the lodging offer is very diversified. However, there is one type that fits perfectly with the new trend of “reality travel,” that is to stay at a B&B, a Bed and Breakfast type of accomodation. In fact, with human contact at the top of the list of requirements made by travellers in search of authenticity, staying in a B&B is the perfect option.

If you enjoy exchanging with your hosts, to taste their local culinary specialties, to be well-advised on what not to miss in the area, to spend time in an attractive environment, you will be well served by staying in this type of lodging. And why wouldn’t you choose one of these three charming establishments of our region? We hope to hear back from you about them soon!


The Ferme Au pied levé (Magog)

Sometimes life hands you a surprise; take Marie-Thérèse Bonnichon for instance. This Montreal nurse, for the past 10 years has been heading a farm, then a catering service and now a B&B! When adventure called, both Marie-Thérèse and her husband answered, “we’re ready!” and this, to our greatest delight. This B&B is a spacious wood home built three years ago specifically to welcome travellers. It offers five rooms plus a common lounge immersed in natural light. “The decor is contemporary,” explains this charming farmer, “and doesn’t need a lot of pictures on its walls when these wide windows show off such a beautiful country setting…” “One of our assets,” says the co-owner, “is that the B&B seems to attract larger groups; families and friends gather here to celebrate special events.” Even more so because Marie-Thérèse Bonnichon, aside from breakfast, also prepares succulent dinners, always using eggs, meat and other farm and garden products. Among the six services of the evening menu, we found wild turkey salad, kid squares and maple Tarte Tatin. Wine is the only thing left to bring!


Île de Garde (Sherbrooke)

In the historic district known as the Vieux-Nord, a beautiful Italian Renaissance-style home attracts the eye with its square tower. This brick home was built in 1875 for a certain M. Beckett, owner of the local brick factory. The present co-owner of this residence, Marie-Christine Chassot de Florencourt confirms that “This heritage home has a history that links it to Sherbrooke, and each object found here says something about its past. Guests stay in one of the four rooms to discover this past, but also to take advantage of the very Zen ambiance that reigns here,” notes the hostess. They’re quite right! The house is surrounded by grand gardens, a park and a growing orchard. The name of the B&B is a lovely play on words. It refers to a German Benedict nun, who was a naturalist, Hildegarde de Bingen. It also refers to its square tower, somewhat resembling a watch tower which looks over the area and “where we have the impression of living on an island.” Finally, it evokes the Italian island on Lake Garda, a place of meditation and contemplation.


Gîte McCallum B & B (Danville)

You’ll be welcomed in this elegant and spacious home by Lynda and Eddie, a couple who take to heart making your stay a most successful one. Located in the Cœur villageois town of Danville, on a lovely, mature tree-lined street, the house, built in 1902, has many architectural design features reminiscent of traditional New England homes. Among these, you’ll admire its outside walls completely covered with wood shingles, a pavilion hip roof with a large dormer, and a big porch with round columns. Here, tranquility and relaxation are guaranteed because there are only two guest rooms and one spacious suite.

At just a ten-minute walk from the B & B, you’ll discover Burbank pond, a particularly interesting place to visit in the fall during the migrating bird festival, as hundreds of thousands of birds meet here every year.


La Chaumière en pain d’épices (Barnston-Ouest)

Here’s a name that intrigues when you first read it. Yes! this B & B, with its round log exterior walls, looks indeed like a gingerbread cottage. Two rooms are available for rentals: Their piano room and the gable room. Nestled at the edge of a forest, the house was built on a seven-acre domain. The owner, Claudine Trudel, fashioned a true peaceful haven here by creating walking trails, a Japanese pavilion, a water garden, a pond, a picnic area, a fire pit, a vegetable garden and a field filled with wildflowers!


B & B Le Bonheur (Scotstown)

A warm welcome and rooms with a country decor is what you’ll enjoy during your stay in this 1891 Victorian home located in Scotstown. A village founded by Scottish immigrants, here you’ll discover a wealth of history and beauty. Le Bonheur B & B is a wellbeing stopover where you’ll have access to massage therapy cares. Also, the owners decided to establish their Scott Tea Room inside their home. You’ll be able to savour a variety of teas accompanied by scones or shortbread cookies.


Au Domaine sous un ciel étoilé (Woburn)

Outdoor adventure enthusiasts will be happy to set their bags down in one of this B & B’s five rooms for a little while. When night falls, you must absolutely head out to admire the uncountable number of stars you can observe in the first International Dark Sky Reserve. To learn more about the celestial dome, you can visit the ASTROLab, located in the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, only a 15-minute drive from the B & B. The domain also offers a cottage and three treehouse rentals.


Les matins de Victoria, Victoria’s Mornings (Waterloo)

When Alain Choinière and Anne Gauthier decided to embark on their B & B adventure, their idea was to link two important Waterloo attractions, cycling and the town’s heritage. Therefore, they chose to welcome visitors to their ancestral home, dating back to 1870, and offer a bicycle rental service to both their guests and daily visitors. The house is located near a bike path and the Waterloo heritage circuit and guests have a choice of five rooms.

Almost everywhere in the region, you’ll find friendly hosts ready to welcome you to their B&Bs. Discover them right here.

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