Once upon a time (well, in 1897) in the sleepy little village of St. Andrews by-the-Sea, a prominent Nova Scotia businessman built a stunning vacation retreat for his family. Although he lived (and was highly successful) in Shanghai -- in the shipping business -- he and his family ultimately spent much time in the elegant summer “cottage” in New Brunswick, not so far from Campobello where the Roosevelts decamped to in the summer to their “modest cottages.” The home became a Mecca for artists and statesmen alike—and in fact, the property has hosted all the premiers of Canada.
Today, this exquisite home can host you, since it is currently the splendid Kingsbrae Arms, a Relais & Chateaux property (since 1998), and well deserved of its inclusion in that sorority of exceptional hotels and historic homes; moreover, the hotel has garnered countless outstanding awards. The ten rooms on the intimate property are all individually decorated, and in each you’ll feel like you are living at home, only in the home of your dreams (if you won the lottery).
Not to be missed here is a meal, if not two, in the lovely dining room. Chef Guillaume Delaune has worked and studied in Michelin-starred restaurants, including the world-renowned Le Moulin de Mougins. Daily, you’ll spot the chef in the gardens out back, hand-selecting what will be transformed into your meal a scant few hours. Notes Delaune, “Our food is about showcasing fresh Bay of Fundy bounty. It is a special moment of every day.” And so it is, just as your stay there will be beyond special. kingsbrae.com