We stayed 4 nights at Big Hill Retreat in the “Log Cabin” from September 11 to September 15 2011. Big Hill Retreat is a pet friendly accommodation. We had our cats with us and they both enjoyed the view of the highlands and couldn’t get enough of chasing each other up and down the stairs. There is enough space to sleep 8 people, with one closed bedroom on the main floor with a regular double bed and 3 futons upstairs.
There is a TV upstairs equipped with a VCR and a DVD player; we used it to watch our purchased VHS tape at the Fortress of Louisbourg and it was a nice way to end our day. There is also a cd / radio unit in the main room downstairs. We listened to our cds’ in the evenings and to the radio in the mornings.
I enjoyed having a warm bath on the first night: a bathtub is a definite bonus for me. We lit a fire in the wood stove the first night only; we had sun and warm summer temperatures for the whole stay! Equipped with a regular sized fridge and stove, the kitchen had everything we needed. We played a couple of games of Scrabble. There was also a game of Canasta: maybe next time we will try it out.
We slept so well in the fresh clean and soft bed. It is a very peaceful and secluded place surrounded by trees. Every morning, Zoe, one of the owner’s dogs, came to visit and say hello. Our first morning we decided to go out and take a look at the A-Cabin and she walked with us. The A-Cabin is the most secluded and very small; if it was our only choice next time, we could definitely fit our little family.
It was interesting to read all the praising comments in the guestbook dating back many years by tourists from the United States and all over the world. Big Hill Retreat in Baddeck might have been a well kept secret for years but it won’t be for long! If you like nature, animals, gardens, ponds and birds, this centrally located haven is a place you will look forward coming to every evening while you visit Cape-Breton Island.
The owners, Linda and Terry gave us such a warm welcome. Linda has a pottery studio on site with a very impressive collection. Terry is a carpenter and was working on adding an extension to the studio the day we left. Our stay was too short and we will definitely plan to go sometime this fall and / or this winter.
You might want to bring your own towel and facecloth. You definitely need to bring your hairdryer if you need one. We always like to bring extra blankets for us and for the cats: we use them to cover chairs, beds and sofas. Keep in mind they are cabins and not luxurious country cottages with plush sofas and fancy decoration: if that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. We hope this review was helpful to plan your trip to Cape-Breton Island. Visiting the island, prepare yourself to say OMG and WOW a million times!