Sometimes I don’t feel at home at bed and breakfasts. Some spots feel like you’re at someone’s parent’s house while they’re away for the weekend. I’m always worried about breaking something or being too loud. Maybe I’m not sophisticated enough, or I’m not old enough to appreciate the home-like nature, considering the average age at many B&Bs I’ve frequented has been over 65. This was not the case the George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast. The minute Adam and I walked through the door we smelled cookies baking and owner Todd Warren was bopping around the kitchen.
Home away from home in an instant.
While on our adventure exploring the Baccalieu Trail this summer, we stayed at this gorgeous historic inn for one deliciously comfortable night in Dildo, Newfoundland. Here’s the inn thing about the George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast.
A part of Dildo’s history
I’m sure you’re giggling at the town’s name, but I talked about this in my recent Travel Maritimes article, so I’m moving on. The George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast resides in a 132-year old home atop a hill overlooking the ocean. Also known as the Lloyd George House, it served as the community’s post office for over 40 years and is a founding building in the town.
It’s one of few properties in the province with a 5-star rating from Canada Select, and they deserve it.
Staying in the Thomas Room
There are five bedrooms at the George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast, all named after notable members of the George family. All have ensuite bathrooms with plush towels and bathrobes to cozy up in, some of them even have double jacuzzis. Our suite was the Thomas Room, named after police constable Thomas George and had all the expected amenities of a hotel.
It’s all about the details at George House. Aside from the aforementioned cookies, Todd had bottle of red wine waiting for us in the room which we enjoyed watching the sunset. From reading reviews of the inn, it seems there’s always something to welcome guests to their rooms. There’s also nightly turndown service with a little tin of chocolates awaiting the evening’s occupants.
Living history in the drawing room
The decor of George House is historical, but in a super classy way. Forget the musty smell of grandma’s antique curtains — the furniture and art reflect the time period in which the home was built and give a sense of luxury.
Watching the sunset
In the front porch there was a basket of brightly-coloured knit blankets to cozy up in the lawn chairs and enjoy the Dildo views. Adam was delighted to see pairs of binoculars provided for whale watching and iceberg hunting.
There’s no photo of the gorgeous sunset because I was too busy enjoying it. You’ll have to go there yourself to see it!
Breakfast for eight at George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast
For me the best part of staying at a B&B is the second b: BREAKFAST.
The breakfast, nay breakfeast, at George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast is beyond good. We entered the dining room to a table set with fine china and guests chatting amicably. Sometimes eating at a communal table can be painful but we dined happily, consuming still-warm-from-the-oven blueberry muffins. An apron-donning Todd circulated constantly with silver tea and coffee service, and there were mimosas aplenty. The breakfast itself was mountainous: a fluffy made-to-order omelette with hashbrowns, sausages and fruit along with a massive freshly-baked croissant.
No wonder Todd has his own George House cookbook!
When we left, more fresh-baked cookies came with us. Of course.