DesBarres Manor Inn – Guysborough

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The DesBarres Manor ( is a grand early 19th century inn located in Guysborough.  Historic, luxurious and comfortable, it is the crown jewel of Authentic Sea Coast’s (@AuthenticCoast) family of attractions, which are all in a two block radius, including the Rare Bird (brew) Pub and Skipping Stone Cafe featuring Full Steam Coffee, kayaking and Harbour Belle Bakery. 


Set in a historic home from 1837, DesBarres is best described as stately and welcoming.  Throughout the inn you’ll find original artwork and antiques, high ceilings, draped staircases and intoxicating scents. There is a dining area filled with chandilliers and antique cutlery and a comfortable parlour room where you can socialize with other guests, play a game on their oversized backgammon board or enjoy a Rare Bird Ale at the bar.

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Just off the dining room, you’ll find a huge wrap-around deck and gazebo.  At night, the area is softly lit with pixi lights.  @DrewMooreNS and I spent a whole afternoon under the gazebo during a rainstorm, curled up with books, laptops, wine and dark chocolate.


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Each guest room is unique, but consistent in their luxury.  We stayed in the Wolfe Room on the second floor.  The room had a king-sized bed with a beautiful solid wood headboard and marble topped posts.  It also has a sizeable sitting area with an overstuffed sofa and large red chairs.  As if that wasn’t enough space, the bathrooms are extra large with clean white furnishings, a deep tub, great water pressure and lots of toiletries (4 bottles each of mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer, a vanity kit, sewing kit and shower caps).


The Inn prepares a four course dinner each night.  Dinner is included with some of the room packages, or you can add it onto your stay.  You can read more about dinner at DesBarres Manor Inn here.  Every room night comes with breakfast, an adventure in taste all it’s own.  We had light, fluffy frittatas, smokey bacon, stewed blueberries, toast, juice, and home roasted and brewed coffee.


DesBarres Manor Inn is open year round.  We were there in September but this recent cold weather has me dreaming of the warm beds, comfortable sitting area and knock-out menus.  It would make for a great winter escape, or a Valentine’s Day treat for your special someone.


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Welcome fellow adventurers, explorers, foodies, knaves and those of questionable repute to The Local Traveler. This blog is dedicated to discovering the best parts of travel – craft beer, local wine, adventure, unique cuisine, and hidden gems. In December 2010, we were inspired to start this blog for two reasons. First of all, after listening to a radio story about the top environmental offenders in travel, we decided to find ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint. Secondly, we found ourselves in a position where we were flat broke but still had a huge desire to travel and explore So, we began investigating all the attractions accessible by car, bike, foot, and train. We learned to find adventure every day – at home, close to home, and much further afoot. We believe that travel is less about the destination and more about the journey. You don’t have to go far to find an adventure, sometimes the best experiences can be found right in your backyard.