Briarcliffe Inn was one of the most delightful and pleasant surprises on our stay at Prince Edward Island. Although really, it shouldn’t have been that surprising. It’s just that we didn’t really pay a lot of attention to what type of place we were going to stay at during the second half of our stay on the Island. We started out at Dalvay, as mentioned, and then we wanted to choose a place that was in another area of the Island which would allow us easy access to the North Cape Coastal Drive. Internet searches led us to Briarcliffe and what a lucky match!
Truthfully, we’ve come to not enjoy our stays at Bed & Breakfasts all that much. Our experiences (at least in the Northwest portion of the US) have been a little less than stellar. We’ve stayed in half a dozen or so and in each we tend to feel like we aren’t very much wanted as guests and no great pains are ever taken to make sure we’re comfortable. (While great B&Bs might very well exist in the NW, we just haven’t found them.) We’ve come to enjoy hotel stays more as a result.
If every Bed & Breakfast was run like Malcom and Carrie run their B&B, we’d never stay in anything but! Our trip at Briarcliffe Inn was, quite simply, spectacular.
Situated on 3-acres and surrounded by farm land, the Inn quietly welcomes its guests. There is a stillness and a silence about the place which lends a peaceful feeling. Once inside the establishment we found ourselves warmly welcomed by owners, Malcom and Carrie. We were shown to our room where we discovered that they had thought of absolutely everything to make their guests feel comfortable. The bathroom is well-stocked with any supply which the traveler might have forgotten. Perhaps more importantly, the beds are incredibly comfortable. After a long day of exploring the Island it was delightful to fall into sweet sleep with the windows cracked open to let in a little bit of night breeze. Here are a few of their rooms, each tastefully decorated:
As mentioned a few times, we have a resident Lucy Maud Montgomery fan in our household and it was with some delight that we discovered the history of the house upon our arrival. Briarcliffe Inn was one of the first tourist homes on Prince Edward Island. It was originally turned into a guest house by Frederica MacFarland, who was a friend of Lucy Maud. (Lucy Maud Montgomery boarded with Fredrica and her family when she taught school at the Lower Bedeque school.) It is likely that Montgomery came and visited Fredrica at her home in Briarcliffe. Finding out the history attached was thrilling good fun. You can read more about the history of the house (which also included fox farming) on the Inn’s website.
Malcom and Carrie desire to run the Inn as a farm as well, given its historic significance on the Island; they are currently working on building up the property in order to do so. At present they are raising pigs which come courtesy of Red Pine Farm run by Ranald & Melanie MacFarlane just down the road. Malcom and Carrie invite guests to help feed the pigs if they like or just watch them. (They have an electric fence which contains the pigs onto certain areas of the property.) We got a kick out of watching the pigs chase each other about one morning.
Speaking of mornings, prepare yourself for a delightful, delicious and very filling two-course breakfast at Briarcliffe Inn! The setting is welcoming and beautiful and the food came in such delicious quantities that we found ourselves satisfied and well-tided over for a late lunch in the day. Between breakfast at the Inn, a late lunch elsewhere, and a nightly snack we were well cared for.
It should be additionally noted that our visit to the Island took place before the height of tourist season and we discovered it could be difficult to find restaurants open for lunch. On our last day at the Inn we took a picnic lunch offered by Carrie. (She requests that you notify her of a request for a picnic lunch in advance.) If you are staying with them and wanting to drive off an explore the Island without having to worry about arriving at a particular place at a particular time, arrange for one of her picnics! They are just as satisfying and yummy as her breakfast.
We stayed at Briarcliffe Inn for 3 nights and would happily have stayed longer as Malcom and Carrie did such a wonderful job at making the place feel like home. We enjoyed absolutely everything about our stay there.
If it’s important for you to know, The Canada Select gave Briarcliffe Inn a 4 1⁄2 star rating. In our minds, they are a perfect 10.