by Kristin Franks
Located just 20 minutes from the Vermont Border in the U.S. and an hour from downtown Montreal, this beautifully appointed inn is set in the picturesque village of North Hatley. The quaint town of North Hatley is filled with century-old mansions, cozy bed and breakfasts, art galleries, antique shops and cafes. Most of the town’s majestic homes stem from wealthy American southerners who passed over New England and settled here for their summer retreat, ultimately giving the town its unique character. With the town’s rich history and charm you’ll never want to leave.
As the crown jewel of North Hatley, Manoir Hovey is set amongst the tall forest trees and rolling hills of Canada. Feeling like more of a private estate, there is something absolutely magical about this lakeside chateau. With its charming blend of luxury and sophistication, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Massawippi, you are sure to fall in love with this exquisite inn. Modeling George Washington’s white-pillared home in Mount Vernon, Manoir Hovey was previously built as a summer home in 1898. Still maintaining its Old World charm and luxury, this impressive inn has transformed into a world-renowned award winning escape for families, couples and travelers alike.
Featuring 41 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, guests can choose from a number of categories and sizes, from cozy rooms to luxury suites with fireplaces and lake view balconies. The inn also offers award winning dining, famous for its innovative Quebec cuisine and friendly service. A full country breakfast buffet and dinner at the Table d’Hote are included in the room rate. Lunch is also available, as well as a special seasonal menu, featuring gourmet delights and fine foods, put together by chef Roland Menard.
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- Charming and luxurious inn
- Variety of room categories from cozy rooms to luxury suites
- Spacious rooms with private balconies and fireplaces
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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Manoir Hovey offers a wide variety of accommodation options from cozy rooms to spacious luxury suites. The inn's accommodations are spread throughout the property with 14 rooms in the main manor, 14 rooms in the connected coach house, seven rooms in individual cottages, three luxury suites and one secluded cabin. Each room offers fine furniture and fabrics, nightly turndown services, bathroom amenities, bathrobes, cable TV, DVD players, twice-daily housekeeping service sand free Wi-Fi access. Rooms with private balconies, panoramic lake views and fireplaces to keep you warm in winter are also available.
The hotel offers a number of connecting rooms with multiple beds for you and the kids as well as two-bedroom suites. The Treetop Suite and Vista Suite are two-bedroom accommodations offering families spacious bedrooms with king-size beds, a living room, wood-burning fireplaces, a kitchenette, DVD players and spacious lake view porches and decks.
Adjoining the inn, the cottage on the lake is a magnificent option for those who have a large group and want a little more privacy. Sleeping up to 10 guests, the deluxe cottage boasts its own beach and a boathouse with a dock, canoes and kayaks. Inside the cottage there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen and a large living room with a fireplace. Guests can use all of the amenities and services at Manoir Hovey, although meals are not included in the nightly rate.
Unfortunately,you should be wealthy to stay at this place. My family chose to stay one night and it wasn't enough. Gorgeous setting and seems there is plenty to do. Rooms are gorgeous.
Food, which is highly touted is very good but I wold say it's not the best we had on ourtrip. It was excellent but maybe not as good as the price suggests. (To me, you always have to balance cost with what you get.
So, to me the upshot is luxurious rooms, perfect service and very good dinner. But very pricey.
This was our second visit to this hotel in the Eastern Township in Quebec. As the first visit. It was excellent. Very good food, While the hotel has been around since almost 120 years, it has been well maintain and the room are very modern. It is an excellent location to visit the other nice villages in the Eastern Township. One of our favorite destination any time of the year.
With more than 35 acres of beaches, woodland and private gardens surrounding the inn, there are a number of seasonal activities for families to choose from.
In winter, enjoy snowshoeing on the inn's private trails, ice fishing and ice-skating. There are a number of nearby attractions and activities families should take advantage of including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For skiing and snowboarding families, you can head to Sutton or Bromont for some of the best trails around. Both mountains offer a variety of terrains for all skill levels as well as a daycare and riding lessons.
If you are looking for a day away from the slopes, dog sledding is a fun and exciting activity you and your kids will love. Spend the afternoon with man's best friend exploring the great outdoors. It's an extraordinary way to embrace the tranquility of nature while trying out a great family-friendly sport; and trust me, you'll love every minute of it. If you're looking for more, another great option is a sleigh ride. Right in town, Randonnees J. Robidas offers carriage rides, horseback riding, and guided tours of North Hatley. Rides in both the winter and summer are available.
Warm Weather Activities
In warm-weathered months, the inn provides two sandy beaches and an outdoor heated pool. Situated perfectly on the shores of Lake Massawippi, families can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating and windsurfing. There are a number of hiking trails throughout the inn's grounds and the surrounding area, plus there are bikes and helmets for use.
In the nearby area, there are a number of nine-hole and 18-hole golf courses for those looking to take on the greens. Families can explore the countryside by horseback at Randonnees J. Robidas, or visit one of the many nearby museums including the Louis St. Laurent National Historic Site. If you are looking to take a stroll, the town of North Hatley boasts a number of galleries, boutique stores and pubs right on the lake.
Le Hatley Restaurant
Offering guests fine food, gourmet delights, and a high level of service and hospitality, dining at the inn is an experience in and of itself. The Table d'Hote at Le Hatley Restaurant has received the CAA four diamond award a number of years in a row, and has been noted as one of the top 10 on the list of Canada's 100 Best Restaurants. The restaurant serves only the best local and regional products, providing guests with unique Quebec cuisine and a friendly dining atmosphere. The restaurant serves only the best local and regional products, providing guests with unique Quebec cuisine and a friendly dining atmosphere.
A full country breakfast buffet and three-course dinner at the Table d'Hote are included in the room rate. A lunch menu is also available featuring a number of starter dishes, main courses and cheeses and desserts.
The three-course dinner menu offers a wide range of appetizers, main courses and dessert choices, as well as an extensive wine list with over 1,000 labels for mom and dad to choose from. Although there isn't a special menu for the kids, the restaurant is very flexible with special requests and can easily provide dinner dishes for all.
For starters the winter squash soup or smoked beef briskets are perfect. The main course menu features elegant dishes such as seared scallops and oysters, foie gras, duck with roasted mushrooms and salmon fillet with mussels and artichokes. Be sure to save room for dessert and try the callebaut chocolate pave, frozen chocolate with espresso ice cream and caramelized nuts or the three-cheese selection. The cheese cart provides an exceptional selection of raw-milk and artisanal cheese plates including the triple creme Brillat Savarin, aged chevre and Mi-Careme, the perfect dessert cheese.
For more adventurous diners, the chef offers an elaborate tasting menu, which features an ornate sample of dishes and changes seasonally. This menu is available with or without wine pairing and is available at a discounted rate for houseguests.
Le Tap Room
The Tap Room overlooks the gardens and lake and offers a more casual vibe for lunch year around and for dinner in the summer months on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi access is available in each of the rooms.
The inn offers bellmen assistance and 24-hour concierge and room service.
For those who don't want to forget their daily workout, the inn features an onsite exercise room. With treadmills, free weights and other machines this small fitness center can accommodate all types of workout regimes.
The Art of Smart Timing
For families planning to visit, Quebec's high season is from mid-June to early October. If you are looking to come in winter to experience the slopes and snow-clad landscape, you will see a drop in prices with low/mid season from early January through mid-June.
Situated just outside of Quebec's North Hatley, Manoir Hovey is approximately 20 minutes north of Vermont and about an hour east of Montreal. If you're planning to fly, the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is the closest to the inn. Passengers arriving at the Montreal Trudeau Airport can take a shuttle to the downtown Montreal area, but we would advise getting a rental car to make your trip east to Manoir Hovey.
If traveling by car best suits you, Quebec is bordered by several U.S. states and is approximately 20 minutes from the Vermont border, four hours from Boston and six hours from New York. Quebec is also a few hours from major cities such as Ottawa or Toronto.
A vehicle would be needed to explore more than the hotel during your stay.
For Mom and Dad
For some pampering and much needed relaxation, the inn features a treatment room offering massages. A nearby spa, the Nordic Station, features an outdoor Jacuzzi, saunas, massages and much more.