Hillsdale House Inn Reviews


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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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Great place to stay.

3.8 on August 09, 2018

Clean rooms. More spacious than expected of many Victorian b and B. Helpful staff. Delicious breakfast. Air conditioner worked well in a heat wave! We will stay again .

Annapolis Royal getaway

5 on August 02, 2018

Lovely setting, beautiful rooms, friendly and helpful staff. Our stay could not have been better! Thank you!

Pleasant Overnight Stay

3.6 on July 28, 2018

Room was a little small but had everything we needed. Delicious & hearty breakfast. Quiet patio on back grounds for enjoying morning coffee.

Excellent B&B

4.6 on July 25, 2018

Beautiful historic B&B and great hospitality. Innkeeper was terrific!

A wonderful stay!

5 on July 05, 2018

Every aspect of our stay at the Hillsdale House Inn was enjoyable and memorable. Julia and her staff were friendly and helpful. The historic home and furnishings were beautiful. Our room was very comfortable and provided all that we needed. The breakfast room was elegant with the beautiful china and fresh flowers from their gardens. The homemade breakfasts were very delicious with lots of variety. Thank you so much! We enjoyed the 3 nights we were with you!


5 on July 03, 2018

Just fantastic, relaxing...we will be back!

Wonderful stay

4.2 on June 01, 2018

I highly recommend staying at the Hillsdale House Inn. The breakfasts are fabulous. The rooms have a lot of character and the inn is walking distance to the quaint town of Annapolis Royal where there are great restaurants, Fort Anne historic site (also highly recommended), and the Historic Gardens (you can buy discounted tickets through the inn). The inn staff is very friendly and make guests feel welcome.

Lovely Inn in a lovely town.

5 on October 19, 2017

The staff at the Inn were welcoming and very helpful. The choice at breakfast was very good and the staff serving table were very pleasant. The town of Annapolis Royal has lovely gardens, interesting local history, fun evening activities and good restaurants. Well worth visiting and the Inn is a lovely place to use as a base.

Nova Scotia holiday

4.8 on September 28, 2017

We stayed at the Inn as they offered a whale watching package and had a great experience with them. The rooms and food are great but the staff is exceptional and were so helpful when we needed to change travel plans and so accommodating. The stay at the Inn was on of the highlights of our trip. Highly recommended.

Charming and Serene Inn With Wonderful Service

3.8 on September 28, 2017

Our stay was lovely from start to finish. Beautiful large room with handsome historic furniture. We arrived with a flat tire. The owners were very accommodating of the large flat bed tow truck that articled to take away our vehicle. A caution to other guests who visit this area: all tire shops are closed at noon on Saturday. We didn't let the flat tire spoil our stay. The gorgeous Hillsdale House was a welcome respite. We will visit again soon.

Sherman and Sandra Hinze

5 on August 31, 2017

Very nice stay and the owners were above friendly and went out of their way to ensure we were well looked after.

Great Stay

5 on August 28, 2017

Our stay at Hillsdale House was one of our best vacations ever. Friendly service, outstanding room, excellent breakfast and wonderful surroundings.

Awesome First Time Visit

5 on July 19, 2017

After considerable online research with our plans to visit Annapolis Royal for the Wine & Roses Garden Tour at Historic Gardens, we decided on Hillsdale House for our 2 - night stay. Our room in the Carriage House (# 11) was quite spacious & conveniently located to the dining room. Breakfast service was outstanding & the wait staff very, very friendly. Loved it!!!

Beautiful atmosphere!

5 on July 12, 2017

Our stay could not have been nicer! Lovely inn.

Outstanding Accommodations, Staff, Service, Dining experience!

5 on July 10, 2017

You can't ask for or expect any better!! Wonderful from check in to check out!

One of the best inns ever!

5 on July 05, 2017

Everything about our stay was wonderful - great facility, marvelous breakfast, fun with other guests and knowledgeable, friendly and highly attentive hosts.

A beautiful place to stay

4.8 on July 02, 2017

We were warmly greeted by Val when we arrived, shown our room, and provided lots of information regarding things to do and places to see in the area. Room was quiet, comfortable and peaceful. The grounds to the place was beautiful. The home is a nice walking distance to the beautiful town of Annapolis Royal. Breakfast was superb. I definitely recommend this place to anyone.

Wonderful stay.

5 on June 28, 2017

Great location. The hosts made a dinner reservation for me and made an excellent recommendation of the graveyard tour. Delicious breakfast.

Home from home.

4.0 on June 26, 2017

We had a very enjoyable stay at Hillside House Inn. The room was great as were the breakfasts, all this in a delightful period building.

GREAT place to stay

5 on June 12, 2017

This was a wonderful B and B. The hosts are super helpful and friendly and relaxed. The breakfast was delicious and plentiful with a choice of eggs or pancakes/waffles. The location is wonderful. PERFECT. Would love to stay there again. Highly recommended.

Perfect match to the Beauty of Annapolis Royal

4.6 on June 06, 2017

Pat & Val have an exceptional touch, we've been here often, will be back often...highly recommend

Excellent place for human and canine guests

4.6 on June 05, 2017

Clean,comfortable room. Large yard for dog to run. Friendly staff. Breakfast was delicios especially the homemade muffins. Suggestion for guests staying multiple night to have more variety in breakfast entrees for example...English breakfast with asparagus, sweet potato, eggs, sausages, tea biscuits; creme brulee; omelets with cheese, spinach, scones. Loved our stay.

Beautiful and Peaceful

4.8 on October 30, 2016

Warm, hospitable, with amazing breakfast.

Very pleasant stay.

4.6 on October 26, 2016

Welcoming. Thoughtful details to facilitate personal approach to visit.

A beautiful experience!

5 on October 09, 2016

Our stay at the Hillsdale House Inn was beautiful, a welcome rest after a long day of driving. Our hosts were friendly and made us welcome. The room was gorgeous, very clean and the beds were lovely. The breakfast was to die for and the staff made us feel so pampered. Amazing value! Amazing location! Thanks so much.

Wonderful Experience - Highly Recommended

5 on September 26, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed a 2 night stay at the Hillsdale house in September 2016. Highly recommended; room was great, beautiful property and outstanding location just a short walk from everything you need in Annapolis Royal. We enjoyed the Saturday Farmer's Market and especially enjoyed the nighttime graveyard tour (this was truly outstanding). Hosts and staff were organized, helpful with good recommendation and we enjoyed meeting other guests at breakfast.

Lovely BnB in Beautiful Annapolis Royal

5 on August 27, 2016

The inn is beautiful and perfectly well kept. We loved our room. Breakfast was excellent. Best of all were the suggestions for things to do in town.

I'm already booked for next year!

4.4 on August 25, 2016

This was my first time visiting the Hillsdale House Inn and I'm already booked for next year to return. The innkeeper Val is fabulous and her staff are also so friendly and helpful. Breakfast is like dining with Martha Stewart. Thank you Val!

Hillsdale House Inn

4.4 on August 12, 2016

Our most recent stay at the Inn was our third visit over the last 10-15 years. The Inn has a great location and the owner is very good at making her guests feel comfortable, welcome and informed about the town and surrounding communities. We especially liked the options at breakfast, i.e., an egg dish made to order or the special offering of the day. It would be hard to have a better experience than we had.

Wonderful stay in Hillsdale House Inn

5 on August 06, 2016

Hillsdale House Inn is a beautifully maintained heritage property, furnished to a high standard in period furniture and lighting fixtures. We had a very spacious bedroom with a four-poster bed and beautiful period furniture; an ensuite bathroom with a wonderful free-standing bath complete with shower, and wonderful views over the garden. The breakfast, served in a beautiful dining room, was just delicious. We had the choice of sharing a table at breakfast, when we felt sociable, or just having a table for two. The inn had helped us arrange a whale-watching expedition, and advised us on the practicalities involved. The service was excellent. A superb stay in beautiful Nova Scotia.

Hills dale a house inn

4.6 on August 01, 2016

Comfortable, clean, air conditioned bedroom. Appreciated the real wine glasses. Lovely gardens and within walking distance of shops, historic site, trails. Pet friendly also

Amazing stay at Annandale house inn

5 on July 30, 2016

Traveled to Nova Scotia for a friends wedding. Stayed at Annandale House Inn for 4 nights. The stay was absolutely fantastic. The hosts Val and Paul were very accommodating. The staff was always available and helpful. The room was very clean and comfortable. Every morning the choices for breakfast served fresh and hot. Choices range between eggs and either pancakes,waffle, or French toast. Accompanied with fresh juice and coffee and homemade muffins. The inns located within walking distance to the downtown area where you can find shoppes and restaurants. Our stay was relaxing and enjoyable. Highly recommend staying here.

A wonderful stay

5 on July 26, 2016

This beautiful, and excellently maintained, heritage inn gave us a superb large, and light bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Service was attentive and friendly. Definitely worth staying with them.

Restful oasis

4.2 on July 22, 2016

Beautiful older estate, comfortable beds and good amenities, lovely dining room, walkable distance to Annapolis Royal Saturday Farmers Market, shops and great restaurants.

Idyllic refuge

4.2 on June 19, 2016

Hillsdale was wonderful - welcoming, comfortable, superb breakfast.

Restful B&B

5 on June 17, 2016

Warm professional Knowledgeable Assisting Promoting local town activities and restaurants

Outstanding visit

5 on June 13, 2016

We had a great 4 night stay at the inn. The breakfasts were so fresh and filling and the staff could not do enough for us. Would highly recommend this place to stay!

Our annual treat...

5 on May 25, 2016

We have been going to the Hillsdale House annually for over 20 years. The Inn is beautiful, the rooms are really special, and the trees were in full blossom this last weekend. Val, the owner, is always so kind and obliging, as are all her staff. Life really doesn't get more perfect than a stay at Hillsdale! We always visit the Public Gardens, eat Viennese food at Café Compose, walk the Fortress's defensive earthworks by the bay in the evening and go to the outdoor market on Saturday morning, all blissful.

Elegant Hospitality

4.4 on October 18, 2015

Lodging at Hillsdale House was very pleasant ranging from the courteous staff to the tastefully decorated room.to the delicious breakfast. We plan to revisit many times.

Annapolis Royal

4.6 on October 17, 2015

We had a lovely ground floor room and this was needed because of movement issues. The atmosphere was lovely and very friendly. The hosts gave us directions on where to eat and these were top notch. Val the owner made my basted eggs perfectly. The jams were heavenly. The home is near many worthy attractions and the Gardens were amazing. I would stay there again and hope I do.

Great B&B

3.8 on October 15, 2015

This was our first time in a B&B and we enjoyed our stay at Hillsdale House Inn. The innkeepers (sorry, can't remember the names) were very wonderful hosts. Breakfast was great. Tips: 1. We stayed in October and it was cold, so ask how the thermostat works so you can adjust the temperature in the room. 2. There are no markings for parking space, but you can park along the driveway.

Great stay in Annapolis Royal

4.8 on October 05, 2015

We spent two nights in mid September 2015 and were very pleased. Our room was comfortable and nicely decorated. The mattress on our bed was a bit on the soft side though. The only other negative for us was taking a shower in the claw foot tub......not the easiest to get out in and out of if you're an older or less agile person. The breakfasts were delicious and offered a choice. Would recommend to a friend without any hesitation.

Breakfast Menu

3.6 on October 02, 2015

Breakfast was ok but did not have the wow factor we had at other B&B's.

Nice B and B in quaint town

4.8 on October 02, 2015

Very historic house that was well kept and clean. I gave room 4 stars due to musty odor that opening window did not help. It is in a convenient location that is walkable to historic sites and town. Do not miss the award winning gardens down the road toward town. The hosts were very kind and professional. Breakfast was good and served in the lovely dining room.

Wonderful stay, wonderful staff

5 on September 29, 2015

We stayed for two nights and had a wonderful stay. Val the owner went to no end of trouble to make our visit to the area as memorable as possible. She made us feel right at home, it was difficult to leave. Her staff were lovely and so friendly, a fabulous place to stay!!

Above and beyond service!

4.0 on September 10, 2015

This is a beautifully decorated inn. Our room was very nice and comfortable. The breakfast was very good (great French toast!). The service was over and above. We left our jackets in the closet and didn't realize until we were hours away. Val made arrangements to have our jackets delivered to the hotel we would be staying at in Halifax later the following week. We were not made to feel it was inconvenience to her at all. What great service!

A convenient and delightful place to stay

3.6 on September 05, 2015

Although our room was quite small, everything about the place was delightful.

A delightful experience.

5 on August 30, 2015

Our hostess, Val, was very helpful and friendly. Our room was large and comfortable, AND our breakfast was incredibly delicious. Great stay all around. ,

Felt so at home

5 on August 28, 2015

The Hillsdale House was all and more than i expected. The staff were so very friendly and we felt like we were family. We chose to sit at the largest table at breakfast so we could meet other guests but they also had smaller tables for those who wanted privacy. The grounds were lovely and the information package in the room was very helpful.

A very enjoyable stay, with a great breakfast.

3.8 on August 21, 2015

Breakfasts were great , room was lovely , staff was very friendly and helpful. Grounds beautiful , we'd stay there next year for Paint the Town .Rae and Stella Smith.

Second stay at Hillsdale House Inn.

4.8 on August 17, 2015

It is a lovely property and Val and her staff are very friendly and helpful. Val accommodated me with a late arrival and even looked after my luggage for me for a few hours since the airline delivered it after I had checked out. Breakfast was great once again.

Outstanding Bed & Breakfast

4.0 on August 13, 2015

This was our 3rd visit to Hillsdale House and we were very pleased with our stay. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great!

Wish we could have stayed longer

5 on August 08, 2015

Stayed only one night. Excellent location. Staff amazing. Room was very comfortable. Relaxing. Highly recommend the Hillsdale. Next time will stay longer.

Beautiful Home and Wonderful Service

4.0 on August 05, 2015

We stayed two nights over the Long Weekend in Aug. 1. It was a wonderful time in the villageattending the different events as well enjoyed the historic sites and activities. The host Val (Paul was away) was great, friendly and professional. The breakfast was the best we have had in any B&B.

I hope to return sometime soon!

4.8 on June 03, 2015

This is a lovely place with all the charm, character and conveniences.

Like a home away from home only better.....

5 on June 02, 2015

Beautiful for our large gathering....

Happy Anniversary

5 on October 29, 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Hillsdale House for our 11 Anniversary. The room was great and the breakfast was wonderfully done. Looking forward to our next stay. Highly recommend.

Beautiful old inn

4.0 on October 24, 2014

Stayed two nights in a 3rd floor room with two beds. Large bathroom with clawfoot tub. Breakfast included eggs made to order and homemade bread. The historic inn is furnished with antiques. Annapolis Royal is a beautiful historic town. Go to the Farmers Market if you have a chance.


4.4 on October 21, 2014

About the best B&B we have ever stayed in. The home it self is just fantastic to see, so very well preserved. A very comfortable stay and the breakfast was delicious.

Great place to relax

4.2 on October 08, 2014

Room was very comfortable, good location, helpful staff and wonderful breakfast!

Another Memorable Experience

5 on October 04, 2014

Having been lucky enough to get married at this beautiful place my wife and I returned for an anniversary stay. Hillsdale House never fails to disappoint, from the immaculate rooms, fantastic and exceptionally friendly service to the most incredible breakfast to complete any stay. I look forward to visiting again in the future. Such an incredible experience for amazing value, definitely well worth the visit.

Outstanding stay.

5 on September 28, 2014

Outstanding in all respects.

Beautiful colonial home

4.0 on September 27, 2014

The property was spectacular. It was a short walk to the town.

Excellent place to stay in the Annapolis Royal / Digby area

4.2 on September 21, 2014

We chose the Hillsdale House Inn over the Digby Pines - we're glad that we did. This is a beautiful inn and was well suited for our needs. The rooms were nice, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was also very good.

What's not to like

4.6 on September 02, 2014

In all regards this is what a B&B should be.

Great place!

4.2 on August 31, 2014

Very nice B&B. Very friendly service, great breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us, and for your kind words. I note that you have scored your room as a 3 out of 5 and would be very interested in learning more detail about what lead you to this conclusion. Please feel free to contact us directly.

- Paul Stackhouse (Innkeeper)

A delightful place to stay

3.6 on August 28, 2014

Wonderful ambience, beautifully furnished rooms and common areas, lovely grounds, great breakfast, and delightful innkeepers and staff.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for submitting a review of our property. It sounds like you enjoyed your stay with us, which we are pleased to hear. I would however like to learn more about what lead you to score us a 3 out of 5 for Room, Value and most importantly Cleanliness. We very much pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our property, so I am concerned that you may have encountered something that we have missed. Please feel free to contact us directly.

- Paul Stackhouse (Innkeeper)

Lovely Memories With My Mum

5 on August 16, 2014

We had a wonderful mother-daughter getaway... And Hillsdale House was an important part of our wonderful memories. Mum so enjoyed a soak in the clawfoot tub, and the breakfast was blog worthy! Our hostess was so friendly and kind. Five Stars!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great comments. We are very pleased to have been able to be a part of your getaway, and hope that you plan to return again soon to do it again.

- Paul Stackhouse (Innkeeper)

Good Location. Not the greatest creature comforts.

2.8 on August 12, 2014

This Inn was clean and the location was quite convenient for walks into the town. Breakfast was always limited to eggs or one other choice but was tasty. Room furniture was dated and quite uncomfortable. There were no drinks or snacks in room or in common areas of the Inn which was highly unusual for a stay in any Inn.

Innkeeper Response
We are most disappointed to learn that this guest was not pleased with their stay at our property. The representation of our breakfast offering does seem a little unfair. We in fact offer a full hot 'made-to-order' breakfast each morning, which includes fresh baked muffins, a choice of 4 juices, fresh brewed coffee, a selection of teas, a choice of eggs any style with ham or bacon and home made Nova Scotia brown bread toast, or French Toast, Belgian Waffles or Buttermilk Pancakes (depending on the day) topped with fresh local berries and served with Nova Scotia Maple Syrup. We also try to accommodate any dietary concerns when possible. We do make coffee or tea available upon request throughout the day and evening, and we are fully licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. All of this information is included in our in-room guest directory. It is unfortunate that more information was not provided to indicate what room the guest stayed in so that we could investigate further the comment regarding our furnishing, as this is the first such comment we have received in the 9 seasons we have been operating the Inn.

- Paul Stackhouse, Innkeeper (innkeeper)

Great Stay at the Hillsdale House Inn

4.4 on August 06, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at the Hillsdale House Inn. We highly recommend this Inn to others and we'll be back!

Wonderful Stay

4.0 on August 06, 2014

Very enjoyable two days in Annapolis Royal. The owners were friendly and very helpful. They provided directions, suggestions for events and restaurants and they made reservations for us. Our room was comfortable, and the food was fantastic.


5 on July 30, 2014

Hillsdale House Inn is located on a tree lined street with many beautiful large old homes . It is one of those beautiful large old homes . The entry way to the Inn is a 'wow' with two very nice sitting rooms on either side . Our room - I believe it was room 10 but don't hold me to that - was at the back of the house , on the 2nd level , and was very well appointed and spacious . The only meal served is breakfast BUT it is a full breakfast and one that makes it easy to skip lunch . If you are visiting Annapolis Royal , this is the place to stay . Jack & Faye

Excellent B&B in a lovely location

5 on July 22, 2014

The Hillside House Inn is a high end B&B at very reasonable prices. The service was excellent, staff pleasant and the breakfast was delicious. I will definitley stay there again.

An excellent place to stay, even during a post tropical store

5 on July 11, 2014

The staff were very accommodating and especially helpful after the town and most of the province lost power to due Post Tropical Storm Arthur. Although power wasn't restored during our stay, the breakfeast cooked on the BBQ was excellent. I could not tell the difference between one cooked in the kitchen. Also the candelite laterns were nice touch to use in our rooms at night. I the end we never missed having power other then a warm shower. By the way you need to checkout out the graveyard tour at the Fort. It's very entertaining and not morbid in the slightest. My review of Nova Scotia Power however is less kind.

Comfortable room and wonderful breakfast

4.4 on July 09, 2014

We stayed two nights at the Hillsdale House and were very pleased. The service was friendly and breakfast delicious. After the second night we had to leave early to catch the ferry to New Brunswick and we were given a sack breakfast to take with us. Thanks so much!

Very Nice Historic Inn

3.8 on June 27, 2014

This is a beautifully maintained historic inn. Rooms are very comfortable and tastefully decorated. Extensive grounds are well maintained and a delightful spot to spend a few hours reading or relaxing in the shade. Staff was helpful and friendly. While far more enjoyable than a modern hotel, be aware that this is not your typical B&B experience. The breakfast room has many separate tables, so different parties rarely sat together and had little interaction. For us, meeting other travelers is one of the reasons we choose to stay at B&Bs, and we missed that experience at Hillsdale. Breakfast itself was good, but a bit unimaginative by B&B standards. Overall a very nice place, and we definitely would stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your comments and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are sorry to hear that our dining room and breakfast menu did not meet with your expectations. Our inn has 13 guest rooms and is classed as a Bed & Breakfast Inn; with that in mind we have arranged the seating in our dining room to accommodate both the Inn traveller and the Bed & Breakfast traveller. We provide several tables that accommodate up to 6 guests for those that choose to interact with other guests and then smaller tables for 2 for those travellers wishing to experience a more intimate setting. Our breakfast menu starts each morning with fresh baked muffins and two made to order options. Each morning we offer homemade Nova Scotia brown bread toast, eggs any style that you choose, Ham or Bacon. In addition we provide an alternative option that may consist of Belgium Waffles, Orange French Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes or another seasonal options. We feel that providing guests with an option is an important component of our service.

- Val Stackhouse (innkeeper)

Enjoyed our stay at Hillsdale House Inn

5 on June 13, 2014

My husband and I came to Annapolis Royal to golf. Staying overnight at the Hillsdale House Inn was a very pleasant experience. Our room had beautiful old world charm but included a modern t.v. The breakfast, which was served in a lovely dining room, was delicious. The owners and housekeeper were a pleasure to deal with. I would definitely recommend this B & B to anyone.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for taking the time to share your impression of our Inn with others. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope you will return sometime soon.

- Paul (Innkeeper)

Amazing place to stay!

5 on May 28, 2014

Such a great place to stay! A great deal and the service is amazing. So clean and the breakfast was delicious. Homemade warm muffin in the morning made the stay. The room was very romantic and the soaker tub was a huge bonus. Will be going back for sure!

Innkeeper Response
Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you plan to return. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments.

- Paul (Innkeeper)

Historic and wonderful B & B

5 on May 27, 2014

Stay included the Stuart MacLean show at the King's Theatre. It was a terrific value and a great show. The hosts were most helpful in offering to make dinner reservations in order for guests to make the showtime of 7:00 pm. Breakfast was excellent as always. Highly recommend the Hillsdale House Inn.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed your experience and hope to have you back with us very soon.

- Paul (Innkeeper)

A delightful stay with wonderful hosts!

4.6 on October 25, 2013

We stayed only one night at the Hillsdale House Inn, but we would have loved to stay longer! Val and Paul greeted us with friendliness and warmth, despite the fact we arrived on Thanksgiving in the middle of their preparations for a family gathering. Our room and washroom were both spotless, and included complimentary amenities. The location was excellent, within walking distance to restaurants and attractions. A wonderful experience overall and definitely worth a return stay.

everything i hoped it would be!

4.6 on October 07, 2013

Everything about the two nights at Hillsdale House was first rate. The innkeepers were friendly, helped with a medical problem, arranged for a wonderful whale watching trip and were perfect hosts! I could not have asked for more1

David from Las Vegas

5 on October 07, 2013

Stayed only one night, wish it was longer. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and beautifully decorated. Breakfast was delicious and elegantly served. Paul was most helpful in helping us choose what became the best meal of our trip.

Beautiful House

4.4 on October 07, 2013

Hilsdale House is a Beautiful property located in the pleasant town of Annapolis Royal. The house is perfectly maintained with expansive garden just minutes walk from the Rose Gardens and restaurants and shops. The rooms are comfortable (loved the bath) and nicely decorated and breakfast was served in a formal dining room with 8 of us around a table, which made for some very interesting conversation. My only two caveats were the softness on the matress and the a/c closing off the bedroom window which made it necessary to cool the room when opening the window would have sufficed ... Lovely property in a lovely location.

Wish we had more time

5 on October 07, 2013

We only booked one night in Annapolis Royal and wished we had booked at least 2. The town is charming and very easy to walk. We enjoyed the Saturday market and checking out the water front along the paths at Fort Anne. The room at the Hillsdale house was beautiful and quiet. We had our one year old daughter with us and they were very accommodating. Breakfast was probably the best of our week long Tay in Nova Scotia, the muffins were delicious. I would highly recommend a stay here.

lovely time

4.8 on October 01, 2013

We stayed two nights in mid-Sept. The house was in a terrific location to explore the public gardens, the fort and town. We were given dining suggestions that were right on! Our room was spacious and comfy. The breakfast room was complete with English china and silver and each guest was offered a choice of two delicious selections, as well as homemade muffins. The ladies working the kitchen were especially friendly. I would recommend staying here if you are planning a trip to the area.

Historic Bed & Breakfast

4.0 on September 27, 2013

We found this B&B on line before we went on our first trip to the Maritimes. It certainly lived up to all of our expectations and more. It was within walking distance to town and points of interest. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Sheila & John - Victoria BC

Would highly recommend this gem!

5 on September 22, 2013

Stayed only one night - great place and CLEAN!

A pleasure to stay here.

4.6 on September 04, 2013

Especially enjoyed relaxing on the porch with a glass of wine and hostess Wanda's company. Breakfasts were superb.

History is alive and well here

3.4 on August 26, 2013

The Inn was as beautiful as its pictures. Our hosts and their staff went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful. The nicest surprise was the town itself. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

Super b & b

4.0 on August 26, 2013

Excellent choix, belle maison, super petit déjeuner

Wonderful Visit to Louisbourgh

5 on August 25, 2013

Hillsdale House Inn is absolutely wonderful and we really enjoyed our two days. A great location for walking around Annapolis Royal. The grounds are well landscaped and offered a great place to meet others, and sit and have a glass of wine before going to dinner. Our room was nicely furnished and the bed was very comfortable. The staff were attentive and friendly; Val provided great recommendations for dinner, and breakfast at the Inn was much more than we expected. We would highly recommend the Hillsdale House Inn.

2 days at Hillsdale

5 on August 25, 2013

Back again to Hillsdale House for a two night stay. We really enjoyed our stay last year and will continue to come to this outstanding inn.

Wonderful Hospitality at the Hillsdale House Inn!

5 on August 19, 2013

Hillsdale House Inn is a wonderful place to stay! My husband, grandson and I enjoyed this beautiful home and the very warm welcome from Val and Paul. Our room was beautifully decorated (and recently renovated), the bed was very comfortable, and the amenities in the room were a nice addition. Breakfast was delicious and the service was excellent. Val gave us a lot of suggestions for things to do and places to eat. She also gave us an early breakfast on our last day so we could make the ferry on time. When we inadvertently left two of our grandson’s jackets she was kind enough to mail them to us! Annapolis Royal is a town steeped in history and a most interesting place to visit. However the hospitality at the Hillsdale House is what made our visit to the town such a special and memorable one!

My stay at Hillsdale House Inn

4.6 on August 17, 2013

I had a wonderful stay. It was my first experience with a Bed & Breakfast and it is one that I will cherish and never forget. I would definitely come back if I ever have a chance.

Lovely Inn

3.4 on August 17, 2013

Lovely inn. Particularly liked the dining room. Friendly and professional staff.

Historic charm

5 on August 13, 2013

This is the second time we have stayed at Hillsdale House while visiting Annapolis Royal, and both times we have found it absolutely wonderful. The rooms are comfortable and beautifully furnished, the breakfasts terrific (fresh local blueberries and home-baked muffins when we were there), and the ambiance green and peaceful. The backyard has plenty of Adirondack chairs for sitting around in; the last morning we were there, I saw a doe and her fawn grazing right on the grounds. We'll stay there again if we get the chance.


4.8 on August 10, 2013

Visiting our air cadet & were happy there was a room for us on a busy weekend

great place

4.6 on August 08, 2013

thank you for a wonderful stay

Wonderful stay!

5 on July 29, 2013

Our three night stay in July 2013 was our second time at Hillsdale House. It is a beautifully maintained Victorian era home situated on a lovely property right in the heart of Annapolis Royal. Rooms are clean, comfortable, and air-conditioned. Breakfasts are delicious. Staff are friendly and efficient. Thanks again, Val. We really enjoyed our stay. Will be back again next year! Rod and Joanne


4.8 on July 27, 2013

Loved our stay. Antique decor, well done. Very clean, curtious and helpful staff. Breakfast was lovely and delicious. Would recommend this B & B, very highly. 4.5 star.

Pleasant stay in Annapolis Royal

5 on July 23, 2013

We were very impressed with the beautiful room and lovely accommodations. The inn is large and clean and nicely furnished. The breakfasts were fantastic with enough food to require only a light lunch. The service was excellent and we were grateful for the information provided on the Candlelight Historic Graveyard tour.

Historic B&B

4.6 on July 23, 2013

The Hillsdale Inn was an excellent place for us to stay. Our hosts were very warm and welcoming, the breakfast was excellent and the staff very friendly.

Great place to stay!

5 on July 20, 2013

This was our first bed and breakfast and it was our best experience. We will definitely stay again.

A great escape

3.8 on July 15, 2013

Breakfast was great. Mattress was extra firm. Service was great.

Beautifiul Setting

3.8 on July 13, 2013

Breakfast is outstanding!!! Staff is friendly and accomodating. We enjoyed our short stay and Annaopolis Royal is a beautiful setting for this lovely B&B.

Innkeeper Response
We very much appreciate the guest taking the time to provide a review. We are a little confused that comments do not appear to be reflected on the overall rating. We are particularly concerned about the rating for cleanliness and hope that you will contact us directly to provide specific feedback, as we take great pride in the cleanliness of our property.

- Paul Stackhouse (Owner/Operator)

Excellent accommodations

4.2 on July 09, 2013

First time at Bed and Breakfast. Would definitely stay again if have the opportunity. The owners were very friendly and it was a great first time experience.

Grand Tour of Nova Scotia

4.4 on July 02, 2013

We stayed at Hillsdale House for three nights as part of a two week tour of Nova Scotia and prince Edward Island. Beautiful house and grounds in a marvellous town. Friendly, helpful owners and staff. Excellent breakfast. George V's bed was a little small and uncomfortable. We can certainly recommend it and would happily stay there again

The Graveyard

5 on June 30, 2013

A wonderful experience at this old mansion. We stayed in the top floor of this house and enjoyed the surroundings and view and the quiet. Interesting grounds to wander and the town is a nice attraction too. We have stayed at other B & B's and the breakfast at this one was good. Given the size of the place which I believe houses 17 guests, it is not as intimate as some of the others we have stayed at. This is a positive and a negative as some people are not " morning people" so there is no need to be social when you dont feel like it. But the option is there to sit at a group table if you wish. One of the highlights of our stay was the Graveyard Tour which started at 9:30 and went to around 11:00. This took place just down the road and is not to be missed. A fascinating collection of stories and background on the Acadians was provided by the leader...an Acadian himself who was well versed in all aspects of history. We also had supper at a great place as well. Compose Restaurant offered a good selection of options to chose from.

Great place

4.2 on June 29, 2013

Its perfect for the location and for the site.. Definitely will go back

A Good Nights Sleep

4.0 on June 27, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this beautiful inn.Super comfortable Kingsize bed and very quiet.Lovely grounds

Charming and Comfortable

4.2 on June 24, 2013

We had an airy spacious bedroom with a king-size bed and a small but adequate bathroom with a shower; no space for a tub. The fresh air from open windows made the summer night comfortable for sleeping. The high ceilings and furnishings of the house contribute to its charm. Breakfast was delicious and the hospitality of the staff made us feel quite at home.


4.4 on June 20, 2013

Hillsdale house is a warm, friendly place to stay. All who work here take the time to talk to you and help you whenever it is needed. From the owners to the support staff, all are lovely people. The rooms are clean and tidy and have all you need for your visit. You can't go wrong staying here!

Charming spot

5 on June 17, 2013

Rooms are beautifully appointed, prices are reasonable and the breakfast outstanding.

Great bed and breakfast with tons of character

5 on June 14, 2013

Charming town and wonderful huge house where the B&B is located. Good breakfast with great service. The next morning the owners were Even nice enough to pack us a breakfast because we had to check Out early.

Great place to stay in Annapolis Royal. Beautiful back yard

4.6 on June 13, 2013

It was a very rainy weekend in Annapolis Royal, but the atmosphere & service at the Hillsdale Inn was great. I would highly recommend this as a destination.

Gorgeous & grand property, accommodating & easygoing hosts

4.4 on May 23, 2013

The thing about Hillsdale is that while the property is quite grand and formal-looking -- a huge Victorian house, surrounded by a vast lawn -- you can actually feel comfortable and at home. Breakfast was very nice each morning, and included in our rate, which made it a genuine bargain, too. Loved being walking distance (practically next door) to the Annapolis Royal gardens. The hosts were super-nice to our kids. Highly recommended.

An honour to stay

5 on May 20, 2013

One of Nova Scotia's treasures - Hillsdale House Inn is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast with caring friendly staff and outstanding accomodations. I look forward to my next visit to this Inn.

heavenly divine

5 on May 11, 2013

We wanted to go away for the weekend and we found about this bed and breakfast in the valley,it was just for one night,to get away from the city.We had a really nice stay,and the service was excellent,the breakfast was lovely,and the views were spectacular. The owners were really friendly,and very hospitable,they made it like it was your home.We will be going back,and recommend the Hillside Inn as your next stay.

Charming and elegant

4.4 on October 08, 2012

Each room is beautifully appointed. Our room had twin beds and an area for sitting which was very comfortable. The bathroom was heavenly with a claw foot bathtub. And the breakfasts were so delicious! All in all our two nights at Hillsdale House Inn exceeded our expectations.

Very Pleasant

3.8 on October 06, 2012

The Inn offered a very clean room, everything was as described on their website. The breakfast was prompt and well prepared. I would thouroughly recommnend this Inn.

A Treat in Annapolis Royal

5 on September 24, 2012

An elegant and very comfortable Victorian inn. The staff is extremely friendly -- but not intrusive. The breakfast was one of the best! The inn is ideally located near to the historic gardens and to Fort Anne. A place to return to.

Room 9

3.2 on September 20, 2012

This is a beautiful place. The staff are wonderful and the breakfast is very good. However, this is one of the smaller rooms and very cramped. However, it is the cheapest room. My rating is of the mattress in this room. It was the worst mattress my husband and I stayed in during our weeklong trip to Canada and we stayed in more modest and cheaper places. The mattress was like a trampoline., very soft, squishy and you could feel every move each other made. We clung to the sides to keep from rolling into each other. I suggest it be replaced.

Innkeeper Response
We are most disappointed to learn that these guests found the bed to be uncomfortable. When it comes to mattress comfort preferences very and we have in fact had other guests comment that they slept very comfortably in this room, some of whom are repeat guests who choose Room 9 specifically. With regard to the room size, the reservation was made through our online reservation system where we do indicate that it is a smaller room. It is also one of our two lowest priced rooms taking into account the size. The room does however offer all of the same amenities as other rooms in the Inn.

- Paul Stackhouse (Innkeeper)

Too short!

4.6 on September 11, 2012

Booked our stay based on Trip Advisor's reviews and was not disappointed. We only wished that we had time to stay for another day and will definitely return on our next trip. Breakfast was fabulous, buttermilk blueberry pancakes and wonderful muffins. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Pat British Columbia

Fantastic Bed and Breakfast

5 on August 29, 2012

We are extremely happy with our stay at the Hillsdale House Inn. The room was beautiful, clean and wonderfully decorated. The breakfast selection was excellent, and we would have to say the best we've ever had at a bed and breakfast. We will definately stay here again in the future.


4.4 on August 13, 2012

We would not hesitate to recommend the Hillsdale Inn, and we would stay here again. The hosts were very helpful, our room was clean and comfortable, and the breakfast was incredible!

Hillsdale House

4.0 on August 09, 2012

Beautiful house, excellent room., attentive service. Breakfast was not exciting but the stay was very pleasant. We were given good advice about places to have dinner, and they were marked on a map for us.

Wonderful package and experience!

5 on August 01, 2012

Wonderful time! Room was upgraded free of charge, food was delicious and our hosts were welcome, kind and extremely accommodating! I'd gladly go back!

Good stay

4.0 on July 30, 2012

Nice room, though small but had air conditioning. Lovely garden setting.

An unexpected treasure!

4.8 on September 29, 2011

We were thrilled with this mansion, and the town of Annapolis Royal. Our hostess put us on to a nice restaurant, a musical special at the theater, and a fantastic graveyard tour. I liked the way breakfast was done - a choice of time, and a printed menu to choose from.

Fabulous Historic House in wonderful destination

3.4 on September 06, 2011

We loved this experience. The Inn was wonderfully cared for. The breakfast was exceptional. The furnishings throughout were thoughtful. Perfectly located within walking distance of all there is to see and do in the town. The challenge here is where to eat dinner? The Inn has a cross-promotion with Garrison House..but their food was seriously unsatisfactory and the service was beyond bizarre.

Innkeeper Response
It is disappointing and surprising to learn that these guests did not enjoy their experience at the Garrison House which affected their rating of our property. Previous reviews on this restaurant from other guests have been quite positive.

- Paul Stackhouse (Innkeeper)

Beautiful Inn and gracious hosts!

5 on July 18, 2011

Our whole stay was rain, so we were grateful to be staying in such a lovely inn. Our hosts were so helpful and we wouldn't hesitate to come back, especially to see Annapolis Royal in the sun and walk the gardens! Sarah and William Lacroix

Make sure you schedule the time to enjoy the Inn and area

4.2 on June 26, 2011

I stayed at the Inn for an over night "stop over" due to my time restrictions. I wish I had taken the time to relax and enjoy all that this excellent Inn and the Annapolis Royal area had to offer. I plan to be back.

Innkeeper Response
It should be noted that we only provide breakfast service in our Dining Room and we do not operate a restaurant for other meal service. There are however several very good restaurants within walking distance of the Inn.

- Paul Stackhouse (Innkeeper)

A fine ambassor for Annapolis Royal

3.8 on June 15, 2011

We picked this place from the NS tourist guide and (because it was late in the day) we got the last room (in the attic and hence the 'met my expectations' for the room). But what a great choice of B&B this was! Attentive hosts in a lovely house in a lovely town. We strongly recommend it.

That feel of being pampered

5 on June 15, 2011

I was one of a Theater group(G&S) performing in Annapolis Royal. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time at the Inn but next yr will book for a longer stay. Was a fabulous Inn and the breakfast was heavenly! Slept like a baby in that wonderful queen size bed. And the staff were welcoming and accomadating. Made u feel like u were coming home but in much grander surroundings. Have recommended it to others in our theater group for next yr and some friends who are travelling that way. Enjoyed thouroughly.

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5 on June 15, 2011

hillsdale house was a gem. a beautiful home run by gracious and friendly hosts. the setting of the house is very special with sprawling lawns and multiple gardens. the breakfasts were outstanding with fresh baked goods amongst the treats. would go back in an instant.

excellent choice

5 on November 15, 2010

we decided to stay at the Hillsdale House and were extremely impressed with the hospitaltiy. Paul and Val are wonderful hosts and would recommend all people to stay here when the opportunity presents its self :)

Hillsdale in August

4.0 on November 02, 2010

Hillsdale House Inn is a charming place, bringing you back in time to the 1800's. The service was friendly, the breakfast was excellent in the most beautiful dining room. The property was huge, with nice outdoor seating if you wanted to. It was located on the main street, so easy walking to many places. The bathroom was huge and the room a good size. My only negative comment is the bed was too hard. I wouldn't think anything of it except someone else said the same thing in the morning. I would go back there if I had the chance.

The nicest B&B you will ever stay in

4.4 on October 25, 2010

Roomy, beautiful and comfortable room, gracious hosts, excellent breakfast and perfect location on quiet street within walking distance of town. You can't do better in Annapolis Royal or anywhere in NS in our experience.

Hillsdale 2010

5 on October 19, 2010

Beautiful home, wonderful hosts, good food, comfortable rooms! The midnight graveyard storytelling tour down the street from here was awesome! The guide for this adventure was superb, the cost was $7 which goes to the historical preservation fund. The stories, history, and adventure were worth the wind and the cold (October and stormy!).

A step back in time.

4.0 on October 12, 2010

A very beautiful house with wonderful rooms. The owners were very helpful and nice. Even packed a breakfast for us as we had to be at the boat to Saint John at 8 am.

Wonderful place to stay.

4.0 on October 04, 2010

Great rooms and wonderful breakfasts, very accommodating about dietary requirements

A great spot to rest your head for a couple of nights while exploring Nova Scotia

4.4 on September 27, 2010

We had a wonderful couple of days in Annapolis Royal and the folks at Hillsdale House were terrific. Loved the Grand Pre heritage site and had a mouth watering lunch at the winery. The inn was charming and comfortable and we would highly recommend it to anyone!

A pleasant night in Annapolis Royal

4.2 on September 27, 2010

Staff were very helpful. We had computer problems so we needed to use the Inn's computer and they even printed off a hiking trail map for us. Breakfast was outstanding, the eggs perfectly cooked.

A great Bed & Breakfast

4.8 on September 23, 2010

Host made us feel at home at once. Great room, faboulous breakfast in elegant surroundings. Will return.

Warm welcome

3.8 on September 23, 2010

Paul and Val are both friendly and helpful. Having a notebook available full of local restaurants and their menus is a stroke of genius. Breakfast is outstanding with tables close enough to converse with other visitors and exchange travel experiences.

Beautiful inn, excellent service

5 on September 23, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Hillsdale House Inn for one night in September, 2010. Paul and Val were extremely welcoming and attentive to our needs. Without us even needing to ask, Paul informed us of the town's best restaurants and informed us of events and attractions that we might be interested in. As the Inn was not busy on the night we stayed there, Paul even upgraded us to a larger room (again, without us asking). The Hillsdale House is a beautiful inn, and the owners' attention to detail and customer service is excellent. Highly recommended.

Equal to a five star Eurpean hotel

5 on September 23, 2010

We so enjoyed our one night stay we returned a week later going out of our way on our tour of Nova Scotia. The decor and period furnishing were world class, the bedrooms roomy and quiet, and the breakfasts first rate. Also, its location convenient to the town with its historic fort and other attractions.

Annapolis Royal Charming B&B

3.6 on September 14, 2010

A great location for a visit to Annapolis Royal; convenient to restaurants and Fort Anne and we really appreciated the recommendation to take the VERY INFORMATIVE candlelight graveyard tour given by Alan Melanson. This B&B can accommodate 3 persons in some of their rooms.

Great Place to Stay

4.8 on September 13, 2010

Great location, beautiful house and porch and yard, classy usable common rooms, helpful advice, excellent food. Everything you could want in a neat historic town! I highly recommend it! RB, Rochester, NY, US


4.0 on September 12, 2010

Spent 2 nights in August at this wonderful Inn. The delicious breakfasts, wonderful hosts Val & Paul and beautiful rooms made our stay at Hillsdale House the best of our 12 day vacation in Nova Scotia.

Family from UK

4.0 on September 11, 2010

We spent 3 nights in Hillsdale House Inn, and everything exceeded our expectations. The breakfasts were delicious. We really enjoyed our stay

Great B&B

4.8 on September 05, 2010

Hosts were great. They had lots of information about things to see and do in the area. Breakfast was excellent. House and rooms are very comfortable.

excellent value exceptional quality

4.4 on September 04, 2010

friendly service, quality accomodations and value priced!!

Excellent place in a beautiful town!

5 on August 11, 2010

Very comfortable B&B, delicious breakfast and helpful staff. Beautiful grounds and within walking distance of the gardens and sites of Annapolis Royal.

Best Value in a B&B

5 on August 04, 2010

This house is lovely, the grounds beautiful, rooms are comfortable, the staff friendly and helpful. There was a choice of breakfast and the food delicious.

Hillsdale, a lovely inn

4.6 on October 14, 2009

We scheduled a one night stay to fit our vacation itinerary, with minimal expectations. The Inn proved to be lovely. The hosts/staff were so gracious. Their recommendations of where to visit and eat were perfect. Breakfast was sumptuous, with excellent coffee! We shared a large table with 2 other couples, which made it very enjoyable. We had the smallest/cheapest room, which proved to be very adequate. We would have enjoyed another night here!

Hillsdale House Inn


  • Nightly Rate $CAD 89 - $CAD 169
  • Reviews (156) 4.5
  • Rooms 13
  • Accepts Gift Cards

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  • Phone 1-9025322345
  • Fax 1-9025320752
  • Toll free 1-8778392821
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