|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Private entrance and parking. Complimentary red or white wine with room plus locally roasted, freshly ground morning coffee.
One minute to Restaurants and many village shops. Art Galleries, Artisan shops, Studios and Grocery.
Free Wifi, and a library of wine videos in your room. (Sideways, BottleShock, Mondovino etc.)
A tour of the cellars and vineyard with a wine tasting is included with your room.
There is private parking and entrance, outdoor deck, BBQ and outdoor seating and tables.
Your room is a comfortable and air conditioned with oak trim, queen bed and slate floor infloor heat... all overlooking the vineyard and tidal valley of Bear River.
Explore the shore or visit the down home or high-end gift shops in the village. There are three restaurants, 2 gas stations, grocery and post office located in our memorable and very photogenic 'Tidal Village on Stilts'.
Watch the changing tides, bask in the vineyard sunshine and enjoy the wine and genuine hospitality!
Stay in our winery guestroom and enjoy the vineyard and wildlife on Tidal Bear River. Our river is connected to The Bay of Fundy with the highest tides in North America!
Peggy and I have been operating Bear River Winery since 2004. I am the winemaker and vineyard builder and Peggy manages the sales and shop. Together we work in the vineyard, garden and winecellars.
Peggy was an art instructor at U Mass., and technical drafting and interior designer for several architectural firms in the USA. I was an antique dealer here in Nova Scotia for 42 years. I finished a second degree at Acadia University in Wolfville Nova Scotia when I was 50.
Our winery development is a satisfaction for us both. It was a gentle learning curve.. 22 years of not rushing it. We focussed on the vineyard for the first decade and opened the winery in 2004 when we had proved that we could grow the familiar European grapes that most people recognize: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and this year... Merlot.
After 22 years operating a growing winery business, the seasons, vineyard and winery develop a rythm that visitors enjoy as well. We both come from a scottish heritage of homecooking, self reliance and hospitality. We created our environment and our business with an eye to the conservation of natural and environmental resources and responsible winegrowing.
Chris or Peggy Hawes, owners, winemakers and hosts. purchased this chateau / country house in 1988
Our vineyard is a famous historical vineyard site with vines first planted here in 1611. The sunshine and the steep south slope are typical of the best vineyards around the world.
Great hospitality and tours every day.
Solar powered winery with a guestroom.
Explore the cellars and vineyards.
Walk the path along the tidal river at the foot of the vineyard.
Outdoor barbecue and table.
Microwave and fridge.
Complimentary bottle of wine.
My husband and I were looking for a lovely get-away to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we found it in Bear River, Nova Scotia. The Bear River Winery was fantastic. It was easy to find, convenient to the highway and full of charm. Our host and hostess were very warm and generous. They gave us a private tour, a bottle of wine, and made us feel welcome to explore the vineyard, which includes a secluded cabin by the river, perfect for watching the tide rise and fall and the sun set. The accommodations include a microwave, refrigerator and a table with a view if you choose to eat in. The village is two minutes down the road where Myrtle and Rosie's will take good care of you and serve up a first class breakfast. Bear River is a tidal village so you can experience the extremes of the Bay of Fundy tides. Digby is a few minutes away with plenty of shopping and places to dine. We loved our stay and plan to return.
We stayed at Bear River Winery during post-tropical storm Arthur. Our hosts Chris and Peg couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, checking that we were okay, offering blankets and food, keeping us updated and generally offering their assistance. The Winery and accommodation has solar power and a diesel generator, so we were fortunate to have working utilities and hot water when many others in the province did not. We also had great wine, and lots of it, close to hand! Along with gracious hosts and award winning wine, the accommodation was private, cosy and clean. Not only were we welcomed but most importantly our dog was too. We were made to feel very at ease and more like guests than customers. We had free-run of this hill-side property, with its picturesque vineyards, woodland and quaint off-the-grid river-side cottage. We would thoroughly recommend this property and look forward to a return stay.
Chris and Peggy provide a unique experience to be enjoyed thoroughly. The facility has been developed with repurposed materials...from the solar panels to the vats and casks used for wine production. The vinyard is a pleasure to walk through and the peaches were delicious. The cottage on Bear River is well worth the walk and is a marvelous retreat. Two nights were not enough! The bedroom and bath were immaculate. A grand place to sit back and unwind. A short drive to Digby or to Bear River. Fundy Cafe in Digby served great scallops with a harbor view. Make certain you keep your camera at the ready...twice we encountered a red fox. Enjoy the serenity of Bear River Winery.
My husband and I recently spent a week at the Bear River suite, and we enthusiastically recommend a stay here for anyone considering traveling to Nova Scotia. The suite is private, has stupendous views of the vineyard, is immaculate, and everything appears brand-new. The wine, we believe, is the best in the area (unless you like super sugary dessert wines), and the hosts are both friendly and helpful in making area recommendations. The village of Bear River itself is a great location; it feels remote and rural (everyone at the local cafes know each other), yet is also near the towns of Digby and Annapolis Royal, as well as the French Shore. This is a great place to stay if you want to live out a bucolic fantasy and avoid cliché touristy areas yet still be near attractions. The vineyard itself reveals its secrets with each day that passes, so we would recommend staying as many days as possible. At first the vineyard appears as one gorgeous vista, but further exploration of the farm will allow guests to become familiar with the small parts that make up the whole: the frog pond, peach trees, berry bushes etc. Additionally there is a wooded path that leads to a small cabin right on bear river that makes a great place to stargaze, watch sunsets with a bottle of wine, or even fish. We give a stay at Bear River our highest ratings, and we can’t wait to return!
I am very happy to see this delightful accommodation on VRBO. My husband and I stayed there in the summer and we loved the rare experience of staying at a working winery. The accommodatin is attractive, inviting and comfortable. It would easily pass the "white glove test" for cleanliness, and it has a great shower. It provided us with privacy, peace and quiet and fabulous views.
The Bear River Winery tour provided by Chris and Peggy was informative and fascinating. The interior design of the winery and shop, plus the wine tasting, added to the pleasure.
We loved walking through the vineyard to the river and relaxing on the river bank while watching the tides of Bear River rise and fall as they were influenced by the Bay of Fundy tides. We also enjoyed just wandering around the property and seeing the vegetable and flower gardens and the fruit trees and bushes.
Chris and Peggy were an excellent source of suggestions for shopping, sightseeing and dining in Bear River and the many interesting and lovely places within easy driving distance. We enjoyed all of that, but the part we enjoyed most was being in a place where we could "get off the power grid," and enjoy all the nature and tranquility surrounding us while staying in a very comfortable and relaxing accommodation. Our only regret was not having more than 5 days to enjoy this unique opportunity.
What a great little gem hidden in the heart of Bear River! Chris and Peg offer a really unique twist on overnighting in Nova Scotia. Their guest room is very private with its own entrance but your gracious hosts are never far away tending their vines or working in the winery. They offer an informative tour of the vineyard and winery that includes a wine tasting. Chris was so patient and prompt in responding to my very many e-mails and he offered some great tips to help us plan our visit. It is obvious that Peg very seriously considers the comfort of her guests as the guest room is very cozy, inviting and clean. The tranquility of the vineyard, the amazing view of the valley and the charm and hospitality of Bear River all come together to welcome you to this special place. Allow yourself enough time because you will not want to leave.
Located at the headwaters of the historic Bear River is the town of Bear River 'Village on Stilts', where the tide rises and falls 25 feet.. twice a day! The restaurants, shops, and galleries are suspended over the tidal river on stilts. The winery is 800 yards from the village and is a historic converted 'working horse' barn from the 19th century. Owned in the last century by the Clarke Bros., it was used to pasture and foal their logging teams in the summer months. The hay mow and 4 storey interior held 185 tons of hay providing winter feed for the teams that hauled out timber during the winter months from Lake Jolie to supply the huge Clarke Bros clothes-pin factory and sawmill.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
50% deposit upon booking. Call 1(902) 467 4156 for reservation deposit.
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