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Whether you are taking a well-deserved rest, exploring a new destination, or celebrating a special moment, DesBarres Manor Inn will give you an unforgettable getaway experience that combines the inn's warm maritime hospitality with authentic Nova Scotia cuisine, adventure, and luxurious accommodations. Enjoy a rare opportunity to connect the rich history of the past with the simple charm of Guysborough and the breathtaking vistas of Chedabucto Bay.


  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Taste a complimentary glass of Port wine
  • Enjoy a five-course tasting menu with a local chef
  • Learn East Coast cuisine culinary techniques
  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 full breakfast


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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DesBarres Manor Inn has ten spacious and unique guest rooms, each named after a local geographic feature or historical person, which surrounds you with comfort and relaxation. Each guest room is beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, antiques, and original art. Monogrammed waffle weave robes, Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy toiletries, large four-piece baths, 600-thread-count sheets, and luxurious duvets with Matelasse covers invite you to unwind. Expect additional in-room amenities such as telephone, voicemail, complimentary high speed wireless internet access, cable television, hairdryers, and key card access.

Argos room

A deluxe room on the third floor, the Argos room is named after Cape Argos, a remarkable red cape that extends into Chedabucto Bay at the eastern passage to the Gut of Canso (Canso Strait). From the top of sea-ravaged cliffs, one achieves beautiful vistas of the Bay, Isle Madam, Cape Breton Island, and Canso in the distance. Nestled among the manor's dormers on the third storey, the Argos room is an intimate retreat. This deluxe room includes a queen bed, a sitting area with a Regency armchair and rocker, and a Duncan Fife parlor table.

Canso room

A deluxe room on the third floor, the Canso room honors the citizens of North America’s oldest seaport and the most easterly point of mainland North America. Spectacular white granite formations and coastline make the Canso region a unique place to visit in Guysborough County. Located on the third floor, the Canso room is a quiet refuge in the manor with a sitting area that features a Victorian armchair and rocker. This deluxe room includes queen bed and a serpentine bow front dresser and desk.

Denys room

A deluxe room on the third floor, the Denys room is named after Nicholas Denys, a leading Acadian businessman whose local brewing operation in the mid-1600s is believed by many to have been the first commercial beer making operation in North America. DesBarres Manor Inn's Chedabucto Bay Brewing Company housed in The Rare Bird Pub honors this tradition. Also nestled in the Manor’s third storey dormers, the Denys room features a Queen Anne ladies writing desk for sending postcards to friends and family. This deluxe room includes a queen bed and a beautiful mahogany Regency mirror and nightstand.

Intervale room

A deluxe room on the third floor, the Intervale room is named after the valley formed by the Milford Haven River that flows into Guysborough Harbour. Early Acadian settlers established productive farms in the area in the early 1600s. This is an excellent fishing area, particularly for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Also located on the third floor, the Intervale room also provides guests with a quiet refuge in the manor. This deluxe room includes a queen bed, an Arts & Crafts style desk for writing and a matching Regency style mahogany dresser and dressing table.

Tory room

A deluxe room on the third floor, the Tory room is named after the Tory family, early Scottish settlers who arrived in Guysborough in 1783. The Torys share a long tradition of the pursuit of the law with the DesBarres family and have established a leading and thriving Canadian practice. Also located on the third floor, the Tory room features a charming sitting area with a Victorian ladies chair and a Victorian Queen Anne style armchair. This deluxe room includes two double beds and an oak Victorian dresser.


Your cooking getaway starts in DesBarres Manor kitchen where you’ll learn some of East Coast cuisine culinary techniques. After class, you can relax and enjoy the comfort of your luxurious room before joining the chef in the dining room for a five-course tasting menu. After dinner, retreat to the Parlor Room for a complimentary glass of port and a game of backgammon. Your cooking getaway will end the next morning with a full breakfast in the dining room.


From the moment you enter DesBarres Manor Inn's beautiful grounds, you know you've arrived somewhere special. The inn is located in the charming seaside village of Guysborough on Nova Scotia's eastern shore.

Nearby places:

  • Halifax - 4 hours
  • The trans-Canada highway (Hwy 104) - 25 minutes



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Kayaking nearby


  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding


DesBarres Manor Inn's menus take inspiration from local fishermen and farmers as well as the organic gardens where they plant vegetables and herbs for their restaurant. Offering exceptional East Coast cuisine, fine wines, and warm maritime hospitality, the award-winning culinary team at the DesBarres Manor Inn creates modern Canadian cuisine with a regional Nova Scotia influence in their daily menu.

  • Atlantic salmon shitake cakes with lemon grass fennel jam - this fabulous recipe brings together the traditional Nova Scotia fish cake with amazing Asian flavors. Pair this meal with wine to help bring out the intense flavors of this dish.
  • Blue cheese crusted beef tenderloin, smashed red potatoes with parmesan basil butter and a warm asparagus and grapefruit salad - matching beef with warm salads reflects the manor’s relaxed, yet elegant approach to food. Perfect for a celebration or a special evening with friends or family. Some wine will match your occasion.
  • Chocolate crepes with pears, blackberries and a port sauce, pan seared halibut with a leek pommeray reduction, pork tenderloin with a black currant cabernet reduction - DesBarres Manor Inn shares their secrets for cooking with wine and prepare some special recipes using wine that reflect unique East Coast approach to contemporary Canadian cuisine.
  • Grilled halibut stuffed with fennel and pine nuts - prized by chefs for its delicious firm white meat, Atlantic halibut is regularly features during the summer months as fishing boats come in with their catch. Served with a simple green salad, this easy recipe is the perfect dinner for special occasions as the fennel and pine nut stuffing makes an elegant statement on the plate. The inn's cellar keeper shares some favorite wines to match the stuffed halibut.
  • Guysborough County rack of lamb with a fennel pommery coulis and a Nova Scotia blueberry and beet confit - matching lamb from Guysborough County with a savory coulis and a confit of wild Nova Scotia blueberries and beets from the manor’s organic garden, this recipe brings together the local flavors that helped make DesBarres Manor the 2008 Cuisine of the Year. DesBarres Manor Inn shares their wine picks to accompany this special recipe.
  • Honeydew and pancetta salad with a lime icewine vinaigrette - this special salad with an icewine dressing was created for the May Wines of Nova Scotia newsletter. Simple to prepare, the fresh flavors of this unique salad make it a winning first course for a relaxed spring dinner. We share a wine pick from the Manor cellar to accompany this easy spring recipe.
  • Maritime “martini” - the refreshing Maritime "martini” with digby scallops is a perfect first course for a summer party.
  • Nova Scotia lobster cakes with mango rhubarb salsa - DesBarres Manor's culinary team brought together Nova Scotia lobster with a salsa of local rhubarb and Asian flavors to create a memorable lobster cake. The people at Occasions teamed the cakes with the fabulous flavors of conundrum. Perfect for a relaxed, elegant evening.
  • Pan seared sea scallops with lime cilantro slaw - the light flavors and easy presentation make this recipe perfect for carefree entertaining on the summer patio as well. DesBarres Manor Inn's cellar keeper paired the flavors of the scallops and slaw with two delicious whites.
  • Smoked Atlantic salmon bread pudding - a recipe for smoked salmon bread pudding was featured in a recent issue of DesBarres Manor News after receiving a request from an enthusiastic guest. The complex flavors of this savory pudding is a perfect match with wine which the innkeepers wine pick for you.
  • Steamed mussels with orzo, shiitake, zucchini, and dried cranberry “risotto” - bringing together the taste of the Atlantic Coast with the harvest from the garden, this light and fresh recipe is simple to make. Paired with an inexpensive Viognier, this is the perfect dish for easy and elegant entertaining with friends.
  • Sweet potato soup with Nova Scotia maple syrup and garlic chives - sweet potato soup is a great cold weather classic. Nova Scotia maple syrup, a touch of brandy, and fresh garlic chives from the manor’s garden in the cuisine create a delicious soup that is certain to delight your dinner guests. The flavors of the soup are combined with two fabulous wines.
  • The Cape Crusader - taking its name from the location of the famous Cape Breton Island distiller Glen Breton, this delicious cocktail is the true taste of summer in Nova Scotia. Combining Glen Breton whiskey, strawberries, fresh garden mint, Nova Scotia maple syrup, and lime, the Cape Crusader has been delighting guests in the Parlor Room cocktail bar this summer.

Things to do (optional)

Relax with a book on the grand deck and gazebo, looking out over six peaceful acres in the heart of the village, or step onto the lawns for an afternoon game of croquet, a visit to the chef’s gardens or an afternoon nap under a tree. Stretch out on a complimentary yoga mat and or book a private yoga class with a local certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Share the company of other guests in the Parlor Room before dinner with a cocktail or glass of wine from the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

The warmth of the romantic fireside restaurant beckons with traditional East Coast cuisine with a regional Nova Scotia influence. Retreat to the Parlor Room with games, rare maps, good books, and vintage ports or the supreme indulgence of your luxury bath products and linens in the sanctuary of your spacious room. DesBarres Manor guests also have access to the outdoor pool at Osprey Shores Golf Resort. Located on a remarkable 60-acre peninsula extending into beautiful Guysborough Harbour, Osprey Shores adds to the outstanding recreational opportunities available to you on the Atlantic Coast’s largest bay.

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • A glass of port
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and coffee
  • Five-course tasting menu
  • Full breakfast
  • Hands-on cooking class

What's not included

  • 15% taxes
  • Gratuities

How to get there

Driving directions from Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)

  • Take Exit 37 approximately 20 minutes past Antigonish at Monastery
  • Turn south onto Highway 16, which leads directly into the beautiful seaside village of Guysborough

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ).

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