Mar
18
2010

Abbeymoore Manor

Quaint and charming, Abbeymoore Manor wins for its warm, friendly owners and scrumptious breakfasts

Victoria is chock full of bed-and-breakfasts—more than 60, in fact. It might even be the B&B capital of the country.

So it shouldn't be a surprise that the top-rated Canadian B&B is here in Victoria. But the top in North America? And second best in the world? 

I’ve got to check it out, which means checking in at the Abbeymoore Manor, winner of a 2010 Travellers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor.

First Impressions

I know Abbeymoore Manor is part of Victoria Historic Inns, so right off the bat, I’m expecting an impressive heritage home. And the distinction is bang-on, as Abbeymoore dates back to 1912, and is replete with period furniture.

Located in Victoria’s historic Rockland neighbourhood, Abbeymoore Manor is where barons and bankers once lived. Craigdarroch Castle is just around the corner, Government House across the tree-lined street.

Anne Mosher greets us at the door of her Edwardian mansion. In her sock feet.

Already, I know this place captures the essence of what a good B&B is all about— a combination of an upscale hotel’s elegance with the comforts of home.

Anne shows us around the main floor. We go through the wood-panelled foyer with its portrait of a young woman who grew up here, and into the spacious living room complete with high ceilings and crown moulding.

And finally, Anne guides us into a sunny conservatory where breakfast is served.

Inside the Guest Rooms

Upstairs are five guest bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. We’ve booked the ‘Master’ and it’s tempting to immediately crawl into the king-size, four-poster bed with its luxurious linens and plump pillows.

But first, dinner.

It’s early March and the Japanese plums and cherry trees in the neighbourhood are in full bloom. The scent is heady as we walk 20 minutes to a restaurant on nearby Cook Street. (Another 10-minute walk and we’d be downtown.)

The Breakfast

The next morning we’re ready for what many consider the bigger, most important "B" in the B&B world: breakfast. Here at Abbeymoore, Anne cooks and her husband Ian serves.

It’s a two-course affair, beginning with maple and pecan scones and ending with an omelette stuffed with fresh asparagus and topped with thinly sliced smoked tuna.

It’s filling and delicious. We linger over tea and newspapers, admiring the pink blossoms outside when Ian and Anne come to join us.

The Secret to Their Success

And this is when we learn what makes Abbeymoore Manor so special: it’s not about the rooms or the food, as fantastic as they are.

The reason people love this place is because Ian and Anne care to get to know you.

And to help you, whether it’s printing off your boarding passes or—and this really happened—driving visitors to another B&B because they found this one too far from downtown for just one night.

I learned that Ian and Anne are travellers, too.

“Travel is the tonic,” Ian confessed, after describing a recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. “It’s what keeps us going.”

Naturally, they know how to make other travellers feel at home.

So when I show up for breakfast in my sock feet, no one’s shocked. Not even me.

Rooms at Abbeymoore Manor start at $129 per night.

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Suzanne Morphet

Suzanne Morphet lives in Victoria, B.C. She's the co-author of the local bestseller, The Vancouver Island Book of Everything. Check out her blog, Secrets From My Suitcase, to read more about her travels.

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Jane DSilva

We stayed at Abbeymoore Manor and loved it. Our room was perfect, to food yummy and the hosts were very friendly.
We would stay there again and encourage others to as well.
Jane

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