Belgravia Honored as a Top Performing Bed & Breakfast as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

What a nice surprise to open our email this morning and find the following notice and press release. Thank you to all of our guests who take the time to write reviews for us! We appreciate each and every one!

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Belgravia Bed & Breakfast Honored as a Top Performing Bed & Breakfast as Reviewed by Travelers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA – 22/05/2013 – Belgravia Bed & Breakfast today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Belgravia Bed & Breakfast is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said D’Arcy & Anne McDonah. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

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Blueberry Sauce Recipe

This week we have had new testimonials added to both the Belgravia Bed & Breakfast’s  Trip Advisor and  BBCanada.com listings.

One read:

“We have now completed our 3rd stay here and it’s like visiting family. Situated on the outskirts of Truro, within easy walking distance of the town, a beautifully appointed house with lovely, well equipped rooms. Breakfast was delicious as usual and we shall return again, if only to hope we get the blueberry waffles next time!”

We have guests staying with us this week for five nights while they do some genealogical research and explore Central Nova Scotia. We serve something different for breakfast each day, and so far this week they have had omlets and Eggs Florentine. Helen’s comment inspired me to serve our waffles with blueberry sauce today. There was not a bite left on anyone’s plate when I cleared them, so I thought I would share our blueberry sauce recipe:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine:

  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • dash of salt

Bring to a boil and add:

  • 1 TBSP corn starch mixed with 1 TBSP water

Stir until thickened.

Top waffles with blueberry sauce, vanilla yogurt and wheat germ, and serve with maple bacon.

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SO YUMMY – and this also works well for blueberry shortcake when put on a scone with whipped cream!

We’ve received a Trip Advisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award!

We recently received an email from Trip Advisor:

“TripAdvisor is proud to congratulate Belgravia Bed & Breakfast on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award.

Our travelers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognize your 5 rating as an exceptional achievement.

Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence… Wishing you and Belgravia Bed & Breakfast much continued success throughout 2012. “

We’ve had a number of new reviews posted on Trip Advisor recently – and all have rated the Belgravia Bed & Breakfast as “Excellent”. We strive to provide clean, comfortable accommodations; plentiful, healthy, local food; and a friendly, authentic Nova Scotian atmosphere. We’re always searching for new ways to improve the product we provide.

We know that first-time guests are more likely to trust on-line reviews than a property’s website, so we at Belgravia would like to extend a HUGE  “Thank You!” to our guests who take the time to review us and tell others about their positive experience here on sites such as Trip Advisor, Facebook, or BBCanada.com!

Some recent reviews:

We had an excellent stay! – Tim R, Waterloo, ON

My wife and I can’t say enough good things about our stay at the Belgravia. The hosts were amazing, very welcoming and very helpful. We enjoyed chatting with them. The room was excellent, very comfortable and well appointed. The breakfast was AMAZING, by far the best breakfast of our entire trip. We will most certainly tell our friends to stay here and look forward to staying there again any time we are in the area.”

Superb B&B – Jennifer, Annapolis, MD

The Belgravia really was a fantastic place to stay. The hosts are very welcoming and the house is absolutely beautiful. They gave us great advice on where to see the tidal bore (very quick tidal change ) near by. The rooms are immaculate, well appointed and facilities are great too. The breakfasts were delicious. The photos on the website of the rooms are true to form. You’ll be glad you stayed here. We stayed in the yellow room, I think it was called Serenade. They are all nice. The rose room was smaller, but still very nicely decorated and comfortable. We would love to return here.”

Another Trip Home! – John S, Calgary, AB

I grew up near Truro and try to go back often to visit family. I have stayed at Belgravia four times in the last six years and have come to know it well. Ann and D’arcy are very friendly hosts and are well informed about the area. I often see them giving very useful information to their guests. Breakfasts are great and I am amazed at the variety I enjoy during my longer stays. Belgravia is a welcome retreat when I need a bit of space from my wonderful family.”

A Great  Place to Spend our Anniversary! – Andrew C., Nova Scotia

We had a great time at the Belgravia, celebrating our wedding anniversary. The room was very comfortable with an excellent bathroom and a historic feel. Anne was a perfect host, suggesting a trip to the Marigold Center to see a concert and turning out delicious Belgian Waffles and fresh berries for breakfast. Highly recommended!”

Feels Like Home! – Wilf R., Lethbridge, AB

The Belgravia is an excellent B & B. The house is a nicely kept, older home, with a great deal of charm. The home is very clean with comfortable beds. We recently had our second stay at Belgravia and the atmosphere is wonderful. Breakfast was delicious and healthy. We hope to make staying at Belgravia a routine when in Nova Scotia. Thanks D’arcy and Ann for the enjoyable visit.”

Very Comfortable and Nice! – Long H., Xiamen, China

Comfortable bed and quiet environment made me adjust time different quickly. By the way, the breakfast is very very very good.”

Guest Book Comments

One of the first things we do when we enter a guest room to clean it up after our guests have departed is open the room’s guest book and check for a comment! We LOVE to read the notes that guests leave for us! They always make us smile. We usually don’t come out and ask for guests to write Trip Advisor reviews for us  (I know, I know – we should, but it makes both of us feel kind of awkward…) We appreciate that most guests will spontaneously leave comments in the room journals!

One of the things I really appreciate before staying at a B&B or a hotel, is finding out what other people’s experiences have been. I do check on sites like Trip Advisor and Facebook as well as the property’s own website.  The following is the first installment of a few recent entries from our room guest books:

“The most lovely stay we had in Canada! Thank you for the cozy, comfortable bed and the fabulous pumpkin waffle breakfast. We’ve stayed in many B&B’s but your is by far the best ever! Thank you!”  – Mark & Rita, New Hampshire

“We greatly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful old home.l It made a great little winter getaway.” – Fran & Steve, Nova Scotia

“Thank you very much. I love this place and I hope come very soon. You have a lovely family and a lovely place. Thanks again.” – Jairo, Bogota, Colombia

“Thank you for this lovely place and your wonderful hospitality. The breakfasts were superb!! And lighting the fire in the front room while we had old friends visit was much appreciated. Hope to come again. Fondly” – Serena & David, St. John’s, Newfoundland

“Many thanks for your hospitality – your home is beautiful, the bed was so comfy & breakfast was delicious. We’ll be sure to spread the word about Belgravia B&B.” – Yvonne & Laurin, Nova Scotia

“Encore merci pour votre acceuil chaleureuse. Les petit dejeuner sont excellents et votre femille charmante. A notre prochaine visite en Nouvelle-Ecosse nous savons deja ou nous dejournerons, dans une magnifique maison.” – Nicolas et Marlene, France

“We loved our stay here and had great laughs at the breakfast table. The food was excellent and the hospitality a treat.” – Michael & Karen, Florida

“So much more than a top class B&B! The lovely family ambiance, hospitality and personalized attention is a 6 star!! We will be enthusiastic in our recommendations! Thank you all!” – Pam & Bob, British Colombia

“It was such a pleasure stopping as your guests once again! We were made to feel so welcome, like “old friends”. You shouldn’t make your beds so comfy & warm, ’cause I could have remained in bed much longer! Beautifully delicious breakfast. We will be great advertisers for you and will hope to stop again. May your beds be full all season long.” – Duane & Gail, Alberta

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you. We can’t add to any of the superlatives previously mentioned so will just say THANK YOU!” – Wendy & Peter, Australia

Belgravia Bed & Breakfast website