History of the Inn
The Arbor View Inn sits on land that used to be known as the old Robert Lindsay Farm. In 1906 land was being parceled off by Margaret and Peter Ross, and Henry Macintosh purchased this parcel for the building of his new home. He was an Inspector of Schools at the time and he set out to have this grand old home built. With stained glass throughout and wide use of golden oak flooring and trim work, the home is an excellent example of the attention to detail and craftsmanship.
In 1935 Mr. Lawrence Hebb purchased the home for his wife Marion and the home stayed in the Hebb family until 1995 when it was bought by Daniel and Rose Orovec. The grand but tired home was converted into The Arbor View Inn and an addition was added at the rear of the building. The Orovec’s efforts were recognized with a Nova Scotia Home Award for Restoration and the doors opened for business in the spring of 1996. Shortly thereafter, Daniel Orovec added a twenty-four seat restaurant that quickly became very popular with both tourists and locals. After 10 years and the addition of three young children, the Orovec family decided to make a change.
By our good fortune, we discovered and purchased the Inn, making the cross-country move from Canmore, Alberta in April of 2008.
During renovations 2011 a deteriorated facia board revealed an intriguing find. Located within the wall on the north-facing dormer, a twine-bound collection of old letters was discovered. After a very careful inspection of the materials, it was determined that this bundle contained letters written by the two sons of Henry Macintosh during World War One which are now in the care of The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic located here in Lunenburg. This marvelous and amazing discovery has become the largest collection of World War One letters on record.
There’s more to this story and we’d love to share it with you but you’ll have to spend some time here as it’s a long story in the making and in the telling.
Features of the Inn
The ArborView Inn (c. 1907) is a 4500 square-foot historical home situated on a one- acre estate above Lunenburg’s Front and Back Harbours. The Owners’ residence is a separate adjunct to the property and is adjoined through the Inn’s commercial kitchen.
Accommodation consists of rooms off the grand hallway on the second floor and a suite located on the third floor. Each room, or suite, is complete with it’s own en suite bathroom. Access is available from the first, second or third floor to over 800 square feet of sundeck and covered porch – a beautiful spot to enjoy an afternoon in or out of the sun. Only steps away you can meander into the yard and enjoy your favourite book under one of the many sweeping apple trees.
We are also a great location for traveling families with accommodation for up to four persons in each of the third floor suites. If the kids get restless, there’s plenty of yard to keep them entertained. We even had one young fellow ask if he could spend the night in the tree house!
On the other hand, if it’s a rainy day, there’s plenty of entertainment in the spacious parlour. Lot’s of board games and books to choose from or simply relax in one of the wingback chairs while channel surfing on the flat-screen television. And, for those with an ear for music, you can strike up a tune on the piano.
After an enjoyable day and a restful nights sleep, we’ll see you for breakfast between 8am and 9am. Your table will be ready, just for you, in one of our two dining rooms. Enjoy a freshly baked croissant or cheddar and cranberry scone with your first sips of coffee… there is more to come, but that’s up to Cindy. We assure that you won’t start your day hungry or thirsty, especially with a bottomless coffee cup!
If it’s time to check-out (11am) and move on we’d only be too happy to advise on points of interest along the next leg of your journey. Or, if we’re going to see you later in the afternoon for that talked-about dinner reservation, either way, we look forward to seeing you again soon.