Remote, aristocratic, and luxuriously cozy, Manoir Hovey is a rural retreat in Quebec's swanky Eastern Townships, a largely Francophone region just north of Vermont famous for picturesque towns and pristine countryside.
This stately lakeside mansion was modelled after George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Henry Atkinson, owner of Georgia Power in Atlanta chose the idyllic Quebec landscape for his vacation home in the late 1800's, thus bypassing and snubbing "Yankee" New England, historically the summer spot of choice for southerners.
Today, Manoir Hovey is a member of esteemed French hotel association Relais & Châteaux due to its rich character, fine dining, exquisite attention to detail and personalized guest service.
Reasons to Stay at Manoir Hovey
- Professional staff offer personalized service to each guest to ensure an outstanding standard of quality.
- Rich, sumptuous interior reflects the historical nature of the manor.
- Essentially everything in guest rooms and the hotel as a whole is of exceptional quality, comfort and cleanliness.
- Elegant dining room is traditional in styling and amenities - fine linens, silverware, etc - but boasts a progressive, innovative menu highlighting local Quebec delicacies.
- Beautiful acreage on Lake Massawippi includes forests, gardens and beaches. Explore a little further and you're in the charming town of North Hatley.
Rooms at Manoir Hovey
Manoir Hovey features almost 40 rooms, which are located not only in the main house, but also custom fit into former servants' quarters, the ice house, pump house, electric house and caretaker's residence. Antiques purchased by original owner Henry Atkinson himself still adorn the premises.
Guest rooms and suites range from standard to luxury to deluxe as well as a stand-alone cottage. Decor is traditional yet never outdated or tired. Bedding, pillows, upholstery and other fabrics are pristine and sumptuous.
All rooms include:
- Nespresso coffee machines
- Frette towels
- Toiletries by L'Occitane
- Large flat screen TV's.
Most also feature goose down duvets and combinations of fireplaces, private balconies and therapeutic bathtubs.
Complimentary high speed wireless internet is available in all rooms and throughout the property.
Manoir Hovey Amenities
- The Tap Room, once the coach house boasts the only one of the manor's 26 fireplaces big enough to stand up in - now, that's cozy.
- Le Hatley is the manor's fine dining restaurant.
- Outside terrace overlooks gardens and lake.
- Clay tennis court
- Complimentary use of snow shoes for winter exploration
Things To Know about Staying at Manoir Hovey
- The manor was once a personal residence and has not been soundproofed as a hotel.
- The rural location means a long drive on country roads to get there. In winter, this can be slippery and dangerous - something we learned first hand when trying to depart in our Honda minivan. Winter tires and four-wheel drive are advised.
- Manoir Hovey is a car ride away from restaurants, stores or a town centre.
Cost of Staying at Manoir Hovey
As of 2013, the cost for staying in a standard guest room at the Manoir Hovey begins at about $300 to $400 per night plus taxes.
For an additional cost, you may have dinner and breakfast included. Though dining at the manor is a splurge, the dining room and service is first rate.
While You're in the Area
North Hatley is one of Québec's most picturesque villages and a haven for artists and artisans, writers, theatre lovers and active travellers.
Worth checking out is the lovely little bakery in town called Saveurs et Gourmandises and a local grocery/gift shop called Lebarons.
Manoir Hovey is about an hour and a half from Montreal in the Eastern Townships, Quebec.
Address: 575 Rue Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
Getting to Manoir Hovey
The main air link to Manoir Hovey is Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, about 1hr 40min by car. American guests can also choose to fly on JetBlue to the Burlington, Vermont airport (2 hours away).