Norwood on the Washademoak
I bet you’ve heard this line before: “When I retire, I’m going to open a Bed and Breakfast.” Maybe you’ve even said it. Well, my friend Ines and her husband Doug have actually done it! Norwood on the Washademoak in Cambridge-Narrows!! Let’s pay a visit.
This is a BIG house. Built by Saint John architect Harry Mott in the early 1900s as a summer home, Norwood is actually like two houses under one roof--the family quarters and the caretaker's quarters. Ines’ family bought this property in the late 1950s and operated it as a working farm and a vacation rental. In 2013, Ines and Doug purchased Norwood and began extensive renovations. Over the last three years, they have lovingly restored the house into a beautiful and welcoming Bed and Breakfast.
In October, my friend Janet and I booked an overnight visit to Norwood. I stayed in The Majestic, the room named for one of the riverboats that serviced the St.John River system in the 1800 and 1900s. Janet was housed in Furstenau, the room named for the birthplace of Ines’ father.
Ines and Doug have successfully integrated the historical with the modern in their restoration of this house. We spent a Jane Austen evening in front of a soothing fire in the parlour.
The Parlour Art Gallery
Artist: Don Rigley
Original Kitchen Cupboards
The Front Stairs
(one of 3 sets of stairs)
Breakfast at Norwood
Ines and Doug have two pet sheep, Dill and Dot, which add a certain novelty to Norwood. Ines has been seen walking them through the fields on a leash.
Dill and Dot
Recently these two characters have been added to the grounds at Norwood. Ines claims Doug was a bit "bored" when he created them!
The "Bored" Couple
Washademoak Lake. Where is it? How do I get there? Not easy to pronounce or spell, research tells me that Washademoak comes from the Maliseet word "Wasetemoik" which means "unknown" or "the way to the other side.". Less than an hour’s drive from Fredericton, a visit to this hidden nugget is well worth the trip.
And what do I do when I get there? Take your imagination for a walk in the Robinson Conservation Area.
My Friends, Anne of Green Gables and Diana Barry
(aka: Janet and Ines)
Lake of Shining Waters
(aka: Dug Pond)
(aka: Snake Rail Fence)
Pine Needle Carpet
Go biking on fairly quiet roads...
Janet, the Biker
....if you can get the bikes off the car.
Extreme Bungee Biking
Visit points of interest.
St. James Anglican Church, Lower Jemseg
"Peace": Pines Conservation Park
(Part of the International Sculpture Trail)
Mott's Landing Vineyard
Anthony Flower House Museum
Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library
Enjoy the outstanding scenery.
Field and Shadows
Canada Geese on the Washademoak
Norwood from the Lake
....Until Next Time....