Monday, 31 October 2016

Norwood on the Washademoak

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. 

The Majestic

The Furstenau

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

The Parlour Art Gallery 
Artist: Don Rigley

Original Kitchen Cupboards

The Front Stairs
(one of 3 sets of stairs)

And, of course, BREAKFAST is an important "B" of every good B and B. And ours was delicious and beautifully-presented. Fantastic coffee! Local bread, meats, eggs, vegetables and fruit. 

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) 

 Lovers' Lane
(aka: Snake Rail Fence)

Pine Needle Carpet
(aka: Monoculture)

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
 9J Antiques

Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library

Acacia Galley
Enjoy the outstanding scenery.


 Field and Shadows

Canada Geese on the Washademoak


 Norwood from the Lake

Vine-Covered Building

....Until Next Time....


  1. That looks like such a fun visit! Love the reference to Anne, my favourite childhood character!

    1. Next time, you're coming with us! Who do you want to be? Marilla? Rachel Lynde? Josie Pye?

  2. I love it. I really hope my friend Barb asks me to accompany her there some day. Love the Anne reference too. It makes me recall a funny "Anne" story at another bed and breakfast with a different Fullerton sister.

    1. You're on! I'll take you as long as you promise to keep the noise down!

  3. Maybe we can find a Great White Way of Delight there sometime?