By Laura Pellerine
The exclusive and beautifully restored Kingsbrae Arms is a 19th-century mansion with just 10 elegant rooms nestled in the quiet seaside village of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick—the type of town where saltwater taffy is sold from brightly painted shingled shops on the main strip.
Built in 1897, the Kingsbrae Arms was intended as a summer cottage for the family of a wealthy Nova Scotia businessman, and while it certainly has the charm, homey atmosphere and old-world accents of a cottage, it also provides the luxurious experience to be expected of a Relais & Châteaux property.
Rooms are spacious—the Grand King Suite is more than 700 square feet with a private staircase, marbled bathroom and 40-foot balcony. Landscaped gardens blanket the grounds and the only noise pollution you’ll hear is the sound of the sea.
Enhancing the getaway feel are the lack of a lobby, front desk or even room phones. Unlimited Wi-Fi and satellite TVs are available, but guests are encouraged to instead wander through the library, explore the art and antique collection (the art deco bar, for example, once belonged to British noble John Jacob Astor V), play the piano or have a drink in the lounge.
Kingsbrae’s 10 rooms offer king-sized feather-top beds with high-thread count Italian Frette linens, fireplaces, private balconies, whirlpool soaker tubs and waffle-weave robes. Snatch up a sea-view suite if you can.
Visitors love the resort’s attention to detail, staff who know you by name and gourmet locavore meals with expertly selected wine pairings (Kingsbrae has been a Wine Spectator Award winner since 2000).
Michelin-starred French Chef Guillaume Delaune is especially keen on serving up seafood specialties like in-house smoked salmon and sturgeon, yellowfin tuna tartar and caviar with organic produce and herbs from the on-site garden.
The Kingsbrae Arms has a blue-blooded past as a summer haven for nobility (a previous owner was the aide-de-camp to the Duke of Duchess of Windsor in the 1940s) and celebrities like American composer Irving Berlin; and all the premiers of Canada were wined and dined here in 1990s.