Best known for its delicious apples, and more recently the emerging vineyards, the Annapolis Valley is steeped in traditional rural charm. With a temperate coastal climate that allows you to experience all four seasons to their fullest, the Valley is ripe for growth. A true hidden gem, Wolfville is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Canada and was recently named one of "17 Canadian Cities to Visit" by Expedia.ca
The Bay of Fundy
Wolfville is situated on the southern shore of the Minas Basin, the eastern end of the Bay of Fundy. It is here where the highest tides on earth occur. This is truly a wonder of the world.
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Apple Blossom Festival
This annual event is the Valley's springtime celebration of traditions and agricultural heritage. It also signals the start of tourist season.
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Farming has traditionally been the mainstay in the Valley. Livestock, fruit trees, berries, vegetables. In the last quarter century the wine industry has become an integral part of the agricultural sector also.
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Grand-Pré National Historic Site
This park was established to commemorate the area as a centre of Acadian settlement in the late 17th Century. It is also a reminder of Le Grande Derangement in 1755. In 2012 the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Wolfville offers a mix of rural and urban living and setting the pace is entirely up to the individual. Living in a University town brings its many benefits and becoming a part of the community is made easy.
Rural + Urban
Wolfville offers a unique feel, influenced by a rich agricultural tradition, Acadia’s academic community, live music venues, an independent cinema, and a budding wine culture. Main Street is lined with boutique shops, restaurants, quaint cafes, and friendly faces. Life here is relaxing and enjoyable.
Food + Drink
The variety of places to get high quality food in this town is impressive. Within close proximity to food producers in the Valley, the always busy Farmers Market and most of the restaurants offer delicious menu items prepared with locally sourced ingredients, often paired with Nova Scotia wine, cider, or craft beer.
As one would expect in a University town, art, science, music, theatre, history, and culinary events are ever present. The annual Deep Roots Music Festival and Devour! The Food Film Fest are attracting both performers and visitors from all around the globe. Acadia University is ranked as one of Canada's top rated small universities.
The true beauty of this place is the community. To visit and see the sights is certainly enjoyable, but once you become immersed in the diversity of cultural and social activities available, it's no wonder people don't want to leave.
We found this place by chance, and a bit of luck. We bought the property with a goal in mind and we cared for our home to make it special. Now it's time for us to pass it on to someone with a dream like ours: someone who is looking for a change, and who will fall in love with this town just like we did.
How it All Began
30 years ago, we embarked on a 2 week family vacation from Toronto to the Martimes - New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, then Nova Scotia.We marvelled at the friendly faces, the amazing beaches, the homey Bed and Breakfasts, which we almost exclusively used for accommodations.
A Night of Welcome and Realization
It was our last night in Nova Scotia. With a great deal of luck, we were directed to a former Loyalist farm in Bridgetown. We met the most genuine and caring host by the name of Hilda. It was on that very night that Frances decided: That’s what I want to do someday – I want to own a Bed and Breakfast.
The Search Begins
Back in Toronto we began looking for suitable properties in the Annapolis Valley and eventually, we found it! 33 Highland was originally built in 1923 for Dr. Wheelock, Provost at Acadia University. We became the third proud owners of the home.
A Dream Come True
In May 1999 after 8 months of renovations, 33 Highland, now called Harwood House Bed and Breakfast, was ready to welcome its first guests.
Living the Dream
Years flew by and the property continued to collect stories and memories, with new friends and guests from all over the world. By now, Harwood House had become Wolfville's only boutique Bed & Breakfast.
On To the Next Chapter
As they say, all good things must come to an end. Our time at 33 Highland Avenue will always be cherished. However, we are now ready for the next chapter in our lives.
We're selling 33 Highland Ave.
3165 total sq.ft of net livable floor area
3 Suites + 1 Studio + 4.5 Bath
The property is approx. 28,000 sq.ft. located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
The first floor features a welcoming front entrance, foyer and bright west facing living room. To the north an adjacent TV room with pellet stove. The rear entrance leads to a large mud room with in-floor heating, then a spacious custom designed and built kitchen with brown ash cabinets and a direct connection to the dining room. Laundry room with linen closets, and a 2-piece washroom are off the kitchen. A lovely bright office with south facing windows completes the downstairs.
An extremely comfortable stair takes you to the second floor where you will find 3 full suites, all equipped with private bathrooms, previously used by guests when operating as a bed and breakfast. Each suite has its own unique character and layout.
The top floor has been opened to a fantastic studio complete with bathroom and jucuzzi tub. From the sleeping area, one can step out onto a small balcony overlooking the gardens. On this level there is all kinds of storage for linens, coats, and general.
- Original hardwood flooring everywhere, except the cork flooring in the kitchen and office. Mud room and all bathrooms are ceramic tile.
- All windows are double glazed Kohler vinyl inserts, which allowed the retention of the existing beautiful trim.
- Heating (and air conditioning) was greatly enhanced by a heat pump add-on to the ducted central forced air system. An oil-fired furnace is a backup. The open fire place in the living room has been fitted with a wood burning insert adding to the comfort throughout the winter.
- There is a full unfinished basement with concrete floor and 8 ft. clear height with direct 2nd access stair to the gardens.
- The gardens are spectacular with a large variety of perennials, shrubs, and many mature trees, all planted in the last 20 years. There is also a sizable vegetable garden plot that has been used for many years. A lovely garden house and wood storage shed complete the grounds.
For more information contact us using this form, or calling direct to Peter Jucker at 902-542-5350.