About the Inn

Our Rich History

The Willow House was built in 1840 as the residence for David Matheson, a Barrister who became Pictou's first mayor.

During the 1800s, there was continuous movement by boats between Nova Scotia and Britain. The Neo-Classical structure allowed architects the flexibility of change as new ideas came over from Britain. The universal style in form, windows and door mouldings did not change as new ideas were consequently used in construction.

The Willow House maintains these three staples: a symmetric façade, vertical sliding windows and decorative mouldings even after over 180 years since its construction.


Your Breakfast

As soon as you open your room door on your way downstairs to enjoy breakfast, you will be greeted by the scent of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of the hot breakfast being freshly prepared just for you.

Take a seat in our bright dining room where you will quickly be greeted with a warm good morning by your hosts who are ready to offer you the hot breakfast of the day which may included egg benedict, quiche, french toast with local berries and maple syrup served with a warm smile between 8:00am - 9:00am.

360° Dining Room View

Backyard and Garden

We invite you to relax and enjoy the view of Pictou harbour from your own private swing on our 5 seat custom made swing set that surrounds the firepit in the middle of our lush backyard.

Your senses will be delighted by the scent of the garden flowers, the sound of the blue jays eating peanuts from their feeder, and the smell and sounds of the crackling wood slowly burning in the firepit during the evenings fires.

We believe this quote by E.O. Wilson sums it up best, "Just being surrounded by bountiful nature, rejuvenates and inspires us.“

360° Backyard View 1

360° Backyard View 2

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