Manoir Hovey – Quebec’s Eastern Townships estate offers world-class cuisine, year-round outdoor activities, and remote luxury
Manoir Hovey is a five-star lakefront estate in Quebec’s Eastern Townships that offers world-class cuisine, year-round outdoor activities, and remote luxury away from the crowds and confines of city life. The five-star Relais & Châteaux estate is set on 30 acres of woods and English gardens along 600 metres of prime shoreline on scenic Lake Massawippi.
Located in the beautiful North Hatley, one of Québec’s most picturesque villages, the sprawling southern-styled mansion boasts 36 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites spaciously situated in the main manor and exterior cottages. For those seeking a more private lakeside cottage experience, there is a secluded three-bedroom chalet adjacent to the property complete with its own private beach and boathouse.
Each of the spacious luxury accommodations seamlessly balance the warmth and comfort of authentic southern architecture with modern day conveniences. The onsite Le Hatley Restaurant serves refined nature-inspired cuisine paying homage to the region’s history, its land and local producers. Led by Executive Chef Alexandre Vachon, sustainability is at the forefront of Le Hatley’s menu that showcases the local bounty of Quebec, by growing, foraging, and picking only what is needed from the chef’s edible garden. For a more relaxed atmosphere, try Le Tap Room, a bistro-style menu with a summertime terrace and impressive brick fireplace to enjoy the signature Abenaki poutine.
Inspired by the era, the 19th Century mansion appeals to visitors who yearn for a glimpse of days gone by, with year-round outdoor activities, world-class cuisine, and fresh air away from the crowds and confines of city life. Discover the private grounds and waterfront with a fleet of hybrid Louis Garneau bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and paddleboats. In the winter months enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating and ice fishing. Additional standout amenities include a heated pool overlooking the lake, two private beaches, fly-fishing, clay tennis courts (rackets supplied), an exercise room and a spacious lawn for complimentary yoga, pilates, mixology classes, and more. Manoir Hovey also welcomes groups for special events and corporate retreats with ample meeting spaces and numerous locations and options throughout the property perfect for a tailor-made destination wedding.
Venture on a self-guided epicurean tour to discover the wineries, local producers, public markets, microbreweries bountiful in the region. Drive the scenic wine route and stop at Domaine Bergeville for a tasting or a souvenir, visit the fourth-generation cheese makers at Fromagerie La Station, also one of the best maple syrup producers in the region, and experience The Abbey de Saint-Benoit-du-Lac, a Benedictine monastery overlooking the beautiful Lake Memphremagog that has become famous for daily evening chants, award-winning cheese and apple cider from their orchards.
New world-class spa for summer 2023
Manoir Hovey is setting out to become Canada’s next wellness destination with the addition of a new world-class Spa Hovey. Opening Summer 2023, the three-story lakefront spa pavilion will feature six treatment rooms, a hammam, a Himalayan salt scrub shower, three relaxation rooms, an esthetician room for manicures and pedicures and a “Tree House” concept featuring a dry sauna, Scandinavian holistic thermal circuit with a jacuzzi and cold basin and sitting area with a fireplace overlooking Lake Massawippi. The spa’s nature inspired open air pool deck and bar will showcase a four-season outdoor infinity pool, whirlpool, firepits, a pool cabana bar, and outdoor lounge. The third floor will be dedicated to three new luxury guest suites with terraces offering optimal relaxation and unobstructed lake views.
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