Posted: September 2, 2012
Drive along the Aspotogan Peninsula portion of the Lighthouse Route aka Highway 329 and you'll come to Blandford, Nova Scotia and it's there you will discover a wonderful spot to stay called Century House Bed & Breakfast.
The proprietors David and Mieke Martin settled into the picturesque location back in 1998 and have worked to create such a lovely property – both inside and out.
Born in Holland, Mieke moved to Nova Scotia with her family in 1955 – and while her love of traveling took her around the world and included a 20 year career with the airline industry – she would always consider Nova Scotia as her home.
David's background is firmly rooted in the hotel industry. From his humble start as an assistant waiter at the Imperial Hotel Torquay England hotel back in 1963 David worked his way up through the ranks gaining experience in London, Paris and Bermuda. In the early '70s began working with the Canadian National Hotels as manager of Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s and onto being Executive Assistant Manager at the Hotel Nova Scotian (now the Westin Nova Scotian)
It was there that David and Mieke's lives would intersect and from there that they traveled on together. Their first big move was to Ontario's cottage country. He worked managing a resort on Lake Muskoka and she studied ceramics at Georgian College in Barrie - so while David's experience base grew, Mieke's artistic talents flourished.
When the couple returned to the province of their union they were united in their efforts to create the perfect oasis along the Atlantic coast - a welcoming home where David could open the B&B he'd always dreamed of and creative environment where Mieka could have both a pottery studio and gallery for her works.
They put their own unique stamp on this historic dwelling - not the least of which is the spectacular garden that surrounds the Century House.
Faced with a virtual blank canvas upon their arrival – the girl who grew up in Holland dreaming of becoming a garden architect was about to realize yet another dream.
Mieke confessed she was more than a little worried when she first saw the empty yard. “Many a night I lay awake thinking maybe nothing will grow here - why else would other people not have grown a garden”.
“It has been an amazing experience for me to design and grow our garden. If I had another life I would become a gardener, don’t get me wrong I love being a potter I just don’t have enough time.”
The Martin's certainly fill every minute ensuring the guest experience at Century House is the best it can be.
“Operating a B & B seemed a natural extension of my life in the hospitality industry” David told us “Meeting people from various parts of the world is very enjoyable and it is most satisfying when some take time to send testimonials our web site expressing their satisfaction with the accommodation, the breakfasts, the garden and most importantly - us.”
For more information on Century House Bed & Breakfast, Pottery and Gallery click here
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The bouy in Halifax Harbour is named Blandford after the community.