Hi! We’re Cindy and Steve Walker and we can’t wait to be your hosts. Originally from Ingersoll, Ontario, we ran a small batch artisan chocolate business called Chocolatea that combined our love for great chocolate and simple, delicious teas. Cindy is a chocolatier and both of us are certified tea sommeliers. Getting into the tourism industry was ground breaking for us and we loved being a part of the community. Partnering with other businesses and growing together became a passion.
But, the tug of the East Coast was pulling at us! In 2004 we purchased a second home in St. Peter’s, Nova Scotia to spend a few weeks at throughout the year. The catch was, we kept finding ourselves coming back year after year, always wishing we could stay longer. We fell in love with St Peter’s area, the people, the landscape and that something-something we couldn’t quite put our finger on!
Fast forward to 2021: we decided to take a leap of faith and start a brand-new adventure. We bought The Yellow Seabird Inn, a successful bed and breakfast in St. Peter’s. Packing up the chocolate-making equipment and making the twenty-hour drive, we planned to build on the current bed and breakfast with a chef, chocolate shop and a wide range of local, artisan goods. Covid gave us time to think of redesigning the reservation and check in process to be hands off and safe distance. Strictly Online Booking is the new norm then a digital key entry is sent to your email. No more phone tag or waiting for a call back. You arrive on your time, not ours 😊.
Now, we’re ready to share our dream with you! We’re so happy to show you what made us fall in love with St. Peter’s and all the hidden gems during your stay.
Cindy & Steve
The Story of Pepperell Place
Pepperell Place has a long history that gives it such charm! Recognized by it’s bright yellow stature, it started as a place for travelers to rest their heads and we’re proud to continue that tradition today.
In 1903, J.W. Doyle built Pepperell Place as his family home. Doyle was the local train station agent and decided that because the train came only a few times each week, he would build guest rooms for passengers coming through Saint Peter’s.
Next in 1918, Alex MacDonald purchased the property for his three daughters who established The MacDonalds Hotel. A very musical family, it’s said that the MacDonalds entertained guests every evening at the piano in true East Coast fashion. Becoming well known in the area, what is now Pepperell Place remained under the MacDonalds’ care until 1975 when it was bought by Ardon and Micaeleen Mofford, and kept the name until 2009!
In 2009, owner Beate Hassold from Germany purchased the hotel and changed its name to A. MacDonald Country Inn and Dining Room. Changing hands again in 2016, Peter and Brigitte Schoen, also from Germany, purchased the inn and renovated extensively. They also renamed the business again to the Yellow Seabird B &B Inn for its beautiful colour!
That brings us to now! We can’t wait to show you how we make this historic inn our own. Let us help you plan a romantic getaway, hiking trip or friends’ adventure.