Beautifully situated atop a gently sloping 9-acre property, it is beautifully landscaped with mature hedges and trees, formal perennial gardens and flowering shrubs. Many of the inn’s 26 suites have balconies, decks and dining room are afforded stunning views of Passamaquoddy Bay and Navy Island.
Since the early 1970s, Tara has been a popular vacation destination for couples seeking a private and relaxing getaway, for families wanting to enjoy a country atmosphere, the tennis court, hot tub and heat outdoor pool, and for groups wanting to host business conferences or reunions in a unique and convenient setting, all within 3 minutes of the downtown shops, and adventures.
The current owners are proud of the Inn’s illustrious history. Built circa 1859 as a summer residence, “Belle Vu”, as it was known then, was once owned by Sir Charles Tupper, one of Canada’s Father’s of Confederation. Sir Charles Tupper was a distinguished physician who was instrumental in leading Nova Scotia into Confederation in 1867. He had been Premier of Nova Scotia from 1864-67; following Canada’s establishment as a Dominion, Sir Charles was elected to the House of Commons in Ottawa where he served as a Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald from 1870 – 1873 and 1878 – 1884 and he himself served a short term as Canada’s sixth Prime Minister in 1896.
There have only been six other owners in its long history and they include Professor D. Blakeney Hoar for whom Blakeney Hoar Square in Boston, Massachusetts was named and the Rt. Honourable C.D. Howe, a leading Canadian economist and Cabinet Minister.