The Chez Deslauriers property is located on a coastal rise in Monk's Head with commanding views of St. George's Bay, Pomquet Beach and Cape Breton in the distance. The property includes a heritage home (converted to a tearoom), an interpretive centre, and an outdoor stage. A 6 km coastal and inland walking trail (Pomquet Acadian Trails) is located directly to the north of the property. The Chez Deslauriers property is maintained and administered by the Pomquet Development Society, a volunteer organization aimed at promoting the Acadian culture and encouraging tourism in the community.
The tearoom is host to traditional Acadian lunches each Friday during the summer months (July and August) and two Lobster Roll Dinners in August and September (click here to view or download our 2014 menu). The Interpretive Centre outlines the history of Pomquet from its geological origins, to its ecology and its first inhabitants (the Mi'kmaq), to its settlement by Acadians and its evolution as a community. The outdoor stage, attached to the Interpretive Centre, provides a venue for local entertainment.
The Chez Deslauriers property has a fascinating history. The land was originally obtained by George H. Monk of the Royal Nova Scotia Volunteer Regiment through a thousand-acre grant in 1784. The home is believed to have been constructed circa 1860 and located about 1 km west of its current location. Oral history suggests that the house was purchased by Femian Delorey in the late 1800s and moved to its present location by a team of 20 pairs of oxen.
The property is available for rent for family gatherings, birthday parties, community events, weddings, etc. For further information, please contact Colette Rennie at firstname.lastname@example.org.