Newfoundland's Top-Ranked Rural Inn ★★★★½


Barb Ayles

Head of Housekeeping & Breakfast Cook

Barb’s family, the Furlongs are from Plate Cove West on Bonavista Bay. The Furlongs arrived in Newfoundland from Ireland in 1703 and have fished from Plate Cove West since then. Barb lives in Port Rexton with her husband, Ron and their animals Cookie and Tilley. And she cares for all the other animals in the community. She will welcome you in the kitchen if you are looking for an early morning cup of coffee or tea...

Colette Churchill-White

Server, Host & Assistant Cook

Colette is a Rex from Port Rexton. She spent her childhood along with her friend, Roxane Rex in “the Cove” (the part of Port Rexton that can be seen from the inn). Colette has an arts and education degree and teaches high school in our offseason! She is a girl guide leader, the mother of Olivia and Jill and is married to Derek White, our favourite plumber.

Diane Fisher

Assistant Manager

Descended from Port Rexton and Catalina families, Diane grew up with her grandparents who owned a family business in Catalina, then managed a Co-op Store in Nunavut (Canada’s newest territory) before settling in Mount Pearl. She joined Fishers’ Loft in 2006 and has worked in all departments of the inn. Diane cooks, walks, mountain bikes and snowboards. In the winter months, she either pursues a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in French at Memorial University or travels internationally.

Florence Monks


Florence drives across the Peninsula every day from her home in King’s Cove, one of Newfoundland’s earliest fishing stations (1700's), where she lives with her son, Michael. She puts our rooms into top order for guests and keeps the whole inn looking fresh and clean.

Kathy Norman

Receptionist & Server

Kathy is from Clarke's Head — at the mouth of one of Newfoundland's favourite salmon streams, the Gander River, in Gander Bay. She is descended from Nathaniel Gillingham, the master boat builder who designed and constructed the narrow, shallow-draft Gander River boats. Kathy has made Port Rexton her home for many years, is a teacher in our offseason and the mother of Daniel and Jonathan. She keeps the laughter level up in the kitchen.

Ann Philpott

Housekeeper and Baker

Ann is a descendant of the Walsh family who arrived on the shores of Bonavista Bay in the 1820's from County Cork Ireland. Her father, Peter, was an inshore fisherman. Ann grew up in Plate Cove West with seven brothers and two sisters. For much of her life Ann has worked in fish processing plants with a three year sojourn to the Canadian mainland and St, John's where she worked in a bakery. Ann has two boys Elvis, a computer network administrator and Neal, a welder. In her spare time Ann reads and sews.

Karen Philpott

Housekeeper, Server and Substitute Breakfast Cook

Karen was born into a fishing family in Keels, Bonavista Bay.Through successive waves of outmigration the population, once 372 souls in the 1940's, is now fewer than 70. A once thriving community with a lobster canning factory is now a scenic fishing village with beautiful beaches,outstanding traditional architecture and a geological phenonomen, The Devil’s Footprints. Karen is a Hobbs whose ancestors settled Keels from England perhaps as far back as 1795. She lives in Plate Cove West and has spent much of her life in the fishery. Karen is married to Ralph Philpott. They have two children Curtis, an electrician and Colette who is finishing high school.

Roxane Rex

Assistant Cook, Evening Manager

Roxane is a native of Port Rexton, a descendant of one of the two founding families of this community — the Rexes from the west country in England. Since joining our staff, Roxane and her sunny disposition have become an invaluable addition, assisting and substituting for Helen in the kitchen, keeping our bar stocked and managing the dining room and bar service in the evenings.

Chris Sacrey

Gardening & Maintenance

In 1850 two Sacré brothers first arrived in Newfoundland from the French Channel Islands. Chris was raised in Botwood, central Newfoundland and now lives in Bonavista with his wife, Michelle and young daughter, Olivia. He can do everything from fixing a car to plumbing, electrical work and carpentry -- all this learned from years managing apartment buildings.

Pats Walsh

Server and Housekeeper

Pats Walsh was born a Philpott, one of 13 children whose father came from a long line of fishermen in Plate Cove West on Bonavista Bay, a family which originally settled there in the mid 19th century from Yorkshire.. Many of her family are still in the fishery. She lives in Plate Cove with her husband, John and is the mother of Darren and Colin. She brings good humour to the kitchen and dining room and local knowledge about the peninsula for enquiring guests.

The Fisher Family

Owners of Fishers’ Loft

Peggy is from Ottawa, John from England. They met restoring and reconstructing an 1850's courthouse in Toronto — Adelaide Court/Cour Adelaide – to become the bilingual home of three professional theatre companies. Port Rexton was the location of their summer home and year round residence since 1990. In 1997 they began work on what has become a 21-room/suite inn with an ocean-view restaurant, licensed lounge and living room/library. With support from John and Peggy, their sons, Luke and Gabriel are assuming the management of the inn - Gabriel developing the greenhouse and surrounding kitchen gardens along with the inn’s various IT requirements; Luke managing and developing the physical assets of the inn and marketing, including special programs and events. Luke selectively works as a First Assistant Director in the film industry and Gabriel, in the off-season, pursues his interest in snowboarding and international travel.

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