Historic hotel where Alexander Graham Bell rested on N.S. market for two years

The owner of a historically significant hotel in a small Nova Scotian community is waiting patiently for someone to buy the building and restore it to its status as a busy landmark and gathering place.

Elaine MacNeil and her husband Terry bought the Grand Narrows Hotel in Cape Breton in 1998 and have been operating the once-prominent hotel as a bed and breakfast on the eastern shore of the Barra Strait.

She said the home has been on the market for two years, and they're waiting for the right person to come along and put in an offer, with an asking price of $780,000.

Built in 1887, the hotel was constructed to coincide with the expansion of the Intercolonial Railway and served as an important resting point for travellers.

One of the hotel's famous guests include scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who owned an estate near Baddeck, N.S., and frequently used the hotel as a stopover during his travels.

After 20 years of working to maintain the building, the couple say they're ready to sell it and spend more time with their grandchildren.