Three couples stayed at Kildare during the 17th Annual Celtic Colours International Festival and we all agreed it was like moving into someone's fantastic summer home for the week.
The property description is very accurate and the pictures do not due the views from the porch justice - a perfect pace for morning coffee or a quiet read. The unobstructed views of Baddeck Bay and the Bras D'Or Lakes is one of the features that make this property very special. The driving instructions were excellent as were the booking arrangements. The Owners are very responsive to emails and are genuinely concerned that your stay meets your expectations. The village of Baddeck is a short 2 km away and can look after all your needs re groceries, bakery, restaurants, liquor, drug , hardware stores , service station, etc. We had concert tickets in Louisbourg, Judique, St. Peters, Sydney Mines, Sydney River, etc. and used Kildare as home base.
The large, modern kitchen had everything - we all have stayed in vacation rentals previously but Kildare's kitchen topped them all with modern appliances, dishes, glasses, flatware to feed an army and everything needed to cook a big family meal or look after your own breakfast or late night snack. The large island had bar stools for five and lots on counter space as well as the dishwasher.
The recycle chores were also made simple with very clearly labelled separate bins for garbage, glass, plastics, paper, compost, etc. There is a comfortable living room with books, games,TV, stereo, DVD player and the fireplace for cooler mornings and evenings or a for a nice place to read. The wifi worked flawlessly.
The large separate dining room has a large table that seats 8+ and also has a fantastic view of the lake.
There is lots of bedding, towels, etc. and a stacked washer/dryer in the kitchen. Everyone slept well. Bathrooms are all modern, bright and shiny. Soap and shampo
The separate cottage with a king size bed and full bath works well with 3 couples sharing the property. While the loft has no shower it has a half bath and access to the other two showers/tub did not seem to be a problem.
Parking is adequate for at least 2 vehicles with only a few steps to the kitchen door, loft or cottage.
For a summer rental the lawn leads down to the edge of the lake with the dock for swimming and the outside shower after a swim.
Staying at Kildare made the Celtic Colours experience very special - no surprises only great memories.