|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Cheticamp Island, off the coast of a small Acadian fishing village, is on the Cabot Trail, at the base of the Cape Breton National Forest. Relax on the comfortable 40' wrap-around deck and see whales, seals, bald eagles, sunrises and sunsets. Swim in the warm Gulf Stream waters just before they merge with the Atlantic. Kayak in gentle coves or in the sea where whales have been known to glide next to you. This extraordinary new house of soft yellow walls and white filmy sea-blown curtains is filled with every amenity for your relaxation and enjoyment. Thirty-six hundred sq ft in three roomy ocean front floors spaciously accommodates ten people or romances two in front of the fire. The living room, eat-in-kitchen and all bedrooms look out on the water. There are four Kohler designer bathrooms and an outside shower. Snuggle under down comforters and listen to lapping waves. From this luxurious comfort, travel thru all of Cape Breton Island, happy to return home
Cabot Trail: Cheticamp is on the Cabot Trail at the entrance to the National Forest. Driving North you overlook the spectacular Gulf of St. Lawrence where the warm Gulf Tides join the Atlantic Ocean. There are groomed hiking trails, nature walks, camping, kayaking, moose, eagles and bear. As you round the top crest, there is Gampo Abbey, the famous Buddhist Monastery; the most remote village Meat Cove and delicious Morrison's restaurant. Starting south along the Atlantic, you can whale watch on a sailing schooner, dine at the elegant Fairmont (Canadian Pacific) Keltic Lodge, and poke around numerous coastal villages. You'll come to St. Ann's Gallic College wonderful gift shop; Baddeck, the Sailing Capital of the World and Alexander Graham Bell's excellent museum; on to the Normaway Inn for dinner and fiddling, maybe even Buddy or Natalie McMasters . Now drive through the gorgeous Margaree Valley. And another day go to Louisbourg, the magnificent restored Eighteenth Century French Fort. We have heard it said the Cabot Trail is considered to be the eleventh wonder of the world!
We were 2 adults and 5 children staying here for the week. We had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and was very comfortable. The view from the front deck is spectular and a wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and wine in the evening.
There were many places for everyone to gather as a group and also to find corners of privacy. The house is wonderfully secluded, but yet very conveniently located to Cheticamp when we wanted to venture out.
We took advantage of the kayaks and explored the area right in front of the house. We saw seals and other wildlife. The walk up the hill behind the house has breathtaking views of the Saint Lawrence Bay. The blueberries were out when we were there and so the kids had fun gathering them and I made a few pies in the well stocked kitchen.
We scavenged for sea glass along the rocky shore below the house and had much success finding many treasured pieces. One morning we were greeted with a bald eagle perched on the outbuilding next to the house.
We enjoyed the Zodiac whale watching tour, recommended by George and Marianne. We got to see a 70 foot fin whale while we were out. We also spent time up in Cape Breton Highlands NP, saw moose, took hikes, and enjoyed the scenery.
Cheticamp is a beautiful little town with a european feel which we enjoyed. We were able to bike there from the house. We ate dinners mostly in at the house, but the few times we ventured out, we enjoyed the local fare.
We would definitely rent this place again. In fact, our kids are constantly asking when we're going to go back. They loved it so much. The basement/den area was perfect for them to hang out in and well-equipped for movies/games, etc. They enjoyed having their own space down there.
Before we got there Marianne made sure we had everything we needed and included lots of helpful information in her welcome packet. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I was just creating my photo book from our vacation and was reminded of what wonderful time we had. We look forward to sometime staying again!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful 'home away from home'! The surroundings were magnificent! Nothing can beat the gorgeous view of the Cape Breton highlands from the living room and kitchen. We saw seals in the ocean bay right in front of the cottage. We hiked the National Park trails and enjoyed the awesome beauty! Cheticamp offered everything we needed, including wonderful fresh fish for dinners. The kitchen was well equipped, the bedrooms comfortable, and the house was remarkably spacious on the inside. We loved the fact that the house is situated on Cheticamp Island, which makes it somewhat private and remote, and yet, it's close to Cheticamp and the National Park.
It was nice but we where disapointed. The driveway was very had to see and poorley lit. They should put a light that would go on when you pull in a night. also the grass was over grown so very hard to back out, and no where to really turn around. The kids where disapointed they could not use the out door shower it was full of cobwebs and hoses. Also wasn't a clear path to it. there seemed to be alot of foot trafic from the beach, and cars turning around since it's on a dead end road which I didn't like not enough privacy. The view was very nice. I proberly wouldn't recommend this to family or friends. I would definitely go back to Cheticamp it's a very nice town, but I would stay closer to the Cabot Trail since we did alot of hiking it was beautiful!
La Maison Sur La Mer on Cheticamp island was clean, comfortable, spacious, with lovely furniture and comfortable beds. Our family of four generations had a wonderful vacation. The huge wrap around deck provided spectacular views of the ocean and a safe place for my 18month old grandson to play. I really enjoyed the hike from the cottage- beautiful scenery, peaceful, with eagles, herons, seals, cormorants and gulls to observe. The golfers recommend the cheticamp golf course, a five minute trip from the house. They also drove to the new Cabot Links and to Bell Bay in Baddeck. The kayaks are an extra bonus- when the bay was calm- I really enjoyed my paddle. The water at the beach was very warm- for the ocean- and we enjoyed swimming there.
We will be back.
We were 4 adults & 2 kids & found the home spacious, lovely & well taken care of. Little to nothing more could have been asked for. We did have a problem with the internet on arrival. Marianne (terrific owner) was quick to respond, It took some time to get it right, but we could use it that night. That's the only thing that wasn't perfect.
We had planned to have most dinners in - we love to cook, But we ate out all evenings but one. At least 3 of us had lobster, crab legs and/or mussels daily, at a different restaurant each day. All were terrific; we could have been happy going back to any one of them, but we "had to" try as many different ones as we could! We ate at at All Aboard, the Harbour, Le Gabriel, & Seafood Stop in Cheticamp itself as well as buying breads, scones, etc. at La Boulangerie Aucoin's Bakery making 3 trips during our 1 week stay. Acadian music in in some restaurants was great.
In the park itself, about a third of the way through (entering in Cheticamp) your breath might be taken away by the beauty that you have come upon. Its Pleasant Bay. The Rusty Anchor restaurant is there & it was a great setting to have great food on the lovely outdoor patio.
One day, we drove the opposite direction and had a fun educational tour at the Glenora Distillery. Even if single malt whiskey (known elsewhere as scotch) is not your beverage of choice, its a great tour. We ate a late lunch in their own restaurant, which was as good as we'd been told it would be.
On another day, we took the Whale Cruisers tour, and saw so many pilot whales seemingly showing off for us, not swimming away. We were told that it is unusual to have such an empty boat, but luck gave us the boat almost all to ourselves: the six of us, a young couple, and the captain and a few of his family members. On the way back to Cheticamp, both our granddaughters, ages 6 and 11, got to "drive" the boat. I was enthusiastically offered the same opportunity but it wasn't something I wanted to do.
Alex (sp?) was the best of the best tour guides. We 'knew' she was a relative of the Captain & in her twenties. Ends up she is a high school student! Couldn't have been a better guide.
We loved the friendliness and warmth of all the people we met. Wait staff were ALL pleasant, enriching our time with stories, etc. We clearly loved our week, and all of us want to go back. The home itself gave us everything a good home can, including warmth & comfortable spaces.
My sister and I traveled from Florida and Massachusetts to spend some time together and explore Cape Breton Island.... Once we arrived from Halifax, we were in awe when we entered La Maison Sur La Mer! When you come through the front door and see the view that awaits you, it was jaw dropping! This magnificent home is set away from neighbors, stunning water views from every room with all the comforts of home. The rooms are elegant and charming. Located 10 minutes from Cape Breton Highlands National Forest, made this home the perfect place to begin the day and end it next to the wood burning fireplace! Marianne was a delight to work with and a true gem of a kind hearted, understanding, compassionate lady that wants you to make the memories of a lifetime! Mission accomplished~
Cape Breton Island is the setting for Longfellow's compelling story, EVANGELINE, about the deportation of the French Acadians in the eighteenth century. The story continued for the people of Cheticamp when they bartered with their prison guards in the Channel Islands to be returned to their land for fifty years of indentured servitude. History is lived here, not only that of the Acadians and MicMac First Nation People, but also the French, Scotts and Irish, whose ships found the land and whose people stayed. Enjoy nature. Whales and eagles have been seen from the deck. Have fun dancing 'till three in the morning. Listen to the best fiddling, and eat fine food. Play golf and tennis. Tour museums and elegant Canadian Pacific hotels. Take a day at the Spa. Hike and swim and kayak and come home to relaxing luxury and dinner on the deck overlooking the water. Stay up for the beautiful northern sky and get up for a Cape Breton sunrise. Welcome to Heaven! Enjoy!
Other Activities: Hike the many trails off the Cabot Trail in the National Forest. The Skyline trail with boardwalk pathways down to the ocean is our favorite. We have seen mother and baby moose munching on branches fifty feet from us. Go whale watching on the Zodiac where you can almost touch the whales or on one of the whale cruises out of Cheticamp or Pleasant Bay. Ocean and Bay kayaking right outside the house. Listen to the best fiddlling at the Kinsman, Doreyman, Normaway Inn, Parkside , Le Gabriel and more . Walk to the beach. Swim in the warm gulf stream and soak up the strong northern sun.
Golf: LePortage Gulf Club is in Cheticamp.
Brand New Links Club in Inverness
Keltic Lodge (Canadian Pacific) Club Ingonish
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 2015 - Oct 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
May and June rates $1850.00
Off-Season Rates - May,June,September and October $1850. 00. American and Canadian Currancy Accepted
Prime-Season Rates - June, July, August $2350.00 American and Canadian Currancy Accepted
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.