|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This stunning oceanside cottage is located five minutes from the Cabot Trail on a 150-acre property and has been featured in Canadian House and Home and Victoria Magazines. (Although most of July and August is booked, you can check Homeaway 3490361 and 382569 for vacancies at the end of August. American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.)
You’ll love the clean air and sound of waves rolling in on the rocks below SeaSky. It's only two minutes to the beach itself. This architect-designed cottage is built on a bluff over the ocean and was designed to recall the best aspects of Maritime tradition, but to modernize them with an open-concept interior. It has a summer-y feeling, with a high ceiling, boarded walls and fresh white paint. Sunsets will knock your socks off. This design is best suited for couples, or couples with one or two children. There's a large deck with a BBQ and amazing views. The ocean and beach views are breathtaking! As you relax back at the cottage in the evening, you’ll be reassured by the steady cadence of the Margaree Island lighthouse. If your dates are already booked, you could also check #3490361, the Deep Blue Sea cottage; there is also #277105 or #382569 which are on nearby properties, equally spectacular and out of sight of each other.
About us...: Bell grew up in Margaree Valley, about twenty minutes from here, while I grew up in Toronto; we both love it here, so being here makes a lot of sense for us. We opened Cape Breton Clay, our pottery business in 1996 and we've been busy here ever since. Bell is also a painter and I am a photographer and filmmaker. We built this cottage in 1994 as a summer house when we hadn't yet settled permanently in Cape Breton. There is a rich, strong culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. Although a three-day visit to the Island is not uncommon, a week is more what it takes to really get a sense of the rhythms and charm of Cape Breton.
Local residents...: Fishermen haul their lobster traps each year out in front of our cottage. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people here, and the daily pace here is slower than in most cities. It's nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are ocean breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– in addition to the fine beach and swimming, there are interesting rock formations to explore nearby. Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and you'll find the scenery on this stretch of coast particularly striking.
Bell and I built the cottage in 1994 as a summer house when we hadn't yet settled permanently in Cape Breton. We are both artists, and when we decided to live here all year 'round, in 1997, we needed more room–we built another building to contain studio and production space and commuted between the buildings every day. Eventually, over the years, we migrated to the larger building permanently, and used the cottage for studio space and for guests. So, the cottage is a special place for us, and we laboured for years to make it right.
Stewart purchased this cottage in 1994
Cape Breton is a spectacular place, and the scenery on this stretch of coast is particularly striking; it can also be dramatic, with 130 kph winds at many points of the year. One must keep a clean yard in such conditions! There is such a rich culture here, historically and musically, and life unwinds at its own special pace. We see some of the most dramatic sunsets anywhere, watch whales play in our front yard, and fishermen haul their lobster traps every year. There are the gorgeous rolling hills of Mabou, and the town of Inverness, which offers music, pubs and food; the acclaimed new Cabot Links golf course (rated #42 in the world by Golf Digest) by the sea, which is only 20 minutes away and offers a unique golfing experience in Inverness. Moose, eagles, deer and foxes are regulars. It's easy to meet people, and the daily rhythm here is slower than in most cities; we visit neighbors and friends whenever we can, as we are busy in the summer months. It's also nice to be in a place where you don't need air-conditioning; Cape Breton summers are warm-to-hot in the day, but perfect in the evening, and at the shore there are breezes to keep any bugs at bay. Chimney Corner beach is one of the finest on the island, but because it is not visible from the road, it's usually unoccupied during the week– we love to take our dog Ryder there for a good run.
Thank you SO much for all of your kindness and the guide to the island! We did go visit the Big Spruce brewery (just a tiny little place, a true "mircro" brew!) Ryan ended up with a growler of the Spruce Tip IPA, he said it was a good one. We absolutely loved our time here and the funniest part is we weren’t sure what to expect; yet everything fit us perfectly. We explored the Cabot Trail, we were able to see whales, seals, and bald eagles, made it to The Barn, visited many local artisan shoppes (Bell's work is lovely and we are excited to be bringing several pieces back to the states with us), had a great anniversary dinner at the Distillery, spent some time in Mabou, had a few lobster dinners from the Bistro and more then our share of wine!
However, far and away the cottage was the highlight - I think we will miss that most. The views are breathtaking and the low key pace here allowed us to make the most of it. This 10 year trip for us turned out to be everything we wanted.
To say that this little cottage is charming, welcoming, and perfectly placed in the quiet heart of Margaree would be an understatement. My brother and I had the privilege of spending a week here this past summer, and I can honestly say I have never had a more enjoyable, more perfect vacation experience. The cottage itself, tucked away on a quiet hilltop, exceeded our expectations. It was warm and inviting - giving us a sense of home despite our being 3,000 miles away. The upstairs loft provided the perfect place for restful, peaceful nights beneath the stars, and cozy naps during the day. I love to cook, and the kitchen proved to be more than up to the task of a little Texas cooking. It's obvious that the owners, Stewart and Bell, have made it a priority to maintain this property, and I have to say, they do a brilliant job of it. In addition, I say with great certainty that you will not find two more gracious, more welcoming, and more kind hosts than Stewart and Bell. Stewart made it a point to welcome us, and make us feel at home. He was incredibly understanding and accommodating - two features that were an absolute blessing. I highly recommend that you let him walk you through the map of the island. After listening to live music and eating excellent food at the Red Shoe Pub, or grabbing lunch and a pastry at the local Dancing Goat, you won't regret this decision at all! For those wishing for a little quiet and relaxation, the true gem of staying at Chimney Corner is the beautiful beach located just down the road. My brother and I spent every day down on the quiet stretch of sand in our little cove. It's a short two minute drive to the entrance, or in my brother's case, the perfect end point on the return from his morning run. You'll love the cool, crystal clear water, climbing the rocks up the hill, and the abundance of crustaceans you'll find scurrying along the ocean floor. If I haven't expressed my enjoyment enough at this point, allow me to say this - You won't find a sweeter, more intimate and peaceful vacation spot than this. An absolute gem in the heart of Margaree Harbor, and perhaps one of my favorite places on earth. Once you walk up to the top of that hill and overlook the ocean below, you'll realize this place is worth every penny. And if you listen hard enough, you might just hear Stewart at the top of that same hill saying, "Welcome home."
We very much enjoyed our week-long stay at SeaSky. It was the perfect location for a weeklong stay on Cape Breton. The view is even better than pictured and the sunsets are a real treat after a long day of hiking. I wish we'd had more time to spend at nearby Chimney Corner Beach, but we were usually out and about finding a spectacular new adventure each day. Stewart was very generous with his time and insights on the many things to do on Cape B from hikes to restaurants to wildlife, which made our experience that much better. The cottage was a lovely, rustic escape from our usual hectic routine, and we would not hesitate to return!
Finishing our week stay at SeaSky. For our family of four, this was the perfect getaway. The cottage is everything we needed, and none more. An impeccably designed cottage, it was fun to arrive at and come back to each day. Perfectly imperfect - beach casual with just the right touches of relevant folk art and island whimsy. Deck overlooked the ocean and the adjacent beach; spent mornings watching bald eagles in the morning sun's glow and evenings amazed by the starry sky. Inside, the open kitchen/ living space was comfortable and just the right amount of space. The loft bedroom was bright and maintained a refreshing breeze off the water. The area was fun to explore as well - one week was just enough to see various parts of the island, taking in the french/irish/scottish culture along the way, while balancing some quality down-time in this quiet space. The beach down the road was a hit with all of us; the kids loved exploring the rocky shore, chasing lobsters, and swimming in the very gradual-depth water. I'd highly recommend the SeaSky cottage to anyone looking for a quiet, comfortable, inspiring, close-to-nature getaway
Margaree, and the SeaSky Cottage location, is truly Heaven on Earth! Our family had the best time and can not speak highly enough of the region, Stewart and Bell as hosts, and the peaceful cottage that set the tone for this relaxing trip.
As mentioned in other posts, we found Stewart's recommendations extremely helpful in navigating the island and packing in a great deal of fun adventure for ourselves and the kids. When we didn't feel like driving, Chimney Corner is also the home to the world's best beach... not crowded, gorgeous, and most welcoming for kids of any age. Our children, ages 3 and 6, could not get enough of the beach; also one of the safest beach/ ocean interfaces we have ever seen... calm water and shallow for wading/ swimming.
The highlight of this trip was the simple family time spent on the deck of the SeaSky Cottage; breakfast and dinner on the deck coupled with the most spectacular views, Eagles soaring near, and the refreshing sea breeze... We hope to be back in the future!!
It should be quite obvious that we loved the setting and all the people we met. If looking to travel in the Cape Breton region this should be your home-base.
One of the few places we've stayed that was even more beautiful than the already beautiful pictures. The house was so comfortable that we found ourselves almost hoping for bad weather so that we would have an excuse not to leave. The deck provided expansive views of the water and the sunsets were stunning.
The nearby beach was perfect for our four-year old daughter (and us adults); lots of sand, generally calm, shallow water -- which wasn't as cold as I would have expected -- and nice for swimming. Also easy driving distance to the Highlands National park. Stewart was very responsive to our requests and very helpful with guiding us to the local attractions and getting us settled.
I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a quiet, low-key vacation in a beautiful setting. It's a place that I truly hope we can return to again.
This is a lovely cottage in an unforgettably beautiful setting. The cottage is delightfully simple: large windows afford a marvelous view to the sea and sky, and provide abundant light, and cool breeze. Modest, tasteful furnishings contribute to an overall peaceful atmosphere. There are no coffee tables made of lobster traps, or excessive nautical or maritime paraphernalia adorning the walls. This cottage experience needs no jaunty nautical themed towels, sheets, or kitchenware- the simplicity of the furnishings and the beauty of the setting stand on their own. Stewart and Bell are the perfect hosts. Stewart appears on day one of your visit, and spends perhaps 45 minutes orienting you to the local area, annotating a map of local highlights of interest, and explaining how the cottage works. After that, you are on your own, with the privacy complementing the peaceful, beautiful cottage and setting. We highly recommend this most lovely cottage experience.
Cape Breton has been acknowledged as one of the great islands in the world to visit; there's all sorts of oceanfront-related activities: fishing wharves, lots of beaches closeby, whale watching, and swimming. World-class golf at the renowned Cabot Links is a short-drive. Cabot has been listed at #87 on the top 100 courses in the world! There’s also salmon and trout fishing on the world-renowned Margaree River, just minutes away. This location will be a great base for other trips on the Island, and for checking out local music, entertainment, museums, craft galleries, and good eating. October features the Celtic Colours Music Festival. In our area, you'll also find excellent hiking networks, and access to the National Park, one of the wonders of eastern Canada. When you've finished for the day, come back to comfort and oceanside splendor.
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May 16 2015 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 30 2015 - Oct 24 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
American visitors should know that they are now getting approximately 20% off our published Canadian rate due to the value of the dollar.
WEEKLY BOOKINGS ONLY (UP TO 2 OR 3 WEEKS TOTAL) CHANGING ON SATURDAYS ONLY
50% deposit at time of booking by credit card. Balance due on card 60 days before arrival
Full refund less $275CAD for cancellation up to 90 days prior to arrival dates.. 120 day notice required for May, Aug-October dates
If this cottage is booked dates you desire, check Homeaway #277105, 382569 3490361
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (CAD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.