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WATCH SEALS, WHALES, AND SEA BIRDS FROM A ROMANTIC OCEANFRONT HOME

carole

Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, francais--un petit peu
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Speaks: english, german, francais--un petit peu
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WATCH SEALS, WHALES, AND SEA BIRDS FROM A ROMANTIC OCEANFRONT HOME

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Skir Dhu House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6

Wifi will keep you connected and a dozen restaurants and shops are a short drive away, but when you fall asleep in this serene cottage at the end of a private road, it will be only to the sound of the sea. In the downstairs master bedroom with its own deck, you'll wake to the sparkling blue of the sea. You won't see any neighbors, but you can watch seals, cormorants, eagles, and the occasional whale, moose, or bear from bed or from the living room, kitchen, or the spacious veranda. While you enjoy breakfast at the kitchen table, you may l see the ferry on its way from Sydney to Newfoundland.

From the upstairs bedroom, you can see the mountains, and from the upstairs deck you can take in both mountains and sea.

Take after-dinner strolls on a quiet 1 km loop. Curl up with a book in soft sea winds on the veranda or on one of the three decks. Follow a footpath that leads through meadow to a secluded pebble beach where you can find a wondrous collection of stones. Walk north along the beach to a natural pool in the French River for a cool dip on a hot day. Or take a swim in the local swimming hole, a spring-fed pond, just down the drive. Pick wildflowers, wild strawberries, and raspberries in season in the meadow around the house.

The cottage is just off the Cabot Trail, one of the most beautiful drives in the world and home to fishermen, artists, writers, and musicians. Three minutes away is Cal's Place featuring great burgers and fish and chips. Five minutes away is the legendary Wreck Cove General Store offering coffee, stamps, gas, ice cream, sundries, lobster sandwiches, and local color. No more than ten minutes away is the Artisans Glass Studio and Gallery with a fabulous array of glass. Next door to the Glass Studio is Woodsmiths, purveyor of hand-made wooden articles. When you are done shopping, cross the street to the Clucking Hen for lunch or coffee and baked goods or a glass of wine. Or take a short drive to the Leather Works by Jolene and Coloiuratura, a gallery featuring local artists. You can stop for pizza at Simply Pizza, 45894 Cabot Trail (902-929-2627) en route. A little further along, the gift shop at the Gaelic College sells tartan clothing, Cape Breton music, and quality souvenirs. Keep going for kayaking at North River Kayak Tours (902-929-2628), www.northriverkayak.com.

Drive thirty minutes north of the house through spectacular scenery to Cape Breton National Park. You will find a Park Pass for your use in the house. In the park are supervised beaches, scenic spots for picnics and hiking trails of all levels: Franey is a trail that climbs to a lookout with a spectacular view; walk Skyline to its terminus where you can often see whales in the water; take a picnic lunch on the Jack Pine trail, enjoying beautiful flora and land forms, and have lunch with a splendid view of the Atlantic; hike Middlehead through meadows and woods to the tip of a narrow peninsula.

Cape Breton National Park also offers dining at the Purple Thistle (at the Keltic Lodge on Middlehead Peninsula, 902-285-2880) and indulgence at the spa (800-565-0444) among dozens of other attractions. Try the terrific snack shop at the beach that sells ice cream, fish and chips and burgers. Play golf at the internationally known Highland Links golf course in the Park.

The town of Ingonish, near the park, offers restaurants, a liquor store, a post office, gift shops, and groceries.

In nearby Baddeck is the Bell Bay golf course, one of two in the quaint town of Baddeck, thirty-five minutes south of the house.

Baddeck also offers nightly ceilidhs, the Alexander Graham Bell museum, many restaurants, and shops. The High Wheeler Cafe, 484 Chebucto Street, sells gluten-free breads and veg sandwiches (902-295-3006). Two Buoys is a garden cafe with a great gift shop and Bean There, is another coffee shop. Both are on Chebucto St.

Cape Breton Music: The Cabot Trail is as renowned for its music as it is for its spectacular scenery. Ceilidhs (kitchen parties) featuring Cape Breton fiddle music are offered nightly in Baddeck, in Ingonish, and, closest to the house, in Indian Brook on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the St. Ann's Bay United Church (7 pm).

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
carole (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, francais--un petit peu

About carole

I fell in love with the sea and the scenery of Cape Breton, but it is the people who have won my undying affection.

I was a garden writer who has now turned to crime. Dying for the Christmas Rose, my first garden mystery, was published in 2012. Murder Houose, a Cape Breton Mystery was published in summer, 2014. Currently, I'm working on Corpse Finder, my third.

carole purchased this house in 2003

Why carole chose Skir Dhu

This property, nicknamed 'Faraway' is utterly beautiful, peaceful, and far away from the rest of the world--a perfect place to write, read, and renew.

What makes this house unique

The sounds of the waves at night, the moon shining over the sea, the seals that swim by the house, the eagles that fly up and down the coast, the cormorants that dive for fish, the wild strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in season, now and then the sight of a moose grazing or a whale swimming by.

Favorite things to do:

Eat pannekoek, a Dutch crepe, at the Dancing Moose, 42691 Cabot Trail, 902-929-2523.

Have lobster dinner at the Lobster Galley, 51943 Cabot Trail, 902-295-3100

Have lunch or dinner with a glass of wine at the Clucking Hen, 45073 Cabot Trail, 902-929-2501

Buy fresh fish from the truck at Baddeck's weekly market (usually Wednesday afternoon), buy artisan bread and organic vegetables, too!

Buy lobster in season when the lobstermen come into the wharf at Little River Rd, 3 miles south of the cottage

Eat lunch on the casual porch at the Seagull Restaurant in Ingonish, 902-285-2851

Eat mache, Alpine strawberries, and (later) blueberries right out of the garden

Have coffee on the veranda looking out over the water. Have a glass of wine on the veranda looking out over the water. Read on the veranda or one of the decks looking out over the water.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

5
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Watch Seals, Whales, and Sea Birds from a Romantic Oceanfront Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
5

Very nice house with a great view

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I enjoyed the house for a week in July 2014. House is clean and the view is very nice. The caretaker and his wife were very helpful. House includes everything you need for the stay. Cape Breton was beautiful. Be prepared for a lot of driving to sites and activities. The only negatives about the house were the driveway is very rough gravel. Make sure you have a car that is high off the ground. In addition, the beach is right there by the house but difficult to access. There is a very steep drop off and you need to walk through tall grass to get there. Overall loved the house and would stay again.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is an accurate description of our place, but, in my opinion, the view is amazing.
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
5

Truly a unique experience

  • 5 of 5
We wanted a private and secluded house with breathtaking views and that was exactly what we got. My wife and I rent about 10 vacation rentals a year and we have a big budget and this is absolutely the best house we have rented in years. I can't imagine finding a better waterfront house then this one on Cape Breton. We will be going back once my son is old enough to walk. Thank you Carole!
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that my guests enjoyed the house as much as I do.
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
New Hampshire, USA
5

Beautiful property with stunning views

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I rented this house as a base camp for the 2010 Celtic Colours music festival. Although I had high expectations for the trip, the house exceeded all of them. It was absolutely beautiful, inside and out.

Huge windows fill the rooms with sunlight and the view of the ocean is positively stunning. We cooked several meals in the well-stocked kitchen, flew kites in the backyard and spent hours in the living room, reading, writing and engaging in intimate conversations.

The location of the house is quite rural -- stock up on supplies at the coop in Baddeck before you arrive because restaurant offerings are scarce -- but if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the place to go. Also, spend $25 for a book of ferry tickets. Trust me, you'll save a lot of money doing so.

Although this was our first trip to Nova Scotia, it will not be our last. And when we return, we hope to rent this lovely home again!
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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5

"Faraway" from the world

"Faraway" from the world
  • 5 of 5
Thank you for a delightful autumn getaway to Faraway! This gorgeous waterfront home could not have been neater, cleaner, or more well maintained. Zillions of windows and brightbrightbright - no vampires need apply! Kitchen set-up great for a gourmet cook, and living area great for those who want to yoga or exercise, or laze around and read or watch movies. Driveway is long and rutted, do not bring a delicate, low-slung vehicle. Only disappointment was that the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Pass had gone missing some time prior to our visit. This added some cost I didn't appreciate, though not much. Also, expensive for one person, ideal for three or more. More than four would be a little tight, unless the "more" are children. Loved being able to pick lettuce and herbs from the owner's own garden right outside the kitchen window. Would go back to Faraway tomorrow if I could get the time off from work!
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Skir Dhu Cape Breton Island
Westborough, MA, USA
5

Skir Dhu in June

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful, magical home you have. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and only wish that it was longer. The weather was beautiful, and the views from the house were mesmerizing. We experienced the entire Cabot trail, and found the vistas breathtaking and the people delightful. We saw quite a bit of wildlife, and were especially enchanted by the eagles that flew around the area each evening. Accomodations in the house were excellent. Great kitchen. Beautiful views from everywhere in the house. We are all in love with Cape Breton, but I am sure that we don't have to tell you that.
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The island of Cape Breton and the house are perfect for people who appreciate being in a spectacular natural setting.

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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Sydney Nova Scotia airport
Nearest Ferry
14 Miles
Englishtown
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: necessary

Within a short drive you can find: many places to hear Cape Breton's fabled music, restaurants, lakes in the mountains, the 'artisan's loop' where artists and craftsmen display their works, Cape Breton National Park with its beaches, golf, and trails, and, all around you, spectacular scenery.

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Rates & Availability

From $1,820 Per week

Skir Dhu House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
low season
May 1 - Jun 7
7 night minimum stay
$1,820
$5,700
 
 
late season
Sep 1 - Oct 31
7 night minimum stay
$1,820
$5,700
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,925
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $300
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Amenities

Skir Dhu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , second floor
  • A third bathroom and bedroom are located in the walk-out lower level.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • The master bedroom has a queen bed and its own private deck. The upstairs bedroom has a double bed and overlooks the mountains. The den has a desk, futon, and its own high deck with a view of both mountains and the sea The living room opens onto a veranda that overlooks the ocean. It has a sleep sofa. The lower level with a third bedroom and full bath will be complete after July 15. This level opens onto the meadow and the ocean.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Notes:
Adjacent to the house is a small garden that provides herbs, strawberries, måche, and, later in the season lettuce and blueberries. A short walk leads to the French River. It often forms its own wading pool.

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